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  • The vendors in 2016 will ship 3D XPoint nonvolatile memory chips, which are 1,000 times faster than NAND and 10 times denser than current memory.

  • NEWS ANALYSIS: Cisco wanted to control its own flash array destiny, but the fact is that it could have OEM-ed the flash option to UCS customers and come out ahead.

  • The decision comes two years after Cisco bought Whiptail for $415 million, and days after the company sold its set-top box business for $600 million.

  • SIOS iQ applies advanced machine-learning analytics to a range of data sets, including application and infrastructure data from third-party tools.

  • To deploy Cloud-Clout, users need to register on four different cloud-based services -- such as Google Drive, Box.net, Dropbox, or others -- to start.

  • "What this means from a market point of view is that it opens up a general-purpose use case for flash," Dell Vice-President Alan Atkinson said.

  • Reliable service-level agreements in hybrid storage weren't available until recently, mainly because guaranteeing anything in IT hardware is a risky business.

  • The main emphasis in its new products is optimization for speed in moving data from its source to hybrid cloud stores, wherever they may be located.

  • The platform supports a range of deployment models, business models, and technology environments currently in use by service providers.

  • These are very fast, at least on the drawing board. The new HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage 20000 enterprise flash family claims 3.2 million IOPS.

  • Lenovo claims its systems have 99.999 percent availability, multi-pathing and in-chassis controller upgrades without the need for data migrations or downtime.

  • NEWS ANALYSIS: IBM is like an old-time singer who hasn't had a hit in years. Box may help it get back onto the charts.

  • Digital tape is about the hardest-to-kill storage IT there is, unless you count carving out data onto rocks, the way it was done hundreds of thousands of years ago. Tape technology celebrated its 63rd birthday on May 21; IBM first made available its IBM 726 Magnetic tape reader/recorder in 1952. Strangely, unlike later IBM tape drives, the original 726 could read tape backward and forward. Tape has managed to get better with age. When tape first went to market, the media itself weighed 935 pounds and held 2.3MB of data. In 2015, that much tape weighs closer to 12 pounds, and 2.3MB would comprise one large photo or a short pop song. Tape storage densities are broken regularly; IBM's tape team recently demonstrated an areal recording density of 123 billion bits of uncompressed data per square inch on low-cost, particulate magnetic tape. The breakthrough represents the equivalent of a 220TB tape cartridge that could fit in the palm of your hand. Companies such as Iron Mountain, Spectra Logic, IBM and others maintain large installed bases of tape storage around the world. Here are some key facts about tape storage.

  • NetApp is providing risk-free options for customers to evaluate how the all-flash packages work with individual systems and apps; systems start at $25K.

  • Kodak ruled the world of film-based imaging for more than a century; Fujifilm was one of its top competitors. Kodak, as large and successful as it once was, filed for bankruptcy 10 years ago and changed its core business, focusing now on packaging, printing and professional services; Fujifilm is going strong and growing. How did this happen? In a word: innovation. When digital imaging came to mainstream use in the 1990s, Kodak was slow to move, choosing to continue developing its bread-and-butter products and services. Fujifilm looked around and found other use cases—such as X-ray film—for its core intellectual property and now is branching out in disparate new areas. The Tokyo-based company on June 16 opened its second Innovation Hub, which is in Santa Clara, Calif. (The first is in Tokyo.) At the new hub, the company showcases interesting use cases and invites thought leaders to join with the company in creating new products. In the Hub, markets represented include energy, environmental science, IT, transportation, bio-pharmaceutical and regenerative medicine. This eWEEK slide show offers key highlights from the June 16 grand opening. (Photos by Chris Preimesberger)

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