Catalogic 6 months later

Almost half a year ago I was at Storage Field Day 7 in San Jose (CA) where we had a couple of awesome presentations by multiple companies. One of these companies was Catalogic who presented on their ECX copy datamanagement platform. A couple of my fellow delegates have written some great content on this technology and I’ll include them at the end of this post, and encourage you to read them. Also I’ll include the first presentation done by Ed Walsh (CEO Catalogic)

As said we’re almost half a year further, and I was curious what changed in this time with the companies that presented at SFD7

Copy Data Management

So what is Copy Data Management according to Catalogic, and what challenges does it solve? If you’ve watched the above video you’ve seen that Catalogic defines three challenges: data growth, manageability and business agility.

In a world where data seems to exploding it seems more then iminent to have a mechanism to create order in this data sprawl and that’s where ECX comes in.
By implementing an OVF (docker based) and without any agents on your servers, you’ll get a system which provides you with: Orchestration, Automation DR and Data analytics. Using this for Test/Dev better RTO/RPO, reduce Capex/Opex, create orchastration to use the power of the cloud, and analyze and report on your data is very interesting.

And hearing about all these awesome posibilities, it kind of struck me that this was only possible with NetApp storage. I understand you need to start somewhere, but for a company in business since 1996 it must be doable to support more then just NetApp…

Fast forward 6 months

As mentioned this was what I absorbed during the presentation during Storage Field Day 7 and I kinda lost track, mainly because of the NetApp only thing, to be honest. I really think that ECX has a lot of potential, but it just needs to be available for all (or almost all ;-P) storage systems.

In the week before VMworld Catalogic announced ECX 2.2 which introduced support new storage vendor IBM. As of version 2.2 the IBM storage customers can use ECX to do the amazing things ECX provides. Although I would love to see more storage vendors on the list, it shows Catalogic is working hard to get more and more on the HCL 😀

But that’s not all for the 2.2 version ,the other new key features are:

  • Enhanced Policy-Based Copy Data Management Workflow Automation
  • Copy Data Management for IBM platforms
  • Improved Role Based Access Control (RBAC)
  • Expanded scalability and performance
  • Improved fault tolerance

I’ll be keeping a close watch on Catalogic to see what news will follow in the next couple of months.

Other resources

A couple of my SFD7 friends also wrote some very interesting posts on ECX and I’ll include their post here (just click the links):

 – Jon Klaus: Storage Field Day 7 – Catalogic ECX reducing copy data sprawl
Chris Evans: SFD7 – Catalogic Software Addresses Data Copy Management
Dan Frith: STORAGE FIELD DAY 7 – DAY 1 – CATALOGIC SOFTWARE
Keith Townsend: CopyData yeah… Long live Data Virtualization

Also for all SFD7 videos visit the techfieldday website:

Catalogic Software

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TechUnplugged Amsterdam

As I mentioned in my last post, my good friend Enrico is the organizer of a great event that started in London a couple of months ago. Because this event was a big succes, Enrico figured it was time to take the event on a tour and proceed to Amsterdam. He asked me to help him (a little) with the organization of this event. And during this amazing event, in one of the greatest capitials in the world (*cough*,*cough*) it would be great to see and meet you. And the event is free, so that can’t be your excuse 😀

To make sure you know what this event is all about, I would like to add the video of one of the presentations during the London event. Just to make sure you know what content will be shared during the event:

The rest of the videos can be viewed here!

The speakers

Looking at the speakers presenting in Amsterdam, this is a great opportunity to learn a lot about what is happening in IT at the moment and what the future holds in the next couple of years… To make sure you won’t be bored Enrico made sure the speaker line up is just amazing:

Enrico Signoretti
Chris Mellor
Howard Marks
Tom Hollingsworth
Chris Evans
Nigel Poulton
Martin Glassborow
Viktor van de Berg
Arjan Timmerman

As you can see this is a very compelling list of speakers and most of the speakers will have the opportunity to speak for the entire audience, while a couple of them will need to share because an additional track/room in the afternoon. For more information on the speakers look here. For more information on the agenda look here.

The Sponsors

This event couldn’t be done without the help of some great sponsors. They pay for everything that is needed to make this such a great event, and for that I would like to ask you to take a look at their websites, as well as talk with them during the event.

