November 10th, 2017 by Adam Armstrong
News Bits: Comtrade, Mesosphere, Microsoft, Overland-Tandberg, Cavium, DDN, HPE, & 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. Comtrade Software provides deeper application and hypervisor support. Mesosphere DC/OS isnow available in the Microsoft Azure marketplace. Overland-Tandberg announced its LTO-8 media. Cavium contributes ThunderX2 motherboard specification to OCP. DDN and HPE partner on HPC platforms. Druva announces next-generation data protection for AWS. Arlo releases smart home security light. HPE introduces its Extreme Edge Research Initiative. Datical launches partner program.
Comtrade Software Provides Deeper Application & Hypervisor Support
Comtrade Software has added support for ESX as well as deeper application support for Microsoft Exchange and SQL to its data protection solution for the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform, HYCU. They have also added disaster recovery and backup for Remote Office Back Office (ROBO) environments, along with blueprints for Nutanix Calm Marketplace and beta for Acropolis File Services (AFS). Benefits include:
- Simple, Efficient, Intelligent Data Protection for ESX. Designed to be hypervisor agnostic, now customers gain the same interface and look and feel if they are using AHV or ESX. HYCU also provides VM level context with Nutanix storage level snapshots, avoiding issues with I/O latency like VM stun where the VM becomes unresponsive (stunned) because of the underlying data protection process. HYCU alleviates this by providing little to no impact on production. By using the storage level snapshot, HYCU has fewer limitations than legacy backup and recovery providers.
- More efficient backup recovery combined with DR for Remote Office Back Office environments: Customers who need DR, setup standard Nutanix Protection Domains for the VMs and Apps they care about in the remote site and the data gets replicated and will be DR ready. For more efficient data protection, HYCU uses the DR copy to create the backups. In addition, HYCU will allow recovery to the original source when there is a need.
- First blueprint for Nutanix Marketplace. HYCU is now available for Nutanix customers on the Calm Marketplace. Customers looking for data protection can now simply click to add HYCU to their environments. Calm helps orchestrate the provisioning, scaling, and management of applications for a true app-centric experience.
- Early Trials for AFS Backup and Recovery: Nutanix Acropolis Filesystem (AFS) AFS users gain the first purpose-built data protection support for impact-free, agentless file backup. HYCU leverages the scale out function of AFS and does the backups in parallel. Even the first full backup can be completely parallelized by the number of nodes the customer has in their system. the same data is spread over five nodes in the AFS cluster, with HYCU, a full data backup can be parallelized and completed in a fraction of the time.
- Deeper Application Coverage: For Microsoft Exchange. IT administrators gain discovery and consistent backup of single server MS Exchange environments as well as mailbox level recovery. For Microsoft SQL, customers gain the ability to restore databases to a different MS SQL Server as well as cloning to support best practice DR support.
Mesosphere DC/OS Now Available In The Microsoft Azure Marketplace
Mesosphere announced that its container platform, DC/OS, is available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. While Azure has supported DC/OS, they can now directly acquire it from the marketplace.
Overland-Tandberg Announced Its LTO-8 Media
Overland-Tandberg announced the availability of its NEO series of LTO-8 tape media. Highlights include:
- LTO-8 offers a compressed storage capacity of 30TB (12TB native) using a 2.5:1 ratio, and a compressed transfer rate of 750 MB/sec. (360MB/sec. native)
- LTO-8 tape, like LTO-7, supports LTFS, WORM (Write Once Read Many) and AES 256-bit hardware encryption
- NEO-XL Series: With capacities ranging from 960 TB to 16.8 PB, the NEO-XL Series addresses the need for midrange and enterprise businesses to do more with less by combining effortless automated backup, disaster recovery and archive with flexibility, density, high performance and affordability to ensure that data is protected faster, smarter, easier and more cost effectively.
- NEO-S Series: Designed for IT offices with limited space, resources and budgets, the NEO-S family delivers the ultimate in simple, affordable, reliable backup, archive and disaster recovery and supports up to 360 TB of data into a single unit of rack height.
- NEO LTO Ultrium Tape Drives: With superior performance and capacity, and available in both internal and external configurations, these tape drives provide up to 30TB per cartridge and are ideal for backing up and archiving data on single workstations or small networks.
