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Storage Industry News Roundup (6/12 – 6/19)

Analyst News - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 10:03

Storage Industry News Roundup (6/12 – 6/19)

If your favorite vendor is missing from our news roundup, it’s likely they didn’t have any pertinent announcements last week. If there’s a vendor you’re interested in seeing, email me at Nick@evaluatorgroup.com.

Actifio

6/15 – Media Alert: Actifio Live Is Coming to New York City

CA Technologies

6/15 – CA Technologies Acquires German Firm for Mainframe Expertise

Cisco

6/16 – Enterprises Get Increased Scalability, Agility from Verizon and Cisco

DataCore

6/13 – TUI Cruises’ Fleet Stays on Course with DataCore’s Software-Defined Storage

DDN

6/14 – DDN STORAGE USHERS IN THE DATA-CENTRIC COMPUTING ERA WITH NEW INNOVATIONS TO ENABLE PERFORMANCE AND RELIABILITY AT SCALE

HPE

6/15 – U.S. Dept. of Energy Taps Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Machine Research Project to Design Memory-Driven Supercomputer

Huawei

6/16 – Huawei Partners with Tableau to Provide Comprehensive Big Data Services

IBM

6/13 – IBM Brings Identity-as-a-Service to Hybrid Cloud Environments

6/15 – IBM Helps Service Providers Deliver and Manage Applications across Hybrid Cloud Networks

Intel

6/19 – Intel Demonstrates Future of High-Performance Computing and Artificial Intelligence Capabilities

MapR

6/14 – MapR Showcases Big Data Technologies at Connected Cars and Autonomous Vehicles 2017

Nutanix

6/18 – Netmagic Partners with Nutanix to Offer Managed Enterprise Cloud Services

Pivot3

6/14 – Pivot3 Achieves Common Criteria Certification to Support Increased Adoption of Hyperconverged Infrastructure Among Government Agencies

Quantum

6/15 – Quantum and DataFrameworks Deliver Intelligent Data Management for High-Performance, Project-Based Workflows

6/19 – ACRI-ST Extends Quantum Xcellis Scale-out Storage to Manage 8 Petabytes of Satellite-based Research Data

Spectra Logic

6/14 – Spectra Logic Publishes Annual State of Data Storage

6/19 – Spectra Logic Adds GPFS Integration through ArcaStream Ngenea BlackPearl Certification

Super Micro Computer

6/18 – Supermicro Introduces Workload Optimized HPC Solutions with New Intel X11 Architecture at the International Supercomputing Conference 2017

6/19 – New Supermicro X11 SuperBlade® Boosts I/O Performance Featuring Intel® Omni-Path Fabric

 

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Newsletter Archive

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Storage Industry News Roundup (6/5 – 6/12)

Analyst News - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 23:32

Storage Industry News Roundup (6/5 – 6/12)

If your favorite vendor is missing from our news roundup, it’s likely they didn’t have any pertinent announcements last week. If there’s a vendor you’re interested in seeing, email me at Nick@evaluatorgroup.com.

Actifio

6/7 – Media Alert: Actifio Joins Pure Accelerate to Showcase How the AppFlash DevOps Platform Helps Tame the Big Database Beast and Turbo-charge Application Development

Catalogic

6/7 – Catalogic Software Brings Message of Copy and Dev-Test Automation to Pure//Accelerate

Commvault

6/7 – RANDSTAD SELECTS COMMVAULT FOR PUBLIC CLOUD DATA PROTECTION AND MIGRATION TO AMAZON WEB SERVICES

Cray

6/7 – LEIDOS AND CRAY INC. ANNOUNCE STRATEGIC ALLIANCE TO OFFER MULTI-LEVEL SECURITY SOLUTIONS

Fujitsu

6/5 – Fujitsu and SAP Expand Global Partnership

Hitachi

6/6 – Hitachi Content Platform Portfolio Transforms Cloud Infrastructure To Achieve Over 60% TCO Savings Versus Public Cloud

HPE

6/5 – HPE Unveils the World’s Most Secure Industry Standard Servers

Huawei

6/9 – Huawei to Expand Its Server Product Portfolio to Deliver Hybrid Cloud Solution for Microsoft Azure Stack

HyperGrid

6/6 – HyperGrid Delivers Another Major Innovation – Public Cloud On-Premises is Now a Reality

IBM

6/12 – VersaStack with IBM Flash Accelerates Data Transfer for Virtual Desktop and Hybrid Cloud Workloads

Infinidat

6/7 – CONSIDERATIONS FOR STORAGE PERFORMANCE TESTING

MapR

6/6 – New MapR-XD Extends Converged Data Platform to Create Cloud-scale Data Fabric

NetApp

6/5 – New NetApp Solutions and Services for Hybrid Cloud Power Customer Success in the Data-Driven World

6/6 – NetApp Expands Collaboration with Microsoft in Hybrid Cloud Data Services

6/7 – NetApp Positioned to Capture Digital Transformation Opportunity with Leadership in Hybrid Cloud Data Services

6/8 – NetApp Showcases Data Management Solutions at DataWorks/Hadoop Summit 2017

Oracle

6/5 – Oracle Continues Innovation and Expansion of Cloud Security Offerings

Pivot3

6/8 – Spotlight: Pivot3 Acuity

Scality

6/6 – Scality Cracks Enterprise Cloud Security Anxieties with Secure Multi-site File and Object Cloud

Veritas

6/6 – Veritas Unveils New Technologies to Solve Key Challenges in the Multi-Cloud

VMware

6/6 – VMware Helps Customers Maximize Hybrid Cloud Investments with New vRealize Cloud Management Platform

 

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VMworld 2017 – August 27-31st, 2017

Analyst News - Mon, 06/12/2017 - 12:29

The Evaluator Group team will be attending this year’s VMworld in Las Vegas, NV.  Click here for more information on this conference and contact us if you would like to set up a time to talk with Evaluator Group at this event.

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Flash Memory Summit – August 8-10th, 2017

Analyst News - Mon, 06/12/2017 - 12:07

Camberley Bates and Randy Kerns will be attending this year’s Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, CA.  Click here for more information on this conference and contact us if you would like to set up a time to talk with Evaluator Group at this event.

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Storage Industry News Roundup (5/29 – 6/5)

Analyst News - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 02:10

Storage Industry News Roundup (5/29 – 6/5)

If your favorite vendor is missing from our news roundup, it’s likely they didn’t have any pertinent announcements last week. If there’s a vendor you’re interested in seeing, email me at Nick@evaluatorgroup.com.

Actifio

6/1 – Actifio Announces New Enterprise Cloud Data Management Solutions Powered by Nutanix

Brocade

6/1 – AFFILIATE OF PULSE SECURE, LLC TO ACQUIRE THE VIRTUAL APPLICATION DELIVERY CONTROLLER (VADC) BUSINESS FROM BROCADE COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS, INC.

