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Dell EMC PowerVault ME4 launched for entry-level SAN

Dell EMC this week added a new line of entry-level storage systems, extending its PowerVault line to handle SAN and direct-attached storage.

The Dell EMC PowerVault ME4 line consists of three flash-based models: the 2U ME4012 and ME4024 systems and the dense 5U ME4084 expansion enclosure. 

The PowerVault block arrays can serve as direct-attached storage with Dell EMC PowerEdge storage servers, or they can extend SAN storage to enterprise remote branch offices. The latest PowerVault scales to 336 SAS drives and 4 TB of raw storage with ME expansion shelves.

The new PowerVault block systems provide unified file storage with Dell EMC PowerVault NX Series Windows-based NAS devices.

PowerVault ME4 models start at $13,000, and Dell EMC’s auto-tiering, disaster recovery, RAID support, replication, snapshots, thin provisioning and volume copy software are standard features. Dell EMC claims an HTML5 graphical user interface enables setup within 15 minutes.

PowerVault for large and small customers

Dell’s $60 billion-plus acquisition of EMC in 2016 created wide industry speculation that the combined Dell EMC would need to winnow its overlapping midrange storage portfolio.

Last week, Dell’s vice chairman of products and operations, Jeff Clarke, said the midrange Unity and SC Series platforms would converge in 2019.  But the vendor will still have a variety of storage array platforms. Dell EMC PowerMax — formerly VMAX — is the vendor’s flagship all-flash SAN. Dell EMC also sells XtremIO all-flash and Isilon clusterd NAS systems.

EMC was the external storage market share leader before the Dell acquisition. Post-merger Dell generated more than double the revenue of any other external storage vendor in the second quarter of 2018, according to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker numbers released last week.

IDC credited Dell with $1.9 billion in storage revenue in the quarter — more than double the $830 million for No. 2 NetApp. Dell had 29.2% of the market and grew 18.4% year over year for the quarter, compared with the overall industry growth of 14.4%, according to IDC.

Dell EMC PowerVault ME4084 5U expansion
Dell EMC’s extended PowerVault family includes the ME4084 5U expansion enclosure.

Dell initially launched PowerVault for archiving and backup, but repositioned it as “cheap and deep” block storage in back of the EqualLogic-based SC SANs.

Sean Kinney, a senior director of product marketing for Dell EMC midrange storage, said PowerVault ME doubles back-end performance with 12 Gbps SAS and is capable of handling 320,000 IOPS.

“We’ve talked over the past few months about how we’re going to simplify our [midrange] portfolio and align it under a couple of key platforms. We have the PowerMax at the high end. This is the next phase in that journey,” Kinney said.

The new PowerEdge arrays take self-encrypting nearline SAS disks or 3.5-inch SAS-connected SSDs, and they can be combined behind a single ME4 RAID controller. The configuration gives customers the option to configure PowerVault as all-flash or hybrid storage. The base ME4012 and ME4024 2U units come with dual controllers, with 8 GB per controller, and four ports for 10 GB iSCSI, 12 Gbps SAS and 16 Gbps Fibre Channel connectivity.

Customers could add a 5U ME484 expansion enclosure behind any ME4 base unit to scale Dell EMC PowerVault to 336 nearline disks or SSDs. Dell EMC claimed it has sold more than 400,000 units of PowerVault generations.

Enterprises use PowerVault arrays “by the hundreds” at remote branch sites, while smaller organizations make up a big share of the installed base, said Bob Fine, a director of marketing for Dell EMC midrange storage.

“If you only have one or two IT generalists, PowerVault could be your entire data center,” Fine said.

V&A museum adds Xbox Adaptive Controller to gallery on groundbreaking design

The Xbox Adaptive Controller has been added to a V&A gallery dedicated to groundbreaking moments in design.

The controller, which is released on September 4, lets gamers with limited mobility plug in assistive aids such as buttons, joysticks and switches to allow them to play videogames on Xbox and Windows 10 PCs.

The V&A, the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance, has acquired Microsoft’s product for its Rapid Response Collecting display. The area, on the third floor of the seven-floor museum, was opened in 2014 and explores how current global events, political changes and pop cultural phenomena impact, or are influenced by, design, art, architecture and technology.

Other products in the Rapid Response Collecting gallery include a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes, a Lufsig soft toy, a set of Bolide HR handlebars, a personal genetic testing kit and a LEGO set.

