by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Druva, Altaro, Silicon Power, DDN, Virtual Instruments, Dell EMC, Toshiba, Veeam, & 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. Druva achieved FedRAMP Certification. Altaro announced the general availability of its VM Backup V7. Silicon Power announced new high capacity SD and microSD cards. DDN announced enhancements to its WOS platform. Virtual Instruments announced Load DynamiX Enterprise 5.3. Dell EMC announced it would be incorporating Toshiba HK4 SATA SSDs into its PowerEdge 13G servers. Veeam releases 1Q 2017 results. Scality expands support for its S3 Server. Dell announces its first 4K HDR monitor.

Druva Achieves FedRAMP Certification

Druva announced that its inSync has attained FedRAMP "In Process" status. Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) is a U.S. federal program ensuring proper security when accessing cloud computing products and services. This status strengthens Druva’s security credentials and potentially opens it up to new customers.


Altaro Announces GA Of Its VM Backup V7

Altaro announced the general availability of the latest version, version 7, of its VM Backup. VM Backup offers many enterprise-level features but is aimed at, and widely deployed in, the small to medium market.

New features include:

  • Augmented Inline Deduplication: Delivers faster backup and data recovery for local and remote locations by transferring new data exclusively to the backup storage vault.
  • Support for Windows Server 2016: Allows businesses to take advantage of hybrid computing environments while protecting all data at every location.
  • Boot from Backup: Enables the IT administrator to instantly reboot virtual machines from the backup location so that VM servers are up and running with minimal downtime in the event of a disaster.
  • Integrity Testing: With Altaro, confidence is returned to the backup process with integrity testing of backups across the network for peace of mind. The process ensures the recovery of all data under protection when required.

Available now, VM Backup 7 is offered in three flavors:

  • Unlimited Edition $515: All functionality, including Altaro's Augmented Inline deduplication, boot from backup, and cluster support for an unlimited number of VMs.
  • Standard Edition $625: Most functionality with protection of up to five VMs.
  • Free Edition: Protects up to two VMs and is offered as freeware.

Altaro VM Backup

Silicon Power Announces New High Capacity SD & microSD Cards

Silicon Power (SP) announces high capacity SD and microSD cards up to 256GB. As devices such as GoPro cameras that capture 4K video become more and more prevalent, users will need higher capacity storage devices to capture this footage on. SP has expanded the capacity on its popular Superior Pro SDHC/SDXC UHS-I (U3) and Elite microSDHC/microSDXC UHS-I series cards to meet those needs.

Features include:

  • Fully supports 4K*2K high flow capacity video recording
  • Captures high-quality images and extended length of stunning 1080p full-HD and 4K UHD (Ultra High Definition) videos
  • Compatible with any SD UHS-I compatible DSLR camera, HD camcorder, 3D camera
  • Supports UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) specification
  • SDXC/SDHC read/write speeds up to 90/80 MB/s
  • Records up to 720 minutes of 4K/15 FPS videos with 256GB
  • Free download of SP Widget software for data backup & restore, AES 256-bit encryption, and cloud storage
  • Shockproof, waterproof, and x-ray proof
  • Equipped with automatic error correction code (ECC) function

Silicon Power Memory Cards

DDN Announces Enhancements To Its WOS Platform

DataDirect Networks (DDN) announced several enhancements to its WOS Object Storage platform. These new features and capabilities, according to DDN, give WOS the lowest data protection overhead available in the market.

Key advantages include:

  • Lowest cost and highest efficiency: DDN’s WOS solutions up level the management and scalability TCO gains of object storage with a unique NoFS (no file system) architecture that offers hard cost savings versus competitive solutions, up to 99 percent efficiency, and significant operational cost savings in space, heating, cooling and administration.
  • Highest object storage performance: DDN WOS delivers more than 1.25x the speed per node of competing commercial and open-source offerings, as proven by WOS customers in real-world applications.
  • Industry-leading availability advantages: In addition to today’s announced Extended ObjectAssure, DDN WOS has additional erasure coding and replication combinations that provide customers with the widest variety of data protection and availability choices. DDN WOS can be configured to rebuild failed drives within a single node, thus reducing rebuild time and risk of data loss. This unique capability is crucial as larger drive sizes are boosting rebuild times and challenging organizations’ abilities to meet line-of-business data availability SLAs.
  • Flexible and massively scalable: The simplicity of the WOS architecture allows organizations to start as small as a single WOS appliance in four standard rack units and scale in single-node increments. WOS can deliver up to a quarter-million drives in a solitary, shared namespace and provide a single view of files and objects, thus allowing it to provide high-performance storage for active archive and collaboration environments seamlessly.

