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PMC enables density-optimized servers with 12Gb/s SAS expander card Tweet This

Adaptec Expander PCIe Card Provides 24 Ports of high-performance HDD and SSD connectivity

August 26, 2014

PMC on Tuesday announced a 12Gbps SAS expander card to enable density-optimized servers. The Adaptec 12Gb/s SAS expander card enables high-density server architectures that can expand as data center storage needs grow. It provides 36 ports in a PCI Express (PCIe) low-profile form factor, with internal connectivity for up to 24 SAS or SATA drives and eight additional external ports to connect JBODs for even greater capacity expansion on a single RAID controller or host bus adapter. The expander card enables modular passive backplane architectures to reduce server variants and increase data center operating efficiency.

The Adaptec 12Gb/s SAS expander card is small enough to fit in a low-profile MD2 form factor and is within the PCIe power envelope of less than 25 Watts. It mounts internally to any available PCIe slot away from the backplane, and features mini-SAS HD connectors out the top for added cabling flexibility in dense server environments. It can receive power either from the PCIe slot or through a standard 4-pin auxiliary power connector. The card supports Serial General Purpose I/O (SGPIO) and SCSI Enclosure Manangement (SES2), allowing enclosure information to be routed from all daisy-chained expander cards to the HBA or RAID adapter.

The 12Gbps SAS expander card’s buffering capabilities improve performance of 6Gbps SAS+SATA, allowing data centers to leverage their existing drives in addition to the newest 12Gbps SAS devices to achieve maximum throughput. The expander card is compatible with all HDDs and SSDs, existing active and passive backplanes, as well as all Adaptec Series 8, Series 7 and Series 6 RAID adapters and HBAs. It is also compatible with several 3rd party RAID adapters and HBAs.

The Adaptec 82885T 12Gb/s SAS expander card will be available in October 2014 through Adaptec’s worldwide distributors and storage channel partners.

Our Take: PMC continues the Adaptec leading position with its SAS and RAID adapters. With 12Gbps devices coming on line, the performance of a server connected to direct attached storage (DAS) can be phenomenal at a relatively low cost. --James E. Bagley




SanDisk rolls out VMware Horizon 6, vSAN solutions Tweet This

New reference architectures for performance improvements on VSAN using ULLtraDIMM and Fusion ioMemory

August 26, 2014

SanDisk on Tuesday announced support for VMware Horizon 6 and Virtual SAN with a series of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and end-user computing (EUC) solutions for Horizon 6, utilizing the ULLtraDIMM solid state drive (SSD) and Fusion-io ioMemory. When coupled with VMware’s Horizon 6, ULLtraDIMM and Fusion-io ioMemory allow customers to deploy higher density VDI and virtual server workloads.

SanDisk’s ULLtraDIMM memory channel storage solution enables a new level of performance because of its position relative to the server CPU, five micro-second write latency, and scalable performance of up to one million IOPS for a typical deployment of 8-ULLtraDIMMs working in parallel. The Fusion-io ioMemory virtual desktop infrastructure solution delivers up to 90% SAN offload potential and up to 16X increased desktop density per server when used in conjunction with flash-enabled SAN storage.

The three new reference architectures combining the power of ULLtraDIMM and Fusion ioMemory with Horizon 6 and Virtual SAN demonstrated at VMworld included In-Server ULLtraDIMM, Virtual SAN and SAN storage boosted with Fusion ioMemory.

Our Take: SanDisk continues to flex the muscles created by the Smart Storage and Fusion-io acquisitions coupled with its high density SSD technology and in-house flash foundry capabilities. This year is really turning into the software-defined data center year, as these deployments show, SDS is more than just a buzzword.




HP debuts Gen9 ProLiant Servers Tweet This

August 28, 2014 

HP on Thursday announced its latest ProLiant Generation 9 Servers, which are based on the Intel Haswell processor and feature PCIe accelerators and DDR4 Smart Memory for increased performance, faster setup, monitoring and maintenance, use of UEFI and RESTful APIs and converged management, as well as integration of HP SMartCache and HP FlexFabric adapters.

The HP ProLiant Gen9 Servers are available in blade, rack, tower and scale-out configurations and give users 3x the compute capacity over multiple workloads. OneView converged management speeds provisioning by as much as 66 times.

