Jan 112017
 

Check pricing for the Unitrends 602, 604, 606 and 608

Unitrends Recovery Series all-in-one appliances combine software, storage, and compute into one box for easy-to-manage backup with built-in cloud integration. The Recovery 814S, 818S and 818S backup appliance is a 1U short rackmount unit with both traditional storage and High-Performance Solid State drives, well suited for organizations with a higher throughput backup requirements.

Recovery Series appliances simplify local backup and offsite compliance requirements with an all-in-one box that delivers enterprise backup and continuity to your business.These physical appliances are pre-loaded and pre-tuned with powerful software that not only covers on-premises backup but also long-term retention and disaster recovery in the Unitrends Cloud.

Unitrends Recovery 814S Pricing & Support

Recovery 814S Appliance with Platinum Support, 1 Year
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Market Price: $18,449.00
Recovery 814S Appliance with Platinum Support, 3 Years
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Market Price: $23,796.00
Recovery 814S Appliance with Platinum Support, 5 Years
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Market Price: $28,798.00

Unitrends Recovery 818S Pricing & Support

Recovery 818S Appliance with Platinum Support, 1 Year
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Market Price: $24,599.00
Recovery 818S Appliance with Platinum Support, 3 Years
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Market Price: $31,728.00
Recovery 818S Appliance with Platinum Support, 5 Years
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Market Price: $38,398.00

Unitrends Recovery 824S Pricing & Support

Recovery 824S Appliance with Platinum Support, 1 Year
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Market Price: $36,899.00
Recovery 824S Appliance with Platinum Support, 3 Years
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Market Price: $47,593.00
Recovery 824S Appliance with Platinum Support, 5 Years
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Market Price: $57,598.00

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Jan 062017
 

For years, storage companies have touted “storage as a utility” and “storage on demand”. The efforts were meant to combat the dreaded “forklift upgrade” of legacy iron which was both disruptive and expensive.

Nimble now weighs in with it’s on-demand option with a published estimate of 6.8 cents/GB per month.

Nimble Storage On Demand

Cloud adoption is growing at an exponential rate. But organizations still have few options when it comes to data storage. Buying storage outright is expensive; leasing typically requires a long-term commitment. Neither offers the flexibility most organizations need in today’s dynamic marketplace. Organizations have been waiting for a storage solution with cloud-like agility and flexibility.

Nimble’s Storage on Demand is a subscription service for on-premise storage that adapts to businesses’ changing needs. It allows customers to decide where their storage will reside – whether it’s their own datacenter, a colocation facility, or the cloud. The storage is configured based on service levels, with billing based on usage rather than fixed configuration. Finally, customers pay monthly with only a one-year commitment.

Pay Just For What You Use.
Monthly billings accurately reflect storage usage, even when it shrinks. Monthly charges are calculated on a simple fixed rate price in cents-per-GB.

Service-Level Subscription. Storage on Demand offers four performance service levels:
Platinum (fastest), Gold, Silver, and Bronze. In each level, billings are based on actual
storage usage.

Never Run Out of Capacity or Performance
A 10 percent buffer, provided at no extra cost, ensures that capacity will always be available as your usage grows. Additional IOPS are automatically included to maintain performance needs.

No Excessive Lock-Ins
Storage on Demand requires a first-year commitment. Customers then have the option to cancel or continue paying
for services on a month-by-month basis.

All-Inclusive Subscriptions
Storage on Demand includes all the features and support organizations
need to deploy and effectively manage storage:
24/7 Support.
Helpdesk support ensures end-user services remain consistency available with proven 99.9997% uptime.

Built-in Efficiencies.
Advanced capacity saving features further reduce storage costs, and increase capacity utilization by as much as 2.5x.

Built-in Data Protection
Efficient snapshots and data replication protect against accidental and catastrophic data loss using minimal capacity and network overhead.

Operational Efficiencies
Reduced data center footprint dramatically cuts data centerfootprint, power and cooling costs.

InfoSight™ Predictive Analytics
InfoSight monitors arrays to predict and prevent problems — and offer remedies — before they cause disruption. Infosight predicts, plans, and tracks storage usage and performance to maintain service levels and provide detailed reporting.

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Sep 042016
 

Rackspace Cloud Files Pricing

Rackspace Cloud Files provides online object storage for files and media, delivering them globally at blazing speeds over a worldwide content delivery network (CDN). You can store as many files as you want—even very large files.

Rackspace pricing below the 1PB/1024TB threshold starts at $0.075/GB per month when you buy over 500TB of storage; prices increase slightly if you need less storage.

Rackspace Cloud Files Service Claims

Reliable – Cloud Files maintains three copies of each file, so your users get files faster and more reliably. Availability is important to you, so our SLA guarantees it.

