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News Bits: Comtrade, Mesosphere, Microsoft, Overland-Tandberg, Cavium, DDN, HPE, & 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. Comtrade Software provides deeper application and hypervisor support. Mesosphere DC/OS is now available in the Microsoft Azure marketplace. Overland-Tandberg announced its LTO-8 media. Cavium contributes ThunderX2 motherboard specification to OCP. DDN and HPE partner on HPC platforms. Druva announces next-generation data protection for AWS. Arlo releases smart home security light. HPE introduces its Extreme Edge Research Initiative. Datical launches partner program.

Huawei Expands NVMe All-Flash Storage Arrays

Storage media has gone through several transformations with the rate of change picking up in recent years. From tape to spinning disks to flash, not only have the style of media changed, each new media type drastically improved upon performance. Flash itself has seen new innovation and performance. Through newly introduced interfaces users have seen performance increase rapidly from SATA to SAS to PCIe and now NVMe. The onus now is on storage array vendors to take advantage of these advances to deliver solutions the enterprise needs as application needs continue to grow.

Intel Doubles Capacity For Its Optane DC P4800X SSD

Today Intel announced that it has doubled the capacity for its data center Optane DC P4800X SSD. The drive will soon be available in both HHHL AIC and a hot-swappable 2.5” U.2 form factor in both its initial 375GB capacity and the new 750GB capacity. The introduction of higher capacities and new form factors make this drive a more attractive option for data centers.

Panasas Announces Next-Gen ActiveStor Scale-out NAS Solution

Panasas has announced the availability of their next-generation ActiveStor scale-out NAS solution, which is capable of scaling capacity to 57PB, delivering 360GB/s of bandwidth, and seamlessly adopting new technology advancements. Among these new advancements are the new ActiveStor Director 100 (ASD-100) control plane engine and the ActiveStor Hybrid 100 (ASH-100) configurable plug-and-play hardware platform, as well as a new version of the PanFS 7.0 parallel file system and enhancements to the DirectFlow parallel data access protocol.

Veritas & Nutanix Partner On Data Protection

Today Veritas Technologies and Nutanix announced a global technology partnership. This partnership brings Veritas NetBackup 8.1 to protect workloads virtualized on AHV, Nutanix’s native hypervisor. The two companies claim that this will allow customers to benefit from greater protection for all virtualized workloads running on Nutanix, as well as application mobility across clouds, while remaining open to any hardware, hypervisor or cloud.

Commvault Announces Endpoint DPaaS, Analytics Portfolio, & Google Partnership At GO17

Today at Commvault GO 2017, the company made several announcements. These include the launch of Commvault Endpoint Data Protection as a Service aimed at protecting laptops, desktops and other devices in one flexible, easy-to-use software as a service (SaaS) offering. The announcement of a new analytics portfolio of applications, capabilities, solutions and services, all built on the Commvault Data Platform. And the company is announcing a strategic partnership with Google Cloud, bringing Commvault’s range of cloud services on Google Cloud Platform.

Mellanox Expands SN2000 Line With The Intro Of SN2010 DC Ethernet Switch

Today Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. announced the latest addition to its SN2000 line of Data Center Ethernet Switches, the SN2010. The SN2010 was designed with hyperconverged and storage infrastructures in mind. The new space efficient switch has 18 x 10GbE ports and four 100GbE ports. This port configuration makes it accessible for 10GbE-based implementations while also being attractive to organizations looking to migrate from 10GbE server connectivity to higher speed (40/50/100GbE) uplinks.

Dell EMC Announces New SC All-Flash Arrays, Unity Software, & Loyalty Program

Today Dell EMC announced that it would be expanding its midrange storage portfolio with two new SC All-Flash data storage arrays. The company is also boosting efficiency while reducing costs for mixed block and file workloads through an update in its Unity software. And Dell EMC is introducing its Future-Proof Storage Loyalty Program with benefits such as all-inclusive software, hardware investment protection, storage efficiency guarantees, worry-free data migrations and free Virtustream Storage Cloud.

Red Hat Announces Red Hat Ceph Storage 3

Today at OpenStack Summit in Sydney, Australia, Red Hat Inc. announced a bib upgrade to its massively scalable, software-defined object storage platform, Red Hat Ceph Storage 3. This latest version is based off of the community version of the open source Ceph Luminous project, to which Red Hat is a leading code contributor. Red Hat Ceph Storage 3 introduces support for block storage via iSCSI and file storage via CephFS, strengthening support for OpenStack and heterogeneous environments.

HPE Release OneView 4.0

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) introduced an update to its OneView software, version 4.0. The latest version aims to streamline data center management and operations while simplifying hybrid IT. HPE also announced several new cloud management partners who have integrated their software with the unified RESTful API offered in HPE OneView.