Top 10 cloud trends for 2016

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Good post by Lazlo Creates (thank you)

Just like any other area of technological innovation, cloud is a massive industry which has developed in ways few would predict a couple of years ago. As more individuals and enterprises embrace cloud technologies, the security and usability questions become a central focus of many providers. But consumer expectations aren’t the only factor shaping the state of cloud. Here are 10 key cloud trends to watch in 2016.

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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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SanDisk Unveils InfiniFlash All-Flash Array For Big Data

Post by Adam Armstrong (thank you)

Today SanDisk Corp, unveiled its new storage platform, the SanDisk InfiniFlash. The InfiniFlash creates an entirely new category in the IT industry as it geared toward and dubbed “Big Data Flash.” InfiniFlash comes in three configurations that are all aimed at delivering high capacity, high performance, and reliability for big data and hyperscale workloads.

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Interesting Question?

Good post by Martin Glassborow (thank you)

Are AFAs ready for legacy Enterprise Workloads? The latest little spat between EMC and HP bloggers asked that question.

But it’s not really an interesting question; a more interesting question is why would I put traditional Enterprise workloads on an AFA? Why even bother?

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VMware Virtual SAN 6.0

Good post by Rawlinson Rivera (thank you)

It is with great pleasure and joy that I like to announce the official launch of VMware Virtual SAN 6.0, one of VMware’s most innovative software-defined storage products and the best hypervisor-converged storage platform for virtual machines. Virtual SAN 6.0 delivers a vast variety of enhancements, new features to the as well as performance and scalability improvements.

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Unstructured Data is distracting Backup Administrators

Post by George Crump (thank you)

File based data accounts for more than 80 percent of capacity demand and backup administrators spend most of their time protecting this unstructured data. But the remaining set, structured data, will cause the organization the most harm if it is not recoverable. This data (databases, VM Images) requires special backups and fast recoveries. The key to protecting the organization from disaster is to eliminate the unstructured data protection problem. If backup administrators could focus 100% of their time on 20% of their problem, then organizations would be in a much better position to protect themselves from a disaster.

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Where all-flash performance meets versatility: HP 3PAR StoreServ 7440c Storage

Post by Aravindan Gopalakrishnan (thank you)

HP Storage and HP 3PAR StoreServ continue to be in the limelight with announcements of new products or innovative new technologies at every single HP Discover event these past few years. HP Discover 2014 Barcelona was no exception – with the announcements of HP 3PAR StoreServ 7440c Converged Flash Array, HP 3PAR File Persona, Online Import support for EMC VMAX, StoreServ Management Console and Recovery Manager Central.

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HP 3PAR, 360° storage

Good Post by Enrico Signoretti (thank you)

This is the first time in a while that I won’t be attending HP Discover. It’s a pity, not only because I have the chance to get updates directly from the horse’s mouth there, but also because it is always well frequented by good bloggers and other interesting people. At the event, HP usually organizes what they call “coffee talks” and you have the chance to get briefed and also have a lot of confrontation on each single line of their business (not that I’m really interested in everything they do, but Storage, Cloud and Enterprise IT in general are all well covered). BTW, thanks to my friend Calvin Zito I got news in advance and even though I’m overseas at the moment, I want to comment on what I discovered a few days ago.

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HP gives StoreServ a speed boost with flashy cachey spit’n’polish

Good post by Chris Mellor (thank you) over at El Reg

Hybrid flash/disk StoreServs get dedupe

HP is beautifying hybrid flash/disk StoreServ (3Par) arrays by adding deduplication, flash cacheing and faster writes. Deduplication, branded Thin Deduplication, was added to its all-flash 7450 StoreServ array in June.

Now it’s been extended to all hybrid flash/disk StoreServ 7000 and 10000 arrays, helping get rid of duplicated bytes of information inside chunks of HP’s block storage. That makes better use of their relatively costly flash, with HP saying it is “lowering the cost of usable flash storage.”

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