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Storage Unpacked is a technology podcast that focuses on the enterprise storage market. Chris Evans, Martin Glassborow and guests discuss technology issues with vendors and industry experts.

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Storage Unpacked is a technology podcast that focuses on the enterprise storage market. Chris Evans, Martin Glassborow and guests discuss technology issues with vendors and industry experts.

    #198 – Software-Only Storage Vendors

    #198 – Software-Only Storage Vendors

    With the news that VAST Data is moving to a software-only model, this week Chris and Martin debate the merits of the move, for both the vendor and customers. Does this transition for VAST represent a new move in the industry, or can we point to other companies that have already made the jump? What does a disaggregated commercial model mean for customers and how should IT teams and CIOs view the focus on software-only? We discuss all this and more in this week’s podcast.







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    * 00:00:00 – Intros* 00:00:02 – Unlock time and it snows!* 00:01:50 – What is VAST Data’s Gemini offering?* 00:03:55 – The Gemini Man – terrible film and TV series* 00:05:30 – Nasuni, Nutanix, Pure Storage, NetApp, all done software separation* 00:06:50 – Software/Hardware disaggregation is like having an ELA* 00:08:40 – Customer buying power may offer benefits to large enterprises* 00:10:45 – Many vendors never build their own hardware support organisation* 00:11:20 – Going software-only is a public cloud positioning move* 00:12:40 – Storage software vendors are offering per-hour usage models* 00:15:00 – Is VAST Data simply doing financial engineering?* 00:20:40 – Could hardware innovation stall with a focus on software?* 00:23:00 – External “controller-based” storage is stagnant – moving to cloud?* 00:25:40 – How does the software-only move affect customer decisions?00:28:30 – Could the software model result in customers paying for non-supported solutions?* 00:29:40 – More clarity is needed to understand new purchasing models* 00:34:05 – Could hardware/software disaggregation result in increased software costs?* 00:36:00 – Wrap Up







    Related Podcasts & Blogs







    * #105 – Introduction to VAST Data Part I* #106 – Introduction to VAST Data Part II* #170 – The End of Pure Play Storage Companies* VAST Data goes software-only – what does this mean for customers?















    Copyright (c) 2016-2021 Storage Unpacked. No reproduction or re-use without permission. Podcast episode #qjdr.

    • 36 min
    #197 – Prioritising Disaster Recovery Planning

    #197 – Prioritising Disaster Recovery Planning

    The ongoing saga at OVH highlights the need to have solid disaster recovery plans that reflect the risk and impact of systems failure on the business. In this episode, Chris and Martin dig into the issues at OVH and how they represent a wake-up call for businesses in general. High profile failures have been apparent over many years, so does DR get the investment and respect it deserves? With so many more businesses operating with a 100% dependency on technology, you would expect so. Why does DR continue to be an afterthought and how has the public cloud distorted the perception of who is responsible for systems, applications and data recovery?







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    * 00:00:00 – Intros* 00:01:00 – Martin walks 4 million steps in a year* 00:02:30 – The ongoing OVH Saga* 00:04:00 – Other disasters – 9/11 & Buncefield* 00:06:30 – Disaster Experiences!* 00:09:15 – A disaster doesn’t mean losing the entire data centre* 00:12:15 – Businesses need to understand the level of risk* 00:12:45 – Risk translates to impact and risk assessment* 00:13:57 – How should a plan be developed?* 00:15:00 – The business owner needs to determine the value of the application* 00:16:40 – Test, test, test – within reason!* 00:19:00 – Data centre “flipping” is a complex process* 00:20:00 – If DR is an afterthought then you have a problem* 00:20:45 – Nobody likes doing documentation* 00:22:30 – How can software changes break systems?* 00:25:15 – Many storage upgrades had no fallback position* 00:27:55 – How much does cost affect decisions to do DR?* 00:29:30 – War gaming disaster recovery!* 00:31:45 – How is the perception of technology warping the need for DR?00:34:00 – Starting an airline has regulation – why don’t e-businesses have the same?* 00:36:45 – How much are non-functional requirements being ignored?00:38:30 – There are many tools for doing DR – it’s never been easier!* 00:41:00 – Is Disaster Recovery just not glamorous enough?* 00:43:00 – Wrap Up







    Related Podcasts & Blogs







    * Backup as a Service* Cloud-Native Data Protection* Data Protection in a Multi-Cloud World* Backup in Your Responsibility – Even in Public Cloud* #135 – Introducing Datrium DRaaS Connect with Simon Long















    Copyright (c) 2016-2021 Storage Unpacked. No reproduction or re-use without permission. Podcast episode #bnic.

