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

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)

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

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

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

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)

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)

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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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Storage Industry News Roundup (3/20 – 3/27)

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 14:22

Storage Industry News Roundup (3/20 – 3/27)

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

3/20 – Online Tech Provides Compliant Long-Term Data Retention Service With Actifio Enterprise Data-as-a-Service

Cloudera

3/23 – Cloudera broadens industry ecosystem to nurture more big data professionals in Indonesia

Cray

3/21 – CRAY CEO TO SPEAK ON THE CONVERGENCE OF BIG DATA AND SUPERCOMPUTING AT TECHIGNITE CONFERENCE

Datera

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

Huawei

3/20 – Huawei FusionSphere Expands Enterprise Linux Support Earns Oracle Linux Certification

3/20 – Huawei’s STaaS Solution Enables Smooth Transition to the Cloud

3/24 – Huawei and Commvault Jointly Launch Hybrid Cloud Backup Solution

IBM

3/20 – Veritas, IBM Join Forces to Drive Data Management Further in the Cloud

3/20 – IBM and Red Hat Collaborate to Accelerate Hybrid Cloud Adoption with OpenStack

3/20 – IBM Automates Compliance Controls and Data Security for Multi-Cloud Workloads

Infinidat

3/21 – Bluelock, DR as a Service Leader, Selects INFINIDAT as its Primary Storage Provider

Kaleao

3/20 – KALEAO and AxxonSoft Bring Its Solution to ISC West

Lenovo

3/23 – LENOVO STRENGTHENS DATA CENTER BUSINESS TO ACCELERATE GROWTH, ANNOUNCES NEW LEADERSHIP ROLES ON ITS MANAGEMENT TEAM

MapR

3/22 – MAPR ADDS TENSORFLOW TO CUSTOMER 360 QUICK START SOLUTION TO UNCOVER DEEP INSIGHTS INTO CUSTOMER BEHAVIOR

Micron

3/21 – Micron to Establish its Center of Excellence for DRAM in Taiwan

Oracle

3/20 – Oracle Unveils Latest Innovations in Oracle Prime Projects Cloud Service

3/21 – Oracle Cloud Platform Continues to Gain Momentum with Customers, Partners, and Developers

Pivot3

3/27 – Can hyperconvergence simplify storage?

Quantum

3/22 – Quantum to Highlight Data Management Solutions for Meeting Video Surveillance Storage Challenges at ISC West 2017

Seagate

3/21 – Seagate Technology And Synology Bring IronWolf Health Management To Synology NAS

StorMagic

3/21 – StorMagic to demonstrate integration with Cisco’s own hypervisor for branch offices during Cisco Live Europe

3/21 – What to Expect in 2017 for Software-Defined Storage

Veritas

3/20 – Veritas, IBM Join Forces to Drive Data Management Further in the Cloud

Zadara

3/21 – Zadara Expands Enterprise Storage-as-a-Service Coverage in AWS Beijing Region with Futong

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Microsoft and VMware Will Square-off in the Hybrid Cloud – Forbes blog by John Webster

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 13:31

In a previous blog, I noted VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger’s view of who he thought was VMware’s biggest competitor. It was (and is) Microsoft. He sees Microsoft “everywhere.” But let’s put “everywhere” aside for the moment. The arena where these two giants of IT are preparing to do battle is the hybrid cloud where both have been previewing their solutions in the form of technical previews. And both will enter the ring and start going head-to-head with real products at about the same time later this year.

In the Microsoft corner is Azure Stack. The Azure Stack hybrid cloud platform aims to recreate the Azure public cloud experience behind the enterprise firewall. Azure’s public cloud services—Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service—will also be delivered from within the enterprise data center. For application users, the Azure Stack enterprise-side portal is the same as the public cloud portal.

Microsoft is also critically aware of the needs of application developers deploying to hybrid clouds as well as IT operations staff tasked with managing hybrid cloud environments. Azure Stack aims to build a strong foundational bridge between development and operational teams. Application developers can use a write-once, deploy-to-Azure Stack application delivery process. Development can occur on either the private or public side and put into production on either side as well because of its consistent application development environment. IT operations can then manage application user support and lifecycles from that point forward.

In the VMware corner, Gelisinger is readying VMware Cloud on AWS which takes the VMware computing environment and optimizes it to run on elastic, bare metal AWS infrastructure without having to use nested virtualization. Familiar VMware environments will co-exist with AWS cloud-based services while at the same time achieving operational consistency by using the same vCenter UIs, APIs and CLIs. Customers can create hybrid cloud computing environments via the integration of VMware’s compute, storage, and network virtualization products (vSphere, vSAN, and NSX), along with vCenter management that runs across on-premises and AWS global regions. VM compatibility across public and private cloud domains promotes workload portability between on-premises and AWS instances. Therefore, applications running on VMware will be supported across vSphere-based private, public and hybrid cloud environments.

