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Veritas enhances data mover Tweet This

August 25, 2016

Veritas on Thursday announced Veritas Resiliency Platform 2.0, which contains a built-in data mover that according to the company’s claims has a much lower RPO compared to VMware vSphere Replication.

The Resiliency Platform allows customers to maintain business-critical uptime across multi-platform, multi-vendor private, public or hybrid cloud environments.

The new version includes a single dashboard for visibility into the real-time health of applications, virtual machines, business services and data movers, lower RPOs, and automation and orchestration for resiliency operations.

Why Should You Care: With businesses running 24/7/365, application uptime is a critical requirement. Ensuring uptime requires software that allows them to assure they can recover quickly.




Primary Data rolls out data orchestration platform Tweet This

August 25, 2016

Primary Data on Thursday introduced its DataSphere data orchestration platform, which automates IT services by virtualizing storage resources among flash, object storage systems, SAN and NAS systems.

Data virtualization is storage-, media- and protocol-agnostic. Data virtualization in DataSphere groups these systems and protocols under a single dataspace that allows data to be moved between servers, share storage and cloud-storage without application downtime.

DataSphere is a software platform that separates the data path from the control path and allows administrators to reduce over-provisioning costs, increase application uptime during migrations and simplify management of heterogeneous arrays.

The DataSphere platform is now available.

Why Should You Care: Virtualization of data, systems and resources is increasingly important as the amount of data that needs to be managed grows, because of economies that require finding new life for legacy resources is necessary and as the need for storage management must change from static to autonomic to accommodate the needs of the business.






Red Hat rolls out Virtualization 4 Tweet This

August 24, 2016

Red Hat on Wednesday announced a new version of Red Hat Virtualization 4, it’s KVM-based virtualization platform. Red Hat Virtualization 4 supports both virtual machine and container environments and works with both Linux and Windows workloads.

Red Hat Virtualization 4 now has a hypervisor with a smaller footprint that steamlines the installation of system packages and driver updates, simplifies deployment of modern technologies and provides better hardware support configuration management integration. Additionally, Red Hat Virtualization can now be installed via Anaconda, the common installer for both Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Virtualization hypervisor.

Red Hat Virtualization 4 also supports a new open API for third-party network providers, which makes it easier to communicate with external systems and an improved system dashboard.

In addition, Red Hat Virtualization 4 includes a storage image uploader that allows KVM VMs to be uploaded directly or via a remote URL, adds advanced live migration policies and includes support for OpenStack and Linux containers.

Red Hat Virtualization 4 is available now.

Why should you care: Open standards and open source software are becoming more common in modern solutions to accommodate container environments.  This gives the user more options in creating modern virtualized environments economically and with more flexibility in the infrastructure for cloud and other supported environments.



EMC expands data protection families, improves VMware workload handling Tweet This

August 23, 2016

EMC on Tuesday announced enhancements for its EMC Data Protection Suite, EMC Data Domain and EMC RecoverPoint, which optimize the protection of VMware workloads in VMware Virtual SAN and VMware vSphere environments. In addition, EMC expanded the data protection capabilities of VCE VxRail Appliances, which now integrate with a wider range of EMC data protection products, including EMC Domain Virtual Edition.

The integration between EMC’s data protection portfolio and VMware software empowers vAdmins to provision, monitor and manage the protection of their virtual workloads through the standard VMware interface.

EMC Data Protection Suite for VMware now protects enterprise data in hyper-converged environments. The updated version of EMC Data Protection Suite for VMware combined with EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition, now provides protection for VMware workloads via the native VMware interface.

Further, since VCE VxRail Appliances are powered by Virtual SAN, they can be deployed with EMC Data Protection Suite for VMs and EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition to provide a comprehensive data protection solution.

Finally, EMC claims that they are the only virtual machine replication vendor to support vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering, allowing virtual replication through RecoverPoint for VMs.

