Local nonprofit eliminated complexity, lowered costs and freed up management time across 20 stores with Scale Computing HC3
INDIANAPOLIS (PRWEB) APRIL 14, 2020
Scale Computing, the market leader in edge computing, virtualization and hyperconverged solutions, today announced Goodwill Central Coast, a regional chapter of the wider Goodwill nonprofit retail organization, has implemented Scale Computing’s HC3 Edge platform for its IT infrastructure for in-store across its 20 locations. Scale Computing HC3 has provided Goodwill Central Coast with a simple, affordable, self-healing and easy to use hyperconverged virtual solution capable of remote management.
Spanning three counties in southern California, Goodwill Central Coast serves Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Luis Obispo. Goodwill Central Coast’s mission is to provide employment for individuals who face barriers to employment, such as homelessness, military service, single parenting, incarceration, addiction and job displacement. To fund its mission, Goodwill Central Coast is also a retail organization, which provides job training and funds programs to assist individuals in reclaiming their financial and personal independence.
As a nonprofit with a small IT staff of three people and 20 locations to service, Goodwill Central Coast was in need of an affordable virtual hyperconverged infrastructure solution capable of managing the region’s file systems and databases out of a central database in Salinas, CA. Since implementation of Scale Computing, Goodwill Central Coast has upgraded its point of sale system, increased drive space, saved resources, and saved 15% on the initial IT budget.
“The cumbersome nature of managing our previous technology led me to look into other solutions, and I’m so glad I found Scale Computing,” said Kevin Waddy, IT Director, Goodwill Central Coast. “Migration from our previous system was so quick and easy! I migrated 24 file servers to the new Scale Computing solution during the day with little to no downtime, spending 20 minutes on some servers. The training and support during the migration was comprehensive and I’ve had zero issues with the system in the six months I’ve had it in place. Scale Computing HC3 is a single pane of glass that’s easy to manage, and it has saved us so much time on projects.”
Before turning to Scale Computing, Goodwill Central Coast was using an outdated legacy virtualization system that required physical reboots every other month. The nonprofit was looking to save management time by replacing their IT infrastructure with a virtual server system capable of simply and efficiently managing remote servers. Waddy was also interested in looking for a hyperconverged system for its ability to migrate from physical servers to virtual, ultimately turning to Scale Computing for its affordability and ability to maximize uptime.
“When an organization is providing a service to its community, the last thing they should worry about is stretching their resources,” said Jeff Ready, CEO and Co-Founder, Scale Computing. “For a nonprofit like Goodwill Central Coast, saving time and money is critical to the work they do. With Scale Computing HC3, Goodwill Central Coast now has a simple, reliable and affordable edge computing solution that is easy to manage with a fully integrated, highly available virtualization appliance architecture that can be managed locally and remotely.”
With Scale Computing HC3, virtualization, edge computing, servers, storage and backup/disaster recovery have been brought into a single, easy-to-use platform. All of the components are built in, including the hypervisor, without the need for any third-party components or licensing. HC3 includes rapid deployment, automated management capabilities, and a single-pane-of-management, helping to streamline and simplify daily tasks, saving time and money.
For more information on Scale Computing HC3, visit: https://www.scalecomputing.com/hc3-virtualization-platform
About Scale Computing
Scale Computing is a leader in edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions. Scale Computing HC3 software eliminates the need for traditional virtualization software, disaster recovery software, servers, and shared storage, replacing these with a fully integrated, highly available system for running applications. Using patented HyperCore™ technology, the HC3 self-healing platform automatically identifies, mitigates, and corrects infrastructure problems in real-time, enabling applications to achieve maximum uptime. When ease-of-use, high availability, and TCO matter, Scale Computing HC3 is the ideal infrastructure platform. Read what our customers have to say on Gartner Peer Insights, Spiceworks, TechValidate, and TrustRadius.
Scale Computing Offers Acronis Cloud Storage, Expands Storage Options for Enhanced Data Backup, Disaster Recovery, and Ransomware Mitigation
Scale Computing Offers Acronis Cloud Storage, Expands Storage Options for Enhanced Data Backup, Disaster Recovery, and Ransomware Mitigation
By offering Acronis Cloud Storage, Scale Computing customers can now easily and securely store their Acronis backups locally or in the cloud
INDIANAPOLIS, March 24, 2020 – Scale Computing, a market leader in edge computing, virtualization and hyperconverged solutions, today announced it is offering Acronis Cloud Storage, adding a further dimension to the existing OEM partnership with the global leader in cyber protection. The easy to use cloud subscription from Acronis gives Scale Computing HC3 customers a powerful, highly available, hybrid redundant backup storage solution delivering disaster recovery protection and cyberthreat mitigation.
