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Storage Industry News Roundup 9/11-9/18

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 09:02

Storage Industry News Roundup 9/11-9/18

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

9/18 – Ruckus Outperforms Major Manufacturers in Divergent Dynamics’ Wireless Lan Video Performance Test

CA Technologies

9/14 – Mastering the ‘Modern Software Factory’ Helps Companies Achieve Higher Revenue and Profit Growth and Better Business Outcomes

Cisco

9/14 – Global Video Operators, Web Companies Advance OTT and Cloud Video With Cisco Infinite Video Platform

Cloudera

9/12 – Cloudera Enables Globe Telecom to Manage Mobile Data Growth and Boost Customer Experience with Machine Learning 

Cray

9/18 – Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology Puts Cray XC40 Supercomputer into Production

Data Gravity

9/12 – HyTrust Announces Enhanced Security Solutions for VMware Cloud Provider Program Partners

EMC

9/12 – Dell EMC and IBM to Offer VMware Solutions on IBM Cloud 

Fujitsu

9/15 – Fujitsu Automation Technology Preps Data to Accelerate Analysis

HGST

9/18 – Despicable Me and Minions Animation Studio Builds Next Level Infrastructure With Avere Systems and HGST, a Western Digital Brand

Huawei

9/18 – Huawei Releases Testing-as-a-Service Solution TestCraft to Accelerate SDN/NFV Deployment

IBM

9/12 – Vodafone and IBM Join Together to Offer Easy Route to Cloud for Enterprises

Micron

9/12 – Micron Reveals Critical Technologies for Autonomous Vehicles

NetApp

9/12 – CloudOps Creates IaaS Portal, Speeds Revenue Generation with NetApp SolidFire

Nutanix

9/12 – Palmerston North Minimises Outage Risk and Targets Hybrid Cloud Strategy with Nutanix

Cavium

9/11 – Cavium and Enea Deliver Optimized Software and Hardware Platform for uCPE

SolarWinds

9/18 – SolarWinds Delivers Deeper Visibility into Application Stack with New AppOptics Solution

Spectra

9/12 – Spectra BlackPearl Family Expands with Upgradeable NAS Solution

Supermicro

9/14 – Supermicro Launches Petabyte Scale 1U Server and JBOF

Tegile

9/14 – Experience SQL Server at the Speed of Memory at Microsoft Ignite

Tintri

9/11 – Tintri Partners with Telematics to bring Enterprise Cloud to the Middle East

X-IO

9/13 – X-IO Introduces Portable Axellio Edge Computing System

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Storage Industry News Roundup 9/4-9/11

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 10:10

Storage Industry News Roundup 9/4-9/11

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

9/7 – Intility Chooses Actifio for Application Services & Digital Transformation

CA Technologies

9/7 – Automic Software introduces Interactive ‘Continuous Delivery Map’ of the DevOps and Continuous Delivery (CD) Tool Chains

Caringo

9/7 – Caringo M&E Cloud & Object Storage at IBC2017

Cloudera

9/11 – Cloudera Enables Globe Telecom to manage Mobile Data Growth and Boost Customer Experience with Machine Learning

Cray

9/5 – Cray Signs Solutions Provider Agreement with Vanguard Infrastructures

Fujitsu

9/4 – Fujitsu Technology Smooths Co-Creation across Multiple Locations

Huawei

9/5 – Huawei Launches the First All-Cloud, Network-wide Smart Video Cloud Solution

IBM

9/6 – Army Re-Ups with IBM for $135 Million in Cloud Services

Intel

9/6 – Intel at Interdrone 2017

Lenovo

9/7 – Lenovo Reveals New ThinkPad a Series Powered By AMD Pro

Microsoft

9/7 – Adobe and Microsoft Expand Strategic Partnership to Drive E-Signatures and Collaboration Among Teams in the Cloud

MapR

9/6 – Mizuho Bank Adopts MapR Platform for Greater Speed and Efficiency in its Asset Liability Management System

Nutanix

9/12 – Palmerston North Minimizes Outage Risk and Targets Hybrid Cloud Strategy with Nutanix

QLogic

9/11 – Cavium and Enea Deliver Optimized Software and Hardware Platform for uCPE

Quantum

9/6 – Quantum Announces Entry-Level NAS End-to-End Appliance for Media Workflows

 

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Microsoft Azure Stack vs. VMware Cloud on AWS – Forbes blog by John Webster

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 15:57
Customers, Start Your Pencil Sharpeners

Enterprise hybrid cloud adoption is rising. It’s a trend that prompts vendors that serve enterprise IT to respond with hybrid cloud “in a box” solutions. In a previous post, I squared-off two such offerings—Microsoft’s Azure Stack vs. VMware’s Cloud on AWS (VMC on AWS). I made the comparison based on services and delivery model. Much was yet to be disclosed at that time by either vendor on pricing. Now that VMworld 2017 has come and gone, where VMware announced VMC on AWS availability and pricing, potential customers can begin to compare the two on a cost basis.

First, it is important to keep in mind that both are acquired by customers as an on-going service that is delivered, managed and supported by the relevant vendors. With Azure Stack, a customer buys or leases the supporting hardware from one of four Azure Stack partners: currently Cisco, Dell EMC, HPE and Lenovo. Azure Stack software licenses and services are layered on top. With VMware Cloud on AWS, the entire hardware, software and services stack is delivered, operated and supported by VMware.

Second, because these are initial offerings, much will change as time goes on as the vendors adjust and adapt to use cases and customer preferences. However, here’s how the pricing models “stack-up” today.

