February 13, 2017

HPE on Monday announced enhancements to its 3PAR Flash Storage, which include a new OS, data reduction, copy management and a new StoreServe Management Console with expanded automation.

The new OS allows applications running over iSCSI to reduce latency by as much as 40% via 3PAR Express Writes optimization. It also provides cloud computing with iSCSI updates, including expanded host connectivity and multi-tenant IP Networking.

In addition, the 3PAR File Persona can serve more workloads and has double the scalability of previous editions. It can automate provisioning and enable cross-protocol file sharing.

HPE 3PAR Adaptive Data Reduction provides compaction to lower capacity costs and can be selectively applied to avoid wasting system resources. Adaptive Data Reduction includes a Data Packing algorithm that organizes data writes and avoids garbage-heavy processes.

HPE 3PAR Peer Resistence reduces risks and enables DR across greater distances. Via Peer Persistence, HPE provides transparent application and host failover and supports a three-data center DR for greater distances.

HPE Recovery Management Central (RMC) extends data protection past the array and enables off-premises copy management. RMC provides application-managed snapshots and data movement from 3PAR arrays to secondary HPE StoreOnce Systems that are 23x Faster and have 7x faster restores. In addition, HPE StoreOnce Systems can now be replicated to the cloud.

Further, the 3PAR StoreServ Management Console (SSMC) has expanded automation capability to improve business agility.

Finally, HPE has announced Peer Copy, which provides bi-directional movement of snapshot data between StoreVirtual VSA and 3PAR arrays.

The HPE 3PAR next-generation operating system (3PAR OS 3.3.1) is expected to be available in Q1 2017. The HPE StoreOnce VSA for Azure is expected to be available in Q1 2017 starting at $1,400. HPE Peer Copy and HPE Recovery Manager Central are expected to be available in Q2 2017 at no additional charge.

Why Should You Care: The next version of the 3PAR OS is now targeting Hybrid cloud environments and support for cloud-native applications. HPE has put enhancements in their capacity optimization, DR, data protection and. This means HPE customers that have transformed their data centers to support hybrid cloud environments will now have additional support in critical areas for their all-flash and beyond data infrastructure.


February 14, 2017

Komprise on Tuesday announced that it has received $12 million in Series B funding from Walden International, Canaan Partners and private investors Bill Moore, formerly of EMC and Sanjay Mehrotra, formerly CEO of SanDisk. In addition, the company announced that its Komprise Data Management Grid is now available.

Why Should You Care: With their Series B funding of $12M, Komprise GAs their Data Management Grid, taking the management of grid computing to a new level. This means major CSPs and systems companies are adopting the software into their environments to give customers for flexibility in managing their environments.



February 07, 2017

Druva on Tuesday announced new monitoring and detection capabilities that alert customers to suspicious data activities, such as the detection of ransomware. The company’s software allows the assessment of file changes including abnormal deletions, unusual file modifications and updates, and identifying atypically large numbers of file creations, all of which can be indicative of a malicious event.

When an event occurs, Druva will pinpoint the last safest snapshot to recover from. It will also alert IT when such an event occurs and collect a comprehensive set of charts and visualizations that identify catalysts of unusual behavior.

Druva allows access to granular per-user details, such as file name, path and type, to understand specifically what files are potentially at risk. It can identify the last known good snapshot and recover the entire data set or individual files as needed.

The new version of Druva is expected to be available by mid-April.

Why Should You Care: Being able to detect ransomware attacks as they are occurring and being able to recover from them should be a high priority for IT.






February 8, 2017

Kaminario on Wednesday announced its Gen6 K2 all-flash array, which can scale compute independent of solid state capacity. New to the K2 also is a new set of compression algorithms that allow for a 25% improvement in data reduction.

The K2 Gen6 is comprised of modular K-Blocks that include and active-active controller pair and 1-4 drive shelves, each accommodating 24 SSDs. The K2 Gen6 K-Block scales to 1PB of capacity, 5x the capacity of a Gen5 K-Block.

In addition, Kaminario customers will be able to add Gen6 modules to existing Gen5 implementations non-disruptively.

The following configurations are available.

  • 1 K-Block Configuration – 30TB to 1PB of effective capacity with 370K IOPS, 6.2GB/s of throughput and 0.35ms latency
  • 2 K-Block Configuration – 60TB to 2PB of effective capacity with 740K IOPS, 12.4GB/s of throughput and 0.35ms latency
  • 3 K-Block Configuration – 90TB to 3PB of effective capacity with 1.1M IOPS, 6GB/s of throughput and 0.35ms latency
  • 4 K-Block Configuration – 120TB to 4PB of effective capacity with 1.5M IOPS, 25GB/s of throughput and 0.35ms latency

Why Should You Care: This is a bigger, better, faster announcement. That customers can upgrade non-disruptively from Gen5 to Gen6 controllers makes Kaminario’s platform one worth adopting.


February 6, 2017

Stratoscale, an AWS-compatible private cloud provider, on Monday announced the acquisition of Tesora, a database-as-a-service (DBaaS) vendor. Stratoscale, whose Symphony 3 allows customers to implement a hybrid cloud strategy by transforming on-premises infrastructure into an AWS Region, claims that Tesora’s DBaaS platform
will allow them to provide database capabilities to their clients, in addition to the application catalog, Kubernetes-as-a-Service, cloud monitoring, identity and access management and migration services the company already provides.


In addition, Stratoscale announced the availability of a managed AWS-compatible relational database service (RDS) that offers a single-click deployment and scalability, while removing operational friction.

January 31, 2017

Minio on Tuesday announced an object storage server designed for cloud applications an DevOps, that enables the storage of unstructured data and works with cloud hosting providers such as Digital Ocean, Packet and Hyper.sh.

The Minio object storage server features erasure coding, bitrot detection and lambda notification. Written in Go, and released under Apache v2.0, Minio features Amazon S3 v2 and v4 APIs, replication and auto-expiry characteristics.

Minio is available now and can be downloaded at https://minio.io/downloads

Why Should You Care: Minio is offering a native distributed object storage server, which is specifically designed to support cloud applications and DevOps environments.  Some of the major features for data protection and security are erasure coding, bitnot protection and lambda notification.  Customers that use Docker, mess and Kubernetes are attracted to its cloud native architecture.


January 26, 2017

Panzura last week rolled out new software, hardware and support services for its Panzura 6.3 hybrid cloud storage platform. Enhancements include support for larger virtual machine cache sizes, enhanced high availability, reporting and new cloud storage support.

Panzura increased the cache size of its largest virtual machine to 36TB, improved its failback mechanism for disaster recovery and introduced storage/network/performance analytics.

In addition, Panzura now supports the IBM Cloud, IBM Cloud Object Storage and Virtustream, as well as the ability to write data to multiple cloud storage providers.

The company also introduced a new cloud controller, the 5550, which supports a 16TB cache size and up to 1,200 active users.

Why Should You Care: Panzura announces new functionality for they hybrid cloud storage.  This means larger cache sizes for VMs, high availability, reporting, and additional cloud storage support and various features.  The larger cache sizes are there to greatly increase support for large enterprise storage operations.