By offering Acronis Cloud Storage, Scale Computing provides customers with a safe, secure and easy place to back up data. By integrating the Scale Computing HC3 platform with Acronis Cyber Backup, users can benefit from a wide range of advanced backup and protection features, including granular object-level recovery, variable-length deduplication for backups, and active ransomware protection.
The new end-to-end storage and cloud backup solution can protect entire virtual machines (VMs), providing bare-metal restore capabilities, and can restore to dissimilar hardware or platforms if required. Available to purchase in one- or three-year terms, Scale Computing will be offering Acronis Cloud Storage in increments ranging from 250GB to 5TB.
Acronis backups are stored on reliable Acronis Cyber Infrastructure (a secure software-defined compute and storage solution) with outstanding redundancy and error correction. The data center infrastructure is designed around high availability and redundancy to minimize associated risks and eliminate single points of failure. In addition, physical security is ensured through several protective measures such as security barriers, video surveillance, and highly monitored access. Data can also be encrypted at source with government-approved AES-256 strong encryption before sending it to a secure data center.
“We are seeing considerable demand from today’s businesses for data protection, backup and disaster recovery. Integrating the Scale Computing HC3 platform with Acronis will help customers meet these priorities in a simple and cost-effective way,” explained Jeff Ready, CEO and co-founder, Scale Computing. “Scale Computing customers can now easily and securely store their Acronis backups locally or in the cloud, with a scalable solution that is designed for agile businesses.”
“The ever-rising threat of ransomware and other cyberthreats along with changing IT requirements have organizations facing ongoing challenges associated with protecting their infrastructure. Due to this, more organizations are demanding cyber protection solutions that are easy, efficient and secure for backing up their data,” said Patrick Hurley, Vice President and General Manager, Americas at Acronis. “With Acronis Cloud Storage on Scale Computing HC3, organizations gain a high availability data protection cloud solution that also ensures safe, secure and scalable offsite backup for any data or any system — anytime, anywhere.”
Acronis Cloud from Scale Computing is available now, worldwide.For more information about Acronis Cloud Storage on Scale Computing HC3, visit: https://www.scalecomputing.com/acronis
About Scale Computing
Scale Computing is a leader in edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions. Scale Computing HC3 software eliminates the need for traditional virtualization software, disaster recovery software, servers, and shared storage, replacing these with a fully integrated, highly available system for running applications. Using patented HyperCore™ technology, the HC3 self-healing platform automatically identifies, mitigates, and corrects infrastructure problems in real-time, enabling applications to achieve maximum uptime. When ease-of-use, high availability, and TCO matter, Scale Computing HC3 is the ideal infrastructure platform. Read what our customers have to say on Gartner Peer Insights, Spiceworks, TechValidate and TrustRadius.
Acronis sets the standard for cyber protection through its innovative backup, anti-ransomware, disaster recovery, storage, and enterprise file sync and share solutions. Enhanced by its award-winning AI-based active protection technology, blockchain-based data authentication and unique hybrid-cloud architecture, Acronis protects all data in any environment – including physical, virtual, cloud, mobile workloads and applications – all at a low and predictable cost.
Founded in Singapore in 2003 and incorporated in Switzerland in 2008, Acronis now has more than 1,500 employees in 33 locations in 18 countries. Its solutions are trusted by more than 5.5 million consumers and 500,000 businesses, including 100% of the Fortune 1000 companies. Acronis’ products are available through 50,000 partners and service providers in over 150 countries in more than 30 languages.
IT Resilience Everywhere; Zerto 8.0 Expands Data Protection and Recovery Capabilities Across On-Premises and Cloud
Zerto Announces Partnership with Google Cloud and Deeper Integration with Azure, AWS and VMware
Boston, March 24, 2020 – Zerto, an industry leader for IT resilience, today announced the general availability of Zerto 8.0, expanding disaster recovery, data protection, and mobility for hybrid and multi-cloud environments with strategic partners. Zerto 8.0 introduces new integration with Google Cloud, deeper integrations with Azure, AWS public cloud platforms, and new innovations with VMware.