Exagrid
Hedvig
Kaminario
Stormagic
Veeam
Tintri
Nutanix
Zerto

These are all really cool companies. I for one am very interested in to hear more about their products, and I hope you feel the same. Where do these technologies fit in my DC strategy and what problem do they solve, in which way.

Join us in Amsterdam

If this isn’t enough for you to join us in Amsterdam, I don’t know what would. So if you’re interested in joining us for a great 1 day event (and some beers the evening before) make sure to sign up using this link:

https://www.eventbrite.it/e/techunplugged-amsterdam-registration-17026517773

Oh yeah, IT’S FREE 😀

See you in Amsterdam!

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Beer, Tech and did I mention beer?

My good friend Enrico Signoretti organizes a great event named TechUnplugged. We started a couple of months ago in London and for those who want to know what was presented during the event, here is a link to the videos and the website: Video link and Website Link (and for those interested in the presentations in PDF format click here).

But as the title of the post suggests this post is mainly on BEER! and that’s because although it’s great to be informed and learn from some great people in the industry, it is also great to get to have a more informal meeting with each other. The evening before the event there will be a storagebeers in the Beer temple in Amsterdam!

Make sure you’ll join us and RSVP here!!!!

A big thanks to one of the sponsors of the event (which will be a day later) Tegile, who will pay the first two rounds!!!!

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Rubrik: Change in the Backup world

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Last week I had a great conversation with Bipul Sinha, Mike Tornincasa and Julia Lee about their new adventure: Rubrik. The conversation focussed on the new technology that Rubrik brings in an old fashioned site of the IT infrastructure, the backup (and recovery) site.

As not all of you might know, Bipul is a very well known gentleman in the startup world. In his former/present life (sorry, I meant career) he was a well known VC with a lot of great companies he helped to set up. Companies like Nutanix, PernixData and others are started in the last couple of years and really changed the IT landscape. This looks like a strange move, going from VC to CEO of a Startup in a segment that’s not that well known for it’s capability to change…

But as with most of the startups, changing perspective and making sure a customer gets, what a customer needs, is not easy and in need of a person like Bipul to guide one in the right direction. Providing a game changing solution that will help the business move to a better performing, easy to scale and easy to manage environment is key here. Companies are challenged with so many changes these days and so many marketing shit like Software Defined everything, cloud, webscale IT and so on, while struggling maintaining their environments, most of them just want a way to make things better. Bipul and his team have seen (and provided) the change needed for better scale, easier management and moving to the next level of infrastructure.

Making sure your data is save, whereever it resides, is a important to every company. And most backup vendors have some kind of backup tool, but most of the time it is a solution for one silo in the backup environment. Focussed on virtualization, some on tape, some on cloud, and so on. But it always seems to be one of these and they always seem to need resources (CPU/Mem/Storage) from your excisting environment to backup your environment. Off course, there are backup solutions that brings their own hardware, but it’s always for a certain use case, and to make sure your data is save in the changing IT world of today requires something new.

An administrator is a human (really ;P) just like you. And as a human being they like simplicity and efficiency just like us. When the first mobile phones came to market, most people were amazed by the possibilities that came with this. When the Iphone came and changed the way mobile apps were being used, making it that easy to install and use the applications, people were even more amazed. Now almost a decade later we’re all used to that kind of simplicity. Even the most sceptic people are slowly moving towards Ipad’s, Microsoft Surface or other tablets because of their ease of use. An administrator wants the same thing. Spin it up, and making sure he’ll only needs to add more capacity (that’s with performance included) if the system tells him so. He wants to concentrate on giving the user the experience they want, and not firefighting the environment all day long just to start over again the next day.

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In IT things are going quick. 10 years ago you probably had a mobile for one (maybe two) reasons. Reaching out to other people, by call or text, and using it as an agenda. That was it, for most of us. Fast forward ten years and were using our phones in a complete other way. Calling is almost gone, and if we do call we like to use things like Skype because it’s free… But these days we use our phones for surfing the web, social media, watching television/movies, watching the weather forecast and so on. Things change fast, not only with your phone but even more in the datacenters around the world.