VMware Cloud on AWS

At VMworld 2017, VMware announced the initial availability and pricing of VMware Cloud on AWS in the US West (Oregon) region with plans to expand to additional AWS regions worldwide throughout 2018. Upon initial availability, customers will acquire the service on an hourly basis and pay only for each hour that a host is active. VMware will make one- and three-year reserved subscription options available in the future. However, under these reserved commitment plans, customers are billed for every hour during the term, regardless whether the hosts are in use. A Hybrid Loyalty Program will provide discounts to customers with on-premises VMware vSphere, NSX, and/or vSAN licenses up to a maximum or 25%.

In conjunction with the announcement, VMware has posted a pricing comparison model of the hourly, 1-year and 3-year options. Not surprisingly, the 3-year commitment would yield the greatest discount of 50% over hourly pricing. Additional discounts are available when the Hybrid Loyalty Program is factored-in. Pricing is based on the number of hosts where each host has 2 CPUs, 36 cores, 512GB RAM, 15TB of local flash storage (3.6TB cache, 10.7TB raw storage capacity). A minimum of 4 hosts is required per cluster. Additional hosts can be added or subtracted in units of 1. Pricing includes hardware, VMware software and support plus AWS infrastructure, but does not include charges for data transfer, IP addresses and direct connections to AWS services.

Azure Stack

Microsoft takes a different approach. First, even though Azure Stack is delivered as a hardware/software integrated system, customers are responsible for purchasing the hardware infrastructure. Hardware support and maintenance are provided by the hardware vendor partner. Second, the pricing model is pure pay-for-use services that are licensed by Microsoft via its Enterprise Agreement or Cloud Service Provider programs. Azure Stack can be added to an existing Azure agreement so that subscriptions, monetary commitment and invoices are all included. In addition, existing enterprise licenses for Windows Server, SQL Server, etc. can also be applied.

Metering for usage is “similar” (Microsoft’s term) to that used in Azure. Customers pay separately metered and priced hourly rates for virtual machines, storage and application services. Azure Stack services are billed along with other Azure services in use and on the same invoice. Two support contracts will also be required—one with Microsoft, the other with the Azure Stack hardware provider.

Bottom Line

I’ve put the details in this post for a reason: Making total cost of ownership (TCO) projections will be complicated by the fact that as-a-service is still a relatively new purchasing model and one that will be complicated by lots of moving parts. Market research indicates both hybrid cloud platforms are in demand. And it will often be the case that large enterprise customers will sign-on to both platforms—Azure Stack for Windows-centric application suites like Office 365, and VMC on AWS for VMware environments.

Now that pricing metrics can be compared, potential customers will likely revisit their initial assumptions. By VMware’s own calculations, the list price per host under a three-year commitment will be $109,366.00 per year or $3,038.00 per month. A minimum configuration will multiply those costs four-times those amounts. VMware executives stated that their aim was to price the service on a per VM basis lower than a traditional on-premises implementation and on-par with a native cloud instance. However, these calculations presume an undisclosed degree of platform oversubscription when moving traditional vSphere instances to VMC on AWS.

Azure Stack is simpler but the pricing metrics are very granular. A Base Virtual Machine costs $0.008/vCPU/hour. Azure Blob Storage costs $0.006/GB/month. And as with VMC on AWS, a least four servers are required at the customer’s data center site. Actual TCO may not be fully understood until a customer is well into the program. Assuming that customers use their existing software licenses for discounting leverage, Microsoft guides to Azure Stack fees being lower than Azure. This is true they say because the customer takes on the hardware TCO burden, but they don’t offer an assumed comparison to a traditional model in the same way that VMware does.

In either case, enterprise customers will now be sharpening their pencils as they look for all means available to exact discounts from both vendors.

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NetApp Insight – October 2-5th, 2017

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 12:49

The Evaluator Group team will be attending this year’s NetApp Insight conference 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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Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct added to Evaluator Group Research

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 15:49

Plus updates to HCI and SDS products

 

Evaluator Group recently updated the Evaluator Series Research coverage for several Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) appliance products, which we’ll go over in this blog. We also added Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) to the Software Defined Storage product category, releasing a Product Brief and including S2D in the Open Storage Platform Comparison Matrix.

What is Storage Spaces Direct?

Storage Spaces Direct is software-defined storage that runs in the Windows Server 2016 kernel, clustering Windows servers in a choice two different configurations, a scale-out storage system or an HCI using Hyper-V. In “Converged” mode, storage and compute are run on separate servers, allowing S2D to virtualize local storage capacity on storage nodes into a common pool which can be connected to compute nodes. This disaggregated architecture also allows the cluster to scale capacity separately from compute. In “Hyper-converged” mode the compute and storage functions are combined into the same nodes, which are sold by Microsoft partners as an HCI appliance.

How it works

S2D essentially takes Storage Spaces, a volume management service from Windows Server 2016 R2, and adds the ability to cluster disks in multiple servers, creating a common storage pool. It uses a technology called Software Storage Bus (SSB) that allows each node to see all storage devices (drives on the other nodes) in a “mesh” topology. S2D implements a mirroring or parity scheme using this common drive pool across all nodes.

Microsoft has developed the new Resilient File System (ReFS) which has been optimized for virtual workloads and designed to replace NTFS in Hyper-V deployments. SSB also implements a per-node caching mechanism called Storage Bus Cache (SBC) that optimizes performance for servers that have multiple types of storage devices, typically NVMe SSD and SATA SSD or SATA SSD and HDD.

What’s different from other HCI/SDS Technologies?

Cost – Like VMware’s vSAN, S2D runs in the OS kernel, but is not a for-charge option with Windows Server 2016, which can lower its effective cost.

