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Why Bikes Are Like (The New) Data Center Containers

Posted by: Dominic Cheah

Containers have been around for years and there’s not a person on earth who has not utilized containers to organize, pack and carry stuff. Containers are versatile and readily available and it’s hard to imagine organizing our lives without them. Containers are also available in data centers. These types of containers are ephemeral and allow


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Neuralytix, A Leading IT Industry Analyst, Argues That HCI is Not As Simple As It Seems

Posted by: Craig Nunes

Jeff Zabarsky wrote a compelling piece on not being lured to the dark side of hyperconverged infrastructure in May. Here’s a taste of Jeff’s argument. “Back when storage and compute were separate, you could take down one or more servers for maintenance without storage implications for the remaining servers; servers were stateless. HCI combines servers and


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Why HCI & Arrays Don’t Unleash The Full Power Of DevOps. Need For Next-Gen Convergence.

Posted by: Tushar Agrawal

Microservices, CI/CD, DevOps and containers have paved the path towards faster innovation and business growth. And, public cloud infrastructure with its xAAS models have served cloud native applications really well. However, there are challenges with cloud native applications on-prem and they need a whole new technology approach to solve them.      Data management for stateful


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New Generation Convergence for VMware/vSphere Goes Bare Metal

Posted by: Craig Nunes

Here at Datrium we have spent the better part of the last 18 months bringing a new generation of convergence to VMware vSphere environments. And customer reception has been nothing short of amazing. We fundamentally eliminate a huge stack of expensive and inflexible infrastructure, from arrays and SANs to backup hardware and software.  The cost


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Is your datacenter’s storage a Chickenosaurus?

Posted by: Michael Gonzalez

Chickens (and all birds) are thought to have evolved from dinosaur relatives. One team of researchers plans to use chicken embryos to bring back dinosaur traits in a living creature. Their aim is to activate dormant traits by injecting modified genes carried by a virus to alter chicken embryos.  The process for turning back the


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Education Gets Smart with New, Cutting-edge Infrastructure Tech

Posted by: Craig Nunes

Why did two big school districts and two universities all end up buying a cutting-edge infrastructure technology solution? From us, a Silicon Valley start-up that’s boasts that it has leap-frogged storage arrays, and the ever-popular hyperconvergence infrastructure? Short answer: to creatively (and cost-effectively) solve their rather ominous infrastructure problems. Shorter answer: necessity. What are were


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Solving the VDI Performance and Cost puzzle with Datrium RackScale for Citrix MCS and PVS

Posted by: Andre Leibovici

  I am happy to announce that Datrium is now certified as Citrix Ready® and the solution is readily available in Citrix Ready Marketplace (here). The Citrix Ready program helps customers identify third-party solutions that are recommended to enhance virtualization, networking and cloud computing solutions from Citrix. As part of the program, Datrium has completed


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Is Hyperconvergence (HCI) Dead?

Posted by: Brian Biles

  Life for storage used to be simple – there was Hyperconvergence (HCI) and Arrays. Arrays kept all RAID and storage off-host, across a fabric.  As workloads grew with new hosts, IO service bandwidth supply shrank in proportion and special hardware was okay. On the other hand, hyperconvergence was like Hadoop where it put storage


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The Reinvention of Snap-and-Replication Technology for Private and Hybrid Cloud

Posted by: Boris Weissman

  We’ve reinvented snap-and-replicate technology because private and hybrid clouds demand an alternative to legacy storage array replication. We call our new technology Elastic Replication. It simply and uniquely satisfies efficiency and scalability goals for virtualization environments. But first let’s talk replication.   Replication basics Array LUN replication has been used as a foundational data


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VM Private Cloud: Managing VMs at Scale

Posted by: Sazzala Reddy

  Want to know what’s under the hood of the new rackscale private cloud? It starts with a converged system for consolidating VMs with very high performance and low latency. Then we support simple and efficient secondary storage, such as built-in erasure coding, global dedupe, compression, etc. This combination gives you seamless data management for


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LUNs are from Mars, VMs are from Venus

Posted by: Sazzala Reddy

  For a long time, systems vendors have been pushing LUNs as the best way to manage your data and storage.  And that’s still the case in 2017.  Unfortunately, LUNs require that you think about your storage artifacts, rather than what you really care about—your business applications and your virtual machines.  The LUNs provided by


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What do 1000’s of metrics in the new rackscale infrastructure solution do for private cloud customers?

Posted by: John Cho

  We live and breathe data.  Every. Day. Even though we’ve engineered the industry’s first server powered storage system, that’s not what I mean by living and breathing data. So, what do I mean by living and breathing data? Our team has pioneered industry changing technologies like VMware hypervisor, Java Virtual Machine, Data Domain system,


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The Serious Business of VM Analytics

Posted by: Mike McLaughlin

  We here at Datrium have made it our task to constantly add new metrics to better measure how field deployed systems are performing, then finding ways to visually represent and simplify performance management for our customers. That means the hard data behind VM analytics is serious business here. In fact, we have taken the


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Converged Infrastructure Without the Pain? Yes, We Can!

