Impact from Public Cloud on the storage industry – An insight from SNIA at #SFD12

SNIA, the Storage Networking Industry Association, presented at Storage Field Day last month, discussing the impact of the public cloud on the overall storage industry. These hyperscale companies operate differently, they buy storage in bulk, but not from traditional enterprise storage companies like Dell EMC or NetApp. Instead, they buy disk directly from manufacturer, often at extremely large scale. Chan Ekanayake thinks that while this will prove to be disruptive for traditional storage companies, overall it will push innovation and be better in the end for customers.

Intel Storage Futures From #SFD12

Chan Ekanayake shares his thoughts from Intel’s presentation at Storage Field Day earlier in March. He focuses in on Intel’s Storage Performance Development Kit, and how SPDK will impact enterprise storage. It’s an open sources replacement for a lot of the storage functions of the Linux kernel, which allows for much lower latency, and nearly linear scaling of NVMe drive performance.

Excelero – The Latest Software Defined Storage Startup

Chan Ekanayake wrote up a highly detailed piece about what he saw from Excelero, who came out of stealth at Storage Field Day last week. He starts out by outlining the state of non-flash storage in the enterprise, which he sees as both consolidating with fewer players and embracing NVMe as the focus for innovation in the near future. This leads into his dicussion of Excelero, who is coming out of the gate with a true scale-out SAN solution. Chan outlines how they are able to get a ton of IOPs our of relatively modest hardware, all while keeping 0% load on the target CPU. Chan was definitely impressed, stating Excelero is “probably one of the best if not the best solution of its kind available in the market right now”. For use cases and technical details of how it all works, make sure to check out the rest of Chan’s piece.

Storage Field Day (#SFD12) – Presenting Companies

Chanaka Ekanayake is going to his first Storage Field Day, and he’s excited by the list of presenting companies. We hope he’s enjoying the event. Remember that you can watch along with Chan right here, we’ll have live streams of all presentations.

Storage Field Day (#SFD12) – A quick intro!

Chan Ekanayake is ready to come out to Silicon Valley for Storage Field Day! We’re excited to have him along as a first time delegate. He’ll be hearing from some of the most interesting companies in storage today. Remember to check back for live coverage all throughout the event, March 8-10!

Chan Ekanayake

Technology Practice Manager – DC & AWS