“With Zerto 8.0, our mission is to deliver IT resilience everywhere, by introducing a range of new and powerful features along with deeper integration with market-leading public cloud providers. We give customers the protection they want, wherever they need it,” explained Ziv Kedem, CEO of Zerto. “Zerto has been moving the dial on resilience for the past decade, and the ongoing development and wider integration of our platform shows the importance of technology leadership in an era where businesses can never stand still on data protection and recovery.”
Zerto 8.0 brings unrivalled data protection and mobility for hybrid, multi-cloud environments with a range of new, innovative features and capabilities:
New support for Google Cloud by bringing its leading Continuous Data Protection (CDP) technology to Google Cloud’s VMware-as-a-Service offering. Zerto 8.0 will support VMware on Google Cloud, enabling users to protect and migrate native VMware workloads in Google Cloud Platform (GCP) with Zerto’s leading RTOs, RPOs and workload mobility.
New cost savings, operational efficiencies and visibility with support for VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (vVols).
Expanded VMware vCloud Director (vCD) connection with Zerto’s self-service recovery portal for Managed Service Providers (MSP).
Deeper integration with Microsoft Azure for increased simplicity and scalability of large deployments, which includes support for Microsoft Hyper-V Gen 2 VMs, users leveraging UEFI for VMs running in their on-premises environments can now use Microsoft Azure as a target for disaster recovery, without a need to convert the VMs to legacy formats.
AWS Storage Gateway to be used as a target site for inexpensive and efficient cloud archive and data protection.
New data protection capabilities, extending the value of Virtual Protection Groups (VPGs) to data protection, delivering application consistency from seconds to years.
A single pane of glass for data protection reporting with status performance and capacity reporting of protected workloads.
Zerto’s failback functionality as part of the cost-effective incremental snapshots of Azure managed disks is now available across ALL regions.
New unified alert management with prioritized views of critical alerts and customization for users to receive the alerts exactly when needed for critical operations.
New impact analysis capability to mitigate risk to an organization’s protected and unprotected environment for on-premises or cloud.
New resource planning view of Unprotected VM’s for better insight into an organizations’ unprotected VMs.
Additional features to automate and streamline the processes for failover and configuration in the public cloud with automated OS configuration, automatic failback configuration and more.
Additionally, Zerto 8.0 lays the foundation for the future of data protection, replacing traditional snapshot-based backup with low RPO journal-based “operational recovery,” enabling enterprises to perform day-to-day granular recovery quickly.
“We’re excited to partner with Zerto and to integrate its capabilities in disaster recovery and backup with Google Cloud,” said Manvinder Singh, Director, Partnerships at Google Cloud. “Zerto’s expertise in supporting and securing VMware workloads in the cloud will be a benefit to organizations that are increasingly running mission-critical workloads on Google Cloud.”
“Zerto support for VMware Virtual Volumes (vVols) helps our mutual customers protect their digital infrastructure,” said Lee Caswell, VP Marketing, HCI BU, VMware. “As an Advanced tier Technology Alliance Partner, Zerto is helping customers realize the unique VMware ability to offer consistent storage policy-based management across traditional storage and hyperconverged infrastructure.”
“At Coyote, the security and protection of our customers’ data is our top priority,” said Brian Work, Chief Technology Officer, Coyote. “We take every precaution to keep their information safe, and our work with Zerto is a perfect example of this. Our mutual focus on data protection allows us to offer our customers the innovative tech solutions they need with the security they require.”
Learn more about Zerto 8.0 here: https://www.zerto.com/zerto-8-0-general-availability/
Zerto helps customers accelerate IT transformation by reducing the risk and complexity of modernization and cloud adoption. By replacing multiple legacy solutions with a single IT Resilience Platform, Zerto is changing the way disaster recovery, data protection and cloud are managed. With enterprise scale, Zerto’s software platform delivers continuous availability for an always-on customer experience while simplifying workload mobility to protect, recover and move applications freely across hybrid and multi-clouds. Zerto is trusted globally by over 8,000 customers, works with more than 1,500 partners and is powering resiliency offerings for 450 managed services providers. Learn more at Zerto.com.
VMware, vSphere, VMware Cloud Director, and VMware Virtual Volumes are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other jurisdictions.
