Enterprise disk, hybrid and all flash array (AFA) reviews that cater to midmarket enterprises and up.
by Adam Armstrong

Western Digital Launches Zoned Storage Initiative

Today Western Digital announced the launch of Zoned Storage. Zoned Storage is an initiative that leverages new technology to create more efficient Zettabyte-scale architectures for data centers while helping to maintain more competitive TCO. The company also launched a developer site they will be hosting that includes open-source, standards-based tools and resources. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Kaminario Expands Its Storage-as-a-Service Offerings

Kaminario announced that it is expanding its Storage-as-a-Service (STaaS) business with three new offerings along with a unified licensing framework. These new offerings included Kaminario Storage Utility consumption-based hardware acquisition, Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), and Kaminario for public cloud. The company states that these new offerings are ideal for its customer base that includes software as a service (SaaS), fintech, healthtech, eCommerce, and cloud service providers.

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by Michael Rink

Microsoft Azure & Oracle Cloud Interconnect

Microsoft and Oracle announced a cloud interoperability partnership enabling customers to migrate and run mission-critical enterprise workloads across Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud. This gives users the ability to combine the technology of both services for instance Azure services, like Analytics and AI, can seamlessly connect to Oracle Cloud services, like Autonomous Database.

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by Brian Beeler

NetApp AFF C190 All-Flash Storage Array

This week NetApp released the AFF C190 all flash storage array. Targeted at the needs of SMBs, the AFF C190 is designed to be a partner-led offering that enables NetApp to be more competitive down market where their exisiting storage arrays for the midmarket, like the A200 and A300, are simply too much. The NetApp AFF C190 runs on NetApp ONTAP software, meaning smaller organizations will have access to enterprise-class data services, hybrid cloud support, and data reduction technologies, which provides critical value for all-flash arrays.

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by Michael Rink

Datera Data Services Platform 3.3 Released

Datera announced what would be in the 3.3 version of its Data Services Platform. Datera was founded in June 2013 and provides data storage software and systems. The company posted a remarkable 400% growth in the first quarter of 2019, driven mainly by partner sales. This rapid growth is even more impressive coming on top of their 240% growth in the first half of 2018. Datera also recently saw a four-fold increase in total deployed petabytes of storage powered by the Datera software platform. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dell EMC PowerVault ME4 Series Review

The Dell EMC PowerVault ME4 Series is a family of storage arrays designed to meet the needs of the entry storage market, which is generally thought of in the sub-$25K price band. However, the PowerVault ME4 Series is exceedingly flexible. The system can be deployed in an HDD configuration to meet the needs of the entry market or edge with starting pricing below $10K, or it can be configured in hybrid or as all-flash to meet more demanding needs of a growing business. Regardless of how it's deployed, the PowerVault ME4 provides organizations with an easy-to-deploy and manage storage solution that offers a depth of features that are common in enterprise storage products.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

GIGABYTE Bigtera VirtualStor Scaler Deep Dive

GIGABYTE, a well-regarded manufacturer of computer-related hardware components and systems, has jumped into the data storage market by partnering with Bigtera to offer a unique high-performance, software-defined storage solution. GIGABYTE supplies the hardware, pairing with Bigtera's VirtualStor software platform to offer a range of storage appliances to meet different capacity and performance requirements. While most people will be familiar with GIGABYTE (which has been in business for over 30 years), Bigtera may be a new name for some. Bigtera, founded in 2012, has two development centers and over a hundred customers running VirtualStor in production environments.

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by Guest Author

Measuring Storage Performance Based On Real-World Applications

Imagine if your exercise app only recorded you doing a simple regimen that never changed or required any adjustment in your level of effort. The 2D graph plot of your workout would look like the flat line on a heart monitor, providing little enlightenment about your overall performance. Unfortunately, that's what a plot line of a synthetic benchmark for workstation storage performance looks like. These types of benchmarks are designed to extract peak values out of the storage device using access specifications that are heavily optimized across firmware, drivers and hardware.

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by Tom Fenton

KubeCon + CloudNativeCon EU 2019 Wrap-up

I was able to spend 4 days at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon EU 2019, which was put on by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. The event was held in Barcelona at the Fira Gran Via Conference Centre from May 20th to 23th and drew in 7,700 attendees. This conference is one of three annual meetings put on by CNCF to discuss Kubernetes (K8S) and computing in the cloud. Below is a summary of the announcements made at the convention as well as other items that I found interesting.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: SwiftStack, IBM, Panzura, AMD, Pivot3, VMware, WekaIO, StorONE, & 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. SwiftStack delivers 1click cloud storage. IBM and Panzura sign strategic reseller agreement. AMD releases Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q2. Pivot3 Partners with VMware on disaster recovery. WekaIO raises $31.7 million in Series C funding. StorONE files over 50 patents. Datrium unveils Automatrix Platform. Tenable launches Nessus Essentials.

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