The Xbox Adaptive Controller on display at the V&A

Corinna Gardner, Senior Curator of Design, Architecture and Digital at the V&A, said: “The Rapid Response Collecting is about bringing objects into the museum that signal moments of economic, political, social and technological change. It’s contemporary design history in action.

“The Xbox Adaptive Controller was an object that we thought very much captured a specific moment within the field of videogames but also more broadly about social and inclusive design. It’s a real opportunity to bring an object into the collection that addresses the question of inclusive design head on. It’s an important and attractive acquisition for us here at the V&A.”

The Xbox Adaptive Controller delighted charities and gamers with limited mobility when it was unveiled in May. They say it will help them continue to enjoy something they love as well as connect with other people and be more independent.

There are around a billion people across the world with a disability, including 13.9 million people in the UK. Research from Muscular Dystrophy UK found that one-in-three gamers has been forced to stop playing videogames due to their disability.

Chris Kujawski, Senior Industrial Designer at Xbox, said it was an honour to see the controller placed in the V&A.

“This is the most important project that I’ve been a part of at Microsoft because of the impact it will have on people,” he said. “It’s an honour to have a product that we designed in a museum.

“The recognition of inclusivity and gaming that this provides is good for the industry, and it’s great that Microsoft is being recognised as a leader in this space. I hope it inspires other companies and the next generation of designers to build hardware that’s inclusive.”

The Xbox Adaptive Controller, which can be connected to any Xbox One or Windows 10 PC via Bluetooth, features 19 3.5mm input jacks and two USB ports. Gamers can plug their third-party devices into these, with specific support for PDP’s One-Handed Joystick, Logitech’s Extreme 3D Pro Joystick and Quadstick’s Game Controller.

The Xbox Adaptive Controller is in the Rapid Response Collecting gallery of the V&A

Two, large, easy-to-press programmable buttons and a D-pad means it can also be used as a standalone controller. The internal lithium-ion battery can be recharged, eliminating the need to change small batteries.

Up to three profiles can be saved on the controller, allowing people to quickly switch between set-ups depending on the game they are playing.

Even the packaging has been specially designed to be opened by gamers with limited mobility.

The Xbox Adaptive Controller is available to buy now, priced at £74.99. Sitting alongside 12 other objects, It will have a permanent place in the free area at the V&A, in London, which houses a collection of more than 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human creativity. The V&A also displays a copy of Minecraft, as well as a hooded sweatshirt and action figure of the Creeper from the game in its Museum of Childhood.

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Arista CloudVision gets multi-cloud, NSX security features

Arista Networks has added to its CloudVision management console the ability to apply security policies across virtualized switching fabrics running on Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure.

Arista also introduced this week an integration between Arista CloudVision and NSX, VMware’s software for provisioning virtualized networks. The combination lets engineers take security policies created in NSX and apply them to Arista switches running in the data center.

The latest features come about a year after Arista introduced a virtualized version of its network operating system, called vEOS, for AWS, Google and Azure. At the time, Arista added some vEOS controls to CloudVision, which competes with Cisco CloudCenter.

The new multi-cloud feature within Arista CloudVision lets engineers modify the access control lists (ACLs) in vEOS switches, said Jeff Raymond, vice president of EOS product management. The capability, which the vendor calls Zone Segmentation Security, eliminates having to worry about the unique security mechanisms in each of the three public clouds.

Companies often create virtual networks in the public clouds to deliver security, load balancing and other services to applications. Amazon and Google call the networks Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs) while Microsoft refers to them as virtual networks (VNet).

Arista has integrated its Zone Segmentation feature with Zscaler’s cloud-based web gateway. The integration lets companies use Zscaler to apply security policies for traffic heading from a campus network or remote office to the cloud provider. Arista CloudVision applies policies to traffic flowing between and within virtual networks.

Overall, Arista is using CloudVision to address a trend toward more collaboration between corporate networking and security teams, said Shamus McGillicuddy, an analyst at Enterprise Management Associates, based in Boulder, Colo. A recent EMA survey found that 91% of security and network infrastructure teams were working together using shared or integrated tools.

The latest Arista offerings also show the vendor recognizes its customers need security that stretches from the private data center to the public cloud, said Bob Laliberte, an analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, based in Milford, Mass. “Building out a strong security ecosystem will be critical, and delivering a capable management platform for hybrid cloud environments will be important for its customers to effectively manage those hybrid environments.”