VMware Cloud on AWS will be delivered, sold and supported by VMware as an on-demand, elastically scalable turnkey service and all software components will be fully certified and supported by VMware. This is a very different go-to-market model when compared to Microsoft’s approach. Upon general availability, customers will be offered a turnkey appliance-based solution from one of the four current Azure Stack solution partners—Cisco, Dell EMC, HPE, and Lenovo.

I believe that the significance of Azure Stack—Microsoft’s strong entry into the hybrid cloud arena—can’t be overstated. Azure is the fastest growing public cloud—faster than Amazon Web Services (AWS). Azure Stack will assure the continuation of that forward momentum by allowing Azure services to emanate from behind the enterprise firewall. Upon GA, Azure Stack will become the hybrid cloud appliance that all others will be compared to.

But here again, Gelsinger has chosen to take an entirely different path to the enterprise hybrid cloud. From the standpoint of a developer, integrating an existing VMware environment with VMware Cloud on AWS does not a native hybrid cloud make. However, it does create a natively extendable VMware cloud environment from the standpoint of a VMware administrator. As proof of this point, an administrator can use vMotion to move an application to an AWS site without modification and without downtime. It will be fascinating to watch the progress of each strategy later this year when both are scheduled to take the ring for the start of round 1.

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Storage Industry News Roundup (3/13 – 3/20)

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 18:26

Storage Industry News Roundup (3/13 – 3/20)

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

3/14 – Sify Technologies and Actifio Offer Unified Backup and DR Solution With Near Instant Availability

3/20 – Online Tech Provides Compliant Long-Term Data Retention Service With Actifio Enterprise Data-as-a-Service

Cisco

3/14 – Navisite Automates Data Centers Worldwide with Cisco ACI Platform, Enhancing Security and Agility

Cloudera

3/14 – Cloudera to Accelerate Data Science and Machine Learning for the Enterprise with New Data Science Workbench

Cohesity

3/13 – New Survey by Cohesity: 73 Percent of Organisations Say Regular Storage Capacity Shortage Is Biggest Issue When Managing Backups

DDN

3/14 – TOP WEATHER AND CLIMATE SITES RELY ON DDN STORAGE FOR MORE ACCURATE, FASTER SIMULATIONS, FORECASTS AND PREDICTIONS

Datera

3/15 – Datera Joins Accelerite Cloud Technology Partnership Program

Dell EMC

3/13 – Dell EMC State of IT Trends Federal Study Finds Majority of Agencies Are Implementing Software-Defined Data Centers

Fujitsu

3/17 – Fujitsu Develops Database Integration Technology to Accelerate IoT Data Analysis

Huawei

3/20 – Huawei’s STaaS Solution Enables Smooth Transition to the Cloud

IBM

3/20 – New IBM Cloud Integration Technology Blends Multi-Cloud Environments

3/20 – Veritas, IBM Join Forces to Drive Data Management Further in the Cloud

3/20 – IBM and Red Hat Collaborate to Accelerate Hybrid Cloud Adoption with OpenStack

3/20 – IBM Automates Compliance Controls and Data Security for Multi-Cloud Workloads

Intel

3/19 – Intel Introduces the World’s Most Responsive Data Center Solid State Drive

MapR

3/14 – MAPR EXTENDS CONVERGENCE TO THE IOT EDGE

NetApp

3/16 – CIO Research Shows Hybrid Cloud Model Dominates, Storage and Backup are Top Cloud Use Cases

Nutanix

3/13 – Vocus Turns to Nutanix for Infrastructure Modernisation

Oracle

3/20 – Oracle Unveils Latest Innovations in Oracle Prime Projects Cloud Service

Quantum

3/14 – Quantum and Interica Partner to Lower Cost and Increase Efficiency of Storing Oil and Gas Project Data

SoftNAS

3/15 – SoftNAS Assigned Cloud High-Availability Patent

SolarWinds

3/15 – SolarWinds Empowers IT Professionals with the Ultimate Hybrid IT Performance Management Platform

SpectraLogic

3/14 – twofour54 Adopts Seamless Storage Workflow from Spectra Logic and Avid

Super Micro Computer

3/14 – Supermicro Showcases Expanded Product Portfolio at Embedded World 2017

 

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Storage Industry News Roundup (3/6 – 3/13)

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 17:39

Storage Industry News Roundup (3/6 – 3/13)

