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Reading Time: 4 minutes Most people probably already know the terms Converged infrastructures (CI) and HyperConverged Infrastructures (HCI) that are both become quite common in the IT world, with several products and solutions that aim to be fit in those classifications. With the addition of new terms, like composable infrastructures. But HCI has become a hot topic with several vendors that aim to be a leader in this area, or with several “magic quadrants” that try to define who is in. And most people say that HCI market will just eat all (or most) of the primary storage market.

Reading Time: 1 minute The last week I’ve realized a new article for the StarWind blog focused on the different types of storage controllers in VMware vSphere (see Storage Controllers in VMware vSphere). To access block-based devices (like virtual disks, CD/DVD-ROM), but also generic SCSI devices, a virtual machine uses storage controllers, which at least one is added by default when you create the virtual machine and the type of it depends by the type of guest OS that you have chosen. You can make several change changes while you are in the creation wizard.

Reading Time: 2 minutes Announced during the last OpenIO Summit 2018, the new release OpenIO SDS 18.10 has been announced. OpenIO SDS transforms commodity servers into large object storage and compute pools. They build a scalable solution designed to grow as you need, that can handle from terabytes to petabytes. This Object Storage solution became Open Source in 2012 (with AGPLv3 license). OpenIO is a pure (open) software object store. Usually OpenIO SDS has a 6-month release cycle and now following the OpenIO SDS 18.04 released in August 2018, this new version version of SDS is now available with a […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes Each quarter, Backblaze realize an “hard disk stat” blog post with detailed information on (spinning) hard disk durability. Those reviews look at the quarterly and lifetime statistics for the data drive models in operation in Backblaze’s data centers. As of September 30, 2018 Backblaze had 99,636 spinning hard drives. Of that number, there were 1,866 boot drives and 97,770 data drives. A lot to have some interesting data.

Reading Time: 3 minutes Violin Systems has announced it has signed a Letter of Intent with X-IO Technologies to acquire X-IO Storage, the division of X-IO Technologies that developed the popular Intelligent Storage Element (ISE) flash and hybrid storage array product lines. Financial terms were not disclosed but the transaction is executed to be completed within 30 days. This announce cames after few days the announce of the new Violing product XVS 8, confirming that the company is not only reborn, but is tring to get also back to the storage market.

Reading Time: 5 minutes You can easily move hard drives from one QNAP NAS to another for seamless system migration while retaining all existing data. But this usually works if you are moving from an old to a new model. For example, users can migrate their QNAP NAS to another Turbo NAS model with all the data and configuration retained by simply installing all the hard drives of the original (source) NAS on the new (destination) NAS according to its original hard drive order and restart the NAS. What it’s nice is that this procedure can also migrate between […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes OpenIO SDS transforms commodity servers into large object storage and compute pools. They build a scalable solution designed to grow as you need, that can handle from terabytes to petabytes. This Object Storage solution became Open Source in 2012 (with AGPLv3 license). OpenIO is a pure (open) software object store. OpenIO SDS has a 6-month release cycle and after the a limited preview in April 2018 (for selected customers), now there is the new OpenIO SDS 18.04 version. This release is a consolidation and maintenance release, developing the foundation for features for the next version that […]

Reading Time: 4 minutes During the last Dell Technologies World 2018, there were several announce on new products or new versions of existing products. And, in the storage, are also a new replacement (it’s not just an evolution) of the VMAX storage: the new Dell EMC PowerMax. Powered by end-to-end NVMe, real-time machine learning, and up to 10 million IOPS, the new Dell EMC PowerMax storage array features high-speed smarts that deliver big-time results.

Reading Time: 3 minutes Veeam has started an interesting collaboration with Pure Storage some years ago, but probably the most notable collaboration was during the last Pure Storage Accelerate at San Francisco where both the companies have provided a compelling solution for businesses that are undergoing a digital transformation. The main intent was to provide a storage integration between Veeam Backup & Replication and Pure Storage. This integration was planned to be available early 2018 to provide businesses with the ability to leverage storage snapshots for significantly improved RPO and reduced infrastructure impact.

Reading Time: 3 minutes Storage management is something unique and quite depending by the storage vendor. Solutions like VMware Virtual Volumes can simplify it by providing a common interface, but it’s more on the usage and consuming part, rather than the storage management part. The SNIA (Storage Network Industry Association) Swordfish specification is a standard that helps to provide a unified approach for the management of storage and servers in hyperscale and cloud infrastructure environments, making it easier for IT administrators to integrate scalable solutions into their data centers.

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