Articles about primary data

Curse of Woz strikes again – first Fusion-io fizzles out, now Primary Data goes down

Primary Data, the storage startup offering a metadata-driven abstraction layer, appears to have gone TITSUP – a Total Inability To Sell Us Products. The upstart's landing page on its website, primarydata.com, was blank at time of writing, and inner pages were 404ing. Its Twitter and Facebook presences have also been silenced. …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2018

No venture capital please, we're British: Why a pair of storage startups went it alone

Analysis Two UK storage startups both went without venture capital and struggled to grow. One was Object Matrix, the other Storage Made Easy. Both are consequently outside the storage mainstream and traded VC-funded growth acceleration for being in control of their own destiny. Oddly enough, neither would go the VC funding route if …
Chris Mellor, 8 Nov 2017
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Primary Data gets fresh funding. Reg storage man expects a wave of acquisitions

+Comment Primary Data has rolled up $40mn in new funding as the data management space becomes white hot. The company has picked up $20m in a C-round of venture capital funding and $20m in a line of credit arrangement. It was founded in 2013 when it received $50m of VC funding, picking up another $13m in 2014, with nothing since then …
Chris Mellor, 2 Aug 2017
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Meet Zenko: No, it's not a discount super hero. It's Scality's benevolent, celestial fox... er?

Object storage slinger Scality has announced an open-source public cloud gateway and controller called Zenko. Why "Zenko" as a name? It's allegedly Japanese for a benevolent, celestial fox that has occasional supernatural powers. Yes, we're none the wiser, either. Essentially, Zenko is based on Scality's implementation of the …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jul 2017
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A good time Woz had by all: We peeked our head into Primary Data and this is what we saw

Analysis Picture this. A little press conference with Primary Data at its headquarters in Los Altos, California, right in the armpit of Silicon Valley. CEO Lance Smith is briskly burbling away about his company, but us hacks are somewhat distracted. The Apple wizard that was, Steve Wozniak, Stephen Gary Wozniak, age 66, is sitting …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2017
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Hybrid storage newbie: It's storage Jim, but not as you know it

Reduxio, the startup that stories data in unique indexed, tagged and timestamped chunks, has introduced v3.0 software with unified primary and secondary storage. It has built-in replication for disaster recovery, copy data management, restores data with near-zero Recovery Point and Recovery Time Objectives (RPO/RTO) and …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jun 2017
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Newbies Komprise hope to krush data sprawl

Analysis Komprise is a data management startup saying it will save enterprises money by identifying and analysing file/unstructured data sprawl then shift it to cheap on-premises or in-cloud storage. This is a message put out by others, such as Catalogic and Primary Data. It overlaps with the copy data managers, such as Actifio, and the …
Chris Mellor, 17 May 2017

Primary Data's metadata engine 'speeds up' NAS, saves 'millions'. Leaps burning buildings, too?

Analysis Primary Data has updated its storage silo-converging DataSphere product, and says it’s ready for mainstream enterprise use, not just test and dev. The new release can save millions of dollars, handle billions of files and accelerate Isilon and NetApp filers. The v1.2 product gives enterprise customers, Primary Data says, the …
Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 2017

One sales guy in, one sales guy out, Primary Data shakes it all about

In comes Robert Wilson and out goes Kaycee Lai at Primary Data. Kaycee Lai was SVP for products and global sales at Primary Data. He's joined Waterline Data, a data catalogue startup, as president and COO. Lai joined Primary Data following his role as sales head at Virsto in September 2013. He's also spent time at Delphix and …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2017
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Startup grind is over: Now Primary Data must compete with storage giants

Analysis Startups arrive with fanfares of new tech and product surprise and then face the long grind to grow their business to newsworthy market status while adding bells and whistles to the basic product. Getting the first product out of the door is a validation of all the technology trend analysis and development struggle involved in …
Chris Mellor, 19 Dec 2016
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VSAN users get file access with DataSphere: It's a computing resource 3-way

+Comment Primary Data is providing file services for VSAN and its block-based storage. VSAN is VMware's virtual SAN software, which aggregates storage on connected servers to provide a virtual shared block storage array. It is used in many hyper-converged infrastructure appliance (HCIS) systems, such as Dell EMC's VxRail. Primary Data' …
Chris Mellor, 18 Oct 2016
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Here's the relevant bits from VMworld, sliced and diced just for you

VMworld Here's part one of our three-part round-up of what's hot and what's not from VMworld 2016. Axcient announced v 1.5 of Fusion, its consolidated secondary storage in the cloud offering, with new cloud orchestration and workflow automation capabilities. The company claims it provides complete IT resilience and agility from the …
Chris Mellor, 30 Aug 2016
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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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Solving the data silo problem using a crawl-walk-run strategy

Analysis + Comment DataSphere is Primary Data's product and it provides a storage abstraction layer presenting a single interface to multiple individual storage silos. Primary Data told us more about it at a Silicon Valley IT Press Tour event in early December. CEO Lance Smith said the company's technology virtualised data, not storage, and …
Chris Mellor, 31 Dec 2015
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Software defined? No no no, it's poorly defined storage (and why Primary Data is different)

Comment "Software-defined storage" is something end users love, and the industry is going precisely in that direction. The only problem I have with it is that, as happens with other buzzwords, the term is being over-abused, and generalization leads to confusion. I know that I'm not the first to raise this problem, but now that real …
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Clean-cut code-warriors behind Cohesity's hyper-converged tech

Comment Startups are always someone's enemy; that's the nature of being disruptive. The disrupted status quo hates you. Rarely though does a small biz face more enemies than Cohesity. Every supplier selling secondary storage hardware, software, or applications faces being killed or grievously wounded by Cohesity. Mohit Aron's startup is …
Chris Mellor, 3 Dec 2015
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Primary Data's DataSphere storage silo-masking software revealed

Primary Data, Fusion-io founder David Flynn's startup, is unveiling its DataSphere product: universal data access software that masks multiple hardware and multiple vendor silos, to provide a single virtualized data sphere containing different tiers of data. We'll start with a conceptual diagram and then explain the bits as we …
Chris Mellor, 27 Aug 2015
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Will tech titans SWALLOW upstart where Apple guru Steve Wozniak works?

Comment I spent just an hour with data centre virtualisation upstart Primary Data (set up by Fusion-io's founders) during an IT press tour, but I came away both intrigued and puzzled at the same time. While it has the best vision and ideas I’ve seen in years, at the same time the two-year-old firm's vision seems incredibly hard to …

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