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

Actifio Releases Cloud-Centric Sky Platform 8.0

Actifio unveiled the largest software release of the company’s history with Cloud-Centric Sky Platform 8.0. The latest version enables organizations to deploy Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) across multi-directional, multi-cloud, and hybrid Cloud environments to further accelerate the pace of enterprise digital transformation. Actifio states that the release if the culmination of over two and a half years of research and collaboration with enterprises, partners, and analysts.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Cisco, Rubrik, NVIDIA, VMware, Rozo, Maxta, Trilio, Seagate, & G2M

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content not the impact they have. Cisco completes its acquisition of Springpath. Rubrik releases Alta 4.1. NVIDIA Intgrates GPU Insights into vROPs. Rozo Systems announces RozoFS 3. Maxta introduces VMware vSphere Escape Pod. Trilio announces general availability of TrilioVault 2.5. Seagate participates in the consortium acquiring Toshiba Memory Corporation. G2M Predicts NVMe will be a $60 Billion Market By 2021.

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by Adam Armstrong

Microsoft Ignite News Bits

Our News Bits is a roundup that typically covers news pieces that are just small in content, not in impact. This gives content room to breath even if it comes in less than what we normally cover. At Microsoft Ignite 2017 there were several announcements that either small or would potentially get wiped out by some of the larger announcements so we have collected them here. Announcements come from companies such as Archive360, Riverbed, Scality, Cloudian, Cohesity, and Caringo.

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by Adam Armstrong

Scale Computing & Google Cloud Collaborate On HC3 Cloud Unity

Scale Computing announced that it is working with Google to develop a hybrid cloud solution that makes it easy for organizations, including channel partners and MSPS, to move application workloads freely in the cloud or on-premises, HC3 Cloud Unity. HC3 Cloud Unity is a combination of Scale HC3 and Google Cloud Platform on the same LAN. HC3 Cloud Unity enables companies’ applications to use resources in the cloud and on-prem at the same time, while also enabling applications created for on-prem to now run on Google Cloud Platform. 

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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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