November 24, 2017

Datos IO RecoverX 2.5 Brilliant

Datos IO is growing at a rapid pace. We visited the company in December 2016 with The IT Press Tour and we understood that something is happening there.

As of today, the company has doubled its installed base in just 6 months with 50% coming from Fortune500, confirming the need in such customers profiles. But globally it's a challenge for everyone.

The ISV also recruited a new VP of sales, Rick Gouveia, with background in data protection.

The company has taken a new approach to solve a common problem - data protection - for new distributed applications.
First they started to address NoSQL databases then file systems and continue with more classic applications. As Veritas Software was for the data center, the reference in data management, Veeam Software for the virtualization environment protection, clearly Datos IO is the new gem for cloud-based applications. It represents a modern protection for applications. The interest in the company is not reserved to a few people from a special club but to a range of individuals. NetApp and Cisco has made some special investments a few months ago and Suresh Vasudevan, last CEO of Nimble Storage, before the HPE acquisition, joined the board of directors. Cloud service providers are close partners especially AWS, GCP and Oracle Cloud but also companies like Cloudera, Cloudian or Igneous.

The firm has developed CODR (Consistent Orchestrated Distributed Recovery) as a scale-out distributed data management architecture to support modern applications in similar philosophies. And it confirms that RecoverX 2.5 is one of the most advanced data protection platform for applications using database engines like MongoDB, Cassandra, Hadoop, Cloudera or big data file system such HDFS.

This release introduces sub-table recovery, incremental and streaming recovery, local backup of geo-distributed applications with maximum data consistency and various security extensions with TLS/SSL encryption, x509 certificates, LDAP and Kerberos, key elements critical for enterprise adoption.

Next visit in a few days with the 25th edition of The IT Press Tour, will even better as the company has a real market adoption and continues to innovate fast. Superb.
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November 23, 2017

No more CTO for Quantum

Quantum (NYSE:QTM) doesn't have a CTO anymore. Bassam Tabbara, CTO of the company for the last three years, put an end date on September 2017, few times before the departure of CEO Jon Gacek.

He started strategic projects for Quantum such Castle and Rook. Based on Ceph and operating on commodity hardware, Rook is a multi-protocol SDS - file, block and object - for cloud native environments running as hyper scale or hyper converged clusters. Rook, accessible on GitHub, is also an open source software released under the Apache 2.0 license.

He came from Symform a company he co-founded in 2007 with Praerit Garg then acquired in 2014 by Quantum. This later has shut down the service in 2016. Symform was a decentralized P2P storage product playing against AetherStore, Aerofs, Blockade, Cloudplan, Kerstor, Ubistorage, Ugloo, Sia.tech, Space Monkey, Storj, Symform, Transporter, Tudzu or Wuala. Like many players Symform moved from generic use cases to a backup one.

Before that, he was at Microsoft as partner architect for more than 12 years.
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November 21, 2017

Datos IO recruits its new Sales VP

Datos IO, leader of the new generation of data protection approach, is expanding its sales effort with the recent recruitment of Rick Gouveia as VP of Sales. Rick has a strong data protection background, he came from Druva where he was VP of sales for the west region and stayed there more than 3 years. Before he spent 3 months at ElasticBox and previously a long tenure at Data Domain then EMC. He also appeared at Dell, Cisco and SGI at various product and sales positions.
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November 16, 2017

IT Press Tour #25 in California with a huge program

The IT Press Tour (www.itpresstour.com), the leading press event for IT press, just announced an amazing list of participating companies for the 25th edition early December in California.

A few surprises as well during this edition but I can't reveal any of these.

Topics will be around Software-Defined Infrastructure with of course Big Data, Storage, Networking, Data Management and Containers with a flavor of open source and edge computing.

Here is the list:
  1. AetherWorks, inventor of AetherStore and more recently FogCoin and ActiveAether,
  2. Datos IO, new comer in data protection for distributed data,
  3. DriveScale, pioneer in composable infrastructure for demanding applications,
  4. Hedvig, leader in multi-protocol SDS,
  5. Igneous, recent player in secondary storage,
  6. iXsystems, reference in open source storage,
  7. Minio, the promising fast growing object storage platform,
  8. Panasas, leader in high performance file system,
  9. Quantum, top vendor for secondary storage solutions,
  10. Qumulo, key actor in new scale-out NAS generation,
  11. Rubrik, the fast growing data protection platform,
  12. Spanning, major player in Cloud-to-Cloud and SaaS data protection,
  13. Sysdig, a model for others in Container monitoring,
  14. and Vexata, young flash storage vendor dedicated to speed.
This edition will be again huge with a dense program and top innovators. I invite you to follow us with @ITPressTour, #ITPT, various publications and reporters Twitter handles.


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October 26, 2017

24th IT Press Tour edition with a second visit in Israel

For the second time, The IT Press Tour travelled to Israel for a unique tour. This 24th edition gave us the opportunity to meet and visit 9 innovative companies in Security, Big Data, IoT, Cloud and Storage.