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

3/8 – Niu Solutions Frees Data From Infrastructure with Actifio

CA Technologies

3/6 – CA Technologies to Acquire Veracode, a Leading SaaS-based Secure DevOps Platform Provider

3/8 – CA Looks to Enable More Secure Code with Veracode Acquisition

3/8 – CA Technologies Buys Veracode, Managing Life On Planet Cloud

Cisco

3/6 – Cisco and IBM Speed Client Transformation to the Cloud with Expanded VersaStack Offerings

3/7 – Cisco HyperFlex Delivers Three Times the Performance of First-Generation Industry Solutions

Cloudera

3/8 – Cloudera Heads to SXSW 2017

3/8 – mBank Selects Cloudera to Reduce Data Processing Time by 66 Percent

Commvault

3/8 – COMMVAULT PARTNERS WITH PURE STORAGE TO GIVE CUSTOMERS POWER, PERFORMANCE AND EFFICIENCY FOR THE FLASH DATA CENTER WITH CISCO UCS

Dell EMC

3/13 – Dell EMC State of IT Trends Federal Study Finds Majority of Agencies Are Implementing Software-Defined Data Centers

Fujitsu

3/7 – Fujitsu Develops Technology to Simplify Design and Operation of Hybrid- and Multi-Cloud Network Infrastructure

HGST

3/7 – Western Digital’s Hgst Branded System Archives One Of The World’s Largest Collections Of Live Jazz Music, Preserving And Enabling On-Demand Access To Historic Performances

HPE

3/7 – HPE to Acquire Nimble Storage to Strengthen Leadership in Hybrid IT

3/7 – Nimble Storage to Extend HPE Industry Leadership in Flash Storage

Huawei

3/7 – Huawei CloudFabric Helps Wuxi Telecom Build a Cloud-based Multi-Tenant Data Center Network

Hypergrid

3/8 – HYPERGRID BRINGS REVOLUTIONARY CLOUD SERVICES TO CLOUD EXPO EUROPE

IBM

3/8 – IBM Researchers Store Data on World’s Smallest Magnet — a Single Atom

3/8 – IBM Cloud Launches DevOps Service to Improve App Quality and Functionality

3/10 – IBM Brings More Self Service Options to Data Professionals

Intel

3/8 – Latest OCP Innovations from Intel Support Growing Demands of Hyper Scale Data Centers

MapR

3/6 – Outscale and MapR Empower the Cloud with a Cutting-Edge Big Data Platform

Nimble Storage

3/6 – Nimble Storage Volume Plugin Receives Docker Certification

3/6 – Nimble Storage to Showcase Predictive Flash Platform at HIMSS 2017

Oracle

3/6 – Latest Release of Industry Leading Oracle Database Now Available in the Cloud, with Oracle Cloud at Customer, and On-Premises

Scality

3/9 – Scality Named Oracle PartnerNetwork Platinum Level Partner

SwiftStack

3/6 – SwiftStack drops v5.0, says hybrid IT rules OK!

3/6 – SwiftStack object storage gets two-way Cloud Sync

3/8 – SwiftStack Cosies Up To Google, Goes Multi-Cloud

Tegile

3/13 – Bolton College Enhances Its Data Storage Performance, Replaces Eight Dell Storage Arrays with One Tegile Multi-Tiered Flash Array

Veritas

3/7 – Veritas Announces Global Strategic Partnership with Google to Deliver Enterprise-Ready Data Management to Google Cloud Platform and G Suite Customers

 

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The Next as-a-Service: SRM – Forbes Blog by John Webster

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 10:22

I have been hearing recently that Digital Transformation is not about moving applications to the cloud, but rather moving enterprise IT from an internal Capex-oriented practice to a consumer of IT, self-service Opex model. IT vendors, taking their cue from their enterprise customers, are following suit with pay-as-you go acquisition alternatives. Even big-ticket hardware vendors who would normally sell based on a negotiated price are now offering their boxes on an as-a-service basis. It’s only natural then that storage resource management (SRM) software would get caught-up in the growing shift to the Opex budget.

The trend started when some forward-looking storage vendors began offering their device management software as a service delivered from the cloud. Two examples:

Nimble Storage’s[1] InfoSight—InfoSight collects sensor data from their customers’ arrays and applies predictive analytics to resolve issues before they occur. Real time analytics software (VoltDB) runs in the cloud. Both Nimble and their customers can leverage InfoSight to respond immediately to issues relating to array performance and availability, identify future capacity needs and maintain performance levels over time.

