Nov 27, 2015

SNIA Tutorials at Storage Visions 2016

SNIA ( will deliver a set of tutorial for the pre-conference day of Storage Visions 2016 scheduled for January 3rd at Luxor Palace. The program is detailed below from 1pm to 5pm:
  1. 1pm - 1:45pm: Thomas Rivera, Sr. Technical Associate, HDS, "Privacy vs. Data Protection: The Impact of EU Data Protection Legislation"
  2. 1:50pm - 2:35pm: Carl Waldspurger, R&D, Cloud physics, and Irfan Ahmad, CTO, CloudPhysics, "Practical Online Cache Analysis and Optimization"
  3. 2:40pm - 3:25pm: Philippe Nicolas, Industry Advisor, Rozo Systems, "Massively Scalable File Storage"
  4. 3:30pm - 4:15pm: Ramin Elahi, Adjunct Faculty, UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valely, "Fog Computing an its Ecosystem"
  5. 4:20pm - 5:05pm: Michael Willet, VP Marketing, Bright Plaza, "Implementing Stored-Data Encryption"

Nov 26, 2015

Seanodes IP got acquired by a SDS vendor

Tarmin (, developper of GridBank, seems to be behind Seanodes IP acquisition we unveiled 2 days ago. I got this feeling a few days ago when we discovered that Marcos Vera was in the loop. We then found out that Marcos is an employee at Tarmin leading the IT Infrastructure stuff. We may be wrong but it could be right as well, we'll see. It will mean that Tarmin will prepare something new and an extension or radical change of their storage layer.

Nov 25, 2015

IT Press Tour Update

Just a few last minutes changes for The IT Press Tour ( as we're glad to add Minio, an open source object storage solution, to the current list of participants. Also, Springpath notified us a few days ago that they won't be able to participate for corporate strategy reasons so finally the list we'll be:
  • Cohesity, recent player in the mission to unify secondary storage,
  • FlashGrid, pretty unique player with a very fast shared storage for Oracle RAC and ASM,
  • LiveAction, innovator in network management,
  • Mangstor, developper on a full Flash storage array,
  • Minio, an open source object storage solution started by Gluster team,
  • OpenIO, pioneer in Object Storage software with the original idea initiated in 2006,
  •, next generation of Ethernet storage,
  • Primary Data, leader in Parallel NFS world,
  • Rozo Systems, alternative player with an innovative Scale-Out NAS solution,
  • Rubrik, promoter of converged data management,
  • Tegile, leader in Flexible enterprise Flash storage,
  • and Xirrus, high performance Wifi for Business.
Again, super week in perspective, pretty dense around Storage and Networking. Follow us on Twitter with the hashtag #ITPT.

Nov 24, 2015

Seanodes is back

Seanodes seems to reborn from the ashes. I'm sure some of you remember Seanodes as a pioneer of Scale-Out Block Storage with its Exanodes product like LeftHand Networks or more recently ScaleIO, acquired by EMC, the Bulgarian StorPool, Maxta or VMware vSAN. It exists today plenty of example of this approach. The company led by Jacques Baldinger finally stopped its business activity end of 2009 and got a new try by Eric Bueno in 2011.
A recent event happened with the IP bought by Bernado Marcos Vera and Anthony Klapcia, both directors at Seanodes Limited. It exists one Marco Vera at Tarmin but I didn't find any direct link.
Interesting, at least it demonstrates a few things: 1/ Seanodes was a very good idea already validated by some vendors I mentioned above 2/ Seanodes code and Exanodes product are good and the market is ready and 3/ the cost of the IP was ridiculous and it was a bargain.
But the good thing of this move is the fact that the code is now Open Source under the name OpenExanodes an you can find everything on GitHub at Long life to Seanodes...

Oct 29, 2015

SwiftStack 3.0 ready to take off

SwiftStack (, leader in open source object storage, just unveiled SwiftStack Object Storage 3.0 the first day of the OpenStack Summit in Tokyo. Among the main features, this release offers a Amazon S3 API and a pay-as-you-grow pricing model. SwiftStack signed last year 50 new customers that's represent a very fast growth. For access methods, SwiftStack allows object and file mode respectively with REST, Swift and S3 APIs and SMB and NFS via the Maldivica based-gateway. The SwiftStack Controller has been enhanced with Active Secondary Controller, support of Active Discovery and the hardware profiles for resellers to simplify and accelerate deployment. The last element is the data protection with the choice between Erasure Coding and Replication based models. SwiftStack continues to enhance the product with regular updates, good to see a real customer adoption for Open Source Object Storage with a strong momentum. Congrats Mario and the team.

