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New Comodo CA leadership talks competition, IoT devices

Despite the recent turmoil in the SSL certificate market, Comodo CA’s new leadership believes the space presents a wealth of opportunities.

Private equity firm Francisco Partners last fall acquired Comodo CA, the certificate authority arm of Comodo. Francisco Partners appointed Bill Conner, president and CEO of SonicWall, as chairman of Comodo CA, and named Bill Holtz, former COO of certificate authority Entrust and former CIO of Expedia, as the company’s new chief executive, replacing former CEO and founder Melih Abdulhayoglu. Now the two are tasked with expanding Comodo’s business in areas like the internet of things.

In part one of the conversation with SearchSecurity, Conner and Holtz discussed the struggles of Symantec’s certificate authority, the harsh actions taken by Google and Mozilla to correct those issues, and the effect they had on the overall market. In part two, they discuss the competition landscape in the certificate space and the opportunities presented by IoT certificates. Here is part two of the discussion with Conner and Holtz:

How competitive is the certificate industry today as opposed to maybe 10 years when there were more players?

Bill Conner: It was a much more fractured industry in the past, and there have been a lot of changes; you start to create new certificates, going from domain validation [DV] to organization validation [OV] and now extended validation [EV], over the last few years and have code signing and digital signatures, and then you go from RSA [cryptography] to elliptical. The industry was consolidated with a lot of mergers and acquisitions under Symantec. At that point, there were very few people that had the root keys in the browsers. In one sense, there was less competition back then because there wasn’t enough space in the market to have it. Increasingly, as you could have more certificates, a lot of people started entering the space. And there was fallout from that because some companies couldn’t handle the lifecycle and others got cannibalized. Some of those brands survived under other companies like Symantec. If you look at the market today, there are a lot more people playing like Let’s Encrypt and others around the world at the low end. At the high end, it’s a smaller group: GlobalSign, DigiCert and Comodo. So there’s less players, but more competition. And in light of the latest episode with Symantec, if you have to move to new certificates, you’re probably going to look at other [CA] options. So there may be more competitive activities today than there used to be.

Certificates are pretty basic, but when you get into what you have to do with root certificates and managing them, then you’ve got to have expertise.
Bill Connerchairman, Comodo CA

I’ll also say that with net-new IoT certificates for connected devices and code signing and other areas, we’re going to have more and more certificates, but they’re going to get bent to do new things. It won’t just be for authentication. It might be for non-repudiation or digital signatures. I think that is going to morph as networks, cloud services, mobile devices and applications reshape themselves in the next five to 10 years.

Bill Holtz: There’s definitely competition out there, but I think some people are pigeonholing themselves. Look at Let’s Encrypt, for example, in the DV space. A lot of people that did not have certificates before are using them, but there are limitations. They’re 90-day certificates, they don’t cover all of the legacy servers that you may have in your enterprise, and they don’t come with support. But for the market segment they’re in, they’re serving a purpose. And it is getting the web encrypted; if you look at the number of HTTPS pages on the web, it’s increased dramatically. And that plays to the industry’s advantage because it raises awareness. But Let’s Encrypt doesn’t do OV or EV. So there is some competition, but I think our path is pretty well laid out for us.

You said trust in the certificate authority business today has taken a big hit. What’s the appeal of getting into this business today, and where do you want to take Comodo CA as a certificate authority?

Holtz: The appeal is it’s a healthy business that generates a lot of cash, and it provides an important service to the internet. The internet can’t run without certificates. There’s been a discussion now for over a decade about how SSL and PKI are going to go away, but all I see are SSL and PKI continuing to thrive. Certificates are going to continue to grow. In fact, with IoT devices, now you have certificates going everywhere. It’s a great business to be in, and it has a lot of growth potential in different areas. What you have to start looking at is complete certificate lifecycle management. It’s not just about issuing the certificate. I think customers are looking for help for this complete lifecycle management, whether it’s finding out what certificates you have, how you maintain them and how you renew them. And when you apply that even further to IoT devices, it’s a really exciting space to be in.

