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INFINIDAT, one of the few storage vendors still singing the praises of hard disk drives, is adding compression, native iSCSI and performance analytics to its high-end enterprise array platform. The company came out of stealth in 2015 selling INFINIDAT InfiniBox petabyte-scale storage systems. Its original target was the enterprise market that its founder Moshe Yanai helped EMC gain a foothold in nearly 30 years ago. Now it is trying to appeal to service providers with new features in its software version 3.0. Although flash makes up a mere three percent of InfiniBox’s total capacity, INFINIDAT claims its systems are faster than all-flash arrays. INFINIDAT InfiniBox uses flash for cache but stores all data on hard disk drives (HDDs).
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by Randy Arseneau, INFINIDAT Chief Marketing Officer With an often diverse mixture of legacy platforms and the need for an increasing number of storage systems brought in to support more – and ever more virtualized – environments, many organizations are facing an increasingly problematic state of “storage sprawl.” This sometimes chronic condition results in a scarcity of valuable data center floor space, an infrastructure imbued with multiple, sometimes widely divergent management and administration workflows, as well as disappointingly low levels of storage utilization and unpredictably spiraling costs. These same organizations are also invariably faced with a constant sense of urgency to meet their business objectives and remain agile enough to cope with the introduction of new ways to build and sustain competitive advantage and mounting workload volumes. To effectively address these challenges, IT leadership must plan more strategically, ensuring they take action early to avoid, and remedy, the effects of storage sprawl when it comes to IT planning and procurement processes.
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Now that, as experts forecast, every business must become an IT business, radical growth presents a double-edged sword. While great for your bottom line, it may present a quagmire to your IT team. How will existing systems handle the new demands, the data influx, the storage requirements? To avoid that “snake swallowing a basketball” feeling, it would pay for growing businesses to look for ultra scalable IT — especially storage. Brian Carmody, CTO of Infinidat, Inc., and Matt Rademacher, infrastructure architect at DSW, Inc., spoke with Stu Miniman (@stu) and Marc Farley (@gofarley), host and guest host of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, during VMworld 2016. Rademacher spoke about the challenges facing a company entering the Digital Age while wildly growing.
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If there is one area of IT where an objective opinion is needed, it might be storage. The disk versus flash battle is raging, and conflicting advice is not hard to come by. The flash guy says that no disk storage will ever be as fast as flash; then the disk company rep counters that flash will never be as cheap as disk. To complicate matters more, some companies say that their disk-flash hybrid is faster than flash alone. So what’s the bottom line on the fastest storage for your buck — flash, disk or anything in between? Randy Arseneau, CMO of Infinidat, and Steve Kenniston, VP of Product Marketing at INFINIDAT, talked with Stu Miniman (@stu) and Marc Farley (@gofarley), host and guest host of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, during VMworld 2016.
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INFINIDAT has piled up more customer wins as its InfiniBox arrays take more high-end storage array sales from the incumbents. In INFINIDAT’s second 2016 quarter sales grew more than 60 per cent compared to the first 2016 quarter, and 100 per cent compared to the second quarter of 2015. It said one Fortune 500 financial services customer has multiple InfiniBoxes at different sites with 25PB of total INFINIDAT storage capacity. Sales in the quarter were spread across the finance sector (32 per cent), technology, telecommunications and cloud services (28 per cent), and healthcare and life sciences (24 per cent), which leaves 16 per cent elsewhere.
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INFINIDAT provides enterprise storage systems to companies around the world and in numerous vertical markets, such as finance, telecommunications, healthcare, insurance, IT and cloud service providers. INFINIDAT is focused on solving the problems storage buyers face when they are forced to choose between cost, capacity, functionality, reliability and performance.
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To reduce storage deployment time and lower latency in VMware cloud environment. INFINIDAT announced that Brightsolid Online Innovation Limited (brightsolid), a UK cloud provider and part of the DC Thomson Group, has implemented the InfiniBox enterprise storage array to improve storage performance and reliability in its VMware cloud environment. Using InfiniBox, brightsolid reduced the time to deploy storage from hours to minutes, and lowered write latencies from 2-10 ms to below 1ms, thereby gaining a competitive edge in its market. “Our mission is to deliver technical innovation with personal service. By this, we mean finding the best way to apply the most effective technology so that we always surpass the expectations of our customers in the performance, reliability and price of our service,” said Richard Higgs, CEO, brightsolid. “InfiniBox has delivered the outstanding performance we require s we serve some of the most data-intensive industries, such as energy. Flexibility is one of our key priorities and the scalability of the InfiniBox platform meets this requirement, particularly where customers need to quickly spin resources up and down depending on business demand and budget.”
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BT’s Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering is being extended and is using INFINIDAT storage. INFINIDAT offers hybrid and high-end flash/disk arrays with seven “nines” availability. BT already offers IaaS with a storage component – a mix of storage types including enterprise grade, cloud-based object storage. We asked INFINIDAT what existing storage BT was not going to use for its next-generation IaaS. The reply was: “We can’t comment on what BT decides for their vendors for their IAAS services. They have chosen to add INFINIDAT as one of their storage suppliers and we are very honored by their choice. The choice of INFINIDAT is based upon our ability to provide 99.99999 per cent availability along with the rich feature set at a very aggressive price.” BT tested the INFINIDAT InfiniBox against numerous other storage products, looking at usability, functionality, performance and hypervisor integration. InfiniBox has already been installed in several of BT’s UK data centres to date.
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Meitav Dash Investments experienced problematic latency with its applications using NetApp filers before turning to newcomer INFINIDAT’s hyperscale hybrid storage. At a time when all-flash arrays are making strong inroads into data centers, Israel-based Meitav Dash Investments solved its storage performance bottleneck with a hybrid array. Meitav installed INFINIDAT’s InfiniBox to accelerate the performance of mission-critical applications running in several buildings. The INFINIDAT storage uses a large flash cache — up to 86 TB — to reduce latency in its arrays. Built for enterprises and hyperscale workloads, INFINIDAT uses hard disk drives behind the flash cache. Meitav, which manages investment portfolios, mutual and pension funds, found the previous latency unacceptable, said CIO Gil Tsabar. The Tel Aviv-based company needed a storage service that provided faster response times to clients.
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INFINIDAT, the enterprise data storage solutions provider, has achieved a massive 213% increase in year over year sales growth for the first quarter of 2016, according to a new report. According to the vendor, shipments of the InfiniBox enterprise storage array increased by 300% versus Q1 2015, and now amounts to 422 petabytes worldwide. Crucial to this success was the vendor’s channel partners. In Q1 the company continued to expand its reseller and distributor ecosystem, and capturing close to half of its revenue from the channel. In the quarter INFINIDAT signed agreements with additional resellers and distributors, increasing its list of global channel partners to 204.
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