Reposting Blog from BackBlaze CEO.
Blog Post Title: An Announcement With 18 Zeros
Author: Gleb Budman, CEO and Co-Founder
Since the beginning of Backblaze—back in 2007, when five of us were working out of Brian Wilson’s apartment in Palo Alto—watching the business grow has always been profoundly exciting for me. And I’m not talking about financial growth (that’s nice too, of course).
Our team has grown. From five way back in the Palo Alto days, to 145. Our customer base has grown. Today, we have customers in over 160 countries… it doesn’t seem that long ago when I was excited about having our 160th customer.
More than anything else, the data we manage for our customers has grown.
In 2008, not long after our launch, we had 750 customers and thought ten terabytes was a lot of data. But things progressed quickly, and just two years later we reached 10 petabytes of customer data stored (1000x more). (Good thing we designed for zettabyte-scale cloud architecture!)
By 2014, we were storing 100 petabytes – the equivalent of 11,415 years of HD video.
Years passed, our team grew, the number of customers grew, and—especially after we launched B2 Cloud Storage in 2015—the data grew. At some scale it got harder to contextualize what hundreds and hundreds of petabytes really meant. I like to remember that each byte is part of some individual’s beloved family photos or some organization’s critical data that they’ve entrusted us to protect.
This is a belief that we’ve included in every Backblaze team member’s job description, to remind us of why we do what we do:
“Our customers use our services so they can pursue dreams like curing cancer (genome mapping is data-intensive), archive the work of some of the greatest artists on the planet (learn more about how Austin City Limits uses B2), or simply sleep well at night (anyone that’s spilled a cup of coffee on a laptop knows the relief that comes with complete, secure backups).”
It’s critically important for us that we achieved this growth by staying the same in the most important ways: being open & transparent, building a sustainable business, and caring about being good to our customers, partners, community, and team. Which is why I’m excited to announce a huge milestone today. Our biggest growth number yet.
We’ve reached 1.
Or, by another measurement, we’ve reached 1,000,000,000,000,000,000.
Yes, today, we’re announcing that we are storing 1 exabyte of customer data.
What does it all mean? Well. If you ask our engineers, not much. They’ve already rocketed past this number mentally and are considering how long it will take to get to a zettabyte (1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes).
But, while it’s great to keep our eyes on the future, it’s also important to celebrate what milestones mean. Yes, crossing an exabyte of data is another validation of our technology and our sustainably independent business model. But I think it really means that we’re providing value and earning the trust of our customers.
Thank you for putting your trust in us by keeping some of your bytes with us. We have a couple more announcements in the next few weeks that I’m looking forward to sharing with you. But for today, here’s to our biggest 1 yet. And many more to come.
StorCentric’s Nexsan Announces Major Performance & Connectivity Improvements for BEAST Platform with New BEAST Elite Models
BEAST Elite & Elite F with QLC Flash Deliver Industry-Leading BEAST Reliability with Enhanced Performance
Nexsan, a StorCentric company and a global leader in unified storage solutions, has announced significant enhancements for its high-density BEAST storage platform, including major improvements in performance and connectivity. The new BEAST Elite increases throughput and IOPs by 25% while maintaining the architecture’s price/performance leadership. Connectivity has been tripled, providing 12 high-speed Fibre Channel (FC) or iSCSI host ports, reducing the need for network switches.
BEAST Elite: Industry-Leading Reliability, Enhanced Performance and Scale
The BEAST Elite has been architected for the most diverse and demanding storage environments, including media and entertainment, surveillance, government, health care, financial and backup. It offers ultra-reliable, high performance storage that seamlessly fits into existing storage environments. In addition to a 25% increase in IOPs and throughput, BEAST Elite provides an all-in enterprise storage software feature set with encryption, snapshots, robust connectivity with FC and iSCSI, and support for asynchronous replication.
Designed for easy setup and streamlined management processes for administrators, BEAST Elite is highly reliable and was built to withstand demanding storage environments, including ships, subway stations and storage closets that have less than ideal temperatures and vibration. The platform now supports 14TB and 16TB HDDs with density of up to 2.88PB in a 12U system.
BEAST Elite F: QLC Flash Delivers Unrivalled Price/Performance Metrics
The BEAST Elite F storage solution supports QLC NAND technology designed to accelerate access to extremely large datasets at unrivalled price/performance metrics for high-capacity, performance-sensitive workloads. It is ideally suited to environments where performance is critical, but the cost of SSDs has historically been too high.
