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7 Out of 8 Enterprises Say “Yes” to Hyperconverged—but Not for Everything

Analyst News - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 07:30

New research from Evaluator Group determines how HCIs fit in enterprise environments, which applications they are supporting and how they’re being chosen, plus where enterprise IT is NOT using HCI solutions and why.

Hyperconverged Infrastructures (HCIs) have enjoyed significant success over the past several years, partly building on the appeal of Converged Infrastructure (CI) solutions. Like CIs, they shorten the timeframe and reduce the effort required to deploy new infrastructures. As HCI technologies mature, their adoption is being seen in more enterprise-level companies and in more critical use cases.

“It is clear from our conversations with enterprise clients that hyperconverged has their attention and is being examined as an option for many use cases,” said Camberley Bates, Managing Director of Evaluator Group. “That said, the adoption still seems to have a trial and error flow. We expect this market to mature and evolve to meet the demands of enterprises.”

Evaluator Group’s new research study, “Hyperconverged Infrastructure in the Enterprise”, was created by conducting an incisive survey and in-depth interviews with enterprise administrators who are running HCIs, conducting or planning hyperconverged infrastructure initiatives, as well as those who have no HCI intentions. From these data points came an illuminating view of how hyperconverged infrastructures fit in the enterprise, where they’re being used and how companies choose one solution over another. The study also helps explain where HCIs may not be the best solution and why not.

While a number of significant conclusions were drawn from the data captured, several key findings stood out. These included:

  • 7 out of 8 respondents see HCIs as appropriate for the enterprise
  • The number one use case for HCIs in the enterprise is consolidating IT infrastructure
  • The creation of silos and vendor lock-in were primary objections to adopting HCIs
  • While simplicity was a primary driver for HCI adoption, it has a cost

“HCIs are no longer at the kids’ table in enterprise IT”, according to Eric Slack, Sr. Analyst at Evaluator Group. “Almost 90% of respondents said HCIs were appropriate for enterprise environments. While performance and economics were the top decision factors, we found out some surprising things about how enterprise IT views HCI performance.”

In addition to the trends and enterprise insights, the report covers and reviews HCI vendor products including those from Atlantis, Cisco, Dell EMC, HPE / Simplivity, Maxta, Nutanix, Pivot3, Scale Computing, VMware, vSAN Ready Node Vendors and ecosystem players.

For more information, a free study overview and full Table of Contents, click here.

About Evaluator Group
Evaluator Group Inc., an Information management and data storage analyst firm, has been covering Systems for over 20 years. Executives and IT Managers use us daily to make informed decisions to architect and purchase systems supporting their digital data. We surpass the current technology landscape by defining requirements and providing an in-depth knowledge of the products as well as the intricacies that dictate long-term successful strategies.

Press Contact: For more information about Evaluator Group contact Nick Waterhouse at 303.221.7867 x1008 or Nick(at)evaluatorgroup(dot)com.

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Evaluator Group and IOmark Announce New Industry Leading Results for IOmark-VM Benchmark with Datrium DVX System

Analyst News - Tue, 10/24/2017 - 14:53

Datrium DVX achieves record performance results with 8,000 IOmark-VM-HC virtual server workload at a price of $667 per vm.

BOULDER, CO. October 24th, 2017 – IOmark and Evaluator Group announce new record IOmark-VM-HC benchmark results for Datrium DVX system. A single Datrium system was verified to support 8,000 IOmark-VM virtual machines running the IOmark hyper-converged workload. The IOmark-VM-HC benchmark certifies that hyper-converged systems are able to support the reported virtual server workload while meeting the benchmark criteria for response time.

“The scale and performance of Datrium’s DVX cluster surpassed all configurations tested to date for VM workloads,” said Russ Fellows, Senior Partner of Evaluator Group. “The IOmark-VM-HC results achieved by the DVX establish Datrium’s leading performance for virtual server workloads, far surpassing previous systems all while the system had deduplication, compression, erasure coding and encryption enabled.”

