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Microsoft has a goal to store data as DNA — MIT Technology Review

Microsoft is developing an apparatus that uses biology to replace tape drives, Antonio Regalado of the MIT Technology Review writes. Here is the link.

Kazan Networks closes $4.5M Series A funding round

Auburn, California-based storage networking company Kazan Networks has closed a $4.5 million Series A funding round led by Samsung Ventures, with participation from Intel Capital and Western Digital. "Kazan Networks is developing products that are enabling the overall NVMe over Fabrics ecosystem, and we are happy to participate in their Series A round," said Jay Chong, vice president at Samsung Ventures.  

Iomaxis awarded $245 million contract to support US Naval Research Laboratory

Iomaxis has been awarded an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract valued at up to $245 million to give technological support and assistance to the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. NRL, the corporate research lab for the Navy and Marine Corps, conducts a broad program of scientific research, technology and advanced development. Iomaxis will support the NRL in communications, computing and data storage, operational IT, and security initiatives. The IDIQ contract, which has a fixed five-year ordering period, serves the NRL’s Washington, D.C.-area branch and has the potential to support global initiatives.

NASA using NetApp AltaVault cloud-integrated storage

Following a proof of concept trial, NASA is using AltaVault cloud-integrated storage from NetApp, said the company in a statement. Last year, NASA's Informational Resources Directorate (IRD) ran a proof of concept to store backup data in the cloud with Amazon Web Services to reduce costs. The IRD used its existing Veritas NetBackup environment and deployed two NetApp AltaVault appliances as the interface. The proof of concept was a success and the solution is now in production, says NetApp. NetApp recently released version 4.2 of AltaVault.  

IBM inks five-year collaboration with University of Calgary

IBM, and the University of Calgary in Canada, have established a five-year collaboration to accelerate and expand genomic research into common childhood conditions such as autism, and congenital diseases. As part of the collaboration, IBM will augment the existing research capacity at the Cumming School of Medicine's Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute by installing a Power8-based computing and storage infrastructure along with advanced analytics and cognitive computing software. IBM is one of Canada's top ten private R&D investors, and in 2015 contributed more than $477 million to Canadian research activities.

Cisco invests $15 million in Israeli storage company Elastifile

Cisco Investments has invested $15 million in Israeli storage company Elastifile. The latest investment brings the total funds raised by Elastifile to $50 million to date. Elastifile was founded in 2013. Investors in the company include Battery Ventures and Lightspeed Venture Partners. The company is headquartered in Herzliya, Israel, with a Marketing & Sales office in San Jose, Calif.

HPE, GE Digital working together on IoT solutions

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and GE Digital have inked a strategic agreement to unite Internet of Things (IoT) technologies from HPE with GE's Predix platform. As part of the agreement, HPE will be a preferred storage and server infrastructure provider for Predix, GE's cloud-based Platform-as-a-Service for the industrial internet. HPE will provide support for the design, implementation and rollout of the Predix platform, through its services and infrastructure offerings. GE will also leverage HPE technology for much of its virtual infrastructure as well as some OEM offerings, according to a statement issued by the companies. Additionally, GE's Predix platform will be a preferred software solution for HPE. HPE is also expected to certify 100 developers world wide on Predix. The two companies are also expected to jointly develop partnerships to support the...

Qumulo closes $32.5 million Series C funding

Qumulo, a scale-out data-aware NAS startup, has closed $32.5 million. The Series C funding oversubscribed funding round included participation from new investors Allen & Company, Top Tier Capital Partners, and Tyche Partners, along with existing venture investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), Madrona Venture Group, Highland Capital Partners, and Valhalla Partners. The company has raised $100 million to date. Qumulo recently introduced Qumulo Core 2.0 and three new QC-Series hybrid storage appliances – the QC40, QC104, and QC260. Qumulo Core is in production in commercial high performance computing and large-scale unstructured data environments, with customers including Ant Farm, Atomic Fiction, Blind Studios, Densho, FotoKem, MSG Networks, Sinclair Oil, Sportvision, TELUS Studios, UConn Health, University of Utah Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute, Vaisala, and ZOIC Studios, according to...

China’s Fujian Rural Credit Selects IBM For Storage And Cloud Solutions

China's Fujian Rural Credit (FJRC) has selected IBM for its storage infrastructure and cloud-based financial applications. The new services include convenient service outlets, mobile service vehicles, and mobile banking. FJRC's operation is built on an IBM Power Cloud business platform. With IBM Spectrum Virtualize, previously dispersed heterogeneous storage equipment is managed in one virtual pool.

Worldwide Personal Storage Market Finished Flat Last Year: IDC

The worldwide personal and entry-level storage (PELS) shipments remained flat year over year in 2014, finishing the year with 75.7 million units, according to the IDC Worldwide Personal and Entry Level Storage Tracker. Annual shipment values were down -1.5% year over year to $6.6 billion. Unit shipments were down slightly in the fourth quarter (4Q14), declining -0.9% from a year ago to 20.5 million units, while 4Q14 shipment values were also down, declining -5.2% to $1.7 billion. The entry-level portion of the market showed consistent growth throughout the year, but it remains too small to drive growth for the entire market, according to IDC. The largest market segment, personal storage, fell victim to continued price declines, increased competition from public cloud providers, and a shift in...