BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Michigan, Sept. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — A strategic partnership between the University of Michigan and software company Yottabyte promises to unleash a new wave of data-intensive research by providing a flexible computing cloud for complex computational analyses of sensitive and restricted data.

The Yottabyte Research Cloud will provide scientists high performance, secure and flexible computing environments that enable the analysis of sensitive data sets restricted by federal privacy laws, proprietary access agreements, or confidentiality requirements. Previously, the complexity of building secure and project-specific IT platforms often made the computational analysis of sensitive data prohibitively costly and time consuming.

Brahmajee Nallamothu, professor of internal medicine, tested a pilot installation of the Yottabyte Research Cloud at the U-M Institute of Healthcare Policy and Innovation for his research on such topics as predictors of opioid use after surgery and the costs and uses of cancer screenings under the Affordable Care Act.

“We recently moved a healthcare claims database, which is multiple terabytes in size and requires a great deal of memory and fast storage to process, onto the pilot platform,” Nallamothu said. “The platform allows us to immediately increase or decrease computing resources to meet demand while permitting multiple users to access the data safely and remotely. Our previous setup relied on network storage and self-managed hardware, which was extremely inefficient compared to what we can do now.”

“The Yottabyte Research Cloud will improve research productivity by reducing the cost and time required to create the individualized, secure computing platforms that are increasingly necessary to support scientific discovery in the age of Big Data,” said Eric Michielssen, associate vice president for advanced research computing at U-M.

“With the Yottabyte Research Cloud, researchers will be able to ask more questions, faster, of the ever-expanding and massive sets of data collected for their work,” said Yottabyte CEO Paul E. Hodges, III. “We are very pleased to be a part of the diverse and challenging research environment at U-M. This partnership is a great opportunity to develop and refine computing tools that will increase the productivity of U-M’s world class researchers.”

Many U-M scientists are working on a variety of research projects that could benefit from use of the Yottabyte Research Cloud:

  • Healthcare research, for example in precision medicine, often requires working with sensitive patient information and large volumes of diverse data types. This research can yield results that positively impact patients’ lives, but often involves the analysis of millions of clinical observations that can include genomic, hospital, outpatient, pharmaceutical, laboratory and cost data. This requires a secure high performance computing ecosystem coupled to massive amounts of multi-tiered storage.
  • In the social sciences, U-M research requires secure, remote access to sensitive research data about substance abuse, mental health, and other topics.
  • Transportation researchers who mine large and sensitive datasets — for example, a 24 Terabyte dataset that includes videos of drivers’ faces and GPS traces of their journeys — also stand to benefit from the security features and computing power.
  • In learning analytics, studies of the persistence of teacher effects on student learning could benefit from the enclaves to store and analyze data that includes observational measures scored from classroom videos, and elementary and middle school students’ scores on standardized tests.
  • Researchers in brain science will be able to use the Yottabyte Research Cloud to investigate a wide range of topics including the effects of aging on brain function and structure and how we focus our attention in the presence of distraction.

The Yottabyte Research Cloud is U-M’s first foray into software-defined infrastructure for research, allowing on-the-fly personalized configuration of any-scale computing resources, which promises to change the way traditional IT infrastructure systems are deployed across the research community.

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BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich., May 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Yottabyte, a leading provider of next-generation software-defined infrastructure solutions, today announced it has been included in the list of “Cool Vendors” in the “Cool Vendors for Compute Platforms” report by Gartner, Inc.

“Our selection as a ‘Cool Vendor’ by Gartner is a testament to the level of creativity and innovation we’ve applied to the IT challenges facing businesses today,” says Duane Tursi, Principal of Yottabyte. “At a time when infrastructure costs are rising and IT resources are being trimmed, our forward-thinking virtual datacenter platform is tremendously versatile and hits every important benchmark.”

YottaBlox appliances are software defined infrastructure building blocks for storage, computing and networking, enabling users to build public, private and hybrid cloud-based virtual datacenters. All completely secure. YottaBlox are known for their rare combination of simplicity, scalability and cost-effectiveness. The Yottabyte software-defined infrastructure platform is adaptable to a variety of business needs, including high performance computing, Tier 1 application virtualization, test and development simulations, remote office / branch office standardization, data backup and archive to high availability and disaster recovery.

“Cool Vendor” status is the most recent accolade awarded to Yottabyte. The company also recently earned Tech Trailblazer runner-up.

Gartner Cool Vendor Disclaimer
Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About Yottabyte
Yottabyte is a virtualization and cloud vendor offering public, private and hybrid cloud solutions. Yottabyte operates a public cloud based on yCenter, the same software that powers Yottabyte’s YottaBlox. YottaBlox are a turnkey Hyperconverged Infrastructure Appliance (HCIA) providing a full private cloud solution. Data protection, storage tiering, multi-site replication, software defined networking and an easy-to-use self-service virtualization management interface are only some of the powerful features that are a standard part of yCenter and the YottaBlox it powers. YottaBlox are available and supported worldwide through the Yottabyte Partner Network. The company is headquartered in Bloomfield Township, Michigan.