Conner: If you look at the technology landscape, apps are talking to apps and devices are talking to apps. You also have the cloud, so instead of the old way of endpoints talking to endpoints, you have endpoints talking to cloud services. There’s not a place for people in those areas. Those are going to morph. Those won’t be classic 509 certificates as you used to think of them. And at the core of everything is the basis of trust and how to validate it and create handshakes for it. You can do public trusted and you can also do non-publicly trusted. I think the new world will have a hybrid of those approaches as these new applications and networks are formed. And by the way, the traditional business is still pretty attractive for someone like Comodo to pick up some market share and some financial opportunities while helping to drive some of those new capabilities and new markets.

Given all the struggles we’ve seen with different certificate authorities in recent years, do you feel the certificate business is a challenging one?

Conner: It is for the layperson because it’s not well understood. Certificates are pretty basic, but when you get into what you have to do with root certificates and managing them, then you’ve got to have expertise. That’s your secret sauce as a certificate authority. And ultimately that’s [the] exciting thing that Melih [Abdulhayoglu] and I saw, and Bill [Holtz] ultimately saw as well. The expertise that [Abdulhayoglu] had and what [Holtz] and I brought make a very interesting combination of talent that I don’t think existed in this space today.

Holtz: I’d say it is a hard business from the standpoint that you have to have the right level of intellectual capability in the executive team running the business. We saw Symantec leaning more and more on their partners and letting other people do things, and we saw what happened there. You have to pay attention to what you’re doing. You can’t be issuing rogue certificates. There are a lot of things you have to be doing, and doing them well, every day in this business. There’s little room for error. So yes, it’s a hard business, but as Bill [Conner] said, we’re starting with a great base here at Comodo, and we’re attracting some of the best talent that we know in this market so we can take the business to the next level.

Accenture: Intelligent operations goal requires data backbone

A newly released report co-authored by Accenture and market researcher HfS reveals 80% of the global enterprises surveyed worry about digital disruption, but many of those companies lack the data backbone that could help them compete.

The report stated that large organizations are “concerned with disruption and competitive threats, especially from new digital-savvy entrants.” Indeed, digital disrupters such as Uber and Lyft in personal transportation, Airbnb in travel and hospitality, and various fintech startups have upset the established order in those industries. The Accenture-HfS report views “intelligent operations” as the remedy for the digital challenge and the key to bolstering customer experience. But the task of improving operations calls for organizations to pursue more than a few mild course corrections, according to Debbie Polishook, group chief executive at Accenture Operations, a business segment that includes business process and cloud services.

In the past, enterprises that encountered friction in their operations would tweak the errant process, add a few more people and take on a Lean Six Sigma project, she noted. Those steps, however, won’t suffice in the current business climate, Polishook said.

“Given what is happening  today with the multichannel, with the various ways customers and employees can interact with you, making tiny tweaks is not going to get it done and meet the expectations of your stakeholders,” she said.

Graphic detailing data quality problems within organizations
Organizations struggle to leverage their data

Hard work ahead

The report, which surveyed 460 technology and services decision-makers in organizations with more than $3 billion in revenue, suggested professional services firms such as Accenture will have their work cut out for them as they prepare clients for the digital era.

The survey noted most enterprises struggle to harness data with an eye toward improving operations and achieving competitive advantage. The report stated “nearly 80% of respondents estimate that 50% [to] 90% of their data is unstructured” and largely inaccessible. A 2017 Accenture report also pointed to a data backbone deficit among corporations: More than 90% of the respondents to that survey said they struggle with data access.

In addition, half of the Accenture-HfS report respondents who were surveyed acknowledged their back office isn’t keeping pace with the front office demands to support digital capabilities.

“Eighty percent of the organizations we talked to are concerned with digital disruption and are starting to note that their back office is not quite keeping up with their front office,” Polishook said. “The entire back office is the boat anchor holding them back.”

