Meeting the Storage Performance Requirements of AI and ML Workloads With WekaIO

Two of the most impressive technological advancements in recent years are Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML). But AI and ML workloads require vast amounts of storage and high-performance access from multiple servers. This is the ideal market for the WekaIO distributed storage solution, as demonstrated at Storage Field Day in February. It offers scale, performance, and compatibility with AI and ML workloads.


Why You Should Consider Software-Defined Storage in Your Data Center

Datacenter architectures must meet the changing needs of many applications, while also supporting demanding workloads today. Datera’s design focuses on data movement, to allow flexibility for growth as requirements change. It uses commodity hardware and machine learning to create an optimal and cost-effective storage platform for the modern datacenter. Stephen Foskett breaks down their approach based on Datera’s presentations at Storage Field Day and Tech Field Day.


IBM’s New Class of Data Protection: Upcycling of the IT World?

As discussed at Storage Field Day in February, the idea of reusing and repurposing stored data makes sense from both a business intelligence perspective and from a cyber-resiliency standpoint. IBM’s solution is based on a solid foundation with years of enterprise use, and enhances the snapshot capabilities already found in most enterprise storage systems. Stephen Foskett looks at how Spectrum Protect Plus really moves IBM’s data protection offering forward, “upcycling” data for the enterprise.


StorPool’s Strategy Rose to the Cloud—and Beyond!

Before buzzwords like “cloud” and “software-defined storage” (SDS) became part of our everyday vocabulary, software developers like Boyan Ivanov, Chief Executive and Co-Founder of StorPool Storage, already were hard at work devising ways to build extremely fast, reliable, and scalable storage solutions for public and private use cases. While the solution may not have had a fancy moniker, Stephen Foskett looks at what StorPool presented at Storage Field Day and how it aims to re-energize block storage, combining high-end storage area network (SAN) technology through software and the performance of local solid-state drive (SSD) storage.


Cohesity Looks to Exploit Secondary Data Value With MarketPlace

Since emerging as a secondary storage startup, Cohesity has continued to innovate in how to deliver the full value of data to their customers. In this post, Chris Evans looks at the latest implementation of that approach with Cohesity MarketPlace. This firmly moves the company into the data management sphere, with the ability to run AI/ML, analytics or other data-intensive applications on content stored in the Cohesity DataPlatform.


EP27 – VAST Data – a Revolutionary Storage Platform for the Next Decade – With Howard Marks

In this episode of the TECHunplugged Podcast, hosts Max Mortillaro and Arjan Timmerman talked with Howard Marks. While they once all joined forces behind the delegate table at Field Day events, Howard is now the Technologist Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary at VAST Data. VAST presented at Storage Field Day, and in the episode, they dive deep into how the company is bringing revolutionary flash economics to the market by combining 3D XPoint, NVMe-oF and QLC Flash.


Cloud-Native Data Protection

In this post, Chris Evans looks at cloud-native data protection. He breaks down why it makes sense for an organization, what some of the potential challenges are, and takes time to define what a cloud native solution should actually look like. He also looks the companies offering solutions in the space, including what Druva showed at Cloud Field Day last year, and solutions presented at Storage Field Day by NetApp.


The Hidden Gem That Is StorPool

Chris Evans knows his storage. After seeing StorPool present at Storage Field Day, he considers them a hidden gem. They offer a high-performance scale-out block storage solution running on commodity hardware and Linux. Using their self-developed on disk-formats, inter-node protocols and cluster management, StorPool was able to offer the same performance as Microsoft’s HCI specification, without the need for a costly NVDIMM cache or RDMA. Chris thinks they have a very interesting solution for the right customer.


Put All Your Data on Flash With VAST Data

Jon Klaus remembers when flash storage become affordable as a performance tier back in 2012. Since then, we’ve seen all-flash arrays becoming increasingly common, but the spinning disk remains for a variety of reasons. At Storage Field Day, VAST Data demoed how their novel architecture is designed to finally kill the spinning disk. They are able to do this by using cheap low endurance QLC flash, which doesn’t wear out quickly thanks to 3D Xpoint SSDs used as a write buffer. Jon runs through more fo the technical details of VAST’s approach, but he thinks its a radical rethink of storage based on the latest emerging technologies.


Datera and the Move Towards Software Defined Storage in the Enterprise

When discussing modern applications, infrastructure is often not given much though except to say that it should be easy to provision according to the needs of the application itself. Those who provide the infrastructure to applications developers and end users know this is no trivial task. Ken Nalbone looks at how Datera’s software defined storage platform helps bridge the this gap, which he got a close look at during Storage Field Day earlier this year.


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.


96-Layer NAND in Perspective: WDC Video

After a briefing with Western Digital, Jim Handy gives some perspective on the significance of 96-layer NAND flash. By providing a scale model of the new NAND, it showed the terrific complexity and precision needed to operate at this level of density. For more of a technical deep dive into Western Digital’s 3D NAND, be sure to check out their recent presentation from Storage Field Day.


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.


EP21 – Discovering Weka.io, the World’s Fastest Filesystem With Barbara Murphy

On this latest episode of the Tech Unplugged Podcast, Max Mortillaro and Arjan Timmerman spoke with Barbara Murphy, VP of Marketing at Weka.io. Max saw the company present at Storage Field Day earlier this year. The two host have a conversation digging into the company’s claim of having the fastest, most scalable parallel file system.


Vast Data at Storage Field Day 18

In this post, Erik Ableson looks at what VAST Data presented at Storage Field Day earlier this year. The company came fully out of stealth at the event, and showed off their approach to Disaggregated Shared Everything storage. Built on a foundation of persistent high speed memory and modern networking, Erik looks at whether VAST can fulfill their goal of eliminating spinning disks entirely.


The Fast WekaIO File System Saves You Money!

Jon Klaus takes a look at what he saw from WekaIO at Storage Field Day. They claim to offer “the fastest and most scalable parallel file system for AI and technical compute workloads.” That’s an impressive claim, but at the event, Jon got to see an equally impressive demo, showing stunning performance for single client random read and random writes, which wasn’t disrupted by failing nodes. Overall Jon found WekaIO’s file system to be a solid offering with excellent performance, wrapped in a modern and intuitive GUI.


Western Digital : Innovation in 3D NAND and Low Latency Flash NAND

Western Digital has been a long time mainstay of the storage industry. Max Mortillaro heard from them at Storage Field Day earlier this year, and it fit into his larger considerations of the state of the solid state memory industry. In this post, he looks at how Western Digital has remained relevant as the industry transition from disk to flash. The company faces a similar transition as storage is starting to close the gap between DRAM and flash. Max looks at Western Digitals announcements around Low Latency Flash NAND and Storage Class Memory.


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.


Modernizing Data Protection for a Digitally Driven World

IBM has now presented at a couple of Storage Field Day events. The company has a long legacy in IT, but a lot of delegates and viewers were wondering how they would position themselves in the modern data center. Alicia Blessing looks at what they presented with IBM Spectrum Protect Plus. This is built from the ground up to provide modern data protection.


A VAST-ly Different Storage Story

VAST Data made their first big public splash since coming out of stealth at Storage Field Day last month. At they event, they showed off their “disaggregated share everything architecture” meant to offer hyperscaler agility and scalability without the cost and data gravity of the public cloud. For Becky Elliott, their message of reducing complexity while allowing for scale really resonated.