by Adam Armstrong

EMC & VMware Introduce HCI VCE VxRail Appliance Family

Today EMC Corp and VMware Inc. announced their jointly engineered hyper-converged infrastructure appliance (HCIA) for VMware environments, the VCE VxRail Appliance family. Billed as the “best of both worlds,” the VxRail brings together the rich data services and leading systems management capabilities of EMC and combines it with VMware’s leading hyper-converged software that includes VMware vSphere, vCenter Server and VMware Virtual SAN. All of these benefits are delivered in a single product family of either hybrid or all-flash VxRail Appliances that delivers key performance and capacity advantages in a simple, turnkey and easily scalable HCIA.

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by Adam Armstrong

Nutanix Updates Its Software

Today Nutanix released updates to its web-scale computing platform, Acropolis 4.6, and updates to its data management, Prism 4.6. Nutanix claims that customers can see upwards of 4x performance improvement for any workloads without additional hardware or software licenses. Nutanix goes on to state that customers will still have the freedom to choose hypervisors without lock-in and the new upgrades will have built-in machine learning capabilities that increase operational efficiency.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cohesity Releases Version 2.0 Of Its Data Platform

Today Cohesity released the latest version of its Cohesity Data Platform, version 2.0. This latest version contains several new features surrounding performance, management, and security for enterprise customers. The Cohesity Data Platform is hyperconverged secondary storage that consolidates use cases such as data protection, test and development, and file services. Version 2.0 now features site-to-site replication, cloud archive, and hardware-accelerated, 256-bit encryption.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Introduces VSAN 6.2 With An Eye On All-Flash

Today VMware Inc. is announced the latest version of its Virtual SAN (VSAN) enterprise-grade native storage for vSphere, version 6.2. Though the numbering is a bit confusing this actually marks the fourth-generation of VSAN. This new release is aimed at introducing new advanced data efficiency capabilities for all-flash storage, in addition to new Quality of Service (QoS) and performance and capacity monitoring capabilities.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Introduces vRealize Suite 7

Today VMware Inc. announce the latest version of its vRealize Suite, version 7, which includes new releases of VMware vRealize Operations and VMware vRealize Log Insight along with VMware vRealize Automation 7 and VMware vRealize Business for Cloud 7. These announcements also come with pricing and packaging enhancements that aim to address customers use cases as they move into the cloud.‚Äč

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by Adam Armstrong

Hitachi Data Systems Delivers Next-Generation Hyper-Converged, Scale-Out Platform

Today Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) announced its next-generation Hyper Scale-Out Platform (HSP), the HSP 400 series. The new HSP 400 series comes with native integration with the Pentaho Enterprise Platform. This native integration will help the HSP deliver a sophisticated, software-defined, hyper-converged platform for big data deployments. Supporting big data blending, embedded business analytics and simplified data management, the HSP 400 combines compute, storage, and virtualization to deliver seamless infrastructure.

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by Adam Armstrong

Pivot3 To Acquire NexGen

Today Pivot3 announced that it would be acquiring the privately held NexGen Storage. Pivot3 is looking to combine NexGen’s dynamic all-flash arrays (AFA) and Quality of Service (QoS) abilities to its portfolio in what it clams to be the industry’s most complete set of dynamic hyper-converged solutions. This combined company will give businesses from mid-market up to enterprise the ability to apply the right infrastructure and priority to each workload, application or business service according to business value. Both Pivot3 and NexGen boards have unanimously approved the agreement and the deal is expected to close in February 2016.

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by Adam Armstrong

Datrium Announces First Server Powered Storage System, DVX

Today Datrium announced the general availability of its server powered storage system, the DVX. According to Datrium, the DVX is the 'first storage system to split server-powered speed from appliance-based durable capacity, dramatically simplifying storage performance management.” Datrium also claims that 32-host DVX can hit 1 million IOPS while using data-reduced commodity server flash capacity. They further claim that this can be done at a much lower price than array flash.

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by Adam Armstrong

Plexistor Introduces Its Software-Defined Memory Platform

Today a new Startup company, Plexistor, is introducing its new platform that is based off of Software-Defined Memory (SDM), the Plexistor Solution. With SDM Plexistor can converge memory and storage technologies together to deliver what they are calling persistent high capacity storage at near-memory speed. This new solution supports both traditional and next-generation applications.

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by Adam Armstrong

Maxta Introduces Application-Defined Storage

Today Maxta announced that it was introducing a new facet to its hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), Application-Defined Storage. Maxta states that this will allow users to maximize the promise of hyper-convergence by allowing them to optimize their applications. Application-Defined Storage comes with the latest release of the Maxta Storage Platform (MxSP) and MaxDeploy appliances.

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