VMware NSX integration with Arista CloudVision

The NSX integration bridges the gap between VMware virtual networks and Arista physical switches in the data center. With CloudVision, engineers will be able to take security policies created for NSX environments and apply them to workloads running on the hardware.

NSX policies define the network resources accessible to groups of workloads and applications running on the virtual network. CloudVision applies those policies to an Arista fabric by converting them into a format that can become a part of the switch’s ACL.

As a result, engineers can save time by using just NSX for creating security policies, according to Raymond.

New hardware-based encryption in Arista routers

Finally, Arista plans to release four routers with built-in support for encryption standards. For the enterprise WAN, Arista embedded hardware-based IPSec in the 7020SRG for site-to-site virtual private networks. The router is a 10 GbE platform.

For the data center interconnect, Arista will provide MACsec encryption in the new 7280CR2M and the 7280SRAM. Both routers offer wire-speed encryption with 10 GbE and 100 GbE for up to 100 kilometers. For MACsec encryption up to 2,500 km, Arista introduced the 7280SRM, which has 200 GbE Coherent interfaces for metro and long-haul links.

Arista plans to release all the new technology by the end of September.

Arista sells its products primarily to tier-one and tier-two service providers, financial institutions and high-tech companies, including Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook.

Recently, however, the company has aimed some new hardware at enterprises with more mainstream data centers. In May, for example, the company introduced switches for the campus LAN.

Scale-out Qumulo NAS qualifies latest Dell EMC PowerEdge servers

Qumulo today added a hardware option for its customers by qualifying its scale-out NAS software to run on Dell Technologies’ PowerEdge servers. That leaves open the possibility that Qumulo will gain customers on Dell EMC servers at the expense of Dell EMC Isilon’s clustered NAS platform.

Qumulo is nearly two years into an OEM deal with Dell EMC archrival Hewlett Packard Enterprise. HPE rebrands and sells Qumulo’s scale-out NAS software on its servers. There is no joint go-to-marketing agreement between Qumulo and Dell EMC, which is a NAS market leader. The partnership means customers can purchase PowerEdge hardware from their preferred Dell EMC resellers and install Qumulo NAS software on the box.

Dell qualified Qumulo NAS software to run on dual-socket 2U Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd servers.

“There are a lot of customers who build private clouds on Dell hardware. We’re now in a position where they can choose our software to build their computing,” Qumulo chief marketing officer Peter Zaballos said.

Dell EMC 14th-generation PowerEdge are equipped with about 20% more NVMe flash capacity than R730 models. One of the use cases cited by Dell EMC is the ability to use a single PowerEdge 14G node to power its IsilonSD Edge virtual NAS software, which competes with Qumulo storage.

Will Qumulo on PowerEdge compete with Dell EMC Isilon NAS?

The Qumulo File Fabric (QF2) file system scales to support billions of files and hundreds of petabytes. QF2 is available on Qumulo C-Series hybrid arrays, all-flash P-Series or preinstalled on HPE Apollo servers. Customers also may run it as an Elastic Compute Cloud instance to burst and replicate in AWS.

Qumulo NAS gear is sold mostly to companies in media and entertainment and other sectors with large amounts of unstructured data.

Zaballos said QF2 on PowerEdge isn’t a direct attempt to displace Isilon. The goal is to give Dell EMC shops greater flexibility, he said.

“We’re looking to build the biggest footprint in the market. Between Dell and HPE, that’s about 40% of the server market for data centers,” Zaballos said.

Qumulo competes mainly with Isilon and NetApp’s NAS products and has won customers away from Isilon. Pressure on traditional NAS vendors is also coming from several file system-based cloud startups, including Elastifile, Quobyte, Stratoscale and WekaIO.

Qumulo founders Peter Godman, Aaron Passey and Neal Fachan helped develop the Isilon OneFS clustered file system, which paved the way for the startup’s initial public offering in 2006. EMC bought the Isilon technology for $2.25 billion in 2010 and then was acquired as part of the Dell-EMC merger in 2015.

Qumulo CEO Bill Richter was president of the EMC Isilon division for three years. He joined Qumulo in 2016.

Greg Schulz, an analyst with Server StorageIO, based in Stillwater, Minn., likened the Qumulo-PowerEdge configuration to Dell EMC’s “co-optetition” OEM agreement with hyper-converged vendor Nutanix.

Qumulo NAS has been focused on high-performance, big-bandwidth file serving, which may not play well in environments that have many smaller files and mixed workloads. That’s an area Isilon has adapted to over the years. The other obstacle is getting [beyond] large elephant-hunt deals into broader markets, and getting traction with Dell servers can help them fill gaps in their portfolio,” Schulz said.

