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It's once again time for your enterprise storage salmagundi of the week

Date: 04 August 2017 Author: Chris Mellor

Published by The Register on Aug 4, 2017 (View the article at theregister.co.uk here)

Dive into this smorgasbord of lite bites, or light bytes even, of IT storage happenings this first week of August.

Arcserve

Arcserve reckons we didn't give it enough prominence in our story about Gartner's Data Center backup and recovery Magic Quadrant. It didn't just enjoy a minor change in position in the niche players' box; oh no!

We're told, by Arcserve of course, that "compared to the 2016 report, Arcserve made a significant move forward in our Ability to Execute." In fact, one Gartner analyst said, "I've never moved a vendor as much as Arcserve did this year," showing that he, or she, can't speak grammatically.

Our Arcserve spokesbody said, "We were graded positively on execution due to our multi-year growth (2x the market), new UDP software and UDP appliance versions, and executing on our roadmap and goals from when we became independent three years ago.

"Arcserve made a slightly positive move forward in our Completeness of Vision – because our archiving and direct-to-cloud acquisitions were recent, we missed including them in this report. However, we look forward to seeing our position in next year's report that should include these new technologies, as well as our upcoming disaster avoidance solution."

Attala Systems

Attala Systems will demo its storage tech at the 2017 Flash Memory Summit, August 8‑10 in Santa Clara, California. The company has been in stealth mode until now and says it has a management and advisory team of seasoned executives from across the storage networking and server industry.

The tech is a combination of an Intel Altera FPGA-based component and self-learning orchestration and provisioning capabilities. Think NVME over Fabrics (NVMeoF) source and target interface products.

It is purpose-built for cloud storage infrastructure and is an end-to-end system. We're told it is a flexible data networking infrastructure, with automated provisioning and orchestration, and should significantly reduce TCO and operational costs.

Target customers are cloud service providers, e‑commerce sites, managed service providers, telco providers, financial services, and real-time digital enterprises. For them, Attala says, its product provides significant advantages over enterprise-focused all-flash arrays and software-defined storage platforms.

It is said to be essentially an elastic block storage solution "on steroids."

Chelsio

Chelsio points out that Intel's Xeon SP announcement included integrated support of iWARP RDMA (remote direct memory access) networking for software-defined storage and NVM Express over Fabric. That now makes iWARP the default RDMA connectivity and RoCEv2 the add‑on on most server platforms.

This announcement complements Chelsio's iWARP RDMA product direction and solution portfolio. Chelsio iWARP RDMA solution is:

  • Available in 1/10/24/40/50/100 Gbit/s speeds, and scales to wherever Ethernet scales.
  • Robust, stable, mature, proven, and scalable.
  • Cost effective and works with all legacy switches and routers allowing brownfield install options, and thus decouples the server-storage and switch refresh cycle.
  • Easy to use and requires no special switches, gateways, server configuration or IT training, and runs all InfiniBand applications without modification across data centers, MANs and WANs.
  • Best fit for Storage Spaces Direct, Client RDMA, Storage Replica NVMeoF and GPUDirect RDMA.
  • Inboxed in major Linux and Windows Distributions.

Code42

Busy backupper Code42 is growing. It says it has enjoyed 50 per cent recurring year-over-year growth for the past three years, and surpassed $100m in business revenue.

It says more than 47,000 business and education customers, representing 2.4 million users worldwide, use Code42 to protect more than 100 petabytes of data.

Ten of the world's twenty most-valuable brands and seven of the eight Ivy League Universities use Code42.

It has had 100 per cent growth in headcount over the past 12 months, to 524 employees. President and CEO Joe Payne is driving an expanding business.

Crossbar

Crossbar will say what it thinks about the current state of ReRAM technology and targeted applications for embedded and stand-alone non-volatile memory products at the Flash Memory Summit on August 8‑10.

Starting its commercialization phase, Crossbar will demonstrate several ReRAM chips and development tools for high-capacity, low-latency storage systems.

Technical demos with ReRAM products will show massive battery energy savings for IoT and wearables applications, and outstanding performance on data center server applications will be shown at Crossbar's booth – #219.

