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Enrico Signoretti

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Enrico Signoretti runs Juku in Italy, and is a storage analyst and consultant.
VMworld_2016

Is VMware starting to mean 'legacy'? Down and out in Las Vegas

VMworld I love VMworld, as I do VMware. In the last few years VMworld has been “the IT show” if the infrastructure space is your thing. However, it is clear that something is changing and it is changing very quickly. Dell-EMC deal First of all, we are still in the middle of the Dell/EMC acquisition. This obviously doesn’t help; it …
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Your next storage will be invisible (for a while)

In the last two or three years I've talked a lot about "Flash & Trash." A two-tier storage strategy to best cope with the increasing demand of high IOPS and low latency from primary applications on the one hand, and high capacity, associated with throughput at times, on the other. This kind of need depends on the type of …
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Nutanix gobbling Pernix – why not?

Comment Rumour has it Nutanix is talking to Pernix Data about a possible acquisition. It could be a good thing for Nutanix and, of course, its customers. All DCs are brown fields If Nutanix's masterplan is to become the management platform for any data centre, it has to expand its product line. It is already at it, as I wrote a few …
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Pure Storage’s FlashBlade is great on paper. But it's still only on paper

I'm not very fond of proprietary hardware. But, as I wrote in March when I saw it for the first time, Pure Storage's FlashBlade seems to demonstrate that Pure has all the attributes to become a primary storage vendor and compete on equal terms against the usual suspects. No longer a startup Pure Storage is demonstrating to …

Another container-sized nugget: Scality S3 server joins nice and small party

Scality has announced a new S3 server, so small that it can run in a container. By doing so, it has joined a few others, like Minio and OpenIO, in providing a new tool for developers as well as opening new, interesting and unconventional applications for object storage deployments. This is an open source project which is also …

Quick note: Brexit consequences for IT

Blog Well, I'm not an economist and even less interested in politics - but UK exiting the EU is huge. I have several friends and acquaintances who have migrated to the UK in the last few years because there are more job opportunities, meritocracy and higher wages. This could all change very soon. But this is one aspect. The other one …
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Pull on your branded rival T-shirt, it's time to party with Nutanix

Here I am sitting at a bar at 4:50am (jet lag is my friend) after the Nutanix's annual event, .NEXT. I’m attending the event with a backpack I received at PureAccelerate (rival Pure Storage's event). I’m not carrying it with me because I want to publicize Pure, I actually love it because it is a sturdy bag and solves my day-to …

Ho hum, yet another storage startup. But, but, we're objectively different, yell newbies

Comment Lately I've been worried about the lack of differentiation in the storage startup ecosystem, but two newbies have made me think again. If you look at the container ecosystem, storage startups are popping up like mushrooms but most of them look very much alike. Yet, on the contrary, NooBaa and Iguaz.io have the most interesting …
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I know for certain what software-defined storage is. It's the new black

I’m not going to re-define software-defined. Instead I’d like to look around and try to make sense of different interpretations and architecture designs that make this claim. I have intentionally left out some solutions because they are not software-defined for me, while for others, I may have just forgotten to mention them or …
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Storage vendors that don’t look like storage vendors any more

Comment Yesterday I was at the Solidfire Analyst day and this idea about the cloud-enabling vendor popped up just after a couple of hours of presentations and demos. The new licensing model, new features and also how the software works and is presented is unusual, not only from traditional storage vendors, but also from many storage …

Does it even make sense to buy a VTL today?

Blog I’ve never been fond of VTLs (virtual tape libraries). I like deduplication but it quickly became a feature and is not a product. And lately we all want more out of backups, don’t we? Data Domain did a great job in building a brilliant deduplication-based appliance in 2001, but that was 2001. And, while it lasted, having the …
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Tintri is great. But is VM-aware storage still what customers want?

Comment Last week, your correspondent attended SFD10 and I met with a lot of interesting storage startups. Most of them have a good level of integration with VMware (who doesn’t today?), but one in particular built its entire strategy around it: Tintri. Tintri and its VM-aware storage The company started in 2008 with the idea of …
Containers

The B-side of storage containerisation

Blog B as in back-end, of course... My attraction to this technology started when it was first introduced on Sun Solaris and I had the opportunity to work with it. Now, of course, it is more appealing and portable than back in 2005. Indeed containers are quickly becoming one of the most compelling revolutions to hit IT in the last …
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Storage startups: Everyone's throwing money at you...

