Your occasional storage digest featuring Dell EMC, Cloudera, InfiniteIO, Cloudian and more

Here are some storage news stories to round off the week.

Dell EMC storage comes closer to Cloudera

Dell EMC and Cloudera have strengthened their partnership whereby Dell EMC storage is used with Cloudera Big Data and analytics software.

Cloudera has a Quality Assurance Test Suite (QATS) process for certifying both Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) and Cloudera Data Hub (CDH) with hardware vendors.

Dell EMC and Cloudera aim to validate and certify CDH and HDP with Isilon filers and EMC ECS object storage in a faster process than before.

To date, Dell EMC Isilon has been validated with CDH v5.14 and HDP v3.1. Over the next few months, Dell EMC will work with Cloudera to get Isilon certified through QATS as the primary HDFS (Hadoop File System) store for both CDH v6.3.1 and HDP v3.1. It also plans to get Dell ECS certified as the S3 object store for CDH and HDP.

Dell EMC also plans to launch new joint Hadoop Tiered Storage solutions that enable customers to use direct-attached storage (DAS) for hot data and shared HDFS storage for warm/cold data within the same logical Hadoop cluster. This delivers more performance and more economic scaling.

It is working with Cloudera to align the Isilon and ECS roadmaps with Cloudera’s strategy for Cloudera Data Platform (CDP), the new Hadoop distribution that combines the best of breed components from CDH and HDP. 

Dell EMC will also offer phased migration services from CDH or HDP to CDP. These migration services will be launched as CDP becomes available for on-premises deployment.

Background details can be read in a Direct2DellEMC blog by John Shirley, VP of product management.

InfiniteIO chums up with Cloudian

InfiniteIO file access acceleration can now work its metadata magic to speed access to file stored on a [URL] Cloudian object storage system.

The jointly validated system combines Cloudian HyperStore object storage with InfiniteIO Hybrid Cloud Tiering, with no changes to users, applications or systems. HyperStore can include objects stored in the public cloud.

A combined InfiniteIO-Cloudian system helps ensure data is properly placed across primary, secondary storage and public cloud storage, potentially saving millions of dollars in primary and backup storage costs.

The companies said customers can migrate hundreds of petabytes of inactive data from on-premises NAS systems to the exabyte-scalable Cloudian object storage system, with no downtime or disruption to existing IT environments.

Also customers can attain highly available enterprise-class storage with the performance of all-flash NAS in all storage tiers.

Shorts

ATTO Technology announced that its Xstream CORE ET8200 network interface has been adopted by Spectra Logic as a component of its Spectra Swarm system, which adds Ethernet connectivity to Spectra LTO tape libraries. 

BackBlaze’s B2 Copy File APIs were in beta and are now public and ready to use 

The UK’s University of Leicester has deployed Cloudian’s HyperStore object storage system as the foundation of a revamped backup platform. 

Everspin Technologies, the developer and manufacturer of Magnetoresistive RAM (MRAM) persistent memory products, has announced an IP cross-licensing agreement with Seagate Technology. Everspin gets access to Seagate’s MRAM patents, while Seagate gets access to Tunneling Magnetoresistance (TMR) patents owned by Everspin.

The US DOD has bought a $12m, 6 petaflop IBM supercomputer housed in a mobile shipping container and using the Spectrum Scale parallel access file system. It’s designed to be deployed to the tactical edge.

Intel told an analyst briefing group about Optane DC Persistent Memory progress; “To date we are seeing good traction within the market. We currently have over 200 POCs in the works with customers.” It commented: “As with any new disruptive technology, broad customer adoption takes time.  The value is there.” That remains to be seen.

Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory status.

Micron is the first memory company to begin mass production of 16Gbit DDR4 products using1z nm process technology. This delivers substantially higher bit density, as well as significant performance enhancements and lower cost compared to the previous generation 1Y nm node.

Micron unveiled the industry’s highest-capacity monolithic 16Gbit low-power double data rate 4X (LPDDR4X) DRAM.  It’s capable of delivering up to 16GB of low-power DRAM (LPDRAM) in a single smartphone.

Object Matrix  announced that MatrixStore, its object storage product, is now integrated with VSN’s media management and workflow automation platform, VSNExplorer.

Data protection vendor Overland Tandberg, freshly spun out of Sphere 3D, has reported $67m in revenues ,according to Black Enterprise.

Storage Architects, a Dutch consultancy specialising in digital data storage, has chosen Qumulo’s distributed file system to serve the needs of its enterprise clients.

Storage Made Easy has a new release of the Enterprise File Fabric product which features a new Content Intelligence feature hooked into its search which provides on-demand checksums, media info and AI/Machine Learning with Google Vision initially to be followed by Amazon Rekognition and IBM Watson integrations. It also includes in-browser media playback from any storage with Video Scrubbing, in addition to thumbnails and previews for an extended amount of image formats such as RAW images.

SwiftStack has announced its new Technology Partner Program and the “Works with SwiftStack” designation, to provide customers with the confidence that validated integrations have passed testing to ensure compatibility with the company’s object-based cloud storage offering.

Processor developer Tachyum has joined the Peripheral Component Interconnect Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG), a 700+ member association committed to advancing the non-proprietary PCI technology to yield a reliable, scalable solution for high-speed I/O in numerous market applications. IT’s working with PCIe v4.o and v5.0.

People

Nancy Hurley has been appointed a Consultant- Team Lead VxRail Product Marketing at Dell EMC. She had been  acting CMO at Bridgeplex.

Several execs have resigned from NetApp. Joel Reich, EVP Products and Operations, has retired from running NetApp’s Storage, Systems and Software business unit.

Brad Anderson has been promoted from running NetApp’s Cloud business to EVP and GM for NetApp’s Cloud Infrastructure and Storage, Systems, and Software business units.

Thomas Stanley, NetApp’s SVP in charge of the Americas, has resigned in the wake of disappointing US sales results.

Micron plans to add 1,500 more staff to its 3D NAND plant in Singapore, according to The Straits Times.

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