Posted by: Ganesh Venkitachalam

Traditional storage arrays are poorly adapted to virtualization, unable to properly leverage the latency benefits of flash storage, and hard to scale. Hyperconverged infrastructures (HCI) are a better fit for virtualization but throw away many of the benefits of storage arrays (like ease of maintenance and data durability),  and do not solve scaling issues. But


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Why is Rack Scale Infrastructure So Hard?

Posted by: Jeff Zabarsky

Virtualization has taken IT by storm to the point it’s now the way we all deploy our applications. Converged infrastructure is widely considered the best way to deploy virtualization. Industry figures back this up by showing robust 31%1 compound annual growth, while traditional infrastructure sales have flat lined or worse. The reason for the ascension


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School District Selects Cutting-edge Infrastructure Tech to Save Them from a $8M Budget Deficit and More

Posted by: Craig Nunes

  With a 10% budget ‘cliff’ coming, San Luis Coastal Unified School District (SLCUSD) had to find a creative way to cut costs while making sure they could scale and protect their infrastructure for years to come. SLCUSD’s Network Specialist, Joe Miller, decided Datrium’s DVX Rackscale system provided exactly what SLCUSD needed—management simplicity, incredible performance


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Altair Global Comments ‘Datrium is not Snake Oil’ While Shopping for Better SQL Performance

Posted by: Todd Barton

  Cameron Joyce runs Altair Global’s robust datacenter and is in charge of managing their infrastructure to ensure the applications are operating at top efficiency. He is also responsible for investigating new technologies and providing advice to help improve delivery of application and data services.  Over the years, Altair Global continued to grow and the


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Three Hot Technologies Come Together to Improve Performance in the $11B+ Converged Systems Market

Posted by: Craig Nunes

  Remember when we used to buy proprietary RISC based boxes to increase data center performance? Those days are luckily gone. Now, today’s data center is shifting quickly to one built on converged and even hyperconverged infrastructure that aims to ease deployment and speed time to value, all at a lower total cost of ownership (TCO). 


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High Praise by Large Enterprise Infrastructure VAR for Standing Out in the Data Center Jungle

Posted by: Craig Nunes

  Zunesis, one of the largest enterprise infrastructure VARs in the Rocky Mountain Region and Southwestern U.S just gave us high praise for standing out in the jungle of storage and infrastructure, going beyond hyperconvergence, positively changing the data center for the better and giving customers 5x performance at 50% of the cost.    “Datrium is


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The K.I.S.S. Motto Used for Increasing Bandwidth and Reliability

Posted by: Jeff Zabarsky

  What if you threw out the existing storage playbook and gave yourself clean-sheet freedom to tackle today’s private cloud infrastructure environment challenges? What would that look like? What if you went further and dreamed the dream of providing cloud features and rackscale capabilities while also employing the motto “Keep it simple stupid”? Where does


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Hyperconvergence Move Over: There’s a Winner in the Race to Simplifying Cloud Data Management

Posted by: Craig Nunes

In response to the increasing use of public clouds there’s a race to simplifying the management of private cloud infrastructure. The race is all about simplifying the current infrastructure complexity for virtualization administrators.  Traditional systems, including storage arrays, are falling out of favor as more and more organizations are looking to converged infrastructure approaches to reduce


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Effortless Infrastructure for Private Cloud Takes A Big Step Beyond Hyperconvergence

Posted by: Brian Biles

  Today marks the day that a big step forward has taken place in the rapid expansion in effortless infrastructure for private cloud due to Datrium’s debut of its DVX Rackscale Systems. These first-of-their-kind turnkey clusters showcasing why Open Convergence is overtaking hyperconvergence in a big way. There are two standard reactions to private cloud


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Datrium Data Cloud or a 3rd Party Data Management Solution?

Posted by: Craig Nunes

With Datrium Data Cloud, do I still need third party data management solutions from our partners like Zerto, Veeam, Rubrik, Cohesity, etc.? The answer is actually a simple one. In a digital economy, data is currency and therefore must have a protection strategy. Truthfully, here at Datrium we want want to see your data protected whether you use our integrated tools or those provided by our awesome data management partners.


