Pure Storage 250 TB All-Flash Array Takes On Disks All-flash array upstart Pure Storage is revving up its machines to take on bigger storage jobs as well as pushing down into smaller sites with its fourth generation of products. The new FlashArray 400 series have been refreshed with zippier X86 controllers, and like their predecessors, the machines use consumer-grade multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory, which is less expensive than the enterprise-grade stuff, and sophisticated software on the controllers to make flash bear up under the enterprise strain. There are myriad ways to make use of flash in server and storage systems, and the approach that Pure Storage decided to take when it was founded back in 2009 was to employ the consumer-grade flash and try to bring the cost of an all-flash array down to the same level as disk arrays so it would be widely deployed. Two new arrays have been added to the FlashArray lineup.
Nokia Siemens Networks - Leading Telecommunications Equipment Supplier Worldwide [ change ] Careers Log in Portfolio Portfolio A to Z Products Business Support Systems Convergence / IMS Pure Storage FlashArray 405 & 450 - Tom's IT Pro The FlashArray 400 Series is Pure's third generation all-flash storage solution, making its debut in May 2013 with the release of the FA-420 model. One year later, Pure Storage expanded its AFA portfolio with two new Tier 1 storage units, the entry-level FA-405 and the high-end FA-450. Read: Pure Storage All-Flash Portfolio Expands for SMB & Enterprise Pure has also updated its Purity operating environment, which will be available in June 2014, to version 4.0. The notable improvement in the new OE is asynchronous replication which is ideal for branch offices and global organizations.
Rawlemon’s Spherical Solar Energy-Generating Globes Can Even Harvest Energy from Moonlight The solar energy designers at Rawlemon have created a spherical, sun-tracking glass globe that is able to concentrate sunlight (and moonlight) up to 10,000 times. The company claims that its ß.torics system is 35% more efficient than traditional dual-axis photovoltaic designs, and the fully rotational, weatherproof sphere is even capable of harvesting electricity from moonlight. The ß.torics system was invented by Barcelona-based German Architect André Broessel. He sought to create a solar system that could be embedded in the walls of buildings so that they may act as both windows and energy generators. But the project isn’t only noteworthy for its solar efficiency capabilities - the ß.torics system is designed to generate lunar energy too! The spheres are able to concentrate diffused moonlight into a steady source of energy.
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San Francisco’s Tsunami Inundation Map (Literally Not Figuratively) at SocketSite™ December 18, 2009 San Francisco’s Tsunami Inundation Map (Literally Not Figuratively) By way of the California Emergency Management Agency, California Geological Survey, and University of Southern California: San Francisco’s Tsunami Inundation Map. The inundation map has been compiled with best currently available scientific information. The [red] inundation line represents the maximum considered tsunami runup from a number of extreme, yet realistic, tsunami sources. Tsunamis are rare events; due to a lack of known occurrences in the historical record, this map includes no information about the probability of any tsunami affecting any area within a specific period of time. Fibre Channel vs. iSCSI: The war continues In the beginning there was Fibre Channel (FC), and it was good. If you wanted a true SAN -- versus shared direct-attached SCSI storage -- FC is what you got. But FC was terribly expensive, requiring dedicated switches and host bus adapters, and it was difficult to support in geographically distributed environments. Then, around six or seven years ago, iSCSI hit the SMB market in a big way and slowly began its climb into the enterprise. The intervening time has seen a lot of ill-informed wrangling about which one is better. Sometimes, the iSCSI-vs.