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Dell expands data protection portfolio Tweet This

May 22, 2015

Dell this week announced two new backup and recovery appliances, the DL4300 and DL1000 1TB appliances.

The DL4300 Backup and Recovery Appliance, powered by AppAssure, is designed for protecting business-critical data and applications, and includes as much as 60TB of useable capacity. A high-density version of the appliance, provides as much as 120TB of usable capacity. Customers can license only portions of the appliance they need and then grow into the additional capacity.

The DL4300 is built on Gen13 PowerEdge servers, which feature 8 to 10-core processors and 128GB to 256GB of memory. Customers can create standby versions of their appliances, which let them recover in seconds. All standby virtual machines are managed from a single interface and the standard version comes with two licensed Hyper-V VMs, while the high-capacity version comes with four.

In addition, the DL4300 ships with Rapid Appliance Self Recovery (RASR) capability, which lets customers recover appliances if failure occurs. Users can either define a restore point for the appliance or recover the appliance back to its original factory image.

The Dell DL1000 1TB Backup and Recovery Appliance is designed for SMBs. It features AppAssure data protection software, and is available also in 2TB or 3TB offerings.



Coho Data nabs $30 million funding, introduces all-Flash array Tweet This

May 20, 2015

Coho Data on Wednesday announced that it has raised $30 million in Series C funding and that it is now shipping an all-Flash storage array.

The new funding comes from March capital Partners, Hewlett Packard Ventures, Intel Capital, Andreessen Horowitz and Ignition Partners and brings the total Coho Data has raised to $67 million.

The DataStream all-Flash 200of, which works with the Hybrid 1000h and 800h DataStream nodes. The all-Flash 2000f DataStream uses Intel P3600 NVMe flash and solid state drives. It performs at 320,000 IOPS.



Unitrends upgrades its backup software, appliances Tweet This

May 19, 2015

Unitrends on Tuesday announced Release 8.1 of software that is used in its Recovery-Series backup and disaster recovery appliances, as well as its Unitrends Enterprise Backup virtual appliance. The new software offers 50x faster backups, support for Red Hat Enterprise Linus and advanced support for VMware vSphere 6.

The software includes a new changed-block tracking feature for Microsoft Hyper-V that when used results in 50x backup performance.

Release 8.1 also supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, Ubuntu 14 and Mac OS 10.10, as well as protection for Microsoft SQL Server AlwaysOn Failover Clusters, NetApp Cluster Mode and Advanced support for Oracle Automatic Storage Management.



DataCore enhances SANsymphony Tweet This

May 19, 2015

DataCore on Monday announced that it has enhanced its SANsymphony-V10 software-defined storage platform by adding support for OpenStack Cinder, adding new VDI tools, deduplicating and compressing virtual disks and adding support for Veeam backup, among others.

The PSP2 release, which is now available, also has performance optimizations for Flash storage, expanded instrumentation and metrics and a production-ready random write accelerator.



Twistlock rolls out security suite for Docker Tweet This

May 7, 2015

Twistlock, a company just out of stealth mode, announced earlier this month a software suite of products that secure containers, specifically Docker. The company also announced $2.5 million in funding from YL Ventures.

The company’s Twistlock software secures container-based applications and data. The suite addresses risks on the host computer and withing the application of the container and is able to enforce security policies, monitor, audit and identify threats.

Both static container images and runtime container applications can be monitored to detect risks. Containers deployed in the cloud and on-premises can be protected.



OCZ rolls out PCIe-based NVMe SSD drive Tweet This

May 20, 2015

OCZ on Wednesday announced the Z-Drive 6000 SSD Series, an adapter that combines PCIe Gen 3 and Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) technologies.

Available in multiple configurations, the Z-Drive 6000 SSD Series features a streamlined memory interface, command set and queue design and provides an efficient storage interface between flash and the processor.

The series includes the Z-Drive 6000 SFF Series for read-intensive applications, the Z-Drive 63000 SFF Series for mixed workload applications and the Z-Drive 6300 AIC Series, also for mixed workload applications.

The Z-Drive 6000 SFF Series is a 2.5-inch form factor with capacities of 800GB, 1.6TB and 3.2TB. It features sequential read performance up to 2,900 MBps; sequential write performance up to 1,900 MBps, random read performance up to 700K IOPS and random write performance up to 160K IOPS. It is expected to be available this quarter.

The Z-Drive 6300 SFF Series is a 2.5-inch small form factor drive with capacities of 800GB, 1.6TB, 3.2TB and 6.4TB.

The Z-Drive 6300 AIC Series supports Half-Height/Half-Length (HHHL) add-in card form factors and usable capacities of 800GB, 1.6TB, 3.2TB and 6.4TB. It is expected to be available in the second half of 2015.

Roadmap features include dual-port capabilities that allow two host systems to concurrently access the same device and allows for failover redundancy inside the host computer.

The Z-Drive 6000 utilizes NVMe to streamline the storage stack and reduce protocol latency. PCIe Gen 3 bandwidth allows the Z-Drive 6000 family to achieve leading sustained transfer speeds up to 2.9 GBps, while NVMe efficiency enables the Z-Drive 6000 SSDs to read up to 700,000 I/O requests per second and write up to 160,000 operations per second.


Drobo acquired, spins off from Connected Data Tweet This

May 20, 2015


Drobo announced on Wednesday that it has been acquired by an investment group. The company, which had operated as a subsidiary of Connected Data, will be run by Mihir H. Shah, Drobo’s new CEO.