Fast – Cloud Files uses over 200 global edge locations around the world, so your users get content fast—from servers within their region. This makes Cloud Files great for media hosting.

Easy to use – Store and manage your files using our online control panel or desktop software or programmatically via the Cloud Files API. Developer tools are available for Java, Python, Node.js, Ruby, PHP, and .NET.

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Jul 072016
 

Original article at Scale Computing Article “4 Hidden Infrastructure Costs for SMB”

Infrastructure complexity is not unique to companies that operate enterprise datacenters. Just because a business or organization is small, does not mean it is exempt from the feature needs of big enterprises. Small and mid-size organizations require fault tolerance, high availability, mobility, and flexibility as much as anyone. Unfortunately, the complexity of traditional datacenter and virtualization architecture hits the SMB the hardest. Here are 4 of the hidden costs that can cripple the SMB IT budget.

1 – Training and Expertise

Setting up a standard virtualization infrastructure can be complex; it requires virtualization, networking, and storage expertise. In the larger enterprises, expertise is often spread out across dozens of admins through new hire, formal training, or consulting. However, in the SMB data center with only a handful or even only one admin and limited budgets, expertise can be harder to come by. Self-led training and research can take costly hours out of every week and admins may only have time to achieve a minimum level of expertise to maintain an infrastructure without the ability to optimize it. Lack of expertise affects infrastructure performance and stability, not allowing for the most return on infrastructure investment.

2 – Support Run-Around

A standard virtualization infrastructure has components from a number of different vendors including the storage vendor, server vendor, and hypervisor vendor to name just the basics. Problems arising in the infrastructure are not always easy to diagnose and with multiple vendors and vendor support centers in the mix, this can lead to a lot of finger pointing. Admins can spend hours if not days calling various support engineers from different vendors to pinpoint the issue. Long troubleshooting times can correspond to long outages and lost productivity because of vendor support run-around.

3 – Admin Burn-Out

The complexity of standard virtualization environments containing multiple vendor solutions and multiple layers of hardware and software mean longer nights and weekends performing maintenance tasks such as firmware updates, refreshing hardware, adding capacity, and dealing with outages caused by non-optimized architecture. Not to mention, admins of the complex architectures cannot detach long enough to enjoy personal time off because of the risk of outage. Administrators who have to spend long nights and weekends dealing with infrastructure issues are not as productive in daily tasks and have less energy and focus for initiatives to improve process and performance.

4 – Brain Drain

Small IT shops are particularly susceptible to brain drain. The knowledge of all of the complex hardware configurations and application requirements is concentrated in a very small group, in some cases one administrator. While those individuals are around, there is no problem but when one leaves for whatever reason, there is a huge gap in knowledge which might never be replaced. There can be huge costs involved in rebuilding the knowledge or redesigning systems to match the expertise of the remaining or replacement staff.

Although complexity has hidden costs for all small, medium, and enterprise datacenters, the complexity designed for the enterprise and inherited down into the SMB makes those costs more acute. When choosing an infrastructure solution for a small or mid-size datacenter, it is important to weigh these hidden costs against the cost of investing in solutions that offer automation and management that mitigate the need for expertise, support run-around, and after hours administration. Modern hyperconverged infrastructures like HC3 from Scale Computing offer simplicity, availability, and scalability to eliminate hidden infrastructure costs.

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Jun 012016
 

Excerpt and images from a terrific enterprise IT blogger JoseLuisGomez.com Nutanix Xpress, the new HCI product line for SMB

Nutanix announced on Tuesday its new Xpress cloud platform, priced and architected for small and midsize businesses.

Nutanix Xpress is a pre-assembled private cloud stack, available only through the VAR channel, that bundles storage, compute and a hypervisor along with management software. Prebuilt Cloud Connect integrations allow for data backup to public cloud services, including AWS and Microsoft Azure.

Nutanix Xpress – Built for Small and Medium Sized Businesses

For small and medium-sized businesses, purchasing, installing, and managing IT infrastructure poses significant challenges. Existing solutions may be too complicated and require specialized skills that overstretch IT budgets. The Nutanix Xpress family addresses the IT needs of smaller organizations through ease of management, lower TCO, and simple, risk-free deployment, with world-class support for the entire infrastructure stack just a phone call or email away.

Nutanix is targeting the “Global 200,000” small and medium sized businesses, defined as follows:

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Nutanix SX1065 Offering Overview

Nutanix Xpress is a complete hyperconverged offering that natively integrates server,
storage and virtualization in a single, space-saving platform and radically simplifies the
infrastructure stack.

