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STORAGE 33 POST JULY/AUG 2019 IXSYSTEMS TRUENAS BRINGS OPEN SOURCE ECONOMICS TO VMWARE VSPHERE SAN JOSE, CA — iXsystems ( recertified its TrueNAS X-Series and M-Series platforms for VMware vSphere and ESXi. TrueNAS now includes a new plugin for vCenter 6.5 and 6.7 and support for the VMFS6 file system release. The TrueNAS unified storage line provides storage solutions for many aspects of a virtualization solution and features: standard VMs: iSCSI LUNs (block) or NFS shares (file) on Hybrid storage; performance VMs: iSCSI or Fibre Channel LUNs on All-Flash storage; file Sharing: SMB and NFS shares for shared data applica- tions; S3-API Buckets: S3 compatible local object storage for multimedia content; and backup Storage: Bulk storage for backup and recovery systems. TrueNAS has been certified for VMware vSphere for many years. This recer- tification reconfirms the quality and functionality of the FreeNAS and TrueNAS software, especially as it applies to VMware applications. Additionally, iXsystems released an updated vCenter Plugin which enables new functionality and integrates with vCenter 6.5 and 6.7. These updates provide valu- able improvements in functionality, usability and reliability for vSphere users. The plugin is downloadable from with assistance from the TrueNAS support team. REELDATA'S STORAGE SOLUTION REPLACES HARDWARE AT STUDIOS LOS ANGELES — Reeldata Technologies ( announced that several media production facilities have implemented the new Reeldata Technologies integrated storage system, allowing them to update storage infrastructure and accelerate performance while reducing the amount of hardware and power consumption in their data centers. The new Reeldata Technologies system, which was featured at the 2019 NAB Show in Las Vegas in April, combines technologies from various partners — high-performance storage software from Rozo Systems, sports video asset management from Dixon Sports Computing, enterprise cloud-based file-sharing and storage aggregation from Storage Made Easy, a hybrid storage platform from Western Digital loaded with Reeldata Technologies' MediaDB production database, and switches from Mellanox. "Thanks to our carefully chosen combination of storage software, our customers have significantly increased their storage space and performance so that files can be moved between storage spaces at high speed — all with a system that's comparable to some high-end fiber storage systems, but without the high-end price tag," says Jeff Spalla, co-founder of Reeldata Technologies. Reeldata Technologies' integrated storage solution has made it possible for media companies to eliminate 10-20 racks of hardware in each of their data centers while adding eight or more petabytes of raw storage — enough to handle existing libraries as well as add an additional 20 to 40 terabytes of data per day for the foreseeable future. With this type of system, media companies can easily add more storage over time. The solution works in conjunction with a company's production tier, or working space. A typical workflow is to transcode the video files, load them onto off-the-shelf storage hardware, and migrate the data back and forth from the production center so it can be retained in an ac- tive state for six months before archiving. The system can easily accommodate more storage quickly. Also, Reeldata Technologies' integrated system uses a new kind of erasure code just as some of the more expensive object-storage systems do — meaning that there's no object redundancy, which saves significant amounts of storage. QUANTUM EXPANDS WITH DISTRIBUTED CLOUD SERVICES SAN JOSE, CA — Quantum Corp. ( has announced Distributed Cloud Services, a new line of operational services and storage- as-a-service offerings. Quantum Distributed Cloud Services are designed to enable customers to redirect valuable IT and engineering resources to focus on meeting business goals, improving the overall user experience and maximizing the return on investment for storage, while maintaining the control and security of an on-premise infrastructure. These services are powered by Quantum's new Cloud-Based Analytics (CBA) software, which serves as a central hub where Quantum products are designed to connect to send log files and other telemetry data about their environment, making them part of the Quantum Distributed Cloud. Quantum's global services team is then positioned to pro- actively manage the customer's environment, either as an operational service or as a pay-per-use Storage-as-a-Service offering. Quantum Operational Services, a new line of proactive managed ser- vices, are designed to provide cloud-like simplicity with the benefits of on-premise control. Using Quantum Operational Services, Quantum works with its customers to manage day-to-day storage operations, with the goal of providing better uptime via proactive monitoring and analysis. These ser- vices can create a better user experience for internal and external customers. Key Benefits include: elimination of the burden storage management places on IT and engineering resources; the reduction of downtime and improve- ment of the user experience; maintainance of the control and security of an on-premise infrastructure and the ablity to aximize storage ROI. For customers who want all the benefits of Quantum Operational Services, delivered with a pay-per-use subscription service, Quantum is also introduc- ing a new line of Storage-as-a-Service offerings. Leading Quantum products can now be purchased via a predictable, pay-per-use pricing model with no data access fees. With this service, users can reduce upfront acquisition costs, reduce operational and administrative resources and costs by only paying for storage used, and eliminate unplanned capital spend and forklift upgrades.

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