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A weekly podcast on deploying and managing enterprise storage and data

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#143 – Storage Adoption Myths & Realities

This week, Chris and Martin chat to Paul Stringfellow, CTO at Gardner Systems, about the realities of technology adoption. We hear lots of talk about Kubernetes, HCI, all-flash and even SCM technologies. But are all organisations deploying these technologies from day one? In reality, businesses deploy technology in a timeline that matches a normal distribution curve. As detailed in “Crossing the Chasm” by Geoffrey Moore, there’s a gap between early adopters and the mainstream IT organisations. What causes this inertia? Some of the challenges relate people and process, however there’s also a desire to implement more mature products. Who really wanted to use Microsoft Windows before version 3.0… You can follow Paul on Twitter at @techstringy and of course, also listen to his excellent podcast, Tech Interviews. Paul also writes a regular blog. Elapsed Time: 00:34:46 Timeline * 00:00:00 – Intros* 00:02:00 – Technology adoption myths vs the reality* 00:05:30 – Are enterprises any better at adopting new tech?* 00:06:40 – What do we mean by digital transformation?* 00:10:00 – Who doesn’t like a new car?* 00:11:10 – Does technology adoption allow staff “redistribution”?* 00:12:15 – S&P 500 – 2 week replacement schedule* 00:13:20 – Focus on data and the data model, not just hardware * 00:16:20 – Do the CIO/CTO roles exist in smaller organisations? * 00:17:50 – Crossing the Chasm – why does adoption inertia occur? * 00:19:10 – Always wait for the 3.0 version of the product!* 00:19:50 – Dealing with”day 2” implementation* 00:23:55 – Vendors only turn up at licence renewal time!* 00:26:00 – “Keeping the lights on” is still an issue for IT teams* 00:29:05 – Always ask – does this technology solve a problem?* 00:30:40 – Make white papers free to download – no registration!* 00:32:40 – Wrap Up Related Podcasts & Blogs * #104 – Creating a Data Management Strategy with Paul Stringfellow Copyright (c) 2016-2020 Storage Unpacked. No reproduction or re-use without permission. Podcast episode #NA5Y.

34 MIN4 d ago
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#143 – Storage Adoption Myths & Realities

#142 – Storage, Automation and DevOps

This week, Chris and Martin discuss the automation of storage. In a follow-on from the Dell EMC presentation at Storage Field Day 19, this conversation looks at the challenges of opening storage provisioning and management to the wider developer community. In the past, SRM tools have focused on providing the “record of truth” for storage and well as the interface to provision resources to hosts. Dell EMC tried to create a separate data and management plane with ViPR, but the industry didn’t adopt this approach – potentially because Dell/EMC continued to own the technology. Today, Dell EMC is focusing on automation through tools like Ansible and Python. How will enterprises continue to reduce over-provisioning and protect production systems? How should billing work? What about documentation? These questions and more, answered in this week’s podcast. Elapsed Time: 00:31:17 Timeline * 00:00:00 – Intros* 00:00:46 – Dell EMC & DevOps at TFD* 00:01:45 – The Storage Admin is a gate...

31 MIN1 w ago
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#142 – Storage, Automation and DevOps

#141 – Building Storage Systems of the Future

This week Chris and Martin are joined by Erik Kaulberg, Vice President at Infinidat. Erik has appeared on the podcast before and this time is here to talk about how we build storage systems of the future. You can tell from the introductions that we recorded this episode towards the end of 2019 – we haven’t been transported into the future! With many choices in new media, system builders have a wide choice of persistent storage from which to build new architectures. There’s NAND flash, traditional hard drives and a range of technologies such as SCM and MRAM. In an ideal world, we’d simply build systems from the best performing media, but cost and resiliency factor into the equation. Building future systems will continue to be a balancing act of choosing the right media for the right data type and matching the two efficiently. Will there be one platform to rule them all? Probably not, but we may see differences in core and edge designs. You can follow Erik on Linkedin and find mor...