Ron Pugh, vice president for Dell EMC OEM sales in North America, said it’s not unusual for potential competitors to rely on Dell hardware products.

“If you look deeply inside the Dell Technologies portfolio, some of our customers can be considered competitors. Our OEM program is here to be a building block for our customers, not to build competing products,” Pugh said.

Dell EMC also sells Elastifile cloud-based NAS on its servers and is an Elastifile strategic investor.

Qumulo: AI tests on P-Series flash

Qumulo this week also previewed upcoming AI enhancements to its P-Series to enable faster prefetching of application data in RAM. Those enhancements are due to roll out in September. Grant Gumina, a Qumulo senior product manager, said initial AI enhancements will improve performance of all-flash P-Series. Series proofs of concept are under way with media customers, Gumina said.

“A lot of studios are using SANs to power primarily file-based workloads in each playback bay. The performance features in QF2 effectively means they can install a NAS for the first time and move to a fully Ethernet-based environment,” Gumina said.

File storage vendors NetApp and Pure Storage recently added flash systems built for AI, incorporating Nvidia hardware.

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Avaya earnings show cloud, recurring revenue growth

Avaya hit revenue targets, increased cloud sales and added customers in its second full quarter as a public company — welcome news for customers and partners anxious for proof that the company is regaining its financial footing following last year’s bankruptcy.

Avaya reported revenue of $755 million in the third quarter of 2018 — down from $757 million last quarter, but within the vendor’s previously announced targets. When excluding sales from the networking division, which Avaya sold last year, adjusted revenue was 1% higher than during the third quarter of 2017.

To keep pace with competitors like Microsoft and Cisco, Avaya is looking to reduce its dependence on large, one-time hardware purchases by selling more monthly cloud subscriptions. This transition can make it difficult to show positive quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year growth in the short term.

Recurring revenue accounted for 59% of Avaya’s adjusted earnings in the third quarter — up from 58% the previous quarter. Cloud revenue represented just 11% of the quarter’s total, but monthly recurring revenue from cloud sales increased by 43% in the midmarket and 107% in the enterprise market, compared with last quarter.

Avaya reported an $88 million net loss in the third quarter. Still, the company’s operations netted $83 million in cash, which is a more critical financial indicator, in this case, than net income, said Hamed Khorsand, analyst at BWS Financial Inc., based in Woodland Hills, Calif.

“This is a company that’s still in transition as far as their accounting goes, with the bankruptcy proceedings,” Khorsand said. “[The net cash flow] actually tells you that the company is adding cash to its balance sheet.”

Also during the third quarter, Avaya regained top ratings in Gartner’s yearly rankings of unified communications (UC) and contact center infrastructure vendors. Avaya’s one-year absence from the leadership quadrant in the Gartner report probably slowed growth, Khorsand said, because C-suite executives place value in those standings.

Avaya’s stock closed up 3.61%, at $20.68 per share, following the Avaya earnings report on Thursday.

Avaya earnings report highlights product growth

The Avaya earnings report showed the company added 1,700 customers worldwide during the third quarter. It also launched and refreshed several products, including an updated workforce optimization suite for contact centers and a new version of Avaya IP Office, its UC offering for small and midsize businesses.

The product releases demonstrate that Avaya continued to invest in research and development, even as it spent most of 2017 engaged in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, said Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst at ZK Research in Westminster, Mass.

“As long as we continue to see this steady stream of new products coming out, I think it should give customers confidence,” Kerravala said. “Channel partners tend to live on new products, as well.”

The bankruptcy allowed Avaya to cut its debt in half to a level it can afford based on current revenue. But years of underinvestment in product continue to haunt the vendor, as it tries to play catch-up with rivals Cisco and Microsoft, which analysts generally agreed have pulled ahead of all other vendors in the UC market.

Avaya acquired cloud contact center vendor Spoken Communications earlier this year, gaining a multi-tenant public cloud offering. Avaya plans to use the same technology to power a UC-as-a-service product in the future.

“We are investing significantly in people and technology, investing more on technology in the last two quarters than we did in all of fiscal 2017,” said Jim Chirico, CEO at Avaya.

Avaya is expecting to bring in adjusted revenue between $760 and $780 million in the fourth quarter, which would bring the fiscal year’s total to a little more than $3 billion.

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