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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by Adam Armstrong

XtremIO Achieves $1 Billion In Bookings In Just 588 Days

EMC Corporation has revealed that its XtremIO product line has achieved $1 billion in aggregate booking in 588 days or six quarters. In 2012 EMC acquired XtremIO and has since offered several flash product within the XtremIO line.  EMC speculates that this makes XtremIO the fastest growing product in IT history (thought they have yet to do research to confirm this speculation).

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by Adam Armstrong

SanDisk Introduces New Reference Architecture For VSAN 6

Today SanDisk Corporation introduced three new reference architectures designed for VMware Virtual SAN 6.0. These solutions utilize SSDs and Fusion ioMemory PCIe application accelerators include: Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) Solution with All-Flash Virtual SAN, VMware Horizon Virtual Desktop and Applications Solution with All-Flash Virtual SAN, and Horizon Virtual Desktop Solution with Hybrid VMware Virtual SAN. SanDisk’s SSD and PCIe technologies combined with VSAN enables customers to deploy business critical applications, databases, virtual desktops and other IT workloads with less effort and gain greater performance.

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by Lyle Smith

HP mt42 Thin Client Announced

HP has announced the mt42, dubbed the world’s thinnest, lightest and most powerful quad-core mobile thin client weighing in at just 3.41lbs and measuring only .74 inches in thickness. Offering up to 3.0 GHz with AMD quad-core processing technology, the HP mt42 provides 10% higher clock speed as well as an additional two cores of processing power than the previous generation.

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by Adam Armstrong

Google Container Engine Is Now Generally Available

Back in June of this year, Google Cloud Platform released their Container Engine into beta. Now after several months and several users having a chance to try it out and provide feedback, Google is launching its Container Engine to general availability. This follows the pattern Google recently set with the release of its NearlineDataflowPub/Sub, and the release of its container orchestration system Kubernetes.

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by Lyle Smith

SimpliVity OmniStack 3.0 Announced

SimpliVity has announced its new OmniStack 3.0 Data Virtualization Platform, indicating that its release is the most significant product launch since the company was founded. OmniStack is the transformational technology behind SimpliVity’s hyperconverged infrastructure solutions, offering multi-site deployments with a new Unified Protected ROBO solution and a new optimized platform.

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by Lyle Smith

Hitachi Data Systems Announces New EVO:RAIL Solution and VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes Support

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has unveiled new hyper-converged infrastructure solutions and software enhancements for VMware environments. These solutions are designed to help remove complexity, protect workloads, and reduce the always increasing operational expenses that hit enterprises. Ideal use cases include partners and customers looking to transform their traditional data centers into private and hybrid cloud environments.

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by Adam Armstrong

IBM Expands Spectrum Software For Hybrid Cloud Requirements

Today IBM announced it was adding new features to its Spectrum Storage Software Offerings. The new features will enable companies to prepare for using and backing up to the cloud. These new features are part of IBM’s $1 billion investment in software-defined storage (SDS), along with its other products for hybrid-cloud. IBM also stated that they have sold their Spectrum Storage line to over 1,000 new customers.

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by Adam Armstrong

Hedvig & ClusterHQ Partner To Speed The Adoption Of Docker

Today Hedvig announced a partnership with ClusterHQ that will offer modern enterprises an integrated solution that simplifies storage provisioning and data persistence for Docker volumes. This collaboration combines ClusterHQ’s Flocker container data management software with Hedvig’s software-defined storage solution to develop the Hedvig storage driver for Flocker.

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