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And for your third course, a platter of flash cache, object, file copy, and private cloud news

Storage stuff that missed the cut last week

Roundup Here are five storage stories that missed the cut last week but are interesting, as they show movement in the object, flash, operational data, and private/public cloud areas. There's so much product development and startup work going in it's hard to keep up.

SanDisk has updated its FlashSoft caching software to support Microsoft Windows Server, Hyper-V, and Linux operating systems. Their customers can accelerate apps by having data read from a server flash cache instead of disk drives. SanDisk says they can get a 3 to 5x performance gain. Its own testing saw a 4.4x increase in transactions/sec with a HammerDB workload on Microsoft SQL Server.

A Ceph Advisory Board has been set up by Canonical, CERN, Cisco, Fujitsu, Intel, Red Hat, SanDisk, and SUSE. Its aim is "to assist the [Ceph] community in driving the direction of open source software-defined storage technology." It wants to expand and enhance community participation and collaboration in the Ceph project, and will work with the community's technical and user committees.

It says Ceph is the most popular block storage solution for OpenStack deployments, as well as providing object, block, and file system storage in a single, unified storage cluster. The advisory board will have quarterly meetings plus monthly working group meetings.

Actifio's copy data management software is now available in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace. It says Oracle Cloud customers can use Actifio to provide a range of business resiliency and agility use cases, from backup, disaster recovery, and LTDR to virtual database provisioning in support of test data management.

The Oracle Cloud Marketplace is a one-stop shop for Oracle customers wanting business applications and service providers to add to their Oracle Cloud use.

HP has got itself Helion OpenStack v2.0, based on OpenStack's Kilo, which includes enterprise lifecycle management, security, configuration flexibility, and Software Defined Networking. It says HOS 2 has:

  • Easier provisioning of new infrastructure and the ability to repurpose existing infrastructure to meet scalability needs without impacting availability.
  • Rolling upgrades without requiring planned or unplanned downtime.
  • Continuous patch management for security patches and updates without application interruption.
  • Easy-to-use administrator interface, centralized logging and monitoring.
  • Network configuration enabling connectivity with existing IT environments.
  • Strict OpenStack API adherence to enable cross-cloud compatibility and use of third party plug-ins.
  • Sw-defined networking via integration with HP's Distributed Cloud Networking (DCN) and Nuage Networks Virtualized Services Platform.

HP's HOS 2 is available world-wide.

OpsDataStore is a startup srt by an ex-Gartner analyst, Bernd Harzog, which has just gained US$3 million A-round funding. Its idea is to aggregate data from all management frameworks and point tools into one real-time data store.

OpsDataStore says that "service quality across heterogeneous stacks and platforms has plagued enterprises for decades. Outdated legacy management frameworks, collections of unrelated point tools, homegrown solutions, and other piecemeal approaches are time-consuming, expensive, and ineffective. To improve performance and availability of these systems, data from all platforms and tools must be combined into one real-time data store."

A canned Herzog quote declaims: "It's clear the only way to transform modern IT management is a best-of-breed ecosystem of innovative new management tool vendors anchored by a common high-speed big data platform": the OpsDataStore one in development. ®

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