March 20, 2017

IBM on Monday announced a change to its pricing for cloud object storage and a new cold storage service. The new service, IBM Cloud Object Storage Flex is a pay-as-you-grow offering that according to IBM claims provides lower pricing by 53% compared to AWS S3 IA and 75% compared to Azure GRS Cool Tier.

In addition, IBM announced the IBM Cloud Object Storage Cold Vault service, which gives customers access to cold storage on the IBM Cloud. Cold Vault complements the existing Standard and Vault tiers.

Finally, NetApp and IBM are partnering to let NetApp customers use the IBM Cloud. NetApp’s AltaVault backup solutions will now be able to send backups to IBM Cloud Object Storage on IBM Cloud.

IBM Cloud Object Storage Cold Vault is available in IBM Bluemix. IBM Cloud Object Storage Flex is expected to be available in Bluemix in the second quarter of this year.

Why Should You Care: Now users can get a new pay-as-you-grow pricing model for their archival data with additional analytics features and take advantage of an expanded NetApp partnership for additional offerings.


March 20, 2017

NETGEAR on Monday announced the ReadyNAS 4U 60-bay NAS box, which has a storage capacity of over 1PB and is designed for multi-tenant service providers, disaster recovery and IP surveillance.

The Ready NAS 4U has 10GbE connections and with three expansion chassis, a 1.32PB storage capacity using 10TB enterprise hard disk drives. Included with the appliance is file sharing, block-level backup and disaster recovery and management software.

Also included is synchronization capability with Amazon S3, Amazon Cloud Drive, Google Drive and Dropbox.

The ReadyNAS 4U 60-bay 10GbE Rackmount Network Storage is available now starting at $9,999.

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Why Should You Care: This means that SMBs can now get the same capabilities, protection and use of a hybrid cloud model that midsize to large sized companies do.

March 20, 2017

Reduxio, a data recovery vendor, on Monday announced that it has raised $22.5 million in Series C funding from C5 Capital, Jerusalem Venture Partners, Carmel Ventures, Intel Capital and Seagate Technology.

The round is part of the $32 million Reduxio expects to raise for its BackDating recovery capability. The round will be spent on continued R+D and marketing.

Why Should You Care: This will allow Reduxio to grow their channel sales and technology partners while increasing their native sales.


March 8, 2016

Everspin on Wednesday introduced the nvNITRO storage accelerators that deliver extremely fast read/write times with low latency. The initial capacities of the cards are 1GB and 2GB of Spin Torque MRAM 256Mb DDR3 ST-MRAM.

The nvNITRO ES1GB and ES2GB operate at 1.5 million IOS with 6 microsecond end-to-end latency. Configured in a half-height, half-length form factor, the cards have two nodes: NVMe SSD and memory mapped IO (MMIO). 

Why Should You Care: These new PCIe cards communicate in two modes, one for NVMe SSDs and the other for memory mapped IO (MMIO).  This means these new persistent memory technologies have a PCIe-based accelerator card to help facilitate performance specifically for these technologies.

March 8, 2017

Excelero, a software-defined block storage vendor, on Wednesday announced version 1.1 of its NVMesh Server SAN software. NVMesh is an NVMe sharing technology that allows customers to create virtual, distributed non-volatile arrays.

Excelero uses a patented Remote Direct Drive Access (RDDA) technology in its NVMesh that allows the logical disaggregation of storage from application servers, keeping CPU available for applications.

It adds 5 milliseconds latency over local NVMe drive latency and supports NVMe over Fabrics.

Why Should You Care: Excelero is coming out of stealth and putting a twist on SDS for block storage. This software is step closer to communicating with flash and other solid state technologies such as persistent memory instead of traditional HDD deployments.  This means users can now take advantage of the full performance and capabilities of NVMe, NVMe over Fabric and new memory technologies, such as 3D XPoint, in the near future to increase productivity at all levels of business.



March 7, 2017

HPE on Tuesday announced that it has acquired Nimble Storage for $1.0 billion cash to bolster its hybrid IT platforms.

The acquisition, priced at $12.50 per share, is expected to close at $1 billion. Nimble plays in the entry- to midrange storage segment and its offerings are complementary to its 3PAR and MSA products.

The acquisition will allow HPE to offer flash storage across segments. HPE also plans to incorporate Nimble’s InfoSight Predictive Analytics across it storage portfolio.

Why Should You Care: This acquisition clearly closes a gap in HPE’s range of products.  HPE seems to want to not only fill a gap in their portfolio for entry level flash but also add the predictive analytics that Nimble products bring.  This means HPE customers now have additional products to choose from to fit their needs.