by Michael Rink

Actifio Launches Copy Data Management SaaS Platform

Today Actifio unveiled Actifio Go, a multi-cloud Copy Data Management (CDM) Software as a Service (Saas) platform. Actifio Go is designed to make it faster and less expensive to backup, restore, and meet regulatory/compliance requirements for applications both on-premise and distributed across multi-cloud environments. Actifio has been a leading provider of CDM and cloud services for a number of years. Most recently we covered their Actifio Sky platform.

Read more
by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Unisys, Actifio, IBM, Quantum, vArmour, Quest Software, Cisco, & 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. Unisys launches CloudForte for Microsoft Azure. Actifio announces OEM agreement with IBM. Quantum unveils latest Xcellis appliance. vArmour raises $44 million in Series E funding. Quest Software joins Veeam Partner Program. Cisco completes acquisition of Luxtera. NetApp powers Ducati’s Data-Driven Team. Veritas achieves AWS Storage Competency status. Carbonite to acquire Webroot.

Read more
by Adam Armstrong

Samsung 883 DCT SATA SSD Review

As Samsung updates its Data Center line of drives it is easy to get enamored by the fastest or largest drives that come along, namely NVMe drives. There is, however, still a large market for SATA interface drives. For this segment Samsung has released its new Samsung 883 DCT SATA SSD. The new drive is aimed at meeting the demands of server storage systems while giving the assurance of end-to-end data protection.

Read more
by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Updates Unity OS To 4.5

Today Dell EMC announced updates to its popular Unity OS Operating Environment, updating to 4.5. The updates feature new data reduction, protection, and management functions. The company is also announcing UnityVSA Cloud Edition now runs on AWS Cloud and that Unity has been validated with VMware Cloud Foundation.

Read more
by Kevin OBrien

In the Lab: Eaton 9PX Battery Replacement

There is nothing more certain in a datacenter than End of Life product management, where old equipment needs to be cycled out and replaced with newer hardware. This is especially true with battery backup systems, where the core component is generally a sealed lead acid (SLA) battery, which has a usable life between 3-5 years. While you can't rip out the guts of a server and make it "new" again, you can do just that with an enterprise battery backup system. In this In the Lab article, we replace the battery pack in an Eaton 9PX UPS that has been serving our lab for the past six years.

Read more
by Adam Armstrong

Supermicro Announces 4 Socket, Optane Server

Today Super Micro Computer Inc. announced that its four-socket servers now support both Intel Xeon Scalable processers and Intel Optane DC persistent memory. The combination of the two Intel technologies in a Supermicro server, can deliver a huge performance boost while still keeping costs in check.

Read more
by Adam Armstrong

IBM Updates Its Storage Portfolio

A week out from its annual Think event (this year in San Francisco) IBM has made a handful of enhancements to its storage portfolio. These enhancements run the gamut from containers to blockchain to IBM’s Cloud Private. The company has also made enhancements to its AI tools and data protection portfolio. 

Read more
by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Expands Its Data Domain & IDPA Portfolio

Today Dell EMC announced new and enhanced capabilities to its portfolio of backup storage appliances, Dell EMC Data Domain and Integrated Data Protection Appliance (IDPA). The added and enhanced capabilities aim to improve performance and add flexibility and value in the multi-cloud world. The new enhancements are also good for SMBs giving them more choice and options in obtaining enterprise-level data protection.

Read more
by Michael Rink

Arcserve Releases All-In-One Disaster Recovery Appliances

Today Arcserve is releasing a series of appliances that they refer to as the first all-in-one, purpose-built appliances designed for disaster recovery and application availability.  The newly released models will be the third generation of their appliance series. When we reviewed one of the previous generation appliances, we found it to be straightforward to configure, require minimal ongoing management, and offering a range of useful mid-market backup and recovery functions.  For their newest foray, they are targeting the growing need of even small business to protect against data loss.

Read more
by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Reports 2Q19 Earnings

Today Seagate Technology reported financial results for the second quarter ended December 28, 2018. The company saw lower numbers in general this quarter compared to last or this time in the previous year. The company’s stock is down overall throughout the quarter. 

Read more