Software Defining Your Storage

There is a lot of talk in the technology industry of “software defining”, the idea that elements of our technology stack, traditionally based on a hardware appliance can be abstracted from it and made available as a software-only appliance that can be installed on any hardware.  But why? Wouldn’t you rather your key assets were… Read more »

Podcast #3 – Chris & Matt review the SFD18 presenters

Here’s a little extra podcast Matt Leib and I recorded this afternoon in preparation for Storage Field Day 18.  You can tell this wasn’t recorded in a studio, but actually Matt’s hotel room!  Matt preps coffee in his mini-Nespresso device while we discuss each of the presenting vendors. The discussion is ad-hoc, off the cuff… 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 »

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 »

Technology First? Requirements First!

As more an observer of the technology industry these days, something struck a chord with me as I listened to a recent podcast recording.  Paul Stringfellow hosts a weekly podcast called Tech Interviews.  In Episode 77, he spoke to Matt Watts from NetApp on “cloud first” as a strategy.  The TL;DR of the discussion is… Read more »

Building a modern data platform – exploiting the cloud

This is a guest post by Paul Stringfellow from Gardner Systems and was originally posted at “Building a modern data platform – exploiting the cloud” where you can also find Paul’s “Tech Interviews” podcast. No modern data platform would be complete if we didn’t talk about the use of public cloud. Public cloud can play a very… Read more »

Building a modern data platform – Out on the edge

This is a guest post by Paul Stringfellow from Gardner Systems and was originally posted at “Building a modern data platform – Out on the edge” where you can also find Paul’s “Tech Interviews” podcast. In this series so far we have concentrated on the data under our control in our datacentres and managed clouds and protected… Read more »

Building a modern data platform – Prevention (Office365)

This is a guest post by Paul Stringfellow from Gardner Systems and was originally posted at “Building a modern data platform – Prevention (Office365)” where you can also find Paul’s “Tech Interviews” podcast. In this series so far, we have looked at getting our initial foundations right and ensuring we have insight and control of our data… Read more »

Building a modern data platform – Control

This is a guest post by Paul Stringfellow from Gardner Systems and was originally posted at “Building a modern data platform – Control” where you can also find Paul’s “Tech Interviews” podcast. In the first parts (here and here) of this series we have looked at ensuring the building blocks of our platform are right… Read more »

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  • Avere Systems is Acquired by Microsoft

    Big congratulations to Avere Systems, who recently announced their acquisition by Microsoft.  Avere is a company I’ve followed since inception in 2008.  Their technology started as an edge NAS filer, extending data centre content to branch offices.  Over time, the platform became virtual and moved to the public cloud.  Today, vFXT (the cloud instance of… Read more »

  • Survey – Give us Your Views of 2017 and Thoughts for 2018

    As we near the end of 2017, it’s a great time to reflect on the year and what’s been achieved.  As part of 2018 planning, we’d like to get your views on what you would like to see talked about in 2018. We ask that you complete a very short survey – so short it’s… Read more »

  • Public Cloud Comparisons – Account Creation

    I’m doing a little more structured work with public cloud, so have been going back and cleaning up and standardising the existing accounts I already have.  The first thing is to create accounts that are company, not user specific.  I like to use distribution groups or mailing lists for setting up accounts.  They are more… Read more »

  • Delivering File Protocols on Object Stores

    When object stores first started to appear on the market, the aim was to target a very specific niche.  Unstructured data growth demanded better ways of storing data than file servers.  Object stores offered the ability to scale to billions of objects, without the issues of managing a file system.  However, rewriting applications for REST-based… Read more »

  • Four Platforms When One Will Do?

    One of the more interesting discussions from SFD14 was the review of the various mid-range platforms that Dell EMC now offers.  The merger of the two organisations brought Unity and VNX(e) from EMC, while SC (Compellent) and EqualLogic came from the Dell side.  Each platform has very different characteristics.  Unity and VNX(e) have heritage from… Read more »

  • VMware on Azure? Great! Or Maybe Not

    In recent days we’ve heard that Microsoft will assist VMware users in moving their workloads to Azure.  For the more “difficult” applications, customers can choose to simply run applications on vSphere hosted on the Azure platform.  This service will be delivered in conjunction with VMware-certified partners.  In response, VMware has released a blog indicating that… Read more »

  • Is NetApp Becoming A Service Provider?

    One not-so-obvious presentation at NetApp Insight in Berlin (November 2017) was the announcement of NetApp Cloud Orchestrator.  This is a tool to manage not only storage but also compute resources across public cloud providers.  The technology comes from the acquisition of Greenqloud earlier this year. Joe CaraDonna presented the use of Cloud Orchestrator on-stage to… Read more »

  • HPE Brings Nimble Skynet to 3PAR Arrays

    Who doesn’t like the idea of having six 9’s of uptime for their storage?  Availability is a major consideration for any storage, public or private.  Of course, having great availability isn’t the only measure of storage quality.  We also value performance, low latency and consistency.  But making storage behave in a predictable manner isn’t always… Read more »

  • Accelerating Workloads with NetApp Plexistor

    I hadn’t realised that NetApp acquired Plexistor earlier this year.  Depending on which site you look at, the acquisition was a pretty cheap $20m or $32m, based on an A-round investment of around $4.5m in September 2014.  NetApp demonstrated application acceleration using the Plexistor technology at Insight in Berlin last week (see the day 2… Read more »