Voices in Data Storage – Episode 3: A Conversation with Leo Leung of Oracle

In this episode of Voices in Data Storage, Enrico Signoretti spoke with Leo Leung, Oracle’s Senior Director of Product & Strategy for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. They discussed how Oracle’s cloud offerings have really impressed, specifically their presentation at Tech Field Day earlier this year. This isn’t simply a play to have traditional Oracle legacy apps in the cloud, but a play to offer high performance instances for cloud native applications.


BiB 061: Understanding DriveScale Composer Architecture

The Briefing in Brief podcast from Packet Pushers is a great way to stay up to date on the latest company-specific news in a really concise package. In this edition, Ethan Banks looks at what DriveScale presented about at Tech Field Day, specifically the DriveScale Composer. This allows organizations to compose any compute to any disk or flash, in a scalable way. This is all RESTful API driven, allowing you to compose your infrastructure, but stopping short of being an application orchestrator. All of this with full multi-tenant support, and designed to insure data integrity in the event of an outage.


Oracle Cloud with SLA?

Yusuf Emre Özensoy attended Tech Field Day earlier this year, his first time as a delegate at the event. He got to see a great presentation from Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, who made a great case why the industry needs another cloud provider. Oracle Cloud differentiates itself by offering a large number of bare metal cloud instances as well as integration of the K8S engine for containers.


BiB 060: Focus On Your Data & Not Where It’s Stored With HammerSpace

This episode of the Briefings in Brief podcast looks at what Hammerspace presented at Tech Field Day earlier this year. Ethan Banks was there as a delegate, and saw the company come out of stealth. They provide a solution that creates a single namespace of data regardless of where it is stored, making it a true data-as-a-service offering.


BiB 059: Recover From Cyber Attacks & Ransomware With Dell EMC

In this latest installment of the Briefings in Brief podcast, Ethan Banks runs down what he heard from Dell EMC at their latest Tech Field Day presentation. They focused on their Cyber Recovery 18.1, which is designed specifically to meet the needs of recovering for a cyber attack. This is designed to allow for speedier recovery of massive datasets and maintain operations better than traditional backup and recovery or DR.


Disaster Recovery and Cyber Attacks

Enrico Signoretti doesn’t just think about fire, floods, and tornadoes when he considers IT disasters. But Enrico puts Cyber-Attacks in the same category. Luckily he saw an interesting presentation from Dell EMC’s Data Protection team at Tech Field Day this October. They showed how they use Data Domain appliances in conjunction with software from Index Engines to proactively detect anomalies. Enrico was impressed how this is independent from backup software, giving you a better chance to recover operations quickly.


BiB 057: Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Wants Your Workloads

On this episode of the Briefings in Brief podcast, Ethan Banks runs down what he heard from Oracle Cloud at Tech Field Day last month. This goes far beyond just being a platform for enterprises to run Oracle applications. Instead, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure has slowly worked its way to feature parity with the public cloud big boys.


Oracle Cloud

As Oracle continues to expand into the public cloud market, they have to change a lot of minds along the way. At Tech Field Day, it seems like they got their message heard by Erik Ableson, who described the session as a “wake up call.” For Erik, what struck him is how Oracle Cloud is positioned to work well with existing enterprise workloads and cloud-native ones. While there are elements that are a managed service, their cloud offerings stand apart and should be of interest to anyone in the market.


Hammerspace at Tech Field Day 17

It’s always exciting when a company comes out of stealth at a Tech Field Day event. That’s what Erik Ableson got to see at Tech Field Day last month, when Hammerspace went live to the world. The presented their data-as-a-service solution in an interesting way, defining the most important part of a file system as the metadata expression of the files that exist in a particular context. Hammerspace separates the shared file metadata from the file access path, allowing them to provide a single namespace regardless of where the data actually is. Erik sees them as having the potential to move unstructured data managed out of the world of scripting and into advanced policy management.


Hammerspace – Unstructured Data Anywhere

Adam Fisher was one of the delegates at Tech Field Day last month, and got to hear from Hammerspace as they came out of stealth. They are a new player in the emerging Data as a Service market, and offer a solution that decouples data from the underlying storage. This removes this as a concern for the consumer, who interacts with data via a global namespace. Adam gets into the detail and breaks down the components in this piece.


