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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by Adam Armstrong

Nutanix Releases Acropolis 5.0

Nutanix has had a fairly good run as of late. The company went public in September and saw their stock shoot way up, at first anyway (still up about 10 points higher than IPO). Nutanix followed this up with a strong quarterly earning and stated that they now have over 4,400 customers. To keep the good news rolling, the company has released the latest version of its web-scale computing platform, Acropolis version 5.0.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware vSAN Continues To Gain Customers

VMware recently announced that customer adoption of its Virtual SAN is continuing to grow, now topping 5,500. On top of adding customers, VMware has pointed out that the updated branding of their Virtual SAN product is vSAN similar to vSphere. Several customers, users, competitors, and news sources (including this one) have incorrectly named the product as VSAN, when the proper letter case for the “v” is lower case. From here on, the product will be referred to as vSAN as opposed to VSAN or Virtual SAN.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Expands Its HCI Portfolio

Today Dell EMC is expanding its hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) by combining the former two companies technologies once again. Dell EMC’s is taking its VxRack software-defined data center (SDDC) and is now basing it on PowerEdge servers. According to the company, this combination will enhance flexibility while increasing performance.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Zephyr, SwiftStack, Avere, Cloudistics, Pica8, & Datrium

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content not the impact they have. Zephyr announced its enterprise architecture, Zephyr Enterprise, as well as the announcement that they have hit 10,000 customers. SwiftStack announced the availability of its Cloud Sync. Avere joins AWS Public Sector Partner Program. Cloudistics and Pica8 partner on secure virtual networking for superconverged infrastructures. And Datirum raises another $55 million in Series C financing.

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by Adam Armstrong

Nutanix Reports Its First Earnings Since Going Public

Nutanix went public in September of this year. It had an IPO of $16 for 17.1 million shares and quickly saw its stock price shoot up to $38.15. Its stock fell off some before once again shooting back up. Nutanix has now released its for earnings report, for the first quarter of 2017. While the numbers exceed expectations, the stock saw yet another dip.

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by Guest Author

Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Appliances: Making Software-Defined Data Center Architecture Ubiquitous

Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) is all the rage these days. Why? Because it is allowing CIOs to get out of the infrastructure business so they can focus on adding value to the core business. IT service used to be a component-level conversation about building solutions. But just as the underlying architecture of a smartphone is rarely on a consumer’s mind, the same is becoming true for the underlying elements of IT systems. The conversation is now centered around “How can I most efficiently deliver the needed service level?”

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Announces VSAN 6.5 & Other Solutions

Today at VMworld Europe 2016 in Barcelona, VMware, Inc. announced the several new releases of its compute, storage, and cloud management solutions. These updated solutions are designed to help IT efficiently run, manage, and secure their traditional and modern applications on- or off-premises and include VMware vSphere, VMware Virtual SAN, and VMware vRealize Automation. All of the updated solutions will now have support for containers.

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by Adam Armstrong

Primary Data Adds Scale-Out File Services To DataSphere For VSAN

Today Primary Data announced that is has added scale-out file services with VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) to its DataSphere software. This means that VSAN will be able to support its native block protocols as well as file protocols with DataSphere. Primary Data states that this new ability for VSAN to support more applications in the same physical footprint as well as being deployed as both a hyper-converged solution as well as a scale out NAS solution.

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