by Adam Armstrong

Backblaze Announces Its B2 Cloud Storage Is Out Of Beta

Today Backblaze announced that its B2 Cloud Storage is moving out of beta with its 1.0 launch. As the name implies, B2 is cloud storage for organizations of all sizes. Backblaze states that the two main benefits that they offer is that they are roughly one-fourth the price of similar competing cloud storage (AWS and Azure), it comes with a 99.9% Service Level Agreement (SLA), and B2 offers both free and premium support options. Moving B2 out of beta will open it up to all interested parties.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cohesity Release Version 3.0 Of Its DataPlatform & DataProtect

Today Cohesity released the latest versions of its Cohesity DataPlatform, version 3.0. The latest versions of its DataPlatform and DataProtect expands data protection to physical servers, which Cohesity claims will result in faster recover times, and double performance levels of its distributed, scale-out data platform. The latest versions of these products are designed to help enterprises consolidate fragmented secondary storage workloads.

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by Adam Armstrong

Actifio Updates Its Resiliency Director

Today Actifio announced a major update to its Resiliency Director platform. Actifio states that is Resiliency Director works with its Actifio CDS and Actifio Sky to deliver complete resiliency in the cloud while being able to restore functionality quicker and at a lower cost. The update automates tasks during and after disaster recovery that, according to Actifio, will streamline and simplify the process.

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by Lyle Smith

Cisco Tetration Analytics Announced

Cisco has unveiled Tetration Analytics, a solution that helps customers gain “complete visibility” across everything in the data center--all in real time. Using “advanced machine learning techniques” this new platform analyzes information gathered by telemetry from hardware and software sensors. Tetration Analytics also addresses critical data center operations such as policy compliance, application forensics, and moving to a whitelist security model. The new platform will be a full rack appliance deployed on premise at the customer’s data center.

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by Adam Armstrong

Mangstor’s NX-Series Accelerate HPC Throughput Using Burst Buffer Capabilities

Today at the ISC High Performance Conference 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany, Mangstor Inc., announced that its NX-Series (such as the recently reviewed NX6320) now features burst buffer capabilities. Mangstor states that the burst buffer capabilities can significantly boost performance and reduce latency while eliminating bottlenecks associated with backend storage. Mangsotr will be demonstrating this new capability at ISC High Performance Conference 2016 by Mangstor’s European team in Booth #1440.

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by Adam Armstrong

Commvault Introduces Early Adopter Program For Its New SaaS Offerings

Today Commvault introduced an early adopter program for two new Software as Service (SaaS) offerings. Both of these offerings address the shift that is being seen as more and more solutions are moving to the cloud. The two SaaS offerings are for Endpoint Data Protection and Email Archive Software. Customers participating in the Early Adopter program can use the fully-managed cloud service to automatically and securely backup data on employee laptops and desktops and archive email, reducing the risk of data loss from breaches and lost or stolen endpoint devices.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Security Releases SonicWALL SMA 100 Series OS 8.5

Dell Security announced the release of the latest OS version of its Dell SonicWALL Secure Mobile Access (SMA) 100 Series, version 8.5. This new version provides mobile and remote workers at SMBs, with policy-enforced SSL VPN access to mission-critical applications, data and resources without compromising security. In fact, with this new release, companies will be able to set BYOD (bring your own device) security policies to protect them selves while allowing end-users to still work on their preferred device.

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by Lyle Smith

Mangstor Adds 5.4TB Capacity & P2P Capabilities To MX-Series NVMe SSDs

Mangstor has announced 5.4TB models and Peer-to-Peer (P2P) capabilities to their MX-Series of NVMe-based PCIe SSDs, the latter which allows for low latency access to a huge storage pool of non-volatile memory, bypassing host resources. The MX-Series is built specifically for High Performance Computing (HPC), transactional processing, video editing, cloud computing workloads, and real-time analytics.

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by Adam Armstrong

Red Hat Announces Ceph Storage 2

Today Red Hat, Inc. announced the next generation of its open software-defined storage platform, Red Hat Ceph Storage 2. The latest version of Red Hat Ceph Storage is based off of the Ceph Jewel release and introduces new capabilities that enhance support for object storage workloads and promote greater ease of use.

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by Brian Beeler

Survey: Remote/Branch Office Is A Major IT Concern

Riverbed has released the results of a new study today, revealing insights around core challenges when it comes to managing IT at the edge, in remote and branch offices (ROBO). While an enterprise's data center has traditionally been the center of IT activities, more organizations are moving to a geographically distributed model for a variety of reasons to support their operations. But expanding IT services at the edge introduces a host of new problems as organizations cope with complexity, cost and security issues that are often harder to manage in a distributed environment. 

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