Performance – S2D uses SMB as the transport layer between nodes, with SMB Direct providing RDMA connectivity, which can dramatically lower network latency compared with the Ethernet connectivity that other SDS and HCI products use.

Scaling Flexibility – S2D’s disaggregated architecture allows compute or storage nodes to be added independently, or both functions can be run on the same nodes.

Windows-only – Virtual server environments must be Hyper-V and all nodes must be Windows servers.

Evaluator Group Comments

Storage Spaces Direct has some significant technical advantages over other SDS technologies, especially its performance and flexible architecture, advantages that are most applicable to larger deployments. With the rise of all-flash nodes, the push towards RDMA and the scaling challenges that many HCIs have, S2D would seem like an ideal technology for these products.

But given VMware’s dominance of the hypervisor market, (72% of respondents in our 2016 “HCI in the Enterprise” study used VMware compared with 11% that used Hyper-V), we don’t see S2D becoming a serious HCI alternative in the enterprise. However, in the SMB space, where Microsoft has a bigger presence, S2D is a stronger solution.

S2D’s disaggregated architecture does allow it to become a software-defined storage solution with a scale-out Windows file system. But without the ability to do NFS or block storage, S2D is limited as a stand-alone, scale-out storage solution.

Scale Computing

Scale Computing has added an all-flash node and increased the capacity of its existing lineup. The Product Brief and HCI Comparison Matrix have been updated to reflect these and several other changes. While firmly focused on the SMB market, Scale is also seeing some success in large enterprises with remote offices that need a cost-effective HCI solution.

vSAN

vSAN v6.6 was released earlier this year, adding cluster-level encryption, local mirroring in stretched clusters, performance and manageability upgrades, plus a number of other enhancements. vSAN is the SDS storage layer in the VxRail HCI product from Dell EMC. But VMware actually sells three times as many vSAN licenses through its Ready Nodes program. Each of the OEM vendor partners, which now number 15, offers multiple server configurations, all certified to run with vSAN.

Pivot3

Pivot3 acquired NexGen a couple years ago and has now completed the integration of NexGen’s PCIe flash and advanced QoS technologies, which were included in Pivot3’s new Acuity software platform. This product has a new architecture using Accelerator Nodes to incorporate the QoS-controlled PCIe flash layer into the Pivot3 HCI appliances, plus enhanced performance and management.

Cisco HyperFlex

Cisco released a new “Edge” configuration, a 3-node cluster of the HX220 1U appliances that’s designed to lower the cost for small and remote environments. It has a 3 drive minimum, a single CPU option and doesn’t require fabric interconnects (all other HX clusters come with a top-of-rack switch). The company also upgraded the performance and efficiency of their SpringPath software, compared with the previous version.

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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Object — Just Another Storage Technology or a New Business Proposition? – Forbes Blog by John Webster

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 09:11

“Data Tsunami” is a trite expression meant to convey to enterprise IT a sense or impending doom. If you as an IT executive fail to manage it, unnamed bad things will happen – like maybe you’ll drown? But the Tsunami is here and now and so too is enterprise IT. They keep their ships afloat—precisely because they’ve come up with the means to manage. One of those coping mechanisms is a technology called Object Storage.

IT deals with two general categories of data: structured and unstructured. Transactional data resides in a structured database while unstructured data—document and image files for example—are managed by file systems. Unstructured data volumes grow four to five times faster. Just after the turn of the present century it became apparent that enterprise storage arrays, straining to cope with the growth of unstructured data, would not be able to do two very essential things: scale to the capacities required while protecting from data lost due to equipment failure. Object storage was created for large scale coupled with data resiliency and is used extensively in hyper scale data centers (Amazon, Google, Facebook, etc.)

For the last few years, object storage has lived in the IT background. It is commonly thought of as “secondary” storage—storage that soaks-up all that unstructured data but can’t respond to the performance demands of primary storage arrays where the business-generating transactions live. However, advances in object storage technology are about to change that perception. With revenue generated by the sale of primary storage arrays declining, object storage can take over as a growth engine. Here’s why:

Its Global

Stored objects are containers for data that are similar to files managed by a file system. However, object containers are handled differently—managed by a construct called a namespace. Because the namespace can be distributed across arrays within a data center as well as across global regions, vendors often refer to their object management technologies as “global” namespaces. As a result, the user can store data under a single construct that is global in scale.

Its Cloud-optimized

The majority of enterprise IT organizations are now on a path to integrate their data centers with public clouds such as Amazon Web ServicesMicrosoft AzureGoogle Cloud Platform, and IBM Bluemix. Because object storage can be distributed globally, it’s a perfect fit with enterprise hybrid cloud projects. Indeed, the need for a contiguous data layer has given rise to a new, quickly expanding category called Cloud Object Storage. Examples from the large players are IBM’s Cloud Object Storage (formerly Cleversafe) and Dell EMC’s Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS). Start-ups including Cohesity and Scality (re-sold by HPE) are also seeing significant sales growth. And then there’s Amazon’s global and hugely successful Simple Storage Service (S3), where objects are the fundamental storage entities. Ditto for Azure Storage Services and Google Cloud Storage.

Its Fast

Early-on, object storage systems featured large-capacity rotating disks. Those are now being replaced by high-capacity flash modules. In that object storage can be used to support analytics and machine learning applications, this very significant advance in object storage technology will accelerate its use in a range of analytics applications.

Object storage has lived in the shadows mostly because vendors shy away from mentioning it by name. The concept can be difficult to explain which prompts sales people to recall an old adage: When your explaining what you just said for more than five minutes, you’re losing. EMC’s Centera array, that was introduced in 2002 and became an ILM fixture in enterprise data centers for years to follow, was an object-based array. Who knew? Now enterprise IT will likely see that it works for IoT, Customer 360, Industry 4.0, hybrid cloud and other digital transformation initiatives, they’ll care less about how the underlying technology works and more about its business benefits.

