Storage Field Day 17 – Wrap-up and Link-o-rama

It’s always great to have Dan Frith as a delegate for Storage Field Day. In this post, Dan puts together a list of all of his and other delegate coverage from the event. It’s an impressive amount of quality coverage. As more rolls in, be sure to check back at the Storage Field Day event page for a comprehensive list.


StarWind Continues To Do It Their Way

Dan Frith heard a presentation from StarWind at Storage Field Day last month. He likes the company because they look to innovate to solve everyday storage problems in the enterprise. In this presentation, they focused on NVMe over Fabrics, looking at their developments of NVMe SPDK for Windows Server, and a NVMe initiator for CentOS.


Intel’s Form Factor Is A Factor

Dan Frith got to see Intel’s Optane team present at Storage Field Day last month. At their presentation, the company explained why they are iterating on storage form factors, including their recently released “ruler” drives. These are designed to solve density and temperature issues, allowjng for more storage in a given rack size.


EP10 – Computational Storage: A Paradigm Shift In The Storage Industry with Scott Shadley and NGD Systems

On the latest episode of the TECHunplugged Podcast, hosts Max Mortillaro and Arjan Timmerman discussed computational storage with Scott Shadley of NGD Systems. This followed NGD Systems’ presentation on the subject at Storage Field Day last month.


NGD Systems from #SFD17

Aaron Strong got a look at how NGD System’s computational storage solutions hope to deal with the coming deluge of large data sets. At Storage Field Day, they showed how putting ARM CPUs directly on the storage layer, combined with their In-Situ suite to expose the compute, can help offload and distribute workloads, saving latency and energy.


Komprise: Data Management Made Easy

Max Mortillaro considers that while data management and secondary storage are big concerns in modern IT, they are far from a solved problem. At Storage Field Day last month, he heard a presentation from Komprise, which seeks to bring a real world focus to data management. Max outlines how they can help slay the serpent de mer traditionally associated with data management.


NGD Systems Help Make Cat Searches Go Faster with Better Results at SFD17

NGD Systems’ computational storage solution certainly left an impression on the Storage Field Day delegates, including Jeffrey Powers. In his post on their presentation, it looks at how moving compute to the storage layer provides for better scaling and can be useful for complex application workloads.


NGD Systems Are On The Edge Of Glory

Dan Frith got to see NGD Systems at Storage Field Day last month. In this post, he writes up his thoughts about how NGD is approaching the problem of edge computing. Their approach isn’t simply to move the compute layer to a remote location, but rather to move compute directly onto the storage layer. This provides a cheaper alternative than moving the data to a central location, with massive latency and parallelism benefits as well. You don’t have to be “Gaga” to see the benefits in that.


The Rise of Computational Storage

At Storage Field Day last month, Max Mortillaro got a deep dive into one of the emergent companies in the computational storage space, NGD Systems. They seek to move away from traditional Von Neumann architecture and process data directly on the storage layer. Each NGD System drive is equipped with an ARM processor, RAM, and an ASIC for processing specific data sets. In their testing, NGD was able to reduce the number of servers needed for a given workload to 25% when using their computational storage solution. Make sure you check out Max’s TECHunplugged Industry Insights research paper on computational storage for a more comprehensive deep dive.


Starwind NVMe Over Fabrics for SMB and ROBO at SFD17

Jeffrey Powers heard from StarWinds at Storage Field Day last month, and got up to speed with what the company is doing with NVMe-oF. The presented on their new NVMe process on Windows Server, and the company’s Storage Performance Development Kit driver for Windows. Make sure to check out the full video of their presentation for more details.


Tech Stand Up Episode 9 – SFD17 – Initial thoughts NGD Systems Podcast

Luigi Danakos discusses his thoughts on the computational storage shown by NGD Systems at Storage Field Day on the most recent episode of the Tech Stand Up Podcast. Joining him are Joe Houghes and Howard Marks. They discuss how the devices network, scale, and what use cases can best use the tech.


Komprise Transforming Data Management with Disruption at SFD17

Jeff Powers shares his thoughts on Komprise’s presentation at Storage Field Day last week. They provide a seamless way for organizations to deal with the flood of unstructured data, by providing policy-based controls to sort cold data quickly, using an architecture that provides a way to quickly move this data across tiers when needed.


I Need Something Like Komprise For My Garage

At Storage Field Day, Dan Frith heard from Komprise, and how they are helping organizations manage the deluge of unstructured data. Using advanced policy-based management, Komprise is able to identify cold data and redirect it before it hit advanced data workflows or data protection schemes best used for hot data. Dan just wishes now he had something similar to deal with his storage problems in his garage at home.


Screaming IOP performance with StarWind’s new NVMeoF software & Optane SSDs

It’s pretty impressive when a Storage Field Day presentation can get Ray Lucchesi thinking about building a super computer. But that’s just what happened after seeing the impressive performance from StarWind NVMeoF initiator on CentOS and Windows Server. Using just 2-core in a Hyper-V environment, StarWind was able to achieve bare metal storage performance on Optane, getting ~551K 4K random write IOP performance at the 0.6msec RT and 2.26 GB/sec level. Not surprising that Ray called StarWind an “amazing company.”


The era of composable storage infrastructures is coming

After seeing StarWind present on their NVMe-oF solutions, Enrico Signoretti thinks that it’s time to declare the SAN officially dead. The ability of NVMe-oF to access remote storage the same way as local storage opens the door to borrowing storage resources from other servers across the datacenter and building your virtual storage array. For Enrico, what StarWind presented is the start of the age of Composable Storage Infrastructure.


Komprise Systems Overview from #SFD17

At Storage Field Day last week, Aaron Strong and the other delegates got a deep dive from Komprise. In this piece, he gives an overview of what he saw. For Aaron, Komprise’s solution reminded him of Windows Quota “on steroids.” It allows you to get a handle on your unstructured data, and move it safely and economically.


Secondary storage is the new primary

Enrico Signoretti sees IT as a whole suddenly recognizing the importance of secondary storage in their environment. As primary storage, centered around structured data, has largely become commidified, having high capacity but low quality object stores for secondary storage is becoming inadequate. This is especially true given the growth rate of unstructured data, which become even more of a problem as regulatory requirements increase. Enrico things a company like Komprise, which he saw at Storage Field Day last week, is the result of recognizing the importance of secondary storage. Komprise uses both analytics and user generated policy to do stretegic data planning, manage migration, move data to cheaper storage tiers when appropriate, and more.


Tech Stand UP Episode 8 – SFD17 – Initial Thoughts on Komprise Podcast

On the latest Tech Stand UP episode, Luigi Danakos, Aaron Strong, and Joe Houghes discuss what they saw from Komprise at Storage Field Day last week. They discuss how Komprise’s Observer can be a tool to help users and businesses stay in compliance in a post-GDPR world.


Storage Field Day 17 – (Fairly) Full Disclosure

Having Dan Frith along as a delegate for a Field Day event means two things. He’s written a steady stream of posts giving detailed and insightful looks at the presenting companies. But he’s also written his regular disclosure/event journal about things he did outside of the event presentation themselves. We’ve come to expect this kind of rigor from Mr. Frith. He does not disappoint here.


Storage Field Day 17 – Day 0

Dan Frith is coming back out to Silicon Valley for another Storage Field Day experience. This is Dan’s eighth Storage Field Day, and we always appreciate him crossing an ocean to attend. Make sure to follow along with the presentation on our live stream, and engage with Dan and the other delegates using #SFD17.