That lagging back office is at odds with enterprises’ desire to rapidly roll out products and services. An organization’s operations must be able to accommodate the demand for speed in the context of a digital, online and mobile world, Polishook said.

Enterprises need a “set of operations that can respond to these pressures,” she added. “Most companies are not there yet.”

One reason for the lag: Organizations tend to prioritize new product development and front office concerns when facing digital disruption. Back office systems such as procurement tend to languish.

“Naturally, as clients … are becoming disrupted in the market, they pay attention first to products and services,” Polishook said. “They are finding that is not enough.”

The report’s emphasis on revamped operations as critical to fending off digital disruption mirrors research from MIT Sloan’s Center for Information Systems Research. In a presentation in 2017, Jeanne Ross, principal research scientist at the center, identified a solid operational backbone as one of four keys to digital transformation. The other elements were strategic vision, a focus on customer engagement or digitized solutions and a plan for rearchitecting the business.

The path to intelligent operations

The Accenture-HfS report identified five essential components necessary for intelligent operations: innovative talent, a data backbone, applied intelligence, cloud computing and a “smart partnership ecosystem.”

As for innovative talent, the report cited “entrepreneurial drive, creativity and partnering ability” as enterprises’ top areas of talent focus.

There is a lot of heavy lifting to be done.
Debbie Polishookgroup chief executive, Accenture Operations

“One of the most important pieces getting to intelligent operations is the talent,” Polishook said. She said organizations in the past looked to ERP or business process management to boost operations, but contended there is no technology silver bullet.

The data-driven backbone is becoming an important focus for large organizations. The report stated more than 85% of enterprises “are developing a data strategy around data aggregation, data lakes, or data curation, as well as mechanisms to turn data into insights and then actions.” Big data consulting is already a growing market for channel partners.

In the area of applied intelligence about 90% of the enterprises surveyed identified automation, analytics and AI as technologies that will emerge as the cornerstone of business and process transformation. Channel partners also look forward to the AI field and the expanded use of such automation tools as robotic process automation as among the top anticipated trends of 2018.

Meanwhile, more than 90% of large enterprises expect to realize “plug-and-play digital services, coupled with enterprise-grade security, via the cloud, according to the Accenture-HfS report. And a like percentage of respondents viewed partnering with an ecosystem as important for exploiting market opportunities. The report said enterprises of the future will create “symbiotic relationships with startups, academia, technology providers and platform players.”

The path to achieving intelligent operations calls for considerable effort among all partners involved in the transformation.

“There is a lot of heavy lifting to be done,” Polishook said.

Cloud, mobility, telephony to fuel UCC market growth, report says

The global unified communications and collaboration market is expected to see sizable growth over the next several years, fueled by cloud technologies, telephony platforms and mobile devices. The UCC market is expected to grow more than 9% annually from 2017 to 2024, according to a report from Global Market Insights Inc., a research firm based in Selbyville, Del. 

In 2016, the UCC market was estimated at more than $27 billion. The market is predicted to surpass $57 billion by 2024, according to the report.

Growing cloud systems are expected to boost UCC market growth in the coming years. The cloud-based UCC market should see favorable gains between 2017 and 2024 across various business sectors. Hybrid models, in particular, should see increased adoption, as enterprises meld on-premises and cloud services.

Telephony platforms are expected to hold a significant UCC market share of more than 25% by 2024, as enterprises deploy these applications on a large scale to enable real-time communications. Additionally, IP phones will grab a larger share of the telephony market, as they offer added benefits over analog phones and cost less than traditional telephone services, the report said.

The popularity of mobile devices and increased acceptance of BYOD across businesses on a global scale should also boost UCC market growth. UCC technology uses BYOD policies to enable communication with mobile resources. BYOD workplaces can also help companies cut hardware and service costs.

Among UCC vendors, acquisitions continue to play a key role in the consolidation of the market, as major players strive to extend their global presence and gain more market share.

