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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.

    #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















    Copyright (c) 2016-2021 Storage Unpacked. No reproduction or re-use without permission. Podcast episode #tv7t.

    • 47 min
    #192 – Storage & Kubernetes with Nigel Poulton

    #192 – Storage & Kubernetes with Nigel Poulton

    This week, Chris and Martin chat to long-time friend and Kubernetes legend, Nigel Poulton. Nigel is well-known in the industry for producing training courses and books on Kubernetes, although was once a storage person in a previous life. The aim of this podcast episode is to examine how storage and Kubernetes come together. However, we start by asking Nigel to explain his pivot to containers and now the Kubernetes ecosystem.







    This discussion touches on some interesting aspects of how persistent storage and Kubernetes should be managed together, which today is via the CSI (Container Storage Interface). Is this plugin a long-term solution for data mobility? We also manage to get an obligatory mainframe reference into the conversation.







    Sadly we didn’t get through all of our discussion topics in this long-running episode, so Nigel will be back later in the year to continue the conversation.







    You can find more on Kubernetes, over at Nigel’s Website: https://nigelpoulton.com/







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    * 00:00:00 – Intros* 00:01:00 – Nigel is looking for things to “read”* 00:05:10 – Why did Nigel pivot to Kubernetes?* 00:07:50 – Is Kubernetes the future of containers?* 00:09:55 – Kubernetes needs to avoid the OpenStack risk* 00:13:15 – Are we building permanent or temporary cluster?* 00:17:40 – Why did AWS open source EKS?* 00:22:30 – Shouldn’t we talk about storage now?* 00:25:40 – Networking is just “pass the parcel” (hot potato)* 00:28:00 – Customers should be using CSI-supported storage* 00:32:00 – Nigel believes data mobility should be an application responsibility* 00:35:10 – Obligatory mainframe reference (DFSMS)* 00:39:20 – How should autoscaling work for storage and Kubernetes?* 00:42:20 – Why is QoS in storage not seen more frequently?* 00:49:00 – Nigel is into muscle cars* 00:51:00 – Wrap Up







    Related Podcasts & Blogs







    * #53 – Persistent Storage and Kubernetes with Evan Powell* #151 – Introduction to StorageOS v2.0* #145 – Anthos Ready Storage for the Enterprise* #129 – Choices for Persistent Container Storage with Niraj Tolia* Will We Care About Kubernetes in 2025?







    Nigel’s Bio















    Nigel’s a technology geek, author of three utterly mind-blowing and life-changing books, and creator of weapons-grade Kubernetes training videos (his words not ours).















    Copyright (c) 2016-2021 Storage Unpacked. No reproduction or re-use without permission. Podcast episode #lx84.

    • 53 min
    #191 – CIO Pandemic Priorities

    #191 – CIO Pandemic Priorities

    This week, Chris and Martin are in discussion with Cathy Southwick, CIO at Pure Storage. The topic of conversation is the results of a CIO survey undertaken by Pure to look back at the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and how customers have changed their IT strategies. The discussion covers how Pure Storage has adapted to the lack of in-person site visits and adapting to remote installation and operations. Digital transformation projects have continued, while customers have adapted their priorities and goals to align with the challenges presented by COVID-19. Public cloud has been an easy target for migrations. Customers are now looking at how best to rebalance workloads between on-premises and the public cloud as companies stabilise and re-adjust to a COVID-compliant way of working.







    You can find Cathy’s LinkedIn article and the results of the survey here – https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-we-can-learn-from-cios-covid-19s-impact-cathleen-southwick/







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    * 00:00:00 – Intros * 00:00:30 – Martin gets trolled by Google Maps! * 00:03:30 – How has Pure and their customers managed the Pandemic? * 00:06:00 – How has data centre access being managed? * 00:09:00 – Digital transformation projects have continued to be delivered * 00:14:00 – Automation is top of the priorities, with security and customer experience * 00:16:30 – Employee well-being figured highly * 00:17:30 – How have customers adopted the cloud?  Tactical or Strategic? * 00:21:00 – FinOps – Financial operations for cloud will be the dream next job 00:24:00 – Will Cloud drive the “as a service” models? * 00:26:10 – The Portworx acquisition indicates a pivot towards data and data mobility * 00:28:35 – EMC – Where Information Lives – describes the future for storage companies * 00:30:40 – Wrap Up







    Related Podcasts & Blogs







    * #152 – Post Pandemic Storage Efficiencies* #149 – Coronavirus 2.0* #146 – Coronavirus and Impacts on the Technology Industry* #185 – Pure-as-a-Service 2.0







    Cathy’s Bio















    Cathy Southwick joined Pure Storage in 2018 as Chief Information Officer. In this role, she leads Pure’s global IT strategy and advances the company’s operations through the delivery of next-generation technology capabilities and systems.







