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Kaminario supports WD's composable infrastructure gear

All-flash array supplier Kaminario has said it will support Western Digital's composable infrastructure products.

These were: NVMe-over-Fabrics-connected OpenFlex hardware: F3000 proprietary flash drives in quasi 3.5-inch form factor. E3000 3U enclosure housing 10 F3000s. D3000 1U disk drive enclosure. OpenFlex architecture. Kingfish open APIs to orchestrate and manage SCI systems. OpenFlex ecosystem partners.

Kaminario, which has a composable K2 storage array, has a strategic collaboration with WD encompassing its own composable product and WD's OpenFlex and Ultrastar storage platforms.

It will support WD's Ultrastar NVMe and SAS storage products for its K2 appliance  and Cloud Fabric software-defined storage.

Kaminario's .N software stack is also compatible with WD's OpenFlex series of NVMe-oF platforms that provide disaggregated, fabric-connected flash and disk building blocks. When combined, these products deliver a NVMe/NVMe-oF offering using Kaminario Flex.

The firm said the K2 appliance is available for purchase as a pre-integrated appliance or as a software-only product under its Cloud Fabric programme. The K2 appliances will also be available via Kaminario's channel partners.

Storage Developer Conference

The agenda for the Storage Developer Conference (SDC) 2018, 24-27 September, in Santa Clara, California, has been announced. The sessions will focus on persistent memory, orchestration, NVMe, performance, and object storage.

Among others, we spotted a talk from Los Alamos National Lab's HPC Division Leader, Gary Grider, on "storage Lessons from HPC" and Amazon principal engineer Jim Pinkerton Sr's talk on "Amazon Elastic Block Storage at Scale".

The full agenda is here.

Storbyte releases 10-year warrantied SSDs, arrays

Storbyte announced ECO•FLASH drives and arrays with a 10-year warranty. The technology is designed to distribute read/write workloads across hundreds of independent memory modules.

The kit is aimed at enterprise environments with intense, uninterrupted read/write data performance requirements, such as broadcast/entertainment, cybersecurity and read/write analytics.

The warranty offers a 100 per cent unlimited write guarantee based on established mean time between failures field performance results.

Its ECO•FLASH arrays are available in user-definable sizes ranging from 32TB to 131TB raw capacity in 1U, 64TB to 524TB raw capacity in 2U, and 96TB to 1.57PB in 4U, all with user configurable 5:1 compounded average data reduction.

They support Ethernet, iSCSI, NAS, Fibre and InfiniBand primary connectivity, also a fully integrated Hybrid/Multi-Tier spinning disk and JBOD expansion capability utilising Storbyte expansion packs or any industry standard, user provided open systems hardware.

More info here.

Acronis gets... an ethics advisor?

Data protector Acronis has appointed an advisor for ethics and judicial matters to its Board of Directors – a retired chief judge of the US Court of Appeals, Eugene R Sullivan.

Judge Sullivan served in the US Army where he was awarded the Bronze Star, the Air Medal and other decorations for his service in Vietnam. Interestingly, he was part of the Nixon White House's legal defence team during the Watergate investigation. Eventually he became Chief Ethics Officer of the US Air Force.

Acronis said the judge would help the company to continue acting on its ethical principles, attracting new talent, and "maintaining its positive reputation within the community".

The firm's president John Zanni said in a release: "Acronis works hard to build and preserve an ethical culture in all of our offices worldwide... We are committed to maintaining ethical relationships with our employees and customers, respecting the environment and fair business practices. The Honorable Eugene R Sullivan will help our company become an even more responsible member of the community."

Sullivan for his part, said he felt "privileged to be a part of this company".

Does Acronis really need a board-level advisor on ethical and judicial matters? What next? Veeam recruiting the Dalai Lama to its board?


Archive360 said Storage Switzerland released a Product Spotlight entitled, "Fixing the Broken Archive – Archive360 2018 Update". You can register for a copy here (PDF).

Backblaze said Minio can be used as an S3 Gateway for Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage.

FreeNAS and TrueNAS now also include direct support of Backblaze B2, which enables backing up of data to the B2 Cloud.

Burlywood, a developer of modular flash storage controller technology, has entered into an OEM agreement with Unigen Corp, which will market and sell Burlywood's TrueFlash storage software to customers looking to accelerate their transition to an all-flash data centre.

Hyperconverged secondary storage supplier Cohesity has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Storage Competency status for its cloud storage product.

Innodisk has launched its M.2 NVMe PCIe Gen3×2 3ME2 MLC solid state drive (SSD) into the automotive IoT market. They're available in different heatsink-less form factors that all withstand temperatures ranging from -40°C to 85°C. Info here.

Kaminario, describing itself no longer as an all-flash array storage company but a "leading cloud storage software company", said its K2 ranked highest for analytics and high performance computing in the 2018 Gartner Critical Capabilities for Solid-State Arrays Report. Odd that a cloud storage software company gets ranked in a solid-state arrays report, isn't it? More info from Kaminario here.

Paragon Software Group has released two Mojave-optimised drivers – NTFS for Mac and APFS for Windows, for early adapters working on Mac and Windows systems. Both tools are available for free download here.

The SNIA has an "Introduction to SNIA Swordfish – Scalable Storage Management" webcast on August 21, 2018 at 10:00 GMT, presented by Alex McDonald, vice-chair SNIA Europe, and office of the CTO, NetApp. Register here.

An upcoming SNIA webcast looks at RoCE versus iWARP RDMA protocols. It’s on August 22 at 1000 PT / 1300 ET. It’s presented by Tim Lustig, Mellanox; Fred Zhang, Intel; and John Kim, Mellanox. Register here.

Amsterdam Schiphol airport has deployed StorMagic's SvSAN, a software-defined storage appliance that delivers lightweight edge computing. It uses a two-server SvSAN to manage control system data in its backup power facility, associated with heating and cooling its gates.

Toshiba Memory and Marvell's NVMe-oF TCP system received a Flash Memory Summit "Best of Show" award in the Storage Networking category.

Tier 1 data replicator WANdisco announced the availability of its Fusion and the LiveData platform on the UK government's latest G-Cloud framework, G-Cloud 10. It says the move will accelerate the UK public sector's cloud transition. ®

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