A Datrium DVX system comprised of data nodes and servers (compute nodes) with DVX software achieved passing results for 8,000 IOmark-VM instances at a price of $667.01 / vm. Key features noted during testing include:

  • A Datrium cluster consisting of 10 DVX data nodes along with 60 servers running DVX software was certified to support 8,000 IOmark-VM-HC virtual server workloads
  • The tested configuration utilized both data deduplication, compression, and erasure coding while also having encryption enabled
  • More than 96% of response times were less than 5 ms, with an average read response time of 0.76 ms.

“The record-setting VM performance announced today is awesome, but is actually not the point. Speed is just a scaffold for simplicity at a ​cloud data center level,” said Craig Nunes, Datrium VP of Marketing. “The ​world-class performance of Datrium DVX ​means all data services are always-on—eliminating the need to plan, choose and configure appropriate efficiency, performance and resilience tradeoffs. This is the easy-button for cloud data center infrastructure, and is what sets open convergence ​apart from hyperconverged alternatives​.”

Datrium converges virtualized hosts, primary storage, integrated backup and archive to cloud—offering a fully integrated converged infrastructure system for virtualized enterprises and service providers. Its scale-out ‘open converged’ architecture can mix workloads across high-performance, flash-enabled compute nodes connected to either flash-based or disk-based data nodes. Datrium DVX effectively supports low-latency tier 1 applications and related cloud data management functions within a single system.

The IOmark benchmark results are audited to ensure uniform testing and reporting of results, enabling IT users to compare products using metrics that matter: price, capacity and application performance. The application mix for IOmark-VM includes databases, webservers and Exchange mail servers, plus hypervisor operations consisting of a VM clone, deploy, boot, software upgrade, and storage migration between storage volumes.

The IOmark-VM benchmark requires the following to achieve passing results:

  • Total test time is 1 hour, with a measured interval of 30 minutes
  • Seventy percent of response times for I/Os must not exceed 20ms
  • A minimum number of storage vMotion and VM clone operations must also be completed during a 1 hour test

Evaluator Group is the developer of IOmark, a software test platform that may be licensed to use for validation and POC testing. Vendors, performance testing labs and channel partners may purchase the tool to use in their lab and for publishing audited results. IT end users may purchase a discounted license. An evaluation license may be obtained for 30 days for internal trials.

Datrium results and more information about IOmark-VM and IOmark-VM-HC are available at the IOmark website http://www.iomark.org/.

About IOmark

IOmark is dedicated to helping IT professionals and Vendors effectively measure and compare storage and other IT systems performance while running real applications workloads. More information is available at www.iomark.org.

About Evaluator Group

Evaluator Group Inc. is a technology research and advisory company covering Information Management, Storage and Systems. Executives and IT Managers use Evaluator Group information daily to make informed decisions to architect and purchase systems supporting their data assets. We go beyond the technology landscape by defining requirements and knowing the products in-depth along with the intricacies that dictate long-term successful strategies.

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Dell Makes a Big Bet on IoT – Forbes blog by John Webster

Analyst News - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 11:52

I attended a Dell-hosted, two-day analyst event last week in New York City. The first day focused on IQT—Dell’s “intelligent” approach to the Internet of Things (IoT). Michael Dell was with us for the entire day. During the second day, company executives briefed analysts on product strategies and future directions—a critical facet of the Dell EMC integration effort going forward.

IQT

IQT is Dell’s way to say IoT. Michael Dell delivered the keynote, pointing out that IoT equates to massive amounts of data and, in that Dell EMC now stores more than half of the world’ critical data, IoT is a storage-intensive phenomenon. But he also noted that real time IoT application response is critical as well. In order to achieve that, a distributed edge-to-core-to-cloud architectural model that is more affordable and economical is needed. Just throwing all IoT data into a cloud-based data lake and trying to cope with it there is not a sustainable strategy for enterprise IT – the target market for IQT. At the edge where data is initially ingested is where Dell intends to process and initially store disparate IoT data. But he also introduced a “distributed core” concept that speaks to a distributed processing and analytics engine that converges streaming data processing at the edge (Project Nautilus) with centralized historical and contextual analysis. To develop the architecture, Dell will be spending $1B over the next three years.

