by Adam Armstrong

VMware vSAN Continues To Gain Customers

VMware recently announced that customer adoption of its Virtual SAN is continuing to grow, now topping 5,500. On top of adding customers, VMware has pointed out that the updated branding of their Virtual SAN product is vSAN similar to vSphere. Several customers, users, competitors, and news sources (including this one) have incorrectly named the product as VSAN, when the proper letter case for the “v” is lower case. From here on, the product will be referred to as vSAN as opposed to VSAN or Virtual SAN.

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by Lyle Smith

WD Gold HDD Review (8TB)

The WD Gold hard drive is designed for a wide range of demanding use cases, including small- to medium-scale enterprise servers/storage and rack-mount datacenter servers/storage enclosures. Announced back in April of this year, the WD Gold can handle up to 550TB in workloads per year with an MTBF of 2.5 million hours. The WD Gold also leverages HelioSeal helium-technology, which allows the HDD to increase performance, capacity per square foot, power efficiency and low power consumption needed to effectively operate in datacenter environments of all sizes.

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by Adam Armstrong

Panzura Announces The GA Of Freedom Archive

Today Panzura announced the general availability of its cost-effective archive data solution, Freedom Archive. Panzura states that its new solution is ideal for longer-term storage that still needs high-performance such as the storage and access of surveillance video, healthcare imaging, seismic data, and life sciences information. Such customers as Chevron, American College of Radiology, NBC Universal, Time Warner Cable, and multiple law enforcement agencies are already using freedom Archive.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: DDN, IBM, VMware, Crucial, Nasuni, Virtual Instruments, & More

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content not the impact they have. IBM and DDN work together to provide Yahoo! Japan a 50TB/day transfer rate with a new active archive system. Virtual Instruments announced Load DynamiX Enterprise version 5.2. VMware has made its integrated containers generally available. Crucial upgrades its DDR4 sever memory to 2666MT/s. IBM announced a 12-month free trial of its Cloud Object Storage solution. Nasuni raises $25 million in new round of financing. And Datera partners with CoreOS to accelerate stateful Kubernetes for on-prem clouds.

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by Adam Armstrong

Red Hat Releases OpenStack Platform 10

Today Red Hat announced the latest version of its cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution, Red Hat OpenStack Platform 10. The latest version is based off of OpenStack’s ‘Newton’ release. The new version is filled with new features aimed at enhancing performance and security, increasing scalability, improving orchestration, and easing management. On top of that, Red Hat is also introducing a new software life cycle, with optional support up to 5 years.

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by Adam Armstrong

Violin Memory Files For Chapter 11

Violin Memory has had a rough go of it recently but it appears as if they are nearing the end of their rope. Violin was a pioneer of early all-flash arrays, which are becoming more and more common in data center, along with all-flash data centers. However, the company was been plagued with issues for some time now and earlier this morning they announced they would be pursuing Chapter 11 operational and financial reorganization. Chapter 11 doesn’t always mean the end of a company; in this case, however, it looks as though Violin Memory is finished.

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by Adam Armstrong

Veeam Announces GA Of Its Agent For Linux

Departing from its long tradition of making agentless backup products, Veeam has announced that it is now making an agented backup for Linux. While this may seem like a bit of an odd move for the company, they do point out that not all workloads can be virtualized because of hardware dependencies amongst other reasons. Now with this and the upcoming Agent for Microsoft Windows, Veeam will be able to backup more of enterprise environments.

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by Guest Author

Thinking Evergreen: Is Your Hardware Aging Faster Than Your Christmas Tree?

One of the highlights of the holiday season is bringing home the tree. Whether you chop it down yourself or purchase it from the local tree lot, when your Christmas tree was new it filled your home with the sweet scent of evergreen boughs. It’s a similar experience when you get new hardware in your office or data center—it’s fresh, new, and does just what you need it to. But then it gets old. Like your Christmas tree, which drops pine needles and starts turning brown by January, your hardware can age just as quickly. A few technology vendors now offer “evergreen” hardware programs, plans that replace products at scheduled intervals for a cost lower than purchasing replacements outright. But are those programs worth the cost? And do they deliver on their promises of lowering total cost of ownership (TCO) and increasing uptime?

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by Adam Armstrong

Druva Unveils Its Cloud Platform

Today Druva unveiled its new information management platform designed to accelerate the full enterprise cloud-first ecosystem, the Druva Cloud Platform. This new platform is aimed at accelerating cloud-first strategies while addressing issues such as data risks that come from fragmentation and data growth. Druva’s new platform will also be addressing issues such as extracting greater value, compliance, retention, legal and analytics across disparate sources through its use of open architecture and APIs.

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by Adam Armstrong

Quantum Announces StorNext 5.4

Today Quantum Corp. announced the latest version of its scale-out storage platform comprised of a wide range of advanced data management capabilities optimized for demanding workflows, StorNext 5.4. Version 5.4 will include the ability for customers to integrate their existing public cloud storage accounts (AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud) wand third-party object storage (NetApp StorageGRID, IBM Cleversafe and Scality RING) as tiers in a StorNext-unified namespace . 5.4 also provides embedded application deployment in StorNext appliances.

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