DDN Partners with NVIDIA Targeting AI

Today, DataDirect Networks (DDN) announced a partnership with NVIDIA to deliver infrastructure designed for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning workloads. The solution combines the DDN A3I with the NVIDIA DGX-1 and is preconfigured to eliminate the guesswork associated with infrastructure deployment and configuration. Additionally, DDN claims the system offers both the high performance and the massive capacity scale required for the intense demands of training AI algorithms. According to DDN, the solution delivers 200 PB (yep, that says petabytes) of capacity in a single namespace, and more than 1.4TB/s of performance.

Topics: Storage Data Management Artificial Intelligence

Hitachi Vantara Talks What’s Next at NEXT (Video)

Last week saw the 2018 Hitachi Vantara NEXT conference. For those of you not following along closely, Hitachi Vantara is the artist previously known as, well, many other things...!

One of the ongoing challenges the company faces (both for itself, and indeed to a greater extent when we consider it in association with its Hitachi parent) is how to describe its panoply of abilities, both IT and otherwise, in a cohesive manner.

Topics: Storage Converged Infrastructure Cloud Platforms & Services Systems Management

Talking NVMe and Optimized Hybrid Storage Management (ESG 360 Video Series)

This conversation is an update with Scott Sinclair on a couple of the key trends in the storage part of the IT ecosystem as we move towards the end of 2018. While the terms discussed here might not be brand new, the extent of focus and interest is moving extremely rapidly. The things Scott wanted to emphasize were NVMe and optimized Hybrid Storage Management.

Topics: Storage

Talking About the Next Steps in IT Automation (ESG 360 Video Series)

It’s easy to talk about automation within IT as an inherently ‘good thing’; but, as Steve Duplessie explains in this conversation, things in IT are invariably done for far more pragmatic reasons than just some vague intrinsic nice-ness! As we move from functional automation (where the real value usually emphasizes cost saving) to more holistic or system-wide automation - both across and between systems – the motivation is more about getting better ROI from better and faster business decisions; moreover those improvements can often be based upon inputs from disparate data sources and applications.

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure

Lenovo and NetApp Join Forces

Today, Lenovo and NetApp announced a new partnership collaborating to deliver IT data center solutions, which at least for now, is focused on enterprise storage. This new partnership has tremendous potential for both companies. Lenovo gets a partner to co-develop solutions for the robust and growing hybrid/all-flash array storage market; a partner that won’t be going away (or getting bought) any time soon. NetApp gets a possible path into emerging markets in Asia and a partner with a robust X86 server portfolio. It is a win-win.

Topics: Storage

Ubiquity on Full Display at VMworld 2018 (Video)

Yes, VMworld is a vendor event.

But it is also as near to a general IT event as there is.

The 2018 version in Las Vegas showed this “parallel dichotomy” in full force. A focus on the company’s own progress, innovation, and execution was pretty much matched by a focus on its partnerships and its integral position in the overall IT ecosystem. It’s hard to cover everything; but an extensive ESG contingent did its best to distill down some of the key new announcements and take-aways. It means that our On Location video is a little longer than usual at 7 minutes, but it’s packed with insights.

Topics: VMworld Storage

Heading to the Clouds: Pure Storage Acquires StorReduce

This week, we have seen a couple big announcements from Pure Storage. First, Pure announced strong financial results for the fiscal quarter. Leading to its stock price increasing as much as 19% and reaching all times highs. The news doesn’t stop there, however. Pure Storage also announced the acquisition of StorReduce, a software company that delivers a cloud-first software-defined storage platform for managing large scale unstructured data. Pure Storage also gets access to StorReduce’s deduplication technology.

Topics: Storage

Talking GDPR (ESG 360 Video Series)

This video series has already featured a discussion with Christophe Bertrand talking generally about the data protection market. In this video, part of ESG's 360 Video Series, Christophe focuses specifically on explaining the key points about one of the most significant contemporary DP issues - that is, the recently implemented European GDPR (or General Data Protection Regulation). He covers how it intersects with the topic of compliance, how its impact is essentially often global, and how it poses many questions in terms of execution and rigidity. He closes by speculating on the likely imminent increase in the number of Data Protection Officer roles - and explains why they would be needed.

Topics: Data Protection Storage GDPR

Talking Storage (ESG 360 Video Series)

Although storage has for many years - and often understandably - been seen as "merely" an IT necessity, its importance has never been greater than today; in this discussion, part of ESG's 360 Video Series, Scott Sinclair attributes that to the realization that access to data (which is, after all, the whole point of storage!) is recognized today as the single most valuable asset for a majority of organizations. The logical extension of this statement is, of course, that "doing" data - aka storage - better than others can in turn lead to better business results. Scott touches on both the management challenges of operating an optimal data ecosystem in a hybrid cloud world, as well as specific technologies - such as NVMe - that are adding necessary and valuable capability improvements.

Topics: Storage

Want to Win in the Digital Economy? Transform your IT Infrastructure

The digital economy is upon us. And data is, de facto, playing an ever-greater role in determining business success. Skeptics might say that this is nothing new…after all, data has always been valuable, which is why we have been storing so much of it over the past few decades.

Let’s dig into the contemporary difference - a distinction that many businesses miss – by reviewing where we have, mostly, gotten to so far: Yes, data has long been a necessity of doing business; and the introduction of traditional IT services has improved efficiency. Email, for example, is a lot handier than having to leave voicemails for everyone, or faxing people, or - if you want to make the extreme case - using the post office. But any competitive gains that traditional IT services offer have long been negated, since everyone else gets access to the same IT services. It doesn’t matter what anyone says, you aren’t dominating your industry just because you have access to email!

Topics: Storage