VMware vSphere 7 adds NVMe-oF support to speed storage access

Block and file | March 14, 2020

Earlier this week we covered the main details of VMware’s blockbuster vSphere 7 launch. In this article we zoom in on VMware’s vSphere 7 support for NVMe over Fabrics for faster data access to external block storage arrays.This support gives virtual machines faster read and write access to external stored data, thus increasing performance. NVMe-oF is the NVMe drive protocol carried over Ethernet or another network fabric. It enables access to a network-linked storage drive as if it were local to the accessing server – in other words, like a direct-accessed NVMe drive IO but cheaper and faster. Latency for the pooled storage is about 100μs instead of the 500μs or more of an all-flash storage array accessed across a File Channel or iSCSI network.

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Verge.io Continues Record-Setting Growth, 300% Growth Quarter over Quarter in ARR Bookings

Verge.io | November 09, 2022

Verge.io, a leader in private cloud software, today announced that it saw the second straight quarter of record quarter-over-quarter growth driven by both new customer acquisition and existing customer expansion. To further capitalize on these transformative opportunities, the company appointed Mike Wall as chairman of its board of directors. In Q3 Verge.io closed over 3x more annual recurring revenue (ARR) than Q2, for the 2nd best quarter in company history. This continued upward trajectory is the result of existing customers increasing their deployment of the Verge-OS virtualization software and acquisition of new customers replacing their incumbent implementations due to cost, complexity, inability to scale and lack of ransomware protection. Additionally, Verge.io increased sales velocity, even closing new logos in a matter of weeks. Verge.io also ended Q3 with the strongest pipeline in company history. Multiple transformative opportunities were added to the pipeline that would exponentially increase top line. In addition, numerous new distribution channels are under review that would dramatically increase sales velocity in 2023. These successful results are in part due to Verge.io’s recent expansion of sales and marketing efforts to educate potential customers on the company’s ability to simplify the software defined data center into a single, powerful piece of software that runs on commodity hardware. These efforts, a newly launched website and a new technical wiki and online self-paced training system have earned the attention of analysts and editors. To help continue the momentum that Verge.io is building, the company recruited Mike Wall to serve as its chairman. Wall spent 15 years at Intel, ran its storage division, then spent time at a few VC-backed early-stage ventures in the storage space. His repeated, high-multiple exits in the space further positions Verge.io to capitalize on recent growth to add market valuation. “Coming off of a record-breaking quarter makes this is an exciting time to be a part of the Verge.io team and I look forward to helping continue the sales velocity that we’ve achieved,” said Wall. “From increasing our market visibility to growing our pipeline of global customers to quickly closing sales opportunities, we’ve developed a strong foundation for success. The future is bright for further building our business and providing customers with the cost and IT simplicity that they need.” “Such strong quarter-over-quarter success shows that our efforts to provide a single piece of software that simplifies the data center process and offers a secure multitenancy for clouds is resonating in the marketplace, We are very pleased with the results of Q3 2022 given that we launched our website only 7 months ago and most of our sales team has only been in place for 6 months. From increased bookings with new and existing customers, expanded partnership opportunities and adding experience to our executive board, Verge.io is poised to continue its pattern of growth as we provide a better alternative to traditional legacy cloud architectures that are too complex and require too much management.” Yan Ness, Verge.io CEO Verge-OS software delivers virtualized data centers with more compelling economics and efficiencies than competing platforms. Verge-OS abstracts compute, network, and storage from commodity servers and creates pools of raw resources that are simple to run and manage by an IT generalist. A single license replaces disparate hypervisor, network, storage, data protection, and management tools to simplify technology stacks. Secure virtual data centers based on Verge-OS include all enterprise data services like global deduplication, disaster recovery, continuous data protection, snapshots, long-distance synch, and auto-failover. About Verge.io Verge.io provides a simpler way to virtualize data centers and end IT infrastructure complexity. The company’s Verge OS software is the first and only fully integrated virtual cloud software stack to build, deploy and manage virtual data centers. Verge-OS delivers significant capital savings, increased operational efficiencies, reduced risk, and rapid scalability.

