by Adam Armstrong

Cisco Confirms It Is Ending Its Invicta Storage Appliance

According to both The Register and CRN, Cisco has confirmed that will cease its Invicta Storage Array line. Cisco first acquired the Invicta All-Flash array when it purchased Whiptail in 2013 for $415 million. Within a year Cisco halted shipments from apparent customer complaints. After two years of issues, Cisco will no longer develop the Invicta Appliance and its Scaling Systems products.

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by Josh Linden

Company Profile: Nasuni

Nasuni is a storage vendor built around its core cloud-based NAS technology, local Filer appliances, and the company's proprietary UniFS global file system. In the time since Nasuni requested a patent on UniFS in November 2013, the company has expanded its access to cloud storage infrastructure as well as its on-premises Filer appliance offerings, which provide local access for content stored in Nasuni-managed cloud storage.

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by Lyle Smith

Unitrends Becomes a Google Cloud Platform Premier Partner

​Unitrends has announced that it has been given the title of Google Cloud Platform Premier Partner. Building up to this given name, Unitrends had worked closely with Google Cloud Platform to build, integrate and optimize its Unitrends Free virtual backup appliance (currently in version 8.1) in order to support Google Cloud Storage, such as with the recently generally available Google Cloud Storage Nearline. As a result, Unitrends Free for Google Cloud Platform gives customers the ability to automatically copy local VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V backups to Google Cloud Storage, including Google Cloud Storage Nearline, for long-term retention and disaster recovery.

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by Adam Armstrong

Google Nearline Cloud Storage Is Now Generally Available

Google announced today that its Nearline Cloud Storage is now generally available. Google Nearline Cloud Storage was released in beta form back in March of this year. Nearline was introduced as a replacement for cold storage with the responsiveness of the cloud all for a low price. Along with general availability, Google is also introducing several other benefits.

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by Adam Armstrong

Actifio Partners With Amazon & Google To Offer New Cloud Services

Today Actifio announced that it was working with Amazon and Google to offer new services to its customers. Actifio Sky is now available in Amazon Web Services (AWS) marketplace. Customers can now run Actifio’s Virtual Data Pipeline technology on the AWS Cloud. Actifio is also announcing that customers can take advantage of Google’s Nearline Cloud Storage with one-click access through Actifio’s platform.

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by Lyle Smith

Nexenta and ATTO Technology Announce NexentaStor MetroHA Stretch Cluster

Nexenta and ATTO Technology have jointly announced NexentaStor MetroHA, a stretch cluster that allows data to scale across multiple data centers (such as floors, buildings, and cities) located up to roughly 30 miles apart, offering customer high availability and data mobility. Currently in Version 5 Community Preview (general availability to follow later this year), NexentaStor is the company’s flagship OpenSDS platform that provides customers with unified file and block storage services for demanding storage infrastructures.

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by Adam Armstrong

Kubernetes 1.0 Released

Google announced today that the open source container orchestration system, Kubernetes, has reached its version 1.0 (v1) milestone. The v1 milestone indicates that Kubernetes is production ready. Google is also announcing, along with the Linux Foundation, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). The CNCF will advance the building of cloud native applications and services.

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by Brian Beeler

Pick The Right Drive For The Job — 24/7 NAS HDDs vs. Desktop HDDs

Starting in 2012 hard drive vendors got serious about producing duty-specific hard drives. With the growth of the NAS, surveillance, and cloud-based categories aligning well with massive data explosion, the pains around storing lots of data in a cost effective manner became real for everyone from individuals through large enterprises. It's unsurprising then that hard drive vendors tapped into this trend when releasing NAS-specific hard drives. What is a NAS hard drive though and what makes it special? We take a deeper technical dive here to demystify the technology underscoring the benefits of NAS drives and the risks of using traditional desktop hard drives in a NAS environment. 

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by Adam Armstrong

QNAP Releases QTS 4.2 Beta

Today QNAP Systems Inc. released a new beta version of its operating system used on most of the company’s NAS devices, QTS 4.2. QNAP has revamped its User Interface and added many new features to QTS 4.2 to make the OS smoother, smarter, and more secure.

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by Adam Armstrong

Druva Releases Proactive Compliance For Enterprise

Today Druva announced a new offering within its inSync solution that will tackle data governance challenges, inSync Proactive Compliance. This new offering, which will be included in Druva’s inSync Elite+ Plan, gives enterprises deep search, auditing, and automated data scanning capabilities. Enterprises will now be able to quickly and proactively find data risks across the cloud and end point devices and act upon them before they create an issue. inSync now converges data availability (backup, restore, and share) and comprehensive governance (compliance, archival/search and audit) across entire end-user information on endpoints and cloud.

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