The NEO LTO-8 drives are available now
Cavium Contributes ThunderX2 Motherboard Spec To OCP
Cavium announced that it working with Microsoft to contribute the ThunderX2 motherboard, Cavium's second generation 64-bit ARMv8-A server processor SoCs for Data Center, specification to the Open Compute Project (OCP). According to the two companies this contribution will enable the adoption and iteration by members of OCP, a global community of technology leaders who are reimagining hardware to make it more efficient, flexible, and scalable.
DDN & HPE Partner On HPC Platforms
DataDirect Networks (DDN) announced that it was entering a strategic partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to integrate DDN’s parallel file system storage and flash storage cache technology with HPE’s HPC platforms. Through this partnership the two companies will intergrate DDN's EXAScaler and GRIDScaler parallel file systems solutions, and the latest release of IME, a software defined scale out NVMe data caching solution, with HPE's servers and DMF software. This partnership aims to accelerate and simplify customers’ workflows in technical computing, artificial intelligence and machine learning environments.
Druva Announces Next-Gen Data Protection For AWS
Druva announced its new service delivered via the Druva Cloud Platform that enables data management for IaaS and PaaS cloud workloads on a single policy control plane, Druva Apollo. Apollo will enable user to protect, govern and provide insights to data that resides within Amazon Web Services (AWS), including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS), and Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS). Druva Apollo is expected to be available in the first half of 2018.
Arlo Releases Smart Home Security Light
Arlo, by NETGEAR, makes some really nice and easy to use security cameras. Keeping with the same theme of easy security, Arlo is now releasing a wireless security light, Arlo Outdoor Smart Home Security Light. Benefits include:
- 100% Wire-Free Set-Up: With no power cords or wiring hassles, you can easily mount your Arlo Security Light on walls, eaves, gazebos, and more, anywhere around your home, so you are not bound by the power source, but by where you want the light directed.
- Smart Controls with Arlo App: With the free Arlo app, you can control and automate Arlo Security Light from anywhere, and automatically receive instant alerts to your smartphone or email when it detects motion.
- PIR Motion Detection: You can set the sensitivity level for Arlo Security Light to turn on automatically when the PIR sensor detects motion, and even get motion-activated alerts without having your lights turn on.
- Weather-Resistant: Arlo Security Light is IP65-rated, making it ideal for outdoors, rain or shine.
- Customizable Light Settings: Adjust the colors and patterns (spotlight, floodlight, flashing) of your light for specific situations, and group together multiple lights and easily synchronize patterns to turn on/off together.
- Scheduling: Use the Away Mode and discourage would-be burglars by scheduling your Arlo Security Light (through the app or manually) to turn on/off to give the illusion that someone is at home.
- Arlo Integration for Enhanced Home Safety: When movement triggers the Arlo Security Light to turn on, your Arlo Security Cameras can be configured to start recording so you can see the activity or have additional lights turn on.
- Smart Home Integration with Amazon Alexa and IFTTT: Use simple voice commands with Amazon Alexa to turn your outdoor security light on and off without lifting a finger. Arlo Security Light works with other IFTTT-compatible smart devices to create endless possibilities for safety and security.
- Rechargeable Battery: Long-lasting, rechargeable batteries take the expense out of uninterrupted security lighting and for added convenience; the optional solar panel accessory can keep the batteries charged indefinitely.
- Outdoor Mount: Easily adjustable mounts provide a 360-degree swivel and a 90-degree tilt for the perfect lighting angle when securing your Arlo Security Light over your door, porch, tree, and more.
HPE Introduces Its Extreme Edge Research Initiative
In August, HPE launched a HPC onto the International Space Station, via SpaceX. Now the company has launched its Extreme Edge Research initiative to tackle the issue of collect data at the edge, in this case space. With an extreme edge in space, HPE will be able to take lessons learned and apply it to the edge here on Earth.
Datical Launches Partner Program
Datical launched a partner program to connect DevOps vendors and system integrators brining DevOps to the database. Benefits include:
- Connection to a marketplace where partners can learn about complementary technologies and expand their solution into new, global groups and areas
- Access to training, support, tools and additional business resources
- Opportunities to participate in deployment activities
- Opportunities to participate in joint marketing efforts with Datical
- Direct contact to Datical experts