The latest version of DDN WOS is expected to be available this quarter.


Virtual Instruments Announced Load DynamiX Enterprise 5.3

Virtual Instruments announced enhancements to its Load DynamiX Enterprise storage performance validation solution with the latest version 5.3. This update is all about enabling customers to more intelligently deploy storage infrastructure in their hybrid data centers, simplifying storage performance testing and validation, and saving customers costs.

Key features include:

  • Ability to build temporal NFSv3 workload models for hyper-realistic modeling and analysis
  • A simplified, foolproof methodology for preconditioning all-flash arrays connected via Fibre Channel and iSCSI;
  • Enhanced user productivity and GUI improvements, such as real-time test status notifications and more intuitive workflows; and
  • Test management improvements to simplify administrative tasks such as results management, backup and restore, and other system management functions.

Load DynamiX

Dell EMC Incorporates Toshiba HK4 SSDs Into Its PowerEdge 13G Servers

Toshiba America Electronics Components, Inc. announced that Dell EMC will now be incorporating its HK4 Series of SSDs into their PowerEdge 13G Servers. Having reviewed both, we see this as the merging of two great technologies. In our HK4 review we found that the drive held well against SAS3 models, as well as having above average performance, and in a rarity for us, it came with no cons. We have also reviewed several Dell EMC 13G PowerEdge servers, finding them to offering everything one would want in a server with plenty of versatility to boot.

Toshiba HK4R page

Dell EMC PowereEdge Servers

Veeam Releases 1Q 2017 Results

Veeam released the results of its first quarter of 2017 with some fairly impressive numbers. While the company didn’t talk specific financial numbers like revenue, they did note that they had 33% Year on Year total bookings revenue and new Enterprise license bookings grew 17% annually. Veeam is also reporting that its Cloud revenue grew 59% Year on Year.

Other announcements include:

  • DRaaS and BaaS adoption: The Veeam Cloud Business, which provides service providers with ready-made opportunities to offer Disaster Recover-as-a-Service (DRaaS) and Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS), reported 59% YoY revenue growth.
  • Enterprise growth and momentum: At the end of Q1 2017, Veeam counted 74% of the Fortune 500 and 56% of the Global 2000 as customers. Enterprise new license bookings grew 17% annually
  • 242,000 customers worldwide: Veeam added close to 12,000 total paid customers in Q1 2017, keeping pace with the historical new customer acquisition average of approximately 4,000 per month.
  • 13.9 million virtual machines (VMs) are protected with Veeam Availability solutions. More than 1 million of these VMs are protected via Veeam Cloud Service Providers (VCSPs).
  • Partner expansion: Veeam’s 100% commitment to the channel continues to attract new resellers. There are now 47,000 Veeam ProPartners and 15,000 VCSPs globally.
  • Expanded executive team: Jeff Giannetti joined Veeam as Vice President of North American Sales from Cleversafe, where he was Senior Vice President of Global Sales. Previously, Jeff spent more than 10 years at NetApp where he served as Vice President of US Commercial Sales.
  • Strengthened Alliances: Veeam joined the Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Complete program. The program adds Veeam solutions to HPE’s price list so that customers can purchase complete HPE and Veeam solutions directly from HPE and its resellers, providing a one-stop shop for the validated solution. Veeam also launched the only fully integrated Data Protection solution for Cisco HyperFlex, providing the first native snapshot capability for the hyper-converged infrastructure offering.


Scality Expands Support For Its S3 Server

Scality announced the immediate availability of a new open-source Scality S3 Server release, under the Apache 2.0 license, with support for high availability and multiple cloud data backends. On top of that, Scality is also expanding its multi-cloud support to include AWS S3, In-memory, Scality RING, and Docker Volume.

Scality S3 Server

Dell Announces Its First 4K HDR Monitor

Before the NAB 2017 show next week, Dell announced yet another new UltraSharp monitor, the UP2718Q. This new monitor is a 27-inch screen that is Dell’s first HDR10 display with UHD Alliance Premium Certification. Like most of Dell’s new monitors, this one has a Ultra HD 4K display, with four times more detail than full HD and the depth of 1.07 billion colors. The UP2718Q is built for those that edit and create beautiful imagery and videos.

The new Dell 4K HDR Monitor is expected to be available May 23, 2017, with a MSRP of $1,999.99.


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