Red Hat Unveils Industry's First Production-Ready Open Source Hyperconverged Infrastructure

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Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today introduced Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure, the industry's first production-ready fully open source hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solution. By combining innovative virtualization and storage technologies with a stable, proven operating platform, Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure is designed to help enterprises to bring datacenter capabilities into locations with limited space, such as branch offices and other remote facilities.

Organizations with distributed operations, such as those in the banking, energy or retail industries, need to be able to offer the same infrastructure services in remote and branch offices as they run in their datacenter. However, remote and branch offices can have unique challenges: less space and power/cooling, and fewer (or no) technical staff onsite. Organizations in this situation need powerful services, integrated on a single server that can scale out.

Cohesity Unveils Native Integration With Pure Storage for Fast, Simple and Cost-Effective Data Protection and Recovery

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Cohesity, the pioneer of hyperconverged secondary storage, today announced a new integration with Pure Storage, the market's leading independent solid-state array vendor, to deliver faster, more efficient data protection and recovery. The native integration with Pure Storage FlashArray//M also empowers customers to leverage public cloud storage for long-term data retention and accelerate DevOps with instantaneous copies of any production application.

By combining Cohesity's hyperconverged secondary storage platform with Pure's all-flash arrays for mission-critical applications, customers now have access to highly efficient and scalable infrastructure that extends across the data center. The integration allows companies to automatically consolidate a wide array of secondary storage tasks on Cohesity DataPlatform within the Pure operating environment, rather than wrangle a handful of fragmented and expensive point solutions for data protection, backup, file services, DevOps and analytics.

Cloudistics Launches Its Next Major Release of its On-Prem Cloud Platform on the Back of Another Record Quarter

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Cloudistics, an on-premises cloud computing company, announced today the availability of Cloudistics Ignite 3.0 software, offering additional features, functionality and performance enhancements for simpler, faster deployment and management of applications. Over the past quarter, Cloudistics saw record growth in revenue and has made great strides in growing its customer and partner base, scaling customer deployments, adding strategic headcount, and expanding internationally.

The Ignite software powers and controls the Cloudistics on-premises cloud platform, delivering mid-market and enterprise customers the same experience and functionality of the public cloud in a simple, plug-and-play and high performance on-premises appliance.

“We love the flexibility, scalability, and the ease-of-use of the public cloud but we can’t store sensitive data outside our datacenter,” said Jon Halseth, manager, Information Technology for the Atlanta Hawks. “Cloudistics provided us with a simple-to-use and secure platform that gave us the best of public cloud with control over our data.”

HPE Acquires SimpliVity for $650 Million, Another Proof Point for HCI

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This month, HP Enterprise (HPE) announced an agreement to acquire Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) vendor Simplivity for $650M.  The acquisition highlights the growing popularity of consolidated computing systems that CIOs are adopting as an alternative to public cloud services, and suggests that on-premises computing systems still remain a crucial option for many organizations.

SimpliVity is but one of many companies offering hyperconverged systems which bundle computing, storage and networking onto the same server.  The company's flagship product is called the OmniCube hyperconverged infrastructure appliance, and they've been working with hardware vendors such as Lenovo, Dell, Cisco and Huawei to bring the software portion of its solution to those vendors' hardware platforms.

SimpliVity was founded in 2009, and over the last couple of years, they raised almost $276 million in four funding rounds led by Waypoint Capital, Accel Partners, Charles River Ventures, DFJ Growth, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) and Meritech Capital Partners.  When the company raised its Series D round of $175 million in March of 2015, the company was estimated to be worth as much as $1 billion.


"The best user experience will win in hyperconverged," says HPE on theCUBE

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Last week at HPE Discover 2016 London, Dave Vellante & Paul Gillin of theCUBE chatted with Bryan Jacquot, Worldwide User Experience Architect at HPE. Vellante started the interview by commenting on the fact that they don’t typically interview someone with Jacquot’s title.

Jacquot agreed, yet his job is vital at HPE. By studying human-computer interaction and cognitive psychology, software designers can improve user experience. For example, he mentioned that the careful use of color and sound is important in how the brain interprets and accepts information. Using basic fundamentals of cognitive psychology, designers can take complex systems and make them easier to understand and use.

