Browsing Posts published in December, 2015

Holiday are finally arrived and new years is approaching. Usually it’s time to make the biggest (or the most obvious) predictions for the next years (in  IT, trying to do predictions longer than 5-10 years could be quite difficult considering how fast is changing). I don’t really want to make my own guest on what could happen. For sure will be interesting in the virtualization world, considering that the beta of the next VMware vSphere is running and that 2016 will be also see the new Windows Server 2016.

NetApp, a well know storage company (the pioneer in file based storage offer), has announced a definitive agreement to acquire SolidFire for $870 million in cash. SolidFire maybe need more presentation: founded in 2010, has interesting  all-flash storage systems built for the next-generation data center where simple scaling, set-and-forget management, assured performance and multi-tenancy, and cloud economic models are driving new market growth. With SolidFire, NetApp will now have all-flash offerings that address each of the three largest All-Flash Array market segments. For the traditional enterprise infrastructure buyer, the award-winning NetApp All Flash FAS (AFF) […]

Minio is a new company build around an Open Source cloud storage product, built by veterans from Gluster. Gluster is a distributed filesystem was purchased by Red Hat in 2011 for $136 million to use it as a base of their SDS vision, like with the Red Hat Storage Server. Minio co-founder and CEO, Anand Babu Periasamy, was CTO at Gluster, Inc and other people from the Gluster team moved in Minio. Six months ago, Minio lands $3.3M seed round from venture capitalists.

LiveAction is a company founded on 2007 (with the name of ActionPacked) with the corporate office at Santa Clara, CA, the engineering iffice at Honolulu and several sales offices (San Francisco, San Diego, Austin, Chicago, New York, Charlotte, Louisville, Birmingham). More than 50 employees, 1000 users and more than 40 partners. Their product is an Intelligent WAN (IWAN) Visibility and Assurance, a software designed to simplify network management. Initially developed to aid the US Department of Defense in the operation of its networks, LiveAction features an innovative visual display, real-time big data analytics and deep control […]

DataCore has announced an Universal VVols Support and complete, with latest VMware technologies, the DataCore SANsymphony-V integration with VMware vSphere. As you probably know DataCore has a product to virtualize the storage (thery call “a storage hypervisor”) working with existing storage or simple disk pools (also DAS) and building a storage with rich features. Bring Virtual Volumes support to their product, mean that each storage can become a VVols storage using DataCore as an abstraction layer.

Primary Data emerged from stealth November 19, 2014 and I was lucky enough to met them one year ago (see #ITPT 14 Report – Primary Data) and learn about their interesting vision of storage virtualization. Primary Data’s product has been officially announced during VMworld US 2015. Its headquarter is in Los Altos, CA with offices around the world and currently employs about 80 staff worldwide and with over $60 million in venture capital raised to date. Their vision is quite simple: transforming datacenter economics with Data Mobility through Data Virtualization.

Cohesity is a new storage company, headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley (at Santa Clara), with a clear focus on the secondary storage (used for backup, archiving, shares, …) and a vision of a data platform that consolidates the data across all existing silos with it’s own web-scale storage architecture. In a previous post, I’ve wrote about the Cohesity Data Platform, a product designed to consolidate all secondary storage use cases on a unified environment that helps organizations control growing data demands.

After the definition of VMware certification roadmap v6 and the VMware certifications upgrade rules there are some new (little) changes. Based upon the feedback that VMware has received from the users, they have decided to update the structure of our advanced credentials. As you probably know the VCAP formally was “replaced” by the new VCIX certication:

FlashGrid is a new company founded in 2015 by some industry veterans (coming from Veritas, Intel, EMC, HGST, VMware, IBM). Founder and CEO Alex Miroshnichenko was CTO at Visto (acquired by VMware to build project Fargo, used in the new Virtual SAN 6.x, in new linked clone for VDI, but also in new containers based services). Really a lot of expertise from different storage related companies. During the last IT Press Tour #17 I’ve got the opportunity to learn more about this company (new for me) and their unique solution.

Tegile is a storage company with interesting products declared to be “one flash (hybrid or all flash) for any workload”. For sure they are a strong company, with more than 1800 systems deployed with Tegileproducts, including interesting names including Ferrari, McLaren, Tesla, … More than 1100 customers, doesn’t sound bad, at all! And around 360 employees worldwide and good investors (one, for example, is HGST!).

Rozo Systems announced the v2.0 of their its RozoFS scale‐out NAS software, a solution scalable to hundreds of Petabytes, with a single global namespaces, multihead, with multiple access protocols using NFS, CIFS and also Objects. This French company (based in Nantes and San Francisco) has started the idea in late 2005 from a lab testing research in University of Nantes and formally the company has born in 2010 as a spin-off of this research group. Version 1.0 of their product was released on 2013. Actually they have more than 10 employees and more than 10 […]

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