6/2 – AT&T TO ACQUIRE VYATTA SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGY FROM BROCADE

Cisco

5/31 – Cisco and IBM Join Forces to Tackle Cybercrime

5/31 – Cisco Introduces Single Enterprise Agreement Spanning Infrastructure, Collaboration and Security

Commvault

5/31 – CAPTAIN “SULLY” SULLENBERGER AND EXPLORER ROBERT SWAN OBE TO HEADLINE COMMVAULT GO 2017

FalconStor

5/30 – AWS CUSTOMERS ARE NOW ABLE TO BENEFIT FROM FREESTOR

Fujitsu

6/5 – Fujitsu Develops Blockchain-based Software for a Secure Data Exchange Network

6/5 – Fujitsu and SAP Expand Global Partnership

Hedvig

6/1 – Hedvig Joins HPE Complete to Deliver a Scale-Out, Hybrid Cloud Storage Solution

HPE

6/5 – HPE Unveils the World’s Most Secure Industry Standard Servers

6/5 – Aruba Fundamentally Redefines Enterprise Core Switching for Mobile, Cloud and IoT Demands

6/5 – HPE Partners with ClearCenter to Simplify IT for Small and Medium Businesses

Huawei

5/30 – Huawei Released the CloudFAN Prototype for MSOs, Promoting Cloud Evolution for HFC Networks

HyperGrid

6/5 – HyperGrid Delivers Another Major Innovation – Public Cloud On-Premises is Now a Reality

MapR

6/1 – MapR Optimizes MapR-DB with Deep Apache Spark Integrations

NetApp

6/5 – New NetApp Solutions and Services for Hybrid Cloud Power Customer Success in the Data-Driven World

Nutanix

5/31 – Nutanix and Dell Solutions Help Vast-Auto Distribution Obtain Faster Performance and Fewer CapEx and OpEx Costs

Oracle

6/5 – Oracle Continues Innovation and Expansion of Cloud Security Offerings

SanDisk

5/29 – WESTERN DIGITAL TO DELIVER WORLD’S FIRST CLIENT SOLID STATE DRIVES WITH 64-LAYER 3D NAND TECHNOLOGY

Scality

5/30 – The rise of multi-cloud and data controllers

 

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Storage Industry News Roundup (5/22 – 5/29)

Analyst News - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 01:04

Storage Industry News Roundup (5/22 – 5/29)

If your favorite vendor is missing from our news roundup, it’s likely they didn’t have any pertinent announcements last week. If there’s a vendor you’re interested in seeing, email me at Nick@evaluatorgroup.com.

Actifio

5/25 – Actifio Renews Oracle PartnerNetwork Platinum Level Membership

Cloudera

5/24 – Cloudera Launches Altus to Simplify Big Data Workloads in the Cloud

Cohesity

5/23 – Cohesity and Lenovo Global IT Team Up to Bring Software-Defined Secondary Storage to China Market

5/25 – Cohesity Customers Can Now Use Microsoft Azure Cloud to Efficiently Scale Out Secondary Storage

5/25 – Cohesity Joins Hewlett Packard Enterprise Complete Program to Deliver Hyperconverged Secondary Storage Solutions to Enterprise Customers

DataCore

5/23 – DataCore’s Sixth Annual “State of Software-Defined Storage, Hyperconverged and Cloud Storage” Survey Reveals Top Business Drivers, Technology Disappointments and False Starts

DDN

5/24 – DDN NAMES INDUSTRY VISIONARY ERIC BARTON AS CTO FOR SOFTWARE-DEFINED STORAGE

5/25 – DDN TECHNOLOGY DELIVERS PRODUCTION-LEVEL PERFORMANCE FOR MACHINE LEARNING SUCCESS AT SCALE

HGST

5/22 – HGST, A Western Digital Brand, Addresses The Data Demands Of The Life Sciences Industry At Every Step Of Data Analysis, From Collaboration and Research To Data Archive

HPE

5/24 – Hewlett Packard Enterprise Delivers The Broadest and Deepest Flash Storage Portfolio for Hybrid IT

Huawei

5/25 – Huawei and Keppel Data Centers Announce to Jointly Develop the New-generation Data Center

5/26 – Huawei OceanStor Dorado V3 Achieves Certification as an Enterprise Storage Solution for SAP HANA®

IBM

5/24 – IBM Accelerates Open Database-as-a-Service on IBM Power Systems

MapR

5/23 – New MapR Quick Start Solution Accelerates Deep Learning Application Deployments

Nutanix

5/22 – Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Drives Efficiency for SAIC Volkswagen

5/23 – Nutanix Enables TBConsulting to Rapidly and Efficiently Scale Managed Desktop Environment

Oracle

5/22 – AS ONE Leverages Oracle Database Cloud to Publish Inventory Data to 4,300 Dealers in Real Time

SanDisk

5/29 – WESTERN DIGITAL TO DELIVER WORLD’S FIRST CLIENT SOLID STATE DRIVES WITH 64-LAYER 3D NAND TECHNOLOGY

Super Micro Computer

5/23 – Supermicro Announces Sample Systems Based on Upcoming Intel® Xeon® Processor Scalable Family

SwiftStack

5/22 – Bridging the Streaming Video Storage Gap

VMware

5/23 – VMware to Present at the Stifel Technology, Internet & Media Conference

5/24 – VMware to Present at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Technology Conference

 

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Storage Industry News Roundup (5/15 – 5/22)

Analyst News - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 14:08

Storage Industry News Roundup (5/15 – 5/22)

If your favorite vendor is missing from our news roundup, it’s likely they didn’t have any pertinent announcements last week. If there’s a vendor you’re interested in seeing, email me at Nick@evaluatorgroup.com.

