VMware VSAN for ROBO Two Node 10 GbE cross-connect support

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Good post by Vladan Seget (thank you)

I somehow ignored this information but I think that it’s very useful to share, especially if you’re navigating the SMB or very SMB sector. In fact VMware VSAN for ROBO Two Node 10 GbE cross-connect support. So you have the possibility to cross connect ROBO nodes, via low cost 10GbE option and have a great performance because you’ll have dedicated VMkernel interface for VSAN traffic.

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HP Announces ConvergedSystem 250-HC StoreVirtual

Post by Adam Armstrong (thank you)

Today HP announced a new addition to its ConvergedSystem line, HP ConvergedSystem 250-HC StoreVirtual (CS 250). Like the HP ConvergedSystem 200-HC StoreVirtual, the CS 250 is a hyper-converged appliance that offers highly available virtual server and storage infrastructure. HP claims that CS 250 can be configured in minutes and is almost half the price of its competitors. The CS 250 is designed for virtual desktops and remote offices and offers companies an easy path to the hybrid cloud.

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A quick introduction to Rubrik

I first encountered Rubrik at this year’s Partner Exchange (PEX) 2015 in San Francisco. They had some promotional flyers made up labeled “Backup Still Sucks”. I guess a lot of people can relate to that. I had a chat with Julia Lee, who used to be a storage product marketing manager here at VMware, but recently moved to Rubrik.

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Qumulo emerges with data-aware scale-out NAS

Good post by Dave Raffo (thank you)

Isilon founding engineers launch Qumulo Core, software designed to manage scale-out NAS with real-time analytics.

Qumulo came out of stealth today with what it describes as data-aware scale-out NAS with real-time analytics built in.

Qumulo Core was developed by many of the same developers who created Isilon scale-out NAS. Qumulo founders Peter Godman, Aaron Passey and Neal Fachan were responsible for dozens of Isilon patents. EMC acquired Isilon for $2.25 billion in 2010.

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CommVault Announces Backup Appliance With NetApp

Post by Adam Armstrong (thank you)

Today CommVault announced the availability of the CommVault Backup Appliance with NetApp. The appliance is a combination of Simpana software with NetApp’s E-Series storage in a purpose-built, pre-configured data protection solution. This solution furthers the partnership between the two companies that started with the development of NetApp SnapProtect.

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Cloud Integrated Backup and DR

Post by Colm Keegan (thank you)

The best way to ensure data and application recoverability is to conduct frequent DR testing. The problem is that many organizations rarely, if ever, perform DR testing because it is time consuming, expensive and often it has limited value because the tests are not “real world”. But if there was a way to integrate simple and effective DR testing into the backup environment, this could give businesses a cost-effective solution to test application recoverability. Moreover, if the backup environment could be further leveraged to facilitate near instantaneous application fail-over capabilities into the cloud with production level performance, this would significantly bolster business application availability and service levels.

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OmniStack Inside of Cisco? Yes You Can!

Post by Brian Knudtson (thank you)

For my first official post for SimpliVity, I have the distinct privilege of announcing the technical details of our new offering: OmniStack Integrated Solution with the Cisco UCS C240. With this announcement, you can easily purchase both Cisco’s C240 M3 server and SimpliVity’s OmniStack technology and have them factory integrated and configured. That’s right! You can now purchase SimpliVity’s ground-breaking technology in a Cisco-based appliance.

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VMworld 2014 – EVO:RAIL and EMC’s approach

Good Post by Chad Sakac (thank you)

Before I go much farther in talking about EVO:RAIL, I want to quickly make a black and white statement – based on what I expect analysts/press misunderstanding today’s announcements (we’ll see if they do this):  VMware is NOT getting into the hardware business 🙂

Looking at the PR, and even the way EVO:RAIL is positioned as a “product” (to me, it is a OEM program, and a VMware software product –  EVO:RAIL manager – that helps OEMs build hyper-converged appliance products) I can see why people may be confused.  Let me try to make this clear:

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VMware Building ‘Project Mystic’ Converged Infrastructure Appliance For EMC

Good post by Kevin McLaughlin (thank you)

VMware and EMC are teaming up to develop an EMC-branded converged infrastructure appliance that could have a major impact on both vendors’ partner ecosystem relationships, CRN has learned.

VMware is developing the software for the converged infrastructure appliance, code-named Project Mystic, and distributors will assemble the hardware, sources familiar with the matter told CRN Friday.

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