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x-cellent technologies Selects Lightbits for metalstack.cloud

Lightbits | November 21, 2022

Lightbits, the first software-defined and architected for NVMe® over TCP (NVMe®/TCP) data platform for any cloud, today announced that x-cellent technologies, a German-based technology consultancy, will integrate their high-performance, persistent storage running on Intel® high-performance technologies into their metalstack.cloud infrastructure. metalstack.cloud is a new cloud service offering that was initiated by x-cellent technologies on base of Open-Source solutions like Gardener as an alternative to public cloud solutions. metalstack.cloud targets customers and developers who require a secure tech platform to run Kubernetes as a Service for their applications from different industries and market domains, such as manufacturing companies, software companies, consulting companies, and startups. The service is produced and operated in Germany. metalstack.cloud is a set of microservices that implements Kubernetes (K8s) as a service on bare metal and enables elastic cloud infrastructure. It leverages K8s clusters so that end users can easily, securely, and cost-effectively launch their apps on the platform without having to worry about server hardware, networking, and storage management. The architecture is based on their open-source software, metal-stack.io, which was developed for the highly regulated financial sector and is being used successfully by CSPs, including Finanz Informatik Technologie Service (FI-TS), which is also the developer of metal-stack.io and a Lightbits customer. By using metalstack.cloud end users have access to a full K8s stack to develop and run their applications on and can be up and running within 15 minutes. “We have found Lightbits to be a perfect match for K8s workloads, a much simpler, and higher performing alternative to Ceph and other enterprise storage solutions, We have integrated Lightbits software with Intel high-performance hardware into our state-of-the-art Platform as a Service (PaaS), metalstack.cloud, because it allows us to manage the entire infrastructure of the data center with a lot of flexibility and in a highly available way.” Stefan Majer, Chief Technology Officer at x-cellent technologies GmbH The combined solution of Lightbits software with Intel high-performance technologies delivers an unmatched combination of performance, resiliency, and cost-efficiency for any cloud. Together, the companies are helping customers address their complex data center needs enabling CSPs, like metalstack.cloud, to deliver fast, resilient, and secure services to their clients. The solution can be used as a high-performance data platform for any orchestration environment, such as OpenStack, or to run container-based applications in a Kubernetes environment as well as virtualized applications in a VMware vSphere environment. “We are proud that x-cellent technologies have chosen Lightbits for their cloud platforms. It’s a good match, as their business philosophy closely aligns with our own—build state-of-the-art cloud data platforms that are simple to consume and deliver an unbeatable price-to-performance ratio at scale,” said Eran Kirzner, CEO at Lightbits Labs. “Our solutions help rid customers of the costly dependencies to hyperscalers, and vendor lock-in, but without compromising high-performance, security, scalability, and ease of use.” metalstack.cloud is in beta release, with general availability in 2023. About Lightbits Labs Lightbits Labs® (Lightbits), is on a mission to make high-performance block storage simple, scalable, and cost-efficient for any cloud. Lightbits offers a Cloud Data Platform that delivers efficiency, simplicity, and agility for modern data centers. Inventors of the NVMe® over TCP (NVMe/TCP) protocol, Lightbits is leading the digital data center transformation by making software-defined storage that is easy to deploy at scale and delivers performance equivalent to local flash to accelerate cloud-native applications in bare metal, virtual, or containerized environments.

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Verge.io Launches New Wiki and Training Modules for Quick-Start and Self-Guided Knowledge

Verge.io | October 13, 2022

Verge.io, the company with a simpler way to virtualize data centers, today launched a new online wiki and self-paced training modules to help onboard new users and allow prospective customers to better evaluate Verge-OS software prior to a test drive. The new wiki, located at https://wiki.verge.io, contains technical overviews of features such as storage, snapshots, hypervisor, synchronization, and GPU support plus dozens of knowledgebase articles drawn from more than five years of real-world customer deployments. Six new online training modules, each with multiple individual training sessions, give detailed explanations and demonstrations such as networking, snapshotting entire data centers, setting up synchronization between Verge-OS installations, and more. Each training session can be completed in only a few minutes, thanks to the simplicity of Verge-OS and its UI. Customers can also use the robust search function to look for a word or phrase across all the content in the wiki, knowledgebase, and training modules. “We set out to make Verge-OS the simplest and most powerful single piece of virtualization software in the world, and these investments in the wiki, training, knowledgebase and videos provide the supporting content to deliver on our purpose, I appreciate the contributions of our team members and our longtime customers in developing these materials for the benefit of the community.” Greg Campbell, CTO of Verge.io Verge-OS software enables virtualized data centers with greater savings and efficiencies than competing platforms. Verge-OS abstracts compute, network, and storage from commodity servers and creates pools of raw resources that are simple to run and manage, creating feature-rich infrastructures for environments and workloads like clustered HPC, ultra-converged and hyperconverged data centers, DevOps and Test/Dev, compliant medical and healthcare, remote and edge compute including VDI, and multi-tenant private clouds. Verge-OS is the only single piece of virtualization software that can provide a common platform from the edge to the public cloud and everyplace in between. It is easy to install and uses AI/ML for self-management so it can be managed by an IT generalist. A single license replaces separate hypervisor, networking, storage, data protection, and management tools to simplify technology stacks. Secure virtual data centers based on Verge-OS include all enterprise data services like global deduplication, disaster recovery, continuous data protection, snapshots, long-distance synch, and auto-failover. They are ideal for creating honeypots, sandboxes, cyber ranges, air-gapped computing, and secure compliance enclaves to meet regulations such as HIPAA, CUI, SOX, NIST, and PCI. Nested multi-tenancy gives service providers, departmental enterprises, and campuses the ability to assign resources and services to groups and sub-groups. About Verge.io Verge.io provides a simpler way to virtualize data centers and end IT infrastructure complexity. The company’s Verge OS software is the first and only fully integrated virtual cloud software stack to build, deploy and manage virtual data centers. Verge-OS delivers significant capital savings, increased operational efficiencies, reduced risk, and rapid scalability.

