Catching Up with Caringo

by Administrator on June 22, 2015

proactive_systems_monitoringBack from the many conferences I have attended leading up to the Summer, I had a chance to learn more about the state of object storage.  IBM’s folks have told me to “watch this space” suggesting that some moves in the object world might be in the offing.  In the meantime, I thought I should post some interviews I shot a month or so back with Caringo’s Adrian Herrera and Ryan Meek.

Adrian is the VP of Marketing for Caringo and a really soft-spoken down to earth type who understands the practical value and fit for Caringo’s object technology, SWARM.  I picked his brain to learn more (and without the hype) about how object storage was being adopted and used by companies today.

Adrian started things off with a little background on Caringo and the market it serves…


Since Caringo SWARM grew out of Caringo’s content addressable storage technology (CAStor), I wanted to understand the drivers of SWARM adoption.  Adrian gave me his views…


As I happen to believe that ABSOLUTELY NO TECHNOLOGY should ever be adopted without a careful examination of its business value case, I asked Herrera to lay out a concise description of SWARM’s contribution to data protection and risk reduction…



Then, he told me about another way that risk reduction is provided by Caringo, in the form of investment protection…



Then, we turned our attention to the use of the technology to store surveillance video, an application that appears to be driving the adoption of object storage in many companies…


Lastly, we talked about other use cases for the technology, what other apps — including Big Data analytics — were contributing to Caringo’s recent wins in the market.  Herrera didn’t disappoint…



Some great insights from Adrian Herrera that might just help us to understand more clearly and with less hype how object technology might fit with our storage future.  I hope that IBM is listening.


A Little Summer Reading

by Administrator on June 22, 2015

Artificial_intelligence_MIT_2015_Jan122015Having just finished a webinar with DataCore Software on the topic of Data Availability, I realized that this is a line of inquiry that is well worth addressing with as many software-defined storage vendors who will respond.  I have also written articles on this topic for the next issue of Virtualization Review and another for Enterprise Systems magazines — just in time for severe weather season.  Hope you will add it to your summer reading list.

Availability is one of the top three reasons folks seem to give when surveyed about their rationale for pursuing software-defined storage behind virtual server clusters (the other two are performance and cost-containment).

As readers of this blog already know, I have been getting to know a number of third party SDS products over the last few months, including some outstanding technology from StarWind Software.  I recently accepted an invitation from StarWind to talk about software-defined storage and hyper-converged infrastructure generally from their booth space at Microsoft Ignite in Chicago.  Here is a clip from my talk, which was intended to be a critique of the SDS approaches of leading hypervisor vendors rather than an endorsement of any specific products.  StarWind followed up with an interesting discussion of a hyper-converged appliance they have put together with Dell reseller, xByte Technologies.


I will post a couple more segments from this event and interviews with the CEOs of StarWind Software and xByte Technologies in the coming weeks.  For now, I hope this will pique everyone’s interest enough to tune into an IT-SENSE webinar one week from this Wednesday, on July 1, at 12 Noon Eastern Time.  Registration is HERE.



IBM_Edge_Upcoming_ImageThis is a repost of a previously posted interview with Erik Eyeberg, made as a correction to the previous blog that mislabeled Erik as Erik and Eyberg as Eyeberg.  He noted the discrepancy in an email on Friday and was so darned kind about it, my sense of guilt about my oversight was raised to an intolerable level.  We have corrected the incorrect reference both here and in the video clips below and regret the error.

The video interview was shot at Edge 2015.  This was my fourth IBM Edge event, if memory serves, and my third opportunity to get together with Mr. Eyberg, who came over to IBM with the acquisition of his former employer, Texas Memory Systems, and who has in a comparatively short period of time been promoted through the ranks. He has ditched the nerd glasses and hair cut he sported when I first met him for a more Benedict Cumberbatch look (well, that is what my daughters said when we were editing his video interview!), but he is still geek through and through.

And now, his business cards identify him as the Manager of World Wide Enterprise Storage Strategy and Business Development: a hefty title for a truly smart guy who has stepped almost effortlessly into his new and expanded role. It was a great pleasure to chat with him about IBM’s current technology and future directions. Here is part 1 of our interview, in which Eyberg sets the context, then ramps up a discussion of flash storage technology and the fit it is finding within business enterprises.