The BEAST Elite and Elite F both support the new E-Flex Architecture, which allows users to select up to two of any of the three expansion systems available. This gives organizations the flexibility to size the systems exactly as required within their rack space requirements.
“The new BEAST Elite storage platform with QLC flash provides a significant performance improvement over HDDs with industry-leading price/performance. This storage platform is ideal for customers who want extremely dense, highly resilient block storage data lakes, analytics and ML/AI workloads,” said Surya Varanasi, CTO of StorCentric, parent company of Nexsan.
“With a reputation for reliability stretching back over two decades, our BEAST platform has become a trusted solution for a huge range of organizations and use cases,” commented Mihir Shah, CEO of StorCentric, parent company of Nexsan. “BEAST Elite and Elite F retain those levels of superior-build quality and robust design while adding significantly to performance, scale and connectivity capabilities. We will continue to enhance and introduce new products as a testament to our unrelenting commitment to customer centricity.”
For further information, please visit https://www.nexsan.com/beast-elite/.
Rancher Labs Achieves 169% Revenue Growth, Doubles Customer Base in 2019 as Kubernetes Management Market Matures
CUPERTINO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rancher Labs, creators of the most widely adopted Kubernetes management platform, more than doubled its commercial revenue and enterprise customer base in 2019. This significant year-on-year growth demonstrates an accelerating demand for containers within the enterprise and, specifically, containerized workloads running on Kubernetes.
@Rancher_Labs achieves 169% revenue growth, doubles enterprise customer base in 2019 as multi #cloud, multi-cluster #Kubernetes management market matures
The rapid adoption of Kubernetes has been widely predicted. According to 451 Research, 76% of enterprises worldwide will standardize on Kubernetes by 2022. Additionally, Rancher Labs’ own industry survey indicates multi-cluster environments are the norm, hybrid cloud deployments are prevalent, and edge is emerging as an important use-case.
“The Kubernetes marketplace saw significant consolidation in 2019 with the acquisitions of Heptio and Pivotal by VMware, and Red Hat by IBM,” said Sheng Liang, CEO of Rancher Labs. “Understandably, many organizations are concerned by the possible consequences of this consolidation and are turning to Rancher as the only vendor-neutral, multi-cluster, multi-cloud Kubernetes management platform.”
Unique Approach to Managing Kubernetes
Rancher’s unique Run Kubernetes Everywhere strategy is built on three simple tenets:
- Certified Kubernetes Distributions – organizations need to deploy certified Kubernetes distributions everywhere they need to compute – in the datacenter, on multiple clouds, and across desktop, branch, and edge locations. With the Q4’19 GA of K3s, a lightweight and certified Kubernetes distribution purpose-designed for small footprint workloads, Rancher supports the industry’s broadest range of Kubernetes distributions including RKE, EKS, AKS, and GKE.
- Central Control & Visibility – IT operations teams need simple, consistent cluster operations for all clusters running anywhere, as well as centralized security and policy management across multi-cluster and multi-cloud environments. In Q4’19, Rancher Labs launched v2.3 of their flagship product, Rancher, which is already the industry’s most widely adopted Kubernetes management platform.
- Streamlined DevOps – any Kubernetes strategy must make it easy for developers and DevOps teams to build, deploy, and manage containerized applications at scale. With the Q4’19 beta release of Rio, a new application deployment engine for Kubernetes that delivers fully integrated deployment experiences from operations to pipeline, DevOps teams can leverage an opinionated application deployment engine that accelerates workload delivery to any Kubernetes cluster.
Commitment to Open-Source Innovation
Illustrating Rancher Labs commitment to open-source innovation, in 2019 the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) accepted Rancher’s vendor-neutral container storage solution − Longhorn − as its latest Sandbox project. Longhorn joined 20 other current projects and was accepted in recognition of the unique value it brings to the cloud-native ecosystem.
Additionally, Rancher Labs received a Firestarter Award by 451 Research, awarded to the company for innovation, enterprise leadership, and its ‘trailblazing work that made it possible to handle a range of Kubernetes implementations from a common management platform.’
Gartner Research also recognized Rancher Labs in 2019, citing the company in two of its Container Industry reports and five different Gartner Hype Cycle reports.
