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Kyle Alspach



Dell EMC PowerMax

Dell EMC’s PowerMax all-flash arrays, formerly known as VMAX, offer a complete architecture refresh of the prior offerings built from the ground up to be ready for the latest storage media technologies—including new NVMe flash storage and future storage class memory. PowerMax is targeted at next-generation applications such as real-time analytics, genomics, artificial intelligence, IoT and mobile applications. The arrays implement machine learning to improve performance and provide proactive system health monitoring. The PowerMax 2000 scales to up to 1 petabyte of effective capacity, with up to 1.7 million IOPs of performance, while the PowerMax 8000 scales to up to 4 petabytes of effective capacity, with up to 10 million IOPs of performance.


HPE 3Par Storage

Along with offering stunning performance and scalability—with the ability to start at 4 TB and seamlessly expand to 20 PB in a single system—HPE 3Par now includes Nimble InfoSight predictive analytics for predicting storage issues and proactively resolving them before they impact the installed base, powering dramatic reductions in total cost of ownership.

IBM FlashSystem 9100

With FlashSystem 9100, IBM has introduced its first storage system featuring embedded high-performance NVMe storage capacity. The offering supports both IBM’s proprietary FlashCore flash storage modules as well as industry-standard SSDs, and comes with Storage Insights, IBM’s artificial intelligence-powered analytics software.

Nexsan Assureon Cloud Transfer

With Assureon Cloud Transfer, a recently introduced feature of Nexsan’s Assureon secure archive storage system, data can be more easily migrated or copied to and from public cloud platforms to Assureon’s on-premises archive storage—enabling improved data protection and retention over the long term.

Western Digital IntelliFlash

With its N-Series IntelliFlash arrays, Western Digital is offering high-performance NVMe flash storage that’s targeted at real-time transactional applications, machine learning and deep analytics. The line ranges from an entry-level model—with raw capacity starting at 23 TB—to the highest-end array featuring up to 1.26 petabytes of raw capacity.

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Kyle Alspach

Kyle Alspach is a Senior Editor at CRN focused on cybersecurity. His coverage spans news, analysis and deep dives on the cybersecurity industry, with a focus on fast-growing segments such as cloud security, application security and identity security.  He can be reached at

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