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Storage Radio: New Pure Storage all-SSD array; CloudSigma’s SigStore

Storage Radio: Listen to the week’s storage headlines, including news about Pure Storage’s upgrade of its all-flash storage array, CloudSigma’s launch of SLA-backed cloud service SigStore, and more.

In this weekly podcast review, senior news director Dave Raffo discusses the leading data storage industry news with executive editor Ellen O’Brien. This week, they kick off the podcast by digging into Pure Storage’s software upgrade of its all-SSD array.

Then, listen to the rest of the podcast as assistant editors Fran Sales and John Hilliard wrap up recent storage headlines as well as what’s abuzz around the Web, starting with CloudSigma’s launch of cloud storage service SigStore. Check out links to the original stories and blog posts below.

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Storage Radio: Pure Storage upgrades all-flash array; more news

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Pure Storage reveals upgraded all-flash array: Pure Storage rolled out a software upgrade for its all-flash storage array FlashArray and made its systems generally available earlier this week. The upgrade includes the vendor’s Purity 2.0 software, which includes support for active-active controllers for high availability (HA) and VMware’s VAAI APIs. Dave discusses how an IT network administrator for the city of Davenport, Iowa, is now running 200 virtual desktops off of Pure Storage’s all-SSD array, as well as using another as a backup unit for its HA.

CloudSigma backs SSD cloud service with performance, availability SLAs: Switzerland-based cloud service provider CloudSigma AG last week launched a private beta version of SigStore, a solid-state drive (SSD) cloud storage service guaranteed by service-level agreements (SLAs). The company plans to make the service generally available later this year. It will be sold as a public cloud service with guaranteed IOPS levels.

Starboard snatches $13 million in funds: Startup Starboard Storage Systems closed a $13 million dollar funding round earlier this week and added a new investor, JP Ventures GmbH. Starboard, which transitioned from the name Reldata, rearchitected AC72, its unified storage system. The vendor says it plans to use the funding to expand its sales and marketing efforts, as well as its customer support.

Microsoft’s new file protocol could be huge: IT consultant Stephen Foskett talks about the potential impact of Microsoft’s impending release of SMB 3, a revision to its popular storage networking protocol, along with Windows 8 and Server 2012. The new SMB, which is backward-compatible with SMB 2.0 and 2.1, includes the features of those versions, plus transparent failover of client access, SMB multichannel (allowing users to use multiple available network links), and other performance and security improvements.

And there’s a wrong time to log onto Facebook: reported how two men, after browsing the Web at an Internet café in Colombia, approached the clerk and assaulted him, stealing cash from the register and taking off on a stolen motorcycle. But little did the suspects realize that one of them had left his Facebook account open, allowing police to track him down and arrest him.

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