by Adam Armstrong

Nimble Updates Adaptive Flash Platform With Several New Benefits

Nimble Storage has announced that it has made updated its Adaptive Flash Platform (NAF) giving it several enterprise-grade capabilities. This advancements include the ability to deliver an all-flash service level, an auto-flash service level, and a disk only service level all within a single storage platform. Nimble also announced it added additional capabilities including software-based encryption and a REST API-based extensibility framework. These new advancements are aimed at enabling organizations to dynamically meet varying service level agreements, reduce costs, and gain greater business agility and responsiveness.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

VMware Virtual SAN Review: VMmark Performance

Tuning hyper-converged systems for VMmark presents new challenges for how StorageReview runs the benchmark. Our VMmark implementation is designed for traditional IT architectures, fixed compute servers and review storage hardware swapped between tests. With VMware VSAN, storage and compute are merged into one platform with one single datastore, necessitating a modification to our VMmark setup. In this case we had our VMware VSAN cluster both running the storage and the compute requirements, offering a one-two punch compared to traditional platforms that would require compute servers separate.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

VMware Virtual SAN Review: Overview and Configuration

VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) is part of the burgeoning category of software defined everything that's assaulting all points from corporate datacenters to remote and branch offices. VMware describes VSAN as "hypervisor-converged storage" that is optimized for vSphere virtual infrastructure. However you refer to this space, the mission is more or less the same; to greatly simplify enterprise IT, reduce total cost of ownership and provide flexible scalability while delivering predictable performance. The path vendors take to achieve these quad-objectives is widely varied however. For their part VMware has a singular focus, to deliver against these goals in the most comprehensive, cost effective way for organizations using vSphere. 

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by Lyle Smith

Scale Computing Announces the Closing of its $18 Million Funding Round

Scale Computing has announced that it has ended its $18 million funding round, which will be used with the intention of providing new products to their global customers. Financing for the latest funding was led by ABS Capital Partners, an investor in later-stage growth companies based out of Baltimore and San Francisco. Scale has been an adamant promoter of hyperconvergence adoption in the midmarket with a heavy focus on the deployment and management of a highly available and scalable infrastructure.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Delivers Thin Clients Based on Windows 10 IoT Enterprise

At Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Dell announced that its latest Wyse thin clients will have a new operating system based on Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, making Dell the first OEM to deliver thin clients running this OS. It also announced new updates to its vWorkspace desktop virtualization software; all aimed at making it easier to plan, deploy and run desktop virtualization. These new solutions are ideal for organizations looking to Microsoft Azure-based VDI. With these new solutions, Dell continues to create endpoints that are secure, high performing, and keep up workers’ productivity.

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by Lyle Smith

Caringo Swarm Version 7.5 Adds Major Enhancements

Caringo has announced major enhancements in its latest version of Swarm object storage software with version 7.5. This new update offers architectural and management features to address issues found in big data storage, web content delivery, and active archive environments. 

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by Lyle Smith

HP and Intel Team To Expand Access Of High Performance Computing To All Enterprises

HP has announced a High Performance Computing (HPC) alliance with Intel Corporation at the International Supercomputing Conference, which was created to advance customer innovation and help expand accessibility of HPC to enterprises of all sizes. To increase accessibility of HPC, both companies will launch a new Center of Excellence (CoE) to bring a community of experts from both HP and Intel to support customers in planning, developing, deploying and managing HPC solutions.

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by Lyle Smith

Windows Server on Google Compute Engine Now Generally Available

Google has announced that their Windows Server on Google Compute Engine is now general available, adding to their growing list of operating systems they support and making it an ideal platform to run production Windows Server workloads. Google has also announced several enhancements for Windows Server users to complement updates made back in January of this year and their collaboration with Avere, the latter which enables its customers to easily move their compute intensive workloads and storage to Google Cloud Platform. 

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by Lyle Smith

Pivot3 and Lenovo Partner to Launch a Global Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Solution

Pivot3 and Lenovo have partnered to bring Pivot3’s Global Hyper-Converged solution to Lenovo clients. In addition, Arrow ECS will be the exclusive distributor of this platform for the European market, which will be its focus for now. Initially, this combined solution will be sold as the “Hyper-Converged ONE” appliance, while leveraging a high-performance, Lenovo All-Flash platform.

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by Adam Armstrong

Delphix Raises $75 Million In Funding

In a round of oversubscribed funding, Delphix has raised $75 million. This round of funding was led by Fidelity Management and Research Company, part of Fidelity Investments. Other Investors include Credit Suisse NEXT Investors, LLC, a fund managed within Credit Suisse Asset Management, The Kraft Group, and existing investors, including Greylock Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Icon Ventures.

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