Here is a short summary:
  1. Axonius is a very young company targeting IoT infrastructure management at scale.
  2. Aqua Security leads the pack in security for Containers with an interesting comprehensive approach.
  3. CloudEndure delivers a multi | cross- cloud migration solution to provide easy and cost effective DR and workload migration.
  4. Coralogix, also a young company, develops a SaaS-based powerful log analytics platform delivering easy integration and high flexibility.
  5. Elastifile, leader in the new file storage segment, continues to innovate with a Flash-native Cross-Cloud Data Fabric with impressive performance results.
  6. Illusive Networks, recent actor in new security axis, enhances protection by saturating the environment with deceptive information, creating a distorted reality that the attacker cannot confidently navigate.
  7. Reduxio Systems has accelerated since last year meeting in Israel with good market adoption and innovative features around data mobility with NoMigrate and NoRestore capabilities.
  8. StorONE, new Software-Defined Storage player, unveiled the company and the product for the very first time. No real article exists since a blog post I wrote In August 2016 when the company has participated to VMworld US 2016.
  9. and Webhose.IO, a big data player, swallowing web data to offer easy data extraction and consumption at scale.
Press coverage has started, I invite you to read various articles on visited companies, to follow the group on Twitter with #ITPT, @ITPressTour and respective Twitter handle of each journalist. It was gain a fantastic edition. -- The IT Press Tour team
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October 25, 2017

CTera Networks shakes its marketing

We’re in Tel-Aviv and we learn from the land that CTera Networks doesn't have any longer a head of Marketing. His last marketing executive – Tom Grave - left recently, he has spent only 10 months as he started last year when The IT Press Tour visited CTera in Petach Tikvah.

Tom Grave was more recently VP Marketing at Catalogic Software for almost 2 years and before VP Marketing at SimpliVity for 3 years. Previously he spent some time at IBM and Diligent Technologies.
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October 20, 2017

IT Press Tour #24 back to Israel for the second time

The IT Press Tour (www.itpresstour.com), the leading press event for EMEA press, confirmed again participating companies for the edition scheduled next week in Israel.

Top European journalists will have the opportunity to meet and visit leaders and innovators:
  • Aqua Security, leader in security for container infrastructure,
  • Axonius, new player in IoT and mobile infrastructure management,
  • CloudEndure, reference in Cloud DR and migration,
  • Coralogix, young developer of SaaS-based log analytics,
  • Elastifile, pioneer of new cloud-native file storage,
  • Illusive Networks, key player in deception security approach,
  • Reduxio Systems, leader of an alternative hybrid storage model,
  • StorONE, storage disrupter on multi-protocol SDS segment,
  • Webhose.IO, provider of a new web data crawling service,
This edition should be again very interesting by the variety of players, the destination and globally the program. Follow us with @ITPressTour and #ITPT on Twitter and various top European IT publications via their respective Twitter handle.
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September 28, 2017

Rubrik adds serious Azure support

Rubrik (www.rubrik.com), leader of the new data protection generation, recently announced Alta 4.1, just 3 months after the major 4.0 release.

The major announcement is the extension with the support for Microsoft applications and Azure Stack with CloudOn for Azure. It also adds Google Cloud Platform with various cloud storage flavor (Nearline, Coldline, Multi-Regional and Regional) and the Commercial Cloud Services from AWS such the Glacier Vault Lock, the WORM capability from AWS.

Really interesting that many vendors adds Azure in their multi-cloud strategy, 2017 will be for sure the Azure year.

And a final gift when Kevin Durant signed my kid's jersey during VMworld US, thank you John, huge souvenir.

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September 21, 2017

ProphetStor finally recruits its last European VP

ProphetStor Data Services (www.prophetstor.com), an emerging player in Software-Defined Storage, is now operating in EMEA with a strong team.

I announced here before the summer its new EMEA operations structure led by Guillaume Imberti as the new VP/GM for the European region. At that time, we noticed that the team was almost complete with Guy Berlo, VP sales central EMEA, Thomas Barrett, VP sales north EMEA but clearly the seat was empty for south Europe. It’s filled now with the addition of Anne-Marie Renaudie who will be the VP sales south EMEA, coming from HPE as EMEA BURA Pursuit team, before at FalconStor leading the French business and previously at Veritas.

I also revealed in July that the EMEA finance director is Franck Tubiana. An other indicator that the dream team that exceled at FalconStor is back on business as a team.
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September 20, 2017

Infinidat gave us more details on Cloud offering

Infinidat (www.infinidat.com), leader in hybrid storage, has made last week a new iteration revealing to the world their next development around cloud.

Following recent VMworld US conference, I wrote a post indicating that Infinidat is preparing something around cloud storage offerings. Gregory Touretsky, Senior Director, Product Management at Infinidat, wrote a company blogpost last April about what Infinidat called Cloud-Adjacent Storage. It gave some interesting potential directions with an Infinidat system deployed at a colo facility and connected to Microsoft Azure and AWS respectively with Direct Connect and ExpressRoute. The Infinidat systems was configured with 2 protocols: iSCSI and NFS accessible from Azure and AWS. There is also a YouTube demo about Multi-Cloud Storage for MySQL connected to AWS and Azure. The recent SNIA Storage Developer Conference, last week in Santa Clara, was an opportunity to understand more details as G. Touretsky gave a presentation titled "Breaking the Cloud Storage Chains".

We notice more services – shared file system, cross-cloud DB and snapshots – around Infinidat’s cloud approach and the presence of Google Cloud in addition of AWS and Azure. The slides show that the company is able to support single region/multiple availability zones, multiple regions and of course multiple clouds. We expect to receive more info soon as the Infinidat announcement should occur in Q1 2018.
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