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News Bits: Scality, AWS, Snowflake, Canonical, KIOXIA, EnGenius, VAST Data, Datadobi, & Cloudian

by Adam Armstrong

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 announces strong numbers for the first half of 2020. AWS announces New EBS io2 volumes. Snowflake files IPO. Canonical offers full Kubernetes 1.19 support. KIOXIA launches Gen4 U.3 SSDs for HPE. EnGenius announces Cloud-To-Go solution. VAST Data reports record growth. Datadobi announces DobiProtect for File and Object Data. Cloudian launches Kubernetes S3 Operator.

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 announces strong numbers for the first half of 2020. AWS announces New EBS io2 volumes. Snowflake files IPO. Canonical offers full Kubernetes 1.19 support. KIOXIA launches Gen4 U.3 SSDs for HPE. EnGenius announces Cloud-To-Go solution. VAST Data reports record growth. Datadobi announces DobiProtect for File and Object Data. Cloudian launches Kubernetes S3 Operator.

Scality Announces Strong Numbers For the First Half of 2020

Scality states that they have seen record earnings in the first half of this year with 62% year-over-year growth in revenue. The company has seen its blue-chip customer base grow (now including six of the top banks and seven of the top telecom operators in the world) and an expansion of partnerships including Veeam and HPE. Other milestones include:

  • Sales through HPE grew 93% YoY
  • RING8 is now the leading HPE GreenLake-ready object and file storage offering
  • Organizations in several industry verticals—including service providers, telecommunications and public sectors—are benefiting from the HPE GreenLake for Scality as-a-service model.
  • One of the world’s top banks chose the Scality HPE solution to power a multi-petabyte Splunk data analytics environment
  • 62% YoY revenue growth and 82% growth in billings
  • Blue-chip customers grew to 6 of the world’s top banks, 7 of the top telecom operators and over 40 healthcare providers across the globe
  • Multi-petabyte deployments in cloud, finance and government sectors
  • Leading object storage market share in Japan with 35% of revenue in 2019

Scality

AWS Announces New EBS io2 Volumes

AWS announced the general availability of new EBS io2 volumes. This volume type, io2, is the next generation Provisioned IOPS SSD volumes for Amazon Elastic Block Store. AWS claims these volumes will deliver 100x higher durability and 10x more IOPS-to-storage ratio at the same price of current comparable volumes.

AWS

Snowflake Files IPO

Snowflake filed the registration statement for their initial public offering. They haven’t announced how many shares or the price of their stock. It will be traded on the NYSE under the symbol SNOW. Snowflack has been able to raise over $1.4 billion since 2014.

Snowflake

Canonical Offers Full Kubernetes 1.19 Support

Canonical announced that it fully supports the latest release of Kubernetes, version 1.19. This covers Charmed Kubernetes, MicroK8s, and kubeadm. New benefits include:

MicroK8s

  • New add-ons generally available:
    • Multus
    • Ambassador
    • “host-access” for reaching host’s services
  • Ingress support for UDP and TCP as well as configurable SSL certificates
  • Allow for user-provided CA
  • MetalLB support for ranges and CIDR notation
  • Registry improvements
    • Discovery support
    • Configurable size
  • Add-on version updates:
    • Istio v1.5.1
    • Dashboard v2.0.0
    • Linkerd v2.8.0
    • MetalLB v0.9.3
    • Fluentd v3.0.2
    • Prometheus v2.20.0

Charmed Kubernetes

  • IPv6
  • SR-IOV
  • CIS benchmark compliance
  • Ubuntu 20.04 LTS support

Canonical 

KIOXIA Launches Gen4 U.3 SSDs for HPE

Front view of KIOXIA CD6

KIOXIA announced that it is the first supplier of PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSDs to HPE. The new faster flash drives will be available on HPE ProLiant, HPE Synergy and HPE Apollo servers. We wrote an in-depth review of the new technology here and here.

KIOXIA

EnGenius Announces Cloud-To-Go Solution

 

EnGenius announced its Cloud-To-Go solution that is specifically aimed at smaller businesses such as coffee shops, clinics, stores, hospitality, and SOHO. This solution is contained in a mobile app giving these small businesses a way to manage networks even without an IT staff. Benefits include:

  • Configure Your Devices in Minutes – Setting up devices is as simple as 1-2-3. Register the device via scanning a QR code, easily set up the Wi-Fi with SSID Wizard, and get connected just in minutes. There are also advanced settings for a more detailed configuration if needed.
  • Monitor and Manage the Network from the Palm of Your Hand – The Cloud To-Go app enables users to manage and monitor their network wherever they are. The visualized dashboard, the top ranking of usage, client lists, or instant notifications, etc., help users get insights into their network health and device status.
  • Flexible Network Expansion for Your Future Business Growth – EnGenius Cloud helps users expand their network with flexibility for their business growth. It’s simple to manage networks of multiple companies and locations with a single-pane-of-glass via a smartphone. At the same time, users can use a web-based Cloud portal to do advanced settings and management.

EnGenius Cloud-To-Go

VAST Data Reports Record Growth

VAST Data Universal Storage 3.0

VAST Data is also reporting good numbers for 2020 with the company seeing second quarter year-over-year revenue growth of 490%. The company announced that former NetApp President and Vice Chairman Tom Mendoza joined VAST as the company’s first independent board member. Other key growth milestones:

  • Customer adoption: In Q2, VAST Data sold to customers in markets including leading financial services companies, life science organizations, government agencies, defense contractors, cloud service providers and leading manufacturers.
  • Customer expansion: To date, two thirds of customers who have deployed VAST in 2019 have placed follow-on orders, tripling their original investment on average – speaking to both the quality of VAST’s offering and the enabling effect VAST has on customers’ applications.
  • A global presence: VAST now has petabyte-scale systems deployed in five continents.
  • Expanding business channels: VAST has also doubled its number of channel partners year over year, with a 5X year-over-year growth in channel salespeople trained to sell Universal Storage.

VAST Data

Datadobi Announces DobiProtect for File & Object Data

Datadobi announced its DobiProtect that is said to create a ‘golden copy’ of their business-critical file and object data in its native format across heterogeneous systems. Customers can choose where they want to keep this golden copy (in a bunker site, in the cloud, or behind an air gap) and will be ready to come right back after an attack. Companies can restore in a granular fashion to any NAS or object storage of their choice.

Datadobi DobiProtect

Cloudian Launches Kubernetes S3 Operator

Shortly after KubeCon EU and Kubernetes 1.19 release, Cloudian announced support for container-based applications via a new Cloudian Kubernetes S3 Operator, providing a self-service tool for developers to dynamically provision Cloudian HyperStore S3-compatible object storage. Benefits include:

  • Simple and direct – Storage is provisioned and accessed directly by applications, with no gateways or translation layers.
  • Enterprise-grade security – Features include encryption, IAM, SAML, WORM, RBAC and certification with the most rigorous regulatory requirements, such as Common Criteria, FIPS and SEC Rule 17a-4(f).
  • Exabyte scalability – Starting from just three nodes and scaling up to an exabyte without interruption.
  • Multi-site and multi-cloud support – Scale across multiple sites with single-namespace simplicity or extend into the public cloud using out-of-the-box integration with AWS, GCP and Azure that maintains data in its native format.
  • Cost-effectiveness – Savings of more than 60% over traditional SAN and NAS systems and public cloud offerings.

Cloudian Kubernetes S3 Operator on GitHub

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