#46 – Another View on Open Source Storage with Neil Levine

#46 – Another View on Open Source Storage with Neil Levine

Chris EvansGuest Speakers

A few weeks ago we discussed Open Source storage and whether it had any place in the enterprise.  There was a lot of feedback, so we thought it would be good to follow up with another discussion, so we invited Neil Levine, Director of Product Management at Red Hat to give us his view.  Martin, Chris and Neil discuss the difference in buying approach and whether bringing storage in under the radar is a good strategy.

The conversation moves on to talk about the Facebook strategy of “move fast and break things”, the situation with Dell EMC ScaleIO and whether Open Source storage still has lock-in.  Finally, we wrap up discussing super architects.

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  • 00:00:00 – Intro
  • 00:01:30 – How does the buying strategy differ with Open Source?
  • 00:04:30 – Storage is being included as part of a wider platform strategy.
  • 00:06:30 – How loose are evaluation processes for storage?
  • 00:10:00 – Move fast and break things – is that appropriate for storage?
  • 00:13:00 – With such long POC’s, is there a trust problem for legacy vendors?
  • 00:16:30 – ScaleIO – not entirely dedicated to Dell hardware.
  • 00:20:00 – Is there still lock-in with Open Source?
  • 00:21:00 – Do we need super architects to design solutions that use cloud?
  • 00:23:30 – How are new platforms driving Open Source storage?
  • 00:30:49 – Wrap up
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