Software Defined Storage

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...

Customers Accelerate and Improve Cloud Performance With NetApp Software-Defined Storage

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Software defined storage provides customers with a vision and roadmap to the next generation data center including cloud deployments. NetApp(R) NTAP, +0.68% today announced new solutions that increase and simplify automation of software-defined storage elements and provide fine-grained management of VMware virtual machine data, including evaluation software that interoperates with VMware's Virtual Volumes to help customers achieve more efficient IT operations at a lower cost. Additionally, NetApp is announcing new OnCommand(R) software with enhanced data protection and improved reporting capabilities, and flash-optimized FlexPod(R)(1) with VMware Horizon View(TM) for end-user computing.

Software-Defined Storage for the Cloud Era NetApp is a key design partner for VMware's Virtual Volumes, a new data storage architecture designed to enable granular, VM-level management of storage resources and data services, based on application-centric policies. NetApp's solution for VMware Virtual Volumes will deliver advanced policy based software-defined storage management. NetApp's support for Virtual Volumes builds upon NetApp's patented Virtual Storage Console (VSC) for VMware that improves data storage efficiency and reduces cost and complexity in a VMware virtual infrastructure environment...

Pure Storage Provides Key to Expanding Virtualised Workloads in Europe and Delivers All-flash Benefits

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Pure Storage, the all-flash enterprise storage array company, is attending VMworld Europe to demonstrate to the virtualisation community in Europe how it can accelerate their growing virtualised workloads at an affordable price, using all-flash arrays. During the two-day show, the company will be leading two breakout sessions and is helping kick the event off by sponsoring the vRockstar ‘Block Party’ on Sunday, 13th October 2013.
Storage has long been the Achilles' heel of virtualisation, limiting the efficiencies that European companies can gain from deploying more virtual machines. The problem lies with the highly random IO stream that is created when mixing workloads through virtualisation, resulting in unpredictable latency. Traditional disk- based storage solutions are unable to provide the high-availability and low latency needed for a virtual environment at an affordable price point. Pure Storage’s all-flash array dramatically improves the end-user experience, providing unrivalled performance at an affordable price, removing the IO bottleneck.

Open Source Software-Defined Storage Platform Ceph Gains Ground

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Ceph, the open source, software-defined storage platform that is contending for its share of the rapidly evolving market for distributed storage systems for the cloud and Big Data, has chalked up a significant victory at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Inktank, the company behind Ceph, partnered with the university's College of Education to deploy a private cloud powered by Ceph, OpenStack and Ubuntu Linux to support research activities.

Mirantis, an OpenStack systems integrator, collaborated with Inktank in the deployment, which the vendors achieved using existing hardware at the university. The private cloud that they built was designed to make it easy for university faculty to deploy new server instances quickly. The infrastructure also ensured data privacy by storing information on-premise rather than in a public cloud...