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Take cover! Storage news barrage incoming

We sheltered our heads until there was a pause for reporting

Incoming! Boom, boom and boom again – storage news announcements hit the wires in a relentless barrage. Here's a few we've received showing developments in data protection, cloud storage, hyper-converged storage, the dregs of flash memory and more.

  • Acronis Backup 12 now includes backup for Office 365 and VMware vSphere 6.5. It backs up and recovers Office 365 mailboxes and includes Acronis Active Protection against ransomware, blocking attacks and instantly restoring affected data.
  • Acronis has launched True Image 2017 New Generation with realtime protection against ransomware attacks and blockchain-based certification (Notary) and electronic signature technology. It also has support for Mac OSX, mobile and Facebook.
  • Object storage developer Caringo has announced its FileFly Secondary Storage Platform, to offload Windows Servers bloated with infrequently accessed unstructured data, with "intelligent data transfer to a limitless tier of scale-out secondary storage". It's like old-time file virtualisation. Using Caringo FileFly 2.0 and Swarm SW, it uses policies based on file attributes and access patterns to determine what data can be moved to a secondary storage tier. Data transfer is automated and transparent to users, applications and processes. Once on the secondary tier, data is continuously protected and files transparently migrate back to primary storage upon access, leaving workflows and applications unaffected.
  • Cisco UCS servers are certified by Microsoft to operate Azure Stack, its way of having an onsite cloud run like Azure. Cisco is joining Dell, HPE and Lenovo servers as validated server platform suppliers.
  • Cohesity has hired Mark Parrinello away from his VP Americas sales spot at Nimble Storage and installed him as VP world-wide Sales. He will "accelerate the record-breaking growth the company experienced in 2016".
  • End-point protector and file sharer Druva has announced new monitoring and detection capabilities such as ransomware protection.
  • Fujitsu has recorded an SPC-1 price/performance of $0.40 (8th lowest result) for its ETERNUS AF650 all-flash array, with 605,992.03 SPC-1 IOPS (12th highest result) and 0.6ms average response at 100 per cent load. It claims this makes it the fastest storage product in its (mid-range) class.
  • Intel has a new edition of the Lustre parallel file system, v3.1.0.2, which is a host fix release with the 'Hyd-7045' update.
  • Email, archive and security supplier Mimecast reported revenues of $48.3m, up 30 per cent y-o-y, for its third fy 2017 quarter. There was a GAAP net loss of $3.4m. It added 3,100 new customers in the quarter, taking total customer to 24,900 globally. That's quite some growth.
  • Cloud storage gateway supplier Nasuni says it had record results in fy 2016, with ubscription revenue grew by 92 per cent over fy2015. It tells us gross annual customer value (ACV) customer churn was less than 5 per cent for the year and it had 130 per cent prowth in TB under contract.
  • Hyper-converged vendor Pivot3 said it had record growth in 2016 with an 84 per cent revenue uplift over 2015. There was a a more than 200 per cent increase in Q4 2016 from Q4 2015. It saw good business in the federal, healthcare and education verticals.
  • Rubrik says it's taking off like a hyperloop train, with booked revenue approaching a $100m run rate, and 700 per cent annual customer growth. It's grown to 250 employees across 5 continents, with teams in 10 EMEA countries, and it's signed 220+ channel partners across the globe; 100+ in EMEA. Hmm, yes, that's quite some growth too. CEO Bipul Sinha is driving Rubrik like a VC on golden exit steroids.
  • Data warehouser/BI/analyser Teradata has regained profitability after sloughing off its under-performing Marketing Applications business unit. Fourth 2016 quarter revenues of $626m were 13 per cent down annually with net income of $58m up 41.5 per cent annually. Full 2016 year revenues of $2.32 Bn were down 8.2 per cent year-on-year and net income of $125m more than reversing last year's -$214m loss.

    CEO Victor Lund said in the earnings call: "In 2016, we took substantial cost out of our business from the 2015 levels and we didn't do necessarily a very beautiful job of that, but at the end of the day, as I look back on it, it was effective." It's rationalised its go-to-market strategy with 500 focus accounts and will invest in consulting and support services in 2017.

  • Violin Memory has had its Soros family-owned Quantum Partners (QP) chapter 11 bankruptcy rescue deal approved by the US Bankruptcy Court. QP wil loan Violin $8m (debtor-in-finance facility) and effectively now owns Violin Memory and will reorganise/restructure/whatever it.

That's it... for now. ®

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