April 19, 2017

Exagrid last week introduced an enhanced version of its ExaGrid Version 5.0 data deduplication and backup platform. The new version supports Oracle RMAN Channels, Veeam Scale-Out Backup Repository and replication to AWS.


With Oracle RMAN Channels, as many as 25 ExaGrid appliances are supported. “Sections” of data are sent to each appliance in parallel and RMAN Channels will send the next section of data to the next available appliance in the GRID. If any appliance fails in the GRID, RMAN Channels continues to send backup data to the remaining appliances.

ExaGrid v5.0 also supports Veeam’s Scale-Out Backup Repository, which allows the direction of all jobs to a single repository made up of Exagrid shares across multiple ExaGrid appliances.

Finally, 5.0 allows replication of primary site ExaGrid backup systems to Amazon Web Services for offsite disaster recovery.

Why Should You Care: ExaGrid continues to innovate with its landing zone and scale-out architecture by supporting backup technologies in popular use.



April 19, 2017

Nexsan announced last week that the Federal Court for the District of Massachusetts has ruled that Nexsan has priority over EMC for the use of the trademark Unity.

Nexsan had filed applications for the Unity trademark on March 22, 2016. Unity is the name of its unified NAS, block storage, file sync-and-share, archive and n-way sync platform. Subsequently, EMC announced a product called Unity on May 2, 2016 and demanded that Nexsan cease use of the Unity name. EMC also threatened litigation.

Nexsan file suit against EMC claiming priority over the Unity name.

Why Should You Care: The law of prior use is being upheld.



April 18, 2017

Scality last week announced a new release of Scality S3 Server, an open-source software package under the Apache 2.0 license.

The new open-source Scality S3 Server includes high availability enhancements and support for AWS S3, In-memory, Scality RING and Docker Volume.

A number of storage services are available with Docker Volume including Google Cloud, NetApp, HPE 3PAR and Azure File Storage. S3 Server can support any private or public cloud data service and allows the same S3 API interface to be used with any data backend.

The new version includes support for Docker Swarm, which allows clustering and scheduling for Docker containers.

Why Should You Care: A companies move to multi-cloud environments, it is critical for any object storage product to support S3 services in both private and public clouds.





April 20, 2017

Dell last week announced that it sold Spanning Cloud Apps to Insight Venture Partners, a private equity firm with investments in SaaS companies.

Spanning was acquired by EMC in 2014 and added to the company’s Core Technology Division. While divesting itself of Spanning, Dell EMC will continue to sell Spanning Backup.

Jeff Erramouspe, formerly vice president and general manager at EMC, will return to the role of CEO.

Why Should You Care: Despite who owns Spanning, the company’s SaaS-based backups are critically needed by enterprises adopting in-the-cloud applications such as G Suite, Office 365 and Salesforce.


April 18, 2017

Toshiba on Tuesday announced that it has added SATA SSDs into Dell EMC’s PowerEdge 13G Servers, enabling latency reduction, power savings and encryption capabilities.

The Dell EMC PowerEdge 13G Servers now incorporate Toshiba HK4 Series 1.8” and 2.5” SATA SSDs, which are equipped with Quadruple Swing-By Code error correction and self-encrypting drive options.

Why Should You Care: As SSDs become an essential part of the enterprise data center, customers can now deploy them at scale for securing critical company data.




April 17, 2017

Quantum on Monday introduced the next version of its StorNext file system, which adds new data management features such as multi-site file replication and data synchronization.

Quantums new capabilities, FlexSync allows synchronization of data between multiple StorNext systems. FlexSpace allows multiple instances of StorNext located anywhere to share a single archive repository and access the same data set.

FlexSync supports one-to-one, one-to-many and many-to-one file replication scenarios and can be configured granularly by specific files, folders or entire file systems. It recognizes changes instantly and can immediately begin reflecting those changes on

With FlexSpace, shared archive options include both public cloud storage ― Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud via StorNext’s existing FlexTier capability ― and private cloud storage based on Quantum’s Lattus object storage or, through FlexTier, with third-party object storage such as NetApp StorageGRID, IBM Cleversafe and Scality RING.

The company has also added a new quality of service feature that lets uses tune and optimize performance on a machine by machine basis.

Further, StorNext adds a copy expiration feature that enables the automated removal f files from more expensive storage tiers.

Finally, StorNext 6 can now track changes in files across the data lifecycle and provide reports on who changed a file, when the changes were made, what was changed and whether and to where a file was moved.

StorNext 6 is expected to be available in early summer.

Why Should You Care: The new data management features allow users to extract value from their scale-out storage and realize their business objective more easily and cost-effectively.

April 20, 2017

In this case study from SSG-NOW, learn how iQ Media uses FileFly to automatically move files from filers to Swarm for the ability to consolidate, access and dynamically organize files at massive scale, optimize storage operations and free up resources to focus on customers instead of managing the storage infrastructure.