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vSphere 6.0 is BADASS. Not that I’ve played with it or anything. Ahem

The future is VMware’s to lose

4 Feb 2015 at 14:58, Trevor Pott

VMware has NSX, and NSX is good; they are absolutely ready to handle your most complex networking needs…even if those needs include layer 2 extention into vCloud Air. And thanks to vCloud Air and NSX, VMware currently has the only big name hybrid cloud solution that doesn’t suck. Though they had better watch out, as eager competitors like Yottabyte are building strong challengers.

VMware has VSAN, and VSAN is also good; VMware can provide enterprise storage for your datacenter themselves, or through their army of partners attaching through NFS 4.1, VVOLs, through kernel integration or as virtual hyperconverged offerings. Though here again VMware needs to be cautious; competitors like Nutanix, SimpliVity, Maxta, Scale Computing, Yottabyte, NimBOXX, HP, Gridstore, Atlantis, and many (many!) others are seeking a slice of the pie.

Many of these hyperconverged competitors offer not only solutions that work on VMware’s platform, but also on KVM, Hyper-V and there are even some talking about Xen. Many of these competitors offer features VMware currently does not. Those who are working in the KVM space are a special concern, as many of them are integrating with the kernel, removing VMware’s loudest marketing option from play. They are also legitimising that platform by putting real money into making management interfaces that don’t suck, and bringing hyperconvergence to Openstack.

This then brings us to VMware’s collision with Openstack. Openstack is all about giving service providers the ability to build their own cloud. VMware is (mostly) offering this ability too. But VMware also has its own cloud interests to protect, and it would really like it if everyone would (pretty please) dump their VMs into VMware’s hands…along with all that nice subscription money.

How is this all going to play out? Nobody knows; that is as much a function of international politics as anything else. Powerful forces – mostly notably the Americans and the Brits – are hell bent on stripping us of every last vestige of privacy. Companies (and individuals) who think about such things for more than a few seconds tend to have some problems with that. Especially since – and let’s be honest here – nobody can trust the Americans not to engage in industrial espionage.

Microsoft is busy trying to strangle its own channel, jacking up prices for service providers and partners and making the only hybrid cloud in a can offering they have inflexible and insanely priced. HP is busy tearing itself apart, Oracle is crafted from the fundamental evil at the center of the universe, both Amazon and Google don’t care, and IBM couldn’t find the future with two hands, a Sherpa and a GPS.

That leaves the open source community via Openstack, VMware and Dell to provide cloud software and services to the 6.5bn+ people who aren’t American or British. Mirantis, Cisco (via Metacloud) and Piston Cloud – just for starters – will show you that Openstack is ready to meet this challenge. Dell’s plans are a complete mystery (and good on ‘em for that,) which leaves us with VMware.

vSphere 6.0 is unrepentantly badass. vCloud Air is coming along nicely, and all of the other pieces of the puzzle are evolving steadily as well. This is great and wonderful, but the question that will hang over VMware for all of 2015 is how they will handle the hybrid cloud.

Will VMware go the Microsoft route and pay lip service to their channel and partners while silently working to kill them off? Or will VMware be both combatant and arms dealer, keeping prices low enough for service providers to build competitively priced VMware-based clouds?

To whom will “the other 6.5 billion” belong? With technology like VMware has demonstrated in vSphere 6.0, they are VMware’s customers to lose. ®

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The year 2012 was not characterized by any revolution in technology in the storage industry. Instead, it was a year in which the market caught up to the technological changes that have been brewing for a couple years.

It was a year in which public storage clouds proved their mettle, flash storage technology and converged infrastructure moved from the periphery to the mainstream, the top enterprise vendors and top small business vendors met to duke it out in the middle and even the lowly disk drive and tape drive brought new surprises.

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BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Data storage has gotten a lot cheaper in recent years.

And now, a Bloomfield Township company is hoping to lop another zero off the cost of storing your stuff.

Essentially, Yottabyte is using software to create virtual data centers, using cheaper so-called commodity hardware to replace more expensive software and systems from vendors like IBM, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, EMC and NetApp.

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Yottabyte could be called a “consolidated, virtual data center in a box” – a scale-out box. Taking pages from the ‘books’ of several infrastructure companies, they’re providing a replacement for servers, storage, networking, virtualization software, backup and other specialty appliances that end up in the data center.

The startup’s key technology is a distributed file system that can virtualize heterogeneous storage resources; it has also built management tools to create virtual datacenter environments. Can Yottabyte make a dent in the crowded cloud space?

Yottabyte unveiled an enhanced version of its software for virtualizing commodity server, storage and networking hardware into a virtualized data center designed to help smaller companies build cloud data centers.

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