by Adam Armstrong

Nexenta & Cisco Partner On Enterprise Files Services For HCI

Nexenta announced that it is partnering with Cisco putting its software-based enterprise file services on Cisco’s HyperFlex solution. This new solution has been tested, validated, and is ready to deploy offering HyperFlex benefits such as independent scaling and flexible cluster scaling that in turn should accelerate adoption and expand to new use cases through Nexenta's software storage solution, NexentaStor Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA). The new use cases would include VDI, ROBO, and backup/DR.

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by Adam Armstrong

Veeam Announces FY 2018 Results

Today Veeam Software announced record results for its fiscal year 2018. The company is claiming $963 milling in total bookings, up 16% year-over-year. Veeam also stated that it has added roughly 4,000 new customers per month over the last year. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Launches All-Flash Isilon F810

Today Dell EMC announced that it has expanded its flagship unstructured data storage system, Isilon, with another new all-flash version. The new Dell EMC Isilon F810 will bring all-flash performance to help users unlock the full potential of their unstructured data. The company also released new data management software, Dell EMC ClarityNow, to give users better visibility into their unstructured data both in the cloud and on-prem.

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by Adam Armstrong

Lenovo TruScale Infrastructure Services Announced

Today Lenovo announced what it is calling the first true ‘pay-as-you-use data center’ as-a-Service offering, TruScale Infrastructure Services. As one might have guessed, this service allows users to use and pay for data center hardware and servers, at their locations is an aaS manner. This gives new levels of flexibility to customers as they grow. 

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by Guest Author

Home Lab Deep Dive: A Networking Student's Cisco-Centric Home Lab

My lab started about a year ago largely with Cisco networking gear. I'm a networking student; so among other things I'm taking classes for the CCNA. The way we have it broken up is into 4 parts. Cisco 1 and 2 cover the CCENT, and 3 and 4 cover the rest of what you need for the CCNA. I'm in Cisco 4 right now, so I'm just finishing up. In our labs, we have a rack full of gear for 2 people. It's really hard to properly learn networking in Packet Tracer. It's possible, but there's things it can't do, and you also don't learn what cables to use and such with it, since you can just have it select the best cable for you. I like to work with physical gear, and when we had labs that we didn't have class time for, I didn't like being stuck there later at night, since I'm 45 minutes from home. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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