Dell EMC PowerStore X and the Edge

Ray Lucchesi attended the Dell exclusive Tech Field Day event this past summer and couldn’t figure out why it struck a nerve in him until now! He was very interested in the presentation’s Dell gave on PowerStore X appliances and AppsON technologies. Want to read more from Ray, check out his thoughts here!


CTERA, Cloud NAS on Steroids

The GreyBeard himself, Ray Lucchesi, breaks down the Storage Field Day presentation of CTERA, which he attended as a delegate. He describes their cloud NAS service, which he believes is akin to other cloud NAS offerings, except on steroids. Read the entire post to learn more, and watch CTERA’s performance for all of their product overview.


Kasten, Kafka & the Quest to Protect Data

Ray Lucchesi, delegate at June’s Cloud Field Day, details his experience at the event, and his takeaways from the presentation by Kasten by Veaam. He hones in on how the product can be used to backup Apache Kafka instances, diving into deep technical detail about his takeaways. Watch the presentation from Kasten by Veeam to learn the basis behind Lucchesi’s breakdown.


New Era of Graphical AI Is Near

This post by one of the GreyBeards himself, Ray Luchessi, describes how Intel is changing the game when it comes to AI-driven graphs. Lucchesi experienced Intel’s presentation from May’s AI Field Day event firsthand as a delegate, and has some strong opinions regarding their Katana AI product. Read all about them here, and watch the associated AI Field Day presentation for more technical information from Intel.


118: GreyBeards Talks Cloud-Native Object Storage With Greg DiFraia, Scality and Stephen Bacon, HPE

In one of the latest GreyBeards On Storage Podcasts, Ray Lucchesi and Keith Townsend talk with HPE’s Stephen Bacon and Scality’s Greg DiFraia to talk about their joint partnership to release ARTESCA: a new cloud native object storage solution. The Scality-HPE solution ARTESCA was announced at a Tech Field Day Exclusive event last month where Ray was a delegate. On the podcast they discuss the direction of the IT world, edge solutions, and of course ARTESCA! Head over to the GreyBeards On Storage page to listen to the full, enlightening conversation


115-GreyBeards Talk Database Acceleration With Moshe Twitto, CTO&Co-founder, Pliops

Earlier this year, Ray Lucchesi had the opportunity to join us as a delegate at Storage Field Day and got to learn about Pliops at the event. In this episode of the Greybeards on Storage podcast, they are joined by Moshe Twitto, CTO and Co-Founder at Pliops, to discuss Pliops’ technology. To learn more and listen to the full conversation, check out this episode!


Storageless Data!?

At Storage Field Day in January, Ray Lucchesi had the opportunity to join us as a delegate and see Hammerspace’s presentation. At the event, Hammerspace showcased its vision for storageless data. In this blog, Ray explains, “Essentially, Hammerspace creates a global file system for your data, across any locations you wish to use it, with great caching, optimized data transfer and with real storage behind it.” For more of Ray’s thoughts on Hammerspace and storageless data, check out his blog!


Data Science Storage With NetApp’s Python Toolkit

At Storage Field Day in January, Ray Lucchesi had the opportunity to join us as a delegate and see NetApp’s presentation on its NetApp Data Science Toolkit. On his blog, Ray focuses on the Python SDK to manage NetApp storage for data scientists and AI researchers. He was impressed by this concept, as he comments: “I’m not a data science expert but a Python SDK for storage management just makes so much sense to me I just had to take a look.” For more of Ray’s analysis, check out his blog!


The Rise of MinIO Object Storage

Ray Lucchesi saw MinIO present at Storage Field Day in January and thought they had a great session. In a post on his Ray on Storage blog, Ray details the advantages of the open source nature of their products as well as the MinIO Subscription Network “SubNet.” Check out his full post on his blog or watch the MinIO presentations on the Tech Field Day website!


Is Hardware Innovation Accelerating – Hardware vs. Software Innovation (Round 6)

As he looks at the IT Industry, Ray Lucchesi sees something changing. As a delegate at the first ever AI Field Day late last year, he got to see several sponsors present on their latest innovations in the field. In an ongoing segment on his blog, RayOnStorage, Ray looks at the differences between hardware and software innovation. As part of his post, he considers some of the incredible progress being made in hardware like neuromorphic chips, including those that Ray saw BrainChip present on. Ray writes that Intel is also helping to push the hardware innovation forward with their work. Be sure to check out Ray’s full analysis, as well as BrainChip and Intel’s presentations from AI Field Day on our website!


