August 26, 2019

August 23, 2019

Rubrik adds CDP and data governance with Andes 5.1

Funny, CDP was a hot more than a decade ago and I even started this blog in 2005 almost 15 years ago, to reflect this market trend. We all remember some vendors like Revivio, InMage, Axxana, Asempra, Mendocio, TimeSpring, Kashya, Topio, Constant Data, Storactive, Atempo or Synerway. Except Atempo, they all got swallowed or disappeared.

Next gen players just introduced it like Rubrik with Andes 5.1 for VMware based on vSphere API for I/O filtering. Rubrik already provide journal-based CDP for DB. We understand that the IT environment evolved a lot essentially from bare-metal to virtual environment and on-premise to cloud. CDP helps to reach better RPOs moving near to zero so almost no loss of data.

Polaris GPS is a SaaS data protection platform to protect on-premies and cloud-based applications. It receives a new data classification service named Polaris Sonar, also a SaaS application, that leverages machine learning to better manage data and especially personally identifiable information aka PII and more globally sensitive data. Also Polaris AppFlows is added to orchestrate DR converting backup snapshots into AWS EC2 instances powered by CloudOn technology.

Rubrik introduced as well Smart Data Tiering to move archived data to Azure. WORM capabilities is offered now with the Retention Locked SLA Domains feature.

August 19, 2019

Clumio is now ready for the battle

Clumio, am emerging data protection player, introduced for the first time ever in July 2018, just exits from stealth with a series B round of $40M. This round follows a series A of $11M in December 2017 just 2 months after tis inception, the total raised now reaches $51M.

The company, based in Santa Clara and founded in October 2017 by Poojan Kumar, Kaustubh Patil and Woon Jung, plays in the SaaS flavor of data protection, a segment that begins to be well populated. I invite the reader to check the table of SaaS backup player I publish regularly on StorageNewsletter.

It's interesting to see that Clumio has JW Thompson on its board like Rubrik, an other DP player, we find also Mark Leslie on the board of Zerto. Bizarre.

The genesis of the solution comes from the fact that data is fragmented - nothing new here - meaning that data is everywhere, on-premies and in the cloud controlled by proprietary, commercial and SaaS applications and services.

Poojan Kumar illustrates the creation of Clumio articulating 4 key points:
  1. Business opportunity as applications and data move to the cloud. The question is what can be disrupted in data and storage globally with cloud and SaaS in mid.
  2. Cloud-native architecture really means ability to scale and answers users requirements and growth.
  3. SaaS first so it's not about a product or a license but a service with a subscription model of course.
  4. Cloud agnostic to offer an ubiquitous service.
Some examples are Snowflake for data warehouse and Sumo Logic for log management but also Zuora, Salesforce the model and reference, Box or Dropbox, LinkedIn or Zadara in Cloud Storage.

Clumio is about protecting on-premises and cloud VMs with on-premises agents as virtual appliances offering local data dedupe, compression and encryption, in-transit and at-rest, before touching the public cloud. The control and management is done centrally in the cloud, currently on AWS, with scheduling, cataloging... and obeys to the recent wave of micro-services requirements and multi-tenancy fundamental for modern cloud services. The backup approach is to provide an "incremental for ever" approach by replicating data quickly after the first installation illustrating the rapidness and simplicity to activate the online service. The product offers a file granularity with a file search and restore capability. Clumio develops a special new metadata file system to track all data activities and lifecycle and store data on S3. It illustrates again what I wrote a few months ago about S3 eating the world.

Clumio started to deploy the v1.0 last May and several instances are running and seam to satisfy users.

The pricing model is to charge per VM per year without any links to data volumes and there is no charge for restores. It turns out that Clumio doesn't target SaaS applications as users don't rely on VMs, think about Salesforce or Google Drive and you get the idea. The underlying infrastructure is managed and controlled by Clumio so completely transparent for users. Clumio plans to add a partner program as the strategy targets the channel.

Don't be confused Clumio is not a SaaS backup for SaaS applications such Salesforce or Office365 but a backup as a Service for the enterprise for VM deployed on-premises or in the cloud. Interesting solution and Clumio has to start somewhere so AWS is a good choice of course. We hope the company to add GCP and Azure and support of SaaS applications as well such Office 365, Salesforce and even Google Drive.