But wait, there’s more. We venture away from the evangelism of flash technology to discuss in Part 2 of the interview the lingering concerns that many folks (including me) have regarding the oversell of flash as a panacea and the problems created by memory wear and uneven performance. Erik’s point of view is interesting…

Eyberg makes a coherent case for IBM’s diversification in terms of storage offerings between “boxed” (conventional arrays) and “un-boxed” (software-defined storage) offerings. I liked his sensible discussion of unified management and REST near the end of the clip. It is good to know that IBM is still pursuing RESTful management tools for its kit. Look for RESTful management of the DS8000 series array with the release of version 7.5 of the array’s firmware.

On to the final part. Here is where Erik finishes his thoughts on RESTful management and what it will take for everything to be REST enabled for unified management (he seems dubious that this will happen). Then, he and I talk about tape technology, then about the future of storage from IBM’s perspective. Fascinating stuff.

Once again, special thanks to Erik Eyberg for agreeing to this interview (and to Lizbeth Ramirez Letechipia and company for helping me to round up Erik for this interview and for helping to get the clip approved by IBM).

For the record, this is one of several interviews I conducted at IBM Edge in exchange for room, board, transport, and free attendance at the event. I was also compensated for delivering five sessions at Tech Ed as part of the show.sessions at Tech Ed as part of the show.


oiuhjko98uyhji876trdcvbReaders of this blog may recall that I have been getting concerned about how we deal with the flattening of the storage infrastructure (the consolidation of storage tiers to just flash and disk) and still pursue must-have capabilities like data archive.  Face it, without archive, we will not be able to bend the storage cost curve in any sort of meaningful way.

De-duplicated and compress data all you want, but this is just squeezing more junk into the junk drawer that is storage. The only real way to free up storage capacity has always been to migrate less frequently accessed bits over to an archival repository.  Only, now, with Hadoop and Hyper-Converged Infrastructure, I wonder how we will be able to do that.

About a month ago, I visited my friends at Caringo in Austin, TX, where CEO Jonathan Ring provided me with an overview of his technology, including something he called Darkive.  Darkive is essentially archiving data to disk then powering down the disk until the data is needed.  (Actually, Darkive is simply a technology for using the power modes available in enterprise disk today, for reasons ranging from reduced energy consumption to enabling longer term archival retention of data.)  In any case, I just learned from Storage Newsletter that Caringo has finally been granted a patent on DarkiveTM,

Congrats to Caringo.

(Note:  this article is reposted from May 27.  Not sure why, but opening the earlier version gives a 502 Bad Gateway error.)


Working on a New IT-SENSE webinar

June 1, 2015

The theme of the upcoming issue of is Infrastructure and Data Management, so we were delighted when SolarWinds joined the sponsors roll for the issue. SolarWinds is a premiere provider of infrastructure management software, combining a suite of tools — some home grown at the company, others acquired from industry leaders — to deliver […]

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Interview with DataCore’s Ziya Aral Part 2

June 1, 2015

In case you haven’t seen the notices or have not been poked in Twitter, Linked In or via email, I am doing a webinar with DataCore Software on 3 June at 2PM EDT on the subject of Data Availability. Registration is HERE if you want to attend.  I hope you will. This is the third of […]

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Eric Eyeberg Talks IBM Storage Strategy at IBM Edge

May 29, 2015

This was my fourth IBM Edge event, if memory serves, and my third opportunity to get together with Eric Eyeberg, who came over to IBM with the acquisition of his former employer, Texas Memory Systems, and who has in a comparatively short period of time been promoted through the ranks.  He has ditched the nerd […]

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Sharing Wikibon’s Interview with Moi at IBM Edge

May 29, 2015

One of my guilty pleasures at each IBM Edge event is to sit down with the Wikibon guys who run their own streaming video talk show called The Cube.  I don’t always agree with Wikibon’s Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman, but it is always fun to compare notes.  They just sent me a clip of […]

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IBM’s Eric Herzog Sounds Off On Software-Defined Storage

May 29, 2015

Continuing my reportage from the recently concluded IBM Edge 2015, I was given an opportunity to interview Eric Herzog, VP of Storage Marketing for Big Blue, which I recorded for all to enjoy. Eric and I have a bit of history.  He was an extremely valuable source for me when I wrote my first book […]

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21st Century Software at IBM Edge 2015

May 27, 2015

One thing I really enjoyed about the just concluded IBM Edge 2015 conference was that I got to catch up with a lot of folks in the industry and in private and public IT shops who I do not see too often.  I will shortly be posting an interview I conducted with Ed Walsh, an […]

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