Oct 28, 2015

Flashgrid to boost Oracle RAC via ASM integration

FlashGrid (, recent innovator in storage management for Oracle DB, just unveiled their product strategy a few days before Oracle Open World. I took advantage of the show to meet the CEO Alex Miroshnichenko and his team.
The main idea behind FlashGrid™is the wish to offer a simple high-end shared storage solution based on standards hardware for Oracle clusters who use ASM and operate in RAC mode. This is perfectly aligned with the market dynamic around Software Defined-Storage.

In a few words, it means:
  • Turn standard NVMe PCIe SSDs inside DB servers into scalable shared storage
  • 0.4 to 50TB per node, 2 to 100 nodes
  • Consolidate network infrastructure with Ethernet (10/40/100 Gb/s) or InfiniBand/RDMA
  • Leverage proven Oracle ASM for high availability and data mirroring
  • Maximize DB performance with FlashGrid Read-Local™ Technology
FlashGrid said it gives 12x times the performance at 1/6 the cost of a flash storage array. Currently, the NVMe SSDs deliver outstanding performance of up to 5 GB/s and up to 850,000 random IOPS per SSD. Multiple NVMe SSDs can be installed per server, up to 18 SSDs in some server models so we can imagine the performance such configurations could offer.

FlashGrid manages SSD devices and connectivity and lets Oracle ASM controls and operates the volume management, mirroring, snapshot of the data set especially the 2-ways (normal redundancy mode) or 3-ways (high redundancy mode) mirroring across separate nodes. Each ASM instance can access all SSDs in the cluster thanks to FlashGrid software. 2 configurations are possible: converged node (DB + storage) with DB with NVMe SSDs and DB nodes connected to separate (storage) nodes with NVMe SSDs. In a 2 nodes cluster or 3 nodes cluster in converged configuration with respectively 2 or 3 copies, FlashGrid Read-Local provides local access and the speed of the PCIe.
The software is completely free, you just have to pay the support like other open sources software if you wish to consider production environment. FlashGrid is currently under version 15.9 and supports Oracle 11.2 and 12.1 running on RHEL 7 or Oracle Linux 7 and hypervisors Oracle VM 3.3 and VMware 5.5.x.
FlashGrid will be at the IT Press Tour in December, great to interact with the team and better understand the solution.

Oct 26, 2015

Basho with a new iteration for IoT

Basho Technologies (, leader in NoSQL distributed DB, announced recently the lunch of Riak TS, a new flavor of their Riak DB but this time tailored to Time Series and high ingestion rate capabilities from all massive data sources perfectly aligned with Internet of Things. The idea here is to support and be able to sustain high level of read and write operations for such use cases especially when you deal with huge number of sensors. Coming from all the experience, expertise and "savoir faire" built in Riak and especially Riak KV, Riak TS can offer read and write capabilities at the same time with predictable performance, support online addition of node within the cluster without any need of data sharding, offer SQL-like query mode, lots of APIs and client librairies and can be integrated with Apache Spark.
Now with this announcement, Basho has a prefect full answer to most of the use cases in the new economy associated to Big Data, Cloud, IoT and massive scale: Riak KV, the famous Key/Value DB, CS, the Cloud Storage flavor and TS for the IoT new challenge. Super idea.

Oct 23, 2015

Encryption is hot

No big news, Security is hot and with everyone and everything connected, this is an obvious comment, no surprise. Security has multiple faces and the one currently under high press coverage is encryption, how can you guarantee that data is protected against access, decoding... 2 acquisitions are interested today: Porticor acquired by Intuit in February 2015 and Vormetric by Thales announced a few days ago.
Porticor (, founded in 2010, is an innovator in encryption and key management. The product works for private or public clouds. The beauty of Porticor is the system works with a key split in two. Each object is encrypted with this key. The first part named master piece is common to all objects, only known by the application and unknown for Porticor. The second part is different for each object and Porticor keeps it in their Key Management Service. When the master key is in the cloud, it is homomorphically encrypted so it prevents any hacking and theft.