Wrinkl group messaging platform launches

The business messaging market just got a little more crowded. Wrinkl, a cloud-based group messaging platform, launched last week. The collaboration software looks to address certain deficiencies of email and group chat.

By combining the immediacy of group messaging with email capabilities, Wrinkl aims to reduce the number of fragmented communications that occur across multiple applications. Users can keep conversations in one place, creating a system of record.

Wrinkl is accessible via desktop and available for download in Google Play and Apple’s App Store. The group messaging platform’s features include the following:

  • One-to-one sidebars offer private communication within larger group conversations.
  • Email integration allows users to send and receive emails within a Wrinkl channel. Responses are private to the recipient, even in group channels, but can be shared with the group.
  • Users can add messages to lists, which could include to-do lists or other items to track.
  • Surveys can be created without leaving a conversation and include people outside the group. Responses are grouped together as they come in. Results are rendered with graphs and visualizations for further analysis.

Plantronics releases UC-compatible headset

Plantronics Inc., an audio communications provider based in Santa Cruz, Calif., introduced this week a Bluetooth neckband headset with earbuds. The Voyager 6200 UC features active-noise cancellation and integration with UC applications.

The headset expands Plantronics’ Voyager series of enterprise headsets and its portfolio of stereo Bluetooth devices. The headset is certified for Microsoft Skype for Business, and it’s compatible with Cisco Jabber, Microsoft Teams and several other software apps.

Plantronics headset
The Plantronics Voyager 6200 UC headset features a neckband that vibrates to indicate an incoming call or alert.

Among other features, the Voyager 6200 UC provides a wireless range up to 98 feet and up to nine hours of talk time and 16 hours of listen time. In addition, the neckband vibrates to indicate an incoming call or alert, and users can pair up to eight devices and connect to two devices simultaneously.

The Voyager 6200 UC is supported by Plantronics Manager Pro, which allows IT managers to monitor and maintain devices companywide, including usage and acoustic analysis. With Manager Pro, IT can configure the user experience and use predictive analytics to detect compatibility issues. Manager Pro is available as a subscription service, sold separately from the Voyager portfolio.

The Voyager 6200 UC is available in black and sand colors through Plantronics authorized partners. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $299.95.

Businesses slow to embrace products like Samsung Flip board

Samsung has joined Cisco, Google and Microsoft in a digital whiteboard market that has attracted the interest, but not yet the wallets, of companies.

The Korean tech giant launched its Flip interactive display this week at the CES technology conference in Las Vegas. Scheduled for release this month, the Samsung Flip board will sell for $2,699, which is considerably less than competing products from the major vendors but higher than technology offered by smaller manufacturers.

The Flip has a 55-inch, 4K display that lets users annotate content using their fingers or stylus. The device has USB ports and a wireless connection for PCs and mobile devices. The latter lets remote workers view the Flip display.

Today, education, professional sports and media and entertainment account for a significant portion of whiteboard sales. Manufacturers are banking on businesses and government to grow the market.

To date, however, enterprises haven’t embraced the technology. A 2017 survey by Nemertes Research found only 23% of companies using interactive whiteboards and 47% evaluating them. Deployments have been limited mostly to workgroups focused on marketing, content development, engineering, application development and product management. Those groups find electronic whiteboards useful in brainstorming sessions.

“We don’t yet see them as a must-have in every conference room,” Nemertes analyst Irwin Lazar said. “Buyers are still struggling with the business case for whiteboards.”

Samsung Flip
The Samsung Flip can configure to horizontal or vertical orientations and features multiuser annotation.

Samsung Flip board pricing

Samsung’s product costs considerably less than similar size whiteboards from Cisco, Google and Microsoft. But those devices, which range from $5000 to $9000, offer more capabilities, including video conferencing and integration with the vendor’s collaboration software.

Independent analyst Dave Michels believes products that combine video and an interactive whiteboard will be more attractive to enterprises over time than whiteboard-only products. “Every room needs an HDMI display anyway,” Michels said. “Board-only solutions were probably obsolete before they found their way.”

