10 August 2016

Rubrik continues its French market penetration

Rubrik (www.rubrik.com), one of the leader in new generation of data protection, has recently selected Duonyx, a French IT sales and services company, for its expertise in large account sales, integration and partnership. Duonyx already represents top brands and solutions with Cloudian, Dell, Lenovo, Nutanix, Pure Storage, Quantum, Rozo Systems, Symantec and Veritas - all famous and recognized products. Rubrik has participated to the 17th edition of The IT Press Tour in December 2015 and will join the tour again next December. It will boost Rubrik to a new level for European sales presence. Congrats to both team.

03 August 2016

IT Press Tour #20 - Special Israel Edition

The IT Press Tour (www.itpresstour.com) is ready for a new evolution and a tour in Israel invited by many storage vendors to visit the country and R&D centers to feel the power of innovation especially in Storage. Next November, the IT Press Tour team will visit and meet a few data storage and services companies to better understand their technologies and market approaches. 3 of them are completely new with even no detailed web page such Weka.io, I revealed NooBaa in a recent Top News on StorageNewsletter and published one of the first article about Iguaz.io. The other companies are super strong with key leadership position on the market - CTera Networks is a reference in Cloud based | connected- storage, Kaminario is a All-Flash Array top choice and Reduxio Systems, more recent, wishes to change the storage approach with a new primary storage offering with key data protection capabilities. We add a confidential name unable to mention it right now, so please come back to the tour home page in a few weeks close to the event to discover who will be behind.

01 August 2016

SpinBackup, a new entrant in cloud to cloud backup

SpinBackup (www.spinbackup.com), a SaaS backup provider, based in Burlingame, founded in 2013, continues to penetrate the market. The company protects Google Apps, Microsoft 365 and globally operates as a Cloud-to-Cloud backup service. SpinBackup provides also a Cyber Security service as a additional security layer. As of today, SpinBackup cover more than 200 countries, 20000+ individual users, 2000+ companies and 10000 applications. A good success so far. In term of price, there is no free service, it starts at $2 per month with an annual subscription and unlimited storage for Cyber Security, $3 for the Cloud-to-Cloud Backup and Recovery and $5 for the combination of the two.

It reminds me 2 others leaders we have met with The IT Press Tour, Backupify acquired by Datto in December 2014 and Spanning Backup swallowed by EMC 2 months earlier in October 2014.

26 May 2016

BlueArchive, new story or Storiant revival ?

BlueArchive, a startup founded in February 16, 2016 seems to be the new flavor of Storiant. Storiant, formerly SageCloud, has recruited SASI to sell the company, I refer to that in an post written in October 2015.
There is no web site for the company and of course no logo yet, telling me that people wish to operate in stealth mode. BlueArchive is based in Boston like Storiant and Carbonite and the founders are David Friend and Jeff Flowers, 2 good friends who built Carbonite and SageCloud. Hum, you get my point, things converge. BlueArchive received $1.94M May 16, 2016. When you check the LinkedIn profil of Jeff Flowers, you read the following sentence "BlueArchive specializes in large scale date archiving cloud service" and globally we have found only 3 people on LinkedIn from the company. As Cold, Long-Term and Compliance data storage is one of the fantastic opportunity in the industry, we still don't understand how a company - Storiant - that built such interesting solution finally went out of business. Let's wait and see what BlueArchive will develop and how they will approach the market.

16 May 2016

A new iteration to make Erasure Coding universal

MemoScale (www.memoscale.com), a dedicated vendor to provide industry Erasure Coding software, appeared recently at the OpenStack Summit in Austin. I met the team and I immediately asked them if they're linked to the other Norway adventure named Splice Codes that tried to promote erasure coding some time ago. And the answer is yes. You can read a very short blog post I wrote about them in April 2015. It seems now that they changed a few things to be more visible with the help of the Norway government to financially support the project.
The company promotes 3 values with an erasure coding technique based on systematic mode: superior data integrity, very fast data recovery and super efficient storage capacity utilization thanks to 3 products:
  1. a C-library for Erasure Coding to be embedded with any storage engine. The team claims that that this library delivers 3x faster that classic Reed Solomon.
  2. a plugin for Ceph that combines erasure coding with error detection and correction. This plugin can replace Jerasure and ISA.
  3. a data integrity for RAID solutions.
The point 1 is illustrated by these 3 tables:

Data Protection methodStorage overhead
3x Replication3x
"Classic" Erasure Coding1.5x

Recovery SpeedMB/s
Erasure Coding13

Data FragmentsRedundancy fragmentsExtra Storage OverheadReed Solomon Erasure Coding recovery traffic*MemoScale recovery trafficMemoScale improvement factor in recovery traffic**
* Recovery traffic amount of data needed to be transferred during recovery compared to the lost data.
** Ratio between the amount of recovery traffic of RS vs. MemoScale. Higher improvement factor means better performance.

