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Scality enhances Ring object storage system Tweet This

March 25, 2015

Scality on Wednesday rolled out an enhanced version of its RING software-defined storage platform. RING 5.0, which is deployed on industry-standard x86 servers and supports both SSD and HDD storage, now incorporates connectivity options for Microsoft Windows Clients and Windows Servers in the form of a native SMB connector. RING 5.0 has also added support for Debian Linux 7.6 (Wheezy), NFS, Amazon S3, OpenStack Swift and Cinder.

RING 5.0 is available now.





Aryaka nabs $16 million funding Tweet This

March 30, 2015

Aryaka on Monday announced that it has received $16 million in funding from Nexus Venture Partners, Trinity Ventures, InterWest Partners, Mohr Davidow Ventures and Presidio Ventures. The company, which provides a WAN-as-a-service offering called Aryaka ONE, will use the funds to grow its sales infrastructure.



Rubrik launches scale-out dedupe, Time Machine-like backup Tweet This

March 24, 2015

Rubrik, a storage startup funded and advised by Frank Slootman (ex-Data Domain CEO and ServiceNow CEO), Mark Leslie (ex-Veritas CEO), John Thompson (ex-Symantec CEO, Microsoft Chairman) and Lightspeed Venture Partners, launched last week with an announcement of $10 million in funding and a scale-out deduplication and backup/recovery product.

Founded by Bipul Sinha, funder of Nutanix and PernixData, Arvind Jain, formerly of Google and Riverbed, Soham Mazumdar, formerly of Facebook (Tagtile) and Google, and Arvind Nithrakashyap, formerly of Oracle, Rubrik is providing a Time Machine-like backup appliance that scales out and is based on commodity x86 hardware.

Rubrik’s 2U appliance also provides version management and compression, as well as a gateway to the AWS, Microsoft Azure or Google cloud for archiving purposes. The system can be deployed as three nodes, although there are four nodes in the 2U appliance. Each four node system can support as many as 300-400 virtual machines.

The appliance features both flash memory and magnetic disks. As nodes are added to the system, they are automatically identified and integrated. Data is stored in a single ‘data lake’ per se that can be searched by metadata and recovered based on a time-sliding mechanism.

Replication and snapshots are deployed. The product is expected to ship in the third quarter of this year.



Quorum names new CEO Tweet This

March 12, 2015

Quorum, a data protection and disaster recovery company, earlier this month announced that John Newsom has joined the company as CEO. Newsom, formerly with Quest, will replace Walter Angerer, who will become executive chairman of Quorums board of directors.






Diablo wins suit against NetList Tweet This

March 25, 2015

Diablo Technologies, maker of memory channel storage, on Wednesday won a case again NetList over a breach of contract and misuse of trade secrets.

The suit revolved around the ownership of the ‘917 patent,’ which Netlist claimed Diablo had misappropriated.



OCZ unveils new 2TB SATA SSDs Tweet This

March 25, 2015

OCZ Storage Solutions on Wednesday announced the Intrepid 3700 SSDs, a 2TB SATA III SSD for high-performance applications.

The Intrepid 3700 Series is available in four models supporting 240GB, 480GB, 960GB and 1,920GB usable storage capacities and utilizes Toshiba A19nm NAND flash. Each SSD uses OCZ’s Everest 2 controller platform.


The Intrepid 3700 Series features performance of 540MBps for sequential reads, 470MBps for sequential writes, 91,000 IOPs for random reads and 13,000 IOPs for random writes.



Hedvig launches distributed storage system, secures $12.5 million financing Tweet This

March 25, 2015

Hedvig on Wednesday launched the Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform, a software defined storage offering, that accommodates block, file and object data and collects it into a virtual pool for management and use in virtualized server environments, private clouds and Big Data applications.

Hedvig, founded by the creator of Cassandra and Dynamo (the foundation of NoSQL), Avinash Lakshman, also announced that Hedvig has received $12.5 million in venture funding from True Ventures, Atlantic Bridge and Redpoint Ventures.

The Hedvig platform can span on-premise, private and public clouds and grow incrementally by adding commodity servers. Clusters of nodes can reach into the thousands. It accommodates legacy heterogeneous storage and supports most storage protocols, including iSCSI, Cinder, NFS, HTTP/REST, OpenStack Swift and Amazon S3.

Data and applications can be enclosed as Open Virtual Appliances (OVA), Docker Containers or Amazon Machine Images. The platform supports VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, KVM and Xen hypervisors and also supports active/passive MPIO.

Three nodes are required per Hedvig cluster; those nodes can be based on x86 or ARM processors. Software upgrades are non-disruptive, and high-availability is maintained via asynchronous or synchronous replication. Snapshots and clones are also supported and load balancing of data across nodes to optimize capacity and resource utilization is enabled.

Auto-tiering of data is also enabled and as expected hot data is placed on the SSD tier and cold data migrated to less expensive SATA storage. In addition, inline deduplication and compression are supported.

The platform is managed from an HTML5 Web GUI, a command line interface or through supplied REST-based or RPC APIs.

Hedvig stands for Hyperscale Elastic Distributed Virtual Integral Granular, all characteristics of the platform Avinash and team designed.

The Hedvig platform is now available.