#207 – AWS Gets a SAN Upgrade

#207 – AWS Gets a SAN Upgrade

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This week the team is back after a short break and ready to talk all things cloud – or at least about Elastic Block Store. AWS recently announced io2 and io2 Block Express, the first new EBS block storage offerings for eight years. With such a long gap since io1 was first released, what has AWS been up to and what’s new? In this discussion, Martin and Chris question whether AWS is aiming to meet the requirements of enterprise customers that simply want to lift and shift their infrastructure into the cloud. Alternatively, the effort …

#165 – Homogeneous Data Protection with HYCU (Sponsored)

#165 – Homogeneous Data Protection with HYCU (Sponsored)

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As we move to a hybrid and multi-cloud world, IT organisations need standardisation in operational processes. This is particularly true for data protection, where consistent policies and compliance are essential. This week, Chris chats to Subbiah Sundaram from HYCU about data protection in public clouds and the ability to bring a consistent reporting model with HYCU Protege. Why is consistency important? Public cloud providers have relatively basic data protection options, that might not align with existing enterprise requirements. As workloads move around, backup needs to be consistently applied, whether that data is on premises or …

S01E02 – Hybrid Cloud and Object Storage

S01E02 – Hybrid Cloud and Object Storage

Chris Evans Hybrid Cloud Podcast

Object storage is a solution for managing large volumes of unstructured data. In the public cloud solutions such as AWS S3 and Azure Blob store provide massive scalability at predictable prices. However, is the public cloud the right place to store all of our data? When costs, lock-in, compliance and other factors are taken into consideration, does it make sense to rent the cloud for compute and use an on-premises object store for our data? If we use this model, what are the challenges? In this episode, Chris talks with Neil Stobart, VP Global Systems …

#66 – Amazon RDS – Coming to a vSphere Cluster Near You

#66 – Amazon RDS – Coming to a vSphere Cluster Near You

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) and VMware recently announced that RDS, the Relational Database Service was in tech preview as an on-premises deployment on vSphere.  Running a service outside of Amazon’s data centre represents a big change for the company.  The only non-core offering to date has been Snowball, the edge data appliance.  In this week’s recording, Martin and Chris discuss the implications of running a service on-premises, what’s in it for the customer, for VMware and for AWS. The database market is a lucrative business.  It’s reasonable to expect that end users will look to …

#64 – Success & Failure in Storage Startup Land

#64 – Success & Failure in Storage Startup Land

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This week’s conversation follows up on Chris’ recent visit to Flash Memory Summit in the US.  Chris and Martin discuss the storage startup landscape and the range of companies appearing at the event. What makes a company successful?  Is IPO or acquisition the right route?  The discussion starts with a simple, yet tricky question – why does storage continue to be such a diverse market place, with so many solutions to problems?  We see a storage “pendulum” effect, with vendors moving between hardware and software.  At the moment, there seems to be more focus on …

Cloud File Storage – A Conversation with Andy Hardy from Nasuni

Cloud File Storage – A Conversation with Andy Hardy from Nasuni

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In this podcast, recorded on 2nd September 2017, the guys chat to Andy Hardy, Regional Vice President at Nasuni.  Nasuni has developed a global file platform that uses cloud storage as the “backing store”.  In this podcast, the guys chat to Andy about the benefits of a global file system that requires very little on-premises storage and the components it replaces, including backup and DR.  The conversation also touches on where the market is headed, who is having success and the continual divergence between IOPS for block and capacity storage for file/object. Elapsed Time: 00:29:09 …

Garbage Collection – Implementing a Multi-Vendor Storage Strategy

Garbage Collection – Implementing a Multi-Vendor Storage Strategy

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  In this podcast, Chris and Martin discuss the issues in designing and implementing a multi-vendor storage strategy.  The discussion covers whether any one vendor can provide all of today’s storage products and who multiple vendors can be used to deliver a single requirement. Elapsed Time: 00:36:26 SFW: Yes 00:00:00 – Introduction 00:00:45 – A look at the market – product categories 00:01:30 – Vendor Roundup 00:03:20 – The product overlap problem 00:05:30 – Is storage unique in the data centre? 00:06:30 – Data Gravity 00:07:00 – Why do people change vendors? 00:07:50 – tension …