New! Compare SDS and HCI solutions from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) on WhatMatrix.com (StoreVirtual VSA, HPE HC380, HPE HC250)

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HPE entered the SDS/HCI market with their acquisition of LeftHand Networks halfway through 2008. LeftHand Networks, founded in 1999, is a noticeable name as the company pioneered iSCSI storage and eventually ventured into software-based SANs running on commodity servers back in 2007. The SDS solution was initially dubbed Virtual Server Array (VSA). With the acquisition the LeftHand name all but disappeared and the portfolio was re-branded to StoreVirtual. The LeftHand OS remained though (as well

Google Cloud Source Repositories vs. Bitbucket vs. GitHub: A Worthy Alternative?

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Without much fanfare, Google introduced a new version control platform, hosted on its vast cloud. If this sounds somewhat familiar, you may be thinking of Google Code, which is now defunct. The big difference is that Google’s new Cloud Source Repositories is a git platform, which means it is a lot more flexible (and useful) than Google Code. Google Code was launched back in 2006, a couple of years before GitHub and Bitbucket appeared on

Red Hat Virtualization 4: Great new Features with the 10th Release – Comparison Matrix updated!

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Red Hat has updated its Virtualization Platform with the 10th (!) major release – introducing a significant number of new features alongside the (subtle) re-branding to RHV (from RHEV). Our popular “Virtualization Platform” comparison has been updated accordingly! HERE you can directly compare Red Hat’s feature set with VMware’s, Microsoft’s, Citrix’s etc and print evaluation reports. Here are some of the new features of Red Hat Virtualization 4 – for a full list of enhancements see the

Updates to SDS / HCI comparison – NEW: VxRail (VCE), SimpliVity 3.5.2, Atlantis USX 3.5

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The inherent advantage of WhatMatrix’s  “always online” comparisons is that they are frequently updated by our category consultants following product updates and public feedback (much appreciated and please keep it coming!). The evaluations posted on the website have quickly developed WhatMatrix into one of the most comprehensive independent IT infrastructure comparison sources in the industry!   So here is another update to the Software Defined Storage and & Hyper-Converged Systems (SDS/HCI) comparison available HERE. Updates include the addition of VCE’s

New: Compare Leading ‘Unified Device Management’ Solutions at WhatMatrix!

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(access the UDM comparison HERE) Mobility has become an integral part of our personal lives and these consumer-driven approaches being increasingly used in the Enterprise. The new reality is that multiple communication devices are no longer an “option”, these have become a common business need. A large portion of the information flow and collaboration activity now happens via small form-factor devices. On the other hand we have the desire to consolidate IT operations and the need for

What Cloud Storage System to pick in 2016?

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The Cloud Storage Gateway comparison has been updated with the latest available product details! 13 new products have been added to the previously available – bringing the total up to 49 products from 8 main Cloud Storage Gateway vendors! We have also introduced one significant enhancement in the comparison. You can now clearly distinguish between physical, virtual and cloud instances, so you know exactly which version is selected in your comparison. Cloud editions are more and

Why Should Java Developers Give Grails a Chance?

Java has an ecosystem that has matured through years of development, establishing it as one of the most reliable platforms out there. Yet it lacks the means necessary to get the job done quickly, especially for things like web applications. In an attempt to avoid frustrations with these types of issues, developers often opt instead for implementation languages and their modern web frameworks, such as Ruby with Ruby on Rails, Python with Django, and so

The Pleasure and Peril of IT Comparison Shopping

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This article was originally published at virtualizationpractise.com (thanks to TVP Strategy & Alastair Cooke)Great insight, honest analysis, constructive criticism – so we decided to re-publish it Making decisions about IT infrastructure purchases is hard. There are many interlocked decisions to be made, each of which has multiple requirements. Often, a collection of compromises must occur. For the business project owner with little IT knowledge, it may seem far too complicated. It would be great to have tools that simplify these decisions

ScaleIO (EMC) added to SDS/HCI Matrix – explore it now!

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ScaleIO the company, as well as software defined storage (SDS) technology it devised, has been around longer than most others in the market today. ScaleIO, for example, released its first GA product to the market early 2011, as Nutanix also did late that same year. ScaleIO’s technology didn’t go unnoticed within the industry for long either. The Israeli company was acquired by EMC halfway 2013 in order to strengthen the behemoth’s storage portfolio, as it

SDS / HCI comparison updated with Nutanix XCP v4.7 release

There have been some interesting features introduced in Nutanix’ Extreme Compute Platform (XCP) v4.7 release. For example, Nutanix has broadened its aim by not only including virtualization platforms, but serving storage to bare metal (physical server) platforms as well. With Acropolis Block Services (ABS) in v4.7 you can now create iSCSI LUNs and present these to both Windows and Linux hosts. Version 4.7 also introduces the support of in-place hypervisor conversion. This new feature allows you to