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Veritas Vision – September 18-20th, 2017

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 16:38

The Evaluator Group team will be attending this year’s Veritas Vision conference 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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Hitachi NEXT – September 18-20th, 2017

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 16:36

The Evaluator Group team will be attending this year’s Hitachi NEXT conference 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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Storage Developer Conference – September 11-14th, 2017

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 16:33

Camberley Bates will be attending this year’s Storage Developer Conference 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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VMworld Europe – September 11-14th, 2017

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 16:28

Russ Fellows will be attending this year’s VMworld Europe in Barcelona, Spain.  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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‘Right to Erasure’ Law Proves Major European Union GDPR Hurdle – StorageSoup Blog by Randy Kerns

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 16:48

The EU General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 goes into effect in May of 2018 and has the potential to be very disruptive to Information Storage and Management in addition to the many other aspects of business. Much has been written about the 99 articles in GDPR and how they must be addressed, but the significance on Information Technology for implementing Article 17 may be the most impactful.

Article 17 is the “right to erasure” which is commonly referenced as the right to be forgotten. Briefly, this means that an individual, at no cost to themselves, can request to the data controller that all personal data pertaining to them must be erased without undue delay. This means all data – all files, all personal data in a database, all replicated copies, all backup copies, and any copies that may have been removed into an archive must have the individual’s personal data erased. When an Information Technology professional understands that requirement, early retirement becomes the immediate consideration.

A few important points to consider:

  • The search for the escape clause or excuse for not having to do the erasure has not been found and should not be expected in putting together a strategy.
  • Undue delay does not mean waiting until the technology becomes unreadable or backup cycles cause older copies to be overwritten. If not immediate, the ‘without undue delay’ interpretation is measured in days and not months.
  • If personal data was sent to another organization, Article 17 requires that the data controller be required to inform the other organization that the personal data must be erased.
  • The requirement is more global than many may believe. It applies to the personal data of individuals residing in the EU and not where data is stored or where a company or organization is headquartered. This means to do business in the EU, the privacy protection of individuals must be applied.
  • The penalties are enormous. Even for one instance of not erasing an individual’s data, the penalty is up to 4% of annual global turnover or €20 Million (whichever is greater). There is a tiered approach to fines, but even not being able to prove personal data was erased is a 2% fine or €10 Million. This will force executives to be proactive with IT in assuring the erasure capabilities and verification are in place.

Data controller was mentioned earlier and needs to be understood as well as the term data processor. A data controller is “the individual or legal person who controls and is responsible for the keeping and use of personal information on computer or in structured manual files”. This means the Information Technology function in a company or organization. Data processor is the group/organization that “hold or process personal data, but do not exercise responsibility for or control over the personal data”. This would be what we would define as a cloud where the processing is done and/or data is stored or an IT data center whether internal or outsourced. The data controller is responsible for deleting the personal data and assuring it has been erased. The data processor is responsible for executing the operations but not for the decision process. The data processor cannot hold copies of data or make them available for other uses.

Implications for IT

The impact of tracking down all copies of data and erasing specific individual’s personal data seems almost impossible. Consider the simpler case of personal data in a database. How many copies of that database exist and where are they? How many DBAs have made extra copies for testing and extra protection? This looks to be an intensive, time-consuming task. In addition, it is not a revenue producing function.

No specific solution exists in general usage today. Using backup catalogs is one consideration but is incomplete because of the ability for other copies to be made outside of the visibility of the backup or copy data management solution.

An approach put forward by some application vendors that seems to be a practical solution is to encrypt each individual’s personal data and have a person-specific encryption key. Only the application software would have the visibility/knowledge of what is personal data to control the encryption. This would be an effective means for erasure, where the required erasure could be effected for all copies made by destroying the personal encryption key. This would eliminate the need to process all copies – backup, replicated, privately held, etc. for the erasure.

There are obvious problems with the approach. There would be application changes required and issues with data that is shared between applications or used for other purposes. These problems may be the least impactful compared to all others. New processor capabilities to do encryption including the IBM z14 with new, high-performance encryption and Intel Skylake x86 technologies remove the performance impacts for applications.

Encrypting data at the application level where the content is understood makes sense but there are downstream effects. The data manipulation done in systems without content knowledge such as compression and deduplication would be significantly impaired if not eliminated. The increase in amount of data stored for a given capacity by use of data reduction by those systems would be lost and more storage capacity required. Data reduction could still be accomplished but would have to move up to the application, prior to the encryption to have the same effect. Discovery of information about data stored would also have to move to work with or through (APIs) the applications rather than trolling the data itself.

The magnitude of the problem to meet the EU GDPR regulations overall is major, and Article 17, the right to erasure, is almost overwhelming. There may be some halfway approaches proposed or delivered or some that only work in certain cases but data controllers (IT personnel) should be cautioned from using an incomplete approach. That ultimately may be more costly to implement and, may still result in the extreme fines when the incomplete nature is exposed. The impending date is a hard date – no staged introduction or warnings. A strategy needs to be developed now and implementation planned.

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Storage Industry News Roundup (7/24 – 7/31)

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 01:26

Storage Industry News Roundup (7/24 – 7/31)

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

7/30 – MAVENIR SYSTEMS, INC. ACQUIRES VIRTUAL EVOLVED PACKET CORE (VEPC) BUSINESS FROM BROCADE COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS, INC.