Kaminario

This all-flash array supplier tells us it has achieved the highest score for three out of five use cases – including Online Transaction Processing, Analytics, and High Performance Computing – in Gartner's all-flash array Critical Capabilities report. This is a set of companion research notes to Gartner Magic Quadrant.

Kaminario was also recognized with the second-highest scores for Server Virtualization and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure use cases. It's so pleased, that it's made the Critical Capabilities report available here(registration required).

Pivot3

Hyper-converged infrastructure supplier Pivot3 says its vSTAC platform is certified with VMware's Horizon Cloud.

Customers can deploy virtual desktops and applications to thousands of users in less than an hour.

Pivot3 has more than 2,000 customers around the world deploying more than 16,000 hyperconverged infrastructures in industries such as video surveillance, healthcare, government, transportation, entertainment, education, gaming and retail.

 

Quantum

Quantum says StorNext v6.0 is generally available. This is its scale-out file system product. It's shipping with the company's Xcellis workflow storage appliances.

We're told v6.0 provides more efficient and cost-effective ways to share and access files across geographically distributed teams, to manage and protect archived data, and to audit changes to data throughout its lifecycle.

There are new FlexSync and FlexSpace features:

  • FlexSync provides a way to synchronize data between multiple StorNext-based systems in a manageable and automated fashion. It supports one-to-one, one-to-many and many-to-one file replication scenarios and can be configured to operate at almost any level: specific files, specific folders or entire file systems.
  • FlexSpace allows multiple instances of StorNext – and geographically distributed teams – to share a single storage repository and access the same data set. To reduce costs, the shared repository avoids maintaining duplicate copies of data at each site, while providing access to all users, in any location, at any time.

It supports both public and private cloud storage that uses the S3 protocol – including Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud as well as Quantum's Lattus object storage – and third-party object storage such as NetApp StorageGRID, IBM Cleversafe and Scality Ring.

StorNext v6.0 includes a new quality of service (QoS) facility for optimizing performance across all client workstations, and on a machine-by-machine basis, using bandwidth limits and adjustments.

This v6.0 version also has client platforms able to browse archive directories that contain offline files – which can number in the hundreds of thousands, or even millions – without having to retrieve the entire directory. So does the archive retrieval process, enabling users to get the files they need more quickly.

Lastly v6.0 StorNext 6 adds:

  • Copy expiration, enabling automated removal of file copies from more expensive storage tiers, thereby freeing up space and increasing the overall return on investment.
  • Ability to track changes in files across the data lifecycle and report who changed a file, when the changes were made, what was changed and whether and to where a file was moved – giving administrators greater file management granularity and insight into usage patterns and supporting compliance requirements.

WhereScape

The oddly named WhereScape – Wherescape? – is a data warehouse/business intelligence precursor company. It simplifies and automates the design, build and population of data warehouse tables.

When you need to populate a data warehouse again and again and from multiple sources, then automating the process with WhereScape's RED product makes a lot of sense.

The company says its product extracts data from virtually any source, including OLTP systems, flat files, and big data platforms such as Hadoop. It builds native database objects optimized for a number of target platforms and analytic appliances, including:

  • Platforms
    • Microsoft SQL Server
    • Teradata
    • Oracle
    • IBM DB2
  • Appliances
    • Greenplum
    • Netezza
    • Microsoft Analytics Platform System

We understand support for Snowflake is coming.

Druva

Druva says WorkForce Software, a provider of enterprise workforce management products, is using Druva to protect its business data, which includes Office 365 and G Suite.

Peter Webber, director of IT operations at WorkForce, said old manual backup procedures ran out of usefulness: "WorkForce has grown rapidly, with dozens of offices opening across the globe. Additionally, we made an acquisition that brought a flood of new international users."

They needed something better and alighted on Druva, which centralizes all essential data in the cloud.

People

The company that just merged with Axcient, eFolder, has hired Adam Slutskin as chief revenue officer. He comes from a two-year stint as CRO at ConnectWise and will have direct worldwide responsibility for all revenue-generating and customer-facing eFolder teams.

His LinkedIn profile says his "strengths are building teams and enabling them for success. I empower the right people for the task at hand. I strongly believe in transparency, collaboration, innovation as well as challenging the norm." ®