CA Technologies

5/15 – CA Technologies Uses Advanced Analytics to Achieve Peak Performance of SD-WANs

5/16 – New Data-centric Security Features from CA Technologies Tackle Vulnerabilities and Compliance Challenges

Commvault

5/16 – COMMVAULT LAUNCHES POWERFUL NEW VM BACKUP AND RECOVERY TRIAL SOFTWARE FOR CUSTOMERS AND PARTNERS

Cray

5/16 – MARKLEY AND CRAY PARTNER TO PROVIDE SUPERCOMPUTING AS A SERVICE

DataGravity

5/16 – DataGravity Brings Behavior-Driven Data Management to Veeam Environments

Fujitsu

5/16 – Fujitsu and 1QBit Collaborate on Quantum Inspired AI Cloud Service

HGST

5/16 – Western Digital Sets New Standard With Latest Generation In Popular HGST-Brand Ultrastar SAS SSD Family

5/22 – HGST, A Western Digital Brand, Addresses The Data Demands Of The Life Sciences Industry At Every Step Of Data Analysis, From Collaboration and Research To Data Archive

HPE

5/15 – HPE Extends Solutions for SAP Applications from the Digital Core to the Intelligent Edge

Huawei

5/22 – Sixth China OpenStack Bug Smash Ensures Smooth Release

Maxta

5/20 – Maxta launches in UK to take on Nutanix and VMware with ‘unique’ channel model

Nutanix

5/15 – IBM and Nutanix Launch Hyperconverged Initiative to bring Enterprises into the Cognitive Era

5/22 – Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Drives Efficiency for SAIC Volkswagen

Oracle

5/22 – AS ONE Leverages Oracle Database Cloud to Publish Inventory Data to 4,300 Dealers in Real Time

Quantum

5/16 – Quantum Announces New Integration With Veeam to Deliver More Efficient VM Protection

5/18 – Quantum to Present at Bio-IT World on How Integrated, Multi-Tier Data Storage Optimizes Investment for Scientific Analysis and Technical Computing

SolarWinds

5/17 – SolarWinds Acquires Scout’s SaaS-based Server Monitoring Technology and Launches It as SolarWinds Pingdom Server Monitor

StorMagic

5/16 – StorMagic’s SvSAN – Targeting HCI’s ROBO Sweet Spot

5/20 – Software-defined storage goes mainstream with the release of Windows Server 2016 – Part 1

5/20 – Software-defined storage goes mainstream with the release of Windows Server 2016 – Part 2

5/20 – Software-defined storage goes mainstream with the release of Windows Server 2016 – Part 3

SwiftStack

5/17 – What Storage Product Should You Use in the Cisco UCS Storage Server?

5/22 – Bridging the Streaming Video Storage Gap

Violin

5/16 – Violin® Enhances Executive Team with Storage Industry Veteran

VMware

5/16 – VMware to Deliver VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure

Zadara

5/16 – Zadara Storage and consalco. Open Storage-as-a-Service Demo Center in Munich in collaboration with Intel

 

 

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Storage Industry News Roundup (5/8 – 5/15)

Analyst News - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 14:50

Storage Industry News Roundup (5/8 – 5/15)

If your favorite vendor is missing from our news roundup, it’s likely they didn’t have any pertinent announcements last week. If there’s a vendor you’re interested in seeing, email me at Nick@evaluatorgroup.com.

Actifio

5/10 – Actifio Launches a Painkiller for Enterprises with Large Databases in Linux

Brocade

5/8 – BROCADE DELIVERS MODERN STORAGE NETWORKS FOR NEW DELL EMC ALL-FLASH ARRAYS

CA Technologies

5/15 – CA Technologies Uses Advanced Analytics to Achieve Peak Performance of SD-WANs

Cisco

5/15 – Businesses Select Cisco UCS as Top Choice for SAP HANA Deployments

Cloudera

5/9 – Cloudera Successfully Completes SOC 2 Type II Certification for Cloud Offerings

Cray

5/10 – CRAY DELIVERS PRODUCTION-READY AI WITH NEW CRAY CS-STORM ACCELERATED CLUSTER SUPERCOMPUTERS

DataCore

5/9 – DataCore Solutions Now Verified to Meet Demanding VMware vSphere Metro Storage Cluster Configuration Requirements

HDatera

5/8 – vScaler Integrates with Datera to Provide Storage as-a-Service on Openstack

Dell EMC

5/8 – Dell EMC Delivers Wave of Innovations to Help Customers Realize Digital Transformation Goals

5/8 – Dell EMC Introduces New All-Flash Storage Systems to Help Customers Modernize Their Data Centers and Transform IT

5/8 – Dell EMC Launches Integrated Data Protection Appliance and Expands Cloud Data Protection Portfolio

5/8 – New Dell EMC Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Advancements and Cloud-Like Consumption Model Ease Adoption

5/8 – Dell EMC Software-Defined Storage Paves Way for Data Center Modernization

Hitachi

5/11 – Customers Are Embracing Hitachi Content Platform Anywhere To Create a Protected Digital Workplace

HPE

5/15 – HPE Unveils Computer Built for the Era of Big Data

Huawei

5/12 – Huawei Passed OpenStack Interoperability Test for the Second Time

5/12 – Huawei KunLun Certified for 16TB SAP HANA®

MapR

5/9 – MAPR EXTENDS ADVANCED ON-DEMAND TECHNICAL TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION FOR BIG DATA PROFESSIONALS WITH ACADEMY PRO

Maxta

5/9 – Trusource Labs Scales IT to Support Hyper-Growth with Maxta Hyperconvergence

Micron

5/10 – Micron Accelerates All-Flash Storage Speed, Performance and Value with New Flexible Petabyte-Scale Enterprise Data Center Solution

NetApp

5/8 – NetApp Releases Next-Generation Object Storage Software at OpenStack Summit Boston

5/10 – NetApp Showcases Hybrid Cloud Data Management Solutions for SAP HANA and Applications at 2017 SAPPHIRE NOW

5/11 – NetApp Showcases Cloud-Connected Data Management Solutions at VeeamON 2017

Nexsan

5/9 – Nexsan Unveils Next Generation Unity™ Systems to Meet Growing Customer Demand

Nutanix

5/15 – Hitachi Elevator Chooses Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform for Digital Transformation

Oracle

5/9 – Oracle Cloud Platform Adds New Levels of Performance, Availability, and Access for Oracle Database Applications

5/10 – Oracle API Platform Cloud Enables Customers to Drive Business Transformation and API-First Thinking

5/12 – Customers Rapidly Adopting Oracle’s New Security Cloud Services

Pivot3

5/9 – Advantage Technologies Partners With Pivot3 to Expand Data Center Services Using Its Hyperconverged Solutions

SanDisk

5/8 – WESTERN DIGITAL INTRODUCES INAND 7250A EMBEDDED STORAGE DEVICE FOR EVOLVING DATA DEMANDS OF CONNECTED AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGIES

SolarWinds

5/10 – SolarWinds and Prologic to Showcase End-to-End Hybrid IT Management at Bynet Expo 2017

Super Micro Computer

5/9 – Supermicro Showcases Enterprise IT Solutions at Japan IT Week’s Data Center Expo 2017

Veritas

5/8 – Veritas Unveils New Software-Defined Storage for OpenStack

Violin

5/11 – Violin® Announces Issuance of New Patent (Patent No. 9,495,110)

VMware

5/9 – VMware and Pivotal Extend Strategic Alliance to Integrate VMware NSX and Pivotal Cloud Foundry to Deliver New “Developer-Ready Infrastructure”

5/9 – VMware Introduces Integrations with Dell EMC to Accelerate Workforce Transformation

 

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Nutanix .NEXT – June 28-30th, 2017

Analyst News - Mon, 05/15/2017 - 09:50

The Evaluator Group team will be attending this year’s Nutanix .NEXT event in Washington, DC.  Click here for more information on this conference and contact us if you would like to set up a time to talk with Evaluator Group at this event.

