Thursday, November 20, 2014

Nimble Storage Announces the Availability of its Fibre Channel SAN Solution

Nimble Storage recently advanced their Adaptive Flash Platform with the release of Fibre Channel protocol support for the CS-series storage arrays. This release marks a significant milestone for Nimble Storage as it enables them to effectively address storage requirements that are enterprise-wide as well as quadruple the amount of markets they can serve. Nimble Storage also announced the doubling of the maximum capacity of their storage systems to support up to 1.6PBs of raw capacity and 160TB of flash per cluster.

Fibre Channel options are available for the CS300, CS500, and CS700 series arrays. The CS300 arrays offer 1 dual-port 16 GB FC NICs, the CS500 arrays offer 1 or 2 dual-port 16 GB FC NICs, and the CS700 arrays offer 2 or 3 dual-port 16 GB FC NICs.  Each of these CS-series arrays also has the option for additional 1GbE, 10GbE SFP+, or 10GbaseT cards.

So far, Nimble Storage has successfully completed 40 deployments as a part of their beta program to effectively test and validate the expanded protocol support in real environments. These tests revealed high levels of satisfaction including ease of deployment and the ability to consolidate a broad range of enterprise applications and workloads. Other results included radically better price-performance, reduced footprint, the convenience of managing multiple arrays as a single scale-out SAN, the dramatic simplicity of snapshot-based backups and replication for DR, as well as the benefits of InfoSight’s cloud-based support and management. This beta test was so successful that Nimble Storage released it a full quarter ahead of schedule. The addition of Fibre Channel to the Adaptive Flash platform has allowed Nimble Storage customers to speed up the transition from disk-centric to flash-centric architectures.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Veeam Releases Availability Suite v8

Veeam has recently announced version 8 of its Veeam Availability Suite. With this release, Veeam defines Availability for the Modern Data Center by leveraging technologies including modern storage, virtualization, and the cloud. Veeam Availability Suite v8 combines the industry leading backup, restore, and replication capabilities of Veeam Backup and Replication with the advanced reporting, monitoring, and capacity planning functionality of Veeam ONE. Compatible with VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V environments, Veeam Availability Suite v8 delivers everything needed to protect and manage your virtual or cloud environment.

Five Key Capabilities for an Always-On Business with Veeam Availability Suite v8:
    Veeam Availability Suite v8
  • High-Speed Recovery – Brand new Explorers for SQL Server and Active Directory and a new Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots for HP and Net App are now available along with v8’s already well-known recovery features such as Instant VM Recovery, Instant File-Recovery and Explorers for Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint. 
  • Data Loss Avoidance – Provides backup and replication, built-in WAN acceleration and native tape support as well as several new replication enhancements and updated Veeam Cloud Connect, End-to-End Encryption and more.
  • Verified Protection – With the use of Veeam’s SureBackup and SureReplica technology, reliable restores, automatic backup testing and virtual labs ensure that backups are successful and are available whenever they are needed. 
  • Leveraged Data – Minimizing the risks associated with application deployment by automatically creating an isolated, easily accessible environment for application-item recovery, validating virtual machine backups and replicas and perform testing, training and troubleshooting.
  • Complete visibility – Improved monitoring tools such as centralized management, vCloud Director integration and vSphere web client plug-in all provide complete visibility to the infrastructure. 
Veeam Availability Suite v8 is available now!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Great Lakes Computer Takes Strategic Inventory Position on IBM x86 Servers

In response to Lenovo’s acquisition of IBM’s x86 server business on October 1st, Great Lakes Computer has built a solid inventory of IBM System x3550 M4 and IBM System x3650 M4 rack servers as well as IBM BladeCenter HS23 blade servers. This strategic inventory position guarantees that our customers are provided with the availability of this product during this transitional period.

This sale to Lenovo has interrupted the distribution channel for IBM’s x86 servers and is bringing uncertainty to those who are currently standardized on these platforms. With this increased inventory, Great Lakes Computer can now provide this hard-to-find equipment to better support those customers as a stable solution for sourcing this equipment.

Taking this strategic inventory position on IBM x3650 M4, IBM x3550 M4, and IBM HS23 servers allows GLC to ease the difficulty and provide clarity during this process. By sourcing the chassis of each model, our configure-to-order process enables us to provide you with any configuration of processor, memory, and hard drive that you require.

For further information and a list of the full IBM x86 server SKUs in stock, please see our latest press release.