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And I guess I might term it “guilty pleasure” reading for the Summer.  Here’s a link to the doc: DataCore 2017-Report_FINAL.

Don’t get me wrong.  I love DataCore Software and use the latest rev on most of the storage in my lab and office.  Technically, though, I am not using it to do software-defined storage or hyperconverged infrastructure.  I am still using it to aggregate FC and iSCSI SANs and other arrays I have around to create virtual volumes that I can share with apps and users.  In other words:  an “old fashioned” deployment that works a lot better than either SDS or HCI in the sense that the hypervisor vendors like to use the terms.

Much of this document provides the grist for my decision not to virtualize and software-define my tech world.  There is a nice bit of survey data stating that user dissatisfaction with virtualization slowing down apps has dropped from 31 to 29% of respondents.  Except, this isn’t an issue at all in DataCore shops if the customers use Advanced Parallel I/O technology, which actually delivers faster performance than any SDS or HCI approach in the market today.  Well, maybe except for one:  Symbolic I/O’s innovative IRIS rig.

I was also hit with a bit of schadenfreude as I read on page 7 the several “false starts and technology disappointments” reported by respondents this year.  31% said that cloud storage failed to reduce their costs.  (Duh!)  That managing object storage is harder than vendors and advocates say, according to 29%.  (Duh! squared)  And that, according to 16%, adding flash failed to accelerate apps.  (Duh! thrice)

I had my little evil chuckle and my told-you-so moment, then plowed through the rest of the document.  Interestingly, IQs do not seem to have perked up much since I did my study of the hyperconverged market in 2015.  41% of respondents still think that the VMware definition of hyperconverged is the right one:  silo’ed technology all controlled by a hypervisor vendor.  Only 17% get that HCI could be hw and sw updated separately, and only 12% take the responsibility to select the hardware and software that they need and want rather than buying them in a bundle.

Still (SPOILER ALERT), the conclusion of the report confirms that software-defined storage, flash, private cloud storage, hyperconverged/VSAN and object storage will be part of their budgets in 2017 — though most are planning to use these only in 1 -10% of their infrastructure.  Pretty tepid commitment that.  Maybe a sign that we are getting smarter?

Hope so.

But then, wouldn’t we be paying a lot of attention of cognitive data management?



Data Management Blogs Posted by Starwind Software

by Administrator on May 23, 2017

Recently, I have taken a conversation with Anton Kolomeytsev, CEO of Starwind Software, and turned it into a series of posts on his blog (just added to my blogroll here, BTW.)  I thank Anton for the opportunity to cross-post and provide the links here to my work there.

And while you are nosing around, check out Anton and company’s great work on software-defined storage.  Great stack.  Hypervisor agnostic.


Data Management Moves to the Fore:  Introduction

Data Management Moves to the Fore:  Part One

Data Management Moves to the Fore:  Part Two

Data Management Moves to the Fore:  Part Three

Data Management Moves to the Fore:  Part Four

I am also about half way through an ebook on Cognitive Data Management, which I expect to complete over the next month for free distribution on the web via multiple outlets.  Stand by.





Cognitive Data Management is Gaining Attention

by Administrator on May 23, 2017

Readers of this blog know of our special interest in Cognitive Data Management.  We coined the term to combine the technologies of data management with the capabilities for automation enabled by various flavors of cognitive computing.  Frankly, at the current rates of data growth, we are going to need all of the cognitive engines we can develop to wrangle all of the bits.

Apparently, we are not alone in this thinking.  We have thus far provided three web-based workshops on Cognitive Data Management with 1105 Media and Virtualization Review in the past nine months — each to registered guests numbering in excess of 800 people.  These dear souls have logged in at 8:30AM PT and stayed all day, until 3 or 4PM to listen to our views of a data management practice together with great presentations from the likes of Strongbox Data Solutions, Caringo, and Acronis.