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NetApp Analyst Summit – June 5th, 2017

Analyst News - Mon, 05/15/2017 - 09:44

The Evaluator Group team will be attending this year’s NetApp Analyst Summit in Boulder, CO.  Contact us if you would like to set up a time to talk with Evaluator Group at this event.

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Today’s Challenge for the OpenStack Foundation: Move Beyond the Complexity Conundrum – Forbes Blog by John Webster

Analyst News - Thu, 05/11/2017 - 10:44

OpenStack Summits follow a six-month cadence and the first of this year’s shows is being held this week in Boston with OpenStack Sydney Australia following in November. Attendance here in Boston is said to be approximately 5,000 and the keynotes are filled to capacity. One of the things people are watching for is whether a handful of prominent enterprise IT vendors are backing away from their previous commitments to OpenStack. The reason I often hear is summed-up in one word—complexity. Viewed from the standpoint of their enterprise customers they see too many projects to integrate, too many release cycles to manage, coupled with too few IT staff members that have the proficiency to make it work.

Prior to this week’s event, I spoke to a number of enterprise hybrid cloud users who had hands on experience with OpenStack within their organizations. Of those, only one is progressing forward. The others have either put their projects on hold or abandoned them altogether. And yes, complexity comes up as a reason. But its more than that.

As I spoke to these people, it became apparent that they started with the assumption that using OpenStack was equivalent to using open source instead of VMware vSphere to manage virtualized IT environments. VMware was getting too expensive, they were feeling locked-in, and private clouds were on the horizon. So rather than spend even more to transform vSphere into a private cloud, the alternative was to spin up OpenStack in another room and proceed forward, essentially leaving VMware  in stasis. But when OpenStack’s complexity set-in, so did the disillusionment. And there was something more. These users started to conclude that, even if they overcame the complexity, staffing and ongoing support issues, OpenStack wasn’t actually going to deliver the sought-after cost savings. They turned back to cloud-transforming VMware vSphere.

Leaders of the movement speaking here at the OpenStack Summit 2017 are clearly aware of at least some of the issues. In yesterday’s opening keynote, Mark Collier, COO of the OpenStack Foundation presented a one-word slide to the audience – Complexity. That was followed by another one-word slide: NIH (Not Invented Here). He conceded that, in the process of building a cloud development, deployment, and management model, the OpenStack foundation believed that it had to encompass the entire cloud code “stack.” Projects were added at a rapid pace forcing the need for equally rapid release cycles. Complexity grew exponentially. Collier concluded that the Foundation should now break away from its sense of cloud nationalism and reach out to other open source projects that could do a better job in specific areas. He called this “composability.” Ironically, his presentation was followed by an on-stage demonstration of OpenStack Cinder that “almost worked.”

Composability will allow users to build OpenStack deployments using best of breed open source components. It will (hopefully) break the NIH mentality. But at this point, I doubt that the result will be less complexity. As another keynote speaker, Brian Stevens, CTO of Google Cloud pointed out, it’s one thing to compose, but there is as yet no standard way to do this. There is now the need he said to create composed clouds in a standard way. This is certainly a standard well worth pursuing, but will composability alone be enough to deliver cost savings and bring disgruntled early adopters back into the fold?

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Storage Industry News Roundup (5/1 – 5/8)

Analyst News - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 16:02

Storage Industry News Roundup (5/1 – 5/8)

If your favorite vendor is missing from our news roundup, it’s likely they didn’t have any pertinent announcements last week. If there’s a vendor you’re interested in seeing, email me at Nick@evaluatorgroup.com.

Brocade

5/8 – BROCADE DELIVERS MODERN STORAGE NETWORKS FOR NEW DELL EMC ALL-FLASH ARRAYS

Cavium

5/2 – Cavium to Demonstrate Leading Datacenter, HPC and Next-generation Cloud Infrastructure Solutions at Red Hat Summit 2017

5/8 – Cavium to Showcase Innovative Solutions for Private and Public Cloud Infrastructure and Scale Out Applications at OpenStack 2017

5/8 – Cavium to Demonstrate Newest Enterprise Connectivity and Datacenter Solutions at Dell EMC World 2017

Cisco

5/1 – Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire Viptela

Cloudera

5/1 – Cloudera Announces General Availability of Data Science Workbench to Accelerate Data Science and Machine Learning in the Enterprise

Cray

5/1 – CRAY AWARDED CONTRACT TO INSTALL CRAY CS400 CLUSTER SUPERCOMPUTER AT ARGONNE NATIONAL LABORATORY

Datera

5/8 – vScaler Integrates with Datera to Provide Storage as-a-Service on Openstack

Dell EMC

5/4 – Salesforce Expands Relationship with Dell, Signs Multi-Year Commitment to Use Dell EMC Infrastructure and Dell Laptops

5/8 – Dell EMC Delivers Wave of Innovations to Help Customers Realize Digital Transformation Goals

5/8 – Dell EMC Introduces New All-Flash Storage Systems to Help Customers Modernize Their Data Centers and Transform IT

5/8 – Dell EMC Powers IT Transformation with New Open Networking Products

5/8 – Dell EMC Launches Integrated Data Protection Appliance and Expands Cloud Data Protection Portfolio

5/8 – New Dell EMC Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Advancements and Cloud-Like Consumption Model Ease Adoption

5/8 – Dell EMC Software-Defined Storage Paves Way for Data Center Modernization

Fujitsu

5/7 – Fujitsu and Mirantis Sign Strategic Collaboration Agreement to Deliver Private Managed OpenStack Cloud

Hypergrid

5/3 – HYPERGRID SIGNS HUNGARIAN MSP DELIVERING IT CONSUMPTION MODELS TO CUSTOMERS

IBM

5/7 – IBM Supports New Faster Protocols for Flash Storage

Infinidat

5/2 – INFINIDAT Challenges All-Flash Array Performance

Intel

5/2 – Intel Launches Cloud-Inspired 3D NAND SSDs for Data Centers

5/4 – Re-Architecting the Data Center: The Intel Xeon Processor Scalable Family

Micron

5/3 – Micron Unleashes the Full Power of NVMe Storage, Unlocking Unused Capacity and Performance

NEC

5/8 – NEC contributes to successful trial of KDDI’s next generation platform

NetApp

5/8 – NetApp Releases Next-Generation Object Storage Software at OpenStack Summit Boston