CA Technologies

7/26 – The Cloud And DevOps: The Perfect Marriage

Cray

7/26 – CRAY TO EXPAND STORAGE PORTFOLIO THROUGH STRATEGIC TRANSACTION AND PARTNERSHIP WITH SEAGATE

DDN

7/28 – DDN PLEDGES ABSOLUTE SUPPORT TO THE HPC COMMUNITY AS MANY USERS ARE LEFT IN DISARRAY WITH SEAGATE SHUTTING DOWN ITS CLUSTERSTOR BUSINESS

Hitachi

7/31 – Hitachi Partners With The Wall Street Journal for NEXT 2017

Huawei

7/26 – Huawei’s CloudDB Solution Ranks First in the Cloud SDM Field

IBM

7/24 – IBM Patents System to Secure Cryptographic Keys and Codes for Data Protection

7/24 – IBM Combines All-Flash and Storage Software Optimized for Hortonworks

7/24 – SEA to Use IBM Cloud and Services to Usher in More Resilient IT Infrastructure

MapR

7/25 – MapR Introduces New Elite Premier Program for System Integrators

7/27 – MapR and Talend Collaborate to Deliver Governed GDPR Data Lake Solution

Micron

7/25 – Micron at Flash Memory Summit 2017

NetApp

7/24 – NetApp Works with ASE to Enable High-Performance Cloud Workflows for Media and Entertainment Industry

7/28 – Fueled by NetApp Program Expands, Drives Growth for Cloud and Hosting Providers

Oracle

7/26 – Oracle Monetization Cloud Enables Recurring Revenue Models for Digital Services Providers

Seagate

7/25 – Seagate Technology Announces Planned Leadership Transition

SwiftStack

7/26 – 4 strategies that make moving to the cloud less beastly

Veritas

7/25 – Veritas Introduces New Classification Engine for Intelligent Data Management Across its Portfolio

7/25 – Veritas Study: Organizations Worldwide Mistakenly Believe They Are GDPR Compliant

VMware

7/27 – State of Louisiana Builds Technology ‘Systems of Tomorrow’ with VMware NSX

 

 

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Storage Industry News Roundup (7/17 – 7/24)

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 16:04

Storage Industry News Roundup (7/17 – 7/24)

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

7/18 – Actifio Partners with Tier4 Advisors to Bring Cloud Expertise to New Industries

CA Technologies

7/21 – CA says you’re probably missing out on the benefits of continuous testing

Cloudera

7/19 – Cybraics Builds on Cloudera to Accelerate Artificial Intelligence and Advance Cybersecurity Analytics

7/24 – Open Source Innovation Strengthens Cloudera’s Cybersecurity Solution and Accelerates Machine Learning at Scale

DDN

7/17 – SUPER WOMEN IN FLASH: WOMEN, LEADERSHIP AND FLASH – PANEL & NETWORKING EVENT

Dell EMC

7/17 – CSIRO powers bionic vision research with new Dell EMC PowerEdge Server-based artificial intelligence capability

7/19 – Dell Inc. Helps Future Proof Customers Globally With Internet of Things Technology

IBM

7/17 – IBM Mainframe Ushers in New Era of Data Protection

7/19 – IBM Expands Global Cloud Data Center Presence with Four New Facilities

7/24 – IBM Combines All-Flash and Storage Software Optimized for Hortonworks

7/24 – IBM Patents System to Secure Cryptographic Keys and Codes for Data Protection

Infinidat

7/19 – Pulsant Expands Cloud Storage Offering with INFINIDAT InfiniBox™

7/19 – FUTURE-DEFINED STORAGE LEAVES ALL-FLASH IN THE PAST: MATH BEATS MEDIA

Microsoft

7/18 – Baidu and Microsoft join forces in the intelligent cloud to advance autonomous driving

7/19 – Dun & Bradstreet teams up with Microsoft to reimagine the power of data in the cloud

NetApp

7/18 – NetApp Data Fabric Drives 24X7 Product Development, Speeds Data Recovery

7/24 – NetApp Works with ASE to Enable High-Performance Cloud Workflows for Media and Entertainment Industry

Oracle

7/19 – Oracle Significantly Expands Cloud at Customer with PaaS and SaaS Services to Help Customers in their Journey to the Cloud

Scale Computing

7/18 – Scale Computing Announces Hyperconverged Appliances Designed for Storage Hungry Data Centers

SoftNAS

7/19 – SoftNAS Breaks Through Cloud Storage Price/Performance Barriers By Delivering Enterprise Grade Block Storage Performance at Object Storage Prices

Super Micro Computer

7/19 – New Supermicro Rack Scale Design (RSD) Supports High-Density, High-Performance Pooled NVMe Storage

 

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Storage Industry News Roundup (7/10 – 7/17)

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 00:09

Storage Industry News Roundup (7/10 – 7/17)

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.

