The $2 billion Gamble on Data Management

What a week it’s been in the data storage industry.  First Rubrik Inc announced an E-series round of funding totalling $261 million.  This was followed barely 24 hours later by Veeam Software announcing it had raised $500 million in what seems to be regarded as an unexpected move.  Across Actifio, Cohesity, Rubrik and Veeam, venture… Read more »

Databases are the next battleground for Public Cloud

This week, Amazon Web Services announced the availability of Amazon DocumentDB, a MongoDB-compatible document database.  For AWS at least, the database market has been heating up recently.  With so many offerings to choose from, are databases the next land-grab for the public cloud? DocumentDB Let’s look first at the announcement of Amazon DocumentDB.  This new… Read more »

The Biggest Storage Trends of 2019

It’s time to gaze into the crystal ball and think what might be on the storage agenda for 2019.  What will the biggest storage trends for 2019 be?  Let’s start with some easy ones. NVMe over Fabrics will be big Of course it will.  All of the major storage vendors are already working towards supporting… Read more »

Building a modern data platform – what have we learned?

This is a guest post by Paul Stringfellow from Gardner Systems and was originally posted at Building a modern data platform – what have we learned? where you can also find Paul’s “Tech Interviews” podcast. As I reach the end of this series, it raises the question “what have we learned?”. If you’ve read through it all,… Read more »

NooBaa is acquired by Red Hat

I was interested to see that Red Hat recently decided to acquire NooBaa, a start-up developing an object storage platform.  What makes this story interesting is not the NooBaa technology itself, but rather that Red Hat is acquiring yet another storage platform to complement those it already owns.  Why add another to the list? NooBaa… Read more »

Will VMware lead the newly public Dell Technologies?

At the end of 2018, Dell Technologies Inc returned to the stock market with the conversion of VMware tracking stock into Class C Dell Technologies shares.  It’s interesting to note that over 90% of Class V shareholders voted to receive cash rather than shares.  However, as the cash return was limited (and paid for by a… Read more »

Processors back under the spotlight for 2019

This is just a quick post to highlight the developments we’re seeing in processors at the moment.  Intel has announced Foveros, enabling more efficient component stacking.  AMD has EPYC, with more PCIe performance for external peripherals like storage.  And of course, we’re seeing a whole host of ARM processors being put into public cloud.  Let’s… Read more »

Thoughts from Hitachi NEXT 2018

Earlier this year I was invited to Hitachi NEXT in lovely San Diego.  As part of my trip, I took the time to learn a little more about some of the technology Hitachi has been working on and bringing to market either directly through Hitachi Ltd or Hitachi Vantara.  You may remember that Hitachi Vantara… Read more »

Elastifile Cloud File Service Now Available on Google Cloud

Elastifile has announced the availability of a fully managed scale-out file service for Google Cloud.  This is more than just another marketplace offering.  The company’s Cloud File Service is now fully integrated into the Google Cloud ecosystem.  Storage is configured through GCP APIs and GUIs and billed by Google based on consumption.  This is a… Read more »

Western Digital Redefines DRAM Caching

In a recent press release, Western Digital announced the release of an interesting if not curious solution for extending DRAM with fast storage.  The Ultrastar DC ME200 extends server DRAM using proprietary caching software in an attempt to fully exploit the capabilities of modern multi-core processors.  In an age where in-memory computing is increasing in… Read more »

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  • More Thoughts on Storage Performance – Measuring with Load DynamiX

    In a previous post, I wrote about how improvements in storage performance have been achieved through changes to software.  Vendors like DataCore and Nutanix have implemented significant improvements that are in some cases quite remarkable.  As the storage market diverges into dozen’s of vendor platforms, how can end users validate the claims vendors are making?  Verifying vendor… Read more »

  • Fixing Storage Performance with Software

    This week I’ve had two interesting briefings that talked about significant storage performance improvements which have been achieved through storage updates.  The first was from DataCore, a long time storage virtualisation company that has been in the industry for 20 years.  The second was from Nutanix, which released a series of updates as part of AOS 4.6… Read more »

  • VSAN 6.2 – Is it RAID or Erasure Coding?

    Update: The day after this post was released, VMware issued a clarification post on the Virtual Blocks website.  The post pretty much summarises what is written here, with a little more detail, although it doesn’t look like erasure coding in VSAN will be extended past the 3+1 and  4+2 schemes.  You can find the post… Read more »

  • Bi-Modal IT – A Double-Edged Sword?

    Today’s business world necessitates that IT organisations deliver to an agenda of agility and flexibility.  The business demands that the IT function adopts and embraces new technologies, with a speed that makes the process challenging for all but the most effective CIOs.  One approach to meeting these demanding business requirements is that of Bimodal IT…. Read more »

  • Hyper-convergence and Private Cloud

    Hyper-convergence has been one of the biggest IT trends of the last 24 months, with start-ups and existing technology vendors offering a suite of hardware and software solutions.  Many have conflated hyper-convergence and private cloud to mean one way of deploying and managing IT infrastructure and applications.  Although there are many similarities between the two… Read more »

  • Home Lab: Building VM Images

    I’ve been doing some recent work on building virtual machine images to a position where I can pretty much automate the whole process from end-to-end.  My favourite route is to use PXE booting and I’ve had builds of all the current Linux builds in place for some years.  This also includes automated builds of ESXi… Read more »

  • Is it time for VMware to Open Source The ESX Hypervisor?

    VMware’s business may well be at an interesting inflection point.  On the latest earnings call, the company indicated that earnings from core products like vSphere was down, while increased business was coming from VSAN, NSX and apparently vCloud Air.  2016 will apparently be a year of transition as the company moves back to growth in… Read more »

  • Working With Containers #1: Getting Started with Docker

    It’s been some 18 months since I looked at Docker and put out a preliminary post on getting started with the container platform.  Since then, Docker has moved on leaps and bounds to become an entire ecosystem.  In this series of posts I’m going to go back to basics and look at the steps needed… Read more »

  • Tech Field Day 10 Preview: Platform 9

    This is one of a series of brief posts discussing the presenters at Tech Field Day 10, occurring 3rd – 5th February 2016 in Austin, Texas, at which I am an attending delegate.  See links at the end of this post to other presenting vendors.  Details of the event can be found on the Tech… Read more »