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VMware is announcing the End of Availability (EOA) of vSphere Data Protection (VDP), the backup program integrated with vSphere suite and included with the Essential Plus license. VMware vSphere 6.5 is the last release to include vSphere Data Protection and future vSphere releases will no longer include this product. VMware will focusing its investments on vSphere Storage APIs – Data Protection to further strengthen the vSphere backup partner ecosystem that provides better 3rd part native backup products. For sure it’s a great sign for the backup ecosystem.

Recently VMware has released a few security patches that will prevent a guest from execute code on the ESXi host and breaking the isolation of a virtual machine. This has been possible based on heap buffer overflow and uninitialized stack memory usage in SVGA, using this bug may allow a guest to execute code on the host. Note that this particular issue impacts ESXi 6.0 or later as also latest version of VMware Workstation, Player and Fusion.

Just some months ago Broadcom has announced a definitive agreement under which it will acquire Brocade merging networking with storage competency to build stronger company. Due to competitive overlaps, Broadcom plans to divest the IP Networking business. Brocade’s intention was to assist Broadcom in finding a buyer that will continue to invest in the strong portfolio that Brocade created. Now Broadcom and Extreme announced that they have reached a definitive agreement for the purchase of Brocade’s Switching, Routing & Analytics (SRA) business unit, including the VDX, MLX, SLX platform family, Brocade Workflow Composer, and Network Visibility & […]

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.

If you are using the legacy VMware vSphere Client on Windows 10 you may have some issues with the VM console that display only a part of the screen and leave blank other parts. You can use other clients (like the Web Client if you have vCenter or the Host UI if you have at least ESXi 6.0U2), but maybe you will have other issues (for example on ESXi 6.0 host UI console mouse may not work well or not at all).

After the announce of SvSAN 6, StorMagic is close to announce the new SvSAN 6.1 version. More performance, more flexibility, less cost. SvSAN 6.1 is due to be released in the coming weeks. But it’s also already available as a Technical Preview, by filling a form on this page. New features available in version 6.1 are:

Resilient File System (ReFS) is a new Microsoft’s filesystem introduced for the first time in Windows Server 2012 with the intent of becoming the “next generation” filesystem after the “old” NTFS (first NTFS version was for Windows NT 3.1). Starting with Windows Server 2016, ReFS is the default filesystem for some workloads and some solutions (like S2D). To provide greater resiliency for its metadata, the Resilient File System (ReFS) in Windows Server 2016 uses allocate-on-write semantics for all metadata updates. This means that ReFS never makes in-place updates to metadata. Instead, it makes all writes […]

SwiftStack is a complete, enterprise-ready storage product with OpenStack Swift at the core. SwiftStack delivers needed and innovative functionality outside the datapath, while OpenStack Swift components are in the datapath. The core engine IS OpenStack Swift. It’s not forked, fattened, or watered down. SwiftStack is one of the lead contributor to the Swift project that has over 220 additional contributors. Swift is used to drive some of the storage clouds at companies like Comcast, Time Warner, and Wikipedia, to name a few. After the announce of version 4, they have announce SwiftStack 5 with several […]

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, […]

Permabit provides data deduplication, compression, and thin provisioning for Linux systems. Their VDO (Virtual Disk Optimizer) product is a ready-to-run software package that delivers block-level deduplication, compression and thin provisioning capabilities to Linux. VDO operates inline at a 4 KB granularity, delivering the best possible balance of performance and data reduction rates. It leverages existing file systems, volume management and data protection to provide the fastest route to market for delivering superior data reduction solutions in Linux storage environments. Now Permabit announced General Availability (GA) of Permabit Virtual Data Optimizer (VDO) Release 6 for its […]

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