Skyport Systems Prevents Security Breaches With New Threat Analytics

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Skyport Systems, a leading secure hyper-converged infrastructure provider for the hybrid enterprise, today announced the addition of threat analytics to its hyper-converged system, SkySecure. SkySecure delivers a turnkey hyper-converged solution that combines secure computer, virtualization, and network security controls to run critical applications, like Microsoft Active Directory, with less complexity and greater peace of mind. SkySecure Threat Analytics can detect administrative account and credential misuse, providing actionable insight that can help mitigate and prevent security breaches. 

In 2015, over 75 percent of all compromised records due to data breaches involved the loss or theft of a privileged credential. Attackers used stolen administrative access for weeks without detection, resulting in breach costs in the millions.

Easing the Admin Burden: Hyper-Converged Infrastructure for Centralized Management of Remote Data Centers

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IT organizations know what a challenge managing a distributed data center can be. Many an IT Director has spent sleepless nights figuring out how to maintain - or fix - data-center infrastructure deployed at regional offices. While they serve a purpose for companies with specific needs, such as those with branch offices far from headquarters or manufacturing facilities spread across the globe, distributed data centers are notorious for being a drain on resources. They can be siloed systems running well below capacity, and they usually require expensive, on-site data-center support, often requiring IT admins to jet around the globe in direct, hands-on-support roles.

But times are changing. The old model of hardware-focused data centers operating as silos in various geographies has given way to a new technology: hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI). While HCI's predecessor - converged infrastructure - combines compute, networking and storage capabilities on a single chassis in the data center, HCI goes a step further by integrating all of those functions in a software-defined environment. HCI involves running all of the functions of a datacenter as software on the hypervisor rather than on dedicated physical equipment. HCI is packaged in a compact, factory-integrated appliance, enabling data centers to scale by running compute, networking and storage in virtual building blocks and stacking those blocks to create a flexible infrastructure.  

Hitachi Enterprise Cloud Changes the Game for Enterprise Cloud Deployment

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Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., today announced three new ways to improve and accelerate digital transformation initiatives. Current market offerings lack flexibility and choice for customers, forcing IT to face on their own a gauntlet of obstacles and dead ends. To address this, Hitachi Data Systems has introduced:
  • Hitachi Enterprise Cloud (HEC) for organizations that choose private and hybrid cloud to automate data center operations and application delivery.
  • Hitachi Management Automation Strategy, which helps organizations simplify the management of their infrastructure.
  • Enhancements to Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) 2000 and UCP HC for organizations that want to transform and modernize their IT infrastructure with economical and open converged and hyperconverged systems.

Microsoft Ignite 2016: DataCore to Offer the Industry's Fastest Hyper-converged Virtual SAN Software at No Cost to Microsoft MVP

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DataCore Software, a leading provider of Hyper-converged Virtual SAN, Software-Defined Storage and Adaptive Parallel I/O Software, announced today that to support the Microsoft Ignite 2016 event and Microsoft Server 2016 announcements, it will offer license keys for its Parallel I/O-powered DataCore Hyper-converged Virtual SAN software at no cost to Microsoft MVPs. DataCore powers the ‘world's fastest hyper-converged solutions' and the software has been proven to boost Microsoft application performance (e.g. Microsoft SQL server and Microsoft Dynamics) and provide powerful data services to run and support Microsoft server and Azure cloud platforms - the software runs either directly on the root partition on physical servers, with Hyper-V, on a virtual machine or on an Azure VM instance. 

The not-for-resale (NFR) license keys -- available for non-production uses such as home labs, course development, training, feature testing and demonstration purposes -- are intended to support virtualization consultants, instructors and architects involved in efforts aimed at managing and fully leveraging storage assets.

Virtuozzo Launches Updated Hyper-Converged Solution Utilizing Open Source Technology and Optimized KVM

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Virtuozzo, powering more than five million virtual environments as the leading virtualization platform for service providers, announced general availability of Virtuozzo 7. With this new version, the platform ushers in a new level of portability, reliability, and performance, especially for customers in large datacenter environments where vendor flexibility, as well as low latency, is critical. 

"Virtuozzo 7 is the most agnostic, agile, and cost effective virtualization platform on the market today," said Alexey Kobets, senior vice president of Research and Development, Virtuozzo. "It combines our own optimized KVM and the ability to create system containers in a single hyper-converged platform. Leveraging the entire Virtuozzo 7 product stack--or utilizing standalone products within it, such as Virtuozzo Storage--gives our partners the flexibility and efficiency required to run their business across multiple clouds with the lowest total cost of ownership."