The new HP ProLiant Gen9 servers are expected to be available September 8 of this year.



ExaGrid enhances dedupe, backup product Tweet This

August 27, 2014

ExaGrid Systems on Thursday announced version 4.7 of its ExaGrid backup and deduplication storage appliances. The new version increases the number of data centers for cross-site disaster recovery, improves the recovery point for offsite DR and provides a data mover through a partnership with Veeam that allows increased performance.

ExaGrid 4.7 can now ingest data at 60.48TB per hour and supports capacity increases to 294TB. As many as 16 systems can be combined into a cross-protection topology for disaster recovery and data replication.



Imation rolls out NST4000 hybrid storage appliance Tweet This

Purpose-built storage system delivers high levels of efficiency, capacity and performance

August 25, 2014

Imation on Monday chose VMworld 2014 to introduce the NST4000 hybrid storage appliance, the newest entry to the Nexsan NST family of storage arrays. The new array is purpose-built for media/entertainment and data protection workloads.

The NST4000 delivers efficient hybrid storage with processing power for organizations that continue to rapidly add new applications to their environments. With a hybrid caching layer, the NST4000 is especially well-suited for mid-sized data centers

NST4000 expands the Nexsan NST family’s unified block and file sharing capabilities by adding Fibre Channel connectivity. This gives organizations the ability to take advantage of the hybrid storage using a full range of unified storage protocols, including iSCSI, NFS, CIFS, FTP and Fibre Channel.  A single NST4000 array can non-disruptively scale to 2.1PB.  This represents 50% more storage capacity scale and 45% more FASTier cache scale than previous NST arrays.

The new array can deliver three times as many IOPs as preceding NST storage solutions. This is accomplished by combining optimizations in NestOS 3.1 with Imation’s fault-tolerant FASTier DRAM caching technology, solid-state drives (SSDs) and the latest processor technology. The NST4000 delivers faster and smarter inline compression for additional storage efficiency.

Our Take: The NST4000 adds a significant capability for mid-market storage. Its well-developed hybrid algorithms in-line compression and underlying object storage capabilities create an efficient storage system that can scale easily. –James E. Bagley





Nutanix grabs $140 million funding Tweet This

August 28, 2014

Nutanix on Thursday announced that it has received $140 million in Series E funding from two Boston-based public market investors, which will be used to scale sales, research and development, customer support and marketing. This round brings the company’s total funding to $312 million. Reuters named the investors as Fidelity Investments and Wellington Management.




VMware announces new virtualization, cloud management, OpenStack products Tweet This

August 25, 2014

VMware on Monday at its VMworld 2014, introduced new virtualization, cloud management and OpenStack solutions that will further the implementation of software-defined data centers. The company introduced VMware Integrated OpenStack, a solution that lets IT use OpenStack APIs and tools with VMware to create OpenStack clouds and manage workloads in those clouds. VMware Integrated OpenStack, which is at present in beta, is developer-friendly according to VMware claims and uses an Amazon-style set of APIs. It is based on the OpenStack Icehouse release and integrated with VMware’s vCloud Suite, vSphere and OpenStack APIs.

VMware also announced a new version of VMware NSX, its software-defined networking solution, which now includes micro-segmentation capabilities, improved hybrid cloud connectivity, equal cost multi-path routing and integration with VMware vCloud Automation Center 6.1. 

Further, the company announced the VMware vRealize Suite – a management solution for cloud automation, operations and management that allows IT to manage heterogeneous and hybrid clouds. VMware also supplemented the vRealize Suite with vRealize Air Auotmation, a new cloud management service, which automates the delivery and provides lifecycle management of application and infrastructure services.

Finally, VMware rolled out an enhanced vCloud Suite – vCloud Suite 5.8 now includes policy-based provisioning capabilities and disaster recovery services. With vCloud Suite 5.8, IT can stand up recovery plans for as many as 5,000 virtual machines per VMware vCenter Server and use array-based replication to protect them.

VMware Integrated OpenStack is expected to be available in the first half of 2015. VMware NSX 6.1 is expected to be available in Q3 2014. VMware vRealize Suite is expected to be available in Q3 2014. VMware vCloud Suite 5.8 is expected to be available in Q3 2014.