Many if not all of Dell’s technology brands will participate in IQT. Servers, networks and storage will support the hardware infrastructure. Others include Pivotal for application development and distributed analytics, RSA for security, and VMware for IQT system management under its Pulse IoT Center. IQT solutions will be enterprise IT-focused and feature end-to-end, production readiness. To bring IQT to market, Dell EMC will also tap into and add to its extensive partner community.

Portfolio Simplification

At this event Dell executives also updated on their progress with the product portfolio and the integration of EMC. They repeatedly spoke of product portfolio “simplification” although “rationalization” is probably a better word. The Dell EMC merger brought together two IT infrastructure companies with overlapping product lines. This is particularly true for data storage. Dell had acquired Compellent and Equal Logic while EMC offered VMAX, VNX, Isilon and others. Product teams will be talking to customers to get a sense of what they want to see from the new Dell EMC storage division going forward and act accordingly. Customers can expect to less overlap and less complexity when sizing-up Dell products. Some will go, some will stay, some will be blended together.

Dell is also investing in promising startups that could contribute in some way to Dell’s overall strategy in the future. Featured at this conference were:

  • Moogsoft – Machine learning to detect system issues before they become failures
  • FogHorn Systems – Machine learning at the edge for IoT
  • ZingBox – IoT security
  • Graphcore Systems – Intelligence Processing Units (IPU) chips, 10x faster than GPUs
  • Edico Genome – DRAGEN Bio-IT Processor for processing an entire genome in 20 minutes
My Key Takeaway

IQT is a significant strategy for two reasons. First, it is the most comprehensive integration of IoT solutions, services and partnerships focused on the enterprise yet produced by any IT vendor. Second, it unites the Dell brands and gets them marching in the same direction. They now have a clear and present need to collaborate with one another – a brilliant move on Michael Dell’s part to draw-in and solidify the EMC acquisition.

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Storage Industry News Roundup (10/9-10/16)

Analyst News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 08:36

Storage Industry News Roundup (10/9-10/16)

 

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

10/10 – Enterprise Automation Platform from CA Technologies Delivers Intelligence for Greater Speed and Efficiency

Actifio

10/11 – Actifio Cloud-Centric Sky Platform 8.0

Cisco

10/12 – Cisco Advances Intent-Based Networking for Data Center and Private Cloud Environments with New ACI Capabilities

Fujitsu

10/10 – Fujitsu Develops Low Power Consumption Technology for 5G Small Cell Base Stations

Huawei

10/12 – Huawei’s FusionInsight Claims Top Spot in IDC MarketScape Big Data Vendor Assessment in China

IBM

10/16 – IBM and Dream Payments Expand Payment Services on the Cloud to U.S. Financial Institutions

Intel

10/12 – Intel FPGAS Power Acceleration-As-A-Service For Alibaba Cloud

Nutanix

10/10 – Nutanix Certifies on Cloudera Enterprise, Joining Forces To Create Simplified Big Data Enterprise Clouds

Oracle

10/16 – OSL Cutting Technologies Modernises with NetSuite OneWorld

Quantum

10/16 – Quantum Transforms Channel Partner Program, Delivers Differentiation in Midst of Storage Industry Consolidation

Scality

10/11 – Making Storage Work Across Hybrid Clouds

Spectra Logic

10/11 – Spectra logic Launches LTO-8 Pre-Purchase Program

Tintri

10/11 – Tintri Announces Third Generation Automation Toolkit to Help Organizations Automate On-Premises Enterprise Cloud and Data Center

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Storage Industry News Roundup 10/2-10/9

Analyst News - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 13:57

Storage Industry News Roundup 10/2-10/9

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

10/2 – Actifio Accelerates Data Revolution with Cloud-Centric Sky Platform 8.0

CA Technologies

10/4 – Veracode Becomes First Application Security Vendor to Empower Developers to Secure Modern Web and Cloud Applications

Cisco

10/5 – Telenor and Cisco introduce ‘WorkingGroupTwo’

Commvault

10/2 – Commvault Highlights its Support For Oracle Cloud Infrastructure at oracle Openworld

EMC

10/4 – Dell EMC Expands Open Networking to Handle Digital Transformation

Hitachi

10/3 – Hitachi Vantara Deepens Industrial IoT and Services Bench With New Executive Appointments

