Datrium Technology Update

Pietro Piutti was impressed by the fresh and unique approach of Datrium at Tech Field Day in May. Now he is looking at their two major technology updates. The first of these announcements is that Datrium will be extending its support beyond VMware. By doing so, Datrium positions themselves as the one single converged platform that can serve vSphere, RHV/oVirt, and Docker workloads. The second and arguably bigger announcement is Split Provisioning, the possibility independently to scale Compute Nodes (up to 128) and Data Nodes (up to 10). These two milestones represent a huge advancement allowing customers to deploy multi-hypervisor infrastructures with different size options, from a small “one-rack” deployment up to a large one for Service Providers use cases.


#TFD14 Recap – Datrium: not the HCI solution you’d expect

According to Pietro Piutti, HCI has certainly eased some of the traditional pain points of virtualization, ease of deployment and scalability, but with some tradeoffs. The interdependency of HCI nodes effectively makes takes away their stateless nature, as is the can in a more traditional SAN based model. Datrium’s DVX solution solves this by differentiating data and compute nodes, which reduce east-west chatter and returns servers to statelessness. Make sure to check out Pietro’s post for a technical deep dive.


#TFD14 Recap – ClearSky wants to move your SAN to the Cloud

Pietro Piutti took a look at what ClearSky Data presented about at Tech Field Day this month. They propose to use an edge flash cache appliance attached to their Global Storage Network to allow organizations to shift primary storage to the cloud and simplifying DR and backup. Pietro digs into the technical details, and the current geographical scope of the company where their solution can be deployed.


#TFD14 Recap – NetApp Open Ecosystem

Pietro Piutti looks at what NetApp presented at Tech Field Day. The presentation focused squarely on the company’s open source initiatives. These open source projects are organized around what NetApp is calling The Pub. Pietro sees this move to open source as beneficial to everyone. Code that NetApp is contributing toward Kubernetes or Docker is accessible to anyone, and NetApp benefits by making storage more easily consumed and customized for specific uses by developers.


#TFD14 Recap – Turbonomic: New UI, Clouds and Containers

Pietro Piutti came away impressed from Turbonomic’s Tech Field Day presentation. They showed their application assurance platform. Pietro was intrigued how this not only monitored infrastructure, but had a constant focus on looking at all components that effect application performance. This includes looking at how infrastructure and workload changes would effect the system before deploying, as well as a built in tool to show the costs of keeping apps on-premises versus moving them to the cloud.


#TFD14 Preview – Datrium

Pietro Piutti will cross the Atlantic to join us at Tech Field Day in Boston this week. In his last preview post, he takes a look at Datrium. He describes what he found research DVX, their take on the converged data center problem. They use discrete data and compute nodes, combined with a Hyperdriver software component, to cluster total IOPS capacity within the system, rather than have competition for system resources on the fly. Pietro sees this as an interesting take on HCI, saying “even if the ingredients are familiar, the recipe is different and the serving looks yummy!” He’s get the full entree at Tech Field Day. Make sure to get your own serving by watching along on our live stream!


#TFD14 Preview – Turbonomic

Pietro Piutti is anxious to learn more about Turbonomic. He doesn’t have experience with their solution, but is intrigued with their “desired state” concept for VM infrastructure. Best of all, this isn’t locked in to a single hypervisor, it works cross platform. Pietro sees this as a major advantage and can’t wait to learn more at Tech Field Day next week!


#TFD14 Preview – ClearSky Data

Before Pietro Piutti comes to his first Tech Field Day event, he’s writing up some presenting company previews. His first centers around ClearSky Data. The company provides cloud storage, but uses distributed points of presence as another caching layer between on-site storage and the cloud. Their 2U all-flash appliance works for hot data, which is then gradually moved further up the “cloud cache” as it needs to be accessed less and less. It’s an interesting approach and Pietro is definitely interested in learning more.


Nimble Storage at Tech Field Day Extra (VMworld 2016)

Nimble Storage at Tech Field Day Extra (VMworld 2016)


Paessler PRTG Overview at Tech Field Day Extra (VMworld Europe 2016)

Paessler PRTG Overview at Tech Field Day Extra (VMworld Europe 2016)


Pietro Piutti

50% Analog, 50% Digital Systems Administrator by day, Homelabber and vCommunity agitator by night Former CTERA SE, VMware Italy PSO Alumnus, currently saving the world one VM at a time VMUG Italy Leader, vEXPERT, PernixPRO, lazy blogger at http://blog.vgeek.it Dreaming of an IT world without operational siloes and egos SDE – Sofware Define Everything! One […]