A big surprise to read that there was not other solution on the market according to Poojan. I think he forgets a few players like HYCU, Rubrik, Cohesity, Druva or Actifio to name a few and for sure pure SaaS players with SaaS applications protection such OwnBackup, Kaseya Spanning, CloudAlly or Datto Backupify. The battle of next gen data protection will be even more dense and interesting in 2020... Let's meet at VMworld to get more detailed on this attractive data protection approach.

August 15, 2019

Datos IO RecoverX morphs into Rubrik Mosaic

Rubrik continues its integration of Datos IO technology and decided now to completely remove the name of the company they acquired early 2018. The product is now named Rubrik Mosaic even if the release number train is maintained, the current version is 3.1.

This new iteration introduces some enhancements for NoSQL database especially for Apache Cassandra, DataStax Enterprise aka DSE and MongoDB. It is also now listed on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace with a BYOL model and supporting last versions of databases.

Mosaic supports DSE 6 and 6.7 and the new index format introduce by DataStax with the 6.0 release. The popular DataStax Enterprise Search, integration of Apache Solr with Cassandra enterprise flavor, is now also backup natively by Mosaic 3.1. MongoDB 4.0 is also now supported with full compatibility wit the multi-document ACID transactions and real improvements in restore process.

The installation process was also improved and is now integrated with Ansible for on-premise or in-cloud deployments. This script is open source available on GitHub.

Monitoring leverages standards tools such Datadog, ServiceNow and Splunk. The product is getting more and more comprehensive and continuing to led this particular data protection segment. Good job.

June 17, 2019

A new era for Atempo

Atempo, the long time leader in data protection, was a good surprise of the recent IT Press Tour and it was the perfect opportunity to get an update on the current company as it evolved a lot for several years now.

It was an easy mission for Atempo team as the company and products are pretty famous for a few decades now and lots of people know it already. So we needed to get some interesting angles.

Back to the root, Atempo was started as Quadratec in 1991 by Dominique Vinay and kept this name approximately 10 years, changing its name to Atempo during one of the famous Forum Stockage show in 2001.

For a decent period of time, Atempo was associated to Time Navigator aka Tina and its well known time navigation, so the name, its GUI and its capabilities to generate synthetic full backup images from "independent" ones. In other words, Tina was able to present very simply a data environment at a given data acting like a Time Addressable Storage solution.

Later the company acquired Storactive and Synerway, more recently the assets of Lima (always same kind of words finally...), not to forget the period of approximately 8 years under ASG leadership that was not a memorable moment for the team. Atempo got "evacuated" from ASG and finally landed in the Wooxo-Atempo group being absorbed by Kick Start Management in 2017, a business entity led by Luc d'Urso and Cyprien Roy and based in La Ciotat near Marseille in France. This new life means also a new logo with green and blue colors and new values centered around preserving and ensuring durable environment.

In the meantime, Atempo has extended its product line with Atempo Digital Archive best know under the acronym of ADA.

The company's leaders launched a new entity name NextIno, acting as an AI lab, and based in Orleans in France. This lab is led by Bernard Peultier, a long time Atempo executives, data protection pioneer and father of ADA.

In term of products, we already mentioned Tina and ADA, we must also list Lina (Live Navigator) for endpoint protection with near-CDP mode and Backstone, a backup appliance line tailored for RoBo.

The last product iteration was Miria who targets Backup, Migration, Archiving and Data Moving for large unstructured data environments. Miria is open to all NAS and file servers as sources, even some special flavors like IBM GPFS aka Spectrum Scale and soon Lustre, Panasas and WekaIO we hope, and support file and - on-premises and cloud - object storage devices in term of targets.

With 135 people working for the new Atempo and offices in France, UK, Germany, Italy, Belgium, USA, China, Korea and Singapore, the team is ready for new challenges and business expansions. The business model is 100% channel with a large network of VARs and VADs with specific alliances. The pricing model is a mix of perpetual license but also a new subscription/SaaS approach.

2020 should be interested to see with next iteration of all these products and the arrival on NextIno AI contribution to makes them even more unique. We expect also to see a pure SaaS flavor of Tina or Miria.

June 12, 2019

New iteration for iXsystems and Asigra

iXsystems and Asigra continue to partner and this time expand their agreement with the Asigra Cloud Backup v14 Plugin for FreeNAS. This software is free for FreeNAS up to 10 systems and 10 cloud accounts, perfect for SOHO and SMB customers. This is the community edition but an enterprise Asigra license is available for large environments and price is based on number f systems to protect.

Even if Asigra is respected and well deployed, it's still a surprise to see an open source company by DNA to select a commercial offering like Asigra. Per haps the initiative came from the Canadian company. For S3 object Storage, iXsystems has picked Minio...

