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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by Adam Armstrong

StorageOS Unveils Its New Container-Based Storage Software

Today at DockerCon 2016 in Seattle, Washington, a new on-demand storage startup, StorageOS, announced the beta of its new container-based storage software. StorageOS claims that their new software will make it easier for software developers to create, test, deploy, scale and rebuild containerized applications with enterprise-class production storage. They go on to claim that their new software-based storage solution improves application development and testing by automating the management of persistent containerized storage, increasing scale and availability and securely moving data between servers, virtual machines or clouds.

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by Adam Armstrong

HDS Announces New HCI Solutions For Virtualization & Cloud

Today Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) announced two new converged and hyperconverged systems, the Hitachi Unified Compute Platform 2000 (UCP 2000) converged system and the UCP HC V240. The UCP HC V240 is the first member of the new Hitachi Unified Compute Platform HC (UCP HC) line of hyper-converged solutions. These new solutions are designed to be flexible, agile, and scalable and are built off of Hitachi’s technology that they state can reduce cost and risk while alleviating complexity and accelerating time to value.

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by Lyle Smith

Tegile Adds Lifetime Storage To Their IntelliCare Service

In what is likely an attempt to compete with Pure's Evergreen service, Tegile Systems has unveiled the newest addition to their IntelliCare service, Lifetime Storage. Touted as an industry-first support offering, Lifetime Storage will provide an entirely new storage system to its customers every three to five years, including the controller and media, with a flat maintenance contract. One of the biggest differences between Pure’s offering and Lifetime Storage is that Evergreen offers only a 3-year upgrade cycle, whereas Tegile gives customers the option to upgrade anytime as part of a capacity expansion. As a result, this allows customers to determine their own upgrade timeframe.

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by Chris Thomas

Pure Storage Announces Right Size Guarantee

Today, enterprise storage company Pure Storage announced new enhancements to its Evergreen Storage. All of today’s updates are geared towards saving the end consumer more money, both at the initial sticker price of hardware purchases and long-term maintenance. The end goal, Pure Storage claims, is to avoid the ultra-expensive “forklift upgrade”—the complete replacement of an outdated system and its components.

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by Adam Armstrong

EMC Aims To Accelerate Support For Containers With RackHD Machine Driver

Today at DockerCon 2016, EMC Corporation announced a hardware–agnostic solution for open deployment of Docker solutions directly on bare metal, RackHD Machine Driver. This driver integrates with Docker Machine to manage the lifecycle of physical servers for the Docker Engine and future Docker solutions. With this new driver users can embrace Docker containers on bare-metal servers, which in turn can ease the deployment of software infrastructure through the combination of a turnkey-supported container platform with RackHD hardware management and orchestration.

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by Adam Armstrong

HPE Unveils Software-Defined HPC Platform

Today Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced its new high-performance computing (HPC) solutions. These new solutions include a comprehensive software-defined platform, enhancements to its Apollo servers, as well as, a new ANSYS computer-aided engineering (CAE) software based solution designed to help manufacturing organizations optimize their design simulation deployments.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Releases Beta Of Docker Volume Driver For vSphere

Today VMware announced the release of its new beta of the Docker volume driver for vSphere. This marks the second storage-focused initiative from VMware on containers, last year they released a vSphere Volume Driver for Flocker. VMware is also making the source code for their new driver available under open source to encourage use and contributions to the code.

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by Adam Armstrong

NetApp Integrates Its Flash To Accelerate Docker

Today at DockerCon 2016 in Seattle, Washington, NetApp announced the integration of its complete flash portfolio (including NetApp SolidFire SF series, All Flash FAS (AFF) and EF-Series) with the NetApp Docker Volume Plug-In (nDVP). According to NetApp, the native Docker plug-in allows containerized applications to easily maintain state by consuming persistent storage. Docker developers will be able to take advantage of NetApp all-flash portfolio for higher performance and deployment flexibility.

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