Nexenta

5/3 – Nexenta Delivers the Future of Storage with Advanced Scale-Out Software-Defined Storage (SDS) Platform Available on Any Hardware

Nutanix

5/1 – Firstnet Offers Hybrid Cloud Services Powered Exclusively by The Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform

5/3 – Nutanix Extends Customer Choice Once Again with New Hardware Options and Cloud-like Consumption Model

Oracle

5/4 – Oracle and Partners Make It Easier for Global Organizations to Move to the Cloud

5/4 – VMware and Oracle Collaborate to Enable Advanced Security Features and Streamlined Management of Oracle Mobile Enterprise Applications

5/4 – Oracle Cloud Applications Drive Business Transformation Around the World

SanDisk

5/8 – WESTERN DIGITAL INTRODUCES INAND 7250A EMBEDDED STORAGE DEVICE FOR EVOLVING DATA DEMANDS OF CONNECTED AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGIES

SoftNAS

5/2 – Talon and SoftNAS Partner to Provide Consolidated Global Cloud Storage for Enterprises and Distributed Branch Offices

Veritas

5/8 – Veritas Unveils New Software-Defined Storage for OpenStack

Violin

5/4 – Violin® Announces Issuance of New Patent

VMware

5/4 – VMware and Oracle Collaborate to Enable Advanced Security Features and Streamlined Management of Oracle Mobile Enterprise Applications

X-IO

5/1 – Press Release: X-IO Axellio Edge Computing Platform Enables Real-Time Capability for Streaming Big Data Analytics

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Storage Industry News Roundup (4/24 – 5/1)

Analyst News - Tue, 05/02/2017 - 13:46

Storage Industry News Roundup (4/24 – 5/1)

If your favorite vendor is missing from our news roundup, it’s likely they didn’t have any pertinent announcements last week. If there’s a vendor you’re interested in seeing, email me at Nick@evaluatorgroup.com.

Actifio

4/26 – Hitachi Solutions Deploys Actifio’s Enterprise Data-as-a-Service To Accelerate DevOps And Improve Business Resiliency For Enterprises

CA Technologies

4/25 – Risks, Rewards of Running With the Cybersecurity Bulls

4/26 – Why containers should make you stop and think

Cisco

5/1 – Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire Viptela

Cloudera

5/1 – Cloudera Announces General Availability of Data Science Workbench to Accelerate Data Science and Machine Learning in the Enterprise

Commvault

4/24 – PGNIG SA IMPLEMENTS COMMVAULT DATA PLATFORM TO SIMPLIFY (GDPR) COMPLIANCE

Cray

4/26 – CRAY SIGNS SOLUTIONS PROVIDER AGREEMENT WITH MARK III SYSTEMS

Dell EMC

4/24 – Dell EMC Showcases Storage Solutions that Empower Media Professionals to Create, Manage and Deliver Content at NAB Show 2017

Hedvig

4/25 – Hedvig Offers Industry’s First Channel Program Designed Around the Flexibility of Software-Defined Storage

HGST

4/26 – Western Digital Ships Fourth-Generation Helium Hard Drive Platform With Ultrastar He12 12TB Advanced Storage Hard Drives

Huawei

4/27 – CarbonData Becomes a Top-Level Project at the Apache Software Foundation

4/27 – Huawei and ESI Build a CAE Public Cloud Solution for Manufacturing

IBM

4/27 – Cloud Elements Teams with IBM to Expand SaaS Connectivity in IBM App Connect

4/29 – any.cloud Taps IBM Cloud to Tackle Digital Media’s Growing Unstructured Data Challenges

Intel

4/24 – Intel Optane Memory Now Available – Boosts Speed for Gaming, Web Browsing and More

KALEAO

4/24 – KALEAO Partners With CREAplus to Bring KMAX to Southern and Eastern Europe

MapR

5/1 – MAPR CEO MATT MILLS TO KEYNOTE AT COLLISION 2017

Maxta

4/25 – Princeton Pharmatech Deploys Maxta Hyperconvergence Solution to Boost IT Performance, Cut Cost and Reduce Complexity

Micron

4/24 – Micron and Microsoft Announce Collaboration to Help Improve Internet of Things Security

Microsoft

4/26 – UBS taps Microsoft Cloud to power business-critical tech

NetApp

4/27 – NetApp Supports Vital Energi in Transforming Data into Energy Savings Throughout the UK

Nutanix

5/1 – Firstnet Offers Hybrid Cloud Services Powered Exclusively by The Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform

Pivot3

4/25 – Pivot3 Announces the Industry’s First Priority-Aware Hyperconverged Infrastructure with Breakthrough Performance for Enterprise-Class Datacenters

Spectra Logic

4/24 – Spectra BlackPearl Converged Storage System Now Available with 14 Media & Entertainment Clients, Showing Broad Adoption as the Ideal Platform for Media Workflows

4/25 – IPV and Spectra Logic Partner to Manage BlackPearl-Stored Content

Super Micro Computer

4/25 – Supermicro Drives Converged Data Center Connectivity with Portfolio of 25/100Gbps Server Networking Solutions

Violin

4/26 – Violin Re-Asserts Performance and Latency Leadership

X-IO

5/1 – Press Release: X-IO Axellio Edge Computing Platform Enables Real-Time Capability for Streaming Big Data Analytics

 

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Evaluating a Hyperconverged Solution – Management and Advanced Features

Analyst News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 16:41

Evaluating products in the IT space is a complex process. A simple “feeds and speeds” comparison isn’t enough as features and functionality proliferate. This is especially true with Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) products where the evaluation now encompasses compute and management functions, not just storage.

Eval(u)Scale is a new tool created by Evaluator Group that IT professionals can use to make better product decisions. In it we list what we consider the 10 most important characteristics for an HCI evaluation and rate each product according to these criteria. In this blog series we’ve covered each of these characteristics (linked below). In this final blog we’ll discuss management capabilities and look at some of the advanced features and functionality that HCI vendors are coming out with.

  1. Models and Scalability
  2. Performance and Economics
  3. Data Resiliency, Protection and Business Continuity
  4. Company and Product Stability
  5. Platform and Cloud
  6. Management and Advanced Features

Deployment and Operation

Management of HCIs starts with set up, and all vendors have simplified this process, making it possible to get an HCI cluster up and running in as little as an hour. HCIs are promoted as easy-to-deploy so most have GUI driven set-up wizards that don’t require much planning, and simplified expansion capabilities as well. Most enable nodes to be added to the cluster seamlessly, rebalancing the storage pool and making new resources available to VMs in the HCI environment.

The purpose of a hyperconverged infrastructure is to support virtual machines (or virtual desktops) so after getting the infrastructure set up, most of the management tasks involve the ‘care and feeding’ of the VMs supported by the HCI. All HCIs (that support VMware) have plug-ins for VMware vCenter that allow the user to open the hypervisor management interface as a tab from within HCI UI.

