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Western Digital rolls out disaggregated flash platform Tweet This

December 6, 2016

Western Digital on Tuesday introduced a new flash platform that can be provisioned across multiple servers and used in disaggregated cloud-scale data centers.

The platform delivers 18 million IOPS in 2U and uses NVMe SSDs connected to multiple servers over a PCIe switched fabric and allows independent provisioning of capacity and performance.

Software from this platform will be open-sourced.

The flash platform is expected to be available in the first half of 2017.

Why Should You Care: Western Digital announces their next-generation flash platform for cloud-scale environments.  This is a disaggregated NVMe-based solid state storage platform with a bigger, better, faster story for supporting modern cloud-scale applications and workloads.


CloudVelox expands automation capabilities in cloud migration software Tweet This

December 6, 2016

CloudVelox on Tuesday announced One Hybrid Cloud (OHC) 3.0, cloud migration software that lets IT map their cloud network design with automation, so they can accelerate the migration and deployment of workloads without sacrificing workload compatibility or control.cloudvelox

OHC 3.0 allows three types of cloud network customization: The ability to recreate existing networks in the public cloud including customization and extensibility of IP addresses; the ability to map the network including network state, security settings, policies and permissions; and, the ability to fit workloads/applications into previously defined cloud networks.

Why Should You Care: CloudVelox has announced new networking capabilities including a new automated cloud network customization.  This allows users to map an existing datacenter network to a cloud network design, which makes migration and deployment of workloads go faster.

Datrium nabs funding Tweet This

December 5, 2016


Datrium on Monday announced that it has received $55 million in funding for its disaggregated compute/storage platform. The funding was led by New Enterprise Associates and joined by Lightspeed Venture Partners and a third outside investor.datrium-graphic

The Series C Round brings the total funding raised to $110 million and will be used to scale sales, marketing, support and engineering.

Why Should You Care: Datrium founded by folks from VMware and Data Domain have just raised their Series C funding of $55M to make their total investment raised to date at $110.  This is to continue their growth and expansion for their product Open Convergence and DVX in sales, marketing, support and engineering.  Datrium’s goal is to create a data platform that models public cloud IaaS.


Idealstor rolls out DRaaS for SMBs Tweet This

November 29, 2016


Idealstor on Tuesday announced a disaster recovery as a service solution (DRaaS) called Flashback that provides DR service for virtual and physical workloads on-premises and in-the-cloud.













Flashback consists of purpose-built backup appliances paired with software that includes backups of on-premises servers to be virtualized and started locally with the backup appliance or remotely in the cloud.

Also included is backup verification, cloud-based retention policies and end-to-end encryption. Further, Flashback supports Windows, OSX and Linux, as well as Exchange, Sharepoint and SQL servers.

Finally, Flashback actively monitors backups and when it detects a ransomware footprint, it automatically sends an alert.

Why Should You Care: Idealstor announces a new line of Business Continuity Appliances in conjunction with its new Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) solution targeted at protecting SMBs.  This solutions supports both physical and virtual environments


Veritas upgrades InfoScale, NetBackup, enhances AWS support Tweet This

November 29, 2016

Veritas on Tuesday announced new versions of InfoScale and NetBackup that simplify data protection and application migration to Amazon Web Services environments.

InfoScale provides software-defined storage for the cloud-based workloads and ensures application performance, scale and resiliency. NetBackup now supports the Amazon Machine Image.

Why Shoulventes-graphicd You Care: AWS has new capabilities and features for InfoScale and NetBackup.  Cloud capability for InfoScale and Amazon Machine Image for NetBackup are new capabilities that are now part of Veritas’ existing cloud data management solutions.  These solutions include Global Data Visibility, Cloud Migration, optimized application performance and unified data protection.



Nexsan goes private Tweet This

November 29, 2016

Nexsan on Tuesday announced that it will go private in a deal with Spear Point Capital Management. The company when it spins out from Imation will be led by CEO Bob Fernander and CTO Geoff Barrall.






The Spear Point investment will fund engineering roadmaps, an all-flash version of Unity and expansion of the company’s block-based storage lines.

The deal with Spear Point is expected to close in Q1 2017.

The Spear Point investment will fund engineering roadmaps, an all-flash version of Unity and expansion of the company’s block-based storage lines.

The deal with Spear Point is expected to close in Q1 2017.

Why Should You Care: Nexsan is moving out of Imation and becoming their own private company backed by Spear Capital Management.  This new capital positioning will allow Nexsan to expand their products line with solid state technology.


SwiftStack rolls out hybrid cloud gateway Tweet This

November 28, 2016

SwiftStack on Monday announced Cloud Sync, a hybrid cloud solution that syncs on-premises SwiftStack storage with Amazon Web Services or Google Cloud Storage via policies.

A cloud gateway, SwiftStack Cloud Sync replicates native objects to a bucket in the cloud, allowing archive, content distribution or collaboration use cases.


Policies are used to manage the placementof data and all locations are managed through a single namespace. SwiftStack has on its roadmap to expand Cloud Sync support to additional public clouds and to expand its data management capabilities.

Why Should You Care: SwiftStack has announced a new built-in SwiftStack Cloud Sync gateway. The new cloud gateway places native objects in the cloud and doesn’t store them in a proprietary archive.  This means that a hybrid cloud model can be adopted and allow for policies to be managed privately and automatically deliver data to the best location for access.


Earl Follis

Earl Follis
Senior Analyst and SSG-NOW Lab Director

Logan Harbaugh

Logan Harbaugh
Senior Analyst and Validation Engineer