by Adam Armstrong

HP Delivers Day 1 Storage For vSphere 6

With VMware's new releases in vSphere 6, HP will be delivering Day 1 support and certification for vSphere 6 and vSphere Virtual Volumes (vVols) across midrange, high-end, and all-flash arrays. HP will allow customers to upgrade vSphere as soon as they are ready on HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage arraysHP StoreVirtualMSA, and XP storage platforms.

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by Adam Armstrong

Arcserve Announces New Unified Data Protection 7000 Appliance Series

Today Arcserve announced new series of converged solutions, the Unified Data Protection (UDP) 7000 Appliance series. Arcserve is calling this the “most cost-effective, ‘set and forget’ backup and recovery on the market.” We first announced here that Arcserve was extending its Unified Data Protection into the appliance market. The new series of appliances will leverage Arcserve’s proven UDP software into a cost-effective appliance aimed at small to medium businesses and mid-market enterprise.

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by Lyle Smith

Dell Announces VMware vVols and VSAN 6 Support

Dell has announced they will be releasing VMware Virtual Volumes (vVols) integration to all Dell Storage PS Series (EqualLogic) customers upon its general availability; at no additional cost. vVols is a major update to the vSphere storage stack, providing Dell Storage customers with VM-aware storage, which allows them to save time and streamline management. Dell also announced their latest generation of PowerEdge servers are the first to market with 12Gb SAS controllers to be certified for Virtual SAN (VSAN) 6.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Launches Virtual SAN 6 And vSphere Virtual Volumes

Today VMware Inc launched the latest version of their software-defined storage solution, Virtual SAN 6 (VSAN). VMware Virtual SAN 6 has significant scalability and performance enhancements including new all-flash configuration support. VMware will also introduce the industry’s first solution to enable native Virtual Machine-awareness across a broad range of third-party storage systems, VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (vVOLS). These two new launches are designed to enable mass adoption of software-defined storage.

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by Lyle Smith

Supermicro Expands NVMe Support in Server and Storage Platforms

Supermicro Computer has announced the expansion of its portfolio of server and storage solutions supporting Non-Volatile Memory express (NVMe) storage technology. Supermicro’s numerous NMVe solutions are available across its 1U Ultra and WIO SuperServers, 2U Ultra, TwinPro, EXDP 32DIMM and DCO SuperServers, 4U FatTwin and 7U SuperBlade platforms.

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by Adam Armstrong

Nutanix Announces The General Availability Of NOS 4.1

Nutanix Inc. announced the general availability of the latest update of the operating system, Nutanix Operating System NOS 4.1. NOS 4.1 is the OS that powers Nutanix’s Virtual Computing Platform. Nutanix has been giving users glimpses of the NOS 4.1 new capabilities for some time now, we mentioned it here in our NX-9000 piece

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by Brian Beeler

What is Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR)?

In the simplest terms, Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) is a new hard drive technology that allows the tracks on a platter to be layered on top of each other, just like roof shingles on a house, to increase platter density or tracks per inch (TPI). Current technology, Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR), uses a parallel track layout. By increasing TPI with SMR technology and decreasing the space between tracks, SMR offers tremendous potential for overall hard drive capacity gains. The end product physically looks and feels like a standard PMR drive, with higher capacity in the same physical footprint. However, the architecture change means the user experience from a performance perspective will be dramatically different.

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by Adam Armstrong

Unitrends Provides Automated Backup Certification & Disaster Recovery For Hyper-V And vSphere

Unitrends has announced the general availability of the industry’s first automated disaster recovery failover and testing solution for Microsoft Hyper-V environments, ReliableDR 4.0. Unitrends will now be able to deliver recovery assurance to Hyper-V administrators that it had only been delivering to businesses running VMware vSphere Hypervisors.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware And Google Announce Integration Of Google Cloud Platform Services Into vCloud Air

Google and VMware announced today that they would be integrating selected Google Cloud Platform services into vCloud Air. The selected services include: Google Cloud Storage, Google BigQuery, Google Cloud Datastore, and Google Cloud DNS. VMware expects to add other services in the future to further enhance the hybrid cloud market.

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by Adam Armstrong

Pure Storage Deepens VMware Integration

Pure Storage announced the availability of a new Storage Replication Adapter (SRA) for VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager and an enhanced VMware vSphere Web Client Plug-in. The new solutions, used in conjunction with the FlashArray 400 series, will deliver “a simple and seamless storage and virtualization management experience, comprehensive disaster recovery protection, and scalable availability for VMware environments.”

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