by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Synology, Actifio, IBM, Atlantis, Citrix, 451, HPE, & Zetta

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content not the impact they have. Synology has announced another router, the RT2600ac. Actifio’s copy data virtualization technology, Sky, is now available on Azure Marketplace. IBM has broken the U.S. patent record. Atlantis, Citrix, and HPE have partnered to release what they are referring as the first purpose-built virtual workspace appliance. Research from 451 suggests that the application container business will be a $2.7 billion market in the next four years. HPE has expanded its StoreVirtual 3200 to now scale out as opposed to just up. And Zetta has been awarded a new patent for its direct-to-cloud data protection solution.

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by Adam Armstrong

Kaminario Raises An Additional $75 Million

Today Kaminario announced that it has raised an addition $75 million in its latest round of funding. This brings the total raised by the company to $218 million. This round of financing was led by the private equity firm, Waterwood. Other new and existing investors include Sequoia, Pitango, Lazarus, Silicon Valley Bank, and Globespan Capital Partners. Kaminario intends to use the newly raised funds to accelerate its go-to-market initiatives, expand its global presence, and increase research and development.

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by Adam Armstrong

Panzura Raises $32 Million In A Growth Capital Round

Today Panzura announced that it has raised $32 million in a new growth capital round. This round was led by Matrix Partners and joined by Meritech Capital Partners, Opus Capital, Chevron, and Western Digital. Panzura intends to take the new capital and expand its leadership in accelerating the cloud first storage model. The money raised will also go toward Panzura’s hybrid cloud storage offerings for high performance database and virtual workloads, big data analytics, and Internet of Thing (IoT) applications.

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by Adam Armstrong

NVIDIA Announces CSP Partner Program & New HCI Support

Today NVIDIA announced a new Cloud Service Provider Partner Program for GRID, which aims to bring graphic acceleration to every cloud. This new partner system will create an ecosystem that will provide customers with universally accessible GPU-cloud services. NVIDIA is also announcing even more hyperconverged infrastructure support.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

In The Lab: Virtual Workstation Testbed (VDI)

When talking about virtualization, we spend most of our coverage on the enterprise application and infrastructure sides of the business. However, the end-user content we produce does very well also; there's a growing interest in the enterprise when it comes to enabling users to take advantage of maturing technologies to deliver a PC-like experience via thin client. The reasons are varied, but the motivation largely comes down to enabling a global workforce with a secure, yet high-performance workspace. In fact, we recently explored these issues with Luke Wignall from NVIDIA in a podcast. So that we may appropriately cover the high-end VDI space, what we prefer to call virtual workstations, StorageReview has been working with a set of partners to build out a dedicated test environment in our lab. HPE, HP, NVIDIA, ESRI, VMware and others have all contributed so that we may take both a holistic look at virtual workstation infrastructures, while still drilling down into the individual components to understand their impact on performance. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Nutanix Releases Acropolis 5.0

Nutanix has had a fairly good run as of late. The company went public in September and saw their stock shoot way up, at first anyway (still up about 10 points higher than IPO). Nutanix followed this up with a strong quarterly earning and stated that they now have over 4,400 customers. To keep the good news rolling, the company has released the latest version of its web-scale computing platform, Acropolis version 5.0.

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by Lyle Smith

WD Launches New Storage Solutions Including World's First microSD With A1 Specifications

WD has announced several new storage solutions during this year’s CES/Pepcom, including the 256GB SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.1 SSD. Designed for creative professionals, tech enthusiasts, and those who work with large files, the new SSD is the company’s fastest, high-capacity USB flash drive yet. Also announced is the 256GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC, the world’s first microSD card that meets the Application Performance Class 1 (A1) requirements from the latest SD Association’s SD 5.1 specifications. And lastly is the WD Black PCIe SSD, the first WD-branded client PCIe solid state drive.

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by Adam Armstrong

QNAP Reveals New 16-bay NAS, Thunderbolt3 Connectivity, 4K Capability, & More

Today at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada, QNAP Inc. made several announcements around its NAS lines. These announcements include several enhancements such as new Thunderbolt 3 solutions, Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet (T2E) converter technology, new Internet of Things (IoT) applications, and new 4K live-streaming/broadcasting. QNAP is also releasing a powerful new 16-Bay NAS, showing that the company is address needs from consumer to enterprise.

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by Adam Armstrong

LaCie Updates Its d2 & Rugged Drives

Today at CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, LaCie (the premium brand from Seagate Technology) announced updates to both its Rugged and d2 Thunderbolt storage devices. The Rugged series has been updated with a maximum of 5TB in capacity and the d2 now carries an upward of 10TB of capacity. Both of the devices will now sport a USB-C port for USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity.

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by Adam Armstrong

Intel Announces More 7th Gen CPU & Optane Details

Leading up to CES this year, Intel is trickling out some more details for its 7th generation Core processors (Kaby Lake). First announced back in August of 2016, Intel is announcing the full line of 7th generation Core processor families today. On top of that, Intel is also announcing its Optane Memory Ready Program. This program reveals a few more details about Intel’s new memory product.

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