36 MIN2 w ago
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#141 – Building Storage Systems of the Future

#140 – Introduction to Document-Orientated Databases

This week, Chris and Martin speak to David Koppe, Director of Information Strategy at MongoDB. The discussion covers document-orientated databases, or simply document databases, and their appeal to the enterprise. Document databases differ from traditional relational databases in that the data is stored within each “document” as a series of key-value pairs. In this instance a document is not to be confused with a Word or PDF file. Unlike relational databases, document records don’t have to be “symmetrical” and aren’t required to contain every field (or a null value for empty fields). This makes the development of applications much more flexible than traditional relational schema. The team dig down and look at further differences, including exactly how documents are stored. In the case of MongoDB, this is JSON or on disk as BSON. Document databases aren’t required to offer ACID compliance, but this may be a requirement for the enterprise, where transactional applications expec...

43 MIN3 w ago
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#140 – Introduction to Document-Orientated Databases

#139 – Storage Predictions for 2020 (Part II)

This is the second of our predictions shows for 2020 that anticipates what we can expect in enterprise storage for the year ahead. This episode covers solutions and vendors. We open with a discussion on cloud-native storage, which saw a lot of traction in 2019. Will the future be one of these companies or as Chris says, should we just rely on VMware to underpin our container environments? The discussion moves on to object storage and in particular a look at a company called MinIO. As an open-source solution with S3 compatibility, MinIO could be the future of general object storage while the other vendors focus specifically on market segments. Next we look at vendors. Whatever happened to Dell EMC Midrange.NEXT? An announcement was due at the end of January and that looks to be delayed. As the market for enterprise storage consolidates, could HPE need to go on a buying spree? Finally we look at the data management market. There’s the chance of consolidation or acquisitions here. As ...

31 MINJAN 17
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#139 – Storage Predictions for 2020 (Part II)

#138 – Storage Predictions for 2020 (Part I)

This week Chris and Martin are joined by Chris Mellor for what is turning into an annual look at storage technology for the year ahead. We should point out that this is only for enterprise storage and not a forecast on the world in general! We start with a discussion on media. At the macro level, capacities continue to grow for SSDs and HDDs year on year. This trend is expected to continue, but what micro-level advancements are being made? QLC increases in layers, while PLC (penta-level cell) flash is being mooted as increasingly more practical. Hard drives are at 20TB and growing, but suffering the challenges of throughput. Will 2020 be the year we see multi-actuator take off? Does old media continue into decline as the new tape? Could punched cards make a comeback? We think it’s unlikely. The final part of the discussion turns to systems and composable systems in particular. Composability enables servers to be dynamically built from their constituent parts. The technology is in t...

37 MINJAN 10
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#138 – Storage Predictions for 2020 (Part I)

#137 – Hitachi Next 2019: Wrap Up with Jonathan Martin

In the first podcast episode of 2020, Chris meets with Jonathan Martin, CMO at Hitachi Vantara to reflect on experiences at Hitachi NEXT 2019. This episode was recorded live onsite at the event in October 2019. Hitachi Vantara and Hitachi Consulting are planned to merge in 2020 (press release). This is another step in the evolution towards making Hitachi Vantara a solutions company, or as Jonathan describes it, an intellectual property creation organisation. Will Hitachi continue to sell infrastructure? The simple answer is – yes. Storage, CI and HCI platforms will continue to form the basis of solutions for customers. “as a service” offerings will bring a more cloud-like experience (and we’ll cover that later in the year). A recording of the NEXT Day 2 general session is available here (registration required). Elapsed Time: 00:17:25 Timeline * 00:00:00 – Intros * 00:00:45 – Vegas T-Shirt cannons! * 00:02:00 – Hitachi Vantara is merging with Hitachi Consulting * 00:05:25 – D...

17 MINJAN 3
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#137 – Hitachi Next 2019: Wrap Up with Jonathan Martin

#136 – The End of the Year Show 2019

In this final, final show for 2019, Martin and Chris review both the year and decade just passed. How did predictions work for 2019? What technology has come and gone over the decade and what can we expect in the next 10 years? Downloads have increased exponentially again over the year. Thank you to everyone who continues to download and listen to us. The most popular posts continue to be those focused on vendors and products. Top of the list is #102 – May Midrange Madness, with the VAST Data dilogy (#105 & #106) close behind. Our rather generic predictions of 2019 proved to be mostly accurate. QLC NAND and flash in general is taking over. This a theme of 2019 (for QLC) and for flash over the decade. Looking back to 2009/2010, vendors like Xsigo, Nirvanix and Ocarina were presenting at Tech Field Days. 1TB drives were state of the art – a volume of data that can now be purchased on a single microSD card from Micron. What can we expect in the next decade? Probably more of the same ...