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Flash Storage Data Reduction Complexifies

Posted by: Ganesh Venkitachalam

  Customers care about data reduction, especially on flash, because pure and simple, it saves money. Data reduction comes from compression and deduplication. By the way, you should have compression and deduplication enabled all the time so that you don’t need to buy as much expensive gear. Pretty simple, right? Not so fast.   Vendors


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Standing Out from the Storage Channel Partner Crowd

Posted by: Todd Barton

Years ago, I worked for EqualLogic where our approach was a simple one — to make automated storage that the midmarket could manage without specialized expertise and provide them big-enterprise-like features without the cost. I worked specifically for the channel where I spent 6 years working for a local VAR supporting customers of all sizes


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12 Ways The Channel Loses When Companies Get Acquired

Posted by: Craig Nunes

  When good companies get acquired, it always inspires a lot of discussion about the investors and employees. Was it good or bad for the shareholders? Will employees be retained or let go?  But there’s one constituency that never garners enough attention in such circumstances —the go-to-market resellers, integrators, OEMs who, in many cases, built


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No Knobs: Data Storage Should Be Simple

Posted by: Ganesh Venkitachalam

  In 2010, Boris (co-founder of Datrium) and I were working at VMware on a project to build an app as a cloud offering. All we cared about at that point was the app and the VMs running the app. We had no intention of worrying about storage management. We had to manage hundreds of


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Blanket Encryption? An Industry-first for the Private Cloud

Posted by: Craig Nunes

What do you call it when you combine end-to-end encryption with data reduction? Blanket encryption! Windsor, a data encryption expert and a technology whiz explains the “fourth way” to do data encryption in this short 3-min video. Why is blanket encryption so cool? By deduplicating and compressing data, then encrypting while it is still in


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Open Convergence for Microsoft SQL High Availability

Posted by: Dominic Cheah

Open Convergence allows you to easily virtualize your Microsoft SQL applications (OLTP and OLAP databases are supported) to achieve production level performance and high availability with Microsoft SQL Server Always On Availability Groups. The Datrium DVX is designed to be VM–centric and provides built-in, real-time VM analytics to better understand your application VMs operations.


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Happy One-Year Anniversary To DVX and NVMe

Posted by: Hugo Patterson

There’s been a lot of buzz recently about NVMe. Lots of storage vendors are saying they will be supporting NVMe Real Soon Now, or that they are “NVMe-ready” which actually means “no-NVMe-yet.” Here at Datrium, we have supported NVMe since our first release one year ago this week.


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$55M Funds an Open Convergence Play and Ends a Year on a Rocket Ship

Posted by: Craig Nunes

  Disrupting a Multi-Billion Dollar Market Who’s disrupting the multi-billion dollar cloud infrastructure market with Open Convergence? We are, we are! What the heck is Open Convergence? Glad you asked. First, it converges storage and compute in a radically new way. Secondly, it’s modeled on a public cloud IaaS versus traditional converged infrastructure or hyperconvergence. 


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Star Wars: Open Convergence Awakens

Posted by: Syerra Laurusaitis

It’s a dark time for the data center. Although disk arrays at last are in decline, compromises of hyperconvergence have prevented rebel IT organizations from launching a significant server-based challenge to the expensive and rigid data center disk array.

All is not lost, however. Coming to the aid of rebel IT forces, Open Convergence Jedi are on the way…


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Ridecast: VDI and Virtualized SQL Server Use Cases

Posted by: Craig Nunes

Customers love the performance, elastic resources and cost savings of the Datrium solution for their VDI and SQL workloads. In this 3 minute Ridecast video with industry guru Marc Farley, Datrium’s Mike Mclaughlin talks about real world VDI and virtualized SQL Server use cases–Check it out!


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The 3 R’s for a Successful VDI Deployment

Posted by: Dominic Cheah

According to an article in the Business Wire, the global VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) market is expected to be more than $14 billion by 2020. As a fellow individual in IT, what would you consider as the building blocks for a successful VDI deployment? In my opinion, I would consider the 3 R’s: Repeatability, Reliability and Resources. Not to be confused with https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_three_Rs.


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Giving Thanks for a New Convergence Approach

Posted by: Devin Hamilton

It is startling how fast this year is ripping by. I joined Datrium 1 year and 4 months ago and that, my friends, is something I am very thankful for.

Fast Forward

From day one, we have been on the run. The acclaim we’ve enjoyed in social media, the customer interactions and feedback, the very formation of a new emerging technology is what is happening here, and we are thankful.

I never grow tired of this rush, people. I didn’t figure after 23 years in data technologies, that I’d be invited to yet another truly innovative place.

With a team of dedicated technologists, we at Datrium are so very thankful for not working on storage arrays anymore. In fact, we all feel incredibly privileged to have forged again, a family of pioneers in a new space we call Open Converged.


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Hyperconverged is Over Converged

Posted by: Brian Biles

Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) is a scaleout array that also runs VMs, and like all arrays it can be inflexible to scale and upgrade. DVX is a better fit for support of existing infrastructure and mixed-use scaling


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DVX is VM-Centric

Posted by: Brian Biles

DVX storage is VM-centric. We do this one thing well, using every vSphere integration point possible, so it’s a much simpler administrative model than most arrays.


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Taking the Color out of Arrays and Hyperconverged at VMworld

Posted by: Craig Nunes

Storage array vendors and hyperconverged server vendors will be as noisy and colorful as ever this year at VMworld. But the future of storage is as different as black and white. At #VMworld @DatriumStorage will be the sole sponsor coloring the Alumni lounge #Blacknwhite with our FLASH: USE MORE THINK LESS drinks coasters.


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