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Measuring Storage Performance Based On Real-World Applications

Measuring random IO with large block sizes and very high queue depth leads to impressive scores, but it's not representative of what users see when working with real applications. Imagine if your exercise app only recorded you doing a simple regimen that never changed or required any adjustment in your level of effort. The 2D graph plot of your workout would look like the flat line on a heart monitor, providing little enlightenment about your overall performance. Unfortunately, that's what a plot line of a synthetic benchmark for workstation storage performance looks like. These types of benchmarks are designed to extract peak values out of the storage device using access specifications that are heavily optimized across firmware, drivers and hardware.

KubeCon + CloudNativeCon EU 2019 Wrap-up

I was able to spend 4 days at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon EU 2019, which was put on by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. The event was held in Barcelona at the Fira Gran Via Conference Centre from May 20th to 23th and drew in 7,700 attendees. This conference is one of three annual meetings put on by CNCF to discuss Kubernetes (K8S) and computing in the cloud. Below is a summary of the announcements made at the convention as well as other items that I found interesting.

iXsystems Recertifies TrueNAS X-Series and M-Series for VMware

iXsystems has announced the recertification of their TrueNAS X-Series and M-Series platforms for VMware vSphere and ESXi, adding a new plugin for vCenter 6.5 and 6.7 and support for the VMFS6 file system release. With TrueNAS, organizations can have both all-flash and hybrid builds. Separate systems can be used in large scale deployments, while a single system can have both an all-flash pool and a hybrid pool in smaller-scale deployments.

Zerto 7.5 Announced and new Zerto Subscription Licensing Launched

Zerto made several announcements at its annual conference, ZertoCON, regarding further updates, enhancements, and details of its roadmap. Among these announcements include the availability of a term-based licensing option via a subscription model for the Zerto IT Resilience Platform, integration with the VMware VAIO framework, enhancements to long-term repositories, as well as its latest development efforts for Zerto and Microsoft Azure.

Citrix Further Refines Workspace Increasing Productivity

Today at Citrix Synergy in Atlanta, Georgia, Citrix announced new refinements to its digital workspace solutions centered around increasing the employee experience. The enhancements announced today all center around improving the workers’ flow and productivity. Citrix also announced that it has launched Citrix Workspace for Google Cloud. 

Veeam Launches Availability Orchestrator v2, "with Veeam" Program and Tops $1 Billion

Veeam Software has announced the general availability of Veeam Availability Orchestrator v2. With the newest release, Veeam brings orchestration and automation feature support to an increased range of applications and VMs, helping organizations with even more operational and disaster recovery and data migration scenarios. These new Orchestrator capabilities allow the Veeam Availability Platform to give users comprehensive disaster recovery, operational recovery and platform migrations. Veeam also launched their "with Veeam" partnership program and announced they've topped $1 billion in revenue.

SUSE Enterprise Storage 6 Annouced

SUSE has announced the latest release of its software-defined storage solution, SUSE Enterprise Storage 6. Powered by Ceph technology (an open-source software designed to facilitate highly scalable object, block and file-based storage under one whole system), the newest release helps IT organizations adapt to changing business demands, such as ever-growing data sets.

News Bits: SwiftStack, IBM, Panzura, AMD, Pivot3, VMware, WekaIO, StorONE, & 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. SwiftStack delivers 1click cloud storage. IBM and Panzura sign strategic reseller agreement. AMD releases Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q2. Pivot3 Partners with VMware on disaster recovery. WekaIO raises $31.7 million in Series C funding. StorONE files over 50 patents. Datrium unveils Automatrix Platform. Tenable launches Nessus Essentials.

Reduxio Magellan Starting Customer Evaluation

Today Reduxio announced that they were beginning customer evaluations of their Magellan Cloud Data Platform and plan for it to be generally available in the fall of 2019. Reduxio was founded six years ago in 2019 and since then has focused on providing data management and protection services. 

HPE Releases iLO 4 2.70 Firmware Update

Recently, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) rolled out the latest firmware update to its Integrated Lights-Out Management (iLO) 4, version 2.70. While the firmware update adds several enhancements, the one generating the most buzz is HTML5 support for Remote Console. The update supports several Gen9 and Gen8 servers in HPE’s ProLiant and Synergy lines.