Aptare

7/13 – CDP Aptare

Cisco

7/11 – Cisco delivers powerful 5th generation servers for its Unified Computing System

Cloudera

7/13 – Cloudera Partners with CyberZ on Cloud Migration Journey to Simplify Big Data

Cray

7/11 – CRAY ADDS NEW INTEL XEON SCALABLE PROCESSORS TO CRAY SUPERCOMPUTERS

7/13 – CRAY TO PROVIDE CRAY URIKA-GX SYSTEM TO THE ALAN TURING INSTITUTE

DDN

7/17 – SUPER WOMEN IN FLASH: WOMEN, LEADERSHIP AND FLASH – PANEL & NETWORKING EVENT

Dell EMC

7/11 – Dell EMC Launches Next Generation of the World’s Best-Selling Server Portfolio

Fujitsu

7/11 – Fujitsu Innovates Server Portfolio for the Computing Demands of a Digital World

Huawei

7/13 – Huawei Releases FusionServer V5, its Latest Generation Server Series Designed to Power Digital Transformation in the Enterprise

IBM

7/11 – IBM to Launch the Next Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors in the Cloud

7/13 – IBM Cloud Helps StockX to Redesign and Scale Operations

7/17 – IBM Mainframe Ushers in New Era of Data Protection

Intel

7/11 – The Intel Xeon Scalable – a Truly Big Day for the Data Center

Lenovo

7/11 – LENOVO ANNOUNCES 42 WORLD RECORD PERFORMANCE BENCHMARKS FOR NEW THINKSYSTEM SERVER PORTFOLIO

Maxta

7/11 – Maxta Delivers Immediate Support for Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors

Nutanix

7/12 – Euronet Worldwide Replaces Legacy Three-Tier Infrastructure with Nutanix Enterprise Cloud

Scality

7/11 – Scality Launches Zenko, Open Source Software to Assure Data Control in a Multi-Cloud World

SolarWinds

7/12 – SolarWinds Announces Expanded Distribution Partnership With Tech Data Corporation to Help Meet Customer Needs Across Central and South American, Caribbean Regions

Super Micro Computer

7/11 – Supermicro Unleashes New X11 Server Building Block Solutions with Full Support for New Intel Xeon Scalable Processors

 

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What Changed the Data Storage Problem into a Data-Driven Opportunity? – Part 2

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 14:11

Read part 1 here.

In the last blog we talked about how the (big) data problem companies are facing as their infrastructures explode is being recast as a data opportunity. A number of things are behind this change, including cell phone and mobile device technologies and the cloud. But these are facilitating factors, the real story is the insight available to companies through the advancement of data analytics and the possibility of a new revenue stream from this data. It is no longer just about the service companies provide, but also becoming a ‘data company.’

Siri and Alexa

Digital personal assistants (like Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa) have pushed voice recognition technology allowing easier interaction with humans and creating (yet) another source of digital data. That same technology that allows Siri to answer your question also enables audio recordings to be searched and filtered for specific words or phrases. Facial recognition software and related technologies are allowing days or weeks of video to be searched for a specific person, or car, or license plate, etc.

Edge Computing

This kind of computing at the “edge” makes it feasible to capture much more data than can realistically be stored at (or transmitted to) a central data center and makes the final analysis by humans more efficient, as they only save the data under scrutiny.

In addition to being able to compare more data points or cross reference more data sources, new analytics technologies are using artificial intelligence techniques to foster “deep learning” (a subset of machine learning that uses artificial neural networks to enable computers to operate more like the human brain). These advances are made possible by the processing power available and the access to much larger data sets.

Self-driving Cars

This is giving rise to “smarter” devices that can predict outcomes and take preemptory action (or annoy humans with seemingly endless suggestions about products and services based on past activity). Systems that can learn can start to replace more of the tasks humans have historically done, even complex ones, like driving a car. Indeed, self-driving cars use all of the technologies discussed in this blog series to capture, filter and process the enormous amount of information these systems can now sense to effectively adjust to real-time conditions on the road and make the right decisions, at the right time.

Big Data has been with us for about a decade and in that time technology has matured. Data science, the ability to design the queries and comparisons of all the data captured, is still behind our ability to generate and store this information, but it’s getting better.

IoT and Virtual Reality

At Dell EMC world, Boeing showed how they’re using IoT technologies to instrument every aspect of a complex system, like airplanes, and applying all that data to continuous process improvement. At the same event, Nike showed what you’d expect from a hip consumer products company –using technology and computers to automate everything in the design, manufacturing and distribution process.

Virtual Reality (VR) may be best suited for entertainment, but “augmented reality” is a way to use VR technology to improve productivity in a big way. Having VR glasses can show assemblers which parts to put on next and where, or provide an enhanced spatial reality to see what a new wall would look like in a remodel. It can also be used to show how different materials would really look on the wall or on the front of a building, rather than looking at book of samples.

Awareness and Understanding

So what does this mean for IT professionals and where’s the opportunity? The first step is awareness of which data are now feasible to be captured, stored and processed and how. All the data that in the past was a problem is rapidly becoming an enabler of new insight. Corporate management is getting a steady dose of the “data is the new oil” message from their boards, investors and industry thought leaders, and they’re expecting IT to show them how to make it a reality.

Smart IT professionals are embracing that concept and learning how to support the transformation of IT from a data storage and compute process facilitator to an insight generation service. In fact, more and more employees are saying that the level of technology a company adopts influences their decision of which job to take. They also realize that level of data technology is directly related to long term viability in the data-driven economy. Smart companies are recruiting these people to help them turn data into a source of insight and opportunity.

 

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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Super Women in Flash Host a Panel on Diversity and Leadership at the Flash Memory Summit

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 10:05

Join Intel, IBM, Data Direct Networks and Evaluator Group on Tuesday August 8th

SANTA CLARA, CA – July 13, 2017 – The Flash Memory Summit 2017 (FMS) is bringing together a team from Intel, IBM and DDN to promote and celebrate the success of Women in the technology industry. Top female and male executives will talk about gaining ground on diversity, its impact on companies and how to build leadership in diverse teams. Join FMS on August 8-10 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA and take part in an engaging panel discussion and social networking event with current business leaders and your peers. This session will take place on Tuesday, August 8, 3:45 – 5:00 PM and is complementary and open to all.

