Storage Field Day 15 – Wrap-up and Link-o-rama

Dan Frith finishes up his posts from Storage Field Day with his usual “Link-o-rama”, containing his extensive series of posts, as well as sharing pieces from his fellow delegates. If you missed any of the event, make sure to checkout Dan’s reviews of the presentations.


Druva Announces Cloud Platform Enhancements | penguinpunk.net

Dan Frith takes a look at the Druva Cloud Platform. This provides data management as a service, allowing you to provide protection for all your assets within a single service and interface. Dan first saw the company at Tech Field Day Extra VMworld US in 2017, and is looking forward to getting reacquainted next week when they present at Cloud Field Day.


Hedvig’s Evolution

When he first saw Hedvig in 2016, Dan Frith already thought they had a good story around scalable, software-defined storage. After seeing them again at Storage Field Day this month, he found increased maturity around their interface and data protection features. Instead of having to drop into the CLI, all tasks during the presentation were easily handled in their GUI. He thinks the improvements shown demonstrate a company that listens to the needs of their customers.


Datrium Cloud DVX – Not Your Father’s Cloud Data Protection Solution

Datrium presented at their second Storage Field Day, providing details on their Cloud DVX solution. Dan Frith wrote up his thoughts on it, and whether it lives up to Datrium’s claim of being “Cloud Backup Done Right”. Compared to a lot of “cloud-ready” data protection solution, Dan found Cloud DVX to be an “elegant solution”, with a lot of efficiency that should be very appealing to Datrium customers.


Huawei – Probably Not What You Expected

Huawei opened a lot of eyes with their Storage Field Day presentation last week, including delegate Dan Frith’s. He wasn’t familiar with the company’s storage products prior to the presentation, but learned them make their own SSDs and storage controller chips, getting started in flash production in 2005. He found their storage arrays have all the features considered table stakes in a modern array, but ensuring that data integrity and protection options are really built out and robust. Dan was also impressed by the company’s 3:1 deduplication guarantee.


Come And Splash Around In NetApp’s Data Lake

Dan Frith heard from NetApp at Storage Field Day earlier this month. While no stranger to the company, Dan got to hear something relatively new from the company. Senior Technical Director Santosh Rao overviewed some of the big data platform challenges that the company is looking to address. Overall Dan thinks NetApp has a lot of tools at their disposal and a comprehensive vision to address the data market, seeing the company in a “good place”.


Western Digital – The A Is For Active, The S Is For Scale

At Storage Field Day, Western Digital presented. The delegates got to hear from both their Tegile and HGST divisions. Dan Frith highlights what he saw about ActiveScale, HGST’s scalable object system. Coupled with cloud management features, Dan thinks it’s a “solid platform”.


Cohesity Understands The Value Of What Lies Beneath

Cohesity presented at Storage Field Day earlier this month, and showed off their approach to unified secondary storage infrastructure. In this piece, Dan Frith looks at how the company doesn’t look at secondary storage as fragmented chaos, but rather an opportunity to modernize around this unstructured data. Dan reviews how they differentiate from their competitors, and how they are much more than a simple storage target for data protection.


WekaIO – Not The Matrix You’re Thinking Of

Dan Frith turns his gaze here to WekaIO a presenter at Storage Field Day earlier this month. While not the first time seeing their file system, Dan was nonetheless impressed with the purported performance and data services offering. While not a one size fits all solution, Dan thinks its a good option for those needing performance focused, massively parallel, scale-out storage solution with the ability to combine NVMe and S3.


StarWind VTL? What? Yes, And It’s Great!

At Storage Field Day, StarWind presented on using Virtual Tape Libraries to backup to object storage. For Dan Frith this makes a compelling case for SMBs who aren’t in a position to rearchitect their data protection, but want to modernize their backup targets.


Cohesity Basics – Auto Protect

There was a lot to digest from Cohesity’s Storage Field Day presentation. Dan Frith highlights their Auto Protect feature, which allows you to add a source and have Cohesity automatically protect all of the VMs in a folder or cluster, including any new VMs added to that source. Dan found it a great feature, although he wished it was turned on by default.


Dropbox – It’s Scale Jim, But Not As We Know It

Dropbox’s recent presentation at Storage Field Day certainly left an impression with the delegates, and Dan Frith is no exception. The company reviewed their Magic Pocket architecture, which enabled them to move infrastructure back on-premises from the public cloud. For Dan, the big takeaway here is that this was an innovative solution for Dropbox, but the level of investment and development is definitely not for every organization with massive scalable storage needs.


IBM Spectrum Protect Plus Has A Nice Focus On Modern Data Protection

At Storage Field Day, IBM presented on their SpectrumProtect Plus, their “SLA-based data protection”. Dan Frith breaks down what this means, essentially it’s software that supports the ability to meet SLAs through configuration-level service level objectives. While Dan may take issue that this isn’t really “SLA-based”, he thinks it shows that IBM is working to provide modern data protection solutions for their customers.


Storage Field Day 15 – (Fairly) Full Disclosure

We always appreciate it when Dan Frith hops on a plane to travel around the world to attend Storage Field Day. He was at our event last week, and declared it a “great trip.” Make sure to catch up on all our video of the presentations if you missed any of the sessions Dan sat in on. In this post, Dan discloses anything he received at the event.


Storage Field Day 15 – Day 0

Dan Frith crossed the world from his native Australia to join Storage Field Day this week in Silicon Valley. Be sure to follow Dan’s blog and twitter while you’re watching the live stream, and join in the conversation with #SFD15.


Storage Field Day – I’ll Be At Storage Field Day 15

Dan Frith will be traveling from Australia into the land of yesterday to attend Storage Field Day in Silicon Valley next month. The event has a good mix of new and familiar companies for Dan. He’s sure to have up some quality coverage soon after the event, stay tuned!


E8 Storage Announces Software-only Offering

Dan Frith heard from E8 Storage at Storage Field Day last year. The company recently announced an exciting new feature, the launch of E8 Storage Software that can run across a range of qualified commodity hardware. This lets you connect up to 96 host servers to a single E8 Storage Controller. While E8 has no plans to exit the hardware market, Dan thinks the shift to embrace a more software centric approach is indicative of larger industry trends.


Cloudian Announces HyperFile, Makes Object Better

If you’re interested in 840TB of object storage in 4RU with strict S3 compliance, than Cloudian’s new HyperStore 4000 appliance might be for you. Dan Frith got a look at it at Storage Field Day last month. He found the addition of “converged access” makes it interesting for anyone that needs support for file and object storage in the data center.


Elastifile Add More Elasticity To Their Offering

After seeing them at Storage Field Day earlier this year, Dan Frith shares his experience with recent updates from Elastifile. The company offers a Cross-cloud Data Fabric to solve the typical data management problems of hybrid-cloud deployments. Dan found the solution flexible, with notable features like encryption at rest coming soon.


Primary Data – Seeing the Future

As 2017 comes to a close, there’s the inevitable glut of predictions as to what’s in store for the next year. IT is no exception to this, and Dan Frith entertains some from Primary Data. Dan saw the company present at Storage Field Day earlier this year, and looks at their predictions for what 2018 will bring for software-defined storage and HCI.