by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Cisco, Commvault, Scale Computing, WinMagic, Kaminario, Seagate, & More

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content not the impact they have. Cisco enters into agreement to acquire Broadsoft. Commvault announces ScaleProtect with Cisco UCS. Scale Computing and WinMagic partner on HCI security. Kaminario enhances its Clarity platform. Seagate announces 4TB Game Drive for PS4. Paragon Software Group releases Hard Disk Manager Version 16. Spectra Logic announces certified LTO-8 Type M Media and LTO-8 Drives.

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by Kevin OBrien

In the Lab: Migrating Workloads to VMware vSAN

For as much work as we've done around VMware vSAN in terms of site content and reviews, it may come as a surprise to some that we hadn't been using any vSAN in production. With the refresh of our lab servers complete (12x Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd), we decided to solve this problem by repurposing a handful of PowerEdge R730 servers and extra SSDs we had on hand. The result is a modest vSAN 6.6 configuration that we will use to host VMs needed for testing, in addition to serving as a platform for testing out and reporting on new vSAN features. This deployment though brings up an immediate question that vSAN buyers are often curious about: how do I migrate existing workloads to vSAN?

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by Adam Armstrong

Cisco & Virtual Instruments Join On Networking Innovations

Today Cisco announced it is working with Virtual Instruments new technology innovations for next-generation storage networking that aim to help customers better analyze SAN operational performance and move to cost effective 32Gbps solutions that grow as digital business expands. The companies will be combining Virtual Instruments App-centric Infrastructure Performance Management platform, VirtualWisdom, with several Cisco products for deep fibre channel (FC) SAN performance monitoring.

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by Adam Armstrong

IBM Advances Its All-Flash FlashSystem

Today IBM announced that it was making several changes to its all-flash storage solutions and software. These changes are aimed to both drive down costs and extend the solutions out to the cloud. Aside from support for cloud, IBM’s news advanced data center solutions also deliver support for containers and machine learning.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Expands Its PCaaS Solution

Today Dell announced it was expanding its PC-as-a-Service (PCaaS) solution making it easier for companies to procure, deploy and manage PCs. Dell, with a partnership with VMware, also announced zero-touch Windows 10 Provisioning by VMware AirWatch service, as well as joint engineering initiatives to integrate VMware Workspace ONE, powered by AirWatch technology, with Dell Client Command Suite. The expanded PCaaS and partnership with VMware aim to simplify PC lifecycle management.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Reports 1Q18 Earnings

Today Seagate Technologies reported its earning for the first quarter of its 2018 financial year. While the past few earnings had been a bit of a disappointment for the company this time they seemed to beat estimates. After reporting their earning the company saw its stock jump as high as 15%, or as high as $40.53 this morning, the highest it has been since June.

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by Adam Armstrong

SonicWall NSA 2650 Review

The SonicWall Network Security Appliance (NSA) 2650 (and the rest of the NSA line) provides threat prevention and security to mid-sized networks, branch offices, and distributed enterprises. Like the full NSA line, the 2650 leverages SonicWall’s patented Reassembly-Free Deep Packet Inspection (RFDPI) engine and the new SonicOS 6.5 operating system. The NSA 2650 has ample connectivity with 22 ports: one console and 1GbE management port, four 2.5GbE SFP ports, four 2.5GbE ports, and twelve 1GbE ports. The firewall also comes with room for expansion, consisting of an expansion module as well as a 16GB storage module with room for an optional power supply to add further redundancy.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Cisco, Virtuozzo, DataCore, LTO Program, Ubuntu, Cloudera, Cloudian, & More

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content not the impact they have. Cisco announced predictive services powered by AI. Virtuozzo announces its Storage for Kubernetes. DataCore announces a new version of its software-defined infrastructure products. LTO Program announces LTO-8 Cartridge specifications. Ubuntu releases version 17.10. Cloudera, Cloudian, Ingeous, and Datos IO partner. Dell EMC support Microsoft Azure Stack with its 14G PowerEdge line. Virtual Instruments partners with Gigamon on monitoring NAS deployments. Lenovo announces support for Intel Xeon Scalable CPUs for ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Announces Seagate Secure Across Its Enterprise Datasphere Fleet

Seagate Technology launched a stringent collection of security features rolled out across the entirety of Seagate’s Enterprise Datasphere Fleet, Seagate Secure. This new set of features aims to keep all of the drives under the banner secure with specific feature sets. This will add even more security to the company’s proven technology. Seagate is also announcing its Exos line of high capacity enterprise HDDs.

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by Adam Armstrong

Morro Data Releases CacheDrive R1100

Today Morro Data announced its first rackmount cache file server, CacheDrive R1100. Advancing its CloudNAS Enterprise solution, the CacheDrive R1100 is stated to allow SMBs with hundreds of users to scale cloud capacity, manage files across multiple offices, and collaborate on large file formats without disrupting workflow. Combining the two technologies will offer a 3-in-1 global file services solution for “unlimited” file storage, multiple office sync, and disaster recovery.

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