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Data protection products are evolving faster in those years and regarless of the technologies behind those products (depending mainly on the hystorical era on when the product born) we can found a common set of capabilities and trends. Two main recent trends are basically the primary (and maybe also the secondary) storage native integration and also the (public) cloud integration.

Arcserve is an historical company in data protection: first emerged in 1990 as Cheyenne Software, and then quickly flourished as a backup software provider with their flagship ARCserve BACKUP product. They have announced the new release of Unified Data Protection (UDP) solution that accelerated cloud and on-premise capabilities, and support for AWS Cloud, Nimble Storage, HPE 3PAR and Office 365.

During our announcement on Aug. 23, one of the announced changes is that new versions of Veeam Endpoint Backup which will be renamed Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows. Veeam Agent for Linux 1.0 was already available, and now Veeam Agent for Windows is in public beta. This next version of Veeam Endpoint Backup will expand on the current free offering by providing a more robust and enhanced business feature set by adding two new paid editions but also with a FREE offering.

In the previous post, I’ve described how using the vCenter plugin to deploy the couple of StorMagic VSA. It’s just one way and maybe not the fastest way (automation in this case can be the best). But it’s one of the simplest way. After this step you have the VSA ready with they storage resources and you have to build a shared datastore by making a synchronous of two local resources. Easy to say, lot of step di build this (also because you have to mount the datastore in the hosts).

StorMagic SvSAN is an interesting hyperconverged solution that converts internal disk, flash and memory of two or more servers into a robust, shared-storage appliance. SvSAN delivers highly-available converged compute and storage while requiring the fewest components; 2 light-weight servers and no physical SAN. For this reason it’s a valuable product for ROBO (Remote Office  / Branch Office) scenario where a 2 nodes infrastructure could be enough. But one interesting aspect is related to manageability and simplicity: you can deploy and manage your infrastructure directly from the vCenter Web Client (until vSphere version 6.0 you can […]

Altaro is a fast-growing software company with easy to use and affordable (also for the price) backup solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses, specializing in backup for virtualized environments. Over 30,000 businesses trust Altaro to protect their virtual environments. Altaro VM Backup allows you to back up virtual machines running on Microsoft Hyper-V or VMware vSphere environment. Set up scheduled backups, automated test drills and data integrity checks so you don’t need to worry about losing any VMs.

Remote Office / Branch Office (ROBO) scenario is usually challenging due to some constraints (like limited budget, lack of local IT people, limited IT resources and stuff, …) and some possible risks (like the bandwidth or latency assumptions could be wrong and not enought). But in most companies the solution must provide same enterprise level services, like a right level of high availability, data protection, scalability (maybe not locally, but having more offices with similar solutions, …). In most cases a two nodes solutions with a virtualization level could be enough, but what about the […]

As announced some months ago, the Dell Software division has been sold to Francisco Partners and Elliot Management. This division include Dell SonicWall (from the acquisition of more than 4 years ago), but also Quest (from another acquisition) and several other brands. Now it’s clear that SonicWall brand reborns as a stand-alone company: SonicWall announced the launch of independent operations that it’s good for a security company (better to be as independed as possible). Bill Conner is new President and CEO of this company. He hs spent bulk of his career in the cybersecurity industry, […]

During the last Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld EU 2016 (where I was invited as a delegate) I’ve got the opportunity to learn the latest news from Nimble Storage. Rich Fenton (UK&I Systems Engineering Manager) and Nick Dyer (Senior Systems Engineer) gave us a great overview of the technology, but also some news and future trends idea.

Although Linux is used in several storage solutions, the native filesystems lack of modern features like deduplication or compression (compression extented attribute is present from some decade, but it’s implementions is still limited or missing). Most storage solutions use other filesystem (like ZFS), or also other operating systems: FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenSolaris branches, or also Windows Server (like DataCore). Now Permabit Technology Corporation announced the availability of its Albireo Virtual Data Optimizer (VDO) for Canonical’s Ubuntu Server.

Also if is not yet clear the impact of the EMC acquisition by Dell, at least in the storage portfolio, seems clear that the Dell storage strategy for the next years will be Compellent centric, with the position of this type of product also as a future replacement for the PowerVault MD3 and EqualLogic. Dell storage portfolio has slightly change with the introduction of the SC4020 (as a mid-size solution) and then the SC2000v as a entry level solution. And also the new SC9000 at a high level position.

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