HGST

10/3 – Hyperscale Data Centers Big Data Capacity

IBM

10/9 – IBM Announces New Capabilities to Help On-Premises Customers Effectively Manage Compliance Data with Object Storage

Intel

10/4 – Google Unveils Pixelbook – The High-Performing Chromebook Powered by Intel Core Processors

MapR

10/3 – MapR Converged Data Platform Now Available in Oracle Cloud Marketplace’s Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

NEC

10/6 – NEC Completes Demonstration Project of Energy Efficient Telecom Tower Sites in India

NetApp

10/3 – Microsoft and NetApp Unleash the Power of Data Through the Industry’s First Azure Enterprise NFS Service

Nutanix

10/3 – Nutanix Bolsters Acropolis File Services with New Capabilities and Expanded Partner Ecosystem

Oracle

10/3 – Oracle Transforms IT Security and Management with New Machine Learning Capabilities

Scality

10/5 – Scality Connect Ports S3 Apps to Azure Blob Storage

Seagate

10/5 – Seagate Expands Guardian Series Portfolio With 12TB Drives For NAS And Desktop Computing

SoftNAS

10/4 – SoftNAS Software Defined Cloud Data Platform Delivers on Vision for High-Performance Hybrid Cloud Computing at Petabyte Scale

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Enterprise Vendors Expanding in the HCI Market

Analyst News - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 19:08

The Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) market has been shifting towards the larger, established storage and server vendors for the past year or more. HPE bought SimpliVity earlier in 2017, Cisco is expanding its presence, and IBM and NetApp are coming out with their own HCI products. We’ll talk about those developments in this blog.

HPE

With the acquisition of SimpliVity, HPE has replaced its legacy HCI line, built on the StoreVirtual VSA software, with the HPE SimpliVity 380 that runs the OmniStack software. This gives HPE a stronger solution in the HCI market, and as a hardware manufacturer, HPE has the resources and expertise to support the special PCIe card that SimpliVity systems use to off-load their data ingest and reduction process.

The HPE SimpliVity 380 runs on HPE’s DL380 server platform, currently the Gen 10 model. This single-node server was released in three resource configurations earlier in the year, “Small, Medium, and Large”, with all-flash exclusively. HPE has recently released an “XS” (extra small) model, targeted at smaller or remote offices, departments, etc., that starts at just under 5TB raw capacity (5x 960GB SSDs) and offers lower software licensing costs. Like the other configurations, the Gen 10 XS comes with Intel’s new scalable processors (also known as “Purley”) in single and dual CPU options.

IBM

IBM has joined the HCI market as well, albeit in an OEM relationship with Nutanix. They recently announced this partnership that will put the Acropolis OS on IBM Power System servers, the first HCI to be offered on a non-Intel platform. The IBM HCI will support the AHV hypervisor (Nutanix’s KVM derivative) and most of the current Acropolis feature set. A release date has not been announced.

Nutanix is promoting this as another example of their flexibility story, as they add IBM to Dell EMC, Lenovo, Cisco and most recently HPE, as platform options. While interesting, it’s probably not a surprise that IBM decided to jump into the HCI market with Nutanix, instead of buying one of the remaining independents or developing their own HCI software stack. Nutanix is the industry leader with arguably the most complete HCI software, and its partnership with Dell EMC indicates this can be a successful OEM solution.

Dell EMC has recently re-positioned their XC product as an SMB / mid-market solution, and has focused its enterprise business on the VxRail product. With IBM, Nutanix gets another entre into the enterprise data center.

NetApp

NetApp, which bought SolidFire in early 2016, is this month releasing its own HCI as well. Appropriately called “NetApp HCI” this product runs the SolidFire Element OS on standard Intel x86 servers with all-flash storage. But, the NetApp HCI has a different architecture than other HCIs. It comes with Storage Nodes and Compute Nodes, each configured in 1U, half-rack modules that can be mixed and matched in a 2U, full-rack chassis. This disaggregation may help address the issue of inflexible resource scaling that HCIs have had. The SolidFire OS also brings an architecture that was designed for flash to an HCI product with features like advanced QoS that have helped establish SolidFire in the enterprise storage systems space.

