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SimpliVity expands hyper-converged infrastructure portfolio, adds all-flash, DR and VDI Tweet This

August 23, 2016

Hyper-converged infrastructure vendor, SimpliVity, on Tuesday expanded its offerings by adding an all-flash hyper-converged infrastructure appliance to its portfolio and adding one-click disaster recovery, application-aware backup and increased scalability for VDI.

The new all-flash model provides predictable performance for most IO-intensive applications including OLTP and big data analytics. It increases application performance by as much as 5x and reduces latency by as much as 80% over previous models.

SimpliVity appliances now also feature RapidDR, which simplifies the recovery of workloads by automating the disaster recovery operation via a one-click interface.

Application backups are now tightly integrated with Microsoft SQL Server, eliminating the need for third-party backups.

Further, SimpliVity has gained LoginVSI validation and can now support as many as 4,000 office desktops with a single SimpliVity implementation.

All of SimpliVity’s new capabilities are expected to be available in Q4 of this year.

Why Should You Care: SimpliVity’s enhancements mean for high-performance environments with demanding SLAs that they can process data requests faster with certain applications. VDI has certain critical times where high-performance media, such as SSDs, are crucial to sustaining performance through boot storms, updates/upgrades and around the clock shift changes. Data protection features such as application-aware backup and disaster recovery for hyper-converged environments is key.  Just relying on replica schemes are just not good enough for real data protection.

Spectra Logic, Komprise partner for data management, data movement Tweet This

August 23, 2016

Spectra Logic and Komprise on Tuesday announced a partnership that lets Spectra Logic customers analyze, assess ROI and transfer data from primary storage to Spectra Verde DPE using Komprise’s data management software.

Komprise’s data management software scans data sets, identifies inactive data and moves it to Spectra Verde DPE, without disruption to users or changes to user or application access.

Spectra Verde DPE is a Shingled Magnetic Recording-based NAS disk platform designed for bulk storage.

Why Should You Care: Rather than adopting a not-invented here attitude, Spectra Logic is being smart to partner for a data movement capability with a vendor who has a lot of experience in this space. That is a wise move.

Metalogix announces new version of Content Matrix Tweet This

August 23, 2016

Metalogix on Tuesday announced Content Matrix v8.1, a SharePoint and Office 365 solution that now supports Microsoft’s Online Provider Migration Containers, which minimize migration configurations.

Content Matrix v8.1 alleviates manual processes, ensures optimal performance and delivers configuration integrity during content migration into SharePoint and Office 365, on-premises and into the cloud.

Enhancements include the capability for users to have their content encrypted by default and deposited into a Microsoft provisioned container at no extra charge.

Combined with the Microsoft Azure Migration API, organizations moving to SharePoint Online or Office 365 with Content Matrix v8.1 will experience less pre-migration preparation and increased migration speed to the cloud.

A new Distributed Migration feature has now been added to alleviate manual efforts during simultaneous migrations. It lets a user establish a base machine (Controller) that remotely links with a set of other machines (Agents) in the back-end.


Why Should You Care: Migrations from application to new application are fraught with errors and rarely because of the complexity of the migration of both applications and data between on-premises and in-the-cloud environments, come in on-time and within budget. To have a tool like that of Metalogix’s Content Matrix, is a boon to alleviating these manual, error-prone processes.


Veeam rolls out support for the hybrid cloud Tweet This

August 23, 2016

Veeam on Tuesday announced Veeam Availability Platform for the Hybrid Cloud, a data protection and disaster recovery solution that spans virtual and physical, as well as on-premises and cloud-based workloads.

Veeam Availability Platform for the Hybrid Cloud allows admins to set Recovery Service Level Objectives to less than 15 minutes for all applications and data and makes workloads available across any cloud or location.

It provides proactive monitoring, reporting, testing and documentation. The Veeam Availability Suite supports physical and cloud-based workloads, disaster recovery orchestration via the Veeam Availability Orchestrator, support for Linux as well as Windows Agents, and a new management console.

Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 is expected to be generally available in October.

Why Should You Care: Enterprises are quickly transforming their infrastructures into hybrid cloud environments where the economies of scale are such that enterprises can take advantage of them. Many companies have bolted on cloud capability or implemented it as an afterthought. With Veeam’s Availability Platform for the Private Cloud, customers can now engage in a cloud-first strategy that fits their data protection needs.


ProphetStor enhances its software-defined storage platform Tweet This

August 24, 2016

ProphetStor on Wednesday announced a new version of its Federator software-defined storage platform with additions of new flash-optimized functions.

Version 3.1 o Federator can transform commodity hardware into an all-flash or hybrid flash array that automates the discovery of storage, abstracts it and delivers a scale-out and scale-up platform.

The new capabilities include automatic discovery of storage systems and abstraction of physical resources, support for enterprise storage systems, classification of storage pools by capabilities and performance and dynamic monitoring and scheduling of resources.

In addition, 3.1 supports automatic provisioning based on pool groups and IOPs, block storage iSCSI, Fibre Channel and Ceph RADOS Block Device protocols and an open RESTful management API.

Finally, ProphetStor has integration with OpenStack, VMware VAAI.

Why Should You Care: Software-defined storage is rapidly evolving as an architectural implementation based on commodity hardware and an operational strategy that includes virtualization of system resources, orchestration and automation of processes. PropehStor’s Federator meets all these requirements.




Cohesity, rolls out a VMware secondary storage solution Tweet This

August 23, 2016

Cohesity on Tuesday announced a new solution for secondary storage that incorporates VMware Virtual SAN and VMware vRealize Automation.

The new solution lets Cohesity DataPlatform and DataProtect to be used with VMware Virtual SAN and vRealize Automation to provide policy-based automation of the Cohesity hyper-converged secondary storage platform.

While VMware Storage Policy-Based Management (SPBM) and Virtual SAN have been used with primary storage for some time, their use with secondary storage has fallen behind. Managing VMware environments that contain deduplication appliances, backup and replication software and archive media has been difficult and complex.

Using VMware Virtual SAN and vRealize Automation with Cohesity’s DataPlatform, simplifies this complex infrastructure and let’s enterprises bring policy-based automation to data protection and secondary storage.

Why Should You Care: Over 80% of data stored today is considered secondary storage. Simplifying how that storage is managed, especially in virtual environments, is crucial.  Having a secondary storage scale-out solution that is now certified to work with VMware Virtual SAN and vRealize Automation allows the vAdmin to manage both primary and secondary storage.



Caringo adds an NFS converter to its object storage platform Tweet This

August 23, 2016

Caringo on Tuesday announced Caringo SwarmNFS, a file protocol converter, to its Swarm object storage platform. SwarmNFS is unlike file gateways and file connectors in that it is a stateless Linux process that integrates with Caringo Swarm and allows mount points to be accessed globally.

The technology brings a global namespace across NFSv4, S3, HDFS and SCSP/HTTP and streams data in parallel between native NFSv4 applications and Caringo Swarm, eliminating the need for spooling and staging and the bottlenecks present in existing connectors and gateways.

SwarmNFS provides data portability between NFSv4, S3, SCSP, HTTP and HDFS protocols, uses 80% less resources than gateway and connector solutions and has no single points of failure, according to Caringo’s claims.

SwarmNFS is available now.

Why Should You Care: Managing large amounts of data can be a challenge and sometimes nearly impossible. One way companies are solving that problem is by creating object storage solutions, which allow for usually large amounts of data to be managed effectively.  To increase file performance by having native bi-directional communication, such as NFS to object protocols, is key to support SLAs.  In addition, supporting a global namespace to access multiple protocols is a good advantage to managing a storage infrastructure across the board.



Earl Follis

Earl Follis
Senior Analyst and SSG-NOW Lab Director

Logan Harbaugh

Logan Harbaugh
Senior Analyst and Validation Engineer