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VMware rolls out new vSphere, VSAN, vRealize, VVOLs 2.0 Tweet This

Supports containers, Kubernetes

October 18, 2016

VMWare on Tuesday announced new versions of VMware vSphere, VSAN and vRealize that all support cross-cloud architectures, containerized applications, 512e hard drives and two-node Direct Connect for ROBOs.

VMware vSphere 6.5 now supports containers; VSAN does too, but also supports 512e drives and two-node Direct Connect for ROBOS; vRealize Automation also supports containers and integration with Microsoft Azure; and, vCloud Air has a new disaster recovery configuration.

In addition, Kubernetes as a service on VMware Photon is also available built-in.  The Photon Platform is offering native cloud infrastructure services and will be leveraging VMware NSX and VSAN.  Modern distributed architectures using vSphere and hyperconverged environments can now take their infrastructures to a new level of cloud-native infrastructure to support their modern environments.

And, don’t forget that VVOLS 2.0 enables replication and makes VVOLS useful. That’s a big thing.

 vSphere 6.5 features new automation and management capabilities, built-in security and support for new application types, such as containerized machine learning. It introduces a new vCenter Server Appliance, which can act as a building block for vSphere environments and can offer simplified patching, upgrading, backup and recovery and high availability.

New REST-based APIs are now available, as well as an HTML5-based vSphere Client and virtual machine encryption, secure boot, and vSphere Integrated Containers.

VSAN 6.5 now also supports containers, physical workloads, iSCSI support and a tw0-node ROBO configuration. Further it adds all-flash support, an expanded PowerCLI and support for 512e hard drives and SSDs.

Finally, VMware is announcing VVOLS 2.0, which supports native array replication and support for Oracle Database with Real Application Clusters. The company also added new versions of vRealize Automation and vRealize Log Insight, which support Azure and container management.

VMware vRealize Automation 7.2, VMware vRealize Log Insight 4.0, VMware vRealize Operations 6.4, VMware Virtual SAN 6.5, VMware vSphere 6.5 and VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes 2.0 are expected to be available in Q4 2016.

Pricing for VMware vSphere starts at $995 per CPU. VMware vSphere Integrated Containers is a new feature of vSphere 6.5 (also supported on vSphere 6) and will be available for VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus Edition customers at no additional charge.

VMware Virtual SAN list price starts at $2,495 per CPU. VMware Virtual SAN for desktop list price starts at $50 per user. VMware Virtual SAN Standard Edition now includes support for all-flash hardware.

Why Should You Care: Well it’s finally here — VMware vSphere 6.5 — and that means VSAN 6.5 has arrived too. Now additional containerized support, additional security, new integration with Microsoft Azure and a new enterprise disaster recovery solution for vCloud Air are available. 

Lenovo, Nimble partner for all-flash arrays Tweet This

October 17, 2016

Lenovo and Nimble Storage on Monday announced a partnership to deliver all-flash based storage and converged infrastructure solutions on the Lenovo platform.

The partnership will allow the companies to pair Nimble’s all-flash storage and its InfoSight Predictive Analytics with Lenovo’s ThinkAgile CX series of converged infrastructure and Lenovo’s XClarity infrastructure management software.

Why Should You Care: Lenovo and Nimble have partnered to make create better infrastructure management with proactive analytics.  Since this is infrastructure level management this means getting that much closer to managing at a datacenter level with one ‘one pane of glass’ in a central location with proactive ways to maintain maintenance and support tasks.



Acronis unveils Acronis Storage Tweet This

October 20, 2016

Acronis on Friday announced Acronis Storage, a software-defined storage solution that is built on COTS hardware and incorporates Acronis CloudRAID data protection and Acronis Notary with blockchain capability.

Designed for use by service providers and mid-size to large enterprise business customers, Acronis Storage is one of the first companies to commercially use blockchain to provide immutability for data. Acronis Storage supports file, block and object data and can be deployed with as one node or a current maximum of 88 nodes.

