Software Defined Storage

Datera Partners with Redapt to Bring Elastic Storage to North American Enterprises and SaaS Providers

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Datera Inc., a provider of elastic storage for on-premises clouds, today announced a strategic partnership with Redapt, a global systems integrator specializing in data center infrastructure and cloud engineering services. This partnership allows Redapt to distribute Datera's Elastic Data Fabric (EDF) software through all of its North American channels.

Datera EDF software offers enterprise-class performance coupled with cloud operations and agility for large organizations and service providers looking for scalable, on-premises clouds. This new partnership enables Redapt to provide its customer base with a complete, software-defined storage solution that runs on commodity x86 servers to deliver operational simplicity, economics and choice.

TUI Cruises' Fleet Stays on Course with DataCore's Software-Defined Storage

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DataCore Software, a leading provider of software-defined storage and hyperconverged infrastructure solutions powered by Adaptive Parallel I/O technology, today announced that its software-defined storage platform, SANsymphony, has been implemented on the cruise ship fleet of TUI Cruises, a joint venture between German TUI AG and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., the world's second-largest cruise company. The SANsymphony storage platform delivers highly available and high-performance storage capacity for VMware, Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Exchange. DataCore partner BSH IT Solutions was key to the successful implementation.

"DataCore's scalability in terms of capacity, performance and functionality gives us the flexibility we need to respond to future challenges, whether it is on the single ships or for the entire fleet. In addition, SANsymphony has demonstrated total reliability. We plan to keep expanding our ‘Mein Schiff' fleet, and we will continue to rely on BSH IT Solutions and SANsymphony to sail alongside," said Matthias Fahrner, director IT Competence Center & Strategy at TUI Cruises.

 

Veritas Unveils New Software-Defined Storage for OpenStack

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Veritas announced at OpenStack Summit, Veritas HyperScale for OpenStack, a new software-defined storage solution designed to maximize workload performance, lower operating costs and protect data in OpenStack-based cloud environments.

As OpenStack gains traction as an open source platform for cloud infrastructures, some of its components are at vastly different stages of maturity. While enterprises and app developers enjoy the flexibility and agility the environment provides, storage management capabilities are not as advanced. As a result, organizations often face challenges with workload performance, reliability and efficiency as well as with storage optimization and data protection. Veritas HyperScale for OpenStack addresses these issues directly.

HyperScale for OpenStack helps organizations realize the speed and economic benefits of deploying applications on OpenStack through predictable performance and storage quality of service (QoS). The software-defined storage solution leverages commodity hardware and includes integration for enterprise data protection.

Acronis Announces Active Protection, Adds Plesk, cPanel, Website Backup to Acronis Backup Cloud

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Rapid adoption of cloud-based services and exponential data growth in the recent years have exposed a need for fast, powerful, and integrated data protection solutions. Backup is king, and Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection and storage, has the world's only data protection solution specifically designed to equip service providers to take advantage of this lucrative market opportunity - Acronis Backup Cloud.

Plesk, cPanel, and Website Backup with Acronis Backup Cloud

Acronis Backup Cloud, the world's #1 backup for service providers has just got better. This week Acronis will announce the addition of Plesk, cPanel, and generic website backup functionality to what is set to become the most complete hybrid cloud backup-as-a-service platform in the world.

 

Excelero Launches from Stealth with NVMesh 1.1

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Excelero, a disruptor in software-defined block storage, is launching out of stealth today and announcing version 1.1 of its NVMesh® Server SAN software for exceptional Flash performance for web and enterprise applications at any scale. Funded in part by Fusion-io's founder David Flynn, Excelero enables enterprises to deploy next-generation data centers modeled after the standard hardware-based hyperscale IT architectures of technology giants like Facebook, Amazon and Google. With NVMesh, customers can leverage the full performance of NVMe flash at data center scale, with predictable application performance and astounding price/performance levels for even the most demanding applications.

NVMe holds the promise of unlimited performance for hyperscale environments, but current inefficient storage and application architectures suffer from low utilization rates - as little as 25%.  In nearly three years of development, Excelero has achieved 11 patents or patent-pending innovations for the ability to virtualize the NVMe devices and unify the capacity into a single pool of high-performance storage - to flexibly provision storage to applications as they need it.
 