30 MIN2019 DEC 30
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#136 – The End of the Year Show 2019

#135 – Introducing Datrium DRaaS Connect with Simon Long

This episode was recorded live at the Datrium offices in Silicon Valley. Chris chats to fellow Brit Simon Long about the announcement of DRaaS Connect and Instant RTO. Both are new features/products in the data mobility and DR space and complement Datrium’s existing storage and virtualisation offerings. Enterprises traditionally implement DR failover for virtual environments using techniques like storage replication and SRM. Datrium has offered DVX, Cloud DVX and Automatrix as tools to abstract and deliver DR capabilities to virtual machines. For customers that can’t immediately move to DVX, DRaaS Connect provides the capability to move applications into cloud-based VMware solutions like VMC (VMware Cloud on AWS). The interesting aspect of this announcement is that Datrium is providing capabilities to build “on-demand” DR, with the option to move to DVX in the future. Many businesses can’t justify running an entire copy of their business, so VMC with a DR capability enables DR ...

34 MIN2019 DEC 20
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#135 – Introducing Datrium DRaaS Connect with Simon Long

#134 – Introduction to Datera with Hal Woods (Sponsored)

This week Martin and Chris catch up again with Hal Woods, CTO at Datera. In this sponsored episode, we look in detail at the Datera Data Services Platform and how it differs from traditional storage. DSP is a software-defined solution, which is purchased either as a software licence or in conjunction with partners. Software-defined storage has been around for some time, but hasn’t really offered the disaggregation from hardware performance that applications need in the enterprise. DSP enables administrators to set performance and availability policies that are then implemented by DSP, based on the hardware available. This disaggregation distinction is important because over time, hardware gets refreshed but application performance needs to remain consistent. DSP delivers a “perpetual storage infrastructure” from which hardware is added or removed as part of ongoing deployment. You can learn more about DSP at the Datera Website, including blogs and review the presentations at the ...

42 MIN2019 DEC 13
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#134 – Introduction to Datera with Hal Woods (Sponsored)

Latest Episodes

#143 – Storage Adoption Myths & Realities

This week, Chris and Martin chat to Paul Stringfellow, CTO at Gardner Systems, about the realities of technology adoption. We hear lots of talk about Kubernetes, HCI, all-flash and even SCM technologies. But are all organisations deploying these technologies from day one? In reality, businesses deploy technology in a timeline that matches a normal distribution curve. As detailed in “Crossing the Chasm” by Geoffrey Moore, there’s a gap between early adopters and the mainstream IT organisations. What causes this inertia? Some of the challenges relate people and process, however there’s also a desire to implement more mature products. Who really wanted to use Microsoft Windows before version 3.0… You can follow Paul on Twitter at @techstringy and of course, also listen to his excellent podcast, Tech Interviews. Paul also writes a regular blog. Elapsed Time: 00:34:46 Timeline * 00:00:00 – Intros* 00:02:00 – Technology adoption myths vs the reality* 00:05:30 – Are enterprises any better at adopting new tech?* 00:06:40 – What do we mean by digital transformation?* 00:10:00 – Who doesn’t like a new car?* 00:11:10 – Does technology adoption allow staff “redistribution”?* 00:12:15 – S&P 500 – 2 week replacement schedule* 00:13:20 – Focus on data and the data model, not just hardware * 00:16:20 – Do the CIO/CTO roles exist in smaller organisations? * 00:17:50 – Crossing the Chasm – why does adoption inertia occur? * 00:19:10 – Always wait for the 3.0 version of the product!* 00:19:50 – Dealing with”day 2” implementation* 00:23:55 – Vendors only turn up at licence renewal time!* 00:26:00 – “Keeping the lights on” is still an issue for IT teams* 00:29:05 – Always ask – does this technology solve a problem?* 00:30:40 – Make white papers free to download – no registration!* 00:32:40 – Wrap Up Related Podcasts & Blogs * #104 – Creating a Data Management Strategy with Paul Stringfellow Copyright (c) 2016-2020 Storage Unpacked. No reproduction or re-use without permission. Podcast episode #NA5Y.

