by Adam Armstrong

VMworld 2017 News Bits

Our News Bits is a roundup that typically covers news pieces that are just small in content, not in impact. This gives content room to breath even if it comes in less than what we normally cover. At VMworld 2017 there were several announcements that either small or would potentially get wiped out by some of the larger announcements so we have collected them here. Announcements come from companies such as iland, StorageCraft, Mellanox, Rackspace, Attala, XtremIO, and Cohesity.

iland DRaaS Now Supports VMware vCloud Availability For vCloud Director

iland announced its new Secure DRaaS powered by VMware. Supporting VMware vCloud Availability For vCloud Director, this new DRaaS is ideal for organizations running on-premises vSphere environments. Features include:

  • Support for full failover, partial failover, and failback
  • Encryption in-motion and at-rest
  • Straightforward implementation using VMware vSphere
  • Simple pricing model based on the amount of replicated storage and number of VMs, with hourly compute rates upon failover
  • Replication to and from the cloud, including iland and VMware Cloud on AWS
  • Simplified on-premises installation using a single virtual appliance (vSphere Replication)
  • Simplified built-in connectivity between the tenant and iland (no need for VPN)

iland main site

StorageCraft Demos Its Instant Recovery

StorageCraft demonstrated what it refers to as “groundbreaking performance” of its Instant Recovery solution at VMworld. Instant Recovery is an integration of StorageCraft ShadowProtect SPX, OneBlox 5210 and StorageCraft Cloud Services. This is the first integration since StorageCraft acquired Exablox. Benefits include:

  • Accelerate data recovery across virtual, physical and cloud infrastructures
  • Restore hypervisor environments at scale
  • Restore an entire infrastructure using StorageCraft Cloud Services in case of a site-wide disaster
  • Recover a VM of any size in less than a minute instead of hours


Mellanox & VMware Collaborate To Enhance Performance

Mellanox announced that it was collaborating with VMware to create more efficient performance in storage systems of their customers. The improved cost-effective performance comes from Mellanox iSER (iSCSI Extensions for Remote Direct Memory Access [RDMA]) networking solutions leveraging VMware vSphere. The companies claim that customer can eliminate the need for Fibre Channel while seeing over three times the throughput and twice the IOPS compared to ordinary iSCSI and twice the efficiency of Fibre Channel.

Mellanox Technologies

Rackspace Offers “Fanatical” Support For VMware Cloud On AWS

Earlier this week, VMware announced the availability of its VMware Cloud On AWS. Through the company’s VMware’s Managed Service Provider (MSP) program Rackspace will be offering “fanatical” support for the new service. This includes:

  • Multi-Cloud Choice: Mutual customers will have more choice across multiple cloud environments. Rackspace will help enable mutual customers to run their VMware workloads out of the datacenter and in the best-fit location, whether in Rackspace datacenters or VMware Cloud on AWS.
  • VMware and AWS Expertise: Rackspace is recognized as a global, at-scale provider of managed and professional services for VMware and AWS. The company is a leading VMware Cloud Provider Partner and runs one of the largest vSphere footprints in the world. In addition, Rackspace has achieved Premier Consulting Partner status, the highest tier within the AWS Partner Network (APN), and is an audited AWS Managed Service Partner for its Fanatical Support for AWS
  • Managed Services: Through Fanatical Support for VMware Cloud on AWS, Rackspace will provide architecture, provisioning and management guidance, as well as assist customers with capacity management and workload mobility between Rackspace data centers and AWS data centers.


Attala Launches High Performance Composable Storage Infrastructure

Attala Systems launched its Composable Storage Infrastructure product. According to the company, this marks the first time an NVMe over Fabric (NVMe-oF) solution has been demonstrated with VMWare ESXi. Leveraging Intel FPGAs and NVMe flash storage, the new product is said to provide breakthrough performance for cloud service providers (CSPs), e-commerce sites, managed service providers (MSPs), telco providers, financial services, and real-time digital enterprises.

Attala Systems

Dell EMC Announces The Availability Of XtremIO X2

Announced at Dell EMC World, XtremIO X2 is now generally available. Dell EMC says XtremIO X2 shows up to a 25% gain in data reduction compared to the previous platform. Further, the X2 supports twice the number of XtremIO Virtual Copies (XVC) per cluster, which empowers customers to make XVCs more often and with longer retention. These updates combine to hit on two key use cases Dell EMC is seeing for XtremIO, those being VDI and test/dev. With better data efficiency and more effective use of iCDM, XtremIO X2 is better positioned to meet these demands.


Cohesity & VMware Introduce 1st HCI Data Protection For VCF

Cohesity and VMware will introduce the market’s first hyperconverged data protection solution for VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF). The new solution aims to deliver simple data protection and data center recovery in less than 15 minutes as well as a multi-cloud data fabric to complement VCF. Benefits include:

  • Enterprise-ready hyperconverged infrastructure that spans primary infrastructure and secondary storage across hybrid clouds
  • Simple data protection for VCF, including both Management and Workload VMs
  • Sub-15 minute recovery of VCF stack on-premises
  • Cost-effective data protection with 50% TCO reduction
  • Disaster recovery to secondary sites
  • Multi-cloud data fabric for cloud archival and replication
  • Cross-cloud application and data mobility for disaster recovery, test/dev and analytics


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