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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.

Tintri Inc. has announced a new scale-out storage platform to enable enterprises and cloud service providers (CSPs) to build their own Amazon-like cloud infrastructure for diverse virtualized workloads. The new platform forms the foundation for the industry’s largest all-flash scale-out, with support for up to 160,000 VMs, 10 petabytes of capacity, and 6.4 million IOPS, for less than $1/GB.

VMware best practices for virtual networking, starting with vSphere 5, usually recommend the vmxnet3 virtual NIC adapter for all VMs with a “recent” operating systems: starting from NT 6.0 (Vista and Windows Server 2008) for Windows and for Linux that include this driver in the kernel, and for virtual machines version 7 and later. For those operating systems the choice is normally between the e1000 or the vmxnet3 adapter: the new virtual machine wizard suggest the e1000 for the recent Windows systems, but only because this driver is included in the OSes. Historically there were some […]

SwiftStack is a storage company, founded on 2011 and based in San Francisco, CA, build with the idea to create a large scale object storage infrastructure in customer’s own data center (so specific for private cloud). Is still a small company with 50 employess and more than 60 customers (half in past 3 quarters), but with interesting names and new deployments in life sciences (Counsyl, OMRF) and media & entertainment (Rockstar Games, Tata Communications).

DDN Storage is a company that, in more  than 15 years (was founded in 1998), has designed, developed, deployed and optimized systems, software and solutions which enable enterprises, service providers, universities and government agencies to generate more value and accelerate time to insight from their data and information, on premise and in the cloud. It’s one the the leader in the HPC market (2/3 of the top 500 supercomputers run on DDN), the largest private storage company in world, with double digit growth, still profitable and self funded. During the last A3 Communications Technology Live […]

Tarmin is Data Defined Storage company delivering key advanced technologies in big data and information management, leveraging the promise of cloud computing to create a new storage paradigm. They are focusing on providing active archive, Content Addressable Storage (CAS), Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) and intelligent storage software optimized for secondary storage environment. I’ve met this company for the first time at the Powering the cloud 2013 event and recently during the last A3 Communications Technology Live!

Scale Computing is an international company, with the HQ at Indianapolis and several offices worldwide (Silicon Valley, London, Paris, Toronto, Dubai). Their HC3® platform is an hyperconverged solution that can be used for small- and medium-sized businesses but also in some enterprise departments with a simple (and different) approach to virtualization and storage. I’ve wrote about their solution one year ago (see the post Scale Computing make virtualization simple (and different)), and was interesting met them during the last A3 Communications Technology Live!

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