25 November 2015

IT Press Tour Update

Just a few last minutes changes for The IT Press Tour (www.itpresstour.com) as we're glad to add Minio, an open source object storage solution, to the current list of participants. Alos, Springpath notified us a few days ago that they won't able to participate for corporate strategy reasons so finally the list we'll be:
  • Cohesity, recent player in the mission to unify secondary storage,
  • FlashGrid, for an very fast shared storage for Oracle RAC and ASM,
  • LiveAction, innovator in network management,
  • Mangstor, developper on a full Flash storage array,
  • Minio, an open source object storage solution started by Gluster team,
  • OpenIO, pioneer in Object Storage software with the original idea initiated in 2006,
  • Outpace.io, next generation of Ethernet storage,
  • Primary Data, leader in Parallel NFS world,
  • Rozo Systems, alternative player with an innovative Scale-Out NAS solution,
  • Rubrik, promoter of converged data management,
  • Tegile, leader in Flexible enterprise Flash storage,
  • and Xirrus, high performance Wifi for Business.
Again, super week in perspective, pretty dense around Storage and Networking. Follow us on Twitter with the hashtag #ITPT.

15 October 2015

IT Press Tour #17 next December

The IT Press Tour (www.itpresstour.com), the leading media event in US for EMEA press and medias, will organize the 17th edition dedicated to IT Infrastructure from November 30th to December 4th in California. As usual, 15 European reporters will converge to San Francisco to meet and visit several hot companies in networking and storage this time, check the list, they're all hot companies with unique technologies:
  • Cohesity, recent player in the mission to unify secondary storage,
  • LiveAction, innovator in network management,
  • Mangstor, developper on a full Flash storage array,
  • OpenIO, pioneer in Object Storage software with the original idea initiated in 2006,
  • Outpace.io, next generation of Ethernet storage,
  • Primary Data, leader in Parallel NFS world,
  • Rozo Systems, alternative player with an innovative Scale-Out NAS solution,
  • Rubrik, promoter of converged data management,
  • Springpath, emerging leader in hyper-converged infrastructure,
  • Tegile, leader in Flexible enterprise Flash storage,
  • and Xirrus, high performance Wifi for Business.
Follow the tour with the hashtag #ITPT, also follow me with the Twitter handle @CDP_FST and other press group members. This tour will exceptional... again...

21 September 2015

Caringo FileFly, back to the future

Caringo (www.caringo.com), one the pioneer and leader of the object storage wave, founded in 2005, introduced recently a pretty interesting piece of software named FileFly. In a world where we speak everyday about scalability with scale-out storage approach, it's clever from Caringo to release a product that targets scale-up file storage. This is an obvious consideration but many vendors forget the strong presence of classic file servers in the enterprise without any desire to swap out the current good solution. At the same time, companies accumulate a lot of data, many of them are perfect candidates for an intelligent approach to multi-level storage or storage hierarchy. In 2 words FileFly is a data migration software that selects file candidates from a primary file server, move them intelligently to Caringo Swarm and maintain access to data on the original residence. In that method, it looks pretty similar to an HSM product who has the property to be fully hidden to applications and users meaning that the secondary storage is totally ignored. When a migrated file is accessed, there is a small information (stub file) let on the original residence with enough information to redirect the IO operations to the new residence of data. The read operation when data is migrated is a bit delayed to allow the cache back mechanism to take place and then release the read operation on the primary storage.
Caringo FileFly supports today Windows server and NetApp, and requires the Windows server and any configuration: Windows server only or Windows and NetApp filers. For NetApp and its close world, the product relies on fpolicy to find out and operate all file operations without any installed piece of software.
Caringo announced also a very aggressive package with Swarm + FileFly at 35,000$ for 100TB usable capacity based on 140TB protected with 5+2ECP. It doesn't represent the best price at 0.35$/GB but the long list of features delivered for that price is pretty unique, among them in the bundle:
  • Object Storage platform with Swarm,
  • Cold storage with Darkive,
  • Data Migration with FileFly,
  • Data Protection with Elastic Content Protection (Replication or Erasure Coding),
  • Data Lifecycle Management with LifePoints and
  • WORM/Legal Hold and Compliance

This is clearly a smart addition to the current offering - Swarm - that contributes to the adoption, limits the entry barrier and simplifies deployment, installation and potential questions about integration between independent layers. It also serves as an investment protection for enterprises that just add a intelligent data layer and data storage platform to their environment, and contributes to reduce the primary storage TCO.
We'll see how competition will react but for now, no other players in the top 5 object storage vendors have similar approach.

18 September 2015

16th edition IT Press Tour in October

The IT Press Tour (www.itpresstour.com), the leading media event in US for EMEA press, will organize the 16th edition dedicated to Business and IT Applications 1st week of October in California. This edition will be the first one of this nature with several new journalists from Europe. 15 European reporters will converge to San Francisco to meet and visit 11 companies:
  • Anaplan, leader in Enterprise Planning and managed by a top French entrepreneur,
  • Arcitecta, innovator in metadata management,
  • AtScale, recent player for BI on Hadoop,
  • Branch Metrics, developer of a deep link technology for mobile applications,
  • Datadog, reference in Cloud-scale Monitoring,
  • Delphix, pioneer in Data Virtualization,
  • Filepicker, a developer solution for document and file management,
  • Hortonworks, one of the leader in Open Enterprise Hadoop,
  • Metadata, enabler of B2B demand generation,
  • NuoDB, leader in scale-out SQL database,
  • and Solix Technologies, Data Management reference for structured data.
Follow the tour with the hashtag #ITPT, also follow me at @CDP_FST and other press group members. It will rock again...