It's important to understand that erasure coding introduces some impact, it explains why for demanding platform, the presence of such techniques is limited versus its appearance in secondary storage. Today erasure coding is a must, having the feature doesn't create any advantage but not providing it is a clear drawback. Having said that, there is real differences across different erasure coding techniques.
MemoScale is a super interesting solution with lot of promises and it's good to see some innovation in a sector when during a long time we didn't find real ones meaning that Reed Solomon was the de-facto standard.
As we try to classify erasure coding techniques, it seems that the Mojette Transform invented in France at the university of Nantes is still the best approach followed by MemoScale and ISA-L and then Reed Solomon. The Mojette Transform is available in one of the fastest Scale-Out NAS of the market. Trying to use erasure coding technique for primary storage allows to find immediately the performance impact and the divergence with service commitments.
I invite you to try each of these to realize benefits and how they operate in your environment.

09 May 2016

IT Press Tour #19 - 6 years later

The IT Press Tour (www.itpresstour.com), launched in June 2010, will celebrate a team success for the 19th edition next June. So far, the tour has met 137 companies, delivered 200 sessions as some companies did multiple editions (for example, Cloudera did 5 editions, Nimble Storage, Pure Storage, Solidfire or Hortonworks, 4 editions...) and generated more than 5000 articles in online and print magazine. The tour has largely contributed to create visibility for invisible companies, its success speaks for itself.
The next edition end of June will be dedicated to IT Infrastructure and will take place in San Francisco and the valley. As usual, the tour team has invited many innovative companies, many of them are pioneers in their respective segment, and the list as of today is:
  • Cloudian, the best object storage for on-premise S3,
  • Datrium, the premier supplier of server-powered storage systems as they name themselves,
  • Hedvig, a new SDS approach by the father of Amazon Dynamo and Apache Cassandra,
  • Kaminario, one of the fastest All-Flash Array,
  • OpenIO, one of the few pioneers of object storage,
  • Portworx, a leader in software-defined storage for containerized applications,
  • Rozo Systems, a super fast scale-out NAS,
  • Springpath, innovator in hyperconvergence software,
  • Sysdig, first and only comprehensive set of container-native visibility solutions,
  • Versity, key player in data tiering for demanding environments,
  • and some confidential ones we can't mention today.
Follow the tour with the hashtag #ITPT, you can also follow dedicated Twitter handle @ITPressTour and other press group members. This tour will be exceptional... again... for everything related to storage.

25 April 2016

Synerway promotes Enterprise CDP

Synerway (www.synerway.com), one of the top french backup vendors, continues to promote enterprise data protection with advanced CDP. I wrote 10 years ago a short blog post about them (blog post in French July 2006) and also in 2010 as the product was clearly oriented in the CDP direction at that time (blog post in French May 2010). The company, founded in France in 2002 by former Quadratec leaders, well known for Time Navigator, has shipped so far 15000+ appliances via a pure 100% channel model.

Synerway Enterprise CDP is a block based solution that captures in real-time data changes and ships them to a disk attached to a dedicated appliance. An agent must be installed to make this capture and of course, a first copy is needed that serves as a reference. The granularity is excellent as the capture can work from 512 bytes which is also a key optimization feature different from competitions who capture data from 1kB to 128kB. The product can manage up to 1000 snapshots, so 1000 versions possible, largely enough to control all data critical environments. There is no catalog and the agent fee is capacity based without any limits on the number of instances deployed. In the Windows environment, the agent is compatible with VSS. On the target, the product controls data and storage with thin provisioning, compression and encryption. There is a stress point as Synerway must develop, validate and follow various OSes with long matrices. Synerway also offered FileSafe and DiskSafe, 2 options from FalconStor.
It exists 3 approaches - In-Band, Out-of-Band and Side-Band - and this approach reminds me 2 Side-Band approach blog posts I wrote in Dec. 2005 (2 posts in French available here and here). In the classic Side-Band mode, it is used without any intrusive agent with just a logical volume manager and a dedicated path with an appliance that stores and versions data. For people who work in this industry for more than 10 years, this approach seems similar to what Revivio did, then the company got acquired by Symantec and offered the feature via NetBackup RealTime. You can check also a pretty blog post I made in January 2006, still in French.
Synerway seems to position Enterprise CDP in front of DeDuplication but these 2 technologies are more extension and not alternatives. Even with Compression on the Synerway side, users can perfectly use DeDup in target mode coupled with CDP. CDP targets RPO - Recovery Point Objectives - needs and its mission it's not to reduce storage space and DeDup is chosen for the storage capacity economy it can generate, or capability to use low network bandwidth for remote backup for instance. However, Synerway has a pretty interesting approach to both satisfy RPO requirements and storage space and their success proves that the solution has a real value.

