February 16, 2017

Nexsan last week added archive capabilities to its Unity system. Called Unity Active Archive, the array is policy-based and offers compliance and the ability to tier unstructured data.

The Unity Active Archive includes digital file fingerprinting and performs self-healing integrity audits to eliminate data loss, tampering and corruption and ransomware. Using Unity software, the Active Archive also provides synchronization and sharing features.

Why Should You Care: This means that users can now have their unstructured data stored automatically and manage this data with a policy engine.  This gives additional options in how to protect, store and access unstructured data.


February 16, 2017

Cloudian last week introduced the HyperStore 4000, an object storage appliance for on-premises implementation.

The 4000 has twice the density and 40% lower cost/GB than previous Cloudian appliances. It is designed for customers with data-intensive applications in the life sciences, healthcare and entertainment industries.

The 4000 features 700TB in a 4U enclosure and includes two compute nodes per chassis. It is S3 API compatible.

Why Should You Care: This means industries in science, healthcare and entertainment now have an additional option in storing, accessing and protecting larger dataset in a single appliance.


February 16, 2017

SANBlaze last week announced a new version of its storage emulation software that now includes 25/50/100G iSCSI support for Mellanox and Qlogic adapters, an NVMe conformance test suite and a new feature that allows automated testing.

With SANBlaze’s new iSCSI 25/50/100Gbs support, customers can now test on Mellanox ConnectX 4 and QLogic FastLinQ adapters. The NVMe conformance suite lets users test for compliance with NVMe standards and the new Test Manager feature lets users create automated test suites.

SANBlaze VirtuaLUN emulation systems are available in a number of configurations and system sizes, as well as a software only version. SANBlaze appliance options of 1U and 3U systems provide varying options for port density and memory configurations. The software is available to run in a graphical user interface (GUI) via a web browser or by a command line interface (CLI) or via scripts.

The product is available now.

Why Should You Care: This means iSCSI users have additional choices for adapters with Mellanox and Qlogic. It also means that NVMe-supported virtual SAN vendors can run tests to ensure their products adhere to standards.





February 16, 2017

Data migration has evolved from the traditional data move from one legacy storage system to a new storage system to migrating data to off-premises locations or into the cloud. There are several reasons why an IT professional would have the need to migrate data–there could be a relocation of the datacenter, a technology refresh or a consolidation of systems after a company acquisition. If not carefully planned, migration can result in unexpected downtime, data loss or data corruption. The financial repercussions from that can be costly to a business. The best way to avoid productivity and revenue loss is by ensuring there is a solid data migration plan.

This report not only includes the steps needed in planning a migration but also different use cases for modern data migration services, software and hardware and best practice recommendations.

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February 14, 2017

Cohesity on Tuesday announced the Cohesity DataPlatform Virtual Edition, a software-only backup solution for remote or branch office locations. The company also introduced a new appliance for ROBOs called the Cohesity C2100 Hyperconverged Node.

With Cohesity DataPlatform VE, customers can consolidate and replicate data to a central repository for disaster recovery and archive data for long-term retention. Cohesity DataPlatform VE can be installed and administered remotely and be used without on-site support.


The C2100 entry-level hyperconverged node is designed for environments with multiple server hosts and storage.


Cohesity Virtual Edition is expected to be available within 90 days.


Why Should You Care: Cohesity released a virtual edition of their product and a version targeted for ROBO environments to be used as an edge device for both local on-premises and cloud storage.  This means customers can purchase the software-only version to use in their existing infrastructure for data protection and use of existing secondary storage.

February 15, 2017

Panzura on Wednesday introduced the Freedom product family, a bundling of Freedom Archive, Freedom NAS and Freedom Collaboration, which lets organization store unstructured data on inexpensive NAS and move, manage or access that data in any cloud.

Freedom Archive uses a local cache for data ingest and access to data. Freedom NAS centralizes data in the cloud and keeps active data cached close to users and applications. With Freedom NAS, users have read-write abilities with the global namespace while users at offsite offices can read data from the cloud.

Freedom Collaboration provides cross-site collaboration of files independent of their location.

All three products in the Freedom product line are available immediately.

Why Should You Care: Panzura is now offering its new Freedom product family that allows customers to store unstructured data using a hybrid cloud environment with flash storage and allow for a pay-as-you-grow in functionality so additional features can be added later as needed.  This means customers now have a lower cost active archive solution with high ingest performance with flash.


February 14, 2017

Archive360 on Tuesday rolled out the Archive360 Archive2Anywhere Connector for Barracuda Message Archiver, which moves legacy email archives into the Barracuda cloud.

The Archive2Anywhere Connector for Barracuda Message Archiver can run over 40 parallel mailbox extractions and perform at a rate of over 2.5TB/day, based on an average message size of 200 KB, according to Archive360’s claims. It doesn’t require plugins, extracts all messages, attachments and metadata and preserves message fidelity for eDiscovery. It also maintains an item-level audit trail.

The Archive2Anywhere Connector for Barracuda Message Archiver is available now. It is licensed per TB, with pricing starting at $7,500.

Why Should You Care: The Archive2Anywhere Connector for Barracuda Message Archiver now allows legacy email archives to be directly migrated to the cloud-based Barracuda Message Archiver. This means Barracuda Message Archiver customers now have an easier path to archiving legacy email for better efficiency in time and performance.