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As Summer Winds to an End…

by Administrator on August 11, 2017

Summer 2017 was a very wet one here in Florida.  We took the edges of two tropical storms, with minor damage from the first.  But, thus far, the government predictions of a comparatively mild hurricane season have been spot on in the Atlantic and Gulf.

I am worried, however, that folks are playing the odds too much in the state government here.  Apparently, some influential home builders are bristling at the hurricane protection they must add to their buildings.  Following Hurricane Andrew, Florida became a poster child for hurricane-proof building codes.  But we haven’t taken a major hit since then.  Now, the commission that oversees such matters has gotten a green light to soften the code and to allow the construction once again of housing and other buildings made from straw and twigs (as in the old bedtime story about three little pigs).  Stupid is as stupid does.

Fortunately, my home and office both have roofs with hurricane straps and other safeguards.  Now, if the electrical grid here could be hardened…

At the beginning of the summer, I had a Tripp Lite UPS explode in my office, taking out a couple of small servers and starting a fire that was quickly extinguished.  I can’t be sure about the root cause, since myriad other systems and UPS systems were unscathed.  I was able to survive the event in part because I use DataCore and mirror all of my data across different virtualized repositories. Bonuses, wins, prizes, free spins – these all are my new best friends now with exceptionally good graphics and intuitive interface in Canadian casino. Failover worked like a charm.  Good job, DataCore.

In addition to tracking DataCore’s continuing improvements in performance (with its Adaptive Parallel IO technology spearheading the way), I am also tracking a number of other vendors and technologies that I will be reporting on here in the coming months.  

IBM has announced yet another capacity breakthrough with LTO 7 tape that we will be hearing more about shortly.  HERE is an article based on their latest release.  Working with Fujifilm, IBM demonstrated a phenomenal per LTO cartridge capacity of over 150TB a couple of years back.  Now, they have worked with Sony on a sputter coated version of the tape and a new read/write head that is capable of delivering 330TB uncompressed on LTO 7.  Pretty amazing and just in time for the Zetabyte apocalypse.

Of course, tape media capacity isn’t going to solve all of the world’s problems.  We also need disk and memory based storage.  I am watching cool things happening at Symbolic IO and StarWind Software for some cool enterprise storage plays going forward.  Just as important as the hardware is the software, where cognitive data management players are beginning to show up.  I like StrongBox Data Solutions StrongLink right now, but I am expecting more competition going forward from IBM (of course) and also from Primary Data.  These companies seem to get real cognitive data management and are developing architecture that delivers on the marketecture.

Stay tuned.  We are working diligently here to prepare our third day long web workshop and certification on data management for this fall, and we are working on some other projects that I can’t talk about now.

Thanks to my friends who nagged me via email to start posting again.  I was afraid that the blogosphere had fallen prey to the 160 character (Twitter) attention span.

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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?

 

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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.

Links:

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.

 

 

 

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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.

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Tape Continues to Shine at IBM: Calline Sanchez

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 […]

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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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