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

Panzura Announces Inside 2.0 Turning AFAs & HCIs Into Hybrid Cloud NAS

At VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas, Panzura announced the second generation of its Panzura Inside program. The latest version of Inside features the new Panzura Freedom 7 VM with ten times the performance and scale, tested with leading hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) systems and all-flash arrays (AFA). Also included will be the Panzura Inside Starter Bundle that, according to the company, can be downloaded and deployed in minutes with existing HCI and AFA systems, turning local flash storage into unlimited, high-performance cloud storage for unstructured data.

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by Adam Armstrong

WD To Acquire Tegile

Today Western Digital Corp. (WDC) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement under which Tegile Systems will be acquired by Western Digital. Financial terms have not yet been disclosed and the acquisition is expected to close the week of Sept. 4, 2017, upon satisfaction of certain closing conditions as set forth in the definitive agreement between the parties. 

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Unveils Industry-First Unified End User Experience, Management & Security Solution

Today at VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas, VMware Inc. announced that it would make its VMware Workspace ONE powered by AirWatch into the industry's first unified end user experience, management and security solution for all endpoint platforms through new innovations. The company goes on to state that Workspace ONE will enable unified endpoint management (UEM) and unify the end user experience across all endpoint platforms including Windows, macOS, Chrome OS, iOS, and Android. One further step in integration is Workspace ONE unique ability to integrate APIs from other endpoint platform providers, meaning it always can stay up to date.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Announces New & Expanded Cloud Services

Today at VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas, VMware Inc. announced several new and expanded cloud products and services that are part of its VMware Cloud. This new offerings include VMware Cloud on AWS, new Cloud Services that enable end-to-end visibility into cloud usage, costs, and networks, VMware Cloud Provider services and partner offerings, expanded VMware NSX support of networking and security for clouds and cloud-native apps, and VMware Cloud Provider innovations including VMware vCloud Director 9.0.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware & AWS Announce Availability Of VMware Cloud on AWS

Today at VMworld 2017 in Las vegas, VMware, Inc. and Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) announced the initial availability of VMware Cloud on AWS. First announced last year, VMware Cloud on AWS combines the two companies services to allows customer to run applications across operationally consistent VMware vSphere-based private, public, and hybrid cloud environments, with optimized access to AWS services. Now the service will be available in AWS West Region and spread to other regions throughout the world in 2018.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Fujitsu Storage ETERNUS AF250 Review

The Fujitsu Storage ETERNUS AF250 is the company's latest all-flash array designed to meet the needs of the midmarket. The Fujitsu Storage ETERNUS AF line encompasses the company’s all-flash storage systems that they market as incredibly fast and flexible, being made for next-generation data centers. The ETERNUS AF250 is the smaller entry-level array for enterprises that are looking for the benefits of all-flash for mission-critical workloads and applications that need the performance boost. The AF250 is designed to be a cost effective array for Tier0 and Tier1 applications in small- to mid-sized enterprises.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: ioFABRIC, SwiftStack, Cisco, Druva, Actifio, IBM, & Synology

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content not the impact they have. ioFABRIC releases Vicinity 3.0. SwiftStack Hybrid Cloud Software is validated on Cisco UCS S3260. Druva raises another $80 million in funding. Actifio joins Ready for IBM Storage Program. Synology releases Surveillance Station 8.1.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Unified Storage Appliance Powered by Nexenta and Supermicro Review

Nexenta and Supermicro have teamed together to deliver what they're calling the Unified Storage Appliance. The appliance leverages Nexenta's NexentaStor 5.0 software to deliver block-and-file storage and NexentaFusion for storage management and analytics combined with Supermicro's hardware and sales/support infrastructure. The combination brings together a software-defined solution that's already tested and validated on the Supermicro hardware and is orderable from Supermicro as a pre-loaded and pre-configured complete solution. The Unified Storage Appliance comes in five configurations depending on customer need, ranging from a capacity-centric 4U 3.5" hard drive version that can support flash cache, to a 2U 24-bay all-flash configuration that's rated up to 180,000 mixed 8KB IOPS. Each main unit can also support two expansion JBODs for additional capacity. Because Nexenta is the underlying software, the solution is full of enterprise data services like replication, in-line data reduction and space optimized snapshots/clones. Included with the appliance is a next-day 3-year service program (4-hour response optional) and Supermicro offers remote installation service to help customers get off to a good start. 

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by Adam Armstrong

HDS Releases Hitachi UCP RS Series

Today Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., announced the release of Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) RS series. The new UCP RS series is a fully integrated, software-defined data center (SDDC) rack-scale platform, powered by VMware Cloud Foundation. The big benefits to customers that the UCP RS provides is quicker embrace of hybrid cloud, which will deliver faster time to market and pay-as-you-go economics, and it also allows customers to leverage both private and public clouds as extensions of their business. With UCP RS, customers have the choice of either deploying an integrated SDDC stack or building their own using Hitachi's vSAN ready node and VMware software.

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by Adam Armstrong

Hedvig Announces Its Distributed Storage Platform 3.0

Today Hedvig announced the latest release of its software-defined storage (SDS) platform, Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform version 3.0. The latest update contains innovations including end-to-end integrations, advanced security capabilities, and enhancements to the platfrom’s comprehensive suite of caching technologies. According to Hevig, these new capabilities will enable customers to store and protect virtualized, containerized, and backup workloads from a single platform.

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