December 5, 2013
Sanmina’s Newisys Division on Thursday introduced a new array that is based on Seagate’s Kinetic Open storage platform. The EDA-4605 is a 240TB Ethernet drive array that is optimized for enterprise and cloud applications. The 4U array uses 60 Ethernet-direct disk drives and offers two redundant and hot-swappable Ethernet switch and management modules. It also features hot swappable and redundant power supplies and fans.
The EDA-4605 is one of the first products to use Seagate’s Kinetic platform, which was announced in October of this year.
The Kinetic platform allows applications to communicate directly with disk drives via Ethernet and an open source API supported by the OpenStack SWIFT object storage interface, thus eliminating the infrastructure layer of storage servers, controllers and SAS or SATA disk interfaces. See related story on Kinetic here http://bit.ly/18Fss1W
December 3, 2013
Acronis, a data protection and disaster recovery solutions vendor, announced on Tuesday that it has invested $10 million in Acronis Labs, an organization involved in cloud services, big data, archiving and mobility. The lab will be split into four units: the Core Lab, Performance Lab, Intellectual Property Lab and the Product Lab.
December 4, 2013
Barracuda Networks, a company that recently completed its IPO, on Wednesday announced that it is releasing an enhanced version of its message archiving platform. Barracuda Message Archiver v3.5 now includes support for Exchange 2013, Office 365 and Google Apps and Copy. The product provides an offsite mail repository with eDiscovery applications and compliance needs.
Updated applications for Outlook 2013, Windows, Mac, iOS and Android are available and the product has been integrated with Copy file sync and share for message exports.
Message Archiver v3.5 is available starting at $1,999 for the appliance and $499 for Energize Updates.
December 3, 2013
The Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) announced on Tuesday that it has completed the sixth-generation 32Gb Fibre Channel standard. The standards committee is expected to submit the standard to ANSI in the first quarter of next year. Products from vendors are expected to arrive in 2015 and 2016.
December 3, 2013
Tarmin on Tuesday announced the next version of its object storage-based data governance and analytics software. GridBank 4.0 now supports Linux, object storage, social streams and increased search and analytics capability.
Tarmin GridBank, which the company identifies as data-defined storage, allows users to build scalable infrastructures that are able to provide data governance, discovery and access for businesses for unstructured data.
GridBank 4.0 now supports enterprise Linux, object storage and increased performance. It also includes a REST API that can interface with social media platforms so that they can be governed, indexed and archived by GridBank. The GridBank platform also now supports CDMI, OpenStack and S3 APIs and the Sync and Share REST API for third-party clients. It also supports LTFS.
A number of new mobile platforms are also supported including Android, iPad and iPhone. Outlook Web Access, offline email support and PST files.
Tarmin has added Windows search and post processing tagging and policies.
The new version is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2014.
December 2, 2013
HP on Monday enhanced its HP Public Cloud and Managed Cloud Services with new capabilities for resource-intensive analytic workloads, secure and virtual private cloud deployments, multi-availability zones and HP Public Cloud Block Storage.
A new version of the HP Public Cloud, which is based on the OpenStack Horizon release, is now generally available. New to the HP Public Cloud version 13.5 is a new interface that includes dashboards, the ability to handle larger instance types with as much as 120GB of RAM and as many as 16 virtual cores and a new virtual private cloud capability that allows users to isolate their virtual networks within the HP Cloud compute service.
This last capability uses a software-defined-networking stack to determine whether public cloud network instances are accessible from the Internet.
In addition, a 2-D visualization dashboard is now available in Horizon Console to allow users to view, build and manage their network. The HP Public Cloud now also includes a bulk import service that lets users load data into the block or object storage parts of the HP Public Cloud.
Finally, many more enhancements were made to the HP Public Cloud. Among them were:
The ability to synchronize object storage containers across multiple regions;
The ability to duplicate and synchronize objects in storage containers;
The increase of upload sizes through the Horizon console and Cloud Console; and,
Enhanced identity management, which lets an administrator set permissions and roles for services, projects and groups.
November 27, 2013
Symantec quietly used the holiday lull last week to shut down its BackupExec.clous, which is characterizes as missing essential mobile and file-sharing capabilities.
The company’s BackupExec.cloud, launched in February 2012, provided a means for small businesses and remote offices to backup data.
Symantec announced the move via an email to its channel partners, stating that they would be unable to sell subscriptions or renewals after December 2, 2014. Users of BackupExec.cloud also would not have access to their data after the 2nd, according to a FAQ issued by Symantec, which can be viewed here cloud.also.fi/uploads/22/FAQ_Backup_Exec-cloud_EOL_Channel-pdf. According to the FAQ, customers were notified on November 18, 2013.
A number of vendors have stepped in to assist BackupExec.cloud users with migrating their data out of the Symantec cloud. Among them are Zetta and Backup Technology.