by Adam Armstrong

Cohesity Announces Native Integration With Pure Storage

Today Cohesity announced that it would be integrating with Pure Storage to bring faster data protection and recovery. Not only will this native integration speed up data protection performance, but users will also be able to leverage the public cloud aiding in long-term data retention and accelerating DevOps with, according to the companies, instantaneous copies of any production application.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Announces Its Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Will Be On VxRail Appliances

Today Dell EMC announced that its turnkey hybrid cloud platform, Dell EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud (EHC), will soon be available on Dell EMC’s VxRail Appliances. Dell EMC EHC on VxRail addresses both the increasing move by companies to adopt both hybrid clouds and adopt hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) for mission critical workloads. EHC on VxRail will enable customers to start off small and grow as their need for the hybrid cloud grows.

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by Josh Linden

Dell EMC VxRail Overview

VxRail is part of Dell EMC's hyper-converged infrastructure offerings, bringing together a streamlined hardware, operating system, and software stack for implementing VMware vSAN. The VxRail family competes in a marketplace where other major vendors offer two paths to hyper-converged infrastructure: either vendor-specific systems or vSAN ready nodes. VxRail takes a third route, making it as straightforward as possible to deploy vSAN via dedicated appliance nodes with tight VMware integration, rigorous component testing and single-vendor support. Our aim in this portion of our vSAN coverage is to highlight the benefits of VxRail when it comes to deploying vSAN in an organization. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Cohesity Release DataPlatform VE & C2100 HC Node

Today Cohesity released two new products for remote and branch offices (ROBO): Cohesity DataPlatform Virtual Edition (VE) and Cohesity C2100 Hyperconverged Node. Combined with Cohesity DataProtect, the new DataPlatform VE an integrated software-only backup solution that, as the name implies, deploys on virtual machines (VMs). DataPlatform VE provides what Cohesity calls the first integrated data protection solution that deploys from the edge to the data center to the cloud with a common feature-set and management interface.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Updates Horizon 7 & Introduces Horizon Cloud & Horizon Apps

VMware Inc. has made several updates and innovations to its VMware Horizon portfolio. Not only has Horizon been updated to 7.1, VMware is introducing Horizon Cloud, the next generation of virtual desktop and application cloud services from VMware, and Horizon Apps, a on-premises solution. VMware states that these new updates and innovations should drive down costs and complexity for those looking to deliver and manage VDI.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cisco Releases HyperFlex 2.0

Cisco has released the latest version of its hyperconverged system, HyperFlex 2.0. This new update is all about maximizing performance of applications in the data center. Cisco is also announcing two new, all-flash nodes for HyperFlex, the HyperFlex 220c All Flash and HyperFlex 240c all flash nodes.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Reports 4Q & Full-Year Earnings & vSAN Hits 7K Customers

Today VMware Inc. reported both its fourth quarter earnings for 2016 as well as its full year results. VMware is one of the top players in the virtualization and cloud business mobility. Not only is VMware reporting some terrific earnings numbers, they are also announcing 7,000 customers for the Hyper-Converged, software powered infrastructure solution vSAN.

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by Brian Beeler

Simplivity Deal Highlights HCI Market Bubble

Last night HPE added to their HCI portfolio by picking up Simplivity for $650 million. On its face the deal sounds encouraging, but in context, it's actually pretty poor. According to Crunchbase, Simplivity has $276 million invested in them since their start in 2009, with the last round in March of 2015 sucking in $175 million at a reported company valuation at $1 billion. This exit appears to be more out of duress than anything and it's hardly a strategic buy for HPE as Simplivity was pushing their Cisco integration more than anything else. HPE is likely interested in parts of the underlying technology, and sees Simplivity as a route into the enterprise where their HC 380 is more of an SMB/midmarket play. Additionally, HPE offers vSAN Ready Nodes, which is yet another arrow in their HCI quiver as they build a wider portfolio that is designed to compete with the newly combined Dell EMC assets. 

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by Adam Armstrong

HPE To Acquire SimpliVity For $650 Million

Today Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced that it has entered a definitive agreement to acquire SimpliVity for an estimated $650 million in cash. SimpliVity is a provider of software-defined hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI). This adds yet another piece of the HCI pie that HPE has been building over the last few years. The HCI market is estimated to be $2.4 billion today and grow to $6 billion by 2020.

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by Adam Armstrong

NVIDIA Announces CSP Partner Program & New HCI Support

Today NVIDIA announced a new Cloud Service Provider Partner Program for GRID, which aims to bring graphic acceleration to every cloud. This new partner system will create an ecosystem that will provide customers with universally accessible GPU-cloud services. NVIDIA is also announcing even more hyperconverged infrastructure support.

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