“The FMS event becomes a vehicle for gathering and socialization, along with Women Exec’s sharing their experience,” says Camberley Bates, Managing Director and Analyst for Evaluator Group. “The ultimate goal is to encourage more women to enter and succeed in our marketplace.” The Women, Leadership and Flash session presents an excellent opportunity to network, enjoy food and libations, and then explore the Flash Memory Summit exhibit hall to discover the latest advances in memory technology.

The panel of very impressive executives include:

  • Calline Sanchez, VP Enterprise Storage, IBM
  • Bill Leszinske, VP of Strategic Planning, Marketing and Business Development in the Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group, Intel
  • Jessica Popp, GM IME Business Unit, DDN
  • Carol Wilder, Director of Strategic Planning, Intel
  • Panel Moderator: Camberley Bates, Managing Director Evaluator Group

Registration not required, but appreciated.

FMS features the latest technology trends, the most exciting products, and the broadest coverage of a rapidly expanding market. In 2016, FMS drew almost 6,000 registrants and over 100 exhibitors. The 2017 version already projects significant growth. The conference also features new marketing and market research tracks, and sessions sponsored by NVM Express, SNIA, JEDEC, SCSI Trade Association, SD Card Association, and the Fibre Channel Industry Association. Popular continuing features include a Chat with the Experts session, performance testing results, and a venture capital (VC) Forum.

Supporting Resources

To discuss exhibiting, contact:

Alan Land, Exhibit Sales Manager

Alan@FlashMemorySummit.com

+1.760.212.5718

To ask about program issues, contact:

Lance Leventhal, Program Chairperson

Lance@FlashMemorySummit.com

+1.858.756.3327

About Flash Memory Summit

The Flash Memory Summit, produced by Conference ConCepts, showcases the mainstream applications, key technologies, and leading vendors that are driving the multi-billion dollar non-volatile memory and SSD markets. FMS is now the world’s largest event featuring the trends, innovations, and influencers driving the adoption of flash memory in demanding enterprise storage applications, as well as in smartphones, tablets, and mobile and embedded systems.

About Evaluator Group

Evaluator Group Inc. is dedicated to helping IT professionals and vendors create and implement strategies that make the most of the value of their IT infrastructure and digital information. Evaluator Group services deliver in-depth, unbiased analysis on storage architectures, infrastructures and management for IT professionals. Since 1997 Evaluator Group has provided services for thousands of end users and vendor professionals through product and market evaluations, competitive analysis and education. www.evaluatorgroup.com Follow us on Twitter @evaluator_group

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Storage Industry News Roundup (7/3 – 7/10)

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 21:58

Storage Industry News Roundup (7/3 – 7/10)

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.

Actifio

7/10 – Media Alert: Actifio Live Brings the Enterprise Data-as-a-Service Discussion to Washington, D.C.

Aptare

7/6 – Aptare: Eight exabyte-juggler pimps its ‘data centre MRI’ product

CA Technologies

7/3 – Report explores benefits of cloud and DevOps combination in software delivery

Dell

7/6 – Dell Enhances Leadership in Desktop Virtualization with New Appliance, Thin Client, Software Solutions

Infinidat

7/5 – INFINIDAT and specialist distributor M2M Enterprise announce UK-wide partnership

Scale Computing

7/6 – Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine cures infrastructure complexity with Scale Computing

VMware

7/6 – VMworld 2017 Heads to Las Vegas and Barcelona

 

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Measuring the Value of Storage – by Russ Fellows

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 14:23

I just recently completed testing a Hyperconverged system using three new technologies:

  1. Intel Xeon Scalable processor systems
  2. Intel Optane storage and Intel NVMe Flash
  3. VMware vSAN 6.6 software

The results showed significant performance enhancements, but more importantly significantly better price / performance.

The Hyperconverged system achieved world-record performance and price-performance results with the Test Report available here and the IOmark certification results here.

Figure 1: IOmark-VM Performance Comparison

In the chart above, it is clear that Optane has a big impact on performance. The three new configurations on the right all use Optane, the three configurations from last year on the left do not, they use NVMe Flash media. Performance is interesting, but what has value is price / performance, which leads to chart 2 below.

Figure 2: IOmark-VM Price / Performance Comparison

In looking at the data, it is important to remember that lower is better, ie a lower cost per application is better. It is quite clear that storage media has a massive impact on these results. First generation hybrid systems using SSD cache and HDD for capacity are no match for all flash systems, which are no match for NVMe systems, which in turn are no match for Optane systems.

I was excited to be able to share these results, when I just happened to run across a few articles talking about what a disappointment Optane was. How Optane was too expensive given its modest performance benefits. I found these statements to be either uninformed, or more likely the result of not understanding the value of storage in Hyperconverged systems.

These statements remind me of the comments I heard just three or four years ago about how “Flash would never become mainstream because it is just too expensive.” Focusing on the cost of something rather than its inherent value demonstrates a lack of understanding of how IT equipment is utilized and its value in producing results.

The most important question is not what is the cost per Gigabyte, but rather ‘How do you measure the value of storage?’

Certainly many people understand that dollar per gigabyte metrics are an inadequate way to measure storage as it does not include value of the data stored, nor the amount of work being done. Cost per gigabyte is a measure of data at rest, not of data being used. If cost per gigabyte is the metric, then tape is your answer. Thus, cost per gigabyte is not the correct metric for understanding the value of data in a real-time trading application or other time critical processes.

Time has value and improving storage performance can have significant business benefits. Delivering results, measured by the amount of work completed is a much better metric. Fortunately, many in the IT industry now understand this, which helps explain why solid-state storage revenue is growing over 20% annually while remaining enterprise storage revenue is declining.

