The last couple of months I’ve been kinda quiet, right… It’s not that I didn’t have anything to tell, but I’ve been busy with a couple of awesome projects:
- TechUnplugged (Austin 2016)
- NLVMUG (UserCon 2016)
- Projects: VUMC, UMCU and Abu Dhabi
Let’s dive (a little) deeper in to all of them, with a start of the TechUnplugged conference in Austin. I’ll write about the other two later this week.
TechUnplugged is a new kind of conference which was initiated by my Italian friend Enrico Signoretti. The conference is based on interaction during the entire event, giving the audiance the opportunity to really gain the knowledge the need.
A good example of what awesome content we get during the even is this presentation by Nigel Poulton during the first TechUnplugged in London:
After the first two events in 2015, the first in London and the second in Amsterdam, we decided to cross the ocean and try the same recipe in the US. So on February 2nd we’ll kickoff TechUnplugged US with a great line up of influencers as well as sponsors.
First the Influencer list:
Second the Sponsor list (not completed):
We’ve seen that the conference is growing in Europe and we hope to achieve the same in the US. If you’re in, or near, Austin on the second of February 2016.
The agenda of the Austin event will be available here. The conference is free for end users, but seating is limited. Make sure to reserve your seat now, sign up here!
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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:
Oh yeah, IT’S FREE 😀
See you in Amsterdam!