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.

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RedHat SDS solution has two different storage products, both open software-defined storage, with two different technologies:

  • RedHat Gluster Storage (formelly Red Hat Storage Server) provides a scalable, reliable, and cost-effective data management platform, streamlining file and object access across physical, virtual, and cloud environments.
  • RedHat Chef Storage provides a robust, highly scalable block and object storage platform for enterprises deploying public or private clouds. Voted No. 1 storage option by OpenStack® users

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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).

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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:

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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 to newly allocated regions.

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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 new features:

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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, Amazon and Google.

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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 OEM and Software Defined Data Center customers. This latest release of VDO delivers the company’s patented deduplication, HIOPS Compression™ and thin provisioning in a commercial software package supporting the latest releases of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Canonical’s Ubuntu Linux LTS.

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In just one month, after 10 years of service Exchange Server 2007 reaches the end of its support lifecycle.

Microsoft suggest customers who are using Exchange Server 2007 for any of their email and calendar services should begin planning to move the associated mailbox data and resources to Office 365 or update their infrastructure to a newer version of Exchange, such as Exchange Server 2016.

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The ecosystem surrounding VMware and its virtualization and cloud infrastructure software is still vibrant. There is a great community (VMTN) but also a huge number of bloggers (VMware employees and not only) with some good list of them available from v12n/vExpert Blogs and also the vLaunchPad blogger list (with the Top 100 VMware/virtualization people you MUST follow on Twitter – 2017 edition).

Influence Marketing Council, a membership organization for B2B technology marketers who work with influencers, advocates, and community, has also presenting their list of top 50 overall influencers for VMware. This is an algorithmic list based on who is followed the most on Twitter by other “insiders”, so it’s not completly related to the blog posts quality, but mostly on social media metrics.

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After the spin-off of HPE (see HPE will spin-off the software part) seems that the company is going to increase its storage portfolio and become a huge storage company.

HPE already has the StorVirtual (aka LeftHand) solution (that is become quite old in the approach) but also the more interesting StoreServ (from the 3PAR acquisitition) that cover mostly the storage portfolio with great AFA and hybrid products.

The hyperconverged area has been improved two months ago with SimpliVity products (see HPE and Simplivity: the deal is done) but now there is a big news.

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