04 September 2015

Arcserve, best product at VMworld

Christophe Bertrand
VP Product Marketing, Arcserve
Arcserve (www.arcserve.com), leader in Data Protection for SMB, continues to penetrate the market with more features. Several years ago, I'm sure many of you remember the day to day battle between Arcserve and Backup Exec. It was before they got acquired, when Cheyenne Software competed against Seagate NSMG or even before when it was Arcada around 1996. Since that many things changed especially the market itself. Arcserve lost lot of its good reputation when CA acquired Cheyenne, Veritas then Symantec took over the leading position. Again things changed recently when 2 elements occurred: CA announced divestiture of Arcserve and Symantec Veritas - Veritas Technologies - split was unveiled. This act helped Arcserve as a new private entity to focus on the product and the development, bringing to Universal Data Protection a real new life. The second announcement put Veritas in a fragile position. Back to the future for Arcserve with a very strong features set for UDP, a pretty team and the "Best of VMworld 2015" Gold Award in the Disaster Recovery and Backup for Virtualized Environments category. Congrats.

07 July 2015

Caringo shuffles the exec team

Caringo (www.caringo.com), pioneer in object storage, made a silent change of its exec team. Everyone knows that its founders team was Mark Goros, Jonathan Ring and Paul Carpentier and they "arranged" part of their names to create Caringo as the company name. For many years, the team worked with Goros as CEO, Ring as COO and Carpentier as CTO. Hum, what a change. Now Ring is CEO and Founder, Goros is "just" Founder and Carpentier disappeared from the web site. When I check LinkedIn we see that Paul is now Founder and Board member. Strange. At the same time, Tony Barbagallo joined the team to lead the Product activity and Brandon Canaday left to rejoin Dell. Does it mean something ?

30 June 2015

Catalogic solves the Copy Data nightmare

Catalogic Software (www.catalogicsoftware.com), leader in Intelligent Data Protection Management, met the IT Press Tour group end of June for the 15th edition. Steve Kenniston, Technology Evangelist for Catalogic, spent some time to introduce the company and the deep background in data protection. Catalogic launched in October 2013 came from Syncsort Data Protection business as a spin-off demonstrating a strong experience since 1996. Syncsort Backup Express also known as BEX at that time is now DPX at Catalogic. In addition to DPX, the company started an effort to promote and boost its ECX solution, a product dedicated to manage and orchestrate Copy Data and solve associated nightmare. To immediately get the issue, IDC mentions that 60% of the storage space is covered by data copies so it becomes obvious that this ratio must be improved but maintains at least the same level of protection. ECX is a product to manage and catalog data protection services and images. It provides a service for physical and virtual environment, it has to be considered as a Data Management Platform able to leverage various data copy services from storage devices or backup software to reduce significantly CapEx and OpEx.


In term of platform support, Catalogic has a clear plan started by Netapp, VMware, today available, and soon IBM.


The competition is very active in Copy Data with Actifio, the historical leader, but Catalogic has some advantages to consider for some usages and environment.

01 May 2015

25 years ago, Dominique Vinay founded Quadratec

One of the most prolific French IT entrepreneur especially in Storage Software, Dominique Vinay, launched Quadratec 25 years ago exactly May 1st 1990. I'm pretty sure many of storage veterans remember that brand from France who built a strong backup product named Time Navigator. The company then changed its name to Atempo in 2001 and finally got acquired by ASG in 2011. The product is still sold and has many thousands deployments.

Dominique Vinay left Atempo early 2000 to start Active Circle, a scalable file storage software, acquired by Oodrive in 2014. He quit a few years before that last acquisition to start a new storage company, Exabuilder, who finally ceased activity in 2014. Thank you Dominique for all your contributions to the storage industry.

10 April 2015

15th IT Press Tour and 5 years

The IT Press Tour (www.itpresstour.com), the media event started in June 2010, will celebrate it's 5 years during the 15th edition in California end of June. The core topic of this week is Software-Defined covered from a network, storage, management and big data perspective. 15 european reporters will participate to meet 11 hot companies, here is the list:
  • Big Switch Networks, a pioneer in SDN,
  • Catalogic Software, a Copy Data player with strong background in data protection,
  • CoreOS, an innovative software for massive deployment,
  • DDN Storage, the leader in HPC Storage,
  • Hedvig, new SDS apporach by the father of Amazon Dynamo and Apache Cassandra,
  • Jut, a new player in Big Data with radical new approach,
  • Micron, the giant manufacturer of Flash and NAND devices,
  • NexGen Storage, the alternative storage vendor dedicated to QoS based storage,
  • Nuage Networks, one of the references in the SDN segment,
  • Pure Storage, the future new storage giant,
  • and Rozo Systems, promoter of a Erasure-coded Scale-Out NAS for high demanding workload.
With this post, we'd like also to announce the launch of a sister event with same format but dedicated to "Business and IT Applications". This new event will happen the week of October 5th. The current IT Press Tour, let's say the classic one, will continue and will be officially marker as an "IT Infrastructure" event.
I invite you to follow the IT Press Tour via the #ITPT twitter hashtag, me with my twitter handle @CDP_FST and other reporters via their respective handles.

08 January 2015

CEO swap at Unitrends

Unitrends (www.unitrends.com), a leader in data protection for SMB, has lost its CEO as the management page doesn't display any CEO position. The 1st name that appears on that page is Mark Campbell who now drives the marketing and the technology side of the company. Mike Coney, CEO from 2009 to 2014, left in December. Interesting, does it illustrate some strategy divergence ? We'll see... . According to Crunchbase, Unitrends raised 20M$ in 4 rounds with 2 acquisitions: PHD Virtual in 2013 and Yuruware more recently in summer 2014. Last minute today, Unitrends just announced a new CEO with Kevin Weiss.