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Veeam Software has announced, during the last Nutanix .NEXT event, an expanded partnership with Nutanix  in which Veeam becomes the Premier Availability solution provider for Nutanix virtualized environments. What does it mean? First that Nutanix adds Veeam as a Strategic Technology Partner within the Nutanix Elevate Alliance Partner Program. But more important that Veeam will deliver support for Nutanix’s Hypervisor, AHV (maybe later this year, more realist in the next year).

The new VMware Virtual SAN (or vSAN) 6.6 adds several enchaments and new features as described in the announce notes. Most of those aspects are related to data and cluster resiliency (as expected by a storage solution), including:

Past week Cohesity has announced the new release of its product and platform: Cohesity DataPlatform 4.0 and Cohesity DataProtect 4.0 expand Cohesity’s capabilities far beyond backup to bring together even more data formats and infrastructures, including object storage and network-attached storage (NAS), onto its hyperconverged platform. In less than two years Cohesity has announced the v1, the v2, the v3 and now the v4 of Cohesity Data Platform, a product designed to consolidate all secondary storage use cases on a unified environment that helps organizations control growing data demands.

Recent VMware security bug (VMSA-2017-0006) is related to one of the worst possible security issue in a virtualization environment: a possible “guest escape” vulnerability that allows arbitrary code execution on a host system from the guest system. It’s not the first time of a similar risk (see, for example, Microsoft Edge used to escape VMware Workstation at Pwn2Own 2017) but this kind of issue is a different risk level if it affect Worksation (so “just” a client environment) or a ESXi (potentially a datacenter environment).

This is the third part of a set of posts realized for StarWind blog and focused on the design and implementation of a ROBO infrastructure. See also the original post. Infrastructure at remote office side Design a ROBO scenario must match finally the reality of the customers’ needs, its constraints but also the type of workload and the possible availability solutions of them.

After the public beta period, NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7 comes out with great features that improve VM backup and recovery, simplify VM backup management, and speed up VM backup and recovery. The new version will add the following key features:

Some months ago I wrote a post on some possible replacement for PernixData FVP because In August 2016 Nutanix acquite PernixData but without give a clear message of the future of this product (neither during the last .NEXT event in Vienna). Finally I was able to talk with some Nutanix people from the PernixData division and I clarify some concerns about this acquisition.

Excelero, a new reality in software-defined block storage, is launching out of stealth and is announcing version 1.1 of its NVMesh® Server SAN software for exceptional Flash performance for web and enterprise applications at any scale. Founded in 2014 by a team of storage veterans (included Fusion-io’s founder David Flynn) and inspired by the Tech Giants’ shared-nothing architectures for web-scale applications, the company has designed a Software-Defined Block Storage solution that meets performance and scalability requirements of the largest web-scale and enterprise applications based on the model of hardware-based hyperscale IT architectures of technology giants like Facebook, […]

This is the second part of a set of posts realized for StarWind blog and focused on the design and implementation of a ROBO infrastructure. See also the original post and the first part. Design areas and technologies In the previous post, we have explained and described business requirements and constraints in order to support design and implementation decisions suited for mission-critical applications, considering also how risk can affect design decisions. Now we will match the following technology aspects to satisfy design requirements:

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.

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