Thoughts on Consumer and Industrial IoT

Massimiliano Mortillaro shares some thoughts on the current state of IoT. From the enterprise side, he likes the fact that we’re leaving the pure hype phase of the segment, something that couldn’t be said in 2016. At Cisco Live Europe, he saw some very practical implementations, particularly Cisco’s LoRaWAN technology, which enables devices to operate up to 10 years on an embedded battery. He also considers some of the security and, perhaps most importantly, ecological considerations of the coming age of IoT. It’s a really interesting overview of the space, and will get you thinking about how to prepare for the coming IoT deluge of devices.


Revisiting Cisco HyperFlex, One Year After

Max Mortillaro take a look back on Cisco’s hyperconverged infrastructure solution, HyperFlex, a year later. It’s all the more important to the company, since HPE’s acquisition of SimpliVity. Max got an update at Tech Field Day Extra during Cisco Live Europe last week. Over the year, Max has moved from neutral on it to “neutral+”. Overall, he’d like to see more commitment to their development cycle if this is going to be their sole HCI play going forward. He sees their roadmap as competitive, but they’ll need to tighten up their release cycle to deliver this to their customers on a timely basis. HCI is a crowded space. Cisco’s HyperFlex shows a path to compete with all the big players, but Max thinks they’ll need to consistently deliver on their roadmap.


How Tech Field Day influenced me in 2016

Max Mortillaro reflects back on what he’s learned from Tech Field Day events in 2016. It was a really eventful year for him, and he found a lot of value both personally and professionally with the events. Overall, he loves the emersion the event allows. They provide in-depth technical discussions with likeminded colleagues. It’s a community of enterprise IT goodness, and it was a pleasure to have Max at the events.


Cohesity – a secondary storage leader in the making?

Max Mortillaro reviews what he saw from Cohesity at Tech Field Day this past November. He really seems to think their holistic focus on secondary storage could provide for major cost savings in an enterprise. Their dedupe abilities seem to really be able to reduce your secondary storage data footprint. With 80% of storage coming from disparate secondary sources, Cohesity seems designed to wrangle it all in one manageable interface.


Rubrik – A Refreshing Approach to Backups

We’ll miss Max at Tech Field Day but it’s great that he got a chance to catch up with Rubrik at VMworld. Here’s his “state of the union” for Rubrik in preparation for their Tech Field Day 12 presentation. Overall, he seems impressed by the company’s ability to deliver a simple and easy to deploy backup product, using their “Rubrik brick” appliances to allow for simple, transparent, efficient, and scalable backups.


Intel SPDK – A foundation block for new generation storage

Max Mortillaro tackles the topic of storage latency in his latest post. Inspired by the Intel Storage presentation at Storage Field Day, he discusses the history of storage latency and presents the need for faster software. He then discusses Intel’s Storage Performance Development Kit (SPDK), which might allow software latency to approach the performance of modern solid-state storage.


Open-Source Hardware Designs – One step beyond commodity?

Open-Source Hardware Designs – One step beyond commodity?


Scality RING – Object Storage? Yes, but Software-Defined please!

Scality RING – Object Storage? Yes, but Software-Defined please!


What should we expect from the next generation storage?

What should we expect from the next generation storage?


Is Media & Entertainment the golden goose of Object Storage vendors?

Is Media & Entertainment the golden goose of Object Storage vendors?


Flying soon towards Storage Field Day 11!

Flying soon towards Storage Field Day 11!


Pure Storage Flashblade is now available!

Pure Storage Flashblade is now available!


Pure Storage’s FlashBlade – Against The Grain

Pure Storage’s FlashBlade – Against The Grain


Hedvig Deep Dive – Is software-defined the future of storage?

Hedvig Deep Dive – Is software-defined the future of storage?


Storage Administrators: an endangered species?

Storage Administrators: an endangered species?


Primary Data: a true Software-defined Storage platform?

Primary Data: a true Software-defined Storage platform?


Follow us live at Storage Field Day 10

Follow us live at Storage Field Day 10


Is Hedvig the solution to all our (storage) problems?

Is Hedvig the solution to all our (storage) problems?


If youre going to SFD10 be sure to wear microdrives in your hair

If you’re going to SFD10… be sure to wear microdrives in your hair


Cisco HyperFlex: Break-thru Or Me-too?

Cisco HyperFlex: Break-thru Or Me-too?