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Dell Doubles Down On Integrated Systems, Targets SAP HANA

News roundup: Dell announces integrated systems for SAP HANA and debuts Active System Manager 7.0, which integrates orchestration software from Gale Technologies; EMC adds scale to Isilon; SugarSync launches unlimited business pricing.

Dell is launching pre-built systems to run SAP's HANA business analytics software. The systems scale from 1 Tbyte to 4 Tbytes of memory, and are built on the Dell PowerEdge 910, which the company says has the Intel chipset required for SAP HANA.

The company also announced Active System Manager 7.0, a software orchestration and management layer for Active System, Dell's pre-integrated platform that competes with Vblock and other systems that bundle compute, storage and networking into a single package. The 7.0 release of Active System Manager integrates software from Gale Technologies, which Dell acquired in November 2012. Active System Manager will be bundled into the Active System 800.

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EMC Rolls Out 20-Petabyte NAS

EMC's Isilon NAS offerings now scale up to 20 petabytes in single storage volume; the company has increased the capacity of its X-Series and NL-Series product lines by 33%, while using 30% less power. EMC also added support for 4-Tbyte drive technology, which it said increases resilience in the Isilon product line and provides for faster rebuild times for failed drives--less than one day.

The Isilon X-Series and NL-Series are designed for archive storage, particularly industries that hold on to data for regulatory reasons. The company claims the 4-Tbyte drives let them ramp up capacity without increasing the product's footprint--per-rack capacity is 1,440 Tbytes with NL400 nodes, which is an increase of 360 Tbytes in the same space. The new configuration also requires only seven NL400 nodes with 4-Tbyte drives instead of 10 nodes with 3-Tbyte drives to achieve the same raw petabytes.

The Isilon X and NL Series with 4-Tbyte drives uses the OneFS OS and are available now. Pricing was not disclosed.

SugarSync Offers Flat Pricing

SugarSync, which offers file synchronization services, has introduced new pricing for its business accounts. It now includes a flat price of $550 per year or $55 per month for three users and unlimited storage. Customers can add users at any time for additional $125 per seat. The company's cloud service lets individuals and businesses access, sync and share files and folders across computer and mobile devices, including iPhones, BlackBerrys and Android devices.

Features of SugarSync for business include unlimited storage, TLS (SSL 3.3) encryption for transfers and 128-bit AES encryption for data storage in multiple data centers. There is no extra charge for unlimited devices, including mobile apps and or access via a Web browser.

SugarSync is one of several services that are targeting enterprises with file synchronization and remote access services. Others include EMC's Syncplicity, which recently launched a new service that combines online file snyc with premises storage, as well as Nasuni, which introduced mobile access to its enterprise storage platform last fall.



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