The Equifax hack raised a basic question. Don’t most Fortune 500 companies have some type of data loss protection (DLP) system in place to prevent such breaches. Or at least identify the breach before too much damage is done? You’d think that is the case after high-profile consumer data hacks such as Target occurred. The technologies to identify these intrusions remains ample. The operations discipline to utilize them remains immature. Next up on our Tech Field Day 15 previews is network virtualization and security company Ixia.Read More
The Tech Field Day (TFD) presenter up next in my series of TFD 15 previews is DataCore. DataCore is a virtual SAN or hyperconverged solution. You may ask, why do we need yet another software-defined storage solution. VMware has come out with VSAN, aren’t we done? The simple fact is that there’s going to be opportunities for virtual SAN companies as long as there’s performance to be eked out of the underlying storage infrastructure. Or there are cost savings.
As a reminder, Tech Field Day is an independent influencer event sponsored by 7 to 8 companies. Stephen Foskett flies in 12-delegates to listen to the presenters discuss the business and technical details of their product and services. It’s a great opportunity to deep dive into the technology. Outside of travel, meals and vendor swag, delegates are not compensated for the event or are required to write about the event or companies. Apparently, it makes sense to do so when appropriate.
Since this is Datacore’s first TFD event, it helps to share some background about the company. DataCore is far from a startup. The company began before the first Internet Bubble Crash in 1998. It’s about as old as my IT career. The company has about $100M in funding with the last round completed in 2008. With the recent funding round almost ten years ago, I assume that the underlying business remains stable. The company may experience challenges breaking into the next layer of success. DataCore has watched many competitors start up and surpass them in the market. With that said, I’m interested to see where they differentiate between market leaders vSAN, Nutanix and HPE SimpliVity.
Datacore’s primary strengths seem to be performance gains from parallel I/O. There are some potential advantages to increased I/O via virtual SAN platforms. The workloads that come to mind are analytic or business intelligence (BI) platforms. Companies have looked to in-memory databases to spend the performance of BI and analytics workloads. The challenge? Moving an existing relational database to an in-memory platform is expensive and involves risk.
The poster-child for such a transformation is SAP HANA. Anytime a customer considers a HANA migration, there’s a salesperson at a consulting agency that gets his wings. It’s an expensive transformation from the infrastructure to the application. There’s opportunity if solutions such as DataCore promise significant gains in I/O for legacy BI without the massive investment in application upgrades.
Analytics and BI are just one example. I’m sure there is high-performance compute (HPC) and general-purpose use cases. Combining something like this platform which promises increased I/O bandwidth with faster storage underlays powered by new memory technologies like Intel Optane at least make for an interest TFD presentation.
I’m excited to hear from DataCore. It’s yet another HCI vendor but one that seems to have the secret sauce to a long-term business to date. I’m interested to hear how it lasts another 20-years given the increased competition in virtual SAN and software-defined storage.
We’ve heard the term zero-trust before. VMware has used it to describe the micro-segmentation that’s done using NSX. The idea in network micro-segmentation assumes no trust between systems based on location within the physical or logical network. Skyport Systems takes the concept to the extreme. In Skyports architecture, the network, application, computing, and user have no shared level of trust, other than zero-trust.Read More
Secondary data has seen a boom in investment. Cohesity, Rubrik, and Druva have all each seen recent investments of $80M or more. Either there’s incredible product demand or investors are drunk on the market segment. TFD15 is an opportunity for Actifio to share its updated strategy after a few years of lessons learned.Read More
Scale Computing is now a seasoned veteran at presenting to the TFD audience. However, this is a new market for the company. Presenters will need to talk beyond speeds and feeds. Unlike competitors such as Nutanix, Scale Computing doesn’t offer support for the VMware ecosystem.Read More
I've talked about VMware Cloud (VMC) on AWS for a few weeks since the GA release during VMworld 2017. The solution is unique in that Amazon doesn't modify its data center design for any partner. VMC on AWS required the two companies to work together to make two very different data center designs work. The solution raises the question around lift and shift as a cloud migration strategy.Read More
The hotel industry represents an entire vertical integration of technology and the consumer experience. However, Airbnb is in the process of disrupting the entire industry. Digital transformation is only part of the equation.Read More
We had Intel on the CTO Advisor Podcast discussing Optane Storage and what it means to the data center and applications. During TechField Day Extra at VMworld 2017, we were reminded the physical memory technology is only as good as the protocols carrying the data. Kingston memory presented their vision for NVMe based SSD along side startup Liqid.Read More
The NSX team was describing how application flows over the virtual network. The team described the interchanges within the hypervisor. The interchange system was called a switch. While not new, the concept threw me for a curve.Read More
Coming off of DellEMC World, HPE Discover and Interop, I'm convinced that legacy IT infrastructure companies need a reset. Today, AWS and Google are having conversations directly with the consumers of technology. It's ironic that the theme of digital transformation is to remove friction in a business relationship. Shopping online is disrupts brick and mortar because online shopping removes friction.Read More
Are all Software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) solutions alike? With over 40 vendors in this space, I’d say that it’s likely not. Talking with The PacketPushers’ Greg Ferro on Twitter, he believes that many of these vendors will survive. While the space is fragmented, Ferro believes there’s room enough and market opportunity for most of the existing players to make a going concern of the SD-WAN business. It’s the question, of what makes one SD-WAN vendor different from another that I approach the follow-up to the TELoIP presentation at Network Field Day 15 (NFD15).Read More
I love the architectural concept of HCI. Collapsing storage, compute and possibly networking into a single set of x86-based nodes is a brilliant idea. Place upon that a software management overlay and you have the makings of a private cloud. My pause? I'm not convinced this to be a standalone product category.Read More
Here on the CTOAdvisor, I wrote how the AWS Snowball Edge solves a fog computing technology challenge. My post on TechTarget.com goes into more detail around the use case of data collection and the sources of data. The post was written prior to the Snowball Edge announcement.
The transition to a cloud service model is an arduous journey - whether from the customer or provider side. Going from a legacy IT vendor to a cloud-first vendor is as painful if not more so than moving your enterprise to a cloud-first delivery model. Recently HPE, VMware, and Cisco announced disruptive customer changes to their cloud strategies. It highlights why I frankly don’t trust Google for enterprise cloud.Read More
Before Ethernet won the LAN wars between Ethernet and token ring, there was a legitimate debate of speed over architecture. In the 90’s, Ethernet moved from 10 Mbps to 100 Mbps while token ring moved from 8 Mbps to 16 Mbps. While a significant difference in speed, an argument of dedicated bandwidth in token ring vs. contention-based Ethernet was interesting. The industry settled on raw speed. There’s similar debate in today’s Ethernet. Customer needing speeds above 10 Gbps must make a decision on 25 Gbps vs. 40 Gbps.Read More
I made a hyperbolic statement on Twitter. I claimed that AWS’ Snowball Edge device was a direct competitor to Nutanix and other hyperconverged platforms. It’s Twitter. Tweets like mine are meant to generate conversation. It’s equivalent to clickbait. Of course, Snowball Edge isn’t a direct competitor to Nutanix and other HCI solutions. I further explained my position over on TechRepublic.com. However, Snowball edge strengthens Amazon’s position as a competitor to traditional IT including classic HCI.Read More