Pensando Changing the Game One Card at a Time

Earlier this year at Storage Field Day, Pensando teamed up with NetApp to put on an excellent presentation that caught the attention of many. One of the people watching was Steven Cortez who wrote on his website, MSC Productions, that Pensando and their Capri cards are impressive and offer great potential for HyperScalers. Check out Steve’s post as well as the Pensando presentations on his website!

Storage Field Day and the Direction of Travel

The presenters at Storage Field Day in August had a concrete understanding of what practitioners actually want and need. Or so says Paul Stringfellow, one of our twelve delegates who attended the virtual event. He writes summaries of the great work being done and information presented by Nebulon, Qumulo, Cisco, and Intel, and notes how each sponsor is listening to the needs of IT professionals everywhere. Check out the presentations from each of these companies on the Tech Field Day website!

Your Occasional Storage Digest With Toshiba Drives, Excelero and More

How does Pensando fit into the NetApp portfolio? Apart from collaboration on modern datacenter innovations, NetApp’s A400 all-flash array is now shipped with two Pensando storage processing cards – as revealed at Storage Field Day 20. Storage expert Chris Mellor, founder of Blocks & Files looks at what’s going on in storage.

NetApp and Pensando Present at Storage Field Day 20

We were excited to see both Naresh Patel, Chief Architect & VP for Platforms and Storage Engineering at NetApp, and Francis Matus, VP Engineering, Pensando Systems hit Storage Field Day 20 to share how their collaborative systems work together to deliver high-performance storage options.

Will the DPU Kill the Storage Array?

“Will the DPU kill the Storage Array?” This is what Storage Field Day delegate Keith Townsend is wondering today. Keith had the chance to see Nebulon present at their first Storage Field Day, and as a result says we shouldn’t be abandoning the storage array just yet. Keith thinks that Nebulon has a really unique offering and can help give us another look at distributed storage services. Check out Keith’s blog to hear some of his thoughts on Nebulon and the future of the storage array.

Nebulon Shadow Storage

In his blog, The Data Centre Brit, Storage Field Day delegate Jason Benedicic says his initial impression of Nebulon was way off. After listening to their presentations at Storage Field Day and having some follow up conversations with them, Jason writes that Nebulon has changed his initial impression and that they have a great chance of making a splash in the market. Because of their unique placement in the storage industry, Jason thinks of Nebulon as a “Shadow Storage Vendor.” Read more about Jason’s take on Nebulon on his blog and check out videos from their first ever Storage Field Day presentations on our website!

Is Scale-Out File Storage the New Black?

Enrico Signoretti, a delegate at Storage Field Day earlier this year, writes that VAST Data is a startup that is utilizing unique storage architecture to create an improved and impressively effective product. By implementing Intel Optane and QLC-NAND into their system, they are able to reach impressive levels in terms of both performance and value. Because of this, VAST is able to offer their customers a solution that is effective and doesn’t break the bank. Enrico had the chance to see VAST Data present on their storage architecture at Storage Field Day. Be sure to check out the videos of their presentations on our website!

Storage Field Day 20 – Wrap-Up and Link-O-Rama

Dan Frith is a frequent delegate at our Storage Field Day events and never fails to come out of those events with a plethora of thoughts on the presentations he saw. We always appreciate Dan’s hard work in recapping and digging down into so many of the presentations offered at our events. Dan’s latest post highlights the several blog posts he wrote for the latest Storage Field Day, as well as posts from some of his fellow delegates. Many thanks to Dan for giving us his perspective!

Intel Optane and the DAOS Storage Engine

There’s no doubt that Intel’s Distributed Asynchronous Object Storage (DAOS) engine is fast, but other than speed what does it have going for it? Storage Field Day delegate Dan Frith digs into Intel’s latest offering and highlights some of the exciting pieces of it including simple scalability and its open source nature. Check out Dan’s analysis of the Intel DAOS offering on his blog and check out the Intel team presenting at Storage Field Day.