All HCIs have a native program or utility, to control basic cluster resource management tasks, typically one that runs in a web browser. Some, like Nutanix Prism, provide dashboards for managing performance and resource allocation, as well as control the data services that support data protection, resiliency, etc. Some can be connected to 3rd party management tools like Cisco UCS Manager, UCS Director, Microsoft Systems Center or VMware vRealize. Most solutions include an on-board management utility, but functionality can vary greatly, as does compatibility with 3rd party management tools.

Prism can also model projected workloads to forecast future capacity requirements.

This use of analytics to automate system management and improve efficiency is something we’re seeing from more HCI vendors, as we are from storage arrays vendors. While interesting, these features aren’t all the same. Some automate routine tasks to save time while others crunch usage data to forecast future needs or compare system history with norms to improve uptime. It’s easy to say your system does “analytics”, but users should take care to understand what each vendor’s management and analytics features really do and make sure it’s something they need.

Advanced Features

As a category, most HCIs provide an impressive list of data services, things like deduplication, compression, remote replication, encryption, snapshots and even stretched clustering. Advanced features can combine some of these basic functions to simplify an operation or eliminate the need for another product altogether.

SimpliVity was one of the first to offer a dedicated backup utility that replaced backup software, using the product’s data architecture to capture data for backup without actually creating a copy or a clone. Other products automate the traditional snapshot process to provide a ‘one-touch backup’ feature. Nutanix has several features around its AHV hypervisor that simplify the conversion of VMs from VMware to AHV and facilitate its movement into the Nutanix cluster or the cloud.

Some vendors allow their clustered storage pool to be shared with external servers, as block or file-based data, allowing companies to replace their file server or SAN storage array with storage from their HCI cluster. VxRail (through vSAN) and Maxta have implemented a system of VM-based control and management that enables admins to set policies around data protection, resiliency, VM performance and storage efficiency.

Features abound in the software-defined environment of HCI and what yesterday was an advanced feature can today be a standard capability that’s essentially “table stakes”. When evaluating products, refer to tools like the Eval(u)Scale to get a rundown of what most products offer and which features may be the most important for each particular use case.

The amount and diversity of technology available in infrastructure products can be overwhelming for those trying to evaluate appropriate solutions. In this blog we discuss pertinent topics to help IT professionals think outside the checkbox of features and functionality.

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Storage Industry News Roundup (4/17 – 4/24)

Analyst News - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 17:41

Storage Industry News Roundup (4/17 – 4/24)

If your favorite vendor is missing from our news roundup, it’s likely they didn’t have any pertinent announcements last week. If there’s a vendor you’re interested in seeing, email me at Nick@evaluatorgroup.com.

Actifio

4/20 – Actifio Showcases Enterprise Data-As-a-Service as Global Roadshow Arrives in Kansas City

Broadcom

4/18 – Broadcom’s New 100G Ethernet Multi-host Controller Accelerates Machine Learning, NFV, and Enterprise & Cloud Storage

4/18 – Broadcom Ships World’s Fastest NVMe/SAS/SATA RAID Solutions to Server and External Storage OEMs

CA Technologies

4/18 – CA Technologies Sharpens Focus on Container-Ready Tools and Innovations; CA Accelerator Project to Release Code to OpenSource Community

Caringo

4/20 – Caringo Enables Maintenance-free, Video Storage Platform for iQ Media

Catalogic

4/19 – Catalogic Software Expands Database Virtualization Coverage for Its Copy Data Solution

Commvault

4/24 – PGNIG SA IMPLEMENTS COMMVAULT DATA PLATFORM TO SIMPLIFY (GDPR) COMPLIANCE

DDN

4/18 – DDN TO DEMONSTRATE CONVERGED APPLIANCE THAT ACCELERATES IMMERSIVE AND TRADITIONAL CONTENT CREATION AND GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION

Dell EMC

4/18 – Dell EMC Releases Open Source Storage Updates Designed for Security and Easier Consumption

4/24 – Dell EMC Showcases Storage Solutions that Empower Media Professionals to Create, Manage and Deliver Content at NAB Show 2017

Fujitsu

4/20 – Fujitsu and Oracle Offer Oracle Public Cloud Services from a Japan Datacenter, Move Enterprise Systems to the Cloud

HGST

4/19 – HGST, A Western Digital Brand, Provides Storage Products And Solutions That Support Every Stage Of The Workflow For The Media And Entertainment Industry

HPE

4/17 – HPE Completes Acquisition of Nimble Storage

IBM

4/22 – IBM Cloud Executive to Present at Open Networking User Group Spring 2017 Event

Intel

4/24 – Intel Optane Memory Now Available – Boosts Speed for Gaming, Web Browsing and More

Micron

4/24 – Micron and Microsoft Announce Collaboration to Help Improve Internet of Things Security

NetApp

4/17 – NetApp Shares Strategies to Maximize Data Value at Big Data Innovation Summit

4/19 – NetApp Showcases Cloud-Connected, Next-Generation Media and Entertainment Solutions at NAB 2017

Nexsan

4/19 – Nexsan to showcase its market leading hyper-unified storage portfolio at IP Expo Manchester

Nimble

4/17 – HPE Completes Acquisition of Nimble Storage

Oracle

4/18 – Oracle Warehouse Management Cloud Update Helps Businesses Scale Logistics to Meet Multi-Channel Demand

4/18 – Oracle Buys Moat

4/19 – Oracle Brings Oracle’s Flagship Databases and Developer Tools to the Docker Store

Quantum

4/17 – Quantum’s New StorNext 6 Delivers Unparalleled Combination of Best-in-Class 4K Performance and Advanced Data Management

4/24 – Quantum to Showcase Veritone’s Artificial Intelligence Platform in a StorNext Environment at NAB

Scality

4/18 – Scality Accelerates Multi-Cloud Adoption with New Open-Source Release

2/24 – Scality Showcases Object Storage Solutions for Media and Entertainment Applications at NAB 2017 in Booth #SL8505

SolarWinds

4/19 – SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer with Support for Microsoft Azure SQL Database Now Available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace

4/20 – SolarWinds to Showcase Performance Optimization Technology for MySQL at Percona Live Open Source Database Conference 2017

Spectra Logic

4/24 – Spectra BlackPearl Converged Storage System Now Available with 14 Media & Entertainment Clients, Showing Broad Adoption as the Ideal Platform for Media Workflows

Tegile

4/18 – Enterprises Look to the Data Center to Fuel Business Innovation, Says New Report from Tegile

Violin

4/24 – Violin Memory, Inc. Acquired by Soros Following Successful Reorganization

 

 

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Storage Industry News Roundup (4/10 – 4/17)

Analyst News - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 20:06

Storage Industry News Roundup (4/10 – 4/17)

If your favorite vendor is missing from our news roundup, it’s likely they didn’t have any pertinent announcements last week. If there’s a vendor you’re interested in seeing, email me at Nick@evaluatorgroup.com.

