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CloudEndure debuts CDP solution fro DR, migration Tweet This

September 2, 2014

CloudEndure last week introduced CloudEndure, a services-based solution that uses continuous data protection, to deliver cloud-based disaster recovery and migration.

CloudEndure spins out a functioning, second copy of any IT workload into the cloud by creating an exact replica of the entire application stack.

Changes to data are mirrored at the block level to the cloud using continuous data protection.



Oracle rolls out all-Flash storage array Tweet This

September 29, 2014

Oracle at its Oracle OpenWorld on Monday announced the Oracle FS1 all-Flash storage array, which scales to petabytes of storage to support users of Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle’s PeopleSoft, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and Siebel applications.

The system’s QoS Plus software allows adaptive and dynamic data tiering for placement of data across storage tiers. Using Oracle Database 11g Release 2, the FS1 operates well with Oracle servers, OSes, applications and databases. QoS Plus also allows multi-tenancy.

Building blocks in the FS-2 allow 8x IOPS and 9.7% faster throughput than EMC XtremIO X-Bricks, according to Oracle’s claims.

The FS1 supports both flash and hard disk drives and Oracle’s Hybrid Columnar Compression compresses day by 10x to 50x.



Gridstore Goes Hyper-converged Tweet This

New appliances purpose-built for Hyper-V include All-Flash option

September 30, 2014

Gridstore Tuesday announced a new series of appliances that provided convergence of compute and storage on a single node with high-performance storage options including an all-Flash appliance option. The Gridstore HyperConverged Appliances provide improved application performance at a lower operating expense and capital expense.

The HyperConverged appliances complement Gridstore’s Storage Nodes which provide a scale-out capacity at high efficiency for Hyper-V environments. Customers can grow compute, hyper-convergence and storage capacity independently. Gridstore’s patented architecture provides the ability to set quality of service attributes to each workload.

Nodes in a Gridstore cluster can include the hyperconverged appliances, storage appliance nodes and any Microsoft Windows servers that have a vController driver that interfaces with Gridstore storage appliance nodes and provides a direct lane to storage for each VM. The systems provide elastic resources that can start small and grow to very large systems by simply adding additional hyper-converged, storage nodes or compute servers.

Gridstore will be offering both all-Flash and hybrid versions of the HyperConverged Appliances. A read cache dedicated to the compute processes is used for maximum read performance, with integrated storage from Flash SSDs. The hybrid appliance will include SATA drives in addition to Flash for capacity. The appliances are particularly well-suited for VDI, Hyper-V and branch office use cases.

The Gridstore HyperConverged Appliances will be available during Q4 of 2014. Storage Nodes are available now.

Our Take

We have always liked the Gridstore architecture because it allows high scalability without the need for extensive communications between storage nodes. Now with the hyper-converged capability, Hyper-V installations can take advantage of the ease of deployment and efficiencies with elastic resource capabilities.  -James E. Bagley

Delphix announces copy data platform Tweet This

September 29,  2014

Delphix on Monday announced that its Delphix Copy Data Engine is now available. The software-based product, which is built on the Delphix Virtual Data Platform, eliminates the need to create and move physical copies of data and instead creates shared virtual copies that can be used for data protection, disaster recovery and data archiving.

The software is available for $60,000 per software server.



OpenDaylight releases new verion of SDN and NFV standards Tweet This

September 29, 2014

The OpenDaylight Project on Monday announced the release of Helium, it soft-ware defined networking and network functions virtualization open source platform. Helium now includes support for 11 new protocols, applications and technologies.

The new release has a much simpler installation and a new user interface. Deeper integration with OpenStack is also available and includes the Open vSwitch Database Integration project and includes features such as Security Groups, Distributed Virtual Router and Load Balancing-as-a-Service. New protocols inclue the OpenFlow Table Type Patterns, PacketCable MultiMedia, an application policy framework and tools for Service Function Chaining.



NetApp rolls out object storage software for hybrid cloud Tweet This

September 23, 2014

NetApp on Tuesday introduced object storage software that lets customers build hybrid clouds that are compatible with Amazon S3. Called NetApp StorageGRID Webscale, the system can store 100 million objects in a single geo-distributed flat address space.

StorageGRID Webscale supports Amazon S3 and CDMI and lets customers deploy object storage platforms in either on-premises or in-the-cloud environments. It runs as a virtual machine on NetApp E-Series systems or third-party storage arrays.

StorageGRID Webscale also includes an intelligent policy engine that determines the physical placement of data and data management policies for data protection and tiering.

Features also include a hash created at the time of data ingest, object verification at ingest, retrieval and replication, load balancing, and erasure coding.

The software, which is designed for use with large archives, media repositories and web data stores is now available via NetApp’s reseller channel.



Acronis acquires nScaled Tweet This

September 22, 2014

Acronis announced last week that they have acquired nScaled, an online data protection and disaster recovery company for mid-size to enterprise size companies. The company has hybrid data protection appliances and manages data from SSA 16 SOC 1 Type 2 Data Centers. The amount of the acquisition was not disclosed.