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  • 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)

  • Dot Hill's system can store up to 1.5 petabytes of high-resolution video in a single array, now a basic requirement for the movie and video industry.

  • Enterprise cloud storage services are plentiful for those seeking them out. There are dozens of companies that promise secure cloud storage, and many of them deliver outstanding services. But two—Box and Dropbox—stand out because they have been able to differentiate themselves by establishing loyal fan bases and including important features that appeal to corporate users. They also stand out because they are primarily data storage services rather than massive cloud services companies, such as Microsoft and Amazon, that also provide data storage. Box and Dropbox are vying for many of the same customers and have been going toe-to-toe for years to win new ones. Still, there are companies that may be choosing between the two providers and have yet to pick the service that best fits their needs. This slide show highlights some key enterprise-focused features for both Dropbox and Box to help companies choose which one to go with. Box and Dropbox are fine services for enterprise customers, but choosing one over the other may not be as easy as one might think. Read on to learn more about the key enterprise features built into Box and Dropbox.

  • NetApp has been having some financial issues for a while. Revenues fell 2.5 percent overall in 2014, and the stock has slipped 23 percent in six months.

  • StorSimple is now available for customers of the company's secure Azure Government cloud service and supports non-Azure cloud storage providers.

  • Rubrik's storage software was developed by key engineers that were behind Google, Facebook, VMware and Data Domain.

  • Whenever an IT administrator ranks his highest-level data center pain points, it's a safe bet that IT storage—and the bottlenecks that inhabit that space—will be high on the list. Some say that storage can be expensive, others find it hard to manage, and many report that most storage hardware needs to be replaced roughly every three years. As storage IT becomes more virtualized, automated and complex, IT administrators need to ask questions about which choices make sense today and how they should prepare for the options they'll face tomorrow. Among the data management questions that should be on every IT administrator's mind are those that focus on storage, scalability, speed, spending, software-as-a-service (SaaS) and more. In this slide show, developed and edited by eWEEK and putting to work industry information from Chief Technology Officer Laz Vekiarides of ClearSky Data, we offer nine important questions every IT manager or storage admin should ask his or her team at least once a year.

  • The number of participants who answered that flash makes up higher than 40 percent of their storage capacity was just 9 percent.

  • Drobo storage devices come in a variety of performance and capacity options at prices ranging from less than $600 to about $20,000.

  • NexentaEdge is a high-performance manager of petabyte-scale repositories that runs on so-called "shared-nothing" clusters of commodity Linux servers.

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