August 25th, 2017 by Adam Armstrong
News Bits: ioFABRIC, SwiftStack, Cisco, Druva, Actifio, IBM, & Synology
This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content not the impact they have. ioFABRIC releases Vicinity 3.0. SwiftStack Hybrid Cloud Software is validated on Cisco UCS S3260. Druva raises another $80 million in funding. Actifio joins Ready for IBM Storage Program. Synology releases Surveillance Station 8.1.
ioFABRIC Releases Vicinity 3.0
ioFABRIC announced the released of the latest version of its multi-site, multi-cloud data fabric that ensures complete data protection and availability with industry-unique cost optimization features, Vicinity 3.0. The latest version incorporates existing and new storage assets, using AI to ensure applications reach their required protection, availability, capacity, performance, and cost requirements. Also added to the latest version of Vicinity is cost-optimization across the entire data fabric by again leveraging AI (called Swarm Intelligence) to automatically move to the lowest cost storage that still hits the requirements of the application.
SwiftStack Hybrid Cloud Software Is Validated On Cisco UCS S3260
SwiftStack announced that its hybrid cloud storage software has been validated by Cisco for the Cisco UCS S3260 storage server and integrated UCS Manager. This marks the first object storage solution with solution bundle part numbers on Cisco’s global price list and with the option of Cisco Solution Support. The combination of the two technologies enables organizations to leverage the benefits of the public cloud while retaining the control and level of protection typically associated with private data centers.
Druva Raises Another $80 Million In Funding
Druva announced that it has raised another $80 million in growth equity funding bring its total raised capital to roughly $200 million. The funding was lead by Riverwood Capital, with strong participation from Sequoia Capital India, Nexus Venture Partners, Tenaya Capital, and most other existing venture investors. The company intends to use the $80 million for R&D and expand its go-to-market efforts.
Actifio Joins Ready For IBM Storage Program
Actifo announced that its has partnered with the Ready for IBM Storage Program making the company’s Big Database Solution available as a validated IBM PartnerWorld solution. Benefits of the joint effort on the solution include:
- Instant Virtual Copies: Instantly and non-disruptively clone dozens of read/write copies for dev/test environments while consuming virtually no additional storage
- Instant Point-in-Time History: Access 6-months of points in time near-instantly, even for a 100+ TB sized database
- Object Ready: Leverage Cloud Optimized Storage for cost-optimized long-term data retention, while maintaining ability to instantly mount images
- Cloud Ready: Instantly provision virtual copies in IBM BlueMix, AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google, and Oracle Cloud platforms
- Self-Service: Remote team members, once authorized for self-service, can securely access multiple virtual databases instantly bypassing time-consuming, manual processes
- API Integration: Integration via RESTful APIs to orchestration portals or DevOps tools including Jenkins, GitHub, Ansible, Chef, Puppet, Saltstack, and more
Synology Releases Surveillance Station 8.1
This week Synology announced the latest release of its Surveillance Station, version 8.1. The new version comes with several updates including:
- Remote recording archiving: Designed to help chain stores when individual branches have limited storage space, Surveillance Station now lets users customize the recording time and event type which will be archived to a remote location, such as the company’s headquarters. Users will also have the ability to setup the execution time for archiving tasks and implement bandwidth control to prevent archiving tasks from affecting usual network activity.
- POS integration: Stores can now monitor every transaction with corresponding videos, and quickly resolve disputes by searching historical records via an intuitive interface. Users can also choose to receive notifications whenever there are abnormal transactions, or customize their notifications with the Action Rule application.
- Intercom camera integration: With the integration of intercom cameras, users now have the ability to interact with visitors like never before. With functions such as video surveillance, doorbell, door lock operation, and two-way audio, intercom cameras provide users a new level of flexibility. In addition, users also have the ability to search through historical records in Surveillance Station, correspond with visitors via two-way audio and even enter the surveillance area with one-time manual access via DS cam.
- Home mode: For home security, Surveillance Station 8.1 provides two different security settings depending on whether the user is at home or away. Users can switch between different security modes manually, via a schedule, or automatically by Geofence. When switching to a different security setting, the system will adjust to different recording schedules, notification settings, stream profiles, and activate specific action rules.
- HTML5 supported: With support for HTML5, users are no longer required to use Surveillance Station Client or install plugins on Internet Explorer and Safari to manage Surveillance Station. On Surveillance Station 8.1, users can now view videos directly in Chrome.
- GPU acceleration: GPU acceleration is now supported in the Windows version of Surveillance Station Client. After upgrading to Surveillance Station 8.1 and enabling the GPU acceleration option, users can now enjoy smoother performance by leveraging the built-in graphics card. This eliminates the need to buy additional graphic cards and significantly reduces CPU usage while providing a much smoother video display.
The new version is available now to all owners of Synology DiskStations, RackStations, and NVR models using DSM 6.0 or greater.