by Adam Armstrong

Exablox Acquired by StorageCraft

Today StorageCraft Technology Corporation announced that it has acquired Exablox Corporation. The new combined company will focus on helping businesses analyze, protect, and store their data. StorageCraft will use its acquisition of Exablox to focus a new approach to what it calls “the disappearing lines between primary and secondary storage as well as between data availability and data protection.”

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by Adam Armstrong

Cumulus Introduces Its Turn-Key Appliance, Cumulus Express

Today Cumulus Networks announced its first turn-key appliance, the Cumulus Express. According to Cumulus, its new appliance will include feature-rich Cumulus Linux, 1G through 100G hardware platforms, and compatible cables and optics. This combination of open networking software and switching hardware hits all ends of the spectrum from new organizations just now adopting web-scale networking principles to enterprises that already use their networking gear as appliances.

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by Brian Beeler

Simplivity Deal Highlights HCI Market Bubble

Last night HPE added to their HCI portfolio by picking up Simplivity for $650 million. On its face the deal sounds encouraging, but in context, it's actually pretty poor. According to Crunchbase, Simplivity has $276 million invested in them since their start in 2009, with the last round in March of 2015 sucking in $175 million at a reported company valuation at $1 billion. This exit appears to be more out of duress than anything and it's hardly a strategic buy for HPE as Simplivity was pushing their Cisco integration more than anything else. HPE is likely interested in parts of the underlying technology, and sees Simplivity as a route into the enterprise where their HC 380 is more of an SMB/midmarket play. Additionally, HPE offers vSAN Ready Nodes, which is yet another arrow in their HCI quiver as they build a wider portfolio that is designed to compete with the newly combined Dell EMC assets. 

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by Adam Armstrong

HPE To Acquire SimpliVity For $650 Million

Today Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced that it has entered a definitive agreement to acquire SimpliVity for an estimated $650 million in cash. SimpliVity is a provider of software-defined hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI). This adds yet another piece of the HCI pie that HPE has been building over the last few years. The HCI market is estimated to be $2.4 billion today and grow to $6 billion by 2020.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dell EMC SC9000 Review

The Dell EMC SC9000 is Dell’s highest-performing all-flash and hybrid-storage-server solution of the SC Series, built on the legacy of the PowerEdge family and leveraging the latest Storage Center Operating System 7. During the last several months, the StorageReview Enterprise Test Lab has put the SC9000 through our application benchmark protocol to understand how it performs with real-world workloads. Our review also explores the ways that the SC9000 and SCOS 7 fit into Dell EMC’s evolving midrange storage ecosystem, which includes the SC Series and Unity products.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cavium QLogic Releases New FastLinQ Ethernet & Gen 6 FC Adapters For HPE

Today Cavium Inc. announced the release of new I/O adapters for both server and storage connectivity for Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s (HPE) ProLiant and Apollo Gen9 servers. The new adaptors are based off of Cavium's QLogic Fibre Channel and Ethernet technology. The new adaptors, HPE FlexFabric 10Gb 4-port 536FLR-T Adapter and the HPE StoreFabric SN1600Q 32GFC HBA, are designed to reduce costs and accelerate applications for enterprise, telecommunications, and the Cloud.

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by Adam Armstrong

Alluxio Releases Analytics Solution For Itself & Dell EMC

Today Alluxio, Inc. (formerly Tachyon) announced a new data analytics solution. The new solution is for Big Data workloads and is designed to work with Alluxio Enterprise Edition (AEE) and Dell EMC’s Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS). As the case with most analytic solutions, Alluxio’s solution is designed to enable Dell EMC ECS customers to gain key insights from their data and can prove to be valuable in several ways.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Spectra Verde Review

Spectra Logic’s Verde with Archive SMR drives (formerly Verde DPE and now incorporated into the existing Verde product line) is a secondary file storage platform offering solution capacities ranging from 48TB up to an eye-popping 7.1PB of raw storage. Leveraging the existing Spectra Verde Family hardware combined with Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) disks, the Verde offers affordable (as low as $0.075/GB) high-capacity storage for enterprise, bulk storage, archive, unstructured data, large files, random reads, bulk deletes, and files that will need infrequent changes. The Verde head units are available in both 2U or 4U form-factors, with 4U expansion shelves offered to reach the PB+ capacity ranges that few other platforms offer at this price range.

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by Adam Armstrong

IBM Announces New Family Of DS8880 All-Flash Systems

Today IBM announced new all-flash storage systems that are aimed at specific classes of business. The new classes are business, midrange to large enterprise, and analytic. IBM states that its new family of DS8880 all-flash systems support cognitive workloads which clients can use to uncover trends and patterns that help improve decision-making, customer service and ROI.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Synology, Actifio, IBM, Atlantis, Citrix, 451, HPE, & Zetta

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content not the impact they have. Synology has announced another router, the RT2600ac. Actifio’s copy data virtualization technology, Sky, is now available on Azure Marketplace. IBM has broken the U.S. patent record. Atlantis, Citrix, and HPE have partnered to release what they are referring as the first purpose-built virtual workspace appliance. Research from 451 suggests that the application container business will be a $2.7 billion market in the next four years. HPE has expanded its StoreVirtual 3200 to now scale out as opposed to just up. And Zetta has been awarded a new patent for its direct-to-cloud data protection solution.

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