Tegile Systems’ IntelliCare Cloud Analytics—an analytics-based management tool that monitors capacity usage, configurations, system health and performance using sensory data gathered from Tegile arrays. Proactive alerts warn of impending component failures and out-of-capacity conditions. IntelliCare runs without server-based agents or additional infrastructure. A web portal is accessible to any administrator with the proper credentials.

Nimble, Tegile and others offering cloud-based analytics tools will likely expand on the management capabilities they now offer as a service. But so far, these services are confined to their arrays. The next logical step is a cloud-based analytics application, delivered as a service, that receives telemetry data from multiple vendor’s storage systems and features real-time dashboards along with reports. Again, analytics could be used to predict potential failures, out of space conditions, or suggest way to optimize performance—but across multiple vendors’ arrays within a datacenter. Dashboards cloud give a real-time view of the current state of all storage systems “seen” from the cloud and give IT administrators the ability drill-down for details and problem isolation. IBM has taken their first step in this direction.

IBM Spectrum Control Storage Insights now allows enterprise storage administrators to monitor and manage Dell EMC storage systems in addition to analytics-based monitoring and managing IBM storage. Pay-as-you-go services include capacity planning, performance monitoring, provisioning and reporting. Supported storage systems include Dell EMC VMAX and VNX using Dell EMC SMI-S providers as well as most IBM storage systems and third party systems attached to IBM’s storage virtualization platforms such as Storwize and Spectrum Virtualize.

In spite of the fact that managing growing volumes of data continues to bedevil IT administrators, the traditional Storage Resource Management (SRM) software suites, for years targeted at this and other storage-related pain points, have never really taken-off. While many of them offer broad-ranging and sophisticated capabilities, they are complex to the point of requiring administrators to be trained in the use of the SRM suite as well as regular interaction to maintain currency with the environment. SRM suites are now often relegated to trained storage administrators who are becoming harder to find.

The simplicity and visibility provided through the new as-a-service dashboards are such that they can be used by a much broader range of IT management staff that now includes cloud administrators. But they retain the sophistication, now augmented by predictive analytics, required by traditional storage administrators.

SRM is once again a growth opportunity. We can expect to see more Opex-driven, SRM-as-a-service offerings from startups as well as established vendors. They will expand SRM’s capabilities in the direction of analytics and automation in addition to the diversity of disparate storage systems they manage.

[1] HPE has announced its intent to acquire Nimble Storage.

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Storage Industry News Roundup (2/27 – 3/6)

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 15:25

Storage Industry News Roundup (2/27 – 3/6)

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

2/28 – Actifio Achieves Dramatic Topline Growth, Progress Toward Profitability

Broadcom

3/2 – Broadcom Delivers Industry’s First 16nm Nx56G PAM-4 PHYs for Wired Network Infrastructure

Brocade

2/27 – BROCADE RUCKUS WIRELESS BUSINESS UNIT INTRODUCES SP CLOUD TO ENABLE SERVICE PROVIDERS TO RAPIDLY OFFER HIGH-VALUE MANAGED SERVICES TO ENTERPRISE CUSTOMERS

Cisco

3/2 – Cisco and Docker Team to Modernize Cloud and Data Center Application Environments

3/5 – Cisco and IBM Speed Client Transformation to the Cloud with Expanded VersaStack Offerings

Commvault

2/28 – CORELOGIC RIDES PROPERTY BOOM INTO THE CLOUD, DECLARES DEATH TO TAPE BY YEAR 2018

Hedvig

3/2 – Hedvig Raises $21.5M Series C to Cement Leadership in Software-Defined Storage Market

Huawei

2/27 – Huawei Releases CloudMetro Solution to Accelerate Cloud-based Network Transformation

2/28 – Telecom Argentina Launches the First All-Cloud Core Networks in Latin America with Huawei

Hypergrid

3/2 – HYPERGRID ANNOUNCES A DOCKER CERTIFIED PLUGIN FOR HYPERCLOUD BLOCK STORAGE SERVICE

IBM

3/5 – Cisco and IBM Speed Digital and Cloud Transformation with Expanded VersaStack Offerings

MapR

3/2 – MapR Executives to Speak on the Cloud, Machine Learning, and Digital Transformation at Strata+Hadoop World 2017

3/6 – Outscale and MapR Empower the Cloud with a Cutting-Edge Big Data Platform

Nexenta

3/1 – Nexenta Solutions Now Docker Certified Enabling Persistent Storage for Container-Converged Infrastructure and Applications

Nimble Storage

2/27 – Nimble Storage Introduces the First Multicloud Storage Service

3/6 – Nimble Storage Volume Plugin Receives Docker Certification

Oracle

2/27 – Oracle Expands Oracle Cloud at Customer Portfolio to Database Workloads with Oracle Exadata Cloud Machine

