by Adam Armstrong

EMC XtremIO Now Has Several New App Integrations

Ahead of VMworld 2016 next week in Las Vegas, EMC corporation announced today that its XtremIO all-flash storage platform for VMware and Microsoft virtualized environments now has new application integrations and management features. According to EMC, these new integrations and features will enable application and infrastructure teams to take full advantage of simplified resource provisioning and management workflows, automation and orchestration in virtualized environments.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cohesity Announces Solutions With VSAN & vRealize Automation

Today Cohesity introduced new solutions that are aimed at simplifying secondary storage in VMware environments. These new solutions work with VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) and VMware vRealize Automation and allow Cohesity DataPlatform and DataProtect customers to use VSAN and vRealize Automation to offer full policy-based automation on scale-out and hyperconverged infrastructure for both primary and secondary data. Cohesity claims that by using its new solutions, companies will be able to converge and simplify their data protection infrastructure with automation, instant recovery, and more efficient provisioning, all while lowering total cost of ownership.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

VMware VSAN 6.2 All-Flash Review

Last year we published a detailed series of reviews on VSAN 6.0 in a hybrid configuration. In February of this year, VMware launched VSAN 6.2, which brought data reduction via deduplication and compression, as well as a number of other features to the market. Data reduction is a major step forward for VSAN as it piggybacks on the massive surge in flash adoption, thanks in large part to falling prices and high-quality options. When VSAN is enabled in an all-flash configuration, users taking advantage of data reduction can effectively triple (or more) their capacity depending on workloads, which really brings the value of flash to everyone from ROBO to the enterprise. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Pivot3 Sees Record Growth In 2016

Today Pivot3 announced that as a company they are seeing record growth so far this year. Pivot3 is seeing record revenue (over twice so far this year compared to the last half of 2015) and they are seeing an expansion of both their customer and employee base, in part due to their acquisition of NexGen Storage earlier this year. Pivot3 is also announcing a new CFO appointment with Bill Stover.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

EMC VxRack Node Powered By ScaleIO: Scaled Sysbench OLTP Performance Review (HCI)

Scaled Sysbench is the final performance test of the all-flash EMC ScaleIO VxRack Node configured in HCI. In two-layer, we pressed the system to 99.2% capacity and saw phenomenal throughput with the four Dell servers acting as load gens. This time, with the compute and storage together in the 2U chassis, we run the same testing to see what happens. We'd expect to see more weight on the CPUs as the limiting factor, as the system has more work to, but thus far in the HCI testing, ScaleIO has proven to be extremely efficient and lightweight from an overhead perspective; something that is generally the reverse in other HCI solutions.

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by Kevin OBrien

EMC VxRack Node Powered By ScaleIO: VMmark Performance Review (HCI)

When deployed in hyperconverged mode, the EMC VxRack Nodes running ScaleIO are often found running VMware. While not always the case, the nodes support just about everything, VMware is the easiest to understand from a performance perspective thanks to VMmark. When we reviewed ScaleIO running VMmark in two-layer, the all-flash VxRack Node handled 26 tiles. The system could have probably handled a few more as it had capacity to spare, but the four loadgen servers were at their max. This time we run the same benchmark in HCI, combining the storage and compute into one 2U box versus the 10U total in the two-layer test. In this test the efficiency of the management software will be obvious as the box will be at saturation points everywhere; storage capacity, CPU utilization and RAM footprint will all be under duress. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

EMC VxRack Node powered by ScaleIO: SQL Server Performance Review (HCI)

After our first look at EMC's VxRack Node running in HCI mode measuring synthetic workload performance, we turn our attention to SQL Server OLTP performance. In this particular test our focus is on application-level latency, instead of completely stressing the system in terms of both CPU and storage I/O. To find out just how well ScaleIO holds up under pressure, we put its HCI configuration head to head against its phenominal two-layer results to see if EMC still has a few tricks up its sleeve.

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by Adam Armstrong

Commvault & Cisco Work Together On Reference Architecture

Today at Cisco Live in Las Vegas, Commvault made two announcements involving its alliance partner, Cisco. Commvault will be working with Cisco to give customers and partners an easy-to-buy, pre-optimized and validated solution for simplified data protection and recovery using Commvault's Software deployed on the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) infrastructure. The company is also announcing support for Cisco's HyperFlex hyperconvergence system.

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by Brian Beeler

EMC VxRack Node powered by ScaleIO Review: Synthetic Performance Review (HCI)

We've spent a good deal of time talking about EMC ScaleIO's capabilities in a two-layer, or storage online configuration. In this next series of the review, we break out results with ScaleIO set up as a hyper-converged system. It should be noted that ScaleIO can actually work in a third mode where it combines both of these options. Fundamental to the HC setup, though, is the fact that both the SDS (ScaleIO Data Server) and the SDC (ScaleIO Data Client) run in the same environment. In this configuration the applications and storage share the same compute resources. In our case, that means the VxRack Node's high-performance 2U 4-node PF100 chassis that resides in our lab. 

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by Adam Armstrong

StorMagic Launches SvSAN 6

Today StorMagic announced the launch of the latest version of its SvSAN software-defined storage solution, SvSAN 6. StorMagic announced that for the first time it is releasing two versions: a Standard and Advanced Edition. And the company is also announcing global availability since it has become a Preferred Solution Partner within the Cisco Solutions Partner Program and via the company’s OEM agreement with Cisco.

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