VMware / ecosystem / industry news flash time again. Took me a while to get a bunch of them, so some of the news is a bit older then normal.
- Dell and SuperMicro to offer an EVO:RAIL bundle with Nexenta for file services on top of VSAN!
Smart move by Nexenta, first 3rd party vendor to add value to the EVO:RAIL package and straight away they partner with both Dell and SuperMicro. I expect we will start seeing more of these types of partnerships. There are various other vendors who have shown interest in layering services on top of EVO:RAIL so it is going to be interesting to see what is next!
- Tintri just announced a new storage system called the T800. This device can hold up to 3500 VMs in just 4U and provides 100TB of effective capacity. With up to 140K IOPS this device also delivers good performance at a starting price of 74K USD. But more then the hardware, I love the simplicity that Tintri brings. Probably one of the most user/admin friendly systems I have seen so far, and coincidentally they also announced Tintri OS 3.1 this week which brings:
- Long awaited integration with Site Recovery Manager. Great to see that they pulled this one off, it something which I know people have been waiting for.
- Encryption for the T800 series
- Tintri Automation Toolkit which allows for end-to-end automation from the VM directly to storage through both PowerShell and REST APIs!
- Dell releases the PowerEdge FX. I was briefed a long time ago on these systems and I liked it a lot as it provides a great modular mini datacenter solution. I can see people using these for Virtual SAN deployments as it allows for a lot of flexibility and capacity in just 2U. What I love about these systems is that they have networking included, that sounds like true hyper-converged to me! A great review here by StorageReview.com which I recommend reading. Definitely something I’ll be looking in to for my lab, how nice would it be: 4 x FC430 for compute + 2 x FD332 for storage capacity!
That it is for now…