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The company formerly known as Dell … Tweet This

May 2, 2016

Dell and EMC announced on Tuesday at EMC World that upon the close of their impending transaction, that Dell will become Dell Technologies and include the brands, companies and capabilities of the Dell and EMC portfolios.

Dell Technologies will comprise the enterprise infrastructure businesses of Dell and EMC, the PC business and affiliated businesses including VMware, SecureWorks, Pivotal, Virtustream and RSA.

Sub-brands of Dell Technologies will be Dell EMC, which includes the company’s enterprise business and Dell for the company’s consumer PC business. A new  visual identity will be disclosed when the transaction closes.

EMC rolls out copy data management software, SMB and mid-size all-flash array, ViPR controller, new Virtustream cloud storage Tweet This

May 2, 2016

EMC on Monday at EMC World, celebrated it last hurrah before its integration into Dell Technologies, by announcing a lot of products and technologies, including copy data management software, a new all-flash array for SMBs and mid-size businesses, a new ViPR storage virtualization controller and a new version of its cloud storage solution, Virtustream.

The EMC Enterprise Copy Data Management (eCDM) software allows organizations to reduce the number of copies of production data in the data center by monitoring and managing data via user-defined service plans. eCDM is non-disruptive and works with EMC VMAX All-Flash, XtremIO and Data Domain systems.

A new Enterprise Copy Data Analytics service complements eCDM and allows insight to proactively optimize infrastructure. eCDM is expected to be available in C3. eCDA is expected to be available in Q3 2016.

The company also introduced the new EMC Unity family of all-flash storage arrays for small and medium-size IT organizations. Available in all-flash, hybrid, converged and software-defined configurations, EMC Unity provides block and file storage for under $10,000 in a 2U footprint.

Unity features performance of as much as 300K IOPs and includes VVol (VASA 2.0) support and support for snapshots and synchronous and asynchronous replication. Also, Unity features controller-based encryption, REST-API automation and integrated copy data management via EMC iCDM.

Unity is available in several models: All-flash Unity 300F, 400F, 500F and 600F, which scale to as much as 5PB of storage; hybrid flash Unity 300, 400, 500 and 600, which also scale to as much as 5PB; and, UnityVSA, a virtual appliance for VMware ESXi servers that offers 10TB, 25TB or 50TB of storage.

Next of EMC’s dance card of introductions is the Virtustream Storage Cloud, a cloud storage platform that enhances EMC’s infrastructure-as-a-service platform. Virtustream Storage Cloud is a Web-scale object storage platform that provides customers with cloud tiering, long-term backup retention and cold storage. It features 13 9’s of data durability and supports EMC Data Domain, EMC Data Protection Suite, EMC VMAX, XtremIO and Unity storage systems and EMC Isilon.

Virtustream Storage Cloud is S3-compatible and expected to be available in May 2016.

Finally, EMC announced a new ViPR Controller, which includes support for 50 EMC and third-party storage platforms. New features of the EMC ViPR Controller 3.0 include open source from the CoprHD Project and high-availability business requirements. CoprHD includes a Southbound SDK to help extend ViPR Controllers automation and management capabilities.

The ViPR Controller 3.0 is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2016.




Open-E adds off-site data protection to JovianDSS Tweet This

May 2, 2016

Open-E, a builder of SAN and NAS environments, on Monday announced that it has added Off-Site Data Protection Services for Backup and Disaster Recovery to its Open-E JovianDSS platform.

The new service enables asynchronous replication to local or remote locations for VMware, Hyper-V or XenServer environments. With the technology, snapshots can be created and snapshot deltas asynchronously replicated.

The replication is available at no cost to Open-E Jovian DSS users.



Scale Computing rolls out hybrid flash, tiering Tweet This

May 3, 2016

Scale Computing on Tuesday announced hybrid storage and a tiering solution for its HC3 hyper-converged infrastructure platform.

The new hybrid storage, which includes both SSDs and spinning disk, now also ships with Scale’s HyperCore Enhanced Automated Tiering (HEAT). HEAT migrates data based on workload priority and usage to disparate tiers of storage within the HC3 cluster.

Scale is adding flash to its HC2150 and HC4150 appliances. Available in 4- or 8-drive units, they include one 400- 0r 800GB SSD with three nearline SAS HDDs or two 400- or 800GB SSDs with six nearline SAS HDDs.



CTERA updates cloud storage gateways Tweet This

April 20, 2016

CTERA Networks on Wednesday announced updates to its cloud storage gateways, including a new virtual appliance for remote offices, and a re-engineering of its management software.

The virtual appliance, called the EV16, supports as many as 250 users and a capacity of 16TB. It also supports CIFS/SMB, NFS, AFP, FTP, WebDAV and rsync, as well as KVM and VMware.

The new management interface allows selective syncing of files to remote offices via IT-defined policies.

Also, CTERA introduced new Sync Gateway appliances that support local volume sizes of as much as 64TB, four times the capacity of previous models.



Talon Storage partners with Microsoft StorSimple Tweet This

April 19, 2016

Talon on Tuesday announced that its CloudFAST intelligent file caching solution is now available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace as a joint offering with Microsoft’s Azure StorSimple hybrid cloud storage.

Talon CloudFAST with StorSimple lets organizations centralize data protection in Azure while providing high performance file sharing at geographically dispersed locations. 

Talon CloudFAST for Azure StorSimple is available from the Azure Marketplace on a consumption-based ‘pay as you go licensing basis.



Avere rolls out entry-level edge filer Tweet This

April 18, 2016

 Avere Systems on Monday announced the FXT 5200 Edge filer, an entry-level system that includes 7.2TB SAS HDD’s per node and can act as a cloud storage gateway or as a remote office collaboration solution with WAN caching.

The FXT 4200 starts at $75,500. It is available now.



Earl Follis

Earl Follis
Senior Analyst and SSG-NOW Lab Director

Logan Harbaugh

Logan Harbaugh
Senior Analyst and Validation Engineer