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Keelhauling through the week's movers and shakers


Cohesity – again – says its DataPlatform Cloud Edition (CE) is available in the Azure Marketplace. The company provides a hyperconverged, web-scale platform that seamlessly spans "multi-cloud" and on-premises infrastructures to support all secondary storage workloads, from backups to application test/dev to data analytics.

DataPlatform CE offers:

  • Running Cohesity DataPlatform as a virtual appliance on Azure
  • Transferring data from on-premises Cohesity clusters to the Azure cloud platform
  • Using Azure cloud infrastructure for test/dev and disaster recovery workflows

DataTorrent, helmed by ex-EMC exec Guy Churchward and offering real-time data-in-motion stream processing (RTS), announced general availability of its latest software release, RTS v3.8, and a "JumpStart" programme to help customers get into production in 60 days or their money back. RTS applications are designed to ingest, transform, and analyse every data type as soon as it is generated in real-time, giving organisations the most current view possible of their data.

Exagrid CEO Bill Andrews has written an article on LinkedIn saying Exagrid is the best enterprise backup target for Veeam because customers want the ingest and VM boot performance of straight disk with the long-term retention cost efficiency of data deduplication, and only scale-out Exagrid can provide both. Well, he would say that, wouldn't he?

UK-based Gegobyte – memorable name – has a "pay nothing until we show you the savings" business model. It's a sort of consultancy with three technology suppliers: PrimaryIO, Plexistor (just bought by NetApp) and Spotinst. With these it's telling customers: "Reduce your VMWare costs by up to 75 per cent, increase VM densities up to x 4 and get AFA performance from existing hardware." Mail for more information.

What is a gegobyte? Think of the sequence petabyte, exabyte, zettabyte, yottabyte, brontobyte (1 followed by 27 zeros) and then gegobyte; 10 to the power 30.

Huawei says its all-flash storage OceanStor Dorado V3 is now certified by SAP as an enterprise storage system for the HANA platform. Dorado V3 with two controllers supports up to 18 SAP HANA nodes, and is equipped with the HyperMetro gateway-free active-active design, remote replication and lossless snapshots.

Kingston has a KC1000 NVMe PCIe SSD. It delivers up to 290,000 IOPS and will ship in mid-June in 240GB, 480GB and 960GB capacities. The drive has a five-year warranty. Sequential read/write performance is: 240GB: up to 2700/900MBps, and 480GB, 960GB: up to 2700/1600MBps. Random 4K read/write performance is: 240GB, 480GB: up to 190,000/160,000 IOPS; 960GB: up to 190,000/165,000 IOPS.

Talena, an enterprise data management supplier for big data platforms, says that, in just 12 months, it has seen a more than 10X growth in DataStax Enterprise (DSE) customers. They use its product for backup, recovery and test data management. The company now has more than 500 nodes and over one petabyte of DataStax data under management across a wide range of enterprise customers in markets including financial services, technology, retail and manufacturing.

Violin Memory has another new patent. United States Patent No. 9,513,845 discloses a technique that employs "erase hiding", which allows flash memory overhead operations, such as garbage collection, to be performed while minimising the effect of the overhead operations on the response time to read or to write data. Combining erase hiding with vRAID techniques permits memory data storage systems to maintain a high-performance advantage during online system storage capacity expansion.

Hyper-converged infrastructure software provider Virtuozzo announced its latest software release with RAID 6 erasure coding performance improvements, deployment and management of containers, VMs and storage, hypervisor security updates with no downtime, and automated updates of guest tools in VMs. Also VMs running Microsoft Windows will now work in Virtuozzo deployments without the need to install Microsoft disk drivers inside the VM, using newly added Hyper-V paravirt storage device emulation.

There are upgrade options for backup and restore of Virtuozzo 6 virtual machines and containers to Virtuozzo 7 nodes, and automated disk compacting for Linux VMs to minimize disk usage.


DDN has hired Eric Barton as chief technology officer (CTO) for software-defined storage. He will lead the company's strategic roadmap, technology architecture and product design for DDN's newly created Infinite Memory Engine (IME) business unit.

Alex Bouzari, DDN CEO, chairman and co-founder, said: "As we expand our customer base into cloud, AI, machine learning and rack-scale SSD environments, we are excited to have Eric lead our next wave of technological innovation."

Barton was lead architect for the High Performance Data Division (HPDD) at Intel Corporation, involved with object storage, NVMe, distributed file systems, multi-core processors and 3D XPoint. Before Intel, he was co-founder and CTO of Whamcloud, the main development arm behind the open-source Lustre file system, which was acquired by Intel in 2012.

NetApp has hired Anthony Lye to be its cloud business unit SVP and GM: "Reporting to NetApp CEO George Kurian, I lead the strategy and execution necessary to create a profitable cloud business for NetApp and establish the company as the undisputed leader in managing data in a cloud-integrated world." He comes from being EVP and Chief Cloud Officer at Guidewire Software, a supplier to the worldwide insurance market.

Pivot3 has appointed Carlo Garbagnati as its VP for engineering. He was most recently VP of hyper-converged and NAS engineering at Hitachi, where he led hundreds of engineers on projects for enterprise-class storage, big data and analytics, and hyper-converged and software-defined infrastructures. He was at hardware-accelerated NAS filer company BlueArc before then, which Hitachi acquired.

Pure Storage has hired Todd Forsythe as its chief marketing officer, away from Dell where he was SVP for digital marketing for 9 months, and previously SVP for corporate marketing at EMC for four years or so.

The current CMO, Jonathan Martin, is thanked for what he has contributed to Pure. He will stay on through the Accelerate user conference, and is wished well as he moves on to other opportunities.

Josh Berezin has left his VP Americas sales position at Scality and joined Rhumbix as VP w-w Sales. Meanwhile Scality has appointed:

  • Rupa Multani as head of Americas sales engineering
  • Michael Valen to lead Professional Services
  • David Koury to run Customer Support
  • Curtis Smith joins as a recruitment guy

Scality has moved into the Bank of America building at 555 California Street, San Francisco, CA. Some 80 employees will be based there, including its R&D team.

Symbolic IO has appointed Bill Wood as VP of Channel Sales and Strategic Alliances, saying he has 35 years' experience in direct and executive channel sales for leading technology companies that have deployed enterprise solutions such as storage, servers, network, and converged infrastructure across a broad range of industries and Fortune 500 companies. ®

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