Cisco Expands Storage Networking Porfolio

Today, Cisco announced the expansion of their MDS storage networking portfolio with the addition of three new products. These new products bring increased performance, automation, and ease-of-use to an already great product line.

The new products announced are:

  • MDS 9148S Fabric Switch
  • MDS 9706 Multilayer Director
  • MDS 9700 FCoE Line Card

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

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Investors Demonstrate Faith in Avere Systems’ Cloud NAS Offerings

Today Avere Systems announced a renewed emphasis on their Cloud NAS gateway offering. The Cloud NAS allows access to public cloud storage resources at performance similar to on-premises storage, making it a hybrid cloud storage enabler.

Personally, I’ve always liked this product. When you dig into the details it’s easy to see why. In March, Avere posted SPECsfs2008_nfs.v3 testing results putting the product through its paces. Using three FXT 3800 models providing access to Amazon S3 storage, Avere was able to demonstrate SPEC Ops in excess of 180K ops/sec with just over 2ms response time. (You can read the full test details here.)

Apparently, I’m not the only one who likes the product. Avere also announced that they’ve received an additional $20Million from investors in a Series D round of funding. This brings to total amount invested in Avere Systems up to $72Million.

Hybrid Cloud is here. The fight for market share in the Hybrid Cloud space is beginning in earnest. I fully expect Avere to be a significant player in this space.

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GeekFluent’s Roundup of the EMC MegaLaunch Announcements

Perhaps you remember EMC’s first big product announcement event under their then-new CMO Jeremy Burton. They called it a “MegaLaunch” and set out to break several world records as part of the event. If you remember 20 people stuffed into a Mini Cooper, you remember the event.

Every year since then, EMC has repeated the MegaLaunch theme. Last year I was lucky enough to have a front-row seat at MegaLaunch III in Milan.

This year it’s MegaLaunch IV and here are what I think the important bits are:

Which was your favorite part of the MegaLaunch event? Let me know in the comments below.

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EMC Announces Updates to Isilon Scale-Out NAS Platform

Today, as part of their “MegaLaunch”, EMC announced updates to the Isilon scale-out NAS platform. The updates include two new hardware nodes, expanded Flash capabilities, and new data access methods.

I’ll walk through the updates below. Continue reading

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EMC Announces Upgrades to XtremIO All-Flash Array

EMC XtremIOToday, as part of their “MegaLaunch”, EMC announced upgrades to the XtremIO all-Flash array. The upgrades include increases in capacity, number of active controllers, and performance. Continue reading

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EMC Announces ProtectPoint Backup Solution

ProtectPointToday, as part of their “MegaLaunch”, EMC announced a new backup/data protection solution called ProtectPoint.

Storage administrators already use a combination of array-based snapshots and backups to another device (either disk- or tape-based) to protect their users’ data. ProtectPoint combines these two — formerly separate — concepts into one elegant solution. Continue reading

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EMC Announces Next-Generation VMAX Storage Array

VMAX3 LogoToday, as part of their “MegaLaunch”, EMC announced the next generation of their VMAX storage platform. The new line is known as the VMAX3 and consists of three models, the 100K, 200K, and 400K which succeed the previous generation’s 10K, 20K, and 40K VMAX2 models respectively.

According to EMC, the new VMAX3 models provide: Continue reading

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Pure Storage Announces Major Release of Purity Operating Environment

Today, Pure Storage announced a major release of their Purity operating environment. (Pure also announced two new hardware models, which you can read about here.) The new release, Purity 4.0.0, adds multiple new features including a RESTful management API, and the much-anticipated remote replication. I’ll walk through the details of what’s new in the release below. Continue reading

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Pure Storage Expands FA-400 Series Offerings

Pure Storage FA-420 ArrayToday, Pure Storage announced two new models in their FA-400 Series line of all-Flash arrays. (Pure also announced a new major release of their Purity Operating Environment, which you can read about here.) The new hardware offerings “bracket” the previously-available FA-420, with one being smaller and one larger than it. (The “FA” in the model names stands for “Flash Array”.) I’ll walk through the details of the new models and other changes to the Pure line of arrays below. Continue reading

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Name Changes in the EMC Lineup

If you read my post on the product announcements at EMC World, and then followed any of the official coverage of the event, you may have experienced some slight confusion. Turns out between the pre-announcement blogger briefings and the actual announcements, there were two minor name changes. Let me make up for any inadvertent confusion by clearing it up. Continue reading

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