Enterprise disk, hybrid and all flash array (AFA) reviews that cater to midmarket enterprises and up.
by Adam Armstrong

Hitachi Vantara Introduces Smart Data Center

This year at Hitachi NEXT in Las Vegas, Hitachi Vantara announced the company’s Smart Data Center vision. The Smart Data Center would bring together the latest technologies and approaches in infrastructure management, predictive analytics, and internet of things (IoT) capabilities to address the challenges customers face in managing today’s complex IT environments. This would be an approach to optimize every aspect of the data center making it more efficient and more cost-effective.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Expands Its Commitment For Microsoft Customers

Today at Microsoft Ignite in Orlando, FL, Dell EMC announced a series of updates further supporting Microsoft data center environments. These updates were included Dell EMC XC Series, Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack, and Dell EMC Ready Bundle for Microsoft SQL Server. The above mentioned products span hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) to hybrid cloud and data analysis demonstrating Dell EMC’s commitment to customers operating in Microsoft environments.

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by Adam Armstrong

SUSE Introduces SUSE Enterprise Storage 5

Today at SUSECON 2017 in Prague, Czechia, SUSE introduced the latest version of its software-defined enterprise storage product, SUSE Enterprise Storage 5. The latest version comes with enhanced ease of management, improved performance, and expanded features. Of the new features, SUSE Enterprise Storage 5 has disk-to-disk capabilities as well as being the first commercial offering to support the new BlueStore backend within Ceph.

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by Adam Armstrong

Mirantis Launches Multi-Cloud CaaS With AWS Support

Today Mirantis announced that it is expanding its Mirantis Cloud Platform (MCP) to run across Amazon Web Services (AWS), OpenStack, and bare metal. This new Multi-Cloud moves MCP beyond private cloud to help users ease their management of hybrid clouds across the above-mentioned services. The newly updated MCP will also enable multi-cloud self-service Kubernetes clusters through Containers-as-a-Service (CaaS), improving container deployment and adoption for developers and operators alike.

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by Adam Armstrong

X-IO Releases Gen 4 Of Its ISE Storage

Today X-IO Technologies launched the 4th generation of its Intelligent Storage Element (ISE) all-flash storage with the ISE 900 Series. The fourth generation of ISE features new performance-optimized, highly flexible deduplication capabilities that, according to X-IO, will lower CPU demands. X-IO goes on to claim that the new ISE can deliver a more powerful and affordable enterprise all-flash storage solution with hot-swappable drives, an enhanced web-based management platform, and predictive analytics.

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by Adam Armstrong

HPE Releases HPE ProLiant For Microsoft Azure Stack

Today at Microsoft Ignite, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced the general availability of HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack. This new product helps to simplify hybrid IT environments by enabling customers and service providers to run Azure-consistent services on HPE infrastructure in their own data centers. HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack marks the industry’s only Azure Stack services consumption-based offering.

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by Adam Armstrong

HPE Revamps Its SMB Flash Portfolio

Today Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced new and enhanced storage offerings aimed at the SMB markets. These enhancements run across storage, server, and hyperconverged offerings. The offerings intend to bring cost-effective performance as well as secure infrastructure while increasing application performance.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Univa, Elastifile, WD, Dell, Cisco, X-IO, Commvault, Iron Mountain, & More

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content not the impact they have. Univa releases open source universal resource broker for Kubernetes. WD, Dell, & Cisco fund Elastifile an additional $16 million. X-IO announces a mobile version of Axellio. Commvault joins Cisco Solution Plus Program. Iron Mountain releases Iron Cloud. Minio raises $20 million and launches Multi-Cloud Object Storage Solution. Netstor adds two new storage devices to its Thunderbolt 3 product line. Evident.io now supports Azure. Druva now supports Hyper-V. And Twistlock releases version 2.2.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

HPE MSA 2052 SAN Storage Review

This summer HPE made several portfolio updates including the release of the fifth generation MSA platforms consisting of the MSA 2050 and MSA 2052 entry-level SAN arrays. Starting at under $10,000, the new MSA systems deliver a deep set of well-proven features (500,000 systems sold), along with reliability and ease of use that MSA has long been known for. The MSA 2050 family is no slouch, though, touting an impressive 200K IOPS of throughput. It is certainly able to compete outside its weight class. HPE offers a couple of options in the latest MSA line, both leveraging the same chassis. The MSA 2050 can leverage HDDs with SSD pools or SSD caching, while the MSA 2052 comes with the licenses and two included SSDs for performance tiering. In a cache scenario, customers would typically add two SSDs to the mix, where a tiering configuration would generally have four SSDs. For the emphasis of this review, we'll focus in on the MSA 2052 with four SSDs for tiering. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Vexata Comes Out Of Stealth & Launches Its Active Data Fabric

Today Vexata came out of stealth (or four years of semi-stealth in their words) and unveiled its Active Data Fabric. The company is calling its product a revolutionary software-defined all-solid-state data storage infrastructure enabling transformative performance at scale for Tier 1 applications in enterprise or cloud datacenters. Vexata is backed by $54 million in funding from VCs such as Mayfield, Intel Capital, Lightspeed Ventures, and Redline Capital.

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