Pentaho's Three-Legged Race to Big Data (with HDS)

Pentaho World 2015 was held in sunny Orlando this year, with over 500 attendees, and was by all accounts a friendly and informative affair. About the only question no one could answer is why the company is called Pentaho, but a rose by any other name is still very nice. One thing that was quite clear is that the team is hitting its stride with HDS as a powerful running mate.

Topics: Analytics Big Data Hadoop HDS business intelligence data integration

Hitachi is Connecting Its Own Dots (Includes Video)

At the recent HDS Connect Event there were -literally- all sorts of connections to be made. HDS had pulled its sales and partner conferences together with the analyst event, a leadership meeting, and sundry others. The first connection was to parade the huge range of mothership Hitachi's capabilities, and thereby give some tangible credibility to the vision, and even gradual manifestation, of the overall Hitachi drive for "Social Innovation." It is all-at-once bold, compelling, grandiose, challenging, a tad vague at times, a tad very real at others, breathtaking, surprising, and admirable. It certainly made for a vastly different tone than a regular IT or (often in my case) storage vendor conference. Before adding a few more details, here's an ESG "On Location" video featuring summary comments from yours truly together with my colleagues Nik Rouda and Terri McClure.

Topics: Storage Data Management HDS Hitachi Data Systems

HDS bought Sepaton ... now what?

Have you ever known two people that seemed to tell the same stories and have the same ideas, but just weren’t that into each other? And then one day, BAM, they are besties.

Sepaton was (and is) a deduplication appliance vendor that has always marketed to “the largest of enterprises.” From Sepaton’s perspective, the deduplication market might be segmented into three categories:

  • Small deduplication vendors and software-based deduplication … for midsized companies.
  • Full product-line deduplication vendors, offering a variety of in-line deduplication, single-controller scale-up (but not always with scale-out) appliances from companies that typically produce a wide variety of other IT appliances and solution components … for midsized to large organizations.
  • Sepaton, offering enterprise deduplication efficiency and performance to truly enterprise-scale organizations, particularly when those organizations have outgrown the commodity approach to dedupe.
Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure Data Protection JBuff Information and Risk Management HDS Sepaton deduplication

HDS and The Internet of Things

I recently attended HDS Analyst Day, which was held in Colorado Springs at the very lovely Broadmoor hotel. Colorado is very high, literally and figuratively. I took a train up Pikes Peak and got my first ever case of altitude sickness (felt like I was on a boat when I came back down). Fret not, I was fine. And no, I didn't go to a dispensary (although I totally would have, time permitting).

Topics: Storage Internet of Things IT Infrastructure IoT HDS Hitachi Data Systems

Careful, the Sleeping Storage Giants are Awakening

Last week I spent a nice day in Boston that happened to also to be Halloween for an event with EMC’s executives. There was a general sense of fun in the air because of the Boston Red Sox’s World Series victory the night before as well as the fact that it was Halloween. It was during the EMC event that the light bulb went on for me – that all these storage guys are definitely not asleep at the wheel when it comes to cloud.

This week is OpenStack’s conference in Hong Kong and next week is Amazon’s annual event re: Invent in Las Vegas. There is a lot going on with both of these events that I’ll cover in another blog – so in contrast to what everyone else is writing about, I thought I’d talk about the big storage companies and what they are doing in the cloud.

Topics: Cloud Computing Netapp EMC cloud Private Cloud Infrastructure HDS Public Cloud Service

Unifying My Thoughts on Hitachi's HUS Announcement

Just this past week, HDS announced its new 'Hitachi Unified Storage' or HUS for short. That's HUS, not Hu's by the way- it's not that Hu Yoshida, HDS's long term CTO, is now having products named after him! I think...!?

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure HDS