Starwind software: SFD15 preview

It is time to start blogging again, and there couldn’t possibly be better way then by starting on my invite to Storage Field Day 15 in Silicon Valley. Truth be told, not blogging was mainly due to building our own house, and we’re still very busy with building our dream house here in the Netherlands, but no more excuses for me and let’s start doing the previews for next week.

Second timer: Starwind

Last year at Storage Field Day 12 we had the first presentation from Starwind at a Tech Field Day, and I was really impressed by the technology they offer and more importantly the level detail they put in to their presentation as well as the knowledge they showed during the presentation. Most of the VMware techies will know Starwind for their ISCSI target technology they offered, which was used in many homelab environments. I know I’ve used it on multiple occassions in my lab at least. But they are moving on an during the SFD15 presentation we got more information on their HCI solution, AcloudA, Veeam VTL and Cloud replication and Starwind Scale Out and Log Structured File Systems.

There are a couple of great resources on the products they’ve talked about last time that I’ll provide a link to here:

Dan Frith – There’s A Whole Lot More To StarWind Than Free Stuff
Stephen Foskett – The Year of Cloud Extension
Rich Stroffonlino – Starwind gives you a gateway to the Cloud
Adam Bergh – Storage Field Day 12 Day 1 Recap and Day 2 Preview

The videos from SFD12

When companies already presented at a Tech Field Day, I try to watch all the videos before we go in to a new one, although with some companies this really seems impossible because of the number of times they were at a Tech Field Day. With Starwind this is (now) still easy, and that is why I’ll also include the SFD12 Vimeo videos here as well.

Starwind Simple, Flexible, Scalable Storage

 

 

Starwind Fault-Tolerant Storage Demo

 

 

StarWind Scale Out and Log Structured File System

 

 

StarWind and AcloudA: Stairway to Cloud

 

 

StarWind and Veeam VTL and Cloud Replication

 

 

I’m really looking forward to meeting the Kolomyeytsev brothers again, and i hope you will follow us during the livestream at the Tech Field Day site:

http://www.techfieldday.com/event/sfd15

See you soon for the next presenter.

Disclaimer: I was invited to this meeting by TechFieldDay to attend SFD15 and they paid for travel and accommodation, I have not been compensated for my time and am not obliged to blog. Furthermore, the content is not reviewed, approved or edited by any other person than the me.

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

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!