Pure Accelerate 2019: What I’m Hoping to See

Matthew Leib is a delegate at Storage Field Day Exclusive at Pure Accelerate 2019 in Austin, TX. In this post, he shares his thoughts about what he wants to see at the event. Follow Matthew’s series to learn more about Storage Field Day.


Pure Accelerate 2019: What I’m Hoping to See

Matthew Leib will be a delegate at Storage Field Day Exclusive at Pure Accelerate 2019 in Austin, TX. In this post, he shares his thoughts as he anticipates the event. Follow Matthew’s series on Gestalt IT to learn more about Storage Field Day.


HyperConverged for Containers? Cool Concept!

While at Cisco Live US 2019, Matt Leib attended a few Tech Field Day Extra presentations. One was from Cisco, where they highlighted HyperFlex product using Kubernetes and the Anthos management platform. For Matt, the dream of true multi-cloud, with the ability to move actual containers from location to location, requires a proper management layer. This is what Anthos offers to users. He still has some questions about the approach, but HCI for containers certainly has a nice ring to it.


Cohesity: More on the Real Value of Data

For Matt Leib, backup is key to any business’s success, but only a part of it. Just as key for a business is the ability to recover data quickly and accurately. What’s caused secondary storage solutions, like Cohesity offers, to explode over the past few years is the ability to leverage backup data with analytics. At Storage Field Day, Cohesity showed a new wrinkle, now offering an App Store to easily link suites of applications together. This can greatly speed deployment across a variety of hardware. For Matt, it’s a sign of maturity for the secondary storage market, and a key differentiator for Cohesity.


Optane – the Coolest Thing Since Sliced Bread

Intel Optane finally came into its own when Intel introduced it in a memory DIMM format at their Data-Centric Innovation Day. Matt Leib was there as a delegate for Tech Field Day Exclusive at the event. The idea of putting 4.5Tb of NVRam per memory socket into a server opens up a whole new world of possibilities for the industry. Matt is really excited for the implications as this tech makes its way into the data center.


Tech Field Day Exclusive at Intel’s Data-Centric Innovation Day

Matt Leib is looking forward to hearing from Intel at their Data-Centric Innovation Day. Although the content will be a surprise, he expects that it will be quite interesting!


Weka.IO and My First Official Briefing

Before hearing WekaIO’s presentation at Storage Field Day last month, Matt Leib was well aware of the company. After hearing them on numerous podcasts and researching them independently, he’d been impressed. Parallel file systems can be perilous, but Matt found that WekaIO offers the resiliency, scalability, and ease of deployment that so many ersatz competitors lack. After seeing an architectural deep dive and demo at the event, Matt is now even more convinced about their solution.


Dual Actuator Drives: An Interesting Trend

Matt Leib had written off spinning disks as a storage media that didn’t have much of a future. That changed after seeing Western Digital present at Storage Field Day last month. They previewed a tech demo for a dual-actuator drive, which would offer double the read IOPS in a single drive. This could provide a new way to increase performance in a space that had previously only had more density to offer. Matt found it a really exciting possibility.


#SFD18 Introduces Us to VAST Data

Matt Leib digs into the public launch of VAST Data, which happened during their Storage Field Day presentation last month. The developed their Universal File System based on the belief that all data across storage tiers can be handled by their single architectural environment. Part of this is done by aggressively using Intel Optane as a write cache for metadata, complimented by JBOF NVMe connected by ethernet or Infiniband to server environments. By disaggregating storage from compute, the company also adds scale beyond the rack to the equation as well. For Matt, it was an impressive debut.


Achieving a New Level for Data Storage and Cloud Fluidity

Matt Leib has seen Pure Storage at a few Field Day events. In this post, he builds off the previous discussions the company had around NVMe to illustrate how the companies forward thinking approach to an all-NVMe portfolio enables greater density at the scale required for the largest enterprises.


