June 11, 2018

New CEO for Datrium

Datrium, leader in tier1 hyperconverged infrastructure, announced the appointment of Tim Page as CEO, indicating that the company enters in a new era following DVX 4.0 unveiled last april. Page come from Sprinklr and VCE where he was COO.

Brian Biles, founder and former CEO, becomes Chief Product Officer. We'll meet Datrium in 2 weeks now with the IT Press Tour team, we'll learn more about company's and technologies' directions.

June 6, 2018

Qumulo accelerates with new VC round

Qumulo, leader in file storage, confirms its leadership with its oversubscribed D round of $93M for a total of $222M. Western Digital took part in this round, interesting. Illustrating this ambition, the company has recently recruited Peter Zaballos to support this new era of growth.

Obvious leader in M&E with 9 of the 10 Hollywood studios with a rapid and strong growth, Qumulo plans to expand in adjacent markets segments and we expect similar success in various hybrid file storage approaches. We also anticipate acceleration with HPE as the Palo Alto giant has nothing else in its portfolio for such use cases, WekaIO being positioning for more HPC like workloads, and Ibrix, PolyServe... and derivative solutions killed or forsaken.

I have written a few recent posts on Qumulo about CMO, replication, full flash mode (May 2018, Apr. 2018 1 & 2 and Jan. 2018) following our recent session during the December IT Press Tour.

Qumulo belongs to the 7 File Storage Disruptor companies, very hot on the market, that drive, lead and innovate in the the file storage space. Among the 7 represented by Avere, Elastifile, Quantum, Panasas, Rozo, WekaIO and of course Qumulo, the company is one of the most efficient having demonstrated a radical new design to satisfy new file storage needs for high demanding segments. Some other companies have tried, especially from the object storage space, but dramatically failed to deliver serious approaches, having even been uninstalled at some sites. Be serious pick native file storage solutions...


June 4, 2018

New CEO for Waterline Data

Waterline Data, emerging leader in data discovery, governance and cataloging, met 2 times with The IT Press Tour, just announced the arrival of its new CEO Kailash Ambwani. He came from Actiance who finally got sold to Smarsh. Kailash will replace the founder and former CEO Alex Gorelik who becomes CTO of the entity. We anticipate clear new steps for the company going forward.

June 1, 2018

The IT Press Tour will rock again for the 27th edition

The IT Press Tour, the leading IT event for IT press, today announced participating companies for the 27th edition organized end of June in California.

Some companies come back and some others join us for the first time for a total of 12 companies around IT Infrastructure:
  • Axway, leader in data integration,
  • Datera, key actor in cloud-like storage for on-premises deployment,
  • Datrium, forerunner in data virtualization,
  • HYCU, formerly Comtrade, strong innovator in data management,
  • Komprise, top player in data tiering ad migration,
  • LucidLink, promoter of an innovative cloud file system,
  • Portworx, pioneer in persistent data container,
  • Quantum, reference in secondary data storage,
  • Snowflake, fast growing big data actor,
  • StorONE, disruptor in software-defined storage,
  • Western Digital, famous top vendor in the data storage industry,
  • and Yellowbrick Data, an emerging big data player.
The program is dense and we expect great news and sessions. I invite you to follow us with @ITPressTour, #ITPT, various publications and reporters Twitter handles.


May 31, 2018

Two new VPs for Igneous

Igneous Systems, a fast growing object storage vendor for secondary storage, continues to hire to strengthen his management team and globally the company. Steve Pao who joined the company as CMO for the launch will return as advisor and be replaced by Allison Armstrong as VP Marketing and Anna Mowry joins as well as VP Finance and Operations. This effort arrives just a few months after the Series B round who has bring to Igneous $15 more millions. It means a new era for Igneous, perfect to meet them again in December IT Press Tour.

May 25, 2018

May 22, 2018

ClearSky Data now exposes file access

ClearSky Data, promoter of cloud-based storage approach historically as a block access, just unveiled a file access mode to provide NAS behaviors.

The company is known for its exclusive cloud approach with its 3 levels model: an on-premises edge cache appliance, or an EC2 virtual appliance, coupled to a metro instance aka point-of-presence deployed in less than 120 miles from the data center and finally the cloud back-end for capacity and almost never touched data.

The new ClearSky NAS solution offers classic NAS protocols i.e NFS and SMB supporting Windows and Linux clients integrated with strong authentication services such Kerberos and Microsoft Active Directory, offering end-to-end encryption and thin-provisioning as well. It complements perfectly the block access they offer for quite some time offering a good mixed of flash performance, cloud elasticity, built-in backup and DR. Interesting.


May 17, 2018

2M euros for Indexima

Indexima, a french emerging player in BI/Big Data, just announced a new VC round of 2 millions euros. It will help the team to grow up to 15 around the end of the year.

The company, founded in March 2016 in Paris by Florent Voignier and Nicolas Korchia, addresses the query latency aligned with number of entries. The goal is to deliver a constant and very small response time whatever is the number of rows, tables and globally size of data warehouse. The idea came from what they accomplished at Mappy in 2014 where queries came from 20 to 0.1 seconds on top of a Hadoop cluster without any additional nodes. This approach then got selected by Natixis and Canal +.