Vormetric (, founded in 2001, is intent to be acquired by Thales for $400M. What a deal, congratulations to Alan Kessler and his team. Vormetric has a very comprehensive product line and unlike Porticor, they exist for longer time. Vormetric delivers a Data Security Platform with many product that can be used individually. Among these various solutions, let me mention file-level encryption, application-layer encryption, tokenization, cloud encryption gateway and key management of course.

Oct 19, 2015

Red alert for Object Storage vendors

The object storage segment is under a complete redefinition and the pressure increases every day on remaining independent vendors. Let me explain why.
  1. It exists too many vendors and solutions, I counted recently around 20 of them. This is a comment we must consider with the number of deals especially big deals as object storage is built for capacity and secondary storage. In other words, the market is not so large for object storage as customers can do things differently with good results.
  2. The Open Source accelerates the pressure and solutions from (by alpha order) OpenIO, OpenStack Swift, RedHat with Inktank Ceph, Sheepdog, SwiftStack, soon Minio, just to name a few, make life a bit complicated for proprietary software vendors.
  3. HTTP interfaces on top of NAS or application servers is very often largely enough.
  4. The Scalability justification for object storage is overkill as projects can be split in domains with gateway, proxies... that masks this segmentation. Again it works well.
  5. Object Storage is just a Data Storage Platform and even if people could have considered the beauty of that in the past, this is for a few quarters now attacked by new vendors who build and delivers still a Data Storage Platform but now rich set of embedded data services. That makes a serious difference.
  6. Cloud Operators swallow everything sooner or later, they have the keys: time and money except for things that must be kept on-premise within the enterprise perimeter so everything related to confidentiality requires a compliance dimension.
  7. Hybrid model seems to be the preferred model at least from vendors' perspective as they must limit the erosion of the full Cloud approach. We'll see.
  8. Recent acquisitions have a strong impact. It remains more object storage vendors than the number of potential buyers. NetApp picked Bycast in 2010, RedHat chose Inktank in 2014, HGST (WDC) selected Amplidata and a few days ago IBM announced Cleversafe acquisition. Of course I have to include Dell here with EMC with several object storage solutions in the EMC portfolio. So who is naked now ? HP, Oracle, Cisco, Seagate and for how many object storage preys ? Caringo, Cloudian, Compuverde, Scality, Tarmin... I'm really convinced that Cleversafe did a good move at the right time for all reasons mentioned above and also to avoid the dilemma to stay independent for greedy reason.
  9. Let's assume that big vendors will do their market and some object vendors stay outside. You get the point it will very hard for such players to be considered and chosen by users with all the pressure coming from big irons. These vendors will start to be out of the game rapidly.
  10. End to End solution from big vendors: IBM will have it, DDN, Hitachi, NetApp have it already, Dell has and will be stronger, HP has it but needs actively a good object storage platform, Oracle is similar but still Cisco is naked and Seagate has plenty of holes even more than WDC/HGST.
  11. Management in some object storage companies made mistakes for different reasons: lack of storage industry expertise, utopia in the product capabilities, too greedy and too pretentious and above all disconnected from the reality. It's good to have a vision but it has to be the right one.
For all these reasons, you'll see other object storage acquisitions soon. But if an exit strategy is not defined and well built, there is only one alternative for the current object storage vendor: find a niche with a few use cases where the solution excels and try to survive and expand, if not, the cliff will be reached pretty fast.

Oct 15, 2015

IT Press Tour #17 next December

The IT Press Tour (, the leading media event in US for EMEA press and medias, will organize the 17th edition dedicated to IT Infrastructure from November 30th to December 4th in California. As usual, 15 European reporters will converge to San Francisco to meet and visit several hot companies in networking and storage this time, check the list, they're all hot companies with unique technologies:
  • Cohesity, recent player in the mission to unify secondary storage,
  • LiveAction, innovator in network management,
  • Mangstor, developper on a full Flash storage array,
  • OpenIO, pioneer in Object Storage software with the original idea initiated in 2006,
  •, next generation of Ethernet storage,
  • Primary Data, leader in Parallel NFS world,
  • Rozo Systems, alternative player with an innovative Scale-Out NAS solution,
  • Rubrik, promoter of converged data management,
  • Springpath, emerging leader in hyper-converged infrastructure,
  • Tegile, leader in Flexible enterprise Flash storage,
  • and Xirrus, high performance Wifi for Business.
Follow the tour with the hashtag #ITPT, also follow me with the Twitter handle @CDP_FST and other press group members. This tour will exceptional... again...