15 March 2016

Cohesity + Pure Storage, a clever couple

Cohesity (www.cohesity.com) and Pure Storage (www.purestorage.com | NYSE:PSTG), 2 leaders and innovators in data storage, just announced a partnership. In 2 words, Pure Storage with All-Flash Array line serves as primary storage of course and Cohesity C2000 harmonizes the secondary data landscape. One of the value users understand when they think about adopting these 2 solutions reside in the choice of something really new and not an extension or addition or something existent with classic vendors or at least classic product with new capabilities. Both of them use Flash + deduplication and contribute drastically to a low TCO by reducing footprint and energy while serving and protecting data better.

The solution is composed by 2 elements: a 3U Pure Storage FlashArray and a 2U Cohesity C2000 appliance and si pretty simple to integrate via VMware API, so finally each VM protection policy triggers a data flow towards the Cohesity device. Next step seems to be an integration based on Pure Storage snapshots mechanism to be stored directly on C2000 appliances. Both companies organizes a joint webcast soon to explain this deployment, you can easily register here.

07 March 2016

IT Press Tour #18

The IT Press Tour (www.itpresstour.com), the leading media event in US for EMEA press and medias, will organize the18th edition dedicated to Business and IT Applications from March 21st to 24th in San Francisco. As usual, a group of European reporters will converge to San Francisco to meet and visit several hot companies in Hadoop, Big Data, Analytics, Applications Performance Management, Corporate Planning, Mobile CRM and Messaging oriented applications, check the list, they're all hot companies with unique technologies:
  • Anaplan, leader in corporate planning with a Cloud-based SaaS model,
  • AppDynamics, reference in Application Performance Management,
  • Chartio, recent player in Cloud Analytics,
  • Datameer, top player in big data analytics and Hadoop,
  • FollowAnalytics, promoter of mobile CRM and user engagement,
  • Hortonworks, pioneer of Hadoop and big data processing platform,
  • Phala Data, promoter of analytics to serve corporate business revenue,
  • SendBird, startup dedicated to messaging and chat APIs for mobile Apps,
  • Sherbit, interesting solution for personal analytics,
  • and Trifacta, leader in big data analytics and exploration.
Follow the tour with the hashtag #ITPT, you can also follow dedicated Twitter handle @ITPressTour and other press group members. This tour will be exceptional... again...

02 March 2016

Hortonworks introduces CDP

Hortonworks (www.hortonworks.com | NASD:HDP), leader in Hadoop and Big Data processing platform, continues to shake the market with a major announcement made yesterday in San Francisco. Hortonworks promotes its Connected Data Platforms aka CDP (not Continuous Data Protection) to offer best-in-class Data-at-Rest and Data-In-Motion processing. To deliver this promise, the company unveiled 2 new iterations:
  • Hortonworks Data Platform aka HDP, the historical product, today under release 2.4 which includes Apache Spark 1.6, Apache Ambari 2.2 and SmartSense 1.2. This is also the perfect opportunity to announce a new release approach with Core Apache Hadoop components (HDFS, MapReduce and YARN) and Apache Zookeeper to be updated annually and aligned with ODPi consortium and the Extended Services (Spark, Hive, HBase, Ambari....), running on top of the Core, top be released in a continuous manner.
  • and Hortonworks Data Flow aka HDF today in 1.2, leading real-time streaming data platform, key for IoT, now includes Apache Kafka and Apache Storm. HDF 1.2 will be available in Q1 2016.

Last key point of this major announcement, a strategic partnership with HPE to boost and optimize enterprise Spark performance. HPE makes a clear move in favor of Hortonworks as the preferred partner and solution for all big data environments and needs.
For the 4th time, Hortonworks will participate to the IT Press Tour in 2 weeks now and we'll learn more about these news. Great.