EMC Data Protection Suite for VMware is available now. EMC Data Domain Virtual Edition is also available now, as is EMC RecoverPoint for VMs, which supports VMware vSphere APIs for IO filtering integration.

Why Should You Care: Since data protection is a must have in any storage infrastructure, virtual environments are not exempted. The ability for VCE VxRail appliance solutions to now have built-in capabilities that leverage a wide range of data protection solutions means that customers have more choices in how they want to protect their data and what fits best in their infrastructure.




SimpliVity expands hyper-converged infrastructure portfolio, adds all-flash, DR and VDI Tweet This

August 23, 2016

Hyper-converged infrastructure vendor, SimpliVity, on Tuesday expanded its offerings by adding an all-flash hyper-converged infrastructure appliance to its portfolio and adding one-click disaster recovery, application-aware backup and increased scalability for VDI.

The new all-flash model provides predictable performance for most IO-intensive applications including OLTP and big data analytics. It increases application performance by as much as 5x and reduces latency by as much as 80% over previous models.

SimpliVity appliances now also feature RapidDR, which simplifies the recovery of workloads by automating the disaster recovery operation via a one-click interface.

Application backups are now tightly integrated with Microsoft SQL Server, eliminating the need for third-party backups.

Further, SimpliVity has gained LoginVSI validation and can now support as many as 4,000 office desktops with a single SimpliVity implementation.

All of SimpliVity’s new capabilities are expected to be available in Q4 of this year.

Why Should You Care: SimpliVity’s enhancements mean for high-performance environments with demanding SLAs that they can process data requests faster with certain applications. VDI has certain critical times where high-performance media, such as SSDs, are crucial to sustaining performance through boot storms, updates/upgrades and around the clock shift changes. Data protection features such as application-aware backup and disaster recovery for hyper-converged environments is key.  Just relying on replica schemes are just not good enough for real data protection.

Spectra Logic, Komprise partner for data management, data movement Tweet This

August 23, 2016

Spectra Logic and Komprise on Tuesday announced a partnership that lets Spectra Logic customers analyze, assess ROI and transfer data from primary storage to Spectra Verde DPE using Komprise’s data management software.

Komprise’s data management software scans data sets, identifies inactive data and moves it to Spectra Verde DPE, without disruption to users or changes to user or application access.

Spectra Verde DPE is a Shingled Magnetic Recording-based NAS disk platform designed for bulk storage.

Why Should You Care: Rather than adopting a not-invented here attitude, Spectra Logic is being smart to partner for a data movement capability with a vendor who has a lot of experience in this space. That is a wise move.

Metalogix announces new version of Content Matrix Tweet This

August 23, 2016

Metalogix on Tuesday announced Content Matrix v8.1, a SharePoint and Office 365 solution that now supports Microsoft’s Online Provider Migration Containers, which minimize migration configurations.

Content Matrix v8.1 alleviates manual processes, ensures optimal performance and delivers configuration integrity during content migration into SharePoint and Office 365, on-premises and into the cloud.

Enhancements include the capability for users to have their content encrypted by default and deposited into a Microsoft provisioned container at no extra charge.

Combined with the Microsoft Azure Migration API, organizations moving to SharePoint Online or Office 365 with Content Matrix v8.1 will experience less pre-migration preparation and increased migration speed to the cloud.

A new Distributed Migration feature has now been added to alleviate manual efforts during simultaneous migrations. It lets a user establish a base machine (Controller) that remotely links with a set of other machines (Agents) in the back-end.


Why Should You Care: Migrations from application to new application are fraught with errors and rarely because of the complexity of the migration of both applications and data between on-premises and in-the-cloud environments, come in on-time and within budget. To have a tool like that of Metalogix’s Content Matrix, is a boon to alleviating these manual, error-prone processes.


Earl Follis

Earl Follis
Senior Analyst and SSG-NOW Lab Director

Logan Harbaugh

Logan Harbaugh
Senior Analyst and Validation Engineer