by Adam Armstrong

Riverbed SteelFusion Now Supports AWS & Azure

Today Riverbed Technology announced that its hyper-converged edge solution, Riverbed SteelFusion, now supports Amazon Web Services (AWS) support through AWS Storage Gateway and Azure support through Microsoft StorSimple. Not only does this give customers more flexibility and choice for cloud-based data storage across remote locations, they can now leverage the cloud as a secondary storage tier. This gives SteelFusion users more capacity, backup, and tiering to add on to their private data center storage assets.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cisco Jumps Into The HCI Market With HyperfFlex

Cisco threw its hat in the hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) ring today with its new HyperfFlex systems. Cisco claims the HyperfFlex systems is a complete hyperconvergence system and has everything first generation HCI lacked. HyperfFlex is based off of Cisco’s UCS and integrates next generation data platform with a proven converged network and compute platform. HyperfFlex is designed to address the limitations of first generation HCI and by highly adaptable for future requirements.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Release New Licensing Guide For VSAN 6.2

Earlier this month VMware Inc. released the latest version of VSAN, version 6.2. This version was aimed at increasing performance of all flash while lowering the price as well as introducing deduplication and compression, erasure coding, and new QoS capabilities. Today VMware released its licensing guide for the new VSAN 6.2.

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by Adam Armstrong

EMC & VMware Introduce HCI VCE VxRail Appliance Family

Today EMC Corp and VMware Inc. announced their jointly engineered hyper-converged infrastructure appliance (HCIA) for VMware environments, the VCE VxRail Appliance family. Billed as the “best of both worlds,” the VxRail brings together the rich data services and leading systems management capabilities of EMC and combines it with VMware’s leading hyper-converged software that includes VMware vSphere, vCenter Server and VMware Virtual SAN. All of these benefits are delivered in a single product family of either hybrid or all-flash VxRail Appliances that delivers key performance and capacity advantages in a simple, turnkey and easily scalable HCIA.

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by Adam Armstrong

Nutanix Updates Its Software

Today Nutanix released updates to its web-scale computing platform, Acropolis 4.6, and updates to its data management, Prism 4.6. Nutanix claims that customers can see upwards of 4x performance improvement for any workloads without additional hardware or software licenses. Nutanix goes on to state that customers will still have the freedom to choose hypervisors without lock-in and the new upgrades will have built-in machine learning capabilities that increase operational efficiency.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cohesity Releases Version 2.0 Of Its Data Platform

Today Cohesity released the latest version of its Cohesity Data Platform, version 2.0. This latest version contains several new features surrounding performance, management, and security for enterprise customers. The Cohesity Data Platform is hyperconverged secondary storage that consolidates use cases such as data protection, test and development, and file services. Version 2.0 now features site-to-site replication, cloud archive, and hardware-accelerated, 256-bit encryption.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Introduces VSAN 6.2 With An Eye On All-Flash

Today VMware Inc. is announced the latest version of its Virtual SAN (VSAN) enterprise-grade native storage for vSphere, version 6.2. Though the numbering is a bit confusing this actually marks the fourth-generation of VSAN. This new release is aimed at introducing new advanced data efficiency capabilities for all-flash storage, in addition to new Quality of Service (QoS) and performance and capacity monitoring capabilities.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Introduces vRealize Suite 7

Today VMware Inc. announce the latest version of its vRealize Suite, version 7, which includes new releases of VMware vRealize Operations and VMware vRealize Log Insight along with VMware vRealize Automation 7 and VMware vRealize Business for Cloud 7. These announcements also come with pricing and packaging enhancements that aim to address customers use cases as they move into the cloud.‚Äč

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by Adam Armstrong

Hitachi Data Systems Delivers Next-Generation Hyper-Converged, Scale-Out Platform

Today Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) announced its next-generation Hyper Scale-Out Platform (HSP), the HSP 400 series. The new HSP 400 series comes with native integration with the Pentaho Enterprise Platform. This native integration will help the HSP deliver a sophisticated, software-defined, hyper-converged platform for big data deployments. Supporting big data blending, embedded business analytics and simplified data management, the HSP 400 combines compute, storage, and virtualization to deliver seamless infrastructure.

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by Adam Armstrong

Pivot3 To Acquire NexGen

Today Pivot3 announced that it would be acquiring the privately held NexGen Storage. Pivot3 is looking to combine NexGen’s dynamic all-flash arrays (AFA) and Quality of Service (QoS) abilities to its portfolio in what it clams to be the industry’s most complete set of dynamic hyper-converged solutions. This combined company will give businesses from mid-market up to enterprise the ability to apply the right infrastructure and priority to each workload, application or business service according to business value. Both Pivot3 and NexGen boards have unanimously approved the agreement and the deal is expected to close in February 2016.

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