This is one of a series of posts discussing the presenters at Storage Field Day 10, occurring 25th-27th May 2016 in Silicon Valley, 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 Storage Field Day 10 page at and on the dedicated events page on this site at Storage Field Day 10.

Network Attached Storage is one of the traditional platforms for storing anything from file data to backups or even running VMs.  Pretty much every IT organisation has it in some flavour or other.  The trouble is, most of that data is probably inactive – perhaps as much as 90% not accessed on a regular basis.  With the low cost of hard drives today, it almost makes no sense to archive off the inactive data to something like tape and the public cloud is a good choice for this kind of data – if you can manage the compliance requirement of having your data in someone else’s data centre.

This is where Exablox comes in.  They sell appliances, called OneBlox, that provide scalable NAS capacity but don’t come with drives.  Instead you source the drives yourself and save on the subsequent vendor markup that is traditionally seen in the NAS space.  Exablox has been a Tech Field Day presenter before and I’ve seen first hand the simplicity of their storage solution, not least of which is the ability to deploy into office environments rather than full-blown data centres (a OneBlox emanates hardly any noise).

As a scale-out NAS solution, I do like the idea of Exablox’ platform.  One feature that isn’t obvious is the underlying object store technology that isn’t exposed to the end user.  This offers the opportunity to be more than just a NAS system, however I’m not sure whether they have plans to move into the object space.  This will be an interesting presentation, I’m sure.

Related Links

Exablox has presented previously at Tech Field Day.

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Disclaimer:  I was personally invited to attend Storage Field Day 10, with the event teams covering my travel and accommodation costs.  However I was not compensated for my time.  I am not required to blog on any content; blog posts are not edited or reviewed by the presenters or the respective companies prior to publication.  

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Written by Chris Evans

With 30+ years in IT, Chris has worked on everything from mainframe to open platforms, Windows and more. During that time, he has focused on storage, developed software and even co-founded a music company in the late 1990s. These days it's all about analysis, advice and consultancy.