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

Panzura Expands Freedom Line With Private Secure Site Mode

Today Panzura announced that it was expanding it popular Freedom line with the addition of Private Secure Site Mode. This new function will install a private secure site (an installation with security restrictions that require absolutely no external communications) on Freedom to disable all public communications ensuring a new level of security. The private site will also help companies comply with strict regulatory requirements.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Imanis, SonicWall, Kaminario, Commvault, MapR, Kubernetes, FUJIFILM, Sony, & 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. Imanis raises $13.5 million in funding. SonicWall releases its 2018 Cyber Threat Report. Kaminario and Commvault partner on automated operational backup and recovery. MapR extends data fabric for Kubernetes. Cloud Constellation Corporation and Wasabi announce cloud storage partnership. D-Link launches new line of multi-gigabit smart managed Ethernet switches. AHEAD announces new VMware Cloud on AWS offering. FUJIFILM wins another round in court against Sony.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Compute Bare Metal Instances Review

The Oracle Cloud Infrastructure includes a wide variety of service offerings including compute, storage, networking, database, and load balancing--in effect, all the infrastructure necessary to construct a cloud-based data center. In the context of this review, we're interested in the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Compute category, with a very specific focus on their bare metal instances. Like most cloud providers, Oracle offers virtualized compute instances, but unlike most other virtual offerings, Oracle can back these with shapes that contain up to ~25TB of NVMe storage for applications that need low latency. As great as those are, Oracle has further upped the ante for cloud compute performance by offering the industry's first high-performance bare metal instances, ideal for mission-critical applications where latency is paramount. Instances come with up to 52 OCPUs, 768GB RAM, dual 25GbE NICs and up to 51TB of locally attached NVMe storage. For those that desire more, up to 512TB of network-attached NVMe block storage is available as well as GPU options. All the different Oracle compute offerings run on a highly-optimized software-defined network tuned to minimize contention and maximize performance.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Expands Its Cloud Services

Today VMware, Inc. announced that it has expanded its portfolio of cloud services to better serve all the needs of its customers. The company is also announcing that VMware Cloud on AWS is expanding to Europe. And VMware is expanding its partner programs for VMware cloud on AWS.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Scality, Cloudistics, Cloudian, Cisco, NAKIVO, INFINIDAT, AMD, & Citrix

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content, not the impact they have. Scality reports a great 2017. Cloudistics launched its Application Marketplace. Cloudian raises over $120 million with Digital Alpha. Cisco launches 5G Now portfolio. NAKIVO previews its Backup & Replication v7.4. INFINIDAT launches code.infinidat.com community. AMD’s MxGPU is now available on Citrix XenServer 7.4.

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by Adam Armstrong

Pure Storage Reports 4Q18 & FY18 Earnings

Pure Storage reported its fourth quarter earnings and full fiscal year for 2018 that ended on January 31, 2018. The company is claiming yet another record quarter and over $1 billion in revenue for the year. Pure’s stock has continued a fairly steady climb over the last quarter.

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by Adam Armstrong

Spectra Logic Expands Its Tape Library Offerings

Today Spectra Logic introduced two new tape library products, expanding its existing family of automated tape storage solutions. These new solutions include a highly scalable, modular and affordable tape library that enables users to start with a single drive and scale up as needed, the Spectra Stack, and a more cost-effective, entry-level version of the company’s T950 Tape Library, the Spectra T950v Tape Library. Spectra will also be offering RoCE 10Gigabit Ethernet connectivity with its IBM TS1155 tape drives for Ethernet tape library integration in Spectra’s T380, T950, T950v and TFinity ExaScale Tape Libraries.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Virtual Instruments, Dell EMC, Pivot3, Cisco, Rubrik, Flexxible IT, Commvault, & 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. Virtual Instruments rebrands Load DynamiX as WorkloadWisdom. Dell EMC announces availability of its Proven Professional Certifications. Pivot3 expands partnerships. Cisco expands its automation portfolio. Rubrik approaches $300 Million global bookings run rate. Flexxible IT launches channel program with HP. Commvualt and INFINIDAT partner on PB scale data protection. Packet deploys AMD EPYC CPUs in its Bare Metal Cloud.

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by Adam Armstrong

HPE Reports 1Q18 Earnings

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) reported its earnings for its first fiscal quarter of 2018, that ended January 31, 2018. The company is reporting good numbers overall along with higher diluted earnings per share that it is partially attributing to the recent tax reform law. Stock performance has been trending upward this quarter with a large spike in after hour trading. 

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by Lyle Smith

Compuverde & Microsoft Partner To Enable SMB File Transport Technology

Microsoft and data storage/cloud computing company, Compuverde, have announced a mutual license agreement that will enable access to Microsoft’s Server Message Block (SMB) file transport technology for Compuverde’s software-defined storage (SDS) solution. This partnership is specifically meant to address the need for a comprehensive network file sharing protocol for enterprises as they continue to migrate some or all of their data and applications to the cloud. Moreover, both companies indicate that combining these two technologies will allow users to offload programs and files from multiple servers across multiple locations simultaneously.

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