#105 – Introduction to VAST Data (Part I) with Howard Marks (Sponsored)

#105 – Introduction to VAST Data (Part I) with Howard Marks (Sponsored)

Chris EvansAll-Flash, Guest Speakers, Sponsored, Storage Hardware, Storage Unpacked Podcast

This week, Chris and Martin talk to Howard Marks, Chief Storyteller at VAST Data.  You may know Howard as an independent analyst and author for a range of online publications.  Howard recently joined VAST to help explain and promote understanding of their data platform architecture. The VAST Data platform uses three main technologies that have only recently emerged onto the market.  QLC NAND flash provides long-term, cheap and fast permanent storage.  3D-XPoint (branded as Intel Optane) is used to store metadata and new data before it is committed to flash.  NVMe over Fabrics provides the …

#101 – Datrium Automatrix with Brian Biles and Tim Page (Sponsored)

#101 – Datrium Automatrix with Brian Biles and Tim Page (Sponsored)

Chris EvansData Management, Guest Speakers, Sponsored

In this podcast episode, Chris talks to Brian Biles (Chief Product Officer and co-founder) and Tim Page (CEO) from Datrium about the announcement of Automatrix.  The Datrium Automatrix platform implements five important components needed to deliver a consistent approach to application mobility.  These are primary storage, backup, disaster recovery, encryption and data mobility. Automatrix brings together existing products that include DVX and Cloud DVX with the general availability of ControlShift (previously Project CloudShift).  ControlShift provides full automation of the disaster recovery failover and failback process, currently between on-premises DVX instances and by the end of …

#92 – Introduction to Elastifile with Jerome McFarland (Sponsored)

#92 – Introduction to Elastifile with Jerome McFarland (Sponsored)

Chris EvansGuest Speakers, Sponsored

This week, Chris talks to Jerome McFarland, VP of Marketing with Elastifile, Inc.  Elastifile has developed a scale-out distributed file system called ECFS – the Elastifile Cloud File System. ECFS runs either on-premises, in the public cloud as a marketplace offering or, most recently as a full native storage service in GCP.  In addition to the base file system, Elastifile provides the capability to move any on-premises NAS data into the public cloud with CloudConnect.  ClearTier provides the facility to use the public cloud for tiering of cool or inactive data. Jerome explains the reasons …

#90 – Dell EMC’s Enterprise NVMe Strategy with Vince Westin (Sponsored)

#90 – Dell EMC's Enterprise NVMe Strategy with Vince Westin (Sponsored)

Chris EvansGuest Speakers, Sponsored

This week, Chris talks to Vince Westin, Technical Evangelist within the PowerMax Group at Dell EMC.  PowerMax is the latest in a storage product line with lineage back to the original Symmetrix systems of the early 1990s.  PowerMax is an all-NVMe storage array, reflecting an industry move towards faster, low latency media.  Vince takes us through the rationale for moving to NVMe across the Dell portfolio and PowerMax in particular. Some of the more interesting aspects of the transition include the ability to simplify code paths with NVMe compared to back-end SAS.  NVMe introduces a …

#73 – HYCU – Data Protection for Hyper-converged Infrastructure (Sponsored)

#73 – HYCU – Data Protection for Hyper-converged Infrastructure (Sponsored)

Chris EvansGuest Speakers, Sponsored

This week, Chris and Martin talk to Subbiah Sundaram, VP of Products at HYCU, Inc.  HYCU is both the name of the company and the data protection product sold by HYCU Inc. The market already has many data protection solutions, so the unique differentiator for HYCU is focusing on the HCI market, specifically offering backup for Nutanix (both ESXi and AHV).  Of course, HCI platforms already have backup support, but as the discussion explains, having deeper integration into the HCI APIs, specifically those around changed file tracking, provide HYCU with an advantage over products backing …

#52 – An Introduction to WekaIO Matrix with Liran Zvibel (Sponsored)

#52 – An Introduction to WekaIO Matrix with Liran Zvibel (Sponsored)

Chris EvansGuest Speakers, Sponsored

This week’s guest episode was recorded live in Silicon Valley at the offices of WekaIO.  The company has developed a scale-out parallel file system called Matrix that was specifically designed to exploit NVMe storage and new fast networking.  Chris is onsite to talk with CEO and co-founder, Liran Zivbel.  Martin is dialled in remotely from the bowels of the Storage Unpacked offices. The conversation covers how Matrix was developed to work with new media and at the same time address some of the issues seen in the use of parallel file systems such as managing …

#48 – Introduction to Datrium DVX (Sponsored)

#48 – Introduction to Datrium DVX (Sponsored)

Chris EvansGuest Speakers, Sponsored

This week’s podcast was recorded on the road a few weeks ago in Silicon Valley.  Chris dropped into the Datrium offices in Sunnyvale to talk about DVX, Datrium’s open converged platform.  Taking part in the podcast is Sazzala Reddy, CTO and co-founder and Tushar Agrawal, Director of Products. Datrium DVX is an extension of HCI that scales performance and capacity separately.  Persistent storage is deployed on a shared array, with each compute host using local cache in the form of flash storage.  You can find out more on a recent blog post covering DVX. The …