Friends, we have a real treat for you. A roundup of this week's stunning enterprise storage news

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A heady flight of storage and server news was served to our enterprise news desk this week. Here’s a selection...

Acronis released a ransomware survey conducted in the US, UK, Australia, Germany, France and Japan. The results showed most users were completely unaware of the threat posed by ransomware attacks, and how to prepare for them. That’s not so good for suppliers selling anti-ransomware product, obviously. Acronis says ransomware criminals are expected to extort $5bn this year so – obviously again – you need to back up your data, and guess who can help? Yep; Acronis.

CTERA says its automated file-level backup and recovery Cloud Server Data Protection Platform is available in the Amazon Marketplace.

It can back up any number of Windows and Linux Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances, and use AWS as a backup target for applications running on any cloud or object storage-based platform. There’s a wide range of APIs to enable in-cloud backup and file-level and application backup. Once you’ve bought it, CTERA says you can be up and running with five mouse clicks via support for AWS CloudFormation deployment templates.

It globally dedupes and compresses backups at the source for protection in an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), across AWS Availability Zones, and across cloud providers. We’re told it can use information lifecycle tools from Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) to place backup data on Amazon’s S3 Standard – Infrequent Access tier (Standard – IA), where storage is priced as low as $0.0125/GB/month.

Rack-scale NVMe-over-fabrics all-flash array startup E8 has decided to use HGST Ultrastar SN200 NVMe SSDs, with up to 153TB in its 2U enclosure. The SN200 is a dual-ported SFF 2.5-inch drive, with up to 7.68TB capacity.

Fujitsu has a new server, said to be its smallest ever. The Primergy TX1320 M3 has a small tower cabinet and can sit on a desktop or bookshelf.


Fujitsu Primergy TX1320 M3

This box features Xeon E3-1200 v6 product family, Core i3, Pentium and Celeron processors plus up to 64GB DDR4 main memory. It has up to eight 2.5-inch hard drives, RAID controllers, 4 x PCIe slots, backup and networking options, TPM 2.0 capability and redundant power supplies. Get more tech details here.

It is one of Fujitsu’s updated mono-socket server line, with the others being the TX1310 and TX1330 towers and RS1330 rack server, all of them suffixed -M3n and being an update on the previous M2 generation products, with newer Xeon processors.

Fujitsu says the TX1320 M3 set a world record score of 74.6 in terms of processor performance for Xeon E3-powered systems, in the SPECint2006 benchmark.The RX1330 M3 has a score of 271 in the SPECint_rate2006 benchmark test.

The TX1320 M3 and other M3 models are shipping and prices vary by region, model and configuration.

IDC says that, according to its Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker, vendor revenue from sales of infrastructure products (server, storage, and Ethernet switch) for cloud IT, including public and private cloud, grew by 9.2 per cent year-over-year to $32.6 billion in 2016, with vendor revenue for the fourth quarter (4Q16) growing at 7.3 per cent to $9.2 billion.

The top five vendors were Dell, HPE/HC3, Cisco and Huawei, with IBM, Lenovo and NetApp tied for fifth place.


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Syneto is a hyperconverged infrastructure appliance vendor. Its Hyper Series 3000 is a range of hybrid and all-flash hyperconverged products with built-in instant disaster recovery (DR) capabilities; users can restart their infrastructure on the DR unit within 15-30 minutes.

There are Hyper Series 3100 and 3200 products. The 3000 supports up to 24 medium-sized VMs with up to 16TB effective hybrid storage capacity through compression, deduplication and thin provisioning. The 3200 supports up to 48 medium-sized VMs, with different capacity and performance options available:

  1. Hybrid: up to 16TB effective hybrid capacity
  2. Hybrid2 (double-hybrid): 8TB hybrid tier alongside 3.2TB all-flash tier
  3. All-flash: 7.2TB all-flash

The company has offices in Italy, Switzerland and Romania.

Hyperconverged infrastructure software provider Virtuozzo and cloud infrastructure services provider Packet have a combined offering for service providers and enterprises to take advantage of hyperconverged infrastructure products on-demand. They claim it’s highly cost-effective and customers can deploy Virtuozzo’s software for containers, virtual machines and storage in minutes from the Packet private cloud.

The two say they have dedicated infrastructure in 4 locations – Silicon Valley, New York, Amsterdam and Tokyo – deployed via API, web portal or common integrations tools like Terraform or Ansible. There are hourly and monthly billing options and licensing, networking and all hardware are configured automatically.

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People moves

  • Phil Bullinger moves from heading Dell EMC’s Isilon systems business unit to become Datacenter Unit SVP at Western Digital. The previous Datacenter unit head, Dave Tang, becomes SVP marketing at Western Digital.
  • Dell said: “Dell EMC has announced that David Schmoock has been appointed President, North America Commercial Sales, effective May 8 and that Bill Rodrigues will depart Dell at the end of 1Q FY18 after a successful 20-year tenure with the company. We are confident David is the right leader for Dell EMC North America Commercial Sales today and into the future. Dell is currently considering candidates to replace David as leader for Global Client Solutions Sales.” 
  • Infinidat has appointed Greg Scorziello as UK country manager, replacing the departed Jasper Gundry-White. He comes from being a GM EMEA at Actifio and is an ex-IBM XIV staffer.
  • (With reference to Seagate) Professor Robert Bowman of Queen's University Belfast has been appointed as a new Research Chair in Advanced Materials for Data Storage, starting a five-year project to research and develop new materials for use in the next generation of hard drives – meaning HAMR. We’re told current designs for the key element of HAMR – the plasmonic antennae – lack the thermal robustness to stay reliable for the lifetime of a hard drive. New materials are needed. Seagate’s nearby Springtown plant builds disk read/write heads.
  • Zerto has appointed Coley Burke as VP sales, Americas, and Steve Lobisser as global director, technical support. Both come from Dell EMC. ®

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