July 10, 2018

HYCU designed for Nutanix

HYCU, the new entity dedicated for the data protection of the Nutanix environment and also Monitoring of F5 and Citrix environments, was a real good surprise during the recent IT Press Tour.

HYCU is a recent name introduced to the market a few months ago to reflect the mission around hyper convergde environments. The acronym means HYper Converged Unique to promote a different approach to the data protection challenges introduced by HCI platforms. HYCU comes from Comtrade Software with more 20 years of experience in the backup space having developed a few famous solutions like HP Omniback a long time ago. The company has more than 300 engineers dedicated to that market, supports 8 backup partners and other partners such Citrix, HP, F5 Networks, Nutanix, Microsoft and Google.

New platforms like HCI introduces new data protection challenges and like virtualized environment many years ago, it requires a radical new approach to satisfy the protection goal especially in a scale-out architecture.

HYCU develops a purpose-built data protection solution for Nutanix. It represents a unique approach radically different from competition such Rubrik and Cohesity even if all of them belong to the new generation family of data protection.

The company strategy is not to mimic classic approaches and products neither to replace functions but complement them, it satisfies and strengthens the Nutanix partnership. For example, HYCU discovers applications, understands RTO challenges and setup adequate policies to satisfy goals.

The philosophy is to be agent-less with a pure software model, this is key here to scale with the infra and avoid any intrusive approach with the deployment of the software. The product is very easy to deploy and setup, in just a few minutes you have a working environment ready to protect the production. The product could be seen as an intelligent data mover and orchestrator that stores backup images in various targets such backup NAS or object storage platform like Cloudian, AWS or Azure. This is really the solution of choice, if you deploy Nutanix you must consider HYCU.

The future is interesting as the team shared with us some directions perfectly aligned with Nutanix directions: Non Nutanix environments support, in fact already available since Q2 2018, SAP HANA and IBM Power CS Series for Q3 2018 and the support of LTFS as a new backup target. In fact all things that can appear as a file system, local or remote, could be considered as a good candidate. f course some tests are needed but this is true by principle. We understand also some technology synergies with Nutanix DR for ROBO and integration with CALM.

With all of that I anticipate a bit, but HYCU should land in one of their partners in the next 18 months. It was a superb session, the team traveled from east coast and Goran Garevski, the Engr chief, even came for Lubiana (Slovenia) to meet us in California. And finally an idea, as Nutanix is really a midrange solution, we invite HYCU team to consider Datrium and develops similar approach for them as Datrium really is an enterprise HCI play. A future session next year would be good to see progress...

June 28, 2018

12 months of growth for Komprise

Komprise, the emerging leader in Data Management for Tiering, Archiving and Migration, updated The IT Press Tour crew early this week at their HQ in Campbell. We first learned the strategy for EMEA as they shared with us the official arrival of their regional vice president.

Back to the product, the mission of the company remains the same but the team has added a few months ago a NAS migration feature based on customer feedback and (almost) everything was in place to offer that. This feature is included at no additional cost. The philosophy is still to manage cold data, not cold storage, and offer a very flexible solution that maintain the user experience intact. One of the key difference resides in the data access options as Komprise maintains the original or native method and adds a new one when users needs to access data through the Komprise logic. It is essentially for cloud data access when data are moved on a S3 compatible storage space, cloud or not, and exposed via a NAS protocol. In that case, Komprise can be seen as a gateway to cloud.

The second value is about partners solutions support as finally Komprise continues to add NAS for primary or secondary entities plus cloud or object storage for secondary. The ISV has also clearly extended its partnerships with AWS, Azure and GCP and again the one with IBM is a key business milestone. We can even imagine a LTFS NAS appliance as a target and IBM has made some interesting integration with Spectrum product line and tape library as well to support their partnership. Komprise has also provided a Data Confinement feature to be aligned with GDPR and facilitate search and reporting and also a bulk recall capability to boost file "retrieval" needs.

The company is also used internally by WDC coupled with StorReduce and ActiveScale.

On the business side, the company has grown 700% year over year and the IBM reseller agreement should accelerate revenue by a strong factor.

Since our last visit 1 year ago, we see several progress, see above, and we're glad to have participating to this success with the press coverage of the tour. Komprise is now considered very often for data management projects when capacity and associated TCO are under consideration. 2018 will be a key year for the company.

June 27, 2018

June 26, 2018

Quantum has a new CEO

Quantum, long time leader in secondary storage, just announced its new CEO Jamie Lerner after Patrick Dennis sudden leave after just a few months in the position. Jamie Lerner will start his mission July 1 and is president and board member as well. He came from Pivot3 where he was VP and COO and previously at Cisco and Seagate.

June 25, 2018

Komprise hires its EMEA VP

Komprise, the new emerging leader in Data Management for Tiering, Archiving and Migration, just recruited Andy Hill as its EMEA boss. It was announced during the session during The IT Press Tour and it's a surprise as we expected a stronger caliber for Komprise in Europe, Andy came from Nexsan, Gridstore that became Hypergrid, Pivot3, Sungard and Veritas, many of them were great success in Europe.

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.

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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.