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NAKIVO Backup and Replication has a scalable architecture, that consists in some components (Director, Transporter and Backup Repository), and could be installed in several different way: including on Linux server and abbedded in NAS appliances. Until today there was only an official integrations with Synology and WD NAS, but potentially, using the Linux installer, you can install the transport role also on other Linux x86 based NAS. Now NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7 is available in QNAP App Center, and can be installed on x86-based QNAP NAS servers.

During the last Red Hat Summit (May, 2-4 2017 at Boston), there were a lot of news showing how Red Hat is moving from the Linux business to new business in the OpenSource and the cloud computing area (OpenStack it’s probably one big case, but, funny, was not part of relevant news). The most interesting news are:

StorMagic has announced the full release of StorMagic SvSAN 6.1 that takes the several capabilities of SvSAN 6.0 and augments it with a host of new features including predictive caching, automated storage tiering and a range of new management capabilities. By triangulating your compute and storage requirements with the patent pending caching features within SvSAN 6.1, you can simultaneously:

Red Hat has announced the general availability of Red Hat Virtualization 4.1, the latest release of the company’s Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM)-powered enterprise virtualization platform. Providing an open source infrastructure and centralized management solution for virtualized servers and workstations and built on the enterprise-grade backbone of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Virtualization 4.1 delivers expanded automation capabilities through integration with Ansible by Red Hat while new networking and storage capabilities offer a stable, flexible foundation for IT innovation.

The new VMware Virtual SAN (or vSAN) 6.6 adds several enchaments and new features as described in the announce notes. Some interesting news are related to security aspects and how data-at-rest could be protected: one option could be new vSphere 6.5 VM encryption format but now it’s also possible use the native vSAN encryption. Duncan’s post explains the difference of those two approaches.

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:

If you are using Veeam Backup & Replication to protect a Microsoft Exchange 2016 environment, you should not (yet) apply the Cumulative Update 5 (KB4012106) patch to avoid mailbox item-level recovery issue. In the weekly newsletter, Veeam notes that a couple of customers who already upgraded to CU5 reported some restore failures in Veeam Explorer for Exchange, caused by the significant change in one mailbox database structure.

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.

VMware has announced the intention to acquire Wavefront, a leading metrics monitoring service for cloud and modern application environments. In this way VMware is going to increase its Cross-Cloud management products and services including costing, discovery, monitoring, root cause analysis, and visualization.

VMware has announced the discontinuation of its third party virtual switch (vSwitch) program, and plans to deprecate the VMware vSphere APIs used by third party switches in the release following vSphere 6.5 Update 1. Subsequent vSphere versions will have the third party vSwitch APIs completely removed and third party vSwitches will no longer work. In the past years, VMware has recommended the Nexus 1000V users to move into the VMware vSphere Distributed Switch to avoid future problems, now it’s clear the product version where you can go.

Elastifile has launched its software-only, scale-out, elastic and flash-native solution that delivers hyperscale efficiency to enterprises and cloud service providers. The Elastifile Cloud File System frees data from its traditional hardware and site silos, with unprecedented scale and consistent, all-flash performance across a true global namespace to consolidate and migrate any workloads, whether on-premises or in the public cloud.

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