3/6 – Latest Release of Industry Leading Oracle Database Now Available in the Cloud, with Oracle Cloud at Customer, and On-Premises

SanDisk

2/27 – WESTERN DIGITAL TRANSFORMS THE MOBILE EXPERIENCE WITH NEW ‘SMART’ INAND 7350 STORAGE SOLUTION BUILT ON 3D NAND

2/27 – SANDISK NOW OFFERS 256GB OF EXTRA STORAGE FOR IPHONE AND IPAD

Scality

2/28 – Scality Guarantees 100 Percent Uptime for Private Cloud Storage Environments

SwiftStack

3/6 – SwiftStack Joins Google Cloud Technology Partner Program

3/6 – SwiftStack 5 Enhances Data Management to Accelerate Adoption of Hybrid Cloud Workflows

Veritas

3/2 – Veritas NetBackup Appliance Joins the Fujitsu Data Protection Portfolio

VMware

3/1- VMware vCloud NFV 2.0 Delivers Agile, Open and Secure Networks with Simplified Operations Management

 

 

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How to Choose a Hyperconverged Infrastructure Solution – Product Maturity and Company Stability – by Eric Slack

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 18:24

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 ten most important characteristics and rate each product according to those criteria. In this blog we’ll look at the maturity of hyperconverged products and the companies behind them as factors to consider in an HCI decision.

Risk

A big part of the evaluation process is identifying and minimizing risks associated with each alternative. For new products or technologies this means obtaining assurance that the products do more than meet current needs, but can evolve and improve over time to meet the needs of tomorrow’s workloads. Mature products have a history of regular upgrades and a roadmap of future versions. One indicator of this maturity is how successful the product has been and how long it’s been on the market.

The foundation of all HCI appliances is the storage virtualization software, which for many was first sold as a software defined storage (SDS) product. This fact should be taken into account when looking at product maturity, as it effectively extends the product’s history. As an example, HPE’s HC200 hyperconverged appliance was released in 2014 but StoreVirtual VSA, it’s underlying SDS technology, has been sold by HPE since 2008 (and was originally developed and sold by LeftHand Networks in 2001). Pivot3 and Scale Computing came to market with their scale-out storage products in the 2008/2009 timeframe which they later released as HCI appliances.

Nutanix released in 2011, developing a new software stack based on the Google file system. SimpliVity developed their technology from scratch, first releasing OmniCube in 2012. VMware vSAN came out in 2013, through the acquisition of start-up Virsto. Maxta’s MxSP came out in 2013, a year or so before USX from Atlantis Computing, the software for their HCI appliance. Cisco’s HyperFlex was released in 2016, using software from start-up SpringPath. And HyperGrid, released in 2016, is essentially the GridStore software stack which was first sold in 2011 as a scale-out storage solution.

HCI Consolidation

In the past year we’ve seen consolidation in the HCI industry. Dell acquired EMC, which married the VxRail HCI product with Dell’s server platform. And most recently, HPE acquired SimpliVity, combining an established HCI product (OmniStack) with another server vendor. These moves may drive down the cost of HCI solutions, as server manufacturers cut out the hardware “middle man”, and squeeze the margins of independent HCI vendors that must buy hardware from server OEMs.

One trend we’re already seeing in the HCI market is a move away from independents exclusively selling their technology as a hardware appliance and offering their software through those same OEMs. Maxta and Atlantis took this approach out of the gate, currently offering their HCI solutions through a half dozen or so server OEMs, and VMware’s Ready Nodes product is available through twelve vendors. Selling through multiple OEMs could help address some of the cost pressures on the independents, but can complicate the support experience for customers. Currently, Dell EMC VxRail, Scale Computing, Cisco HyperFlex and HPE’s HC 250/380 are not available on multiple platforms.

While the chance of an independent HCI vendor being acquired by a larger company can present a risk for current customers, acquisition can also be a positive development. SimpliVity customers, as an example, can look forward to the continuation of OmniStack products on HPE servers, at potentially lower prices, and the positive aspects of HPE support and resources.

Product maturity and company stability are subjective characteristics. While being on the market longer does help, it’s selling more units and encountering more real-world issues from a growing installed base that’s probably the real driver of product maturity. Larger vendors certainly have some advantages over smaller ones in terms of having the resources to survive a few bad quarters, but that’s no guarantee they won’t drop an underperforming product. Focus is also important, as we’re seeing some smaller vendors concentrate on a use case like VDI or ROBO, or a market segment like SMB. This allows them to reduce competition and concentrate their development and marketing efforts.

In the next blog we’ll look at hypervisors, containers and the cloud.

 

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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