Veritas to Showcase HyperScale for OpenStack and Veritas Access at OpenStack Summit

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Veritas Technologies, the leader in information management, today announced that it will showcase two of its software-defined storage solutions—HyperScale for OpenStack and Veritas Access—at OpenStack Summit in Barcelona, Spain from October 25-28, 2016.

With OpenStack quickly gaining traction as an open source software platform of choice for public and private clouds, storage management and support for enterprise production workloads is becoming critical for the successful adoption of OpenStack. Announced in September at the Veritas Vision 2016 conference, both HyperScale for OpenStack and Veritas Access help ensure reliability, accessibility and high workload performance within OpenStack environments—no matter the scale.

Nexenta and Canonical Extend Partnership to Develop, Deliver and Service Joint Software-Defined Storage Solution

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Nexenta, the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS), and Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu and Ubuntu OpenStack, have today jointly announced an extension of their partnership, creating a joint solution which pairs Nexenta’s award-winning SDS solution with Canonical’s Ubuntu OpenStack platform.

At last year’s OpenStack Summit, the companies announced their strategic alliance to support enterprise OpenStack customers and accelerate mainstream adoption of both software-defined storage and OpenStack technologies. Today, more than half of the world’s OpenStack deployments are built on Ubuntu, and the company has selected Nexenta to help expand its enterprise storage portfolio. Canonical and Nexenta integrated NexentaEdge, which delivers high performance object and block storage services, with Juju, a high-level service model for automating the deployment and management of applications. The joint solution allows Ubuntu customers to leverage NexentaEdge as their choice in storage solutions and provides seamless integration with Canonical OpenStack clouds.

SoftNAS Triples Growth as Software-Defined Storage Adoption Accelerates

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SoftNAS®, the #1 best-selling software-defined cloud NAS, today announced 330% revenue growth and more than a 190% customer increase in 2015. Driven by the explosive, dispersed nature of data, customers need a protected and reliable hybrid cloud storage solution. The SoftNAS vision frees customers from scale limitations and hardware dependencies by performing on any IT environment, ensuring fluid data movement regardless of data type or data location.

“Selecting SoftNAS has enabled us to expand our storage to the cloud, giving us greater flexibility, agility and resiliency. We are shifting more of our processes to the cloud and are quickly able to provision and manage storage. In addition, we do not have to deal with storage limitations and downtime which has contributed to a hassle-free experience,” stated Keith Son, Director of Infrastructure, iNDEMAND.

Nexenta Extends its Open Software Defined Storage (OpenSDS) Market Leadership via Open Source User Community and Membership

Nexenta (@Nexenta), the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS), today announced that the Nexenta User Community is growing in record numbers by serving as a driver of OpenSDS innovation. The Nexenta User Community gives thousands of IT professionals a forum to discuss the latest in software-defined storage solutions and the ability to work with new open source releases unavailable anywhere else. Participation in the Community is a driver of Nexenta’s OpenSDS innovation, architectures, solutions, and software and hardware platforms.

  • Over 100,000 Nexenta Community Edition solution transactions at no cost.
  • Over 46,000 users and community members.
  • Over 10,000 questions and comments.

 “As a NexentaStor Community Edition (CE) user for over 4 years now, I continually see the benefit from using the community edition as this provides me with a great solution for home lab use, as well as being able to spread the word into the enterprise and having a solid background on the solution,” said Larry Smith Jr., a Nexenta community member. “If all companies provided a community edition to home users for their labs, now that would be amazing.”

Cloud Computing: Software-Defined Storage Is Gaining Steam

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One of the fastest-growing segments of the software-everything universe is software-defined storage (SDS). Vendors new and old – including my company – are busy staking out their claims in this fast-developing market. The basic concept is simple: abstract the storage services (e.g. management, data protection, data placement, I/O, etc.) from the hardware that provides these services. When deployed intelligently, SDS has the potential to be a reliable solution for certain workload and customers large and small. Potential benefits include greater flexibility, scalability, CapEx and OpEx savings, and reduced complexity.

The State of Storage

Enterprise storage today can be fragmented with many moving parts, including different technologies (e.g. SAN, NAS, Flash, Object, etc.), multiple vendors, tools, and management software. Information types are changing too, with structured and unstructured data, rich or complex data, Big Data and the Internet of Things...