by Lyle Smith

Unitrends Becomes a Google Cloud Platform Premier Partner

​Unitrends has announced that it has been given the title of Google Cloud Platform Premier Partner. Building up to this given name, Unitrends had worked closely with Google Cloud Platform to build, integrate and optimize its Unitrends Free virtual backup appliance (currently in version 8.1) in order to support Google Cloud Storage, such as with the recently generally available Google Cloud Storage Nearline. As a result, Unitrends Free for Google Cloud Platform gives customers the ability to automatically copy local VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V backups to Google Cloud Storage, including Google Cloud Storage Nearline, for long-term retention and disaster recovery.

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by Adam Armstrong

Google Nearline Cloud Storage Is Now Generally Available

Google announced today that its Nearline Cloud Storage is now generally available. Google Nearline Cloud Storage was released in beta form back in March of this year. Nearline was introduced as a replacement for cold storage with the responsiveness of the cloud all for a low price. Along with general availability, Google is also introducing several other benefits.

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by Adam Armstrong

Actifio Partners With Amazon & Google To Offer New Cloud Services

Today Actifio announced that it was working with Amazon and Google to offer new services to its customers. Actifio Sky is now available in Amazon Web Services (AWS) marketplace. Customers can now run Actifio’s Virtual Data Pipeline technology on the AWS Cloud. Actifio is also announcing that customers can take advantage of Google’s Nearline Cloud Storage with one-click access through Actifio’s platform.

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by Lyle Smith

Nexenta and ATTO Technology Announce NexentaStor MetroHA Stretch Cluster

Nexenta and ATTO Technology have jointly announced NexentaStor MetroHA, a stretch cluster that allows data to scale across multiple data centers (such as floors, buildings, and cities) located up to roughly 30 miles apart, offering customer high availability and data mobility. Currently in Version 5 Community Preview (general availability to follow later this year), NexentaStor is the company’s flagship OpenSDS platform that provides customers with unified file and block storage services for demanding storage infrastructures.

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by Adam Armstrong

Kubernetes 1.0 Released

Google announced today that the open source container orchestration system, Kubernetes, has reached its version 1.0 (v1) milestone. The v1 milestone indicates that Kubernetes is production ready. Google is also announcing, along with the Linux Foundation, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). The CNCF will advance the building of cloud native applications and services.

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by Adam Armstrong

QNAP Releases QTS 4.2 Beta

Today QNAP Systems Inc. released a new beta version of its operating system used on most of the company’s NAS devices, QTS 4.2. QNAP has revamped its User Interface and added many new features to QTS 4.2 to make the OS smoother, smarter, and more secure.

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by Adam Armstrong

Druva Releases Proactive Compliance For Enterprise

Today Druva announced a new offering within its inSync solution that will tackle data governance challenges, inSync Proactive Compliance. This new offering, which will be included in Druva’s inSync Elite+ Plan, gives enterprises deep search, auditing, and automated data scanning capabilities. Enterprises will now be able to quickly and proactively find data risks across the cloud and end point devices and act upon them before they create an issue. inSync now converges data availability (backup, restore, and share) and comprehensive governance (compliance, archival/search and audit) across entire end-user information on endpoints and cloud.

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung Unveils SM863 & PM863 Data Center SSDs

Today Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Introduced new high performance SATA SSDs aimed at small to medium businesses (SMB), the SM863 and the PM863. First showcased as CES earlier this year, Samsung states that the new SSDs will deliver higher reliability, faster speeds, and much higher capacities. This will give data centers better performance at a higher density while bringing down the overall footprint.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Adopts New Flash Technology Driving Down Adoption Price

Today Dell Inc. announced that it was the first storage array provider to adopt the industry’s newest, highest-density and lowest-cost for performance enterprise flash drives. The adopting of this technology will dramatically drive down price per GB while improving performance as customers can switch to SSDs from HDDs. Dell states it can offer all-flash mid-tier solutions for as low as $1.66/GB before data reduction is applied.

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by Adam Armstrong

451 Research Finds Cloud Costs Are Falling But More Savings Can Be Found

451 Research has released its most recent Cloud Price Index and has found that on-demand cloud pricing has dropped 2.25% since October (using 451 Research’s cloud pricing model, representing a typical multi-service on-demand application the price went from $1.72 per hour in October 2014 to $1.68 currently). However the price index shows that companies can save up to 12% through negotiation and commitment.

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