Plug and Play: All software factory pre-installed and ready to run nearly any virtualized application for small and medium businesses
Built-in virtualization: Built-in Nutanix AHV hypervisor and powerful VM management eliminates expensive virtualization licensing costs – no additional software components to install and manage
Future-proof: Easy data backup to public cloud services, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure, to deliver a practical cloud strategy
Support: Award-winning support from Nutanix technical teams and the Nutanix NEXT community of IT experts designed for SMBs

Accessible to All

Nutanix Xpress makes on-premises infrastructure as simple to consume as public cloud
services. The infrastructure can be installed, configured, and ready to run virtualized
applications in 60 minutes or less.

• Eliminate the need for specialized skills. Xpress greatly simplifies the entire IT environment, including storage and virtualization
• Reduce purchasing costs. Total cost of ownership is up to 60% less than comparable traditional infrastructure.
• Consolidate all applications. Everything runs on a single system—with no specialized or dedicated hardware
• Streamline management. With consumer-grade design, Nutanix Prism makes it easy to keep infrastructure up and running

What’s the difference between Xpress and Xtreme?

As expected, to achieve a reduction in cost, Nutanix had to cut the costs somewhere. The easy way is reduce hardware resources, but it’s not enough to be cost-attractive. Many vendors achieve to be competitive because they release different editions of their software with different features on each one. The picture below shows Xpress vs. Extreme (Enterprise) product lines:

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Nutanix Express SX-1065 Specifications

There are a variety of SX-1065 configurations available. Here are 3 basic models from Small to Large.

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* Source: Nutanix

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May 252016
 

The field of all-in-on hyper-converged platforms has certainly grown over the past 24 months. While some smaller startups (Nimboxx?) could not gain enough traction early, others have been delivering robust, time-tested gear for several years. Here’s a run-down of a few of the top names.

Scale Computing

Scale Computing enters the best hyper converged solutions category by differentiating its HC3 and HC3x hyperconverged platforms with ease of use and simplicity. The company chose to standardize on KVM as a single hypervisor and built its own management layer, creating high functionality without the need for a virtual storage appliance, coupled with object-based storage with direct access to the hypervisor. Reliance on KVM also eliminates licensing fees for commercial hypervisors, making the product attractive to smaller organizations. Scale Computing recently added integrated disaster recovery capabilities into its HC3 platform.

Pivot3

Pivot3 is hardly a newbie, founded in 2002 with a focus on converging virtual servers, storage and networks. The company says it launched its best hyper converged appliance in 2008, when a casino asked for a secure and cost-effective way to store video streams (at the time, Pivot3 called it “serverless computing.”).”

Using Scalar Erasure Coding, Pivot3 developed vSTAC OS, which the company says “allows any program running on one appliance within the cluster to access resources across all the appliances in the cluster.” Pivot3 focuses on the video surveillance and virtual desktop markets and counts more than 1,300 customers worldwide. Recently, Pivot3 acquired NexGen Storage to flush out it’s all-flash offerings.

Nutanix

Hyperconvergence pioneer Nutanix launched its first product in 2011 and initially focused on a message of “ban the SAN.” Today, the company’s Virtual Computing Platform provides integrated compute and storage through servers running a standard hypervisor and the Nutanix OS. According to Gartner’s report on integrated systems, Nutanix’s technology is unique in that “the storage and compute elements are natively converged to create a much tighter level of integration”; a node-based approach that “enables theoretically limitless additions of new compute or storage bandwidth in very small increments.”

Nutanix, which released what it claims was the industry’s first all-flash hyperconverged array last year, has raised $317 million in funding, filed 43 patents, and touts an annualized sales run rate of $300 million. Last year, the company inked an OEM deal with Dell to offer converged appliances built with Nutanix software running on Dell PowerEdge servers.

Gridstore

Gridstore offers best hyper converged solution purpose-built for Microsoft Hyper-V. The startup’s hyperconverged appliances come in both all-flash and hybrid versions. Unlike other scale-out storage products, which use standard storage protocols such as SMB or iSCSI, Gridstore places much of the work of managing the scale-out cluster into the client as a virtual controller. Gridstore may have an advantage in the market if it can capitalize on its position as the first Hyper-V optimized storage system.

Dell’s Nutanix-Based XC Series

Dell’s first Nutanix based hyper converged solution is the XC730xd, which is based on Dell’s PowerEdge R730xd rack-mount server platform. The XC730xd, based on Intel Xeon E5 2600 v3 processors, fits up to 32 TB of storage capacity in a 2U enclosure, or about 60 percent more capacity than the previous model based on the PowerEdge R720xd servers. The second model, the XC630, is based on Dell’s 1U PowerEdge R630 platform, and can be configured with up to 9.6 TB of storage capacity.

EMC VSPEX BLUE

The EMC VSPEX BLUE best hyper-converged infrastructure appliance delivers compute, storage, networking and management through VMware EVO: RAIL and EMC software. EMC claims the solution goes from power on to provisioning virtual machines in less than 15 minutes.

