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

WHY Use Clouds as Part of your Data Protection Strategy – Part 1 in Series (Video)

It’s impossible to have an IT-, business-, or digital-transformation discussion without considering cloud services as part of your strategy; and certainly that is true for data protection endeavors.  So each Wednesday in June, I’ll be exploring an aspect of this through a series of videos and blogs – based on ESG's Data Protection Cloud Strategies Research Report. 

Part 1 – WHY use clouds as part of your data protection strategy … June 7

Part 2 – WHICH clouds to use within your data protection strategy … June 14

Part 3 – HOW to ensure security when using clouds within your data protection strategy … June 21

Part 4 – WHAT products or services might you consider when using clouds within your data protection strategy … June 28

Topics: Data Protection cloud storage DRaaS Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS)

Vendors under the radar: Syncplicity

Next up in my under-the-radar series is Syncplicity. I went back and forth about whether or not to include Syncplicity as an under-the-radar vendor. Certainly they wouldn't have qualified a year ago. But do they now?

An emerging product in an emerging market fighting for budget within EMC is a difficult position to be in. And one of the big story lines from the investors that took Syncplicity private is that Syncplicity has huge potential, but couldn't thrive in EMC because the sales models weren't aligned properly and they couldn't invest for growth. When it came to budget allocations, the products paying the bills got more investment (or Syncplicity's tactical integration with those products was prioritized versus more strategic development efforts).

Topics: Hybrid Cloud Storage Storage EMC cloud storage

Cloud-Powered Data Protection — Definitions and Clarifications

We continue to see a great amount of interest in combining “data protection” and “the cloud” – but also a great deal of confusion, in that there isn’t such thing as “the cloud.”

Topics: Data Protection Information and Risk Management SaaS disaster recovery BaaS cloud-backup cloud storage DRaaS software-as-a-service (SaaS) Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS)

EFSS Integration in 2016

The new year is underway, and as part of my 2016 planning, I sat down with ESG VP of Research and Analyst Services John McKnight to chat about what I think this year will bring to the EFSS space.

Topics: Converged Infrastructure cloud storage

Taking storage intelligence “outside the box”

Do you have a certain word or phrase that every time you hear it is the equivalent of nails on a chalkboard? Sometimes publications, such as TIME magazine, will actually publish a list of banished words or phrases that the nation is simply sick of hearing. In case you were interested, recent lists have included over-publicized terms such as selfie, YOLO (you only live once), and literally (when you really mean figuratively). For me the term that—figuratively—brings tears to my eyes whenever I hear it is “outside the box.”

The original premise for that phrase was so promising: take a seemingly intractable problem and look at it from a different perspective or from a different point of view to find a creative solution. Through over use, however, the idea of outside the box thinking became both trivialized and a bit insulting. Have a problem? Try thinking outside the box. Didn’t work? Oh well, good luck then. It takes a considerable amount of work and effort to find and create unique perspectives and look at problems in new ways. The source of my frustration is that the overuse of the phrase trivialized the hard work that it takes to truly find new perspectives. So what does this have to do with enterprise storage?

Topics: Storage cloud storage

NetApp Announces Next Gen Cloud Gateway for Data Protection in AltaVault

This morning, NetApp announced AltaVault—the next iteration of what was Riverbed SteelStore, which was acquired in 2014.

Topics: Netapp Riverbed cloud storage

Is cloud storage coming to a theatre near you?

Included with this blog post is the third in a series of seven videos that talk about the key findings from ESG’s recently published research report, Next-generation Storage Architectures. I collaborated with my colleagues Terri McClure and Mark Peters on the research. In this segment, I talk about one of the key next-generation storage architectures: cloud storage.

Topics: Storage cloud storage cloud security

Video Series on Data Protection Appliances – Part 3, Cloud Gateway Appliances

Continuing our four-Friday video series, based on the recent ESG research report on the Shift toward Data Protection Appliances,   

This installment covers cloud gateway appliances that are designed to be part of a data protection strategy. Early DP cloud gateways have a similar value-proposition as mainstream deduplication storage appliances in that they can be added to existing (or new) backup and archival infrastructures and automagically and radically reduce storage consumption through optimized protection storage. Typically, these gateways utilize a combination of fast local storage for immediate restores that then offloads previous versions and older copies to cloud-storage. 

Topics: Hybrid Cloud Storage Data Protection cloud storage data protection appliances

Redefining EMC at EMCWorld and the business of free

This week at EMC world, the message was about change and redefinition. At first glance, this could be seen as a retread of a very familiar story with all the necessary storage showcase event checkboxes marked off. Data is growing, check. Organizations are demanding new ways to handle data, check. Mentions of software-defined storage, the cloud, and the Internet of Things, check, check, and check. But… as the announcements continued—especially during the second day and beyond—there was a resounding sense that this time it was different. 

Topics: EMC software-defined storage cloud storage Hyper-converged