    • 44 min
    #196 – Creating a Multi-Cloud Data Strategy

    #196 – Creating a Multi-Cloud Data Strategy

    This week, Chris and Martin discuss the issues of building a multi-cloud data storage strategy. The range of options for private, public and hosted data services is huge, with each offering a different set of services and implemented in subtly unique ways. How can an enterprise take advantage of these services, while maintaining data protection, cost control and service availability all front and centre? This conversation is incredibly wide-ranging, touching on data centre build and usage, Finops for cloud, global name spaces, operating system envy and finding that killer app for the public cloud that locks in the user.







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    * 00:00:00 – Intros* 00:00:26 – It’s a year since UK lockdown* 00:01:30 – What do we mean by multi-cloud storage?* 00:03:00 – There are many choices for data placement* 00:04:00 – Enterprises won’t completely shut down their data centres* 00:07:17 – Each cloud service provider has specific strengths* 00:09:00 – On-premises is good for data sovereignty issues* 00:12:00 – Do we really want to spin up applications in multiple locations?* 00:13:50 – How do we address storage cost management in cloud?* 00:14:40 – Application access profiles directly affects service costs* 00:17:00 – Structured data sharing works best at the application layer* 00:18:20 – Global Name Spaces are essential for making data mobile* 00:20:48 – The traditional storage management role is dying off* 00:24:00 – File and Object are a good candidate for merger* 00:30:00 – Announcing the Finops for Storage Accounting podcast!* 00:32:20 – Will hyper-scalers ever open up their storage platforms?* 00:37:00 – My operating system is better than yours!* 00:38:42 – Is there a killer app or technology in any public cloud?* 00:41:30 – The first vendor to stitch data together will make big money* 00:43:43 – Wrap Up







    Related Podcasts & Blogs







    * #179 – The Myth of Cheap Cloud Storage* #116 – Fixing Gaps in Cloud Storage with Andy Watson* #86 – Eran Brown Discusses Storage, Security & Multi-Cloud* The Myth of Cloud Bursting















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    • 44 min
    #195 – Fungible Data Processing Units

    #195 – Fungible Data Processing Units

    This week’s podcast episode continues the discussion on SmartNICs and DPUs with Fungible, a company that claims to have originally coined the term DPU. Chris and Martin talk with Pradeep Sindhu (CEO and co-founder) and Jai Menon (Chief Scientist) about Fungible’s storage cluster and host-based DPU. The Fungible architecture aims to solve the challenges of disaggregation, a topic we first looked at back in September 2017.







    This discussion highlights some interesting challenges that new technology such as NVMe-oF is introducing into the data centre. As we move to a model of highly parallelised workloads, the interaction between storage and compute is back under the spotlight. Fungible is working on storage products today but claims to be able to disaggregate GPUs and in the future, potentially DRAM. Interesting times.







    Find out more at https://www.fungible.com/







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    * 00:00:00 – Intros* 00:01:30 – What problem is Fungible looking to solve?* 00:02:45 – The benefits of Moore’s Law growth are almost flat* 00:03:35 – Modern applications are data-centric* 00:05:00 – Fungible is working on disaggregated architectures* 00:06:15 – There’s storage for  compute and storage for – storage!* 00:07:45 – What’s “hyper-disaggregation”?* 00:09:30 – Fungible offers volume-specific characteristics like encryption* 00:11:00 – Everything can be disaggregated except DRAM (for now)* 00:13:10 – Data I/O has specific requirements including in-order processing* 00:14:15 – Fungible can use an Ethernet network at 90% without packet drop* 00:15:30 – Data-centric workloads are heavily multiplexed* 00:18:45 – Does disaggregation finally deliver a real software-defined data centre?* 00:20:00 – Mainframes “reconfigured” overnight for batch workloads* 00:21:30 – Even hyperscalers operate in silos* 00:24:15 – The Fungible Storage Cluster – SAN 2.0?* 00:25:30 – New hero numbers!  15 million IOPS!!* 00:30:45 – Volumes are virtual across any or all storage clusters* 00:34:30 – Fungible claims better than local performance* 00:35:00 – The Storage Cluster gains additional benefits with a host DPU* 00:37:00 – Let’s not get diverted towards VSAM!* 00:39:20 – Disaggregated technologies could deliver truly reconfigurable data centres* 00:41:00 – Fibre Channel networks divide their traffic across multiple SANs* 00:42:00 – Who is using the Fungible technology?* 00:45:00 – Fungible is working on I/O primitives for SQL databases* 00:49:00 – Wrap Up







    Related Podcasts & Blogs







    * #194 – ScaleFlux & Computational Storage Devices* #190 – NVIDIA BlueField SmartNICs & DPUs* #180 – SmartNICs – Pliops Storage Processor* #177 – SmartNICs and Project Monterey* #96 – Discussing SmartNICs and Storage with Rob Davis from Mellanox















    Pradeep’s Bio















    Pradeep’s career includes founding Juniper Networks,

    • 49 min
    #194 – ScaleFlux & Computational Storage Devices

    #194 – ScaleFlux & Computational Storage Devices

    In this week’s episode, Martin and Chris discuss Computational Storage with Tong Zhang, Chief Scientist and co-founder at ScaleFlux. Computational Storage devices add value to traditional NAND by offloading data processes directly onto the storage media. ScaleFlux offers two families of CSDs, including the CSD 2000 series, which implements inline data compression to improve endurance and logical device capacity.







