Two Different Approaches to Data Storage Analytics

In this post, Enrico Signoretti looks at different approaches to data storage analytics. This can have tremendous value for organizations of all sizes. Enrico specifically highlights the importance of ease of use and monitoring to get the most out of a solution. He thought Virtual Instruments excelled in that regard, based on their presentation at Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld US 2019.

VMware Entering the IT Infrastructure Composability Game

Enrico Signoretti found VMworld US 2019 to be full of fascinating announcements. It showed VMware making serious inroads into composability for virtualized servers, with the ability to now virtualize GPUs over the network. Enrico sees this working similar to how VMware treats NVMe storage resources in vSphere and VSAN. He doesn’t see this completely disrupting the current composable infrastructure market, but its an important step for VMware. Be sure to check out all the video from Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld US 2019 for all the technical deep dives on this!

Objects Stores and Load Balancers

We were fortunate enough to have Enrico Signoretti as a delegate at Tech Field Day Extra at Dell Technologies World this year. At the event, he got to hear from Kemp Technologies. They presented on their validated load balancing solution for ECS allowing the end user to get the most out of an object storage infrastructure while being assured end to end support. For Enrico, getting the most out of your object storage is a key consideration and load balancers are essential in this regard.

Voices in Data Storage – Episode 13: A Conversation With Liran Zvibel

In this episode of Voice in Data Storage, host Enrico Signoretti spoke with WekaIO CEO Liran Zvibel. They discussed the company’s high performance parallel file system as demoed at Storage Field Day this year, as well as Liran’s background working on IBM’s XIV Storage System.

I’ll Be Attending Dell Technologies World 2019

Enrico Signoretti is heading out to the desert to join us as a delegate for Tech Field Day Extra at Dell Technologies World. While Enrico will be keeping a close eye on any storage announcements, he’s also looking forward to some deep dives on cloud, infrastructure composability, and data management. Plus he’ll be seeing presentation from Big Switch, Kemp, and Liqid. As always, it’ll be a packed event, we can’t wait to see what Enrico’s takeaways are from it.

How Intel’s Newest Product Enhancements Could Redefine the Future of Infrastructure Design

Enrico Signoretti takes a look at the announcements from Intel’s Data-Centric Innovation Day, which he attended as part of the Tech Field Day Exclusive happening at the event. The debut of Intel’s Optane DC Persistent Memory DIMM has major implications many workloads in IT. Enrico gives some background how exactly Intel is implementing this and how he sees it shaping the industry going forward.

Voices in Data Storage – Episode 12: A Conversation With Bill Borsari

Enrico Signoretty recently published a new episode of the Voices in Data Storage podcast, talking to Datera’s Bill Borsari. They dig into a little background on the company, and how they bridge a gap between the traditional infrastructure requirements and the modern infrastructure requirements. It’s a great conversation with a fascinating approach to storage technology.

Data Center Optanization!

Tech Field Day Exclusive at Intel’s Data-Centric Innovation Day had a lot of innovative content. In this post, Enrico Signoretti discusses what Intel showed about their latest generation Optane which comes in a new form factor, Optane DC Persistent Memory DIMM. This works in conjunction with DDR4 DRAM DIMMs to provide much more density at a slightly slower speed. This trade off is easily worth it for Enrico as it puts the data much closer to the CPU. Any application that relies on large amounts of RAM will see a benefit. The only limitation is the hardware support from Intel, which will grow over time. Be sure to check out the full article for an even deeper dive into this new Optane implementation.

Voices in Data Storage – Episode 11: A Conversation With Renen Hallak

This episode of Voices in Data Storage features an interview with VAST Data founder and CEO Renen Hallak. Host Enrico Signoretti saw VAST Data during their Storage Field Day presentation last month, and was impressed by what he saw. The company set out to “redo” storage, offering Tier 1 performance without the accompanying price tag. They discuss how emerging technologies like QLC flash and storage class memory are at the core of their new architecture.

NetApp, Cloudier Than Ever

While attending Storage Field Day in February, Enrico Signoretti learned more about NetApp’s NDAS data protection software. It takes advantage of NetApp’s snapshot and mirroring technology to convert file data to objects stored in the cloud. He sees great potential for this approach, disrupting their own status quo.

