EMC Announces Plans to Make Isilon Announcements in 2016

[NOTE: This post has been updated with answers to some of the questions I had at the time of the announcement. The updates are inline, below.]

Today, EMC made some announcements about some new Isilon products that they hope to make Generally Available (GA) in “early 2016″. If you’ve been following Isilon closely like I do, nothing in the announcements will be a big surprise as everything talked about is something the Isilon folks have been talking about in roadmap presentations for a while now.

After presenting more marketing about the Data Lake message (I’ll summarize: Put all your data in one big place. That place is Isilon. That Isilon Data Lake can now (OK, in “early 2016″) be expanded from the Core to the Edge and even to the Cloud”), the announcement covers plans to announce:

  • A software-only version of Isilon called “IsilonSD Edge”
  • An extension to SmartPools allowing tiering to public or private cloud called “CloudPools”
  • An upcoming new version of OneFS

I’ll go through each of these, plus more, in some detail below. Continue reading

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Dell to Acquire EMC for $67 Billion – GeekFluent’s Thoughts

Today, Dell, Inc. announced that they — along with private-equity firms Silver Lake, MSD Partners, and Temasek — have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire EMC Corporation for $33.15 a share. This price comes out to approximately $67Billion in cash and stock, making it the single largest pure-tech takeover ever.

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IBM to Acquire Object Storage Vendor Cleversafe

Yesterday, IBM announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Cleversafe. Cleversafe is a manufacturer of object-based storage appliances. Cleversafe positions themselves as a software-based storage solution, but I’ve only ever seen their software available on the hardware appliances they sell.

I’ve been impressed with the ease-of-use and robustness of the Cleversafe platform. I have a few customers using it and they’re very happy with it.

IBM intends to move Cleversafe into their Cloud business unit to assist with on-premises and hybrid cloud solutions. As of this date, no information has been made public on the price of the acquisition.

You can get more details by reading the IBM press release, which is a good read despite their use of “on-premise” instead of the correct “on-premises”…

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PernixData Announces General Availability of FVP 3.0

PernixDataYesterday, PernixData announced the General Availability of version 3.0 of FVP. FVP is a software solution that enables the use of host-installed Flash and RAM to accelerate storage performance in a VMware environment. The performance increases that FVP can provide are often quite significant. If you’re not familiar with FVP I wrote an overview of the product back in March when PernixData announced version 2.5.

Since I’ve written an FVP overview before, I’ll skip ahead to talking about what’s new in this version. Continue reading

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VMTurbo Releases Operations Manager version 5.3

VMTurbo logoThis week, VMTurbo released version 5.3 of their Operations Manager monitoring / management / automation / Quality of Service (QoS) tool.

Yes, I’ll admit that previous sentence is a little confusing, but Operations Manager has so many features and capabilities packed into it that it defies easy classification.

For those who aren’t familiar with VMTurbo or their Operations Manager, I’ll do an overview of it, then I’ll walk through what’s new in version 5.3. If you’re already familiar with VMTurbo and just want to leap right in, you can download a free trial here. Continue reading

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SimpliVity Announces OmniStack 3.0, New OmniCube for ROBO, and a HyperGuarantee

SimpliVityToday, SimpliVity announced three new improvements to their hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solution offering. The improvements can categorized as software, hardware, and programatic:

  • Software: version 3.0 of their OmniStack software-defined HCI
  • Hardware: a new, smaller OmniCube, the CN-1200, designed specifically as part of a remote office / branch office (ROBO) solution
  • Programatic: a five-point performance guarantee that they’re calling the HyperGuarantee

I’ll walk through each of these below. Continue reading

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VMware releases NSX 6.2

Last week, VMware released version 6.2 of their software-defined networking (SDN) product, NSX. One of the things that’s interesting to me is that VMware no longer refers to NSX as an SDN solution. Instead, they’re playing a bigger game with it and call it “the network virtualization platform for the Software-Defined Data Center” (SDDC). This is in line with VMware’s overall message lately, positioning themselves as an SDDC solution, not just as one for server virtualization.

I’ll walk through what’s in the new release below. Continue reading

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SimpliVity and Lenovo Announce Hyperconverged Partnership

SimpliVityLast week, SimpliVity, a leader in the hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) space, announced that their OmniStack HCI solution will be available on Lenovo hardware. Prior to this announcement, the SimpliVity HCI solution could be deployed in two ways: by using the SimpliVity OmniCube appliances or by running SimpliVity OmniStack on Cisco UCS. This new announcement offers customers a wider choice of options.

I’ll walk through the new solution below. Continue reading

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Pure Storage Files Intent to IPO

Pure Storage logoToday, Pure Storage announced that it had filed Form S-1 with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Form S-1 is essentially a proposal to create an Initial Public Offering (IPO) of publicly-traded shares of stock.

Pure Storage intends to list its Class A common stock under the ticker symbol “PSTG”. The number of shares that will be offered and the price range for those shares has not been determined yet.

Pure Storage makes a line of All-Flash storage arrays. These arrays use very effective compression and deduplication algorithms to use the SSD space effectively. To me, though, the thing that most differentiates their offering from their competitors is not  the technology, but the approach. Innovative programs like Forever Flash and Evergreen Storage provide an easy answer to customers with concerns about the investment they’re making when they purchase storage hardware.

Congratulations to my friends at Pure Storage for this huge step. It will be very interesting seeing how this stock moves once it hits the market.

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Pure Storage Announces New Program, New Hardware, New Software Services

Pure Storage logoToday, Pure Storage, an all-Flash array vendor I’ve written about before, made three major announcements covering a new program for customers, new hardware, and new management software. Specifically, they announced:

  1. Evergreen Storage
  2. The FlashArray//m family (also called FA//m)
  3. Pure1 Management Platform

I’ll cover all three in detail below. Continue reading

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