by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: DDN, IBM, VMware, Crucial, Nasuni, Virtual Instruments, & 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. IBM and DDN work together to provide Yahoo! Japan a 50TB/day transfer rate with a new active archive system. Virtual Instruments announced Load DynamiX Enterprise version 5.2. VMware has made its integrated containers generally available. Crucial upgrades its DDR4 sever memory to 2666MT/s. IBM announced a 12-month free trial of its Cloud Object Storage solution. Nasuni raises $25 million in new round of financing. And Datera partners with CoreOS to accelerate stateful Kubernetes for on-prem clouds.

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by Adam Armstrong

CalDigit Tuff 2TB Review

The CalDigit Tuff is a 2TB portable drive that can take a beating without loosing user’s data. The drive leverages USB-C connectivity (and it is backward compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0) making it attractive to customers using new devices with USB-C ports such as the MacBook and the new MacBook Pros. USB-C has a maximum transfer speed of 10Gb/s. The drive also supports future embracing Thunderbolt 3 technology that has a maximum transfer speed of 40Gb/s.

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by Adam Armstrong

Red Hat Releases OpenStack Platform 10

Today Red Hat announced the latest version of its cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution, Red Hat OpenStack Platform 10. The latest version is based off of OpenStack’s ‘Newton’ release. The new version is filled with new features aimed at enhancing performance and security, increasing scalability, improving orchestration, and easing management. On top of that, Red Hat is also introducing a new software life cycle, with optional support up to 5 years.

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by Adam Armstrong

Violin Memory Files For Chapter 11

Violin Memory has had a rough go of it recently but it appears as if they are nearing the end of their rope. Violin was a pioneer of early all-flash arrays, which are becoming more and more common in data center, along with all-flash data centers. However, the company was been plagued with issues for some time now and earlier this morning they announced they would be pursuing Chapter 11 operational and financial reorganization. Chapter 11 doesn’t always mean the end of a company; in this case, however, it looks as though Violin Memory is finished.

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by Adam Armstrong

Veeam Announces GA Of Its Agent For Linux

Departing from its long tradition of making agentless backup products, Veeam has announced that it is now making an agented backup for Linux. While this may seem like a bit of an odd move for the company, they do point out that not all workloads can be virtualized because of hardware dependencies amongst other reasons. Now with this and the upcoming Agent for Microsoft Windows, Veeam will be able to backup more of enterprise environments.

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by Lyle Smith

NETGEAR ReadyNAS 626X NAS Review

The NETGEAR ReadyNAS 626X is part of the company’s premium build NAS line designed for small growing businesses. Offering 6 drive-bays, the 626X can deliver a generous maximum storage capacity of 60TB and has the ability to scale up to 110TB using the company's EDA500 expansion chassis. The 626X also offers comprehensive file sharing, backup, disaster recovery, and cloud options. The ReadyNAS 626X is equipped with an Intel Xeon Quad-Core (2.4GHz Xeon) Server Processor and 8GB of DDR4 RAM with error-correcting functionality to detect and correct the many types of internal data corruption. Netgear also supports a 10GbE add-on card for more intensive data needs.

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by Guest Author

Thinking Evergreen: Is Your Hardware Aging Faster Than Your Christmas Tree?

One of the highlights of the holiday season is bringing home the tree. Whether you chop it down yourself or purchase it from the local tree lot, when your Christmas tree was new it filled your home with the sweet scent of evergreen boughs. It’s a similar experience when you get new hardware in your office or data center—it’s fresh, new, and does just what you need it to. But then it gets old. Like your Christmas tree, which drops pine needles and starts turning brown by January, your hardware can age just as quickly. A few technology vendors now offer “evergreen” hardware programs, plans that replace products at scheduled intervals for a cost lower than purchasing replacements outright. But are those programs worth the cost? And do they deliver on their promises of lowering total cost of ownership (TCO) and increasing uptime?

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by Adam Armstrong

Druva Unveils Its Cloud Platform

Today Druva unveiled its new information management platform designed to accelerate the full enterprise cloud-first ecosystem, the Druva Cloud Platform. This new platform is aimed at accelerating cloud-first strategies while addressing issues such as data risks that come from fragmentation and data growth. Druva’s new platform will also be addressing issues such as extracting greater value, compliance, retention, legal and analytics across disparate sources through its use of open architecture and APIs.

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by Adam Armstrong

Quantum Announces StorNext 5.4

Today Quantum Corp. announced the latest version of its scale-out storage platform comprised of a wide range of advanced data management capabilities optimized for demanding workflows, StorNext 5.4. Version 5.4 will include the ability for customers to integrate their existing public cloud storage accounts (AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud) wand third-party object storage (NetApp StorageGRID, IBM Cleversafe and Scality RING) as tiers in a StorNext-unified namespace . 5.4 also provides embedded application deployment in StorNext appliances.

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by Adam Armstrong

Stratoscale Introduces Symphony 3, An On-Prem AWS Region

Today Stratoscale announced the availability of the latest version of its comprehensive cloud infrastructure software, Stratoscale Symphony 3. The new version of Symphony expands its software-defined infrastructure solution to enable a hybrid and AWS-based strategy. Stratoscale claims that the new version with its new cloud services help companies achieve agility, flexibility, mobility and short time-to-market.

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