by Adam Armstrong

Pivot3 Brings Its HCI Technology To VMware vSphere 6

Pivot3 announced that it would be bringing its hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) technology to VMware vSphere 6. The combination of the two technologies can accelerate time to value for organizations that utilize it. Solutions will be deployed faster, at lower costs, without the need for specialized expertise and increased CPU power to run advanced VMware vSphere 6 features.

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by Adam Armstrong

Atlantis Introduces USX 3.1 With Stretched Cluster

At VMworld Europe 2015, Atlantis Computing introduced its new Atlantis USX 3.1 platform with a new feature called Stretched Cluster. Atlantis states that this new platform can reduce business continuity costs by half. The new Stretched Cluster feature enables zero RPO and RTO between multiple data centers while providing organizations with a highly efficient hyper-converged solution.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

VMware Virtual SAN Review: HCIbench Synthetic Performance

One of the most common ways to stress a storage platform is through synthetic workloads or four-corners type of testing. In this testing scenario, we look at the peak I/O a platform can generate, as well as the peak bandwidth. While these figures aren't supposed to be used in place of application tests, they are helpful in comparing one platform to another and provide valuable insight for customers working on a PoC. To that end we have migrated hyper-converged synthetic tests to HCIbench, which VMware released earlier this year. At its core HCIbench leverages the industry-accepted VDbench workload generator and distributes VMs across a target cluster and aggregates the results. We use our own I/O profiles for this tool, which are linked below for users to replicate our tests.

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by Mark May

VMworld 2015 Recap

VMworld 2015 US has come and gone. It was definitely a busy year this year with over 23,000 people in attendance. While the conference starts on Monday morning, Sunday brought the usual community event – VMunderground. For the last several years, VMunderground has severed as the unofficial start of the conference. It begins with Opening Acts where community experts gather to answers questions and talk about various topics. Opening Acts, for me, made one thing clear – there was going to be a lot of talk about data protection and storage. The fact that a community driven event has a lot of talk about storage set the tone for the rest of the conference. Storage was going to be a hot topic at VMworld 2015.

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by Adam Armstrong

Pivot3 Is Granted Two New Patents Involving HCI

Pivot3 announced that it has been granted two new patents by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Both of the new patents are for hyper-convergence technology. The patents are U.S. Patent No. 9,086,821 for its “Method and system for execution of applications in conjunction with RAID” and U.S. Patent No. 9,146,695 for “Method and System for Distributed RAID.” These two new patents bring the total number of patents for Pivot3 up to 22, many of which center around hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) and software-defined storage (SDS).

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by Adam Armstrong

Hedvig Incorporated Company Overview

As more and more companies look to software-defined storage (SDS) and software-defined data centers (SDDC), they have to begin to rethink their own data center architecture. More and more vendors and startups are coming out with products that challenge traditional storage (software-defined, Hyper-Converged) they do run into various limitations. This is where Hedvig enters the picture with its highly scalable SDS that is simple and flexible, but most importantly, elastic.

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by Adam Armstrong

HP Announces General Availability of CloudSystem 9.0 & Introduces ConvergedSystem 700

Today HP announced the general availability of the latest version of its integrated enterprise cloud solution, Helion CloudSystem 9.0. Along with the software update, HP is also introducing a new platform optimized for CloudSystem 9.0, the HP ConvergedSystem 700.

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by Adam Armstrong

EMC Introduces ScaleIO Nodes

EMC acquired ScaleIO in 2013 and up until now, EMC has offered ScaleIO as software only. Today with the introduction of ScaleIO nodes, customers can now purchase ScaleIO bundled with on an EMC commodity server. ScaleIO nodes enable customers to quickly deploy a fully architected software-defined, scale-out, server SAN in a pre-validated, tested and configured solution. All support for both the hardware and software come from EMC.

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology RC18015xs+ Named Best Of VMworld 2015

Today Synology announced that its RC18015xs+ was named a finalist for “Best of VMworld 2015” in Virtualization and Cloud Infrastructure category. The RC18015xs+ is designed for small to medium enterprise (SME) starting at $12,000 and supports up to 128 iSCSI targets for VMware hosts. This new solution features massive scalability, great performance, and point-in-time data backup for enterprises. Synology’s award-winning OS, DiskStation Manager, powers the new solution.

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by Adam Armstrong

Pivot3 Collaborates With Several Vendors Bringing Them HCI

Pivot3 has recently announced collaboration with a few vendors, bringing its hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) to vendors such as Dell, Amulet Hotkey, and Tracewell. Pivot3 is teaming with Dell to deliver HCI on PowerEdge FX2 servers, giving high performance on extremely dense form factors. With Amulet Hotkey, Pivot3 is bringing its HCI to Amulet Hotkey’s workstation clients. And Pivot3 and Tracewell will deliver purpose-built HCI solutions to military and defense customers.

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