by Adam Armstrong

VMware Ships Latest Release Of EVO:RAIL To Partners

VMware has shipped the latest release of EVO:RAIL software to its partners, version 1.1. EVO: RAIL is designed to dramatically simplify delivery and deployment of software-defined infrastructures in a rapid and repeatable manner, as well as simplifying configuration, on-going management, patching, and upgrading of software (with zero-downtime and automatic discovery of any new appliance added). The latest version of EVO:RAIL comes with increased scalability, improved hardware monitoring, serviceability automation, and deeper configure validation.

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by Lyle Smith

HP Announces a Slate of New Compute Platforms for Big Data

HP has announced new and enhanced purpose-built Compute platforms and solutions designed to help customers leverage all data assets for faster decision making, improved operational efficiency and direct content monetization. Included in these new platforms and solutions are: HP Apollo 2000; the HP Apollo 4000 Systems family; the HP Big Data Reference Architecture; HP Integrity Superdome X; and the HP ProLiant DL580, DL560 and BL660c Gen9 servers. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Veeam Introduces FastSCP For Azure & Management Pack v8 For System Center

Veeam Software announced two new free tools, Veeam FastSCP for Microsoft Azure and a new Veeam Management Pack (MP) v8 for Microsoft System Center. Both of these new tools are aimed at helping customers more easily adopt Microsoft’s hybrid cloud into their IT strategy. Veeam will be demonstrating both tools in booth number 114, at Microsoft ignite, from May 4–8, 2015 in Chicago, IL.

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by Adam Armstrong

Diablo’s MCS Architecture Integrated Into Lenovo X6 Servers

Today Diablo Technologies announced that its Memory Channel Storage (MCS) would be integrated into the latest edition of Lenovo’s X6 Server. The MCS architecture that will be used in the Lenovo X6 servers is the eXFlash, not to be confused with the UltraDIMM that has been at the center of litigation between Diablo and Netlist. Lenovo’s X6 servers systems can support up to 32 400GB eXFlash DIMMs per system for a total capacity of 12.8TB.

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by Adam Armstrong

Panzura SkyBridge Enables Complete VDI In The Cloud

Today Panzura announced a new solution aimed at solving the challenges of running VDI and application virtualization completely in the cloud, SkyBridge. SkyBridge co-locates a consistent, locking file system in the cloud that is identical to the file system in the corporate datacenters and then eliminates networking challenges in between. This will give enterprises the benefits of the cloud (such as scale and economics) and the cost benefit of not maintaining on-premise infrastructure.

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by Adam Armstrong

FalconStor FreeStor Software-Defined Storage Now Available

Today FalconStor Software Inc. announced the general availability of the industry's first horizontal, software-defined storage platform for unified data services, FreeStor. In order to celebrate the release, FalconStor’s CEO, Gary Quinn, will ring the closing bell today on the NASDAQ.

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by Adam Armstrong

EchoStreams eDrawer4048J Review

The EchoStreams eDrawer4048J is a 48-bay 4U JBOD. Though it is a 4U device, it is uniquely dense in that it can hold 48 3.5” 6G SAS drives and is only 21” deep. Using 8TB drives (such as HGST’s He8 drives) would give the JBOD a maximum capacity of 384TB. The device also supports 8 SFF8644 ports giving it up to 96Gbps of SAS bandwidth to either host or expansion connections.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Announces Virtual SAN Health Check Plug-in

VMware Inc. announced the general availability of its Virtual SAN 6.0 health check plug-in. As the name implies, the plug-in addresses the health of the hardware and configuration of VSAN. The plug-in keeps in line with VSAN’s core benefit of keeping things simple as it reactively and proactively alerts users to issues in the VASN including issues with the state of the network, host connectivity, physical disk status, and underlying virtual machine object state.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Announces New Offerings For Datacenters

Today Dell Inc. announced several storage offerings aimed at helping businesses cost-effectively adapt and scale their data centers to keep pace with increasing IT demands. Dell address both current and future methods of dealing with the massive growth of data with new entry-level array series, Dell Storage SCv2000 Series, higher performing dense storage arrays, Dell Storage PS6610 Series, and enhanced software capabilities and new SDS appliances, Dell Storage with Microsoft Storage Spaces.

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by Adam Armstrong

Google Announces Cloud BigTable Database Service

Google announced a new cloud service today, Google Cloud Bigtable. Cloud Bigtable is a fully managed, high-performance, extremely scalable NoSQL database service offered through the industry-standard, open-source Apache HBase API. The new service is powered by Bigtable, the same database that drives Google Search, Gmail, and Google analytics.

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