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A flurry of array related activity came out of Infinidat today. Well, it is a Tuesday so why the hell not. The big iron vendor told us it is squeezing out a higher capacity model, it is releasing a faster restore backup target array and a “data centre black box” billed as a zero data loss disaster recovery system, and enabling users to play off public cloud compute vendors against each other. On the data availability front the company claimed it is allowing for better protection and recovery of the data stored in its arrays, and enabling them to withstand a regional disaster.

Infinidat may be just seven years old, but it is already considered a disruptor in the storage industry offshore.
The Israeli company marked its arrival in New Zealand last week with an executive roundtable on Waiheke Island, featuring founder and storage technology icon Moshe Yanai. Locally, the first Infinidat Infinibox has been lit up to serve infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) customers at Spectrum in Auckland. Right now, Infinidat describes Spectrum as its only “active” local partner. Spectrum chief technology officer Anton Aalders told Reseller News that the provider supplies a lot of subscription services to customers, including cloud and IaaS.

Two out of three ain’t bad, but three out of three is better – and that’s what storage vendor Infinidat claims to deliver.
Usually, engineers can deliver products that meet the required parameters for any two of cost, performance and reliability, Infinidat chief executive Moshe Yanai observed. So if you want high performance and reliability, they come at a high price. Or an inexpensive yet reliable system will provide low performance. But Infinidat’s approach to storage provides all three, he told iTWire.

The Infinidat InfiniBox hybrid, unified storage system debuted in 2015, marking the latest venture of CEO and founder Moshe Yanai. Prior to Infinidat, Yanai launched deduplication pioneer Diligent Technologies and XIV, both subsequently acquired by IBM, and he developed the high-end Symmetrix enterprise array while at EMC (now Dell EMC). Infinidat aims to make hyperscale storage available to enterprises and service providers. Its InfiniBox petabyte-scale system is designed to outperform all-flash arrays, according to Infinidat. InfiniBox unified storage places data on HDDs. Flash accounts for about 3% of the platform and is used solely as an acceleration tier. Warm data is placed on NAND flash, and cold data is stored on spinning disk.

In 2018, we can expect to see companies realigning their IT budgets as they continue to invest in solutions for digital transformation. Add to this the continued data security headlines with new laws in the US and GDPR on a global scale — all flash solutions tip unfavorably the economic scale for IT budgets. Here is how these issues impact data storage and where companies should focus their spending efforts:

Backup Appliances come in two forms. Integrated appliances that have the backup software pre-installed on them and appliances that act as stand-alone systems so they can accept input from a variety of backup sources. The second type is probably more appropriate for enterprises since most enterprises have more than one backup application. They need backup appliance vendors to provide deep integration with backup software and to continue to improve backup performance and the storage scalability of the solutions.

Cloud adjacent storage is storage positioned within close proximity to a data center owned by a cloud provider. It enables compute the cloud provider hosts to have high performance, low latent access to data across traditional storage protocols. The challenge with most cloud-adjacent initiatives is that they are typically sold in a traditional model. The organization essentially owns (or leases) the storage.

Now in its 7th year, Best in Biz Awards honors companies, teams, executives and products for their business success in the current and previous year. Best in Biz Awards is unique, as it is the only business awards program judged by an independent judging panel comprised of a wide array of members of the press and industry analysts. This year, INFINIDAT was named a gold winner in the “Most Innovative Company of the Year – Medium” category.

Infinidat has checked off several roadmap items for its high-end InfiniBox storage system, including “near-zero impact” SAN synchronous replication and the ability to define quality of service for individual applications, tenants and subtenants. The InfiniBox R4 upgrade also added asynchronous NAS replication and NAS directory quota management to combat file system sprawl. Those features are among more than 150 enhancements to the R4 operating system.

Infinidat, which specializes in petabyte-scale data storage systems, on Nov. 14 launched the latest release of its InfiniBox core operating software, v4.0, that now uses machine-learning algorithms to produce high performance.
The rise of enterprise digital transformation requires new ways of thinking about information storage, the company said. Infinidat offers a new storage architecture that is fundamentally different from the consumer-centric cloud storage platforms of the last decade and earlier legacy enterprise storage systems.