Ok, Maybe Neuromorphic Chips Aren’t a Deadend

AI Field Day delegate Ray Lucchesi had previously pronounced neuromorphic chips “dead” because of how complex they were to program and use. Well, AI Field Day presenter BrainChip might have proven Ray wrong. On the “Ray On Storage Blog”, Ray writes that BrainChip impressed the delegate panel with both their software stack and hardware and might have just proved that neuromorphic chips aren’t a dead end after all. Check out Ray’s post as well as the BrainChip presentations at AI Field day on our website!


106: Greybeards Talk Intel’s New HPC File System With Kelsey Prantis, Senior Software Eng. Manager, Intel

At Storage Field Day, delegate Ray Lucchesi had the opportunity to see Intel present on their new Optane Persistent Memory (PMEM) technology. In the latest episode of his podcast, GreyBeards On Storage, he talks with Intel’s Senior Software Engineering Manager Kelsey Prantis about Intel’s DAOS (Distributed Architecture Object Storage), a new HPC (high performance computing) file system. Ray writes that “DAOS represents the birth of a new generation of HPC storage.” Check out Ray’s GreyBeards On Storage podcast to hear their informative conversation!


Storage That Provides 100% Performance at 99% Full

When Ray Lucchesi heard Qumulo at Storage Field Day claim they could provide 100% performance even at 99% storage capacity, he was doubtful. After all, most storage systems drop significantly in performance while being at much lower storage usage. However, as he details in his latest post, Qumolo pulls it off! Ray writes that by stopping the “garbage collection” Qumulo is able to reach incredible performance even while at high storage capacity.


Can We Back Up a PB?

In this post, Ray Lucchesi considers the conundrum of backing up a petabyte, something that conventional IT would say isn’t feasible. This would require scanning the numerous file systems within that PB, daily scanning the hundred of TB changes, then transferring all of that to the backup storage. Instead, organizations rely on costly replication to protect against outages. At Cloud Field Day, Ray heard how Igenous is doing this scale of backup today, using a unique engine to scan and index PB scale data repositories, while still providing admins visibility into what is backed up. Be sure to check out Ray’s post and Igneous’ entire presentation on our YouTube channel.


097: GreyBeards Talk Open Source S3 Object Store With AB Periasamy, CEO MinIO

Keith Townsend and Ray Lucchesi published an interview with MinIO CEO Anand Babu Periasamy. Ray got to hear from him and the rest of the MinIO team recently at Storage Field Day. MinIO offers a fully open source AWS S3 compatible object store that you can run anywhere, something particularly timely as more organizations turn to them. This allows customers to turn away from costly cloud object stores, and deploy in their own data centers for better economics at scale. They discuss how the company is developing features to match Amazon S3, and dig into the tech in the interview.


Gaming Is Driving Storage Innovation at WDC

Western Digital has long been a stalwart in the storage industry, designing storage media and innovating in that space for decades. At Storage Field Day, the provided updates on how a lot of their designs are catering toward hyperscale companies, or how the emergence of 5G will ramp up the need for faster performance with streaming video. But for Ray Lucchesi, what stood out in the session was how gaming was increasingly driving innovation with Western Digital. As a result of high performance needs, both of gamers to play games and for services that host them, WD detailed innovations with their WD Black line, which includes HDD, but is increasingly featuring SSDs. The showed how they are catering these drives to the unique requirements and environment found in gaming PCs.


Pure Storage Announces New DirectMemory (SCM), FlashArray//C, & Other Enhancements at //Accelerate

At Pure Accelerate, Pure Storage announced the DirectMemory was coming to FlashArray//X, as well as the general availability of Cloud Block Store. In this post, Ray Lucchesi breaks down the details and the importance of these two announcements.


BONUS: The Origins of Tech Field Day – the On-Premise IT Roundtable

In this bonus episode of the On-Premise IT Roundtable, we’re joining Stephen Foskett as he talks with some of the original delegates and inspirations for the Tech Field Day event series. They discuss the event that gave Stephen the initial idea, a fortuitous plane ride, how the first Tech Field Day event went, where the idea for the live stream started and more.


91: Keith and Ray Show at CommvaultGO 2019

In this podcast, Ray Lucchesi and Keith Townsend give their impressions of Tech Field Day Exclusive at Commvault GO 2019. The event was their first chance to talk to Commvault’s new CEO Sanjay Mirchandani. They also got to hear about Commvault Metallic, get details about what the company will do with the Hedvig acquisition, and more.


89: Keith & Ray Show at Pure//Accelerate 2019

On this episode of the GreyBeardsOnStorage Podcast, Keith Townsend and Ray Lucchesi look at the major announcements from Pure Accelerate. They got a lot of in-depth technical presentations as part of the Storage Field Day Exclusive at the event, and they dig into the implications of DirectMemory, FlashArray//C, CloudBlockStore, and more.