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HPE To Acquire SimpliVity For $650 Million

Today Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced that it has entered a definitive agreement to acquire SimpliVity for an estimated $650 million in cash. SimpliVity is a provider of software-defined hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI). This adds yet another piece of the HCI pie that HPE has been building over the last few years. The HCI market is estimated to be $2.4 billion today and grow to $6 billion by 2020.

Dell EMC SC9000 Review

The Dell EMC SC9000 is Dell’s highest-performing all-flash and hybrid-storage-server solution of the SC Series, built on the legacy of the PowerEdge family and leveraging the latest Storage Center Operating System 7. During the last several months, the StorageReview Enterprise Test Lab has put the SC9000 through our application benchmark protocol to understand how it performs with real-world workloads. Our review also explores the ways that the SC9000 and SCOS 7 fit into Dell EMC’s evolving midrange storage ecosystem, which includes the SC Series and Unity products.

Cavium QLogic Releases New FastLinQ Ethernet & Gen 6 FC Adapters For HPE

Today Cavium Inc. announced the release of new I/O adapters for both server and storage connectivity for Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s (HPE) ProLiant and Apollo Gen9 servers. The new adaptors are based off of Cavium's QLogic Fibre Channel and Ethernet technology. The new adaptors, HPE FlexFabric 10Gb 4-port 536FLR-T Adapter and the HPE StoreFabric SN1600Q 32GFC HBA, are designed to reduce costs and accelerate applications for enterprise, telecommunications, and the Cloud.

Alluxio Releases Analytics Solution For Itself & Dell EMC

Today Alluxio, Inc. (formerly Tachyon) announced a new data analytics solution. The new solution is for Big Data workloads and is designed to work with Alluxio Enterprise Edition (AEE) and Dell EMC’s Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS). As the case with most analytic solutions, Alluxio’s solution is designed to enable Dell EMC ECS customers to gain key insights from their data and can prove to be valuable in several ways.

Spectra Verde Review

Spectra Logic’s Verde with Archive SMR drives (formerly Verde DPE and now incorporated into the existing Verde product line) is a secondary file storage platform offering solution capacities ranging from 48TB up to an eye-popping 7.1PB of raw storage. Leveraging the existing Spectra Verde Family hardware combined with Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) disks, the Verde offers affordable (as low as $0.075/GB) high-capacity storage for enterprise, bulk storage, archive, unstructured data, large files, random reads, bulk deletes, and files that will need infrequent changes. The Verde head units are available in both 2U or 4U form-factors, with 4U expansion shelves offered to reach the PB+ capacity ranges that few other platforms offer at this price range.

IBM Announces New Family Of DS8880 All-Flash Systems

Today IBM announced new all-flash storage systems that are aimed at specific classes of business. The new classes are business, midrange to large enterprise, and analytic. IBM states that its new family of DS8880 all-flash systems support cognitive workloads which clients can use to uncover trends and patterns that help improve decision-making, customer service and ROI.

News Bits: Synology, Actifio, IBM, Atlantis, Citrix, 451, HPE, & Zetta

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content not the impact they have. Synology has announced another router, the RT2600ac. Actifio’s copy data virtualization technology, Sky, is now available on Azure Marketplace. IBM has broken the U.S. patent record. Atlantis, Citrix, and HPE have partnered to release what they are referring as the first purpose-built virtual workspace appliance. Research from 451 suggests that the application container business will be a $2.7 billion market in the next four years. HPE has expanded its StoreVirtual 3200 to now scale out as opposed to just up. And Zetta has been awarded a new patent for its direct-to-cloud data protection solution.

Kaminario Raises An Additional $75 Million

Today Kaminario announced that it has raised an addition $75 million in its latest round of funding. This brings the total raised by the company to $218 million. This round of financing was led by the private equity firm, Waterwood. Other new and existing investors include Sequoia, Pitango, Lazarus, Silicon Valley Bank, and Globespan Capital Partners. Kaminario intends to use the newly raised funds to accelerate its go-to-market initiatives, expand its global presence, and increase research and development.

Panzura Raises $32 Million In A Growth Capital Round

Today Panzura announced that it has raised $32 million in a new growth capital round. This round was led by Matrix Partners and joined by Meritech Capital Partners, Opus Capital, Chevron, and Western Digital. Panzura intends to take the new capital and expand its leadership in accelerating the cloud first storage model. The money raised will also go toward Panzura’s hybrid cloud storage offerings for high performance database and virtual workloads, big data analytics, and Internet of Thing (IoT) applications.

NVIDIA Announces CSP Partner Program & New HCI Support

Today NVIDIA announced a new Cloud Service Provider Partner Program for GRID, which aims to bring graphic acceleration to every cloud. This new partner system will create an ecosystem that will provide customers with universally accessible GPU-cloud services. NVIDIA is also announcing even more hyperconverged infrastructure support.