But Lazar sees a “pretty good market” for whiteboards with fewer capabilities than those from the major vendors. Enterprises interested in those products have turned to vendors like Bluescape, DisplayNote, InFocus and Newline Interactive.

In general, those vendors offer whiteboard products that are less expensive than the Samsung Flip board, so the company will likely find it difficult to grab market share. “Given the higher price, and Samsung’s relative newness in the enterprise [whiteboard] market, I think they’ll have a difficult time competing with the other vendors,” Lazar said.

Microsoft to acquire Avere Systems, accelerating high-performance computing innovation for media and entertainment industry and beyond – The Official Microsoft Blog

The cloud is providing the foundation for the digital economy, changing how organizations produce, market and monetize their products and services. Whether it’s building animations and special effects for the next blockbuster movie or discovering new treatments for life-threatening diseases, the need for high-performance storage and the flexibility to store and process data where it makes the most sense for the business is critically important.

Over the years, Microsoft has made a number of investments to provide our customers with the most flexible, secure and scalable storage solutions in the marketplace. Today, I am pleased to share that Microsoft has signed an agreement to acquire Avere Systems, a leading provider of high-performance NFS and SMB file-based storage for Linux and Windows clients running in cloud, hybrid and on-premises environments.

Avere logoAvere uses an innovative combination of file system and caching technologies to support the performance requirements for customers who run large-scale compute workloads. In the media and entertainment industry, Avere has worked with global brands including Sony Pictures Imageworks, animation studio Illumination Mac Guff and Moving Picture Company (MPC) to decrease production time and lower costs in a world where innovation and time to market is more critical than ever.

High performance computing needs however do not stop there. Customers in life sciences, education, oil and gas, financial services, manufacturing and more are increasingly looking for these types of solutions to help transform their businesses. The Library of Congress, John Hopkins University and Teradyne, a developer and supplier of automatic test equipment for the semiconductor industry, are great examples where Avere has helped scale datacenter performance and capacity, and optimize infrastructure placement.

By bringing together Avere’s storage expertise with the power of Microsoft’s cloud, customers will benefit from industry-leading innovations that enable the largest, most complex high-performance workloads to run in Microsoft Azure. We are excited to welcome Avere to Microsoft, and look forward to the impact their technology and the team will have on Azure and the customer experience.

You can also read a blog post from Ronald Bianchini Jr., president and CEO of Avere Systems, here.

Tags: Avere Systems, Azure, Big Computing, Cloud, High-Performance Computing, high-performance storage

For Sale – PC Components

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I’ve tried to sell the PC as a unit but nobody seems to be in the market for it so it’s time to break it up.

These are the components and the prices. All the components were bought from Novatech so the receipts will be an email. The exception is the 1080ti which was bought from ebuyer:

Western Digital Red 4tb HDD £80

Corsair Carbide 600c case with window (Some scratching on the non window side of the case) £60

Pioneer BDR-209k Blu-Ray Re-writer £40

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Storage market trends of 2017: Flash, HCI and cloud gain steam

Obvious statement alert: Enterprise storage market trends point to challenging times ahead for vendors.

Rack-scale flash, hyper-converged infrastructure and hybrid cloud have emerged as legitimate alternatives to the traditional ways of buying, deploying and managing storage. Placed on a bell curve, the rise of these maturing storage options would intersect with a steady drop in the use of disk-based external storage systems.

Even as the enterprise storage market trends away from traditional networked storage, industry-shaping mergers are shaking things up. The demise of storage hardware may be greatly exaggerated, but software-defined storage is closing the gap. Despite all these changes, launching a successful storage startup is tougher than ever, with venture capital becoming increasingly scarce.

Here is a look back at some of the major developments in enterprise storage during 2017, and what lies ahead in 2018.