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ControlUp Accelerates Adoption of DEX Management Platform With Ability to Monitor Zoom, MS Teams, and Other Unified Communications Tools

ControlUp | September 02, 2022

ControlUp, the industry leader in Digital Employee Experience (DEX) management, today announced that ControlUp Co-founder and Chief Product Officer Yoni Avital will host a bad user experience smackdown at VMware Explore 2022. ControlUp, a VMware Partner, is also breaking its Edge DX adoption records, a solution that allows IT teams to not only monitor productivity tools like Microsoft Teams (MS Teams) and Zoom but allows for advanced data analytics to proactively address issues. See a demo of Edge DX and more at ControlUp's booth in South Hall 1302. "With the new ability for IT teams to monitor Zoom and MS Teams, Edge DX is the fastest growing product in our portfolio to date. This is a testament to how important having real-time data analytics accessible to IT teams, The solution also allows for rapid deployment, which is crucial when it comes to the sales cycle. For example, one financial services client deployed 192,000+ seats in a matter of weeks." Asaf Ganot, Co-founder and CEO, ControlUp Recently recognized as a strong performer in end-user experience management by Forrester Research in The Forrester Wave™, ControlUp continues to bring data together in unique ways to optimize the digital employee experience while proactively addressing network latency issues, availability of SaaS apps and virtual desktops, and slow logons. With the ability to deploy Edge DX at scale in minutes, IT teams can virtually sit side-by-side with work from anywhere (WFA) employees to fix issues quickly on endpoint devices so team members can get back to work fast. Similar to our recent integration to monitor functionality with MS Teams, our new integration with Zoom provides IT teams usage insights across employee calls and meetings. Data analysis monitors the quality of calls for technical issues that may impact the digital experience of participants. Edge DX makes remediation actions available for addressing and preventing issues that impact productivity. By proactively identifying potential bottlenecks and failure points, IT teams can now provide resolutions before Help Desk tickets are filed. VMware Explore attendees have the opportunity to hear and see how ControlUp helps remove IT dark zones with real-time visibility that improves employees' productivity in two sessions: Tuesday, Aug. 30, 3:15-3:45 p.m., Joel Stocker, Director of Product Marketing, ControlUp, and Tom Fenton, Tech. Mrkt. Engr., ControlUp, will present "Improve Remote Work Experience with Last-Mile Monitoring From ControlUp" in The Expo Theater. Wednesday, Aug. 31, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Yoni Avital, Co-founder & CPO, ControlUp, and Trentent Tye, Tech Marketing, ControlUp, will hammer things out in a "Bad User Experience Smackdown: Easy Horizon Troubleshooting with ControlUp" in a Breakout Session. "ControlUp is proud to be an established VMware Partner with deep integrations that help VMware users capture real-time data insights for on-the-fly troubleshooting," said Avital. "It is no secret that work-from-anywhere is here to stay, which solidifies the ongoing need for our DEX management platform to help IT teams monitor performance, availability, and productivity for networks, apps, and unified communications tools like Zoom and MS Teams." Microsoft, MS Teams are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies. VMware, Horizon, and VMware Explore are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other jurisdictions. About ControlUp ControlUp powers the work-from-anywhere world by delivering a Digital Employee Experience (DEX) Management Platform built for IT teams to make remote work more flexible and reliable. Whether your desktops are physical or virtual, your applications are local or SaaS, IT can optimize remote work environments from the datacenter or from the cloud with rich, real-time visibility across the entire digital employee experience. Headquartered in Silicon Valley with R&D in Israel, ControlUp supports over 2,000 customers and counting.

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