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LiveAction is a company founded on 2007 (with the name of ActionPacked) with the corporate office at Santa Clara, CA, the engineering iffice at Honolulu and several sales offices (San Francisco, San Diego, Austin, Chicago, New York, Charlotte, Louisville, Birmingham). More than 50 employees, 1000 users and more than 40 partners.

Their product is an Intelligent WAN (IWAN) Visibility and Assurance, a software designed to simplify network management. Initially developed to aid the US Department of Defense in the operation of its networks, LiveAction features an innovative visual display, real-time big data analytics and deep control of routers and switches for unparalleled network administration. LiveAction accelerates troubleshooting with its QoS control, application-aware, and WAN functionality developed through engineering partnerships with Cisco Systems.

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DataCore has announced an Universal VVols Support and complete, with latest VMware technologies, the DataCore SANsymphony-V integration with VMware vSphere.

As you probably know DataCore has a product to virtualize the storage (thery call “a storage hypervisor”) working with existing storage or simple disk pools (also DAS) and building a storage with rich features.

Bring Virtual Volumes support to their product, mean that each storage can become a VVols storage using DataCore as an abstraction layer.

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Primary Data emerged from stealth November 19, 2014 and I was lucky enough to met them one year ago (see #ITPT 14 Report – Primary Data) and learn about their interesting vision of storage virtualization. Primary Data’s product has been officially announced during VMworld US 2015.

Its headquarter is in Los Altos, CA with offices around the world and currently employs about 80 staff worldwide and with over $60 million in venture capital raised to date.

Their vision is quite simple: transforming datacenter economics with Data Mobility through Data Virtualization.

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Cohesity is a new storage company, headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley (at Santa Clara), with a clear focus on the secondary storage (used for backup, archiving, shares, …) and a vision of a data platform that consolidates the data across all existing silos with it’s own web-scale storage architecture.

In a previous post, I’ve wrote about the Cohesity Data Platform, a product designed to consolidate all secondary storage use cases on a unified environment that helps organizations control growing data demands.

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After the definition of VMware certification roadmap v6 and the VMware certifications upgrade rules there are some new (little) changes. Based upon the feedback that VMware has received from the users, they have decided to update the structure of our advanced credentials.

As you probably know the VCAP formally was “replaced” by the new VCIX certication:

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FlashGrid is a new company founded in 2015 by some industry veterans (coming from Veritas, Intel, EMC, HGST, VMware, IBM). Founder and CEO Alex Miroshnichenko was CTO at Visto (acquired by VMware to build project Fargo, used in the new Virtual SAN 6.x, in new linked clone for VDI, but also in new containers based services). Really a lot of expertise from different storage related companies.

During the last IT Press Tour #17 I’ve got the opportunity to learn more about this company (new for me) and their unique solution.

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Tegile is a storage company with interesting products declared to be “one flash (hybrid or all flash) for any workload”. For sure they are a strong company, with more than 1800 systems deployed with Tegileproducts, including interesting names including Ferrari, McLaren, Tesla, … More than 1100 customers, doesn’t sound bad, at all!

And around 360 employees worldwide and good investors (one, for example, is HGST!).

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Rozo Systems announced the v2.0 of their its RozoFS scale‐out NAS software, a solution scalable to hundreds of Petabytes, with a single global namespaces, multihead, with multiple access protocols using NFS, CIFS and also Objects.

This French company (based in Nantes and San Francisco) has started the idea in late 2005 from a lab testing research in University of Nantes and formally the company has born in 2010 as a spin-off of this research group. Version 1.0 of their product was released on 2013. Actually they have more than 10 employees and more than 10 production deployment of their product.

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Tintri, a well know storage vendor focused on VM-aware storage (VAS) for virtualisation and cloud environments, announced the release of the Tintri VMstore T5040, a new entry-level all-flash storage array. The T5040 joins the existing VMstore T5000 All-Flash series and T800 Hybrid-Flash series to further expand customers’ choice of storage platforms that share a common operating system and real-time analytics.

Also announce the new Tintri OS 4.1 and a preview of Tintri Analytics with VM and application level predictive analytics capabilities.

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Xirrus a Wi-Fi technology company based in Thousand Oaks, California, US, that designs and sells wireless networking equipment based on the IEEE standards 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n and 802.11ac. It was build 10 years ago (since 2005) on the premise that “wireless would replace wired as the primary choice for network access” with the goal to build the fastest (and also the most secure) Wi-Fi on the planet.

Great objectives, great responsibilities, and interesting market target: but Wi-Fi is growing (5.2 B wifi devices are already connected, and predictions say 20+ B by 2020!) and the related enterprise market also!

The current state of the Wi-Fi market is really interesting, with a continuous grow:

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Microsoft has recently published more details on the licensing of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 products. The publications are general available (and probably they will not change in the RTM) and are composed by a licensing FAQ, as well as a Windows Server 2016 Datacenter and Standard Edition licensing datasheet and a System Center 2016 licensing datasheet.

As already know with Windows Server 2016 there will be again some specific features not available for the Standard edition (like the Storage Replica, for example). With Windows Server 2012 the Standard and the Datacenter where almost similar in available features (main difference was the licensed VMs), now we are back to Datacenter that is more rich:

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Yesterday Nutanix has announced the new list of Nutanix Tech Champions (NTC) 2016. NTC is a community awards similar to the VMware vExpert, Microsoft MVP, Cisco Champions, EMC Elect, … rewarding members of the community on their efforts in sharing their knowledge and enabling fellow community members.

The Nutanix Technology Champion program spans the globe and is comprised of IT professionals from every cloud, application group, and technology. They are committed to news ways of thinking that will power the next generation of enterprise computing.

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