Storage News Sticker – April 5 – Blocks and Files

Unstructured Data Controller Devices and cloud storage provider Wasabi Technologies announced a collaboration agreement and validated interoperability of the Aparavi Platform with Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage to deliver enhanced storage consolidation and management. The Aparavi platform can improve storage consolidation and management on Wasabi by revealing hidden data, data assets, and redundant, obsolete, and trivial (ROT) data. It reveals companies’ unstructured data footprints so they can identify, classify, optimize and take advantage of it.

CrossBarResistive RAM technology is now offered for use in memory applications that require higher levels of content security. It says the ReRAM cell itself is inherently resistant to physical hacking, targeting sensitive information and data stored in memory. It is not possible to read out the physical ReRAM cell externally electrically, magnetically or via imaging techniques, even after delamination of the silicon. “MSI conducted extensive delays and inspections of CrossBar’s ReRAM memory silicon through imaging techniques in an effort to determine its stored content,” said Michael Strilich, President of MicroNet Solutions. “After a thorough evaluation using advanced techniques such as electron beam induced current measurement and passive voltage contrast imaging, we were unable to determine the contents of the memory array”.

Kubernetes app and data management diamonds has a deal with Lenovo whereby it will offer customers Ultima Accelerator – a fully integrated storage and networking solution for Kubernetes, available for a limited time with three free Lenovo servers ($60,000 worth). The product, provided by Lenovo, comes with Diamanti’s software and provides turnkey full implementation services with Diamanti Kubernetes certified implementation specialists that can be deployed almost immediately. Certified technicians arrive within ten days to implement the technology, and the Diamanti starter kit accelerates the transition to Kubernetes for SMBs, enterprises and managed service providers.

Equal to, a provider of data integration and recording products, has announced the general availability of its Continuous Data Integration Platform (CDIP) v3.0. This is available for on-premises, hybrid, or cloud-based operations, including all required Azure, AWS, and Google Cloud targets. The platform supports real-time streaming use cases, as well as batch ETL, replication, and Tier One Change Data Capture. Equalum CDIP provides a drag-and-drop interface for real-time pipeline creation and batch data. It claims to be the first product of its kind to natively support all cases of data integration without code and the first to offer Streaming ETL and ELT plus Batch ETL and Modern and Multimodal Change Data Capture all under one, unified platform with a user interface without code.

Intel has appointed David Tuhy as VP and GM of his Optane Group. Tuhy revealed the news on his LinkedIn feed. It was an internal promotion. His post reads: “This is a large business group including media technology development, manufacturing plant, complete product development teams (ASIC, firmware, validation). The group has in-house marketing, software development and ecosystem capabilities. In addition, we ship complete PMEM modules and SSDs worldwide. 75 percent of tier-1 cloud service providers integrate Optane technology into their data centers. We have 1000+ PMEM and 600+ SSD wins in end-user design (source: Intel sales and marketing trackers 2022).”

Semiconductor Machine Supplier Intevac announced the receipt of a $54 million order for multiple 200 Lean systems, including eight comprehensive module systems, each configured with 28 process chambers for the production of advanced hard disk drive (HDD) media. It is the largest Lean order from Intevac in 12 years. The systems will ship in multiple quarters from mid-2023. Is this an indication that MAMR or HAMR systems are from Seagate, Toshiba and Western Digital?

nutanix has appointed Mandy Dhaliwal as Chief Marketing Officer and Shyam Desirazu as Head of Engineering. Prior CMO Ben Gibson retired this month. Mandy will be responsible for driving a global marketing strategy. She was most recently Boomi’s CMO and her experience includes senior positions at venture capital-backed startups, high-growth companies and large public companies, including Fugue, BlazeMeter and EMC. Shyam will work with Nutanix’s executive leadership team to develop and drive the company’s technology and platform vision, roadmap, innovation strategy and R&D investments across its portfolio. He joins Nutanix from VMware where he was the VP Engineering for VMware Cloud on AWS

With AMD purchase to think for $1.9 billion – a 6x multiple of the funding of $313 million – leaving three full house DPU vendors. There’s AMD with its CPUs, GPUs, Pensando DPUs, and Xylinx FPGAs, along with Nvidia with its lineup of GPUs, CPUs, and BlueField DPU/SmartNICs. The third member of this triumvirate is Intel with its CPUs, GPUs, Agilex FPGAs and IPUs (Intel Processing Units) – the term for DPUs. That leaves DPU and composable systems startup Fungible alone.

Sabrent announced an 8TB Rocket 4 Plus NVMe M.2 SSD – that’s a big capacity. It requires a PCIe 4 connection and provides 7.1 GB/sec read and 6.6 GB/sec write. It provides power management support for APST/ASPM/L1.2, SMART and TRIM commands, ONFi 2.3, ONFi 3.0, ONFi 3.2 and ONFi 4.0 interface. The Rocket has wear leveling, poor block management, error correction code and over-provisioning plus upgradeable firmware.

SK hynix announced the P5530 SSD with its 128-layer NAND with a Solidigm controller and firmware. We were told it has a PCIe gen 4 interface and capacities of 1 TB, 2 TB and 4 TB. We don’t get any performance information or its format; M.2, U.2, whatever. We’re told it’s an enterprise SSD with specific data center use cases and targeted implementations in mind, but what specific use cases we have no idea about. It will be sold as a Solidigm-branded SSD. We think it could be a product slightly more powerful than Soldigm’s DC-PC5510 and have asked for more information.

StorMagic has appointed Erik Murrey as CTO, tasked with building a next-generation software platform. Prior to StorMagic, Murrey was CTO and VP of engineering for StrongBox Data Solutions, where he led the global engineering team to deliver advanced analytics, data management and SaaS cloud solutions. He also held lead architect and CTO roles at DigitalGlobe and AvConnect. The Strongbox exec team changed last November.

Replicator WANdisco has signed a contract worth $630,000 with one of the largest insurance groups in Europe. This contract is structured as a Commit-to-Consume transaction and revenues will be realized this year. The Group plans to move large amounts of Internet of Things (IoT) data, originally collected from connected cars, to the cloud so that it can implement new insurance models based on driving behaviour. It will use WANdisco’s LiveData Migrator (LDM) and LiveData Migrator for Azure (LDMA) to automate the migration of IoT data to multiple cloud providers, including AWS, Azure and Google.

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