    In this conversation, Tong covers the benefits of using CSDs as well as some of the challenges of implementation. It’s likely we will se CSDs being used for AI/Analytics pre-processing, especially in the public cloud.







    More information on ScaleFlux can be found at https://www.scaleflux.com/ with further technical details of Computational Storage on the SNIA Website.







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    * 00:00:00 – Intros* 00:04:00 – What is the ScaleFlux view of Computational Storage?* 00:06:45 – What will the drivers of Computational Storage be?* 00:08:40 – Compression can increase endurance and capacity* 00:11:00 – The CSD2000 does inline compression/decompression in FPGA* 00:13:05 – Why aren’t all vendors doing inline compression?* 00:14:45 – Databases make a good use case for CSD* 00:17:10 – Compression can be 2:1 or as high as 5:1, depending on data* 00:20:15 – SSDs do get hot!* 00:21:30 – FPGAs will be replaced by ASICs in the future products* 00:23:00 – AI/Analytics is a big target for Computational Storage* 00:25:00 – Advanced functionality may require APIs* 00:27:00 – NVMe will be used as a protocol to push code to CS drives* 00:30:20 – Compute and storage are going to have to work closer together* 00:35:00 – Computational Storage adoption will be evolutionary* 00:38:00 – How will RAID/erasure coding be affected with CS?* 00:40:20 – ScaleFlux will support PCIe-4/5 and possibly PLC NAND* 00:43:00 – Wrap Up







    Related Podcasts & Blogs







    * #190 – NVIDIA BlueField SmartNICs and DPUs* #180 – SmartNICs – Pliops Storage Processor* #177 – SmartNICs and Project Monterey* #96 – Discussing SmartNICs and Storage with Rob Davis from Mellanox















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    • 43 min
    #193 – HYCU Protégé Office 365 Backup as a Service

    #193 – HYCU Protégé Office 365 Backup as a Service

    This week, Chris and Martin are talking to a podcast repeat offender, Subbiah Sundaram, VP of Products at HYCU. HYCU has recently announced the availability of Protégé for Microsoft Office 365, delivered as SaaS or Backup as a Service (BaaS). This continues an expansion of the HYCU and Protégé backup offerings that started with Nutanix data protection and has expanded past on-premises virtualisation to encompass the public cloud and now SaaS.







    The conversation covers a wide range of topics relating SaaS and data protection, including the way in which services are implemented via APIs provided by SaaS vendors. With unlimited data storage, SaaS backup offers real opportunities for data mining and analysis.







    To learn more about Protégé for Office 365, follow the link to https://www.hycu.com/tryhycu/. You can find more details on the support for Office 365 in the press release – here.







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    * 00:00:00 – Intros* 00:03:00 – Vendors do not back up your SaaS service (for you)* 00:04:45 – Office365 is a multitude of separate services* 00:09:00 – Where does HYCU BaaS reside?* 00:10:00 – The charging model for BaaS is different to on-premises offerings* 00:11:25 – How does the customer monitor success/failure in SaaS offerings?* 00:17:00 – Some businesses are happy with self-restore, others are not!* 00:18:30 – What features do SaaS vendors offer to do backup?* 00:20:00 – SaaS API users need to rethink how their services are built* 00:22:00 – Centralised credentials management is key to delivering SaaS* 00:25:50 – How can unlimited storage be justified and what does it mean?* 00:29:00 – Can unlimited storage be abused?* 00:31:50 – Can unlimited be used as deliberately limited (active deletion)?00:35:50 – Is BaaS a perfect tool for e-discovery?* 00:42:55 – How will HYCU bring in the existing non-SaaS service together with SaaS?* 00:44:20 – The Public Cloud is the right place to doing backup analytics* 00:45:30 – Wrap Up







    Related Podcasts & Blogs







    * #165 – Homogeneous Data Protection with HYCU* #73 – HYCU – Data Protection for Hyper-Converged Infrastructure* HYCU Announces GA of HYCU for Azure* Backup os Your Responsibility – Even in Public Cloud















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    • 47 min

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Great unbiased Storage Podcast for beginners and experts

I love this podcast. It's run by three guys who I'm don't think will mind me saying, "they've been around for a while". They have great experince, knowledge and are very good at explaining things in a way non-storage experts can understand.

They cover a wide range of topics, from product reviews, technology trends and industry news.

Highly recommended.

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