    Cathy is an accomplished leader with over 20 years of experience defining and executing forward-looking IT strategies. Prior to Pure, Cathy held leadership positions at AT&T, including Vice President, Technology Engineering and Vice President, Cloud Planning & Engineering. During her tenure at AT&T, Cathy led the planning and execution of IT strategies from the Core Network, IT application modernisation, and the IT cloud.







    Before joining AT&T, Cathy spent 11 years at Viking Freight System (now owned by FedEx) where she held escalating leadership positions in IT architecture and planning, software development, merger integration, strategic planning, human resources management, procurement, project/portfolio management, and process re-engineering.

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    #190 – NVIDIA BlueField SmartNICs & DPUs

    #190 – NVIDIA BlueField SmartNICs & DPUs

    This week, Chris and Martin chat to Kevin Deierling, SVP of Marketing for Networking Products at NVIDIA. SmartNICs and DPUs (Data Processing Units) are starting to become mainstream as application use-cases such as AI and analytics drive a need for greater data throughput and performance. Kevin explains the design and thinking behind BlueField, NVIDIA’s family of DPU products that combine offloaded network, storage and security functionality.







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    * 00:00:00 – Intros* 00:01:30 – We’re not a networking podcast!* 00:02:15 – Why will we need DPUs and SmartNICs?* 00:04:30 – Von Neumann is diverging* 00:06:50 – What is the BlueField architecture?* 00:08:45 – A DPU could act as a storage array controller* 00:11:30 – Storage DPUs make devices appear local* 00:13:00 – DPUs enable efficient bare-metal server deployments* 00:15:00 – Storage, networking & security use around 30% of traditional cores* 00:16:00 – Does a DPU represent better or worse performance than CPU?* 00:20:15 – NVIDIA DPUs emulate existing devices, reducing application changes* 00:25:00 – Where does the outboard management take place?* 00:26:00 – DOCA is the application framework for DPUs* 00:28:00 – BlueField 2X combines GPU and DPU on the same card* 00:31:40 – DPUs enable the real-time nature of data processing* 00:35:40 – Mainframe reference!* 00:38:00 – Where will initial adoption take place?* 00:40:00 – How does the use of SmartNICs affect TCO?* 00:45:10 – The future is 1000x improvement with BlueField 4* 00:46:00 – Wrap Up







    Related Podcasts & Blogs







    * #96 – Discussing SmartNICs and Storage with Rob Davis from Mellanox* #177 – SmartNICs and Project Monterey* #180 – SmartNICs – Pliops Storage Processor* VMware Project Monterey – First Impressions* Fixing the x86 Problem















    Copyright (c) 2016-2021 Storage Unpacked. No reproduction or re-use without permission. Podcast episode #ky1r.

    • 47 min
    #189 – The Quiet Success of Software-Defined Storage

    #189 – The Quiet Success of Software-Defined Storage

    This week, Chris and Martin debate the success of software-defined storage or SDS. Over the past 10-15 years, storage systems have evolved into a wide range of software solutions, appliances and cloud-based products. What has driven this move to focus entirely on software and what will the next stage of evolution be? Are we in a position where everything is based on software, in some form?







    This discussion also touches on consumption models. Has SDS provided the catalyst for vendors to offer better subscription licences and consumption models? Is the writing on the wall for the traditional storage array?