Merged Dell EMC in its infancy, but already a flash Goliath

Dell EMC capped off its first year as a merged company trying to figure out how to reverse its slumping legacy storage, particularly its midrange systems. Mirroring changes felt across the industry, Dell EMC generated less revenue year over year from networked storage, helping No. 2 NetApp gain ground on its longtime rival.

Dell EMC’s answer: double down on emerging technologies. A string of all-flash product rollouts was highlighted at the Dell EMC user conference in May, including flagship upgrades to high-end VMAX and XtremIO arrays, as well as the first all-flash model of Dell EMC Isilon scale-out NAS.

Dell EMC closed out the year by launching an all-flash version of its SC Series arrays in November, a follow-on release to its SC hybrid arrays. But not every all-flash product was a hit. Dell EMC claimed its DSSD D5 rack-scale flash array would deliver knock-your-socks-off performance, but that speed came at an extremely high price; the product was shelved due to poor sales.

Dell EMC is also a major player in the rapidly growing hyper-converged market. The vendor has had success selling both the VxRail appliance, based on its own technology, and the XC Series, which packages hyper-converged pioneer Nutanix Inc.’s software on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers.

Looking ahead, we may see more drastic changes in 2018 now that long-time EMC executive David Goulden is out of Dell EMC. Goulden led the premerger storage business at EMC, and served as CEO of the Dell EMC Infrastructure Solutions Group after the merger. Goulden’s presence provided Dell with some much-needed continuity as it absorbed the multibillion-dollar EMC storage business. How Dell EMC replaces Goulden’s institutional memory is one storyline to watch.

Storage industry preps for rack-scale NVMe flash

If 2016 was the year of all-flash, you could argue that 2017 emerged as the year of nonvolatile memory express (NVMe) flash. NVMe is an industry standard for using PCIe-connected SSDs to speed the performance of storage networks. The principle behind all-flash NVMe is that SCSI commands written for hard disk drives are inefficient to handle many modern, high-performance workloads. Analysts say NVMe flash is the presumptive favorite to supplant SAS- and SATA-based SSDs.

Enterprise storage market trends in NVMe have typically involved all-flash array vendors adding support for NVMe SSDs. Kaminario, Pure Storage, Tegile Systems and Tintri Inc. introduced NVMe-based flash systems in 2017.

In most cases, storage vendors make NVMe flash the back-end connection between controllers and drives, retaining host connectivity with Fibre Channel or SCSI. The next evolution is rack-scale systems designed with NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) technologies, which would enable low-latency NVMe flash to be extended end to end across the data path.

NVM Express Inc., the vendor-driven standards body, unveiled protocol version 1.3 of NVMe-oF in June. Several NVMe flash startups joined the pursuit this year, including Apeiron Data Systems, E8 Storage, Pavilion Data Systems and Vexata. Signs point to increased NVMe flash adoption in 2018, but how much is unclear. Industry experts say across-the-stack NVMe standardization is likely at least a year or two away.

Also in flash this year, Intel introduced its long-awaited Intel Optane SSD family, based on the 3D XPoint memory technology it developed with Micron Technologies.

Storage infrastructure smartens up

One of the hottest enterprise storage market trends to track in 2018 is the rising prominence of artificial intelligence in the data center. Vendors are starting to integrate AI-based analytics engines directly into the storage layer, providing insight on sizing, potential bottlenecks and looming performance issues.

But analyzing storage performance is only part of the equation. AI combines parallel processing and intelligent algorithms for analyzing data in context. Serverless computing, containerized application microservices and proliferating internet of things devices have all contributed to AI’s growing popularity.

Applications with embedded machine learning are able to automate a greater number of data center tasks. DevOps organizations are using AI-powered computing devices to rapidly analyze big data streams in real time. The goal is to mine more value from existing data sets and metadata.

Hyper-converged infrastructure gains wider appeal

Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) leader Nutanix made several moves to woo VMware customers to try its Acropolis hypervisor. An OEM deal has enabled IBM to sell Nutanix HCI software on its Power Systems servers — the first non-x86 server platforms it has qualified. Nutanix hasn’t fully abandoned its branded hardware model, but may be headed in that direction.