June 10, 2019

Atempo promotes Miria to accelerate growth

Atempo, a reference in data protection, made a key decision with the evolution of Atempo Digital Archive known as ADA, a well established archiving product on the market, to become Miria, at least to serve a its roots.

The idea is to offer a comprehensive product to address backup, archive, migration and data moving at scale i.e for high volume unstructured IT storage entities. In fact the product is dedicated to file storage and NAS, everything exposing a file interface so all storage servers presenting a NFS or SMB protocols are good candidates.

The architecture uses a master-slave model, slaves being data movers controlled by the Miria central server coupled with 2 UI for admin and users. Data movers, multi-threaded processes, dynamically initiated and working in parallel, represent a key performance element in the design of the solution as they finally deliver the SLA expected by users. They offer advanced features such fail-over, load-balancing and data path optimization. A scheduling mode is included with a user-initiated capability and even integration with applications via CLI or API. Well know for its central administration console with very interesting features with Tina, Atempo leverages its "savoir-faire" to build Miria GUI.

Atempo has chosen also to adapt a bit its sales strategy with strategic alliances with Huawei, DDN and Qumulo and opened US and APAC markets as these brands are strong there. Miria is adopted by large corporations to migrate from any NAS to DDN or Qumulo, to backup large file storage environments or propagate/syncrhonization data across multiple sites... all at a rapid pace. We expect the company to add Lustre support soon and also to see what Nextino, Atempo's AI subsidiary, to bring in that domain.

Real clever move for Atempo who needs to add more alliances and end-users deals to confirm market footprints. I recommend to approach Pure Storage and adds cloud to cloud capabilities.

June 5, 2019

Scaleway hides its technology partner

This is pretty strange to pick and use a solution and completely hide the brand and the product from its technology provider. Scaleway even says that they developed their solution which is just wrong as they use OpenIO, a French object storage toy, invisible from the market. But it's probably not so good to rely and promote an unknown player. The reality is they built a first toy sorry product internally now replaced by an other toy. I wrote an other post in September 2018 when their service was in beta. Why they didn't pick Minio, the obvious S3 object storage, adopted worldwide? You can argue "but with Minio we'll do like other", sure but at least the product is respected, deployed and reliable and users trust the team and the product so finally you offer parity with others and you don't create a doubt...

June 4, 2019

Partnership between iXsystems and Asigra

We met for the second time iXsystems earlier today during the 31st edition of The IT Press Tour and we learned new things as the company continues to innovate in various domains.

We'll cover later new products and updates but we wish to insist on the joint data protection solution between Asigra and iXsystems unveiled during VMworld 2018. The product is named Asigra TrueNAS Backup Appliance and as its name stated is the result of the couple of the open source TrueNAS platform plus the the Asigra Cloud Backup v14 software.

The solution capitalizes on FreeBSD, OpenZFS and HA and it is marketed in four models: X10, X20, M49 and M50 scaling from 60TB to 10PB.

The beauty of the solution resides also in its capability to continue to operate as a real NAS even if the server plays a backup role. And as an unified platform other protocols are available as well such iSCSI and S3 with the embedded Minio service. The appliance starts at $10k for 60TB.

The product has won the TechTarget SearchStorage Best Backup/DR Hardware product of the year for 2018, the finalist was Cohesity and third place was occupied by Unitrends.

May 27, 2019

The IT Press Tour #31 will hit earth soon

The IT Press Tour, the leading IT event for IT press, has recently unveiled participating companies for the 31st edition planned the week June 3rd in Silicon Valley.

Eleven companies will join the press crew, some of them are well established and we already met them and some participate for the first time:
  • Atempo, leader in data protection,
  • Data Dynamics, growing player in metadata management,
  • DataCore, pioneer in storage virtualization,
  • HYCU, fast growing actor in cloud data protection,
  • iXsystems, reference in open source-based systems and storage,
  • Kaminario, top vendor in flash storage and composable infrastructure,
  • ObjectiveFS, disruptor in cloud file storage,
  • Publist, emerging player in online file management,
  • Qumulo, famous leader in enterprise NAS,
  • StorONE, innovator in unified SDS,
  • and WekaIO, developer of the world fastest file system.
It will be again a dense week with hot technologies, great leaders and fast growing companies, the tour will shake the market again. I invite you to follow us with @ITPressTour, #ITPT, various publications and reporters Twitter handles.