Cisco

Cisco released its HyperFlex HCI last year and has been evolving its SpringPath software stack, increasing performance, adding features and offering model options, including a HyperFlex “Edge” model. This is essentially a lower cost configuration of the 1U HX220 with a three-node and three-drive minimum, no fabric interconnects and a single-CPU option. Cisco also added to their management capabilities with Intersight.

Intersight is a cloud-based management and analytics platform that provides global health monitoring and policy-based orchestration across a multi-site HyperFlex environment. Intersight collects system telemetry from the global HyperFlex installed base to compile operational baselines and create the foundation for predictive analytics. It also provides simplified setup and firmware updates, and has the ability to launch element managers, such as UCS Manager, IMC and HyperFlex Connect.

As the HCI market matures we’re seeing more traditional storage vendors join the market or expand their presence. HCI, which was initially limited to VDI and a few specific use cases, is enjoying more acceptance in the enterprise-level companies, which have a decided preference for enterprise-level suppliers as well. For more information, please contact the Evaluator Group for a copy of the newest Research Study “HCI in the Enterprise”.

 

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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SuperComputing 2017 – November 12-17th, 2017

Analyst News - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 14:36

The Evaluator Group team will be attending this year’s SuperComputing conference in Denver, CO.  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 9/25-10/2

Analyst News - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 15:11

Storage Industry News Roundup 9/25-10/2

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

9/22 – Actifio Releases Cloud-Centric Sky Platform 8.0

CA Technologies

9/25 – On The Train Or IN Software Development, Know The Landscape To Avoid Missteps 

Caringo

9/27 – Caringo Announces Swarm Hybrid Cloud for Azure

Cloudera

9/26 – Cloudera Launches SDX, a Shared Data Experience for the Enterprise

Cohesity

9/27 – Cohesity Expands Integration with Microsoft Azure to Enable Data Protection Directly to the Azure Cloud Platform

Commvault

10/2 – Commvault Highlights its Support For Oracle Cloud Infrastructure at Oracle Openworld

Cray

9/25 – Cray Takes Aim at Fast-Growing HPC Storage Market with Completion of Strategic Transaction of Seagate’s Clusterstor Storage Business

DataCore

9/26 – New Line of Database Optimization Products from DataCore Software Targets High-velocity Transaction Processing and Real-time Analytics

HGST

9/26 – Western Digital Introduces ActiveScale, Facilitating a Data Forever Architecture

HPE

9/25 – HPE Introduces Industry’s Broadcast High Performance Flash Portfolio for Midsize Businesses

Huawei

9/30 – Huawei releases “4G Wireless Broadband Industry White Paper” in ITU Telecom World 2017

IBM

9/26 – IBM Unveils a New High-Powered Analytics System for Fast Access to Data Science

Intel

10/3 – Intel Offers Innovative Approach to IOT Scaling and Security

Lenovo

9/25 – Lenovo Powers Workspace Transformation with ThinkSmart HUB 500

MapR

10/3 – MapR Converged Data Platform Now Available in Oracle Cloud Marketplace’s Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Maxta

9/27 – Maxta Introduces VMware vSphere Escape Pod

Microsoft

9/25 – Microsoft Helps Customers Digitally Transform Their Businesses with Cloud, AI and Mixed Reality – While Also Advancing the Next Frontier of Computing

NetApp

10/3 – NetApp Transforms the Digital Customer Experience with Industry Leading Cognitive Computing

Oracle

10/2 – Oracle Infuses its Cloud Applications with Artificial Intelligence

SanDisk

9/27 – Media Bulletin: Western Digital Addresses Increasing Data Demands of ‘Smart’ Surveillance, ‘Connected Car’ Applications

Scale

9/27 – Scale Computing Collaborates with Google Cloud to Remove Barriers to Cloud Computing with Hybrid Cloud Mobility

Scality

9/29 – Scality Extends Multi-Cloud Storage to Azure

X-IO

9/26 – X-IO Announces Powerful 4th Generation All-Flash ISE Storage Platform with Breakthrough Affordability

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