Nutanix’s early HCI rival, SimpliVity, had less success in the market, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) bought out SimpliVity for $650 million in early 2017. SimpliVity’s OmniStack software enables HPE to integrate data reduction and redundancy features that its Hyper Converged 250 and Hyper Converged 380 HCI offerings lacked.

Cisco snapped up HCI software partner Springpath for $320 million, ending rumors that it planned to acquire Nutanix. Springpath provides software-defined storage for the Cisco HyperFlex HCI platform.

Open source vendor Red Hat tossed its hat into the HCI ring, as well. Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure is a software-only product that runs the Gluster file system on commodity servers.

In a long-overdue move, NetApp belatedly entered the hyper-converged battle with its NetApp HCI platform based on its SolidFire branded all-flash arrays and Element OS quality-of-service software.

Investors lose patience with storage startups

Tightened capital markets made for tough sledding for several once-promising startups. Several vendors went belly up when the money ran out, including three companies that once earned a spot on the SearchStorage.com startups to watch list: Coho Data Inc., DataGravity and Formation Data Systems.

Software-defined storage startup Formation Data dropped out of sight in May, victimized by its failure to differentiate itself in a fast-growing — and suddenly overcrowded — market.

DataGravity proved that having executives with a history of storage success does not guarantee sustained success. Founded by Paula Long and John Joseph, DataGravity launched in 2014 by selling data-aware Discovery Series hybrid storage arrays. Long and Joseph were part of the management team that joined Dell following its $1.4 billion acquisition of iSCSI SAN pioneer EqualLogic in 2008.

DataGravity abandoned the Discovery Series hardware in 2015, shifting its focus to storage software for virtualized storage arrays. The new strategy didn’t help. In July, DataGravity was scooped up in an asset sale by cloud security specialist HyTrust.

Scale-out NAS vendor Coho Data was once a darling of venture and institutional investors, racking up $76 million to develop its NFS-based hybrid DataStream arrays. Despite striking OEM deals with server makers HPE and Supermicro, Coho Data succumbed to ascendant enterprise storage market trends as more users embraced the cloud, converged and hyper-converged infrastructure. In September, without fanfare, Coho Data quietly pulled the plug on its operations.

After its launch in 2003, Diablo Technologies racked up nearly $100 million to develop its flash DIMM and Memory1 flash storage memory modules. Diablo also scored 2014 OEM deals with IBM and Supermicro to sell its flash cards. Diablo started 2017 on a high note, winning court victories in a contract dispute with Netlist, its former development partner. They turned out to be Pyrrhic victories, though. The legal battles ended Diablo’s momentum and, by August, the vendor ceased operations.

Investors haven’t pulled completely away from storage, but the big funding rounds are now going to cloud backup, converged storage and data management startups.

Storage hardware loses ground to software-defined storage

Despite Formation Data’s demise, software-defined storage continues to chip away at legacy hardware dominance. That continues the server-based storage market trends that started several years ago. Most array vendors are downplaying the importance of their hardware, styling the products as data management platforms or cloud arrays for running their proprietary software.

An example is Tintri, which went public in June with a $60 million stock sale. The Tintri offering faced stiff headwinds from the start. Tintri conjures memories of Violin Systems LLC, an all-flash array pioneer that staggered into bankruptcy, only to re-emerge with fresh capital in 2017. Violin’s new plan: Target all-flash arrays at companies looking to build on-premises private clouds — the same business model Tintri is trying to execute.

For Sale – PC Components

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I’ve tried to sell the PC as a unit but nobody seems to be in the market for it so it’s time to break it up.