World-Class Customer Experience
Rancher’s customers include many of the world’s largest enterprises. As such, another key factor in Rancher’s continued growth is their commitment to a world-class customer experience which includes onboarding services, certification programs, professional and consulting services, and 24/7 support. Rancher’s commitment to their customers is reflected in the company’s industry-leading net-promoter-score of 70.
What Customers Are Saying
One of the largest commercial banks in the Netherlands is standardizing on Kubernetes and Rancher. Erik van der Meijde, Platform Delivery Manager at de Volksbank comments: “Containers are now at the heart of our growth and innovation strategy. In order to be competitive, we need to increase the velocity of development through automation, while maintaining reliability and security. Rancher represents ‘next level’ containerization that allows us to become more agile and innovative.”
Netic is one of a group of companies creating the first truly national and entirely digital health service in Denmark; making Rancher an intrinsic part of its deployment plans. Kasper Kay Petersen, Sales and Marketing Director at Netic comments: “For a hybrid environment, Rancher is ideal for managing components across on-premise and the cloud. The ongoing health of the Danish population relies on a healthcare infrastructure that is ‘always on’ and completely reliable. As new applications are added to FUT the volume of patients connecting to the service will quickly expand. Rancher allows us to scale rapidly, develop and test new services concurrently securely and in a stable way.”
- Access Rancher’s recent survey results here
- Read the Firestarter Awards briefing here
- Access Rancher’s blog here
- Access the Forrester New Wave Enterprise Container Platform Software Suites, Q4 2018 report here
- Read the Gartner Reports here:
- Competitive Landscape: Container Management Software 2019
- Market Guide for Container Management
- Hype Cycle for Compute Infrastructure
- Hype Cycle for Business Continuity Management and IT Resilience
- Hype Cycle for Application and Integration Infrastructure
- Hype Cycle for DevOps
- Hype Cycle for Infrastructure Strategies
About Rancher Labs
Rancher Labs delivers open source software that enables organizations to deploy and manage Kubernetes at scale, on any infrastructure across the data center, cloud, branch offices, and the network edge. With 30,000 active users and greater than 100 million downloads, their flagship product, Rancher, is the industry’s most widely adopted Kubernetes management platform. For additional information, visit www.rancher.com and follow @Rancher_Labs on Twitter. All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.
Designed for extremely large datasets and analytics, E-Series 18F delivers industry-leading price/performance metrics and supports seamless upgrades with new E-Flex Architecture
Thousand Oaks, CA – Feb. 5, 2020– Nexsan, a global leader in unified storage solutions and part of the StorCentric family, today announced the release of its new E-Series 18F (E18F) storage platform. The E18F is designed and optimized for quad-level cell (QLC) NAND technology, allowing users to accelerate access to extremely large datasets at industry leading economics.
The E-Flex Architecture is the next logical iteration of the high performing E-Series architecture. The E-Flex Architecture provides customers the flexibility to start with an extremely small footprint and grow the same footprint to several petabytes of storage. This architectural extension simplifies how customers can deploy and grow their E-Series systems over time.
“Organizations understand the need to optimize the performance of their data lake architectures in order to monetize their data,” said Mihir Shah, CEO of StorCentric, parent company of Nexsan. “The E18F delivers on these requirements with the best cost/performance ratio in the market. The E18F is one of the many new products we plan to announce in the next few months as we execute on our 2020 strategy.”
Designed for Diverse, High-Performance Applications
The E18F has been designed for a wide variety of demanding applications, including real-time analytics and big data users who need a performance uplift for their big data, as well as business intelligence and decision support systems where users need to quickly mine massive data sets using faster, deeper queries.
Users of performance-intensive artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) applications can benefit from the data analysis speed they need at a cost-effective price point. Furthermore, for content delivery, video on demand and content streaming applications, the E18F can deliver additional content or video to more users with greater consistency with support for massive parallel requests and streams.
“Nexsan has demonstrated its capabilities for creating storage platforms that can be deployed in the most demanding enterprise environments while offering unrivaled price and maximum performance,” said Surya Varanasi, CTO of StorCentric, parent company of Nexsan. “The E18F is ideal for customers who require capacity, performance and scalability. Our new E- Flex Architecture allows our customers to match the growth of their storage with the growth of their business.”
