by Adam Armstrong

Lenovo & Nutanix Partner To Bring HCI To Global Enterprises

Today Lenovo and Nutanix announced a partnership centered on making Lenovo hyperconverged appliances powered by Nutanix software. Both companies are committed to reducing complexity and lower costs by delivering hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) to enterprises. This HCI will enable IT to focus on their business’s applications and services while offering a compelling alternative to public cloud services.

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by Adam Armstrong

Quantum Announces Xcellis High-Performance Workflow Storage Solution

Quantum Corp. announced its new high-performance storage solution that is designed to optimize demanding workflows, accelerate time to insight, and empower organizations to drive greater success, Xcellis. Xcellis tackles unstructured data giving users the ability to capitalize on its value and utilize it faster and more cost-effectively. Xcellis is powered by StorNext and can be deployed either as a standalone system or deployed as the primary storage component within a multitier storage environment incorporating object storage, tape and cloud technologies.

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by Adam Armstrong

Tintri Expands Support For OpenStack

Today Tintri Inc. announced that it was expanded its support for OpenStack. As part of the expansion Tintri now includes a new Cinder driver and Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform Ecosystem certification. Now organizations using Tintri can deploy OpenStack easier than ever.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Introduces New HCI Solutions and Software

Today at Dell World in Austin, Dell Inc. introduced several new solutions and services aimed at lowering costs and downtime in large-scale datacenters. These new solutions and services run the gamut from servers to arrays to hyperconverged to software. All of these announced solutions will help customers to easily scale and adapt to their infrastructures in order to help them handle the rapidly growing market and prepare for future growth and changes.

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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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