These are the components and the prices. All the components were bought from Novatech so the receipts will be an email. The exception is the 1080ti which was bought from ebuyer:

Core i5 6600K with coolermaster hyper 212x CPU and Asus Z170pro motherboard £220

Western Digital Red 4tb HDD £100

Corsair Carbide 600c case with window (Some scratching on the non window side of the case) £60

Pioneer BDR-209k Blu-Ray Re-writer £40

Windows 10 home £60

All the remaining items are boxed except the case. I would bundle items together if people are interested but I’d rather not take the processor out of the motherboard.

Price and currency: Various
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Paypal gift or BT
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Quantum Xcellis scale-out NAS tackles unstructured data

Quantum Corp.’s new Xcellis Scale-out NAS system moves the vendor into the mainstream NAS market, where it will take on the likes of Dell EMC Isilon and NetApp FAS.

The Quantum Xcellis Scale-out NAS appliances target large semistructured and unstructured  primary data workloads. Sample use cases include analytics, artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicle development, drug discovery, genomics and immersive content.

Xcellis encompasses a line of Quantum data storage hardware managed by the StorNext scalable file system. Quantum first launched the Xcellis brand in late 2015, putting StorNext onto an appliance. The new scale-out NAS version handles higher capacity workloads, and Quantum claims it can scale to hundreds of petabytes with no effect on performance.

The new scale-out Quantum Xcellis NAS nodes are scheduled for general availability in December.

“We are aiming this product at users with high-value workflows where data is the product,” said Laura Shepard, Quantum senior director of emerging technologies. “This tends to be data that grows very rapidly and requires very high performance and scale. These tend to be primary workloads that need to stay on premises.

“We believe we can offer the enterprise features of scale-out NAS with cost-effective performance scaling, which has not been a great strength of traditional enterprise NAS,” Shepard said.

StorNext scale-out storage is Quantum’s fastest growing segment. Quantum still drives most of its income from tape, but also sells disk-based backup. When he took over as Quantum’s interim CEO last month, Adalio Sanchez called scale-out storage the vendor’s growth engine. 

New Quantum configurations cluster all-flash, archiving, hybrid

Quantum Xcellis all-flash and hybrid building blocks are available in 5U and 6U form factors. The all-flash systems range from 370 TB to 925 TB of capacity. Quantum rates all-flash performance at 1 million IOPS.

Quantum Xcellis hybrid configurations for mixed workflows scale to 400 TB and 200,000 IOPS. A 3U entry-level Xcellis NAS tops out at 370 TB. Quantum also offers a 5U archive model with up to 448 TB of disk storage. Varying Quantum Xcellis node types can be mixed and managed as a single tier of storage. Users can add nodes individually to a cluster or combined in a rack-scale deployment for up to 3 PB of raw capacity.

The unified Quantum data storage presents block, file and object in a single namespace. Users can scale performance and storage separately and offload data to any StorNext-managed storage. Quantum allows tiering to on-premises object stores and the public cloud, but the data then is no longer managed by StorNext.

Quantum’s StorNext data management includes audits, encryption, erasure coding, load balancing, point-in-time snapshots, RAID, replication and WORM compliance. StorNext manages Xcellis data across IBM Cloud Object Storage, NetApp StorageGrid, Scality and Quantum Lattus object platforms, as well as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure public clouds.

Will Quantum make inroads against established NAS vendors?

Scott Sinclair, a storage analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group in Milford, Mass., said managing rapid data growth is not the only headache for digital-based enterprises. A bigger challenge is the ability for storage to provide streaming access to data for analytics and real-time business operations.

Sinclair breaks the enterprise NAS market into three segments: “Enterprise-class systems focus on features and functionality for data management. A second segment includes vendors that provide big pools of storage that’s cheap and deep, without many features. The third segment is HPC systems optimized for speed. Quantum claims Xcellis NAS can deliver all of that in one product,” Sinclair said.

“There is a demand for [NAS] technology that is good — if not great — at handling the multiple aspects of functionality, cost-effective scaling and performance,” he added. “The question is whether Quantum Xcellis will be able to deliver to the extent that it starts to displace the incumbents. Even though there aren’t many vendors, it’s a difficult market to penetrate.”