EMC Corporation (EMC) on Aug. 25, 2016 announced the release of new application integration and management features in the EMC® XtremIO® all-flash storage platform for VMware and Microsoft virtualized environments. The new XtremIO features offer a rich set of workflow automation integrations that enable application and infrastructure teams to take full advantage of simplified resource provisioning and management workflows, automation and orchestration in virtualized environments. Integrated Copy Data Management (iCDM) functionality also helps reduce the need to purchase separate dedicated hardware and software to manage copy data sprawl.
Among more than a dozen updates to the XtremIO XIOS™ operating system, highlighted new features include:
- EMC and VMware product integrations between XtremIO, EMC AppSync®, EMC VSI and VMware vCenter Web UI. This new integration enables the vCenter administrator to locally recover and restore virtual machines and datastores, and perform file-level restores from within the virtual machine. This also enables new iCDM workflows from the vCenter native user interface, allowing users to create and repurpose functional copies using XtremIO’s virtual copy technology.
New XtremIO vRealize Orchestrator Plug-in, which acts on its own or as a part of the VMware vRealize Automation workflow. The new vRealize Orchestrator plug-in allows infrastructure teams to build a self-service catalog of automated, end-to-end, infrastructure workflows for virtualization administrators, DBAs, and application owners. EMC will enable VMware users to fully leverage XtremIO with VMware vRealize Automation to automate and orchestrate storage management and provisioning tasks, such as compute and storage provisioning and iCDM capabilities natively within the VMware interface.
- Native support for Microsoft PowerShell version 4.0 and 5.0 via the XtremIO Management Server. As a result, administrators can now benefit from a fully supported scripting environment, using PowerShell and VMware PowerCLI from XtremIO to automate and orchestrate any operation in a virtualized environment.
- New XtremIO support for the Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S), allowing users to manage and provision XtremIO storage natively in their SMI-S user-interface of choice. SMI-S enables broad interoperable management and provisioning of heterogeneous multi-vendor storage systems from a variety of SMI-S enabled applications. For example, XtremIO includes new support for Microsoft Hyper-V virtualized environments via the System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) SMI-S profile. Going forward, EMC will continue adding support for other SMI-S client profiles in XtremIO.
Shares of BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) ended Thursday session in red amid volatile trading. The shares closed down -0.05 points or -0.65% at $7.63 with 2.90 million shares getting traded. Post opening the session at $7.62, the shares hit an intraday low of $7.58 and an intraday high of $7.75 and the price vacillated in this range throughout the day. The company has a market cap of $4.00 billion and the numbers of outstanding shares have been calculated to be 522.82 million shares.
BlackBerry Ltd (BBRY) on Sep 2, 2016 announced at the IFA Berlin conference that its SecuTABLET is being used by government agencies in Germany to ensure its staff can work on the go without falling victim to espionage.
BlackBerry’s highly secure tablet, integrated with government-grade MAM technology, is based on the latest version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, and was approved by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) at the “classified – for official use only” (VS-NfD) security level. The SecuTABLET is the latest BlackBerry cross-platform solution that fulfills the strict security guidelines set by German government agencies. SecuSUITE for BlackBerry 10 had also received approval and has long been used by the German government to secure its mobile voice and data communications.
The SecuTABLET uses the Secusmart Security card responsible for securely encrypting the transfer of mobile data as well as encrypting all the information stored on the device. Also integrated into the tablet is software that provides Certificate Management for managing all keys and certifications stored in the Secusmart Security Card and VPN for cryptographically secured data communication. Secusmart’s leading secure voice technology will be added later this year. In conjunction with Samsung’s Knox security platform and BlackBerry’s MAM platform, the SecuTABLET enables users to access both business apps for working securely on the go and personal apps, all the while meeting the strict security requirements of German government agencies.