HDS revamps Unified Compute Platform; vFoglight Storage 2.0 released

News briefs: HDS releases the newest version of its Unified Compute Platform, now fully integrated with VMware vCenter; more news.

HDS revamps Unified Compute Platform integrated infrastructure

Hitachi Data Systems Corp. last week launched a new version of its Unified Compute Platform converged infrastructure, which the vendor bills as completely different from the 2010 version of its UCP.

The Unified Compute Platform (UCP) of two years ago was Microsoft software-centric, using Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) storage with an OEM version of Microsoft's System Center management software. The new UCP includes a VMware-centric turnkey solution with Hitachi storage and servers, networking from partners and new HDS-developed orchestration software. There is also a set of reference architectures consisting of HDS storage, as well as servers and networking from Hitachi and partners.

Read the full story on HDS’ new Unified Compute Platform.

VFoglight Storage 2.0 marries server and storage monitoring

VKernel, which became part of Dell last month, last week rolled out its vFoglight Storage 2.0 software, which gives storage and server teams a common performance monitoring and management tool.

The new version of vFoglight Storage combines vFoglight's storage monitoring software with technology from vKernel's vOperations (vOPS) Server Enterprise performance monitoring, configuration and automation suite.

The marriage of the two products is the result of multiple acquisitions. The storage monitoring comes from Monosphere, which Quest Software acquired in 2009. Quest also acquired vKernel and its vOPS product last November, and Dell closed its $2.4 billion acquisition of Quest Sept. 28.

Read the full story on vKernel’s vFoglight Storage 2.0.

Pivot3 expands vStac VDI appliance for storage

Pivot3 Inc. last week released the second version of its virtual desktop infrastructure appliance, which takes advantage of VMware's View Storage Accelerator for read caching and includes more capacity and RAM than the vendor's first-generation vStac appliance, released last year.

The vStac VDI R2 appliance is a parallel-architecture, scale-out appliance solution built specifically as storage for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environments. The appliance contains all of the software -- including VMware View -- and hardware needed to implement up to 125 virtual desktops per box. The vStac operating system (OS) load balances and protects data across all of the VDI appliances.

Customers can stack as many as eight appliances. A fully loaded eight-appliance vStac array makes a 288 terabyte (TB) iSCSI SAN with eight parallel RAID controllers.

Read the full story on Pivot3’s vStac VDI R2 appliance.

Egnyte chases cloud file sharing into the enterprise

Egnyte Inc. last week launched its EgnytePlus enterprise file-sharing platform certified to work with storage from IBM, NetApp Inc., Netgear Inc. and Synology Inc.

EgnytePlus online file sharing has also increased syncing capabilities compared with the previous Egnyte platform. EgnytePlus can support 5 million users per server and upload data at 25 MB per second (MBps). Previously, Egnyte supported 1 million users and 4 MBps.

Until now, the vendor has focused on the small and medium-sized business market, but Egnyte CEO Vineet Jain said he's finding interest in cloud file sharing among larger organizations.

Read the full story on Egnyte’s movement into enterprise cloud file sharing.

Newcomer Nakivo takes on SMB virtual machine backups, cloud backups

Startup Nakivo Inc. will jump into the virtual machine backup market later this month with an application initially designed for small and medium-sized businesses that promises easy installation, a low price and an option to back up to a secondary site or directly to Amazon.com's cloud. Nakivo Backup & Replication is in the final stages of its beta program, with general release due Oct. 30.

With this virtual machine (VM)-only backup product, Nakivo is looking to make a space in a market where such competitors as Veeam Software Corp. and Dell Inc.'s vRanger have already gained footholds, and on which the larger backup vendors have recently focused.

Read the full story on the backup and replication product Nakivois developing.

Synology America and Paragon Software announce new SMB products

Photography's shift from stacks of fragile negatives to gigabytes of image files has pushed a new category of users into the storage space -- and Synology is marketing its newest DiskStation network-attached storage (NAS) device to photogs looking to store reams of picture data.

Designed for the SMB market, the company's DiskStation DS2413+ is a 12-bay NAS device that can handle as much as 48 TB of storage. In addition it's equipped with an Intel Dual Core 2.13 GHz processor, up to 4 GB of double data rate type three, or DDR3, RAM; a pair of Gigabit Ethernet ports; plus two USB 3.0 ports and four USB 2.0 ports.

Read the full story on Synology’s DiskStation and Paragon’s Drive Copy backup product.

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