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VMware Virtual SAN 6.0 (formally was v2.0) was a big improvement of the VMware’s hyperconverged storage solution with some important new features like the new filesystem (with powerful snapshot implementation), the concept of fault domain (to improve data resiliency), more scalability and the full flash option. Now VMware has announced a new release: Virtual SAN (or VSAN) 6.1, with new improvements, including enhanced usability & management, advanced troubleshooting, and several new features.

Seagate and Dot Hill Systems have announced a definitive agreement where Seagate will acquire Dot Hill to increase their storage portfolio. Seagate has a long storage history especially in hard disks: they’ve developed the first 5.25-inch hard disk drive in 1980 (the 5-megabyte ST-506), on 2006 Seagate acquired Maxtor, on 2011 acquired the Samsung‘s HDD business. But they have also a storage experience: in 2014 Seagate acquired Xyratex a storage systems company, used in most storage enclousure. The same year it acquired LSI’s Flash Enterprise PCIe flash and SSD controller products, and its engineering capabilities. And X-IO it’s all […]

Tintri, a producer of VM-aware storage (VAS) for virtualization and cloud environments, has announced the release of the Tintri VMstoreTM T5000 All-Flash series. The VMstore T5000 joins the T800 Hybrid-Flash series to create a portfolio of VM-aware storage platforms that offer enterprises and service providers their choice of storage, hypervisor and packaging to best meet their needs. Powered by the same Tintri OS and real time VM-level analytics, the new products will enable customers to easily optimize virtualized workloads across the T5000 and T800 systems.

Kaminario is a company with an interesting enterprise-class all-flash array (AFA) storage solution, that deliver unparalleled cost efficiency, with an really interesting price  per GB. The company is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, with offices in Yoqneam, Israel, Silicon Valley and New York City, and backed by Sequoia, Pitango, Globespan, Tenaya, Silicon Valley Bank and others. Now they are announcing the K2 v5.5 (generally available in Q3 2015) all-flash primary storage array that cuts the cost from $2/GB, from v5 introduced in May 2014, to less than $1/GB! With this price AFA storage could be for […]

One old (and now quite not used anymore) storage concept was about the Frame vs. frame-less architectures. Those terms are from the past decades and where used (especially from Dell-EqualLogic) to identify how storage controllers are dedigned and how they can scale: Frame-based storage contain individual components that scale independently (you can add more cache, network connections, disks, software, etc.) until it’s maxiums and until the product is still supported. Usually you have two storage controllers and one ore more shelves of disks. Frame-less storage is modular where each “module” include it’s own storage processors, […]

When you talk about data protection against hardware failure in storage system, probably RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) is the first technology that you think. RAID could be hardware or software based, and in the second case it can be implemented (with functions similar to RAID, but not necessary the same) also at the filesystem level (think about ZFS, for example). But with the new hard disk drive (HDD) capacities edging upwards (6TB HDDs are now available) the traditional RAID is becoming increasingly problematic both for the rebuild time and the bottleneck related to each single […]

With the new Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 2 there are more features as described in a previous post. Some are also releated to the storage part of Windows Server platform where starting with Windows Server 2012, Microsoft has introduced lot of features including SMB3, de-duplication, a new filesystem for huge volumes (ReFS), storage spaces and the Scale-Out File Server solution. And with Windows Server 2012 R2 also a multi-tiering. With Windows Server Server 2016 are added Storage Replica (to build, for example stretched cluster), an improved storage QoS, a better deduplication engine and a […]

Maxta, a storage company that provide hyper-converged solutions, announced MxInsight and MxCloudConnect, confirming a recent trend both in the analytics applied to the storage and also in the cloud based management solutions available as SaaS. Other vendors (not only in the storage area, see for example Meraki in the network area with a real unique management solution) are moving in one or both of this directions. Of course those aspects are not related to the core technology (for Maxta the hyper-converged storage), but on the services that you can have in order to simplify the IT management.

Zadara Storage is a USA company (with a Research & Development Center in Israel) with a unique approach at the storage: their solution is an enterprise-class Storage-as-a-service (STaaS). The company’s as-a-service model offers enterprises, SMBs and startups a flexible, agile and cost-efficient storage infrastructure, available on-premises and through public cloud providers. There is a wide range of worldwide cloud and colocation providers, including value-added relationships with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. And now available also through Cloudreach’s Cloud Platform offering.

Syneto is a young European storage vendor with main offices in Ireland, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland and Romania, and with customers spread in all major European countries. Honestly this is a rare case, considering that most storage vendor came from US (and most of them from Silicon Valley) but it’s nice see some exception and that something good arrive also from the old continent. This company has a clear market target (the SMB segment) and a clear vision, trying to solve this common dilemma (for the SMB market): SMEs needed storage solutions with powerful enterprise features, manageable […]

Seems the all flash (or full flash) storage momentum: most of the storage vendor are announcing a full flash solution, in the past months. For sure means more attention (and probably more demand) of this kind of storage, considering that some years ago there were only few solutions available. X-IO is a storage vendor with a really long term (over two decades with different names) of expertise to deliver unmatched price/performance for enterprise applications. I’ve already wrote about their history, their approach and their vision… and also why their solution are different and unique from […]

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