Broadcom

4/17 – Broadcom Ships World’s Fastest NVMe/SAS/SATA RAID Solutions to Server and External Storage OEMs

Cisco

4/11 – Cisco Launches Next Generation Storage Networking Innovations

DDN

4/11 – DDN ADVANCES OBJECT STORAGE PERFORMANCE AND DELIVERS INDUSTRY’S MOST FLEXIBLE AND COST-EFFECTIVE DATA PROTECTION

Dell EMC

4/12 – New Research: Only 5% of Large Companies Prepared to Meet IT Requirements of the New Digital Business

HPE

4/11 – Hewlett Packard Enterprise Software Modernizes IT Operations Management with New Container-Based Deployment

4/17 – HPE Completes Acquisition of Nimble Storage

Huawei

4/11 – Trusted and Open Huawei Public Cloud Makes Business Agile

4/12 – Huawei Consumer BG: Focusing on User Experience to Craft Leading Cloud Services Globally

4/12 – Huawei Announces Hybrid Cloud Support by Its STaaS Solution

4/12 – Huawei Launches All-Cloud Network Application Platform to Unleash the Digitalized Value of Networks

IBM

4/13 – Comcast Business Now Provides Enterprises with Dedicated Links to IBM Cloud

4/17 – IBM Brings Anaconda Open Data Science Platform to IBM Cognitive Systems

MapR

4/10 – MAPR RELEASES NEW ECOSYSTEM PACK WITH OPTIMIZED SECURITY AND PERFORMANCE FOR APACHE SPARK

4/11 – MAPR ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF NATIVE TABLEAU CONNECTOR FOR APACHE DRILL

4/13 – C&J ENERGY SERVICES DEPLOYS NEW OIL AND GAS BIG DATA PLATFORM USING MAPR ON MICROSOFT AZURE

NEC

4/11 – NEC and K-Opticom successfully trial system combining virtualization technology with 10G-EPON

NetApp

4/13 – neteffect Offers Hybrid Cloud Disaster Recovery Solutions with NetApp

4/17 – NetApp Shares Strategies to Maximize Data Value at Big Data Innovation Summit

Nexsan

4/12 – Nexsan Unity Experiences Rapid $Million Revenue Growth

Nimble Storage

4/17 – HPE Completes Acquisition of Nimble Storage

Pure Storage

4/11 – Pure Storage Announces First Enterprise-Class All-NVMe Flash Array, FlashArray//X

Quantum

4/17 – Quantum’s New StorNext 6 Delivers Unparalleled Combination of High Performance and Advanced Data Management

Spectra Logic

4/11 – Globus Joins Spectra Logic’s Growing Partner Developer Program with BlackPearl Client Certification

Tegile

4/11 – Tegile Closes $33 Million to Continue Growth in All-Flash Sales and Further Accelerate Expansion

VMware

4/11 – VMware Accelerates Customers’ Data Center Modernization Efforts with New Release of Industry-Leading vSAN

4/12 – VMware to Acquire Wavefront to Accelerate Delivery of its Cross-Cloud Management Services

4/13 – Defense Information Systems Agency Adds VMware vSAN Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Platform to VMware vSphere STIG Framework

 

 

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Storage Industry News Roundup (4/3 – 4/10)

Analyst News - Tue, 04/11/2017 - 14:36

Storage Industry News Roundup (4/3 – 4/10)

If your favorite vendor is missing from our news roundup, it’s likely they didn’t have any pertinent announcements last week. If there’s a vendor you’re interested in seeing, email me at Nick@evaluatorgroup.com.

Aptare

4/5 – APTARE Extends its Universal IT Analytics Platform to Support Leading Public Cloud Providers

CA Technologies

4/3 – CA Technologies Completes Acquisition of Veracode

4/5 – Veracode Helps Developers Reduce Risk and Decrease Time to Production with New Static Analysis Features

Caringo

4/5 – Acceleration of Large File Transfer into Caringo Swarm

Cloudera

4/10 – MEDIA ADVISORY: FBI, IARPA, DHHS to Discuss Machine Learning, Cloud, Security at Cloudera Government Forum

Cohesity

4/4 – Cohesity Raises Over $90 Million in Series C Funding to Meet Surging Customer Demand

4/4 – Cohesity Improves Efficiency and Extends Hyperconverged Secondary Storage Platform to Consolidate Object Storage and NAS

Fujitsu

4/4 – Fujitsu and Oracle Launch Fujitsu SPARC M12 Servers with World’s Fastest Per-Core Performance

Huawei

4/6 – Huawei Partners with Global Switch to Build Modular Data Centers Supporting Smart O&M

4/6 – Huawei CloudEngine Modules for Ansible Aim to Simplify Network Automation

Kaleao

4/3 – KALEAO PARTNERS WITH NETWORK ALLIES TO BRING ITS SOLUTIONS TO MARKET

MapR

4/4 – MAPR FILE SYSTEM SELECTED BY SAP FOR ITS STORAGE AND FILE SYSTEM INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE CLOUD

4/10 – MAPR RELEASES NEW ECOSYSTEM PACK WITH OPTIMIZED SECURITY AND PERFORMANCE FOR APACHE SPARK

Pivot3

4/4 – Pivot3 and ISS Announce OEM Agreement

VMware

4/4 – OVH Announces Intent to Acquire VMware vCloud Air Business

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Storage Industry News Roundup (3/27 – 4/3)

Analyst News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 20:56

Storage Industry News Roundup (3/27 – 4/3)

If your favorite vendor is missing from our news roundup, it’s likely they didn’t have any pertinent announcements last week. If there’s a vendor you’re interested in seeing, email me at Nick@evaluatorgroup.com.

