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CodeLathe announces file sync and share for service providers Tweet This

November 20, 2014

CodeLathe on Thursday announced a service provider version of its file sharing and sync solution. FileCloud Service Provider Edition lets MSPs white label the solution and provide file sync, share and mobile access solutions to SMBs and enterprise customers.

FileCloud Service Provide Edition comes in three models: Premium, Advanced and Basic. The Premium Edition gives web, desktop and mobile branding while the Advanced and Basic Editions give desktop and web branding respectively. Other features are multi-tenancy, role-based access support, HA architecture and FileCloud APIs.



HP, Symantec collaborate on DRaaS for Helion OpenStack cloud Tweet This

November 19, 2014

Symantec and HP on Wednesday announced a partnership to develop a Disaster Recovery as a Service solution that will work on the HP Helion OpenStack cloud. Designed for enterprise and SMB customers, the solution will accommodate on-premises, public cloud and managed cloud resources.

The solution is expected to be available in late 2015 and will be available on a monthly subscription fee for the size/type of server and the amount of storage to be protected.



Primary Data rolls out data virtualization product, signs up Wozniak Tweet This

November 19, 2014

Primary Data, a company that virtualizes data across a single global namespace, launched on Wednesday at DEMO Fall 2014.

Data virtualization allows applications, servers and clients to transparently access data whether it is on direct-attached, network-attached, private or public cloud storage or whether it is file, block or object-based storage.

Primary Data’s virtualization platform includes a data hypervisor that decouples the access plane from the control plane. It also includes a global dataspace that gives IT visibility int0 storage resources. A policy engine provides data placement on the appropriate tier of storage. Metadata is separated from the data to provide access to all data types and tiers of storage.

Primary Data was founded by David Flynn, formerly of Fusion-io. The company also announced that Steve Wozniak has joined the company as Chief Scientist.


Nexenta unveils Virtual SAN availability Tweet This

November 18, 2014

Nexenta on Tuesday announced that its NexentaConnect for VMware Virtual SAN is now available. The software-defined storage solution simplifies the provisioning and management of file services that work with VMware Virtual SAN.

NexentaConnect for VMware Virtual SAN uses the local Virtual SAN storage in servers to provide NFS and CIFS file services. Nexenta’s VMware Virtual SAN allows read/write caching using server-side flash.

It also integrates through VMware vCenter, supports Active Directory and is compatible  with VMware HA and DRS.

The solution is available now.




Maxta introduces hyper-converged system for Cisco UCS, metro cluster deployment Tweet This

November 18, 2014

Maxta on Tuesday announced a hyper-converged system that incorporates Cisco’s UCS C-Series Rack-Mount blade servers and allows deployment over geographically dispersed metro implementations.

The Maxta MxSP Storage Plaform supports replication distances of up to 500 kilometers and supports VMware Stretch Metro Cluster.

MaxDeploy running on Cisco UCS C240 is available now starting at $39,000.



Infortrend rolls out SSD Cache for EonStor DS 1000/ DS 3000 Series Tweet This

November 18, 2014

Infortrend on Tuesday introduced an SSD Cache for its EonStor DS 1000 and 3000 storage systems. The cache with up to 3.2TB of capacity is expected to improve performance by as much as 16 times, according to Infortrend’s claims.

Data is moved between HDDs and SSDs automatically. The SSD Cache is available now.



OCZ has new SATA SSD Tweet This

Targeted at Web-scale data centers

November 20, 2014

OCZ on Thursday announced its new Saber 1000 Series designed for hyper-scale applications. The new SSD is targeted at the Web-scale providers with read-intensive workloads. The hyper-converged use cases require direct attached storage within the small footprint, 1U servers that operate both compute and storage functions and populate the major data centers of Web operators, such as Google and Amazon.

The Saber 1000 provides a good fit for these workloads that are more read-intensive and the use cases demand extremely aggressive price points. These data centers are designed with centralized power fail-over capability so that the servers and drives do not require the expensive circuitry and components that provide for unscheduled power outages. The low cost SATA components provide a small footprint and low power consumption of about 3.7 watts.

While the Saber 1000 Series are designed to be lower priced than the OCZ Intrepid enterprise-class drives, they have the type of high performance expected by the demanding applications. In the target environment, sequential read/write performance and random read performance is favored. The 960GB version of the Saber supports 550 MBps for sequential reads in 128KB blocks and 470 MBps for sequential writes in 128KB blocks. Random reads are at 98,000 IOPS in 4K blocks and random writes are at 20,000 IOPS in 4K blocks.

The new series leverages the latest A19nm NAND flash from Toshiba and is available in 240GB, 480GB and 960GB usable capacities. It utilizes OCZ’s internally developed Barefoot 3 controller and firmware, which delivers consistent sustained I/O performance across all capacities to accelerate enterprise applications.

Our Take: Toshiba is using the OCZ products to provide higher gross margins than it can achieve by selling the Flash on a chip basis, while providing an extremely aggressive cost point, which is rumored at below $.70 per GB. With the OCZ-owned Barefoot controller and firmware, the Saber product provides a OCZ with an excellent price/performance point for the Web-scale operators. — James E. Bagley