June 14, 2018

Snowflake partners with Dataguise

Snowflake Computing and Dataguise sign an agreement about the integration of DgSecure into Snowflake's cloud-based data warehousing platform. This joint effort provides an end-to-end compliance-ready data analytics approach for enterprise customers who required string and strict compliance alignment. We'll learn more about Snowflake in less than 2 weeks during the 27th IT Press Tour.

June 12, 2018

CEO summer dancing period

It seems to be the season where serious players recruits serious leaders. During last few weeks, we heard the following confirmed by press release:
  • C3DNA has a new CEO with Max Michael coming from IBM, Dr Rao Mikkilineni, co-founder and interim CEO, recently chief scientist is no longer listed on the management page.
  • Caringo has promoted Tony Barbagallo from VP Product to CEO, Jonathan Ring moving to a CTO role.
  • DataCore finally changed its CEO and Dave Zabrowski came, George Teixeira became executive chariman.
  • Datrium just recruited Tim Page as CEO, Brian Biles becomes CPO.
  • Griddable.io recently named Robin Purohit as CEO.
  • Quantum had an interim CEO with Michael Dodson also CFO.
  • Reduxio has a new CEO Ori Bendori.
  • Storj Labs invited Ben Golub as CEO.
  • Tintri replaced its last CEO Ken Klein who pushed for a miserable IPO by Thomas Barton,
  • and Waterline Data appointed Kailash Ambwani, Alex Gorelik moving CTO.

June 6, 2018

IBM picks Komprise

Komprise, leader in data tiering, just signed a strategic partnership with IBM giving the rights to Big Blue to resell the product.

The data management product will be offered with a perpetual and subscription model and is part of Ready for IBM Storage and Ready for IBM Cloud validated solutions directory.

Having an important NAS installed base and a recent new NAS offering, IBM needs a proven solution to help users to migrate from one flavor to the other and also put in place a data tiering and lifecycle across various storage entities such IBM Cloud Object Storage.

It illustrates again the beauty of Komprise product but also the lack of organic solutions from IBM: NAS from NetApp in the past, recently from Compuverde, also acquisition of Cleversafe and now agreement with Komprise. Wow any internal product from IBM in the pipe?

June 5, 2018

Veritas protects SaaS applications

Veritas Technologies, the #1 Data Management company in the world, just introduced its Data Protection strategy for SaaS applications to protect Microsoft Office 365, Google G Suite and Salesforce. In fact the company has announced a new product - Veritas SaaS Backup - coupled with Veritas Information Map and Veritas Enterprise Vault.cloud that globally are named Veritas Data Protection & Governance for X where X can be Office 365 or G Suite.

Beyond of the already existent products - Information Map and Enterprise Vault.cloud - SaaS Backup is a hosted cloud-to-cloud backup. It's automatic, up to 6 sessions per day, with instant restores, accessible anywhere, anytime on any device, with in-flight encryption based on TLS 1.2 and at-rest encryption based on AES 256. It offers also role-based access control and multi factor authentication. Restore are granular and can be based on point-in-times images.

Fees are the same for each platform: $4/user/month with a minimum of 12 months commitment. The default retention is 365 days and beyond that default period, you can buy additional time extension. Really good approach for Veritas who finally arrives a bit after several players but this market segment is represented by small vendors or niche players. Veritas has now to articulate this solution around its portfolio to leverage its leadership and really huge installed base.

Companies \
SaaS App
Veritas DruvaAsigraSpanningBackupifyOwnBackupSpinBackupOdaseva
Office 365YYYYY



June 4, 2018

Quantum has a new CEO... again

Quantum, the famous leader in secondary storage, just announced a new interim CEO, Michael Dodson, also CFO of the company following the departure of Patrick Dennis, who arrived as CEO in January this year, and Fuad Ahmad, the previous CFO. According to the press release Dennis resigned due to family reasons. The board is looking for a new CEO as Dodson will stay as CFO when this search will end. Bizarre... we'll learn more end of June as we'll meet and visit Quantum during the IT Press Tour.

June 1, 2018

The IT Press Tour will rock again for the 27th edition

The IT Press Tour, the leading IT event for IT press, today announced participating companies for the 27th edition organized end of June in California.