Voices in Data Storage – Episode 10: A Conversation With Boyan Ivanov

Enrico Signoretti put out a new episode of the Voices in Data Storage podcast. This time around, he spoke with StorPool CEO Boyan Ivanov. They discussed how he got started in IT, his history before founding StorPool, and what he thinks about object storage, serverless, and more. Both were at Storage Field Day, be sure to check out the full video of StorPool’s presentation.

How IBM Is Rethinking Its Data Protection Line-Up

IBM made a return to Storage Field Day last month, updating the delegates on their data protection portfolio. Enrico Signoretti wrote up his thoughts. While IBM has rebranded some existing data protection solutions, their IBM Data Protection Plus is built from the ground up for modern solutions. A lack of feature parity with competitors is somewhat made up for by an aggressive development team and roadmap. For existing IBM customers, it should be a great way to modernize data protection using an existing vendor relationship.

Democratizing Data Management

Enrico Signoretti wrote up an excellent piece on how Cohesity and NetApp are approaching the data management market. He shared it on his blog, as well as the Gigaom link here.

Democratizing Data Management

At Storage Field Day last month, Enrico Signoretti got to hear a few different takes on what data management will look like in the future. He think Cohesity has had the right idea on the subject for a while, with the addition of an application marketplace making things even easier for customers. But NetApp really impressed by showing how SnapMirror replication to make copies of data in the cloud, making data easily accessible to lots of people in an organization. While NetApp’s product isn’t quite as mature as their vision, Enrico think both companies are doing a superb job with their data management strategies.

Voices in Data Storage – Episode 9: A Conversation With Stephen Foskett

In this episode of Voices in Data Storage, Enrico Signoretti interviewed Tech Field Day founder Stephen Foskett. Enrico has now seen the event from both a presenting company side, and as a delegate. The two talk about current trends in storage and go into detail about the Tech Field Day event series.

A Packed Field Day

Enrico Signoretti is no stranger to the Field Day family, and he’ll be attending his first event of the year with Storage Field Day next week in Silicon Valley. He’s looking forward to the mix of storage industry stalwarts and intriguing startups that will be presenting, and finding out just who the secret company is. Be sure to tune into the live stream to find out for yourself.

Voices in Data Storage – Episode 3: A Conversation with Leo Leung of Oracle

In this episode of Voices in Data Storage, Enrico Signoretti spoke with Leo Leung, Oracle’s Senior Director of Product & Strategy for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. They discussed how Oracle’s cloud offerings have really impressed, specifically their presentation at Tech Field Day earlier this year. This isn’t simply a play to have traditional Oracle legacy apps in the cloud, but a play to offer high performance instances for cloud native applications.

Disaster Recovery and Cyber Attacks

Enrico Signoretti doesn’t just think about fire, floods, and tornadoes when he considers IT disasters. But Enrico puts Cyber-Attacks in the same category. Luckily he saw an interesting presentation from Dell EMC’s Data Protection team at Tech Field Day this October. They showed how they use Data Domain appliances in conjunction with software from Index Engines to proactively detect anomalies. Enrico was impressed how this is independent from backup software, giving you a better chance to recover operations quickly.

From Storage to Data Virtualization

Enrico Signoretti got to see the launch of Hammerspace at Storage Field Day last month. It had a familiar ring to it, with former CTO of Primary Data, David Flynn, buying code from the now defunct company to start Hammerspace. The brilliance of the company comes down to one thing for Enrico, they obscure the issue of data gravity, allowing for virtualized views of virtualized data sets across clouds.

Oracle Cloud, Better Than You Might Think

Enrico Signoretti was like a lot of IT professionals when he heard about Oracle Cloud, looking at it with a healthy dose of skepticism. This came both from the competitive public cloud landscape, and past experiences with the company that weren’t exactly positive. But after hearing Oracle Cloud present at Tech Field Day earlier this month, he found the team had an exciting mix of humility and audacity. He outlines how Oracle is focusing on bare metal performance and “amazingly good” SLAs to offer a compelling service.