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Fujitsu Storage ETERNUS AF250 Review

The Fujitsu Storage ETERNUS AF250 is the company's latest all-flash array designed to meet the needs of the midmarket. The Fujitsu Storage ETERNUS AF line encompasses the company’s all-flash storage systems that they market as incredibly fast and flexible, being made for next-generation data centers. The ETERNUS AF250 is the smaller entry-level array for enterprises that are looking for the benefits of all-flash for mission-critical workloads and applications that need the performance boost. The AF250 is designed to be a cost effective array for Tier0 and Tier1 applications in small- to mid-sized enterprises.

News Bits: ioFABRIC, SwiftStack, Cisco, Druva, Actifio, IBM, & Synology

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content not the impact they have. ioFABRIC releases Vicinity 3.0. SwiftStack Hybrid Cloud Software is validated on Cisco UCS S3260. Druva raises another $80 million in funding. Actifio joins Ready for IBM Storage Program. Synology releases Surveillance Station 8.1.

Unified Storage Appliance Powered by Nexenta and Supermicro Review

Nexenta and Supermicro have teamed together to deliver what they're calling the Unified Storage Appliance. The appliance leverages Nexenta's NexentaStor 5.0 software to deliver block-and-file storage and NexentaFusion for storage management and analytics combined with Supermicro's hardware and sales/support infrastructure. The combination brings together a software-defined solution that's already tested and validated on the Supermicro hardware and is orderable from Supermicro as a pre-loaded and pre-configured complete solution. The Unified Storage Appliance comes in five configurations depending on customer need, ranging from a capacity-centric 4U 3.5" hard drive version that can support flash cache, to a 2U 24-bay all-flash configuration that's rated up to 180,000 mixed 8KB IOPS. Each main unit can also support two expansion JBODs for additional capacity. Because Nexenta is the underlying software, the solution is full of enterprise data services like replication, in-line data reduction and space optimized snapshots/clones. Included with the appliance is a next-day 3-year service program (4-hour response optional) and Supermicro offers remote installation service to help customers get off to a good start. 

VMware Reports 2Q18 & vSAN Looks To Hit 10,000 Customers

Today VMware Inc. reported its second quarter 2018 earnings. VMware continues to be one of the top players in the HCI field and looks to stay there with today’s announcement. Going into VMworld 2017, VMware is not only announcing some good numbers, but it looks likely to surpass the milestone of 10,000 customers for vSAN.

HDS Releases Hitachi UCP RS Series

Today Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., announced the release of Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) RS series. The new UCP RS series is a fully integrated, software-defined data center (SDDC) rack-scale platform, powered by VMware Cloud Foundation. The big benefits to customers that the UCP RS provides is quicker embrace of hybrid cloud, which will deliver faster time to market and pay-as-you-go economics, and it also allows customers to leverage both private and public clouds as extensions of their business. With UCP RS, customers have the choice of either deploying an integrated SDDC stack or building their own using Hitachi's vSAN ready node and VMware software.

Hedvig Announces Its Distributed Storage Platform 3.0

Today Hedvig announced the latest release of its software-defined storage (SDS) platform, Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform version 3.0. The latest update contains innovations including end-to-end integrations, advanced security capabilities, and enhancements to the platfrom’s comprehensive suite of caching technologies. According to Hevig, these new capabilities will enable customers to store and protect virtualized, containerized, and backup workloads from a single platform.

IBM Launches Spectrum Protect Plus

Today IBM announced a new data protection software that it states is easy to set up, easy to manage and helps simplify data recovery, IBM Spectrum Protect Plus. The new software can be set up in under an hour providing protection for data in cloud, virtualized, and data center environments.

WD Releases 20TB External Desktop Storage

Today Western Digital Corporation (WDC) launched what it is calling the world’s highest capacity external desktop storage system, the updated My Book Duo. With upwards of 20TB of capacity, the new My Book Duo can give both consumers and most professionals the storage they need for their ever-expanding digital content libraries. The new RAID storage system offers enough room to back up photos, videos, music, work, and important documents while providing fast transfer speeds.

SolarWinds Updates & Enhances Its Management Product Portfolio

Today SolarWinds announced that it has made significant updates and enhancements to its SolarWinds Orion Platform and its systems management product portfolio. The enhanced products in the portfolio include SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor, SolarWinds Virtualization Manager, SolarWinds Web Performance Monitor, and SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor. The goal of these updates and enhancements is to enable IT professionals to better manage application-centric performance across hybrid IT infrastructures.

Zerto Release Virtual Replication 5.5

Today Zerto released that latest version of its Zerto Virtual Replication, version 5.5 or ZVR 5.5. With this release, Zerto is introducing Microsoft Azure bi-directional replication, faster AWS recovery, and Zerto Analytics capabilities to gain IT environment insights. ZVR 5.5 provides replication and recovery of enterprise applications, both to and from cloud environments adding to companies’ flexibility and speed when utilizing the cloud to drive IT resilience.