Some companies come back and some others join us for the first time for a total of 12 companies around IT Infrastructure:
  • Axway, leader in data integration,
  • Datera, key actor in cloud-like storage for on-premises deployment,
  • Datrium, forerunner in data virtualization,
  • HYCU, formerly Comtrade, strong innovator in data management,
  • Komprise, top player in data tiering ad migration,
  • LucidLink, promoter of an innovative cloud file system,
  • Portworx, pioneer in persistent data container,
  • Quantum, reference in secondary data storage,
  • Snowflake, fast growing big data actor,
  • StorONE, disruptor in software-defined storage,
  • Western Digital, famous top vendor in the data storage industry,
  • and Yellowbrick Data, an emerging big data player.
The program is dense and we expect great news and sessions. I invite you to follow us with @ITPressTour, #ITPT, various publications and reporters Twitter handles.


May 25, 2018

Imanis Data recruits its VP Marketing

Imanis Data, formerly Talena, data management vendor, just recruited Peter Smails as VP Marketing. Peter came from Datos IO, acquired earlier this year by Rubrik, where he drove Marketing as well.

Peter's arrival confirms the new round of VC money injected last March under the new leadership of John Mracek.

As a direct competitor of Datos IO for data protection for Hadoop and NoSQL environments, we anticipate some discussions soon by data management giants who need such solutions. We'll see...

May 14, 2018

Brad Cohen left Quantum

Quantum, the leading secondary storage vendor, continues to change and adapt following the arrival of a new CEO a few months ago now. Brad Cohen who led the corporate communications for many years just left last friday. He joined the company 20 years ago. We don't know yet if other changes happen, we'll know soon as Quantum will participate to the next IT Press Tour end of June.

May 10, 2018

Google swallows Velostrata

Velostrata, one of the few leading cloud migration companies, unveiled yesterday the intent to be acquired by Google, one of their partners. This is a superb move by Google with this cloud migration gem.

Velostrata, Israel-based company with 25 employees, helps users to swallow and migrate data and workloads from on-prem to cloud entities such AWS, Azure and GCP and for Google it means migration to GCP with probably very soon the stop of AWS and Azure support.

With $31.5 millions raised, we estimate the deal around $200-300M meaning a multiple between 6 and almost 10. This deal also illustrates the power of Isreali companies and people as the Google blog post was written by Eyal Manor, VP Engr at Google Cloud, small world...

Before Velostrata, Issy Ben-Shaul, CEO and co-founder, already did 2 exits with 2 companies he co-founded: in 2008 Wanova got acquired by VMware and in 2004 he sold Actona to Cisco.

Google finally picks the most recent company as Velostrata was founded in 2014, others such C3DNA was founded in 2013, CloudEndure in 2012, CloudVelox in 2010 and Zerto in 2009 but clearly the battle is on, who's next?

Velostrata is also a competitor of Avere, acquired by Microsoft early this year, as it decouples storage and compute on-prem with data in the cloud. We see also some companies jumping in this multi-cloud wave, there is more than 100 hundreds in that segment, trying to resist to the data gravitation towards giant cloud service providers. This multi cloud segment is a real opportunity but not for everyone and not with basic solutions, I predict that many players will disappear soon...
CompaniesYear founded InvestmentsAcq.AWSAzureGCPOthers
C3DNA2013$2M-YYYOracle Cloud,
IBM Cloud, CenturyLink,
NTT, OpenStack-based
CloudEndure2012$18.2M-YYYOracle Cloud
CloudVelox2010$33MVMware (Feb. 2018)YY--
Velostrata2014$31.5MGoogle (pending)YYY-
ZeRTO2009$130M-YY-IBM Cloud
We'll learn more in June with the 27th IT Press Tour as Velostrata chose to join the tour several months ago. Great session in perspective.

May 7, 2018

...and the winner is

Enterprise Strategy Group aka ESG, founded by Steve Duplessie, had to replace Jason Buffington following his departure for Veeam as a key member of the product strategy team.

And the news is that Christophe Bertrand who spent some time at various storage companies - Arcserve, DDN, Hitachi, Maxtor, Veritas and Legato - is the new member of the team replacing Jason. Good luck Christophe.