July 18, 2017

And now Rubrik recruits a CMO to accelerate

Rubrik (www.rubrik.com), the new generation data protection company, just announced the recruitment of its new CMO, in fact the company didn't have one so far. Bipul Sinha and other executives have selected Kara Wilson coming from FireEye, Okta, SP Cloud, SuccessFactors, Cisco Systems, Network General and PeopleSoft. Good senior executives for Rubrik even if the storage experience is totally absent of her background, let's present this fact as an advantage bringing new blood to the team. We had the opportunity to meet again Rubrik last June with the IT Press Tour and understood the strategy to accelerate the market penetration even more stronger. The company was also listed on the Storage Unicorn list published by Condor Consulting Group. Next months will be interesting to see for sure.
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July 13, 2017

Aptare, Insights for IT environments

Aptare (www.aptare.com), leader in IT monitoring and reporting, was a good surprise during the recent IT Press Tour. We have the chance to visit and meet a player not so visible on the market but with a very comprehensive solution for managing IT environments.

Founded in 1993 by Rick Clark, still CEO and President, the company, based in Campbell in California, was founded on private funds and finally never raised any venture money. Profitable, the company has controlled its destiny since the beginning and today manages several exabytes of data for over 1000 clients on the planet.

Aptare StorageConsole, now in version 10, can control, manage and monitor via one console various IT environments - on-premise or cloud -, server- or vm-based operations, for many operating systems, file systems, volumes managers, storage and network device and data protection tools such backup or replication. All these capabilities makes Aptare pretty unique on the market with no real competitor globally even if for some portion of the function, some solutions try to compete. Centrally managed via a very comprehensive console, the philosophy of the product relies on an agentless approach to collect all data in a central repository based on Oracle DB.



In fact, Aptare made several tentative with other DB engines but never found the right one able to storage huge amount of data, tables and records and be able to be significantly fast. It was a decision made several years as we understand that the market has made great progress int hat direction with very-fast DB, NoSQL or not, distributed...

In term of use cases, the product excels in capacity planning and monitoring, risk mitigation, compliance control and participate to the reduction of costs wherever data resides, on-premise or in the cloud. The company has an important installed base in finance, usually good candidate for heterogeneity, where the product is excellent. The second key market segment is the service/SaaS providers where mixed generation, model and brands are very frequent as well. Aptare have chosen a pure indirect model to maximize the effort and also developed some oem relationships like the one with Hitachi. With the latter, StorageConsole is named Hitachi Storage Viewer.

You can find the entire presentation used during the event to go beyond this post. IT was a great session with plenty of information and good interaction.

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July 10, 2017

StrongLink, a universal data tiering solution

StrongBox Data Solutions (www.strongboxdata.com), an alternative player for data management, has presented an interesting session during the last IT Press Tour. We had the chance to meet David Cerf, CEO and founder of the company, at the FujiFilm Innovation Hub in Santa Clara.

The company came from Crossroads with a transaction made in April 2016 and historically it sells the StrongBox LTFS NAS Appliance. Strongbox Data Solutions belongs to Partner One Capital. We'll write soon about the NAS archiving solution so let's focus for this post on StrongLink.

Since the beginning, StrongBox has focused on some vertical use cases such M&E, government and public sector, HPC & geospatial, research institutions or medical.

StrongBox has decided to build and design a very comprehensive product able to be the storage and data unificator across independent storage brands, models and product generations playing in that case a horizontal role thanks to the data that serves as the glue between silos and devices. The product fits in 2 categories at the same time, it's about Data Management but also Storage Management, and invite uses to continue with their current environments and devices, build strong data protection policies and reduce costs of the storage infrastructure. StrongLink is defined as a Cognitive Data Management product to optimize cost, data usage and maximize productivity from the same environment.

In term of features, StrongLink offers:
  • In-place non-disruptive deployment especially for current storage devices,
  • Data classification and indexing,
  • Smart versioning of all data and metadata,
  • Strong data integrity checks,
  • Smart pools to form logical groups of storage managed via just a metadata tag and for ease of management with policies attached to them,
  • Data mobility across any devices and locations,
  • Data protection extension with additional copies if needed at various locations and units,
  • Search and Orchestration for any storage and any data, I still have some doubt about databases integration,
  • Unification of Data and Storage management with original access methods maintained such NFS, SMB, S3 or Swift for instance,
StrongLink plays the role of a Data Virtualization layer and offers a a web console to manage globally the environment.


Three architecture models are possible: Star with only 1 StrongLink node deployed out-of-band, Constellation aka cluster of nodes with a minimum of 3 nodes and Galaxy as a mixed of Constellation and/or Star and several of them. StrongLink offers a very flexible console available on tablet, smartphone or any web-based environment.

In term of licensing, 2 models are possible: perpetual or subscription license model based on number of concurrent users.

StrongLink clearly deserves a look and try as it's probably one of the most comprehensive and open solution on the market, they just need to improve visibility and sign more business partners.

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June 25, 2017

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May 26, 2017

MSST 2017 Recap


The 33rd International Massive Storage Systems & Technology, aka MSST, edition 2017 happened last week in Santa Clara University. A few hundreds people were present. The 5 days conference has a unique format with a day of tutorials, two days of invited papers and two days of peer-reviewed research papers plus an opportunity for vendors to expose their solutions and interact with attendees.
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May 25, 2017

May 22, 2017

Steve Kenniston back to IBM

Storage is a small world and success calls for success. Steve Kenniston is back to IBM after almost 2 years at Infinidat as vice president product marketing.

Ed Walsh and Steve Kenniston both worked together at multiple times:
  • At Catalogic Software in 2014 and 2015,
  • At IBM for a few years between 2010 and 2013 after the acquisition of Storwize by IBM for $140 million in 2010,
  • At Storwize in 2009 and 2010,
  • At EMC for a few month in 2007 after the acquisition of Avamar by EMC for $165 million end of 2006,
  • and at Avamar in 2006.
During their collaboration, they sold 2 companies (Avamar, Storwize) and Ed Walsh sold Virtual Iron to Oracle in 2009.
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May 19, 2017

Ranajit Nevatia joins Rubrik

Rubrik (www.rubrik.com), one of the leader of the new data protection generation, has recruited recently Ranajit Nevatia as VP Bus. Dev. and Alliances. He came from Datagres where he was CEO, and this move invites us to think about some potential difficulties there. Previously he was at Bitcasa, Panzura, Asempra, Riverbed and Veritas Software.
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