I was delighted at this year’s IBM InterConnect 2017 to meet Albert Ho, who is the Director of Offering Management for Data Protection and Storage Management at Big Blue.  He is also the guy who has been tapped to pull together the threads of various technologies in the IBM portfolio in order to put together a Cognitive Data Management service or product, IBM style.  I will be fascinated to see where his ideas, shared in this interview, will lead.  Worth a close listen…




Special thanks to Albert for the interview and thank you to IBM for having us out at this year’s IBM InterConnect 2017.  For the record, we were compensated for live tweeting and blogging from the event and received transportation and lodging, as well as registration for the show, in exchange for our work.  IBM did not edit our blogs, tweets or vblogs in any way.


Tape Continues to Shine at IBM: Calline Sanchez

by Administrator on May 23, 2017

Regular readers of this blog know our view of tape — namely that it has a long runway ahead because of its capacity, durability and cost metrics.  Anyone who says otherwise is a fool.  Anyone who works for a silicon or disk storage vendor and says otherwise is a damned fool.

Now that this is off our chest, we were delighted to meet up with Calline Sanchez, a VP at IBM Enterprise Systems Storage and to interview her with respect to, among other things, her view of tape technology.  Sanchez spoke last year at Fujifilm’s Tape Power Summit, where we thoroughly enjoyed her mash-up of technical information and life history.  She is one of those savant geeks who became a shining star in a world class technology company and her insights into the business of storage are quite profound.

Here then is a brief interview with Calline, focused especially on the on-going case for tape technology in the current mix of what is affectionately referred to as “enterprise storage.”  It was shot at IBM InterConnect 2017 a little over a month ago and has not been edited by either Ms. Sanchez or IBM.




For the record, this video interview was produced as compensated work.  IBM covered our registration fees and lodging at IBM InterConnect 2017.  We also received a stipend for live tweeting and blogging from the show.  (Great work when you can get it!)  IBM did not edit the results of this interview.

We hear that IBM is altering their approach to conferences in the next year.  We hope that opportunities will still be provided for open discussions with IBM executives at whatever events are held.  Thanks, Calline!


IBM’s Clod Barerra Opines On the Future of Storage

May 23, 2017

One of the distinct pleasures of doing these “man in the street” interviews at IBM events is that sometimes the man in the street is Clod Barerra.  Clod is a Distinguished Engineer and Chief Technical Strategist for Big Blue and a truly smart guy who makes himself accessible (meaning, he sticks his neck out) for […]

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IBM Herzog Likes His Storage Like His Steak: Pittsburgh Style

May 23, 2017

Anyone who knows steak, knows “Pittsburgh Style.” “Hot edge, cold center,” shouts the grill master, “The only way that a steak should be served!”  Perhaps IBM’s Eric Herzog would agree.  As Big Blue’s Vice President of Storage Systems Marketing, “hot edge, cold center” is Herzog’s mantra for building storage in 2017.  We happen to agree […]

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IBM’s Janowski Defines and Differentiates Software-Defined Infrastructure

May 23, 2017

At this year’s IBM InterConnect conference, we had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing IBM’s Rick Janowski, a Portfolio Manager for IBM’s Software-Defined Infrastructure business.  We took the opportunity to get some clarifications, from IBM’s perspective, of what SDI and SDS (software-defined storage) really are and how IBM’s variant is differentiated from other approaches to […]

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IBM’s Dickens Offers Mainframe in the Cloud

May 23, 2017

Following up on this year’s IBM Interconnect conference, where I was provided guest accommodations and credentials for the show in exchange for some live blogging and tweeting, are a series of video interviews I shot with IBM folks at the event.  Leading things off is a chat that I had with smart guy and friend […]

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To My Friends in Manchester…

May 23, 2017

We watched the news with sinking hearts last night and hoped against hope that none of our friends in Manchester were in the vicinity of the attack.  Thoughts and prayers go out to all associates and friends of Toigo Partners and the Data Management Institute in the UK today.

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Day 3 at IBM Interconnect

March 22, 2017

On this, the third and final day of my work at IBM Interconnect, I have enjoyed several intelligent discussions and sessions that have my grey cells firing.  This morning, I attended a session conducted by Steven Dickens of IBM (video interview with Dickens to follow shortly) and Guy Shone of Explain the Market (a UK […]

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