NetApp embraces cloud for future business growth

A few years ago it might have been surprising to see NetApp at an event like Cloud Field Day, but after seeing them at an event earlier this month, Chris Evans thinks its consistent with the companies recent embrace of the public cloud. Eiki Hrafnsson presented for two hours, focusing on what the Cloud Data Services business unit will be focusing on going forward. Chris thinks these moves could help fill the gap between the enterprise data center and the cloud.


Droplet Computing delivers universal app virtualization

Chris Evans shares his thoughts on Droplet Computing, who debuted their browser-based application containers at the event. Chris sees this as a way to free applications from any OS or architecture dependency. If Droplet can make the delivery seamless, he sees a bright future ahead for the company.


The Three Facets of Backup

At Cloud Field Day last month, Chris Evans got to see three companies showing different facets of how to deliver backup. Veritas, Rubrik, and Druva all have different visions of how organizations should handle data management and protection. Chris takes a look at how some are transforming to handle new workloads, while others are expanding to add new functionality, scale, and scope.


Cloud Field Day 3 Preview: Delphix

In this post, Chris Evan previews what to expect from Cloud Field Day presenter Delphix.


Cloud Field Day 3 Preview: Riverbed

Chris Evans previews another of the Cloud Field Day presenters, this time focusing on Riverbed. For Chris, he’s looking forward to learning more about the company, which he generally associates them with their WAN optimization portfolio. Seeing how they are extending into the cloud should make for an interesting presentation.


Cloud Field Day 3 Preview: Veritas

Chris Evans gives a preview of Veritas ahead of their presentation at Cloud Field Day this week. The company is traditionally associated with storage, so Chris is interested in hearing their cloud story, particularly around CloudMobility and CloudPoint. He’s interested to hear how they differentiate these offerings from competing companies in their space.


Cloud Field Day 3 Preview: Druva

Chris Evans continues his previews of Cloud Field Day presenters, ahead of next week’s event. In this post, he turns his eye toward Druva. He outlines how the company began in endpoint protection, but now with their Druva Cloud Platform protects Iaas, PaaS and SaaS applications. He thinks the company’s direction has promise, and he’s looking forward to seeing them at Cloud Field Day.


Cloud Field Day 3 Preview: Morpheus Data

Chris Evans will be joining our delegates at Cloud Field Day next week. Morpheus Data will be presenting, and Chris is looking forward to digging into their platform. They offer an end-to-end management and deployment of applications in a DevOps model, including component discovery, templates and policy. He’s interested in learning how the company will overcome some of the inherent issues that come up when adding in another abstraction layer to applications.


Cloud Field Day 3 Preview: Oracle

Chris Evans is previewing the companies presenting at Cloud Field Day next month. Oracle will be there, and Chris is interested to learn more about what they are offering. Of particular interest is their Ravello acquisition, which enables easily porting applications running in vSphere to Oracle’s cloud platform.


Dude, Here’s Your 100TB Flash Drive!

Nimbus Data released a 100TB 3.5″ SATA SSD, and Chris Evans gives it a look here. The device falls within their existing Exadrive DC series, but features imporved performance at 500MB/s throughput and 100,000 IOPS read and write. All of this fits within a low thermal envelope, which Chris speculates is due to their patent-pending multi-controller architecture. Add in a claim of “unlimited endurance” over the drives 5-year warranty, and standard SSD functions like garbage collection and wear levelling, and Chris sees this as an interesting option.


Cloud Field Day 3 Preview: Rubrik

Ahead of attending Cloud Field Day next month, Chris Evans wrote up a preview of one presenter, Rubrik. Chris thinks the company has succeeded in making data protection more interesting by integrating it with other secondary storage requirements in a single platform, via their Cloud Data Management platform. Chris is interested to learn more about their evolving cloud strategy, especially after their recent acquisition of Datos IO.


Cloud Field Day 3 Preview: NetApp

Chris Evans is hearing out to Silicon Valley next month to take part in Cloud Field Day. In this piece, he previews what to expect from NetApp. He’s looking forward to hearing more about the company’s transition from a storage company to data management. This is based around Data Fabric, which Chris calls “an under-told stor[y]”.


The Risk of Shared Service Level Agreements

While watching Storage Field Day, Chris Evans heard IBM present about their SLA policy within their backup software. In this post, he clarifies how a service-level agreement differs from service-level objective, and why the distinction matters in the enterprise.


ScaleIO Becomes Software Defined on Hardware

Chris Evans got to see a bit from Dell EMC’s ScaleIO division last year. But the company has decided to shake up the offering by taking the former software product, and tying it directly to VxRack hardware. This comes after a reorganization for the company, that seems to show them focusing more strictly on hardware sales.


Data Mobility – Global/Scale-out Data Platforms

Chris Evans published another post in his ongoing series about data mobility in hybrid cloud. In this post, he looks at Global NAS and other distributed storage solutions, and includes a consideration of how to deal with data consistency. Solutions from NooBaa, Qumulo, Weka, Elastifile, Hedvig and Datera are included in this overview.


Rubrik Acquires Datos IO – Backup Wars Looming?

In this piece, Chris Evans shares his thoughts on Rubrik’s recent acquisition of Datos IO. This makes sense as a way for the company to grab an early leader in the NoSQL backup market, and increases their overall backup capability surface area. Overall he sees this down the line of providing another way for Rubrik to transition from backup into an overall data management company.


What are Storage Class Memory and Persistent Memory?

In this post, Chris Evans breaks down the differences between Persistent Memory and Storage Class Memory. The former puts non-volatile media directly in the DIMM slot, providing storage with extremely low latency, but requiring changes to BIOS and OS to address properly. The latter uses NAND and DRAM in a tiered system to effectively increase the addressable memory to the system. An example being Storage Field Day presenter Diablo Technologies. Of course, thanks to marketing, these terms are often interchangeable, but the article does a good job making the technical distinction clear.


What Next for XtremIO?

Chris Evans heard from Dell EMC’s XtremIO team at Storage Field Day late last year. In this post, he digs into the history of the platform, discussing how their X2 release addressed customer concerns and added better compression from the initial XtremIO X1 solution. Dell EMC is committed to supporting XtremIO long term, but Chris discusses where exactly the solution fits in the modern enterprise.


Kaminario Goes Software-Defined

Kaminario, a presenter at the first Storage Field Day in 2012, recently announced they were getting out of providing hardware for their AFA solution. Instead they will provide the software to run on top of certified storage from Tech Data. Chris Evans looks at the implications for the greater trend of the software-defined data center. He particularly focuses comments from Kaminario’s CEO on trying to undercut AWS storage on pricing per gigabyte.


Data Mobility – Caching Technologies

As part of his series looking at data mobility for the hybrid cloud, Chris Evans digs into the four main options for hybrid cloud caching. He reviews NAS, VM, database, and storage gateway caching, looking at the challenges involved for each.