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    * 00:00:00 – Intros* 00:00:55 – Intel H10 recap* 00:01:43 – Siri interrupts!* 00:03:34 – Has SDS been a quiet success?* 00:05:20 – The five phases of SDS evolution* 00:07:08 – What compatibility issues exist?* 00:07:40 – Phase 2 – bespoke SDS solutions* 00:10:14 – Phase 4 – Infrastructure abstraction* 00:11:50 – Phase 5 – Partnered solutions* 00:13:00 – Is it possible to defined SDS today?* 00:14:21 – PowerStore is SDS (not sold like that)* 00:15:20 – Some SDS packaging is a commercial decision* 00:17:00 – Many storage solutions will run as virtual & cloud instances* 00:19:00 – SDS has been around for many years in different forms* 00:21:30 – Is high-end storage (like PowerMax) SDS?* 00:23:10 – Where is SDS challenged?* 00:26:01 – Is Open Source the biggest challenger to commercial storage?* 00:29:39 – Where will SDS go in the future? * 00:30:04 – Will SmartNICs affect the development of SDS?* 00:32:30 – Do purchasing models need to change for SDS?* 00:36:00 – Vendors may need to rewrite their software* 00:37:00 – Does SDS need to be more “data aware”?* 00:39:00 – Wrap Up







    Related Podcasts & Blogs







    * #156 – Introduction to Hammerspace* #148 – Unpacking HPE’s Storage Strategy* #141 – Building Storage Systems of the Future* Storage Predictions for 2021 and Beyond (Part III – SDS)* Will TCO Drive Software Defined Storage?* ScaleIO Becomes Software Defined on Hardware







    Vendors & products referenced in this podcast:







    Nexenta, OpenFiler, FreeNAS/TrueNAS, VMware, NetApp, Isilon, HPE (Primera & 3PAR), Dell PowerStore, Pure StorageCeph, OpenEBS, Rook, Weka, StorageOS, Portworx, Hedvig, Hammerspace, StoreONE, Backblaze, Wasabi, AWS S3,LizardFS, Gluster, GPFS, Spectrum Scale, SVC, PowerMax, Hitachi, Nimble Storage, Red Hat, NVIDIA, Komprise, Qumulo















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

    • 40 min
    #188 – Is Intel Optane Ready for Primetime?

    #188 – Is Intel Optane Ready for Primetime?

    This week, Chris and Martin dig deeper into the adoption of Intel Optane technology in both the consumer and enterprise markets. Optane is a new persistent memory technology that offers greater performance and lower latency compared to NAND flash, but currently is more expensive and offers smaller capacity devices. As Optane becomes more prevalent in both markets, how is it being adopted and what needs to change to increase adoption levels?







    Note: Since recording, Chris has tried out the Intel H10 device and the results were disappointing. Read more here.







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    * 00:00:00 – Intros* 00:01:20 – Is Optane poised for data centre and consumer dominance?* 00:02:20 – What are the Optane consumption forms?* 00:03:38 – How can Optane be used at home?* 00:06:10 – Could Optane offer “instant on”?* 00:07:05 – How does H10 manage the Optane/QLC cache?* 00:08:10 – Optane offers benefits for home video editing* 00:10:22 – Optane is 16x more expensive than QLC* 00:10:40 – Could FuzeDrive be a better solution to build a hybrid drive?* 00:12:00 – A home PC can offer greater performance than 10-year old arrays* 00:13:45 – Will we use M.2 in the data centre (or U.2)?* 00:14:00 – Where is Optane being used in the data centre?* 00:16:25 – Operating System support for Optane is already here* 00:17:44 – Will Open Source databases be first to exploit Optane* 00:19:28 – Optane is optimised for byte-level addressing* 00:22:08 – Optane adoption is still tactical, like SSDs* 00:22:50 – How would containers and Optane work?* 00:26:40 – Intel doesn’t appear to sell raw Optane chips* 00:28:35 – Would Martin consider Optane for home?* 00:30:40 – Wrap Up







    Vendors mentioned in this podcast: StorONE, VAST Data, Pure Storage, 3PAR/HPE, Vexata, MemVerge, IBM, Western Digital, Infinidat, StorageOS, Portworx.







    Related Podcasts & Blogs







    * Intel H10 Hybrid Optane M.2 SSD is a Disappointment* When Will Optane SSDs Replace NAND Flash?* What is Intel Optane?* FlashArray//X Gets Optane Acceleration with DirectMemory* HPE Demos 3PAR with Intel Optane (3D-XPoint)* #174 – Introduction to Zoned Storage with Phil Bullinger* #171 – Exploiting Persistent Memory with MemVerge* #184 – MCAS – Memory Centric Active Storage















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

    • 31 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.

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