Posts Tagged ‘unified management’

Erik Eyberg Talks IBM Storage Strategy (Repost with corrections)

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

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.

User Polling

Monday, August 8th, 2011

I am updating my records on storage virtualization solutions out there in lala land.  I would be very interested in any feedback from readers.  What are you offering (if a vendor) or using (if a consumer) today to virtualize storage (other than RAID or a file system, I mean)?  What kind of performance are you getting from it?  What do you like/dislike about it thus far?  Let me know.

I just saw a piece that published in one of the trades that seemed so sparse as to provide little information to guide any rational decision-making.  Plus the list was very limited.

My interest is several fold:

First, I like the software virtualization product that I am using in my shop and I am reaching the point where I am recommending it as a must-have infrastructure layer to anyone who wants anything like storage efficiency.  But I am cautious about extending my endorsement simply to all storage products because they really seem to have some significant differences by product.  I don’t want to purjure any commentary or feedback, so I am not saying what I have learned already about specific products:  I want your views (especially consumers)!

Many approaches

Many approaches to implementing storage virtualization: do you have a preferred product?

Can we talk?

Second reason:  I am confronting a client situation right now where interest has been expressed in my preferred strategy — pooling by proxy — but they want the skinny on competitive approaches.

Thirdly, I see storage virtualization as the logical platform for standing up all of those value-add features that you pay extra for on array controllers so that they can be shared across all storage rigs.  It would be very helpful to avoid having to rip and replace existing infrastructure to take advantage of shiny new functionality on the latest rigs if I could instead platform the desireable functionality on a virtualization layer, be it thin provisioning, data protection, etc.

Finally, I am doing research into the unified management thing that EMC, NetApp and others have been preaching in their latest marketing campaigns.  Is unified management only obtained by buying all gear from a single vendor or can I get to unified storage by doing my management from a virtualization layer?  I know I will need to manage hardware layer issues as well, but the big issues of capacity management, performance management and data protection management seem potentially best provided at the logical layer.  I want to test this theory.

I welcome all responses.