Scott Sinclair

Scott Sinclair

Scott Sinclair is an analyst covering storage and data protection. He has a proven history in both the storage and data protection industries of investigating new technologies and designing business strategies for Fortune 500 technology companies.

Recent Posts by Scott Sinclair:

The Need for Speed and Automation: Enterprise Storage in 2018 (Video)

Recently, I was able to get some time in front of a camera to discuss my predictions for enterprise storage in 2018. The video is below, but let me provide a brief spoiler with two of the top highlights.

  • Flash continues its dominance with the rise of NVMe: I will talk more about NVMe as the year goes on, but in a nutshell NVMe unlocks the true potential of flash, and that potential is far more than just high performance.
Topics: Storage data storage cloud storage automation NVMe hyperconverged All-Flash Array 2018 Predictions

Kaminario Goes Software

There has been an understanding held by those inside the storage industry for some time now that enterprise storage is a software business. To those on the outside, though, it has looked like a hardware business. People see the mass of HDDs, SSDs, controllers, enclosures, power supplies, etc, and think "I am buying hardware." But inside the industry, vendors have known for decades that what separates the winners and the losers has long been the software.

Topics: Storage flash flash storage Kaminario All flash cloud software

Microsoft Embraces Hybrid Cloud with Avere Acquisition

Microsoft recently announced its plans to acquire Avere Systems, and some moves almost make too much sense. The synergy between Avere’s technology and public cloud services has made the company a somewhat obvious target for some time now. While some have commented that the presumptive acquirer might have been Google, an early investor in Avere, strategically Microsoft makes a little more sense to me. Of the major public cloud providers, Microsoft appears the be the most open to embracing a hybrid cloud world. With other public cloud providers, often it seems like their perspective is that all of IT is divided into two groups; those that are 100% on the public cloud, and those that will be.

Topics: Hybrid Cloud Storage Storage Microsoft Avere NFS

Enterprise Storage Predictions for 2018: IT Becomes Automatic

We live in a truly fascinating era of technology. Multiple avenues of innovation, such as blockchain, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, are poised to fundamentally transform business. Will it happen over night? No. Will it happen in 2018? To a degree. But more importantly, 2018, and probably 2019, will be about preparing for these new innovations by transforming IT to compete in the digital age. The bottom line is that in five years or so, the more digitally adept businesses will have already won, and it will be too late for a company to redefine itself. In other words, the time for IT transformation is now. It is this urgent need for transformation that provides the background for my 2018 predictions for enterprise storage.  

Topics: Storage Multi-Cloud kubernetes All flash NVMe

Dell EMC Updates its Midrange for a Flash Storage-defined World

Today Dell EMC announced an update to its midrange storage portfolio. And with the addition of several new and compelling features to both Unity and SC, Dell EMC reaffirms its commitment to both midrange product lines.

 So what's new?

For the SC family, Dell EMC introduces two options, the SC5020F and the SC7020F. The takeaway here is the move to flash, with Dell EMC claiming all-flash performance of up to 399,000 IOPS per array and 3.9 million aggregate IOPS per multi-array federated cluster. As part of the SC family, the SC5020F and SC7020F support the core SC functionality, such as federated clusters for scalability, data deduplication and compression, along with an all-inclusive software model.

Topics: Storage dell-emc All-Flash Array

Apps coming back? Finding the balance with the cloud.

There is an old saying that the three most important things in real estate are, “location, location, and location.” To paraphrase that for today’s IT infrastructure buyers, the list would seem to be, “cloud, cloud, and cloud.” (If this list were for a CIO/CEO, it might be, “security, security, and security,” but more on that later.) 

Topics: Hybrid Cloud Storage Public Cloud Service

Storage Versus Data: The Role of Storage in Managing the Larger Data IT Ecosystem (Video)

As a storage guy, this is going to be little difficult for me to say, or write, but the enterprise storage technology is only one part of the data management ecosystem. It is not the be-all and end-all of data management.

This realization may be tough for some storage vendors to admit, while I assume the majority of CIOs just intuitively understand it. For a business, what matters is the data, not the storage. In this ever-increasing digitally enabled world of business, data management is not a necessary evil, it is a business enabler, and can in the right circumstances become a differentiator for your company and drive revenue growth.

Topics: Storage Data Management

VMworld 2017: The Year of the Cloud

If you missed VMworld this year, let me attempt to summarize the key themes; Cloud, Cloud, and more Cloud. Officially, VMworld delivered a message of “any app, on any cloud, to any device,” and included themes of mobility and data security. After the moment in the keynote when VMware’s Pat Gelsinger hugged Andy Jassy of Amazon Web Services, however, the only thing that the on-premises infrastructure providers in the audience heard was the word, cloud.

The newly announced capability, VMware Cloud on AWS, is an on-demand service that enables applications to run across vSphere-based cloud environments with access to AWS infrastructure along with some of its services. At a higher level though, the announcement delivers the perfect statement that the hybrid cloud is here and it is here to stay. These two companies that just a short time ago were seen as competitors have now joined forces. The bulk of the questions that will emerge from this announcement, however, will not have to be answered by the public cloud, though. It will be the on-premises infrastructure providers that will have to respond.

Topics: Hybrid Cloud Storage EMC VMware Private Cloud Infrastructure Dell AWS

Future of Flash from Flash Memory Summit: Where there’s smoke, there’s fire

Flash Memory Summit (FMS) 2017 just wrapped up last week in beautiful Santa Clara, California. While I have added the list of official winners from the show below, the biggest unofficial winner of the week might have been the bar in the lobby of the Santa Clara Hyatt Regency Hotel. For those of you who did not attend, a fire in one of booths closed the entire expo floor for the length of the event. No one was injured, and you can read more about it here, but the bottom line is that the combo of fire and water is not good for technology. And… attendees had to go somewhere to discuss all things flash, and the bar was as good of a place as any.

Topics: Storage All flash NVMe Flash Memory Summit Storage Class Memory

The U.S. Versus China with Flash Memory Stuck in the Middle

I normally don’t mention politics. My expertise is in technology and business, so I like to stick to those topics. But, an article in the Wall Street Journal today caught my eye. It is well worth a read, if you get a chance.

It a nutshell, the article describes growing tensions between the U.S. and China in response to Chinese firms attempting to acquire U.S semiconductor vendors and technology. According to the article, “Big U.S. players like Intel Corp. and Micron Technology Inc. find themselves in a bind—eager to expand in China but wary of losing out to state-sponsored rivals.” I cannot talk to the nuances of the geo-political landscape, but what I do know is flash memory, and this tension doesn’t look good.

Topics: Storage Intel All flash Micron