Blog The storage industry and IT as a whole are experiencing an interesting transformation and, as is happening in many other fields, everything is accelerating and it’s becoming very difficult to keep riding the wave for a reasonable length of time. Last week I had a conversation with Andy Warfield (Coho Data's CTO). Most of our …
Geometric_Objects

No objections to object stores: Everyone's going smaller and faster

A couple of weeks ago I published an article about high performance object storage. Reactions have been quite diverse. Some think that object stores can only be huge and slow and then others who think quite the opposite. In fact, they can also be fast and small. In the last year I’ve had a lot of interesting conversations with …
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High performance object storage: Not just about reskinning Amazon's S3

Comment There are three tiers of storage: Primary storage, or block; secondary storage, or file; and object storage comes third. Object storage is immensely scalable, cheaper, durable... and slooooow. Could that be changing soon? Let me talk about on-premises object storage here. Many end users start with an application (sync and …

Server vendors? Pah, they're mere resellers

Comment A few days ago Dell announced that they are reselling hyper-convergence solutions bundling software coming from Nutanix and VMware – and possibly others, too. From my point of view this is not a good strategy. Yes, it will boost some sales in the short term, but what is your differentiator in the long term? What is your value …

Storage admins.... they'll take your jobs

Blog Last week I had an interesting chat with Andy Warfield (CTO and founder of Coho Data). We started a debate about his latest article and the pros and cons of custom hardware design in modern storage products. However, the conversation quickly got side-tracked to another topic: the role of the storage admin, if any, in 2016. It …
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Memory-based storage? Yes, please

Comment Memory-based storage? Yes please, And I'm not talking about flash memory here; well, not in the way we usually use flash, at least. I wrote about this a long time ago: in-memory storage makes sense. Not only does it make sense now, but it's becoming a necessity. The number of applications taking advantage of large memory …
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VMware VSAN: When good enough more than passes muster

Last week I attended SFD9 and the last session of the week was with VMware about VSAN 6.2. This is not a review of the product or an analysis about single features; there are plenty of them already. Instead I’ll talk about what a product like VSAN 6.2 means for the entire SDS/HCI market. 6.2 The new version was launched a few …
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It looks good on paper, Pure. Will FlashBlade cut the mustard?

Comment Today Pure Storage is announcing a new product called Flashblade. It’s definitely a bold one. FlashBlade is a new all-flash storage system which is targeted at unstructured data workloads: highly scalable, for files and objects, aimed at serving less latency-sensitive workloads, but still with a lot of IOPS and throughput and …
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Secondary storage, the missed opportunity for object storage

Comment I've had a lot of conversations lately with vendors and end users about secondary storage - the scenario is quickly changing, with new products targeting this space and more end users adopting different forms. Object storage crossed my radar a few years ago, and even though its potential remains huge, radical changes are …

Add 'Bimodal IT' to your buzzword bingo card: Faster... more stable... faster. But stable

Comment Thanks to Gartner, we have a new buzzword: bimodal IT. It’s nothing special actually, just a new way to describe common sense, and the fact that the world – the IT world in this case – is not black or white. In practice, in modern IT organisations it is better to find a way to integrate different environments instead of trying …
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Two storage startups walk into a bar. One gulps investor funds, one sips gently

It’s all about secondary storage these days. We are talking about a market that is estimated to grab 80 to 90 per cent of the overall capacity installed and 40/50 per cent of the total storage expenditure in a few years from now. Tellingly, their $/GB is much lower than for primary storage). Part of this storage will be object …

Big data lakes? Too many ponds, that’s the problem

In recent chats I had with end users and vendors I found a common pattern that made me think about Big Data analytics and how data is collected, organized and analysed in many organisations. This is also, I think, an explanation for the slow growth of some Big Data companies and slower than expected ROI in some Big Data …

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