Actifio

3/28 – Vicom Computer Services Taps Actifio To Make Data Available Instantly

Brocade

3/28 – BROCADE EXTENDS GEN 6 FIBRE CHANNEL PORTFOLIO WITH A NO-COMPROMISE ENTRY-LEVEL SWITCH AND INDUSTRY-FIRST VIRTUAL MACHINE VISIBILITY FOR STORAGE NETWORKS

3/29 – EXTREME NETWORKS TO ACQUIRE BROCADE’S DATA CENTER NETWORKING BUSINESS

Datera

3/27 – Datera Partners with Boston Limited to Deliver Elastic Block Storage for Enterprises and Service Providers

Fujitsu

3/30 – Fujitsu and VMware Expand their Strategic Collaboration to Offer IoT Solutions for the Automobile Industry

Huawei

3/29 – Huawei Releases a New Cloud-based High Performance Unified CDN Solution

3/30 – Huawei and Colt Data Centre Services Announce Partnership in Cloud Data Center Infrastructure at CeBIT 2017

3/30 – Huawei Partners with Daily-Tech to Build Future-oriented Smart Modular Data Centers

3/30 – EcoDataCenter and Huawei enters partnership within the data centre

3/30 – Huawei and Beijing Co-Op Sign Partnership Agreement to Build Cloud Data Center

Intel

3/27 – https://newsroom.intel.com/editorials/what-happens-pc-meets-intel-optane-memory/

Maxta

3/28 – Designed Security Simplifies IT Infrastructure with Maxta Hyperconvergence

Nexsan

3/27 – The Pragmatic Approach To Public Cloud

3/28 – Is it Time to Reboot Primary Storage?

Oracle

3/29 – New Certifications Demonstrate Continued Momentum for Oracle Public Cloud

3/29 – Oracle Unveils Industry-First Cloud Converged Storage to Help Organizations Bridge On-Premises and Oracle Cloud Storage

Pivot3

3/27 – Can hyperconvergence simplify storage?

3/28 – Pivot3 Continues Tradition of Innovation in Video Surveillance; Applies IT Concepts to Enhance Security Solutions

Scality

3/30 – Scality Releases First Cisco Validated Design for Object Storage and Announces C Spire as Joint Customer

Seagate

4/3 – Seagate Advises Global Business Leaders And Entrepreneurs To Sharpen Focus On Data Critical To The Success Of Global Business Impact

SolarWinds

3/29 – SolarWinds IT Trends Report 2017: Portrait of a Hybrid IT Organization Finds German IT Realizing Cost Benefits of Cloud, Challenged by Shifting Job Dynamics

3/29 – SolarWinds IT Trends Report 2017: Portrait of a Hybrid IT Organization Finds Brazilian IT Realizing Cost Benefits of Cloud, Challenged by Shifting Job Dynamics

3/29 – SolarWinds IT Trends Report 2017: Portrait of a Hybrid IT Organization Finds North American IT Professionals Realizing Cost Benefits of Cloud, Challenged by Shifting Job Dynamics

3/29 – SolarWinds IT Trends Report 2017: Portrait of a Hybrid IT Organization Finds Majority of North American Public Sector IT Realizing Cost Benefits of Cloud, Challenged by Meeting Shifting Job Dynamics

Tintri

3/28 – Tintri Announces New Cloud Certification Program

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Evaluating a Hyperconverged Solution – Hypervisors, Containers and Cloud Support

Analyst News - Wed, 03/29/2017 - 14:17

Evaluating products in the IT space is a complex process. A simple “feeds and speeds” comparison isn’t enough as features and functionality proliferate. This is especially true with Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) products where the evaluation now encompasses compute and management functions, not just storage.

In this blog series we’re looking at a new tool, Eval(u)Scale, created by Evaluator Group that IT professionals can use to make better product decisions. In it we list what we consider the 10 most important characteristics and rate each product according to these criteria. In this blog we look at how platform support can impact an HCI product decision and list the hypervisors that several HCIs can run on. We also look at how HCIs are starting to provide cloud functionality as more vendors integrate their products with public clouds and incorporate private cloud features into their solutions.

Hypervisors

Most HCIs run as a VM, making hypervisor support a central part of the product decision. VMware is the dominant player in server virtualization and most HCIs support it, but if your company is running (or plans to run) Hyper-V or KVM, as an example, you’ll want to look at an HCI that runs on that hypervisor as well.

The cost of the hypervisor adds to the total cost of the solution, prompting many companies to go with an HCI that includes the hypervisor at no cost or supports one of the open-source hypervisors. And since license costs are typically based on CPUs, adding nodes, which also adds CPU cores, can drive up the hypervisor cost quickly.

Of the dozen vendors in the HCI Eval(u)Scale, Nutanix has the broadest hypervisor coverage, supporting VMware, Hyper-V, Citrix Xen and their proprietary AHV (KVM-based). SimpliVity supports VMware, Citrix Xen and KVM and Maxta supports VMware and KVM. Scale Computing has taken a unique approach by providing a KVM-based hypervisor at no charge, but not supporting any other hypervisors.

Nutanix has a migration utility called the App Mobility Fabric that converts VMs from other hypervisors to AHV, simplifying the process of moving to their no-charge hypervisor. It also facilitates the physical transfer of workloads between hosts and locations, including the cloud.

Containers

Each container shares the same OS with its host, reducing time and resources required to run multiple applications, compared with a hypervisor. This can lower the cost and speed application development, making containers popular in the DevOps area, a growing use case for HCIs. Nutanix, VxRail and vSAN have integrated container support and Atlantis has incorporated the Rancher container management solution into their USX software that runs their HyperScale HCI solution.

HCI-Cloud Integration

One selling point for HCIs is their ability to simplify the backup and DR process. Since most include snapshots, cloning and replication, they make it easy to get data off-site to another HCI cluster in a remote location. Many of these products are starting to support connectivity to the public cloud, allowing VMs to be replicated to an instance of the HCI software in AWS or Azure, as an example. This “hybrid cloud” capability can also provide the flexibility to run workloads in the cloud, in many cases.

Some HCI solutions are integrating a software layer that provides varying degrees of private cloud-like functionality, on-site. These typically include a self-service capability for users on the front end to simplify the creation and management of VMs and containers and automated management for IT on the back end to reduce admin overhead and improve resource efficiency.

Cisco’s HyperFlex runs the company’s CloudCenter cloud management platform and VxRail supports Dell EMC’s Enterprise Hybrid Cloud software stack, both providing private and hybrid cloud functionality. Nutanix and HPE support the Microsoft Cloud Platform, an Azure-consistent software stack that provides public cloud connectivity, enabling workloads to be developed on-site and run in the Azure cloud.

VMware also offers vCloud Air, a service based on vSphere that provides cloud-based infrastructure for VMware environments on any HCI. It can be used as a DR target for replicating VMs off-site or for running workloads in an isolated or multi-tenant environment.

Hybrid Cloud functionality is a hot topic in IT and HCIs have the potential to be an ideal platform for this technology. HCI vendors know this and are adding cloud-based features at a rapid pace. Evaluator Group research on the cloud is available to help potential users better understand this technology and the benefits it can bring. In the final blog of this series, we’ll look at HCI management and advanced features.

 

The amount and diversity of technology available in infrastructure products can be overwhelming for those trying to evaluate appropriate solutions. In this blog we discuss pertinent topics to help IT professionals think outside the checkbox of features and functionality.

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