My First Tech Field Day

It’s always great to hear the perspective of first time Tech Field Day delegates. Yusuf Emre Özensoy came to his first event last month, and shared a little bit about his experience. For him, what stood out not just being an attendee of the event, but being invited into a wider family as a part of it. He also enjoyed all the technical deep dives from DriveScale, Cisco, Oracle, Dell EMC, and Hammerspace.


Composable Infrastructure is presented at Tech Field Day 17 by DriveScale

DriveScale shared their experience from presenting at Tech Field Day last month. This was their second appearance, and really impressed the delegates with their vision of composable infrastructure. Make sure to check out the full video of their presentation to get a deep dive for yourself.


Cisco ACI Cloud APIC: Fast, Cheap, Good. You Can’t Have All Three.

Inspired by Cisco’s presentation at Tech Field Day last month, Ethan Banks uses the classic “fast, cheap, good: pick 2” device for considering running Cisco ACI in the cloud. By moving this switching management plane from on-prem to Cloud APIC, Ethan doesn’t see a performance bottleneck since this will all be in cloud-native constructs. Ultimately cost may be the issue for some organizations.


Protection for your backup data from Dell EMC Cyber Recovery

At Tech Field Day, Adam Fisher got to hear from Dell EMC Protect, and about their latest solution Dell EMC Cyber Recovery 18.1. This creates a “air-gapped” vault within infrastructure to make sure your backups remain secure from ransomware and other attacks. For Adam, this provides vital protection for an often overlooked avenue of exploit.


Disaggregation or hyperconvergence?

Chin-Fah Heoh got to thinking about the current crop of HCI solutions. He thought of how companies like NetApp and Datrium have architectures that provide discrete data and compute nodes. But after seeing the presentation from DriveScale at Tech Field Day this month, disaggregation may actually prove to be more important for organizations. Their approach allows for assembling storage, compute and networking resources into virtual clusters, composing them as needed. Chin-Fah needs to dig deeper into their solution, but was fascinated at the prospect.


Tech Field Day 17

Adam Fisher attended his first Tech Field Day as a delegate earlier this month, after getting a taste of the experience at Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld US 2018. This post catalogs his experience with the event, which he describes as “amazing.” For him, the technical deep dives and in-depth conversations really highlighted for far Adam has come in his career already, and inspired him to stay hungry to learn more. We hope to see him as a delegate at another event soon.


Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to prove skeptics wrong

Chin-Fah Heoh got to hear from Oracle at Tech Field Day earlier this month. They gave a detailed look at their Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, outlining recent enhancements and updates to the service. Despite some corporate baggage, Chin-Fah found the product messaging remarkably focused, with OCI seeking to offer the highest performance, enterprise-grade IaaS on the market. What impressed Chin-Fah the most was OCI’s willingness to break with legacy in order to do what’s best for customers.


Oracle Cloud, Better Than You Might Think

Enrico Signoretti was like a lot of IT professionals when he heard about Oracle Cloud, looking at it with a healthy dose of skepticism. This came both from the competitive public cloud landscape, and past experiences with the company that weren’t exactly positive. But after hearing Oracle Cloud present at Tech Field Day earlier this month, he found the team had an exciting mix of humility and audacity. He outlines how Oracle is focusing on bare metal performance and “amazingly good” SLAs to offer a compelling service.


The Network is Still the Computer

DriveScale first came to Chin-Fah Heoh’s attention when NFS guru Brian Pawlowski joined their team earlier this year. At Tech Field Day earlier this month, he got a deeper dive into how the company’s scale-out architecture is designed to address the needs of webscale data processing. He got a look at their virtual cluster framework and how they use a advanced switching fabric to bridge compute and storage with extremely low latency. Chin-Fah came away impressed with the engineering talent at the company.


The Dell EMC Data Bunker

At Tech Field Day, Dell EMC announced a new product to the delegates, the Cyber Recovery solution, coming from their Data Protection BU. Chin-Fah Heoh wrote up his thoughts after seeing the announcement as a delegate at the event. He frames Cyber Recovery as a data bunker, isolating mission critical secondary data, while preserving the integrity of the copy. Chin-Fah thinks this falls more into the security camp rather than the storage side, but it appears to line up well with enterprise security standards.