34 MIN4 d ago
Comments
#143 – Storage Adoption Myths & Realities

#142 – Storage, Automation and DevOps

This week, Chris and Martin discuss the automation of storage. In a follow-on from the Dell EMC presentation at Storage Field Day 19, this conversation looks at the challenges of opening storage provisioning and management to the wider developer community. In the past, SRM tools have focused on providing the “record of truth” for storage and well as the interface to provision resources to hosts. Dell EMC tried to create a separate data and management plane with ViPR, but the industry didn’t adopt this approach – potentially because Dell/EMC continued to own the technology. Today, Dell EMC is focusing on automation through tools like Ansible and Python. How will enterprises continue to reduce over-provisioning and protect production systems? How should billing work? What about documentation? These questions and more, answered in this week’s podcast. Elapsed Time: 00:31:17 Timeline * 00:00:00 – Intros* 00:00:46 – Dell EMC & DevOps at TFD* 00:01:45 – The Storage Admin is a gate...

31 MIN1 w ago
Comments
#142 – Storage, Automation and DevOps

#141 – Building Storage Systems of the Future

This week Chris and Martin are joined by Erik Kaulberg, Vice President at Infinidat. Erik has appeared on the podcast before and this time is here to talk about how we build storage systems of the future. You can tell from the introductions that we recorded this episode towards the end of 2019 – we haven’t been transported into the future! With many choices in new media, system builders have a wide choice of persistent storage from which to build new architectures. There’s NAND flash, traditional hard drives and a range of technologies such as SCM and MRAM. In an ideal world, we’d simply build systems from the best performing media, but cost and resiliency factor into the equation. Building future systems will continue to be a balancing act of choosing the right media for the right data type and matching the two efficiently. Will there be one platform to rule them all? Probably not, but we may see differences in core and edge designs. You can follow Erik on Linkedin and find mor...

36 MIN2 w ago
Comments
#141 – Building Storage Systems of the Future

#140 – Introduction to Document-Orientated Databases

This week, Chris and Martin speak to David Koppe, Director of Information Strategy at MongoDB. The discussion covers document-orientated databases, or simply document databases, and their appeal to the enterprise. Document databases differ from traditional relational databases in that the data is stored within each “document” as a series of key-value pairs. In this instance a document is not to be confused with a Word or PDF file. Unlike relational databases, document records don’t have to be “symmetrical” and aren’t required to contain every field (or a null value for empty fields). This makes the development of applications much more flexible than traditional relational schema. The team dig down and look at further differences, including exactly how documents are stored. In the case of MongoDB, this is JSON or on disk as BSON. Document databases aren’t required to offer ACID compliance, but this may be a requirement for the enterprise, where transactional applications expec...

43 MIN3 w ago
Comments
#140 – Introduction to Document-Orientated Databases

#139 – Storage Predictions for 2020 (Part II)

This is the second of our predictions shows for 2020 that anticipates what we can expect in enterprise storage for the year ahead. This episode covers solutions and vendors. We open with a discussion on cloud-native storage, which saw a lot of traction in 2019. Will the future be one of these companies or as Chris says, should we just rely on VMware to underpin our container environments? The discussion moves on to object storage and in particular a look at a company called MinIO. As an open-source solution with S3 compatibility, MinIO could be the future of general object storage while the other vendors focus specifically on market segments. Next we look at vendors. Whatever happened to Dell EMC Midrange.NEXT? An announcement was due at the end of January and that looks to be delayed. As the market for enterprise storage consolidates, could HPE need to go on a buying spree? Finally we look at the data management market. There’s the chance of consolidation or acquisitions here. As ...

31 MINJAN 17
Comments
#139 – Storage Predictions for 2020 (Part II)

#138 – Storage Predictions for 2020 (Part I)

This week Chris and Martin are joined by Chris Mellor for what is turning into an annual look at storage technology for the year ahead. We should point out that this is only for enterprise storage and not a forecast on the world in general! We start with a discussion on media. At the macro level, capacities continue to grow for SSDs and HDDs year on year. This trend is expected to continue, but what micro-level advancements are being made? QLC increases in layers, while PLC (penta-level cell) flash is being mooted as increasingly more practical. Hard drives are at 20TB and growing, but suffering the challenges of throughput. Will 2020 be the year we see multi-actuator take off? Does old media continue into decline as the new tape? Could punched cards make a comeback? We think it’s unlikely. The final part of the discussion turns to systems and composable systems in particular. Composability enables servers to be dynamically built from their constituent parts. The technology is in t...

