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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by Adam Armstrong

Kaminario Raises An Additional $75 Million

Today Kaminario announced that it has raised an addition $75 million in its latest round of funding. This brings the total raised by the company to $218 million. This round of financing was led by the private equity firm, Waterwood. Other new and existing investors include Sequoia, Pitango, Lazarus, Silicon Valley Bank, and Globespan Capital Partners. Kaminario intends to use the newly raised funds to accelerate its go-to-market initiatives, expand its global presence, and increase research and development.

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by Adam Armstrong

Panzura Raises $32 Million In A Growth Capital Round

Today Panzura announced that it has raised $32 million in a new growth capital round. This round was led by Matrix Partners and joined by Meritech Capital Partners, Opus Capital, Chevron, and Western Digital. Panzura intends to take the new capital and expand its leadership in accelerating the cloud first storage model. The money raised will also go toward Panzura’s hybrid cloud storage offerings for high performance database and virtual workloads, big data analytics, and Internet of Thing (IoT) applications.

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by Adam Armstrong

NVIDIA Announces CSP Partner Program & New HCI Support

Today NVIDIA announced a new Cloud Service Provider Partner Program for GRID, which aims to bring graphic acceleration to every cloud. This new partner system will create an ecosystem that will provide customers with universally accessible GPU-cloud services. NVIDIA is also announcing even more hyperconverged infrastructure support.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

In The Lab: Virtual Workstation Testbed (VDI)

When talking about virtualization, we spend most of our coverage on the enterprise application and infrastructure sides of the business. However, the end-user content we produce does very well also; there's a growing interest in the enterprise when it comes to enabling users to take advantage of maturing technologies to deliver a PC-like experience via thin client. The reasons are varied, but the motivation largely comes down to enabling a global workforce with a secure, yet high-performance workspace. In fact, we recently explored these issues with Luke Wignall from NVIDIA in a podcast. So that we may appropriately cover the high-end VDI space, what we prefer to call virtual workstations, StorageReview has been working with a set of partners to build out a dedicated test environment in our lab. HPE, HP, NVIDIA, ESRI, VMware and others have all contributed so that we may take both a holistic look at virtual workstation infrastructures, while still drilling down into the individual components to understand their impact on performance. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Nutanix Releases Acropolis 5.0

Nutanix has had a fairly good run as of late. The company went public in September and saw their stock shoot way up, at first anyway (still up about 10 points higher than IPO). Nutanix followed this up with a strong quarterly earning and stated that they now have over 4,400 customers. To keep the good news rolling, the company has released the latest version of its web-scale computing platform, Acropolis version 5.0.

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by Adam Armstrong

QNAP Reveals New 16-bay NAS, Thunderbolt3 Connectivity, 4K Capability, & More

Today at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada, QNAP Inc. made several announcements around its NAS lines. These announcements include several enhancements such as new Thunderbolt 3 solutions, Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet (T2E) converter technology, new Internet of Things (IoT) applications, and new 4K live-streaming/broadcasting. QNAP is also releasing a powerful new 16-Bay NAS, showing that the company is address needs from consumer to enterprise.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Enterprise Performance 15K HDD v6 Review

The Seagate Enterprise Performance 15K is a 2.5” SAS HDD, Seagate’s sixth generation of the 15K drive. This time around Seagate has made a drive with up to 900GB of capacity and a 50% increase in performance over the previous generation. The drive is designed to meet the performance demands of several applications while having a small physical footprint and a lower total cost of ownership versus other high-performance options.

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by Adam Armstrong

2017’s Upcoming Enterprise Tech Shows

Every year there are several shows and conference vendors throw to show off new products, show their customers a good time, or give the media a chance to see their wares in a "hands on" fashion (along with access to some of the powers that be for interviews). StorageReview attends a handful of these shows every year, and would not be offended to go to a few shows hosted in Hawaii in the colder months, or any time. Here is a list of some of the major shows coming up with their whens and wheres.

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by Josh Linden

Netgear ReadyNAS 4312X Review

The ReadyNAS 4312 series packages Netgear’s latest storage technologies into a 2U rackmount form-factor. The ReadyNAS 4312X features an Intel Xeon E3-1245v5 quad-core processor with 16GB DDR memory and dual 10GbE interfaces for network throughput, while ReadyNAS OS 6 provides the administrative interface to a wide range of functionality. The result is a general-purpose workhorse NAS that can take on most common SMB scenarios including shared storage, backup, and virtualization.

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