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Behind the Scenes: The StorONE Webcast

by Administrator on September 13, 2018

Last month, I had the pleasure of doing a webcast with Gal Naor, CEO of StorONE, a truly disruptive software-defined storage play.  The webinar was well received and can be viewed online on the StorONE site or at the webinar replay site established by 1105 Media and Virtualization & Cloud Review.

If you know anything about these webinars, they usually consist of a modestly animated slide deck, augmented by telephonic audio, pushed out across the World Wide Web via a presentation service.  The result is saved to a video file for replay at a later date.

Since Gal was coming to town for the interview posted previously here on DrunkenData.com, we decided to keep the mikes on and to record the two of us as we recorded the webinar.  The audio from my microphones was considerably more intelligible than the telephonic audio on the webinar recording, and we were able to break up the monotony of the slideware by cutting in outshots of the two of us as we actually performed our webinar roles.  The results were a bit reminiscent of a Howard Stern television broadcast, but without the language. It does seek to illuminate the important question, What Happened to the Software-Defined Storage Revolution?  

For your entertainment and information, here is the video edit with behind the scenes content and local audio track:

 

 
Thank you to Gal Naor for letting us play a small role in his company’s product launch. StorONE is truly remarkable and quite different from the myriad products in the market today describing themselves as software-defined storage or hyper-converged infrastructure.

BTW, if you want to download a copy of the presentation, you can do that at the 1105 Media/V&CR site.

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Storage technology may not be the hot topic in the industry today, but we need to be careful that we do not lose time-honored skills and knowledge.  Yes, it may seem like the old storage pyramid,  popularized by smart guy Fred Moore of Horison Information Strategies, is rather antiquated today.  Vendors evangelize all silicon infrastructure, flat storage, and hyper-convergence and often diss tape, optical, and even hard disk in the process.  And, I actually encounter novice IT folk today who have never touched a tape or an optical disc.  Ever.

Yet, analysts tell us that there is a huge data tsunami coming, one that threatens to overwhelm the entire capacity of disk and flash manufactured annually within the next two years.  Coping with this will require an all of the above strategy when it comes to storage media, and that will require knowledge and skills in data migration, storage tiering, removable media  management, etc.

That’s why we have decided  to move forward with a Storage Foundations Training and Certification Workshop with partner 1105 Media this October.  This six hour online workshop will feature training from the Data Management Institute followed by sponsor presentations from storage industry thought leaders.  


 

The goal is to keep storage knowledge and skills alive at a time when most students of IT are being focused on clouds and software-defined everything, and not on the hardware infrastructure that make everything work.

At the conclusion of the event, attendees can download a Certified Data Storage Professional certificate, suitable for framing.

The current schedule for the event is October 5.  More details will be coming.  Watch this space.

And, by the way, as with all Data Management Institute certification training, there is no charge to attend and become certified!

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Zoginstor At His Finest

by Administrator on September 12, 2018

Okay.  I admit it.  I am a fanboy of one Eric Herzog, IBM Vice President of Storage and Chief Marketing Office.  Known on Twitter as  Zoginstor, Eric has been schooling me on storage since I wrote my first book on the subject back in the 1990s.

My last interview with Eric was at Think 2018,  where he gave me one of his energetic updates on the storage industry and IBM innovation.  I have seen him popping up in posts on social media from all over the world, so I know he is evangelizing and opining about the latest developments, but here  is one of his unplugged performances.  Hope to sync up again at Think 2019, Eric.

 

 

Thanks for the insights, Eric.

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Storage Technology Meets the Big Screen

by Administrator on September 12, 2018

With the upcoming Tape Power Summit in Chicago, where I will premiere a humorous movie trailer we are creating for an imaginary film franchise called the Data Defenders, I have film and media on the brain right now.   At IBM Think 2018 a couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to interview a very smart fellow, Robert Murphy of Pixit Media, who sought to set me straight on the role of flash storage in film production.

Here is the interview as a standalone clip.  Thanks in advance for Mr. Murphy for sharing his story.

 

 
Thanks, again, to Robert Murphy, Pixit Media and to IBM for allowing me to chat on camera with their business partners and customers.

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Stand By for the Data Defenders

September 12, 2018

I have been invited to speak next week in Chicago at Fujifilm’s Tape Power Summit.  I am looking forward to reconnecting with my many friends there, especially since my eighth consecutive year of attending the event (last year) was interrupted by Hurricane Irma.  This year, the hurricanes are tracking north of me and appear to […]

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Storage is Like Toilet Paper: The Insight that Earned a Promotion

September 12, 2018

Of all the IBM execs I have had the pleasure to interview, one who stands out is Calline Sanchez.  My last in person chat with her was in March at IBM Think 2018.  The interview, which may have been published on an IBM blog site around that time, included a quip by Sanchez:  “Storage is […]

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8 Questions About Object Storage: Exclusive Interview with Cloudian’s Jon Toor

September 12, 2018

A couple of months back, I travelled to the Left Coast to meet up with a couple of trendsetting vendors and to speak at a confab set up by ASCDI.  At the latter, I had occasion to meet up with Jon Toor, who is the CMO for Cloudian.  I knew Jon in several previous lives […]

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Talking Software-Defined Storage with IBM’s Alex Chan

September 12, 2018

Last time I was at IBM Think, in other words, at the first Think show in Las Vegas last March, I shot a bunch of video interviews.  The “right of first use” went to IBM who traded my work for a free pass to the show and the able assistance of an IBM operative to […]

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IBM Think 2018 Thought Leader Recap Continues: IBM VP for High End Storage Jeff Barber

September 11, 2018

Jeff Barber is a good guy.  He mixes his engineering pedigree with the no holds barred fun of being an executive at IBM, Vice President of High End Storage.  I met him for the second time (if memory serves) at Think 2018 and he agreed to be interviewed provided that I was in the interview […]

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Another Thought Leader: Andy Walls

September 11, 2018

Since I am on a roll, thought I would post another interview I shot at IBM Think 2018 and never saw published in the IBM blogsphere following the event.  Since I still have rights to these videos, I wanted to make sure that they are shared and that everyone can benefit from the information that […]

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