Podcast #3 – Chris & Matt Review the SFD18 Presenters

In this podcast episode, Chris Evan and Matt Leib did an off the cuff rundown of the Storage Field Day presenters. The event was jam packed with interesting IT companies, and the two do a great job of running through what stood out from Cohesity, Datera, IBM, NetApp, StorPool, VAST Data WekaIO and Western Digital.


I Am So Looking Forward to #SFD18

Matt Leib is no stranger to a Field Day event, and we’re thrilled to have him returning for Storage Field Day to close out February. This will be his twelfth appearance dating back to 2015. While he always finds the content to be extremely informative and vital for staying up to date with the latest industry advances, the community around the event has become a surrogate family for Matt. We couldn’t agree more, be sure to tune into the Storage Field Day live stream and join the family, even if remotely.


What is HCI and really, does it matter?

After attending Tech Field Day Extra at NetApp Insight 2018, Matt Leib has a question. What should HCI stand for, hyperconverged, or hybrid cloud infrastructure. At the event, Matt got to hear from NetApp’s Gabriel Chapman about where and what HCI is actually being used for in the enterprise. Matt found Gabe’s argument that the “traditional” HCI definition isn’t really relevant in today’s enterprise. You can watch the full video of NetApp’s discussion on their appearance page from the event.


NetApp’s Max Data at #NetAppInsight and #TFDx

At Tech Field Day Extra at NetApp Insight 2018, Matt Leib got to see the launch of NetApp Max Data. In this post, he traces the technology back to NetApp’s acquisition of Plexistor, who who saw at a Storage Field Day event back in 2016. This uses an embedded tiering architecture to allow onboard memory to hold entire databases. Matt likes that the architecture easily allows for expansion into newer “near” memory bus architectures, allowing for growth over time. For him, it’s just more evidance that today’s NetApp is far more than just a “Filer” company.


Copy Data Management has a new player

Matt Leib got to get an inside look at Dell EMC’s new IDPA and DPS offerings. This opportunity gave deep insight into the Data Protection Appliance market, making it all that more interesting. Matt found his Tech Field Day delegate experience to be vital in cutting through company FUD. Even after all that, he still found what Dell EMC is doing to be impressive.


RuneCast presents @ #TFDx VMworld 2018

It’s always a pleasure to have Matt Leib at an event, and we most recently had him attend a Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld presentation from Runecast. He got a deep dive on Runecast analyzer, which is easy to install and connect into vCenter, providing analysis of authorized sources, while still keeping within compliance guidelines.


Cloud Proximate Data Storage

Matt Leib talks about what he calls Cloud Proximate Data Storage, where major storage vendors leverage locationally close datacenters to mitigate the cost of moving data. Matt goes on to discuss the solutions presented at Storage Field Day 16 as well as PureAccelerate such as Infinidat’s Neutrix, products from PureStorage, and HPE’s Cloud Volumes/CloudBank.


Infinidat, and #SFD16 – Data Is the New Currency

Matt Leib covers the technology behind Infinidat discussed at their Storage Field Day 16 presentation. He also covers another proximate data architecture from Infinidat called Neutrix, which he hopes could mitigate a lot of the problems inherent in storing data on major cloud providers.


NetApp Addresses key Analytics to the #SFD16 audience

Matt Leib recalls NetApp’s presentation about OnCommand Insight from Storage Field Day 16. Matt sees OCI as a very interesting approach toward the monitoring and troubleshooting of NetApp environments. He also praises OCI’s full integration with ServiceNow, on the CMDB, as well as chargeback, orchestration, and ticketing made possible by a fully programmable Restful API.


Nasuni presents at #SFD16

Nasuni presented at Storage Field Day last week. Matt Leib thinks the company hasn’t strayed too far from their roots as a “Big File Server,” and that’s a good thing. Offering a largely scalable, file-based services for the enterprise, with scalability based on namespace is more relevant than ever. Matt looks at their Universal File System, and how it enables many of the features he saw during the presentation.