by Brian Beeler

VMware vRealize Operations 6.6 for vSAN Review

VMware vSAN has delivered on the promise of HCI in large part by simplifying the purchase, deployment and maintanence of vSAN clusters, while still delivering on performance and data services requirements. In June VMware made sweeping updates to the intelligence side of the house, by adding or enhancing vSAN support for vRealize Automation, vRealize Operations and vRealize Log Insight. vRealize Operations 6.6 now pulls together all management functions in one integrated platform. In this review we take a look at the new enhancements through the lens of vSAN, highlighting the new and updated features across the vROps spectrum that VMware identifies as; Ensure Readyness, Operationalize vSAN and Optimize and Scale vSAN. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

In the Lab: SonicWall NSA 3600 Firewall Upgrade

We are in the process of upgrading our networking fabric; a major part of that includes moving to the NSA 3600 from the SonicWall Network Security Appliance (NSA) Midrange Firewall Series. Ideal for small to medium-sized corporate environments, this firewall series is highlighted by its advanced automated threat-prevention technologies. Previously, we used Sonicwall’s TZ500W, an easy-to-deploy, all-in-one SMB desktop firewall solution that is great for smaller-scale networks. Moving to an entry-enterprise rack platform, the NSA 3600 acts as a significant upgrade in our labs, offering 10G support with SFP+ ports and support for jumbo frames.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Excelero, Broadcom, E8, Intel, Microsemi, Attala, Mellanox, NodeSource, AppDynamics, & 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. Excelero’s NVMesh is validated on Broadcom NetXtreme BCM57414 NIC. E8’s X24 leverages Intel Optane SSDs. Attala and Microsemi partner on industry’s first NVMeF compliant with DMTF Redfish and SNIA Swordfish. NodeSource integrates with AppDynamics. WekaIO and Intel demo native scale-out NVMe-oF at FMS. Longsys launches world’s smallest SSD at FMS. Cloudistics releases version 3.2. Marvell ships over 50 million 88SS1074 SATA SSD controllers in 18 months. Cavium supports FC-NVMe standard.

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by Adam Armstrong

AIC Announces 1U 36-Bay Server Supporting Up To 576TB

At Flash Memory Summit 2017, several announcements have come out around increasing density of SSDs with more focus on NVMe drives this year. Every year there is also a big hubbub around some massively dense SSD that never seems to materialize or even have a real use case. This year Samsung announced a new form factor, NGSFF, which is smaller than 2.5” and has up to 16TB per drive and already AIC is announcing a server for it with its OB127-LX.

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by Adam Armstrong

Intel Unveils New SSD Form Factors At FMS

At Flash Memory Summit (FMS) 2017, Intel unveiled some new form factors for its SSDs as well as some other changes to its data center SSD lineup. Intel unveiled a “Ruler” form factor SSD that, as the name implies, is long and skinny. Intel announced dual port Optane SSDs as well as dual port 3D NAND SSDs. And the company updated several of its SSDs for the data center with an eye on replacing enterprise HDDs.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

NetApp AFF A200 Review

The NetApp AFF A200 is a 2U all-flash storage array that provides an attractive entry point to NetApp's enterprise flash storage portfolio. The AFF A200 features 24 front-mounted 2.5-inch drives managed by dual controllers, and powered by six-core Intel Broadwell-DE processors. The A200 can be accessed with either SAN or NAS workloads (or both). The AFF A200 supports SSDs up to 15TB in capacity, allowing a single array to be outfitted with up to 367TB of raw storage, with additional space available via the DS224C expansion shelf.

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung Introduces Several New V-NAND Solutions At FMS

At the Flash Memory Summit (FMS) 2017, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced several new V-NAND (Vertical NAND) memory solutions and technologies. These new technologies include the first 1Tb V-NAND chip, a 16TB Next Generation Small Form Factor (NGSFF) SSD, a Z-SSD with lower latency than NVMe, and Key value SSD technology. These new technologies aim to address issues such as the need for higher density in a smaller footprint, the increase of data-intensive applications due to artificial intelligence and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, and the need for lower and lower latencies.

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by Adam Armstrong

Imanis Data Launches Industry's Fastest Backup & Recover Software

Today Imanis Data, formerly Talena, released what it is referring to as the "fastest backup and recovery platform on the market," Imanis Data 3.0. Aside from backup and recovery, Imanis Data 3.0 also detects ransomware in order to proactively identify accidental data loss and reduce downtime to minutes and hours. The new platform works with Cassandra, Couchbase, MongoDB, and Hadoop at a granular level providing what the company claims is five to ten times faster recovery of huge data sets compared to other competitive offerings.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Attempts To Address Multi-PB Growth Of ADAS

Autonomous or self-driving cars have sparked quite a bit of interest and debate in the last year or so. There are the potential benefits, such as safety and productivity on the commute. And potential pitfalls such as a hacker attack weaponizing the cars or the massive amount of the workforce that could be displaced. With the tech-car company Tesla Motors making headlines with their “auto-pilot” mode on their Model S to more mainstream companies such as Toyota and Nissan looking to make self-driving cars, the momentum is there. However, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) generate massive amounts of data that needs to be collected and analyzed, creating a new Big Data challenge. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Kaminario Launches All-NVMe Version Of K2

Today Kaminario announced it would be launching two new products. The company is no stranger to all-flash with its popular K2 line; today they are taking the next logical step and announcing an all-NVMe version of K2, K2.N. Kaminario is also announcing a platform for managing and orchestrating composable storage infrastructure, Kaminario Flex.

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