News Bits: SwiftStack, IBM, Panzura, AMD, Pivot3, VMware, WekaIO, Stor…


by Adam Armstrong

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content, not the impact they have. SwiftStack delivers 1click cloud storage. IBM and Panzura sign strategic reseller agreement. AMD releases Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q2. Pivot3 Partners with VMware on disaster recovery. WekaIO raises $31.7 million in Series C funding. StorONE files over 50 patents. Datrium unveils Automatrix Platform. Tenable launches Nessus Essentials.

SwiftStack Delivers 1click Cloud Storage

SwiftStack rolled out its new Software Appliance that features simplified provisioning, tuning, and management with 1click Application Profiles. This feature will first be available for Splunk Enterprise with SmartStore. The SwiftStack Software Appliance is initially available for the Cisco UCS S3260 storage server.

SwiftStack for Splunk

IBM & Panzura Sign Strategic Reseller Agreement

Under the agreement, IBM will resell Panzura Freedom Cloud NAS software on their IBM storage products. Combined they can deliver:

  • High performance NFS/SMB file services
  • Integrated backup, cloud DR and data protection
  • Encrypted data in flight and at rest
  • Infinite scale and durability durability of the IBM COS
  • Automated, API-driven workflows
  • Advanced search and analytics

Panzura Freedom

AMD Releases Radeon Pro Software For Enterprise 19.Q2

AMD released its quarterly software update for Radeon Pro. New capabilities include:

  • AMD Remote Workstation – Offers access to the full GPU-accelerated experience a workstation provides from any location with virtually no performance degradation, as demonstrated on the SPECviewperf 13 “3dsmax-06” benchmark by remotely accessing an AMD Radeon Pro WX 4100 graphics-powered workstation.
  • Performance optimizations – The Radeon Pro WX 7100 outpaces the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 by about 51% in Siemens NX 10.0.
  • Universal support for mission critical design & productivity workflows – AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise has over 750 ISV certifications since the start of AMD’s Day Zero Certification Program and is ready to support the Windows 10 May 2019 Update.
  • Multitasking – Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q2 offers Radeon Pro graphics cards users greater multitasking performance in high-demand environments. Unlike the competitive solution, which suffered a 39% performance hit on the demanding SPECviewperf 13 benchmark with the Prime95 CPU “stress test” running in the background, the performance of the Radeon Pro WX 4100 remained steady (demonstrating only a minor change in performance, about one percent).

AMD Radeon Pro Software

Pivot3 Partners With VMware On DR

Pivot3 finished its integration with VMware’s Site Recovery Manager (SRM) currently in version 8.2. SRM works with Pivot3’s Acuity HCI platform to automate recovery plans, keeping downtime low in the instance of a disaster striking. Customers leveraging Pivot3 HCI should see simplified DR planning going forward. 

Pivot3 Acuity

WekaIO Raises $31.7 million In Series C Funding

WekaIO closed their Series C funding with an additional $31.7 million. This brings the company’s total to $66.7 million. Investors include Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Mellanox Technologies, NVIDIA, Seagate, and Western Digital Capital, the strategic investment fund of Western Digital Corp. (WDC), alongside Qualcomm that invested previously. The company intends to use the funding to accelerate of its market trajectory and international business expansion through increased investments in engineering, sales, and marketing.


StorONE Files Over 50 Patents

The total number of patents StorONE has filed has now surpassed 50 with two being granted just recently. The two new patents awarded are Patent No. 10198321 entitled “System and method for continuous data protection” recognized StorONE’s approach to integrated data retention without compromising on performance, and Patent No. 10169021 entitled “System and method for deploying a data-path-related plug-in for a logical storage entity of a storage system” addresses creating, verifying and executing tasks that ensure availability of data in distributed storage systems.  Both inventions allow enterprises to use their high-performance tier for complete data protection. This brings the total number of patents awarded to 33.


Datrium Unveils Automatrix Platform

Datrium released its secure multicloud data platform, Automatrix. As the name implies, Automatrix delivers a suite autonomous data management applicaiotns built on SaaS applications framework. Key benefits include:

  • Consistent experience on-premises or cloud: By unifying and automating data services with a multicloud platform, enterprises have a much simpler and more efficient infrastructure to operate, and much more fluid workload portability across clouds with a consistent experience. This is complemented by the Datrium Forward software subscription model, which enables the platform licensing itself to be portable.
  • Cost-efficient multicloud workload portability: Autonomous data services that are intelligent and always-on (self-optimization, self-protection, continuous data verification, continuous compliance checks, end-to-end encryption and more) minimize switching costs in moving workloads across clouds.
  • Liberation from overhead operating tasks: Automatrix’s cloud-first design enables the next level of consolidation of workloads and automation of day to day operating tasks by using SaaS and software-defined converged infrastructure to simplify operations.

Datrium Automatrix

Tenable Launches Nessus Essentials

Tenable launched a free version of its popular vulnerability assessment solution, Tenable Nessus Essentials.  Benefits include:

  • Scan Anywhere: Nessus Essentials replaces Nessus Home, eliminating the previous restriction on only using Nessus for personal, non-commercial use. 
  • Tenable Research and Community: Receive Cyber Exposure alerts and join the Tenable Community discussion from directly within Nessus Essentials for the latest information on plugins, major vulnerabilities and original reports plus a peer network for discussion and collaboration. In 2019 to date, Tenable Research has published 77 original zero-day vulnerabilities, 99 percent more than the closest competitor.
  • Classroom Guides: Educators around the world can build vulnerability assessment lesson plans and curriculum leveraging Nessus.
  • In-Product Tutorials and Guidance: Help new users create scans and analyze results. A free course and certification for Nessus Essentials will be made available later in 2019.

Nessus Essentials


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