E18F offers a number of enterprise features to users, including:
● High speed storage connectivity over Fibre Channel, iSCSI or SAS connectivity and seamless interoperability
● High availability, non-disruptive upgrades, snapshots and asynchronous replication across data centers using 10GE Ethernet.
● Key third-party integrations including Veeam, Commvault, VMware, Windows and Xen
● Active Drawer Technology™ allows drives to remain active when the drawer is open for hot-swap drive management
Nexsan® is a global enterprise storage leader, enabling customers to securely store, protect and manage critical business data. Established in 1999, Nexsan has built a strong reputation for delivering highly reliable and cost-effective storage while remaining agile to deliver purpose-built storage. Its unique and patented technology addresses evolving, complex enterprise requirements with a comprehensive portfolio of unified storage, block storage, and secure archiving. Nexsan is transforming the storage industry by turning data into a business advantage with unmatched security and compliance standards. Ideal for a variety of use cases including Government, Healthcare, Education, Life Sciences, Media & Entertainment, and Call Centers. Nexsan is part of the StorCentric family of brands. For further information, please visit: www.nexsan.com
StorCentric provides world-class and award-winning storage solutions. Between its Drobo, Nexsan, Retrospect and Vexata divisions, the company has shipped over 1M storage solutions and has won over 100 awards for technology innovation and service excellence. StorCentric innovation is centered around customers and their specific data requirements, and delivers quality solutions with unprecedented flexibility, data protection, performance and expandability. For further information, please visit: www.storcentric.com
Today I want to talk about Snapt:
but wait…… lets talk about Modern service delivery and cover some lingo first.
We all have heard the words “Digital Transformation” , “Mode 2 bimodal IT“. Businesses in 2020 are trying to use “Digital innovation” I’ve linked these terms from the first google matches I could find. In short companies are trying to use modern app delivery fabrics like Kubernetes with a set of DevOps practices.
Sounds easy, right? Well traditional application delivery applications will not support cloud ‘s micro services eccentric design.
But first, what is Kubernetes? “Kubernetes is a portable, extensible, open-source platform for managing containerized workloads and services, that facilitates both declarative configuration and automation. It has a large, rapidly growing ecosystem. Kubernetes services, support, and tools are widely available.”
As you can see above, containers allow you for a easy way to bundle and run applications. But also adds in standards for a framework, so things like process’s and tasks can be automated. Lets see what the Kubernetes website says Kubernetes provides you with:
- Service discovery and load balancing
Kubernetes can expose a container using the DNS name or using their own IP address. If traffic to a container is high, Kubernetes is able to load balance and distribute the network traffic so that the deployment is stable.
- Storage orchestration
Kubernetes allows you to automatically mount a storage system of your choice, such as local storages, public cloud providers, and more.
- Automated rollouts and rollbacks
You can describe the desired state for your deployed containers using Kubernetes, and it can change the actual state to the desired state at a controlled rate. For example, you can automate Kubernetes to create new containers for your deployment, remove existing containers and adopt all their resources to the new container.
- Automatic bin packing
You provide Kubernetes with a cluster of nodes that it can use to run containerized tasks. You tell Kubernetes how much CPU and memory (RAM) each container needs. Kubernetes can fit containers onto your nodes to make the best use of your resources.
Kubernetes restarts containers that fail, replaces containers, kills containers that don’t respond to your user-defined health check, and doesn’t advertise them to clients until they are ready to serve.
- Secret and configuration management
Kubernetes lets you store and manage sensitive information, such as passwords, OAuth tokens, and SSH keys. You can deploy and update secrets and application configuration without rebuilding your container images, and without exposing secrets in your stack configuration
As you can see this why Kubernetes has become the default back-end of modern service delivery.
Today I’m going to talk about Snapt – Nova.
Snapt-Nova, Centrally Managed, Cloud Native Application Delivery
Kubernetes native ADC platform for DevOps, Developers and Infrastructure IT at companies embracing digital transformation and migrating workloads from legacy load balancers to a more modern app delivery fabric.
- Hyper scale Cloud & Kubernetes native ADC: Load Balancer, WAF, GSLB
- Easy Self-Service – Centrally Orchestrated, Configured, Deployed, Monitored
- Automatically Scale out for bursts, scale back in. No more overprovisioning
- Host on-prem or in Snapt’s cloud
- Dynamic and intelligent GSLB
- Control Plane Native – Easily replicate configurations at scale
- Robust telemetry, repotting, metrics
- Deploy in any cloud and any location
How Nova Works
- Nova ADC Platform – Centrally deployed anywhere, anytime. Nova deploys ADCs into any cloud, VM and container. Nova ADCs are Layer 7 load balancers, web accelerators, WAF and GSLB.