Acronis Storage supports file, block and object workloads and supports caching, load balancing, automatic data placement, erasure coding and replication. Further, it supports Amazon S3 and iSCSI, as well as Acronis’ CloudRAID erasure coding technology, which ensures data authenticity via a blockchain-based technology.

Finally, Acronis Storage uses Acronis Notary with blockchain to generate a time-stamped hash of protected data, which is stored in Ethereum.

Why Should You Care: Acronis is no onger just a ‘backup’ company.  It has come out with a whole suite of data protection solutions no matter if you need on-premises or off-premises services.  They have also included Blockchain-based technology with the use of object storage to protect and maintain very large databases with online performance for using data analytics in use cases, such as machine learning and high-performance computing.


SoftNAS enhances its cloud offering Tweet This

October 17, 2016

SoftNAS on Tuesday announced enhancements to its SoftNAS Cloud, including support for Azure Cool Blob storage, which allows customers to combine SoftNAS’ file storage with Azure’s data protection and high-availability.

The new release uses Azure Hot Blob and Azure Cool Blob storage to present NFS, CIFS/SMB, iSCSI and AFP data. It also includes Active Directory integration and support for Amazon General Purpose and Premium Storage types.

Further, enterprise services supported include deduplication, compression, storage snapshots, replication, thick and thin provisioning, and encryption in flight and at rest.

Why Should You Care: Support for Azure Hot and Cool Blob storage makes it easier for users to create storage tiering strategies for SoftNAS stored data.

Talon enhances file sharing, collaboration platform Tweet This

October 17, 2016

Talon on Monday introduced a new version of its CloudFast file sharing and collaboration platform.

CloudFAST 4.0 enables a cloud-based model for procurement, licensing, deployment and provisioning of storage and now includes infrastructure monitoring. 

In addition, CloudFast has a new licensing model that is capacity-based, a new one-touch deployment of Azure instances and integration with Microsoft System Center Operations Manager for monitoring and management.

Why Should You Care: Making file sharing and collaboration easier to deploy in Microsoft Azure and integration with Microsoft System Center Operations Manager is significant for users of cloud storage and Microsoft deployments.

FalconStor releases hybrid version of FreeStor Tweet This

October 17, 2016

FalconStor Software on Monday announced a new version of its FreeStor software-defined storage solution that supports hybrid clouds. Included in the new version of FreeStor is new pricing in which customers pay a single license for their on-premises, in the cloud or hybrid storage rather than for the amount consumed, cloud enablement which allows them to create hybrid solutions that are managed from a single point of management and integration with Active Directory and LDAP.

In addition, this version of FreeStor includes enhanced analytics for decision-making for proactive management of SLAs. Also included are templated agent deployment, simplified configuration and updates and intelligent analytics.

NVMe now has enhanced support for Linux 7.

Why Should You Care: FalconStor has enabled a few enterprise capabilities – analytics, cloud, roles-based access control, licensing – that will allow it do business with larger enterprise-sized customers.


Barracuda Networks announces enhanced cloud-to-cloud backup Tweet This

October 12, 2016

Barracuda Networks on Wednesday announced Barracuda Cloud-to-Cloud Backup, new backup software that protects Microsoft SharePoint Online backup capability. The product is available as a standalone product or as part of Barracuda Essentials for Office 365. It combines multi-layer security, archiving, and backup into a suite of services for businesses running Microsoft Office 365.

Barracuda Essentials for Office 365 Complete Protection and Compliance edition, including SharePoint Online backup, is available now for $4.50 USD per user, per month.

Why Should You Care: As more companies move their applications to the cloud, data protection of those environments becomes as essential as protecting on-premises applications.



Earl Follis

Earl Follis
Senior Analyst and SSG-NOW Lab Director

Logan Harbaugh

Logan Harbaugh
Senior Analyst and Validation Engineer