Included with the appliance is VSPEX BLUE Manager, which provides access to electronic services and automated patch and software update notifications; VSPEX BLUE Market, which gives access to pre-validated solutions; and EMC Secure Remote Support for monitoring of the appliance.

Hewlett-Packard HPE

Hewlett-Packard in December entered the best hyper-converged infrastructure market with its HP ConvergedSystem 200-HC StoreVirtual. Based on the company’s StoreVirtual virtualized storage solution, it provides advanced data services, disaster recovery, and heterogeneous interoperability across physical and virtual application domains. HP ConvergedSystem 200-HC StoreVirtual includes the converged management of HP OneView for VMware vCenter, as well as robust VMware vSphere integration. A version running the HP Helion cloud was released recently.

HP also recently unveiled its HP ConvergedSystem 200-HC EVO: RAIL, a new hyper-converge appliance based on the VMware EVO: RAIL platform. This combines HP ProLiant SL servers with the VMware suite including VMware vSphere, vCenter Server and VMware Virtual SAN.

Riverbed SteelFusion

The SteelFusion 4.0 from San Francisco-based Riverbed Technology targets the simplification of branch-office IT support by virtualizing and consolidating 100 percent of data and servers from remote sites into data centers to centralize data security and IT management. SteelFusion does this with a series of hyper-converged appliances that are deployed in a remote office to run applications over a WAN using data stored in a central data center.

New with SteelFusion is FusionSync, which provides seamless branch continuity by ensuring all branch data is accessible across private and hybrid cloud environments. This, according to Riverbed, gives remote offices the ability to withstand and recover from data center failures with zero downtime.

SimpliVity

Another pioneer in the hyperconvergence space, SimpliVity came out of stealth mode in 2012. The startup’s OmniCube platform combines compute, hypervisor, storage services and network switching on x86 server hardware with centralized management. OmniCube goes further than other integrated systems by incorporating features such as built-in VM backup, in-line data deduplication, compression and optimization at the source, according to Gartner.

Tintri

Tintri VMstore best hyper-converged appliance consists of a fully redundant box containing flash and spinning storage, designed to simplify the task of providing storage for VMs while adding performance.

Unlike traditional networked storage systems, even those that also integrate flash and spinning disks, there are no LUNs, volumes or tiers, which Tintri says present barriers to virtualization because they have no intrinsic meaning at the VM level. Instead, each I/O request maps to the particular virtual disk on which it occurs, the system accesses the vCenter Server API to monitor and control I/O performance at virtual disk level, and you manage in terms of virtual disks and VMs.

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Oct 272014
 

Excerpt from the original article at TechTarget

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The Exagrid EX21000E has a 12% faster ingest rate than smaller ExaGrid appliances. The ingest rate for the EX21000E is 4.32 TB per hour, and a 10-system grid can ingest at more than 43 TB per hour, according to Bill Andrews, ExaGrid CEO.

The new system works in a grid with ExaGrid’s other models: the EX1000, EX2000, EX3000, EX4000, EX5000, EX7000, EX10000E and EX13000E. The model number refers to the raw capacity on a box. The models with “E” on the end are designated as “enterprise” systems, although Andrews admits even the largest appliances barely scratch the surface for small enterprises.

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List price for the EX21000E is $59,999.

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 October 27, 2014  Design Considerations, Exagrid
Sep 262014
 
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 September 26, 2014  Design Considerations
Aug 202014
 

datagravity_boxNASHUA, N.H., August 19, 2014 – DataGravity today announced the launch of the DataGravity Discovery Series, the first ever data-aware storage platform that tracks data access and analyzes data as it is stored to provide greater visibility, insight and value from a company’s information assets. The DataGravity Discovery Series delivers storage, protection, data governance, search and discovery powered by an enterprise-grade hardware platform and patent-pending software architecture, enabling midmarket companies to glean new insights and make better business decisions.

As more than 80 percent of the data being produced today is unstructured, companies are struggling to maintain, much less benefit from, their rapidly growing stores of human-generated data. Companies are paying a premium for storage infrastructure, layered management applications and siloed processes that only introduce greater complexities without offering real-time insights. DataGravity is addressing this challenge with the Discovery Series, a unified storage platform that offers insights at the same richness of intelligence, regardless of whether the data is block or file. It supports NFS, CIFS/SMB and iSCSI LUNs, with the additional capability to manage virtual machines natively.

The DataGravity solution delivers these all-inclusive features at a price competitive with other primary storage solutions, with an MSRP between $50,000 and $100,000. The DataGravity Discovery series will initially be offered in two models, the DG2200 and DG2400, with 48TB and 96TB capacity levels respectively. The Discovery Series will be exclusively sold through the DataGravity Partner Network of resellers.

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