So how does it work? Indexima, as its name invites us to think, is a new layer on indexation residing between the data warehouse and the visualization service. The team builds a Data Hub based on 3 pillars and with points taken from their web site:
  • HyperIndex are multi-dimensional distributed and persistent "in-memory" indexes that include pre-aggregations to avoid ALOP cubes.
  • DataSpace is a single secure access point to all indexed data. Algorithms learn from past requests to understand query trends and behaviors to build in real-time the right HyperIndex.
  • K-Store is a column-oriented file format, fully indexable, optimized for S3 and HDFS, the storage layer standard for the cloud and included in Hadoop. The company plans to offer this specification to the open source community. Important K-Store is not a database nor a file system.
The Data Hub supports various partners, key for their adoption:
  • Data Applications: Tableau, Qlik, MicroStrategy, Power BI, Excel, Talend, Dataiku, Jaspersoft, Cognos and SAP.
  • Data Sources: Hortonworks, Cloudera, MapR, Oracle, IBM DB2, Teradata, Amazon, Azure, SAS, SQL Server, Salesforce and ServiceNow.

Next steps for the company will be to consider and support Presto, Spark ou Hive but the company delivers already faster results then Spark. We expect the company to land also in US as this technology can solve big data issues there as well and help them to boost their business to finally take off.

Interesting approach, I'd like to see how they can compete against GPU database such MapD, Kinetica or more "classic" in-memory approaches such Aerospike or GridGain.

GDPR and data cataloging seem to be also a direction for Indexima and for the latter, competition will be more intense with Alation or Waterline Data to list a few players.

But again this fantastic story shows the difficulty France investors continue to demonstrate with a ridiculous financial round. Please consider the speed dimension especially in that space against USA or China competition.

May 15, 2018

LucidLink introduces a new cloud file system approach

LucidLink, a recent cloud storage innovation company, was founded in 2016 by two ex DataCore technical leaders Peter Thompson and George Dochev.

The team develops a cloud file system, pretty unique by its features, that exposes a local file storage connected to a S3 object storage back-end, localized on-premise, in private or public clouds. The file storage space is POSIX compliant and appears to be local and so it's fully transparent for applications. There is no limit in size for that file storage space and it can grow dynamically. Beyond that, applications can work in an offline mode with no internet connection to the data repository.

The product combines a few key ideas to address network and internet latency. First, data are stored and streamed from multiple S3 connections in parallel and delivered on the edge compute systems natively in file mode. We can even imagine deployments on AWS EC2 connected to S3 within the cloud. No download nor synchronization are needed meaning that caching and prefetching are mandatory to boost user experience.

The client could be a server, a desktop or a laptop and we'll use the term client from now. The client software or agent is available for Linux (32 or 64 bits), MacOS and Windows (32 and 64 bits) representing the compute side of the solution. On Linux the mount point is a simple directory "as usual" and on MacOS and Windows, a special Lucid folder is created and all files stored and accessed by Lucid belong to this structure. Metadata are stored on clients and on the back-end with an intelligent coordination service for both security, integrity, protection, ubiquity, mobility and scalability reasons.

Of course data are encrypted on the client with AES-256, moved and stored encrypted securing the data end-to-end from the creation to the end point of storage. The client can act itself as a NFS or SMB server for the rest of machines within an enterprise.

The back-end must be a S3-compatible object store residing on-premise or offered by cloud service providers: AWS S3 of course, Minio S3 on GCP and Azure, AliCloud and Wasabi plus on-premises solutions such Cloudian or Caringo for instances.

The solution is super flexible, OS agnostic - Linux, MacOS and Windows are the 3 majors environments - and S3 is the de-facto cloud storage standard, representing a new Software-Defined Storage approach with no appliance or special gateway logic. To try the product, you can register on this page.

In term fo pricing, LucidLink is charged on a pay as you go model.

I think you get the idea, LucidLink is more than just a mount point on top of an S3 back-end, you can find plenty of such products, but this one is about streaming data and serving them fast with very limited latency thanks to a parallel design inviting you to consider this approach versus some local ones.

Last news illustrated the interest of the solution with the extension of LucidLink team with 3 famous advisors: Mark Templeton, former CEO of Citrix for 14 years, Umesh Maheshwari, co-founder and CTO of Nimble Storage, and Peter Ziebelman, lecturer at Stanford and founding partner of Palo Alto Venture Partners.

And we'll have the privilege to meet the team during the next IT Press Tour in June in California.

May 14, 2018

Cask joins Google

A few days following the Velostrata acquisition intent by Google, Cask Data is announcing similar destiny within Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and we understand that Google accelerates data and workloads move and migration towards GCP.

Founded in 2011 in Palo Alto with a total of $37.5M raised in 5 VC rounds, Cask develops an open source unified platform for Hadoop and Spark named Cask Data Application Platform (CDAP), released under the Apache 2.0 license model. The platform idea is to simplify, standardize and provide potential portability between environments originally started as on-premise deployments.

At the same time Twitter announced a partial move of its giant Hadoop environments and cold data storage to GCP. Already an AWS user, Twitter doesn't replace AWS. We also saw that Atos and Google signed recently a strategic partnership for hybrid cloud. All these news clearly show a strong offensive in favor of GCP.