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Architecture firm 'upgrades' storage with smaller arrays; more news

A Wisconsin architecture firm reduced cost and maintained performance by switching to an entry-level unified storage system.

Architecture firm 'upgrades' to VNXe3150 entry-level storage

A networked storage upgrade doesn't have to involve a bigger, faster system to make it worthwhile.

Wisconsin architectural firm Kahler Slater's latest upgrade involved bringing in smaller and less expensive arrays without giving up the performance it needs to handle large design files.

Kahler Slater, which has about 150 users working in Milwaukee, Madison and Singapore offices, last December switched from an EMC Clariion CX3-20 midrange SAN to a VNXe3150 unified storage model designed for SMBs. Chris Bakke, Kahler Slater's director of IT, characterized the company as a mid-to-large architectural firm but much smaller than many enterprises.

Read the full story on Kahler Slater's storage upgrade, and then learn more about unified storage systems.

VStorage API support focus of Symantec-Veeam battle

Backup software leader Symantec and virtual machine backup specialist Veeam Software are sparring over whether data protection can be safely supported with VMware's vStorage 5.1 API. A Symantec blog claimed that issues with the application programming interface (API) can cause backup and restores to fail or hang, while Veeam counters that it already solved those problems in its software.

Drew Meyer, Symantec's director of marketing for Backup Exec, wrote a blog post about two weeks ago pointing out that Symantec ran into issues while testing the vStorage 5.1 API. Meyer claimed these issues "introduce risk [in] performing consistent backups and ensuring reliable restores."

Read the full story on Symantec and Veeam's dispute on backup reliability with VMware's vStorage 5.1 API.

Virident, OCZ and BitMicro announce new SSD gear

Virident Systems and OCZ Technology Group Inc. each rolled out new lineups of solid-state drives recently, while BitMicro Networks Inc. announced its new two-tier architecture for its upcoming line of I/O accelerators and SSDs.

Virident Systems has announced that its new FlashMax II Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) SSDs are now available for enterprises. The new drives support Linux, Windows and VMware Inc. ESXi and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environments for running virtual machines and virtualized desktops, according to Virident. Pricing begins at $6,000.

Read the full story on new SSD products from Virident, OCZ and BitMicro.

Deal enables NetApp private storage in Amazon public cloud

NetApp has teamed up with Amazon Web Services to deliver hybrid cloud storage for big data analysis, tiering, backup and archiving.

NetApp Private Storage for Amazon Web Services (AWS), which launched last week, gives customers a link from their on-premises NetApp storage to the Amazon public cloud via the AWS Direct Connect service.

Amazon established Direct Connect in 2011 to let customers move data to and from the Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) over a private network connection instead of the Internet.

Read the full story on NetApp's private cloud deal with Amazon, and then learn more about challenges with cloud services that VARs and MSPs face.

ViaWest chooses SolidFire flash array for performance, storage QoS

Denver-based cloud service provider ViaWest turned to a SolidFire all-flash array for the underlying storage of its cloud to improve performance and management.

Matt Wallace, ViaWest's director of cloud architecture, knew an all-flash array would give him a performance boost, but he also needed to manage that performance for multiple customers. That led him to SolidFire, which offers granular quality of service (QoS) for its flash arrays aimed at cloud providers.

ViaWest has 24 data centers in North America. The provider offers colocation, managed services, and public and private cloud hosting.

Read the full story on ViaWest's implementation of a SolidFire flash array.

SugarSync, Maginatics, others add online file syncing features

Online file sharing and collaboration technology continues to evolve and grow rapidly, with SugarSync, Maginatics, InfraScale and CodeTwo all bringing out new or updated products over the past few weeks.

SugarSync Inc. released a redesigned version of the software for its cloud-based file-syncing service. SugarSync 2.0's enhancements focus on making it easier to use, with a new user interface.

"We were always criticized because the tool took too long to set up, get up and running. We are considered the most powerful and flexible, but not the most easy to use," said Robb Henshaw, SugarSync's director of corporate communications. "So, we went back to the drawing board, so now the product looks more like a Skype desktop application instead of a Mac FileFinder."

Read the full story on file syncing upgrades.

Tintri storage appliance helps law firm improve VDI performance

At law firm Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge and Rice, remote users were often frustrated with latency in the VDI environment, until a year ago, when the firm implemented VMstore, Tintri's storage appliance for VMware environments.

Womble, Carlyl, Sandridge and Rice (WCSR) -- whose main data center is in North Carolina supporting 14 offices across eight states -- implemented VMware View about four years ago as a way to give 1,200 remote employees, vendors and clients access to internal resources. At that time, the firm's VDI data was running on the same back-end infrastructure that the server was running on -- an EMC CLARiiON CX4-480.

Read the full story on WCSR's use of Tintri's VMstore storage appliance.

HP adds 3PAR StoreServ 7000 for midrange, file and object storage

Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co. today launched two lower-end midrange 3PAR storage arrays and a new big data and archiving platform in hopes of reversing its declining storage sales.

HP is extending 3PAR, its one successful storage platform, to cover the lower end of the midrange through the enterprise. The new systems are also available as all-flash arrays, and HP is also offering a migration path from its aging enterprise virtual arrays (EVAs) to 3PAR.

The new HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage 7000 series includes the 7200 and 7400 models. The other new product is the HP StoreAll Storage system for unstructured data. HP also enhanced its StoreOnce 2000 and 4000 backup deduplication disk target appliances.

Read the full story on HP's new 3PAR storage arrays.

Nutanix offers scale-out storage options for its Complete Cluster

Nutanix Inc. today released a new series of its scale-out storage and compute cluster products, and updated its Nutanix Operating System. The new NX-3000 series lets customers scale storage and compute separately with performance nodes, and software advances include compression and replication for disaster recovery.

Nutanix's converged data center products combine solid-state Fusion-io PCI Express (PCIe) flash cards, hard-disk drives (HDDs), Intel processors for computing, and a file system for a "software-defined data center" in a box. "This is your entire data center. You don't need to use a SAN [storage area network] or NAS [network-attached storage] from NetApp or EMC," Nutanix CEO Dheeraj Pandey said.

Read the full story on the newest scale-out storage products from Nutanix.

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