February 16, 2017

Data migration has evolved from the traditional data move from one legacy storage system to a new storage system to migrating data to off-premises locations or into the cloud. There are several reasons why an IT professional would have the need to migrate data–there could be a relocation of the datacenter, a technology refresh or a consolidation of systems after a company acquisition. If not carefully planned, migration can result in unexpected downtime, data loss or data corruption. The financial repercussions from that can be costly to a business. The best way to avoid productivity and revenue loss is by ensuring there is a solid data migration plan.

This report not only includes the steps needed in planning a migration but also different use cases for modern data migration services, software and hardware and best practice recommendations.

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February 14, 2017

Cohesity on Tuesday announced the Cohesity DataPlatform Virtual Edition, a software-only backup solution for remote or branch office locations. The company also introduced a new appliance for ROBOs called the Cohesity C2100 Hyperconverged Node.

With Cohesity DataPlatform VE, customers can consolidate and replicate data to a central repository for disaster recovery and archive data for long-term retention. Cohesity DataPlatform VE can be installed and administered remotely and be used without on-site support.


The C2100 entry-level hyperconverged node is designed for environments with multiple server hosts and storage.


Cohesity Virtual Edition is expected to be available within 90 days.


Why Should You Care: Cohesity released a virtual edition of their product and a version targeted for ROBO environments to be used as an edge device for both local on-premises and cloud storage.  This means customers can purchase the software-only version to use in their existing infrastructure for data protection and use of existing secondary storage.

February 15, 2017

Panzura on Wednesday introduced the Freedom product family, a bundling of Freedom Archive, Freedom NAS and Freedom Collaboration, which lets organization store unstructured data on inexpensive NAS and move, manage or access that data in any cloud.

Freedom Archive uses a local cache for data ingest and access to data. Freedom NAS centralizes data in the cloud and keeps active data cached close to users and applications. With Freedom NAS, users have read-write abilities with the global namespace while users at offsite offices can read data from the cloud.

Freedom Collaboration provides cross-site collaboration of files independent of their location.

All three products in the Freedom product line are available immediately.

Why Should You Care: Panzura is now offering its new Freedom product family that allows customers to store unstructured data using a hybrid cloud environment with flash storage and allow for a pay-as-you-grow in functionality so additional features can be added later as needed.  This means customers now have a lower cost active archive solution with high ingest performance with flash.


February 14, 2017

Archive360 on Tuesday rolled out the Archive360 Archive2Anywhere Connector for Barracuda Message Archiver, which moves legacy email archives into the Barracuda cloud.

The Archive2Anywhere Connector for Barracuda Message Archiver can run over 40 parallel mailbox extractions and perform at a rate of over 2.5TB/day, based on an average message size of 200 KB, according to Archive360’s claims. It doesn’t require plugins, extracts all messages, attachments and metadata and preserves message fidelity for eDiscovery. It also maintains an item-level audit trail.

The Archive2Anywhere Connector for Barracuda Message Archiver is available now. It is licensed per TB, with pricing starting at $7,500.

Why Should You Care: The Archive2Anywhere Connector for Barracuda Message Archiver now allows legacy email archives to be directly migrated to the cloud-based Barracuda Message Archiver. This means Barracuda Message Archiver customers now have an easier path to archiving legacy email for better efficiency in time and performance.



February 13, 2017

HPE on Monday announced enhancements to its 3PAR Flash Storage, which include a new OS, data reduction, copy management and a new StoreServe Management Console with expanded automation.

The new OS allows applications running over iSCSI to reduce latency by as much as 40% via 3PAR Express Writes optimization. It also provides cloud computing with iSCSI updates, including expanded host connectivity and multi-tenant IP Networking.

In addition, the 3PAR File Persona can serve more workloads and has double the scalability of previous editions. It can automate provisioning and enable cross-protocol file sharing.

HPE 3PAR Adaptive Data Reduction provides compaction to lower capacity costs and can be selectively applied to avoid wasting system resources. Adaptive Data Reduction includes a Data Packing algorithm that organizes data writes and avoids garbage-heavy processes.

HPE 3PAR Peer Resistence reduces risks and enables DR across greater distances. Via Peer Persistence, HPE provides transparent application and host failover and supports a three-data center DR for greater distances.

HPE Recovery Management Central (RMC) extends data protection past the array and enables off-premises copy management. RMC provides application-managed snapshots and data movement from 3PAR arrays to secondary HPE StoreOnce Systems that are 23x Faster and have 7x faster restores. In addition, HPE StoreOnce Systems can now be replicated to the cloud.

Further, the 3PAR StoreServ Management Console (SSMC) has expanded automation capability to improve business agility.

Finally, HPE has announced Peer Copy, which provides bi-directional movement of snapshot data between StoreVirtual VSA and 3PAR arrays.

The HPE 3PAR next-generation operating system (3PAR OS 3.3.1) is expected to be available in Q1 2017. The HPE StoreOnce VSA for Azure is expected to be available in Q1 2017 starting at $1,400. HPE Peer Copy and HPE Recovery Manager Central are expected to be available in Q2 2017 at no additional charge.

Why Should You Care: The next version of the 3PAR OS is now targeting Hybrid cloud environments and support for cloud-native applications. HPE has put enhancements in their capacity optimization, DR, data protection and. This means HPE customers that have transformed their data centers to support hybrid cloud environments will now have additional support in critical areas for their all-flash and beyond data infrastructure.


February 14, 2017

Komprise on Tuesday announced that it has received $12 million in Series B funding from Walden International, Canaan Partners and private investors Bill Moore, formerly of EMC and Sanjay Mehrotra, formerly CEO of SanDisk. In addition, the company announced that its Komprise Data Management Grid is now available.

Why Should You Care: With their Series B funding of $12M, Komprise GAs their Data Management Grid, taking the management of grid computing to a new level. This means major CSPs and systems companies are adopting the software into their environments to give customers for flexibility in managing their environments.



February 07, 2017

Druva on Tuesday announced new monitoring and detection capabilities that alert customers to suspicious data activities, such as the detection of ransomware. The company’s software allows the assessment of file changes including abnormal deletions, unusual file modifications and updates, and identifying atypically large numbers of file creations, all of which can be indicative of a malicious event.

When an event occurs, Druva will pinpoint the last safest snapshot to recover from. It will also alert IT when such an event occurs and collect a comprehensive set of charts and visualizations that identify catalysts of unusual behavior.

Druva allows access to granular per-user details, such as file name, path and type, to understand specifically what files are potentially at risk. It can identify the last known good snapshot and recover the entire data set or individual files as needed.

The new version of Druva is expected to be available by mid-April.

Why Should You Care: Being able to detect ransomware attacks as they are occurring and being able to recover from them should be a high priority for IT.