Your occasional storage digest, featuring HPE, Swiftstack and more

HPE has updated its two composable systems offerings while Swiftstack has upped the scale and performance of its object storage software. There’s host of other announcements to check out as well.

Compose that, HPE

HPE has added Primera array support to its blade and rack-level  composable systems offerings and added VMware Cloud Foundation to the rack one.

HPE’s two composable system offerings are the Synergy blade-level system, using a hardware controller, and its HPE Composable Rack, formerly known as HPE Composable Cloud for ProLiant DL. This operates, as the name suggests, at rack-level, and supports bare metal, containerisation, virtualization, and private and hybrid clouds.

Both offer the ability to dynamically set up or compose systems formed from independent server, storage and network resources, and sized to run applications as needed. When the application is  finished then the components are returned to the server, storage and networking resource pools for re-use.

Primera is HPE’s newest 3PAR-derived storage array. It is faster than the 3PAR arrays and ready for NVMe-over-Fabrics and storage-class memory use.

VMware Cloud Foundation is already available on Synergy systems and it is now also available for HPE Composable Rack, making the two equal in that regard.

HPE’s InfoSight monitoring and management service supports ProLiant servers, Synergy, and Primera storage, and thus HPE Compsable Rack. HPE says it predicts and prevents problems before they occur.

Synergy and HPE Composable Rack integration with Primera; and support for VMware Cloud Foundation on HPE Composable Rack will be available in November 2019.

Swifter SwiftStack

SwiftStack’s v7 of its object storage supports many more accessing users, with the supplier saying it supports “massive multi-petabyte scale and can handle thousands of simultaneous workers accessing data.

It offers throughput speeds at over 100GB/sec with linear scaling of both performance and capacity.

A containerised ProxyFS Edge feature extends its file services to edge locations, providing local caching capabilities to minimise latency, with “massive throughput to large datasets stored at the core”. It is an extension of the existing ProxyFS clustered filesystem with simultaneous file and object API access to the same data sets.

An 1space File Connector, also containerised, brings existing file data into the cloud namespace so cloud-native applications can access data via S3 or Swift object APIs. It interacts with network-attached storage (NAS). Uses can apply 1space data placement and protection policies (copy, move, tier) to file data.

The SwiftStack PRO (Professional Remote Operations) optional service includes professional service- and software-based capabilities for 24×7 remote management and monitoring of SwiftStack production clusters.

Swiftstack said its v7 software, is suited to AI application use, and can support GPU data needs up into the 100s of PBs. An AI Architecture design is available, with a white paper discussing it.

SwiftStack 7 is released this month. ProxyFS Edge is currently in beta and will be generally available in early 2020. SwiftStack PRO is available immediately.


Copy data manger’s Actifio’s  9.0 software has achieved certified integration with SAP HANA. 

Backup and data loss preventer Code42 has released security integrations for Microsoft Office 365 and Google G Suite email platforms. Security teams can take a deeper look into attempted data exfiltration via email, looking at sender, attachments, recipient, file content and history.

The United Kingdom’s Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) has selected a 7 petaflop HPE Cray Shasta supercomputer to help maintain the UK’s nuclear deterrent. This Vulcan system includes Cray’s Slingshot interconnect, AMD EPYC 7542 processors and ClusterStor Lustre storage withnearly 100 GB/sec IO performance.

Backup-as-a-service supplier Druva’s latest product release offers support for Slack, Microsoft Teams, automated DR with Amazon RDS included as part of DR plans, Splunk, ServiceNow and Okta integration. Okta integration is GA, Splunk and ServiceNow integration will be ready by the end of the year, while Slack capabilities will be GA in Q1, 2020.

File sync and sharer FileCloud announced integration with Azure Blob Storage to allow users to access, store, retrieve, search, manage and govern organisational data across Azure, on-premise file servers and other cloud file storage systems. FileCloud also integrates with Active directory, Azure AD for user authentication, and Office 365 for document authoring.

FileShadow has launched a feature called FileShadow Publish, allowing users to curate file collections in their FileShadow account (from any storage location) and then ‘publish’ that collection through a shareable link. 

In-memory computing supplier Hazelcast announced its v4.0 IMDG software supports Optane DC Persistent Memory and IBM Cloud Pak for Applications. 

Scale-out filer Qumulo has its software running on HPE Apollo 4200 Gen10 servers. These servers have silicon root of trust technology and FIPS 140-2 encryption-at-rest. It is available on three Apollo configurations; the HPE-90T, HPE-192T and HPE-336T, with the numbers being the raw capacity per node in TB.

NVMe-oF array supplier Pavilion Data said Hyperparallel Flash Array 2.3 has gained VMware Ready status. It has CSI support, native VMware support for vCenter, VMware Ready support for NFS, backward compatibility for block-based iSCSI connectivity, and VMware NVMe-Over-RDMA inbox driver support. Pavilion claims it can support hundreds of thousands of Virtual Machines across 72 standard NVMe SSDs with capacities reaching 1+ PB using 16 TB NVMe drives.

SIOS Datakeeper Cluster Edition is available in the Azure Marketplace and Azure Stack Marketplace. It creates a SANless high availability cluster in Azure and Azure Stack using Microsoft Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC).

Storage Made Easy has announced its new SiteLink feature enables companies with remote offices to share access to local storage without having to replicate it.

StorMagic has announced availability of Edge in a Box, a system optimised to run edge or small datacenter on-site applications with 100 per cent uptime. Edge in a Box includes Schneider Electric’s 6U Wall Mount EcoStruxure Micro Data Center, any two x86 servers and StorMagic SvSAN software for less than $12,000.

Veeam has released a public beta of Veeam backup for Microsoft Office 365 v4 .

Replicator WANdisco is integrating its Fusion software into Azure, with Microsoft’s help. The jointly developed software, available in 2020, will act as a native Azure offering, forming part of the infrastructure of the Azure cloud, and appear like an Azure first party service.

Disaster recovery supplier Zerto said its v7.5 SW incorporates Microsoft Azure Managed Disks, native scale-out, mobility between regions and managed service identities. The aim is to help customers move to Azure for multi-cloud, disaster recovery and migration projects.