by Brian Beeler

HPE To Acquire Nimble Storage

Just weeks after filing a portfolio hole by acquiring Simplivity for $650 million, HPE is back at it, this time doling out $1 billion (plus $200 million in unvested equity awards) for once-hybrid-startup Nimble Storage. HPE feels Nimble will fill a gap in the midmarket, where apparently HPE is not resonating well, even with low-cost 3PAR bundles, MSA, StoreEasy NAS, StoreVirtual and even vSAN Ready Nodes. Both purchases are relatively low risk for HPE, as Simplivity and Nimble were both perpetually operating at a loss. Nimble was clearly in a dire situation having to accept $12.50 per share. Though a 45% premium over yesterday's close, that's still roughly half of where it traded in the fall of 2015 and way off the peak of almost $53 in 2014. For its part though, HPE has the marketing team, engineering resources and support infrastructure to continue to offer Nimble's 10,000 customers a good experience, while mapping out a plan to integrate with HPE's other storage assets over time. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Primary Data Updates Its DataSphere Software To 1.2

Today Primary Data released the latest update to its storage-agnostic data virtualization platform, DataSphere 1.2. According to the company, the new features will turn the DataSphere software platform into a metadata engine that automates the flow of data to help enterprises meet evolving application demands. Primary Data goes on to claim that the update will also allow DataSphere to optimize scale-out NAS for performance without bottlenecks, integrate easily with the cloud, automate data management, and provide client and file visibility across different storage systems from a single pane of glass.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Announce DLm 4.5 To “Eliminate” Physical Tape

Today at SHARE 2017, Dell EMC announced the latest version of its Disk Library for mainframe (DLm) virtual tape, version 4.5. The latest version of Dell EMC’s cloud-based virtual tape is aiming to replace physical tape as the go to long-term retention strategy. Dell EMC states that DLm 4.5 can make the mainframe data center more efficient by moving mainframe virtual tape data to the cloud.

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by Adam Armstrong

SwiftStack Release Version 5.0

Today SwiftStack announced the availability of its latest software release, SwiftStack 5. The latest release comes with several new enhancements and features, the most notable being its Cloud Sync feature that can replicate data bidirectionally between the four Google Cloud Storage offerings, as well as other cloud provider’s solutions. Other enhancements include multi-region erasure coding, and a new desktop client for Windows and OS X.

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by Adam Armstrong

IBM & Cisco Announce New Solutions For VersaStack

At CiscoLive in Melbourne, Cisco and IBM announced new solutions for their joint converged infrastructure, VersaStack. The new solutions incorporated in will extend hybrid cloud capabilities. These newly incorporated solutions will also take advantage of the latest software defined storage technologies to address cloud-scale applications.

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by Lyle Smith

ADATA XPG SX8000 PCIe M.2 SSD Review

ADATA has entered the M.2, NVMe market with the release of the XPG SX8000. With their tiny physical footprint coupled with impactful performance, M.2 drives have become immensely popular over the past few years, offering a ton of flexibility and power. The XPG SX8000 is a mid-range M.2 SSD that supports the PCIe Gen3x4 interface and one is one of the first drives to feature the Silicon Motion SM2260 controller. The SM2260 is designed mainly for client and entry-level enterprise SSDs (in this case, however, a high-end consumer SSD) and features four 8Gbps lanes of simultaneous data flow combined with with eight NAND channels. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Microsoft Releases Azure Stack Technical Preview 3

This week Microsoft announced the availability to download Azure Stack Technical Preview 3 (TP3). The new update contains new features to enable more modern application capabilities, running in locations without connections to Azure and new infrastructure and security enhancements. Azure Stack will be priced on a pay-as-you-use model.

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by Adam Armstrong

Nutanix Reports Its 2Q17 Earnings

Today Nutanix reporting its earnings for the second fiscal quarter of 2017. This marks Nutanix second earnings report since going public in September of last year. While Nutanix is reporting “record revenue,” they only have one other public revenue to compare it with. Post announcement their stock dropped in after hours trading.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Stops Production On DSSD

Today Dell EMC indicated that it would cease production and marketing of its all-NVMe flash storage array, the DSSD D5. With only a year since its announcement, that makes a quick rise and demise for the D5 as it could have been the highest performing array on the market. Dell EMC will hope to take the team behind the project and leverage them in other areas of the business.

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by Adam Armstrong

Pure Storage Reports 4Q & Fiscal Year

Pure Storage has announced its fourth quarter earnings for 2017 as well as its year on year earnings. Some of the numbers, such as revenue and gross margin, are up from the last quarter and the previous year. However the company is still operating at a loss. And its stock took a sharp nosedive after yesterday’s announcement, speeding up a trend that has been going on for a while now of its stock price decline.

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