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!

VAST Data – the Best Is Yet to Come

As a delegate at Storage Field Day, Dan Frith had the opportunity to see VAST Data present at their second Tech Field Day event. Dan writes that the VAST Data presentations were excellent and informative. This isn’t the first time around the block for many in the VAST data team, and that’s helped them quickly evolve, put together helpful offerings, and progress in meeting market needs. If you haven’t seen them yet, check out the presentations from VAST Data on our website!

Nebulon – It’s Server Storage Jim, but Not as We Know It

Dan Frith had the chance to see Nebulon present at Storage Field Day, and was intrigued enough that he had a follow-up briefing with their team to go over their cloud-defined storage (CDS) offering. CDS effectively delivers storage that is defined and managed through the cloud while consuming no server CPU or memory resources. Dan writes that this has a lot of appeal, especially if you anticipate needing to scale up or down quickly. Check out Nebulon’s presentation on their cloud-defined storage offering on our website!

Qumulo – Storage Your Way

As a delegate, Dan Frith got to see Qumulo present at Storage Field Day. Dan writes that Qumulo provides their customers the power to handle high workloads, the ability to scale, and the opportunity to see into the platform and know exactly what is going on. Qumulo has caught his attention, and he’ll be following them closely from now on. For Dan’s full analyses on Qumulo’s presentations at Storage Field Day, check out his post!

An Intriguing Approach to Modern Data Center Infrastructure

Enrico Signoretti attended Storage Field Day in August and had the chance to see Nebulon present on their Cloud-Defined Storage solution. Enrico writes about composable storage and shares that the concepts Nebulon is adapting are powerful and have the chance to make a significant impact. Enrico is intrigued at their potential and looking forward to seeing where Nebulon and their innovative technologies go in the future. Be sure to check out Enrico’s post and Nebulon’s presentations at Storage Field Day on our website!

Pure Storage Announces Second Generation FlashArray//C With QLC

Pure Storage recently announced an all-QLC version of the FlashArray//C and presented at Storage Field Day last month to explain the unique technical capabilities of their new offering. Dan Frith was (virtually) at that presentation and writes in his latest post that the new FlashArray//C could be a compelling option for workload consolidation as it moves to all-QLC. Dan has been impressed with the growing Pure Storage portfolio and will be watching them with interest moving forward. Take a look at Dan’s post and the Pure Storage presentations on their second generation FlashArray//C with QLC on our website!

Intel Regains IO500 HPC Bragging Rights From WekaIO

Chris Mellor saw Intel’s presentations at Storage Field Day and was intrigued by their use of their open source file system DAOS. In Blocks and Files, Chris writes about Intel taking the first and third place slots in the IO500 benchmarks, in part because of their DAOS system. Be sure to check out Chris’s post and Intel’s presentations at Storage Field Day on our website!

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.

Cisco MDS, NVMe, and Flexibility

Dan Frith was a delegate at our most recent Storage Field Day. While he was there, he saw Cisco present on their NVMe storage transport solutions. Dan writes about his take NVMe and their presentations in his blog. Check out all of Cisco’s presentations on NVMe Transport from Storage Field Day on our website!

Intel Is Still a Formidable Force

Chin-Fah Heoh saw the videos of Intel presenting at Storage Field Day and was impressed with their progression in terms of storage technologies. Chin-Fah writes that their Intel’s Optane technology has been a true game changer. If you haven’t yet, be sure to take a look at Intel’s presentations on their Optane technologies the Tech Field Day website!

Storage Field Day 20 – (Fairly) Full Disclosure

Dan Frith didn’t get the “normal” in-person Storage Field Day Delegate treatment this time, but he still wanted to share a little about his experience and SWAG boxes he received from the presenters. As always, we’re very grateful to Dan for his time spent as a delegate and are glad he enjoys the Tech Field Day keyboard cloth as much as we do!