Some Simple Math

The most recent Intel and vSAN Hyperconverged configuration I tested had an all-in cost of $241,633.57 and achieved a performance of 800 IOmark-VMs at a cost of $302.04 / IOmark-VM. If these were the only data points available they would be interesting, but nothing more. However, IOmark-VM is in fact a benchmark, meaning the results can be directly compared against any other published IOmark-VM results.

Last year we tested several Hyperconverged configurations, including one using Intel’s best performing NVMe device and vSAN 6.2. The all-in price of that configuration was $206,599.84 and achieved an industry best performance of 320 IOmark-VMs at a cost of $645.62.

The math is simple, price / performance is what matters most as long as the cost is within budget. Using new higher performing components (Xeon Scalable processor systems + Optane and vSAN 6.6) we added approximately 17% more cost but in return saw an increase of 150% more work done. That is a business proposition that IT managers, CIO’s and particularly CFO’s will find very compelling.

As an added bonus, the capacity of the new Optane configuration had 4X the usable capacity of last year’s configuration. So if you are stuck measuring the value of storage strictly on $ per Gigabyte basis, you’ll find more than a 3X increase.

What Made This Possible?

Put very simply, a number of technologies had to come together in order to provide these record results. In particular, when evaluating Hyperconverged systems, every aspect of the system is important and must be in balance with the rest of the system. If one aspect is faster than the system can use, that resource is wasted.

Until now, the dirty secret of Hyperconverged was that storage was almost always a significant bottleneck. That is, the CPU and memory were capable of doing more work than the few captive spinning drives with an SSD and some storage software could deliver…

As I said, until now. What changed from just a few months ago is the speed potential of the storage media in server based storage. What changed was the availability of Optane along with server platforms that enable Hyperconverged storage such as vSAN 6.6 to provide industry leading price / performance. The primary component that enabled these performance gains was Optane, along with the ability of the software-defined storage (vSAN 6.6) to utilize these capabilities.

Take Away

It is human nature to believe that expensive products can be substituted without much impact on performance. The idea that using less expensive components that are slower would increase price / performance is logical.

However, it is simply wrong. The most expensive Hyperconverged systems on a cost per VM basis are those with slower storage. The slower the storage, the more expensive the system is when measured on the unit of work, the number of virtual applications supported. The Evaluator Group analysis published last year shows this very clearly with many data points, using published benchmark data.

Claiming “Optane is dead” shows a lack of understanding of the financial value of system performance and how storage impacts systems overall. Opinion without facts is something we hear too often these days.

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Women, Leadership and Flash Panel & Networking (FMS) – August 8th, 2017

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 14:20

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Join us for Flash Memory Summit Women, Leadership and Flash – Panel & Networking

Tuesday, August 8th, 3:45 – 5PM

Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara

Bayshore Room

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In our 3rd year of Women In Flash, we are bringing together a team from IBM, Intel and DDN to talk about gaining ground on diversity, its impact on our companies and in addition how to build leadership in diverse teams. Come and join in an engaging panel discussion from current business leaders and your peers. There will be an opportunity to network, and enjoy food and libations and then take on the Flash Memory Summit exhibit hall for the latest showcase of technology.

Panel Members:

  • Bill Leszinske, VP of Strategic Planning, Marketing and Business Development in the Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group, Intel
  • Jessica Popp, GM IME Business Unit, DDN
  • Calline Sanchez, VP Enterprise Storage, IBM
  • Carol Wilder, Director of Strategic Planning, Intel
  • Panel Moderator: Camberley Bates, Managing Director Evaluator Group

Registration not required, but appreciated. With your registration you will be registered for the Flash Memory Summit 2017 Exhibit and Open Sessions

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Storage Industry News Roundup (6/26 – 7/3)

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 00:13

Storage Industry News Roundup (6/26 – 7/3)

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.

Brocade

6/27 – HITACHI DATA SYSTEMS FEDERAL SIGNS DEFINITIVE AGREEMENT TO ACCEPT TRANSFER AND CONTROL OF BROCADE CLEARED ASSETS AND SUPPORT SERVICES

CA Technologies

6/28 – CA Technologies Recognized for Addressing Cloud, Container and DevOps Challenges

6/28 – Data-driven Decisions: Is Data Driving You in the Right Direction?

Datera6/28 – Steadfast Selects Datera to Power Reliable, Flexible Data Storage for Customers’ Long Term Growth

Dell EMC

6/29 – Dell EMC Unity Rockets Past $1 Billion Milestone

Fujitsu

6/27 – Fujitsu Develops Virtual Machine Control Technology to Improve Server Density of Datacenter Racks

HPE

6/29 – Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Wipro to Deliver Consumption Based IT for Customers

IBM

6/26 – IBM Simplifies Object Storage for Cisco Customers

6/27 – American Airlines Embarks on Global Cloud Transformation with IBM

Intel

6/27 – Intel Takes Another Major Step in Memory Leadership

6/29 – Join Intel for its Biggest Data Center Launch in a Decade

Microsoft 

6/27 – Box and Microsoft partner for cloud content management with Azure

Nutanix

6/28 – Nutanix Teams Up with Google Cloud to Fuse Cloud Environments for Enterprise Apps

6/28 – Nutanix Reboots The Hybrid Cloud With Single OS for the Multi-cloud Era

Scality

6/28 – Launched Just a Year Ago, Open-Source Scality S3 Server Gains Extraordinary Momentum as it Simplifies the Life of Developers

Tegile

6/28 – Tegile Unveils New Multi-Tiered-Flash Storage Platform

VMware

6/27 – VMware Announces vSAN Customer Adoption in Higher Education

Zadara

6/27 – Zadara Expands Enterprise Storage-as-a-Service Coverage in London with AWS and Equinix

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