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HP Releases Updates to Entry-Level Storage Solutions, Partner Program for SMBs

hpEarly yesterday morning, HP announced a series of new storage systems designed for SMBs. I had the chance to speak with Brad Parks, HP’s senior manager, GTM strategy and messaging, who went over the new storage devices, which have all been wrapped around a program designed for the company’s SMB IT Pro resellers.

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Lenovo Unveils Four New Solutions in ThinkServer Line

lenovoLenovo recently announced the addition of four new solutions to its ThinkServer Line. These additions include the 1U ThinkServer RD340 two-processor rack server, the 2U ThinkServer RD440 two-processor rack server, the ThinkServer TD340, and the ThinkServer SA120, a rack-mount, direct-attached storage enclosure. Lenovo explaine that the RD 340 and RD 440 are now generally available, while the TD340 and SA120 are expected to be available in February, 2014.

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Dot Hill and Teradata Enter Into OEM Agreement

dothillEarlier this week, Dot Hill Systems Group announced that they have entered into an OEM agreement with Teradata, an organization specializing in analytic data platforms. Under this agreement, Teradata will add the Dot Hill AssuredSAN 4000 Series midrange storage systems to certain data warehousing and data analytics appliances.

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CloudBerry Lab Offering New Revenue Ops for MSPs via Windows Azure Support

cloudberrylabCloudBerry Lab told us today that it is now offering a new revenue opportunity for all MSPs and Microsoft Partners by supporting Windows Azure Storage in its’ white-label Managed Backup.

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Seagate Designs Two Rackmount Arrays for SMBs

seagateEarlier today, Seagate Technology, PLC announced the addition of Seagate Business Storage in both 8-bay 1U and 4-bay rackmount arrays. These new additions to the company’s portfolio are designed for SMBs to backup both Windows and Mac machines, and can store between 4 and 32 TB of data.

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Rebit Introduces New Partner Portal

RebitLogo-C50M0Y100K0gray-tagline.151826Rebit said today that it has launched its new Partner Portal, a web-based tool where approved partners can provision, manage, and monitor Rebit backup solutions.

Once approved as a partner, the Rebit Partner Portal provides small business customers with a one- stop-shop for performing essential operations to manage Rebit backup more efficiently.

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Dot Hill Releases New Storage Solutions for Telecom Sector

dothillEarlier this week, Dot Hill Systems Corp announced the expansion of their alliance program, as well as two new reference platforms for their OEM telecom customers. The company hopes to greatly expand their presence in the Telecommunications sector with these changes.

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NETGEAR’s 2U ReadyNAS Devices Provide Continuous Data Protection, Cloud Replication

NETGEAR said that it has added new 2U devices to its ReadyNAS group of products--ReadyNAS 3220 and ReadyNAS 4220, powerful new additions to the ReadyNAS product family. The new devices are latest NAS products to run on the ReadyNAS OS, introduced in March 2013, that delivers storage with enterprise features to SMBs. Available for the first time in 2U rackmount form with 12-bay capacity, the new ReadyNAS 3220 and 4220 enable easy storage for businesses supporting up to 500 concurrent users.

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WD Releases SMB Rack Mount Option

wd Sentinel RX4100 front left 052413 2In an interview earlier this week with Thomas Gallivan, Vice President of Marketing at Western Digital, I had the chance to learn more about the company’s new Sentinel RX4100 device, as well as how WD plans to function in the SMB Channel. Needless to say, it was an interesting conversation.  I learned that WD is currently celebrating 15 months in the SMB space, where they are supporting SMB Storage Servers.

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HP Maximizes Storage Investments, Intros New Partner Program for SMBs

hpEarlier this week, HP announced its pledge to assist government agencies to maximize storage investments with new offerings that include the next generation of its MSA entry disk array, enhancements to the HP StoreEasy Storage portfolio and a new program for HP channel partners.

The new HP MSA 2040 Storage system simplifies management and improves performance up to four times faster than traditional external disk storage solutions. The enhanced HP StoreEasy Storage portfolio enables SMBs to efficiently manage and protect increasing amounts of file data without the need for special skills.

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Infortrend Adds Five New NAS Storage Devices Designed for SMBs

Infortrend logoYesterday, the Infortrend Corporation announced that they have added 5 new models to their EonNAS x10 series. These new models are designed to provide cost-effective storage and file sharing for SMBs.

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Top 3 Reasons CIOs Are Embracing New Storage Technologies

Logicalis has identified a thorny problem facing IT pros today: CIOs, strapped with budgetary constraints, have adopted a “don’t fix it unless it’s broken” approach to storage. The problem with that approach, according to Logicalis storage experts, is that storage is the heart of IT; continuing to rely on storage solutions with a basic architecture developed two decades ago won’t give forward-thinking businesses the advanced data archival and retrieving capabilities that new business pressures are demanding of them.

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Rackspace Lowers Prices for Open Cloud Portfolio, Bandwidth Services

Rackspace logoToday, Rackspace Hosting announced price reductions for their Content Delivery Network and Cloud Bandwidth services, as well as new pricing tiers for their open cloud portfolio. The company went live with one of the new price levels today, and will continue to discount services throughout 2013.

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Symform Adds Second Century Ventures as Newest Strategic Investor

Symform earlier this week welcomed Second Century Ventures (SCV), the venture capital fund of the National Association of REALTORS (NAR), as a strategic investor in the company. SCV joined Symform’s $11 million Series B round of funding from 2012, which included financing from Longworth Venture Partners, OVP Venture Partners, and WestRiver Capital.

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IceWEB Releases New SSD Line

IceWEB logoThis morning, IceWEB, Inc. announced the release of their new line of all Solid State Unified Storage Products. The new line, IceWEB ERX (Environmentally Responsible Acceleration), is more energy-efficient than previous spindle-style storage devices.

Gaurang Mehta, CTO, IceWEB, outlined the device line’s improved features in a press release today:

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