by Brian Beeler

Gartner Issues Apology For Pure Storage's Wildly Inaccurate Sales Data

Yesterday Pure Storage started the process of going public, filing their S1 with the SEC. This process means Pure will soon have access to a large pile of cash, likely in the $300-400 million range by the time the issue starts trading. On the flip side the company now has to disclose all sorts of financial data including sales, marketing expenses and operational losses. This double-edged sword means the company extends their runway by a year and a half or so based on the current burn rate, but this also opens the company up for their competitors to pick on. That's exactly what happened when Pure revealed their product sales to be $154,836,000 for 2014 where Gartner had posted data showing revenues of $276,329,000 for 2014. It took Twitter only minutes to react, calling out the gaping difference of over $120,000,000 for 2014, and a gap of roughly $75,000,000 for 2013.

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by Kevin OBrien

In the Lab: VMware HCIbench Hands On

VMware's VSAN group recently announced a free storage performance testing tool for Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI), the HCI benchmark or HCIbench. While stressing traditional arrays with I/O or bandwidth tests is fairly well understood, applying synthetic tests to HCI gear requires a careful approach and a steep learning curve. With traditional storage infrastructure you setup your I/O generator of choice with a given workload profile, point it to some LUNs and let it rip. Hyperconverged testing requires a large-scale approach where many VMs (often 10-64) simultaneously apply that workload across multiple vDisks, at the same time… not to mention collecting all of that data when the task finishes. This type of approach is needed to adequately stress the platform and move closer, although not equal to, a real-world production setting. As you might imagine this is hard for experienced reviewers to accomplish and can be impossible for many end-users to complete in a reasonable time frame. VMware’s HCIbench helps make this testing process much easier and lets anyone who can deploy a pre-built VM test as well as an independent reviewer test HCI better.

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by Adam Armstrong

Pure Storage Files Paperwork For Proposed IPO

DiscussToday Pure Storage announced that is has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission relating to a proposed initial public offering of its Class A common stock. Pure Storage is planning on going public however they have not yet stated the amount of shares or the price range of their IPO. They have stated that their ticker symbol would be PSTG.

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by Adam Armstrong

Nutanix And Citrix Partner To Drive Down App & Desktop Virtualization Costs

Today Nutanix Inc. announced that it is working with Citrix in an effort to drive down the costs and the complexities of developing new applications and desktop virtualization environments. Nutanix is also announcing that its Acropolis solution has been verified as Citrix ready, meaning that Acropolis solutions can now power XenDesktop and Citrix XenApp products. Combining their technologies, the two companies can provide a complete, simple, scalable and cost-effective solution for delivering virtual desktops and applications.

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by Adam Armstrong

Eaton Launches New Power Xpert 9395 High Performance UPS

Today Eaton Corporation announced a high performance model uninterruptible power system (UPS), the new Power Xpert 9395. This new UPS provides best-in-class efficiency and scalable battery runtimes for data centers, light industrial applications, and multi-tenant data centers. The Power Xpert 9395 will offer 10% more power (275kW modules at a power rating of 675-1100 kW/kVA) within the same footprint to help customers lower their total cost of ownership.

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by Adam Armstrong

Mangstor MX6300 NVMe SSD Review

The Mangstor MX6300 is a Full Height, Half Length SSD that uses NVMe interface. The MX6300 comes in three capacities: 2.0TB, 2.7TB, and 5.4TB. The drive leverages enterprise MLC NAND and can be placed in x86 server PCIe slots. Using NVMe and MLC NAND gives the MX6300 tremendous performance benefits. Mangstor claims the drive can hit 900K IOPS on random read performance and 3.7GB/s sequential read and with seven complete drive writes per day endurance. The Mangstor MX6300 leverages Toshiba NAND and a software-defined flash controller developed by Mangstor using Altera FPGAs.

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by Adam Armstrong

Google Announces General Availability Of Google Cloud Dataflow and Google Cloud Pub/Sub

Today Google Cloud Platform announced the general availability of two new data analytics products, Google Cloud Dataflow and Google Cloud Pub/Sub. These products will provide a unified programming model for data analysis, removing the need for batch and stream data sources while integrating applications and services and analyzes data streams in real time. Google is also announcing the release of Cloudera Director 1.5.

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by Lyle Smith

Google Cloud Platform Adds Rendering Workloads

During SIGGRAPH 2015, Google has been making various announcements including the public beta of their cloud-native rendering solution (August 20th), Zync, giving artists access to 1,600 dedicated Compute Engine cores to power their V-Ray, Arnold and Nuke-based renders. On August 20th, artists will be able to be among the first to sign up and use Zync for cloud-based graphics rendering powered by the Google Cloud Platform. In addition to earning additional free-trial credit, Google has indicated that it will exhibit the best work rendered on Zync on Google’s media website.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung Announces TCO-Optimized, High-Performance SSDs; PM1633, PM1725 and PM953

Samsung has announced three TCO-optimized, high-performance SSDs--the PM1633, PM1725 and PM953--adding to its portfolio of advanced enterprise and data center SSDs. Built specifically for OEMs, the company’s new SSDs all leverage Samsung’s 3-bit MLC V-NAND flash memory to offer superior performance and reliability in high capacities points. Yesterday, Samsung had announced the mass production of their 256Gb 3D V-NAND flash memory based on 48 layers of 3-bit MLC arrays for use in SSDs.

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology Releases Surveillance Station 7.1 Beta

Today Synology America Corp released the latest beta of its comprehensive surveillance application, Surveillance Station 7.1 beta. We previously reviewed Surveillance Station 7.0 and found it to have more than enough features for most users and was simple to install and use. This new beta release is designed to deliver optimized performance for environments with distributed resources with Real-Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP) and multicast support, with refined alerts and notifications.

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