by Adam Armstrong

VMware Introduces New Innovations For Unified Hybrid Cloud Platform

Today at VMworld 2015, VMware Inc. announced new innovations for its unified hybrid cloud platform. The new innovations include new public cloud services and software-defined solutions aimed at enabling customers to build applications faster, improve IT security, rapidly recover from disasters, and drive meaningful business value.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung AutoCache v3.0 Announced

Samsung has announced the AutoCache v3.0, the company’s first enterprise-class caching software solution. As a collaborative effort with VMware, Samsung indicates that the caching software is set to be one of the first caching solutions used with the new VMware vSphere APIs for IO Filtering, which fully supports write-back caching in virtualized environments. Samsung acquired Proximal Data, and AutoCache along with it, back in November of last year.

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by Adam Armstrong

Huawei Releases New And Updated Versions Of FusionCube

Today at VMworld 2015, Huawei Technologies announced that it was releasing new and updated versions of it hyper-converged infrastructure series for cloud and virtualization, FusionCube. This announcement includes a new entry-level platform, the FusionCube 6000 and an updated version of its high-performing FusionCube 9000.

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by Lyle Smith

NVIDIA GRID 2.0 With Broad Industry Support Announced

NVIDIA has announced NVIDIA GRID 2.0 with broad industry support at VMworld, helping it to deliver the most graphics-intensive applications to any connected device virtually. Major server vendors, such as Cisco, Dell, HP and Lenovo, have all qualified the GRID 2.0 to run on 125 server models. To achieve this, NVIDIA collaborated with both Citrix and VMware, which resulted in a superior graphics experience to end-users on virtualization platforms. This is significant release by NVIDIA, as virtualizing enterprise workflows has previously suffered from low performance, poor user experience and limited server and application support.

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by Kevin OBrien

In the Lab: Supermicro 1028U-TNR4T+ Lab Integration

After reviewing the Supermicro SuperServer 1028U-TNR4T+, we've added it into our test lab in a role hosting VMware vCenter as well as other VMs that keep tests working smoothly in the background. As part of this integration, the SuperServer has received some upgrades and add-ons, including an Emulex 16Gb FC card as well as an LSI/Avago 9361-8i SAS3 RAID card. The RAID card gives us support for SAS devices connected inside the front-mount drive bays, which the platform ships enabled for from the factory. The Emulex 16Gb FC card helps us connect to traditional SAN components in our lab, whereas the onboard 4 x 10GbE handles vMotion and iSCSI storage connectivity. In this In The Lab piece we'll cover the upgrade steps as well as the background on why this server is well suited for a virtualized environment.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

X-IO Technologies ISE 860 G3 Review: Part 1

X-IO made their name in enterprise SAN storage by figuring out a way to ensure hard drives and in the case of hybrid configurations, SSDs, never needed to be serviced in the warrantied five-year window. To help achieve this goal, X-IO uses twin DataPacs that are inserted and locked into the fully redundant chassis, delivering a "set it and forget it" style of storage. In March of this year X-IO added to the family of hard drive and hybrid arrays, with a new series of all flash configurations and an updated third generation architecture (G3). The ISE 800 G3 series of all flash arrays includes three models ranging from 6.4TB to 51.2TB of raw capacity. Each brings with it the promise of dramatically reducing the frequency of service calls, along with performance of up to 400,000 IOPS, 5GB/s bandwidth and one of the more robust QoS engines. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Tegile To Unveil IntelliFlash HD Flash Platform For Any Workload At VMworld

Tegile Systems announced that it will be unveiling its new flash storage platform its states will bring hyperscale performance and economics to the enterprise data center, IntelliFlash HD. In a single rack IntelliFlash HD can provide up to 5 million IOPS, up to 10PB of capacity, and do these at $.50/GB. With the addition of IntelliFlash HD, Tegile joins SanDisk in accelerating the migration to an all-flash data center.

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by Brian Beeler

Key Takeaways From HP Big Data 2015

HP held its third annual big data conference earlier this month in Boston. A broad mix of organizations large and small participated, gaining insights on the future of big data via keynotes from the likes of Facebook, Michael Stonebraker, Nate Silver and many more. There were also over 40 breakout sessions that were driven by customers who were highlighting various projects and war stories. While HP certainly had news at the event with updates to Vertica and a new startup initiative, the conference was very much about execution of big data initiatives more than anything else. Here are a few key takeaways from the conference that shed some light on the future of big data from those in the trenches.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

VMware Virtual SAN Review: Scaled Sysbench OLTP Performance

After looking at the performance levels of the VMware VSAN cluster with a traditional Sysbench OLTP workload, we wanted to find out how well the platform responds with an increased workload for more demanding use cases. The initial deployment was four Sysbench VMs, 1 per node, but that workload didn't bring the disk I/O to a high enough range where we felt resources were being fully utilized. This is similar to a customer running a POC, testing it under a subset of their current workload, but not measuring how well the platform responds as workloads grow over time or as more application data is migrated over. To better understand how this VSAN cluster responds under ever-increasing MySQL workloads, we scaled the four Sysbench VM (1 per node) benchmark up to 8 and 12 total VMs.

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by Adam Armstrong

Primary Data Unveils DataSphere Platform

Today Primary Data unveiled a storage-agnostic data virtualization platform that allows data mobility across multiple different storage tiers (including server flash, SAN, NAS and cloud storage), DataSphere. DataSphere takes existing storage tiers from isolated silos pinned to an application and transforms it into globally available, infinitely scalable resources that enables applications to access the data as needed. DataSphere claims it can achieve unlimited scalability without impacting performance.

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