May 3, 2017

Micron on Wednesday announced the SolidScale storage platform, which uses NVMe over Fabric for low-latency, high-performance shared storage.


Designed for data-intensive workloads and cloud-native applications, SolidScale is an integrated architecture that allows capacity to be shared across application servers and couples flash storage with PCI NVMe. The SolidScale platform connects multiple nodes using RDMA over Converged Ethernet (R0CE) to deliver a converged infrastructure solution that performs like local direct-attached storage.

Initially designed for Linus environments, SolidScale provides block storage capability and is provided in a 2U node configuration in a 24U rack enclosure.

SolidScale allows the creation and management of a single pool of storage through a logical volume feature.

Nodes are connected with a Mellanox fabric that allows an end to end latency reduction of under 200 microseconds.

Why Should You Care: Micron is taking an early mover position by deploying NVMe over Fabric to connecting to the CPU to provide a low-latency fabric for data analytics, high-performance computing and hyperscale databases.


May 9, 2017


Dell EMC on Tuesday introduced a bundle of new storage platforms, including a new all-flash VMAX, a new XtremIO array, two mid-range arrays and new Isilon storage arrays

The company introduced the VMAX 950F, which it claims is 4x faster than an unnamed competitor’s array for OLTP workloads. The VMAX 950F includes SRDF, D@RE encryption, non-disruptive migration and inline compression.

Dell EMC also introduced the XtremIO X2, which has 3x higher capacity, 25% better storage efficiency and 80% better response times than the XtremeIO X1. The XtremIO X2 provides 3x the capacity per X-Brick, as well as new scalability of as low as 7TB to as much as 138TB per X-brick.

In addition, the company introduced new Dell EMC Unity All-Flash Arrays that have 4x larger file systems, an 8x increase in density and a sub 10-minute deployment than previous generation Unity arrays. The new Unity 350F, 450F, 550F and 650F – provide up to 500TB of effective storage capacity in a dense 80-drive, 3U footprint. They feature 4x larger file systems with inline file compression, iCDM with snapshot mobility, simpler RAID protection and support for external encryption key management.

Further, the company introduced the SC5020 midrange hybrid array that according to its claims has 45% more IOPS, 2x greater capacity and the market’s lowest hybrid array $/GB. The new array features 30 internal drive bays, dual controllers and Fibre Channel, iSCSI and direct-attach SAS connectivity.

Finally, Dell EMC rolled out new Isilon boxes that deliver up to 9x the IOPs, 18x the throughput and 21x the capacity of an all-flash competitor.  The new Isilon systems include all-flash, hybrid and archive configurations.

The VMAX 950F is expected to be available in June. The XtremIO X2 is expected to be available this summer. New Dell EMC Unity All-Flash models are expected to be available in July. The SC5020 is expected to be available in June. The new Isilon platforms are expected to be available in June.

Why Should You Care: This technology refresh is a bigger, better, faster announcement that is expected from Dell EMC at its annual eponymous Dell EMC World.



May 8, 2017

Veritas on Monday announced Veritas HyperScale for OpenStack, a software-defined storage solution, which optimizes workload performance, lowers operating costs and protects data in OpenStack-based cloud environments.

HyperScale for OpenStack leverages commodity hardware and offers a dual-plane architecture that distributes storage between compute and data planes, thus increasing performance.

It provides increase data protection and allows for backups to execute without impacting application performance. Storage management of primary and secondary storage are handled from within OpenStack Horizon. Faster instance provisioning with chosen storage and compute resources is also enabled.

Why Should You Care: As OpenStack gains traction as an open source platform for cloud infrastructures, issues of workload performance, reliability and efficiency, and data protection abound. HyperScale for OpenStack solves these issues.



May 9, 2017

Virtual Instruments, an application-centric infrastructure performance management vendor on Tuesday announced a new version of VirtualWisdom, which now features support for hyperconverged infrastructures.

The company also unveiled a new lower-cost entry-level 12-port 16Gb SAN Performance Probe for Fibre Channel environments.

The 5.2 release features new topology visualizations that let users identify fabric component mismatches, new dashboard enhancements that make it easier to create application focused views and REST API access with token-based authentication.

In addition, VirtualWisdom 5.2 now supports the VxRails platform, including VMware VSAN data collection. Later this year, VirtualWisdom is expected to support the Dell EMC ScaleIO platform.

The new version of VirtualWisdom 5.2 is expected to be available on May 16.

Why Should You Care: The company’s combination of real-time monitoring, advanced correlation and actionable analytics are essential for organizations that can’t tolerate performance slowdowns or IT infrastructure outages.



May 1, 2017

Aparna Systems on Monday announced an open software Cloud-in-a-Box solution, the Orca µCloud, that offers high-performance and high-availability for service provider and enterprise applications.

Two models of the Orca µCloud are available: the 4060 with slots for 60 µServers and the 4015 with slots for up to 15 µServers. The Orca µServers are available with either 8 or 16 cores.

The µCloud and µServers converge compute, storage and networking and can support as many as 10,000 cores per rack. Both systems are packaged in a 4u NEBS-compliant chassis and equipped with dual, hot-swappable AC/DC power supplies. They also include dual, hot-swappable active/active switches.

Both use Intel Broadwell Xeon processors, DDR RAM and dual SATA or NVMe solid state drives (SSDs).

Pricing for entry-level configurations of the µCloud model 4015 system begins at $49,500.

Why Should You Care: The Orca µCloud system is purpose-built for environments with limited availability of space, power and/or cooling. The high density and energy efficiency combine to make the Cloud-in-a-Box especially well-suited for edge and distributed computing needs found in both service provider and enterprise environments.


May 3, 2017

Unitrends on Tuesday announced version 10 of its Recovery Series backup appliances and Unitrends Backup virtual appliances, which now include automated provisioning and SLA policy automation, recovery analytics, orchestration, reporting and compliance capabilities for applications on-premises and in the cloud.

Unitrends v10 now controls backups and backup copies through policies in which admins can set RPOs, RTOs, backup targets and retention periods. Unitrends automates the process, including analytics and reporting of compliance with policy-based SLAs.

With provisioning, IT and DevOps personnel can access production data, applications and labs for test/dev without impacting production environments. Automated provisioning supports both physical and virtual environments.

Further, Unitrends v10 now supports Microsoft Hyper-V 2016.

Why Should You Care: Unitrends is taking on the challenge of evolving into a data management provider, not just a backup and recovery vendor.





May 3, 2017

Nexenta on Wednesday introduced a new version of its block, file and object storage platform, NexentaEdge.

The latest release of NexentaEdge supports iSCSI block storage, NFS, S3 and Swift, has a new web-based GUI and adds erasure coding.

In addition, NexentaEdge new supports inline deduplication, compression and an unlimited number of snapshots and clones.

Further it supports the Docker Container-Converged Infrastructure and for NVMe, SATA SSDs and SAS, as well as a shared namespace between file and object storage.

Why Should You Care: Nexenta is expanding its storage platform to include a number of enterprise features such as unlimited snapshots and clones and support for a variety of storage protocols.