- Nova Cloud Controller– the Nova Cloud provides centralized deployment, configuration, management, analytics, monitoring, telemetry and more for all of your Nova ADC Nodes.
- Nova Destinations – destinations are powerful Nova powered intelligent DNS addresses that allow auto-scaling, traffic routing, disaster recovery, multi-cloud routing and much more.
Kubernetes native Load Balancer, WAF, GSLB centrally managed, and autoscaling for Kubernetes visibility, performance, and reliability.
Multi-cloud and Multi-site ADC
Snapt Nova is a centralized platform for ADC’s. Deploy into any clouds or locations and manage, configurations, rote the ADCs centrally.
Snapt-Nova – Cloud-Native ADC Service-discovery. Snapt-Nova features automated service discovery for Kubernetes, Consul, Docker, Rancher, more.
Snapt-Nova – the first purpose built microservices and cloud-native ADC for DigitalOcean. Droplet discovery, automated deployments and more…
Snapt for AWS EC2 is a supercharged load balancer, web accelerator and WAF much more robust than ELB. Deploy our AMI right into AWS
Web/HTTP Load Balancing
Intelligent, powerful Web Layer 7 HTTP/S Load Balancing, WAF and GSLB for your website, e-commerce store, and web apps. Free trial
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Who is Snapt-Nova for?
- For companies embracing digital transformation that need a full featured yet right sized ADCs for different clouds, platforms, locations and budgets
- For DevOps, Developers and Infrastructure IT pro’s embracing digital transformation that need a future proof and flexible on-demand application scalability for any platform and need.
- For enterprises migrating from legacy hardware load balancers to a modern app delivery fabric that is more scalable and easier to manage than legacy vendors offer.
- FOR IT looking to consolidate disparate load balancers and combine them into a single, powerful, scalable platform for providing application delivery and visibility in clouds, Kubernetes, on-prem, vm’s, anywhere and any scale
Setup and Deployment
But what’s using this like? How do I sign up? What are my first setups?
- First some house keeping. I’m going to show you how easy it is to deploy a node, and even go through the first steps of the orchestration.
- This isn’t a example of a best practice deployment but rather a snapshot view into the product, to allow you to see how easy and simple the product is to use and deploy.
That said, On wards!
Sign up for the free trial at https://nova.snapt.net/
Fill out the details and we all set to rock and roll.
You’ll see a page asking about your org, type that in and click create organization.
Next you’ll see Step one through four.
Let’s walk through creating a node, by clicking on Create a Node.
I’m going to add a node called, First Node, one I typed it in I hit create.
You will see this page, showing you Nova Installation Options.
Here you can proceed with a docker install, Ubuntu Linux or grab a Virtual Machine image.
You’ll also see the Manuals.
I’m going to show you a example on how to deploy this with the above docker image. I have abstracted the id and key for security reasons.
sudo docker run --cap-add=NET_ADMIN --ulimit nofile=500000:500000 -d -t \
--network=host --restart=always \
-v /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock -v /etc/nova:/etc/nova \
-e NODE_ID='putidhere' \
-e NODE_KEY='putkeyhere' \
-e NODE_HOST='poll.nova-adc.com' novaadc/nova-client:latest
sudo: docker: command not found
hmmm looks like I have to install docker. Lets do that quick.
sudo apt-get update&&
sudo apt install docker.io -y
sudo systemctl start docker &&
sudo systemctl enable docker
Unable to find image ‘novaadc/nova-client:latest’ locally
latest: Pulling from novaadc/nova-client
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Status: Downloaded newer image for novaadc/nova-client:latest
Stage Right, Platform usage.
OK, now we should be set. Next navigate to ADC’s, Management and Backends and lets make a backend.
You’ll see a result like this.
Next we will need a ACD.
As you can see you can change and configure this as needed. Next, I want to attach a node to my ADC.
I clicked Edit. In this example, I’m just going to click my only node, and tag it with all nodes, as it’s my only tag in my example.
I hope this example of what Snapt – Nova‘s platform has to offer was interesting to you. I hope I get a chance to dive deeper into this interesting technology in the future.