37 MINJAN 10
Comments
#138 – Storage Predictions for 2020 (Part I)

#137 – Hitachi Next 2019: Wrap Up with Jonathan Martin

In the first podcast episode of 2020, Chris meets with Jonathan Martin, CMO at Hitachi Vantara to reflect on experiences at Hitachi NEXT 2019. This episode was recorded live onsite at the event in October 2019. Hitachi Vantara and Hitachi Consulting are planned to merge in 2020 (press release). This is another step in the evolution towards making Hitachi Vantara a solutions company, or as Jonathan describes it, an intellectual property creation organisation. Will Hitachi continue to sell infrastructure? The simple answer is – yes. Storage, CI and HCI platforms will continue to form the basis of solutions for customers. “as a service” offerings will bring a more cloud-like experience (and we’ll cover that later in the year). A recording of the NEXT Day 2 general session is available here (registration required). Elapsed Time: 00:17:25 Timeline * 00:00:00 – Intros * 00:00:45 – Vegas T-Shirt cannons! * 00:02:00 – Hitachi Vantara is merging with Hitachi Consulting * 00:05:25 – D...

17 MINJAN 3
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#137 – Hitachi Next 2019: Wrap Up with Jonathan Martin

#136 – The End of the Year Show 2019

In this final, final show for 2019, Martin and Chris review both the year and decade just passed. How did predictions work for 2019? What technology has come and gone over the decade and what can we expect in the next 10 years? Downloads have increased exponentially again over the year. Thank you to everyone who continues to download and listen to us. The most popular posts continue to be those focused on vendors and products. Top of the list is #102 – May Midrange Madness, with the VAST Data dilogy (#105 & #106) close behind. Our rather generic predictions of 2019 proved to be mostly accurate. QLC NAND and flash in general is taking over. This a theme of 2019 (for QLC) and for flash over the decade. Looking back to 2009/2010, vendors like Xsigo, Nirvanix and Ocarina were presenting at Tech Field Days. 1TB drives were state of the art – a volume of data that can now be purchased on a single microSD card from Micron. What can we expect in the next decade? Probably more of the same ...

30 MIN2019 DEC 30
Comments
#136 – The End of the Year Show 2019

#135 – Introducing Datrium DRaaS Connect with Simon Long

This episode was recorded live at the Datrium offices in Silicon Valley. Chris chats to fellow Brit Simon Long about the announcement of DRaaS Connect and Instant RTO. Both are new features/products in the data mobility and DR space and complement Datrium’s existing storage and virtualisation offerings. Enterprises traditionally implement DR failover for virtual environments using techniques like storage replication and SRM. Datrium has offered DVX, Cloud DVX and Automatrix as tools to abstract and deliver DR capabilities to virtual machines. For customers that can’t immediately move to DVX, DRaaS Connect provides the capability to move applications into cloud-based VMware solutions like VMC (VMware Cloud on AWS). The interesting aspect of this announcement is that Datrium is providing capabilities to build “on-demand” DR, with the option to move to DVX in the future. Many businesses can’t justify running an entire copy of their business, so VMC with a DR capability enables DR ...

34 MIN2019 DEC 20
Comments
#135 – Introducing Datrium DRaaS Connect with Simon Long

#134 – Introduction to Datera with Hal Woods (Sponsored)

This week Martin and Chris catch up again with Hal Woods, CTO at Datera. In this sponsored episode, we look in detail at the Datera Data Services Platform and how it differs from traditional storage. DSP is a software-defined solution, which is purchased either as a software licence or in conjunction with partners. Software-defined storage has been around for some time, but hasn’t really offered the disaggregation from hardware performance that applications need in the enterprise. DSP enables administrators to set performance and availability policies that are then implemented by DSP, based on the hardware available. This disaggregation distinction is important because over time, hardware gets refreshed but application performance needs to remain consistent. DSP delivers a “perpetual storage infrastructure” from which hardware is added or removed as part of ongoing deployment. You can learn more about DSP at the Datera Website, including blogs and review the presentations at the ...

42 MIN2019 DEC 13
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#134 – Introduction to Datera with Hal Woods (Sponsored)
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