VFD4 Prep: Scale Computing

I first met Scale Computing at Storage Field Day 5, and I was impressed. Their gear is ideally suited for small- to mid-size companies, often without oodles of bandwidth to the Internet to use cloud based services, and with on-site systems that need to be controlled, like manufacturers. The HC3x … Read More

VFD4 Prep: SimpliVity

SimpliVity make a series of “hyper-convered” arrays. The devices are a mix of commodity CPU, RAM, and storage in a single OmniCube with a special bit of custom hardware: a PCIe card dubbed the OmniCube Accelerator. This custom hardware offloads the high-overhead calculations required for things like compression and de-duplication … Read More

VFD4 Prep: Commvault

What a difference 18 months makes. I last reviewed Commvault for Tech Field Day 9 in June 2013 in a series of posts. My post-TFD9 review focused on their new-at-the-time Sympana 10 release, but prior to the event, I did some old-fashioned financial analysis, since they’re a public company and … Read More

VFD4 Prep: Platform9

Platform9 bill themselves as “the simplest way for Enterprises to implement an OpenStack based, agile, self-service Private Cloud.” Ok. They’re offering a Software-as-a-Service OpenStack Controller. It looks like they have some fancy software that lives somewhere out there on the Internet, and talks to your infrastructure over HTTPS. You sign … Read More

VFD4 Prep: StorMagic

StorMagic make a Remote Office/Branch Office (ROBO) storage product called SvSAN that provides an iSCSI virtual SAN appliance (VSA) as a Linux virtual machine. It works as a 2-node synchronously mirrored cluster of VMs that provide storage services. There are some excellent blogs on the details, such as this one … Read More