10 years ago your average datacenter would look something like this:

Datacenters

Server hardware for compute (and some local storage) and a SAN or NAS for your shared storage, making a couple of racks for typical datacenter not uncommon.

Fast forward again 10 years, and a lot of companies are building their datacenter like this:

Server room

Converged, Hyperconverged, WebscaleIT, give it a name, but what companies are looking for is high performance, easy to scale and simplistic infrastructure. Making this change is not going to happen over a year, more like a decade. But with companies like Nutanix, Simplicity and big companies like VMware (EVO) things will change quicker. The common use cases for Hyperconverged (VDI/Test/DEV) are relatively easy to convince where the strength of hyperconverged is, and now that hyperconverged has proven his reliability for a couple of years, more and more companies move their production workloads to hyperconverged too.

With Hyperconverged and cloud the way to backup is changing too. Traditional backup vendors are able to provide you with some solutions in this change of compute usage, but that’s not always the case. That’s where Rubrik comes in.

If Apple is the company that made the mobile world change, Rubrik will probably do the the same for the backup market. And although the two are completely different the first (Apple) can not operate without the second (Rubrik). What would you think if a something goes wrong at apple and they just tell you, all pictures you moved (saved) to iCloud are gone and we can’t retrieve them because we don’t have a backup? Hell breaks loose on earth, Apple will be gone in a couple of days, and people will look for solutions where their data is save. As said the first can not live without the other. Which backup Apple uses is not relevant, replication is great, but if a virus would affect data, it might just impact all systems, not only the data in the primary datacenter (if that would be what Apple uses ;P). No data needs to backup.

But with traditional backup, a lot calculation comes into account to make sure resources aren’t over utilized. Because a lot of the traditional backup solutions use those resources during the quiet hours within a company, this might be no problem. But a lot of companies are using their infrastructure 24/7 these days. With the Internet of Things closing your company during night time is killing. Reaching people across the globe is easy, and most companies are trying to do this or are moving to this. And so it’s getting more important to be able to make sure your environment won’t stall during backup hours, as well as making sure you’ll have your backup to fall back to in case of an emergency.

Rubrik will change the way we are thinking of backup. The software will be intuitive, easy to use and to the point, like IOS, Android and Windows Phone. But Rubrik will be based on commodity hardware, which will leverage Flash to meet the performance needs of these days. Making this change in backup with software and hardware is something I really look forward to. There is so much more to say about Rubrik, but it will just have to wait a bit, as I’m sure I’ll write about them more often. But I just wanted to give you a feel of what I thought of when I first had contact with this company. In the next posts I’ll dive into their technology more and figure try to figure out what’s really under the hood, in hardware as well as in software.

I’m not the first to have been writing about Rubrik, and I recommend you to read the following post too:

Chris Mellor:

Stealthy upstart Rubrik: We’ll make enterprise data “beautiful”

Duncan Epping:

Startup intro: Rubrik. Backup and Recovery redefined

Cormac Hogan:

A quick introduction to Rubrik

And don’t forget to visit Rubriks own website HERE

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Techunplugged is coming soon

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Next week I’ll fly to London to attent the Techunplugged event created by Enrico Signoretti. I do admire what Enrico is achieving and it is awesome to so see all the effort he’s putting into these events to serve the community. I would highly recommend you to join us next week in London if you’re in the neighbourhood or have the opportunity to join.

Looking at the agenda it is going to be a very enjoyable and leaningfull day in which you’ll be able to ask your questions, listen to the experts and talk with them face to face.

With a great line-up of sponsors who’ll tell their story. With companies like PernixData, Zerto, Cloudian, Load DynamiX and Zadara Storage you’ll know you’ll join the beer party J with a head full of knowledge. But wait hearing from these companies alone would be awesome, but there is much more.

Enrico made sure to invite a couple of great guys (Gurus) from the industry to do a couple of great presentations and roundtables. People like Enrico Signoretti, Chris M Evans, Stephen Foskett, Hans DeLeenheer, Nigel Poulton and Martin Glassborow should ring a bell if you work in the industry, and they will all have a great story to tell…

So if you haven’t already, make sure to join us next week in London and make sure to reserve your FREE seat!

More information and registration at techunplugged.io

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