Sep 26, 2016

Special Edition in Israel for the 20th IT Press Tour

The IT Press Tour (www.itpresstour.com) will take place for the very first time in Israel in November. A group of top European journalists will visit R&D centers and meet top executives from:
  • CTera Networks, leader in EFSS and remote/branch office Data Protection,
  • iguazio, next generation Data Platform-as-a-Service,
  • Infinidat, reference in Enterprise class Hybrid Storage,
  • Kaminario, one of the fastest All-Flash Array promoting a Full Flash Data Center,
  • NooBaa, new player in Scalable Commodity Storage,
  • Reduxio, developper of a new approach storage platform with space efficiency technology,
  • and Weka.IO, a new Software-Defined Storage player.

Sep 23, 2016

Arqova is working on HC 2.0

Arqova (www.arqova.com) is super confidential on the market with just a domain name and a few simple web pages. We heard that the company is working on next generation Hyper Converged approach with a mix of new hardware and software but nothing was really detailed. The product should be able to be deployed for both enterprises and cloud providers. Nothing is posted on LinkedIn but we know that the company has an address in Los Gatos.

Sep 21, 2016

Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct

Microsoft (www.microsoft.com | NASD:MSFT), the software giant for decades, continues to market an interesting extension to the famous Software-Defined Storage (SDS) Storage Spaces available since Windows Server 2012.

Sep 20, 2016

Illumina HCI from ConRes

ConRes (www.conres.com), or Continental Resources, technology provider for more than 50 years, was a sponsor at Veritas Vision conference a few days ago. They have presented an interesting HCI - Hyper-Converged Infrastructure - approach named Illumina 2400 based on Veritas InfoScale promoting x4 in performance and a cost of storage reduced by 70%.

Sep 16, 2016

Surprise, Workday acquired Platfora

Workday (www.workday.com | NYSE:WDAY), the cloud software giant, announced a pending significant technology acquisition with Platfora. Announced on July 21st in a company blog post by Mike Frandsen, EVP Products, Support and Delivery at Workday, the acquisition should be completed during the third fiscal quarter which closes October 31st.

Sep 15, 2016

Veritas is back, believe me

Veritas Technologies (www.veritas.com), the leader in data management, just organized its Vision conference in Las Vegas but this time and for more than a decade, it was a pure Veritas show, no security stuff just data and storage management content. I have to say that even the term Storage Management very often associated with Veritas was very little used.

Aug 31, 2016

StorONE makes incremental market progress

StorONE (www.storone.com), an Israeli storage software company, exhibits at VMworld in Las Vegas this week. Even with a booth, there wasn't lots of info as the product is not GA but a key message around high IOPS performance with standard SSD drives: "500,000 IOPS with 6 SSDs" with just software running on Linux or Hypervisor on commodity servers. The company was founded in 2013 by Gal Naor, founder of Storwize in 2004, then sold to IBM for approximately $140M in 2010. So far, StorONE has raised $20M from Jerusalem Global Ventures and Vaizra Investments and even Seagate has injected money in the seed round that should represents today 5%. The company has less then 50 employees today.

Aug 29, 2016

NooBaa out of stealth with its Community Edition

NooBaa (www.noobaa.com), new player in scalable commodity storage, is now out of stealth. Some of you recall the article I wrote end of June that unveiled the company and the associated product. The company takes advantage of VMworld to announce it first solution a Community Edition.
NooBaa delivers what many others promise but fail to offer: a real independent storage software solution fully hardware agnostic without any resource dependencies. The solution is running on any vendor and media, fully heterogeneous and operating on public, private or hybrid cloud. The following image summarizes the NooBaa characteristics:

Aug 22, 2016

InterModal Data is dead

InterModal Data is out of business and the web site doesn't respond of course. Founded in 2015 with a total funding of $4M from a Series A from Allegis Capital, Menlo Ventures and Azure Capital Partners raised in June 2015, the company goal was to deliver a new SDS approach; the story ended a few weeks ago. Surprisingly, the company is no longer listed on Allegis and Menlo web sites, only on Azure one.
David Kresse, former CEO of Coraid, and CEO of InterModal Data is now VP Products and Alliances at Nimble Storage as his LikedIn profile says. Keith Carpenter, VP Sales at Coraid then at InterModal Data as well, is an advisor at Nitrosphere. With the failure of Coraid, we have seen several ex Coraid employees joining the InterModal Data project. No announcement was made by Nimble about the arrival of David Kresse. I have tried to contact David Kresse and Keith Carpenter but didn't get any answer. This story reminds me MaxiScale.

Aug 19, 2016

Castle, a new scalable storage from Quantum

Quantum (www.quantum.com | NYSE:QTM), a leader in secondary storage, is working on a new storage project named Castle exactly The Castle with a dedicated web site thecastle.io. The project is open source and managed by Bassam Tabbara, CTO of Quantum, who was the CTO and co-founder of Symform, a cloud-based P2P storage service acquired by Quantum in August 2014.