March 13, 2019

IT Press Tour #30 will rock again

The IT Press Tour, the leading IT event for IT press, has recently unveiled participating companies for the 30th edition planned the week of 18th of March in San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

Ten companies will participate, some are new on the market and for the crew, some are well established, here is the full list:
  • Alation, leader in Data Cataloging,
  • Anaplan, reference in Corporate Planning,
  • DataGrail, fast growing player in Data Privacy,
  • Fivetran, innovator in Data Pipelining,
  • GridGain, disruptor in In-Memory Computing,
  • Hazelcast, other key player in In-Memory Computing,
  • Kaseya, fast growing IT Infrastructure Management Solutions provider,
  • NGINX, top vendor in application infrastructure,
  • Promethium, emerging player in Data Governance,
  • and Redis Labs, one of the world’s most popular in-memory database.
Super week in perspective again with hot technologies, great leaders and executives, the tour will shake the market again. I invite you to follow us with @ITPressTour, #ITPT, various publications and reporters Twitter handles.
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February 25, 2019

February 21, 2019

Nasuni grabs money again

Nasuni, a long time player in cloud storage gateway, is still alive despite a lack of visibility. The company founded in 2008 needs a new round of financing and just unveiled $25M for a total of $147M, wow.

With the cloud swallowing more and more data and the file storage offerings present in the cloud, the positioning of Nasuni becomes a bit fragile. Avere understood that move and got acquired by Microsoft one year ago. The two other players, Nasuni and Panzura, are getting a bit confidential and seem to lose the window of market opportunity. We'll see but again the company was founded in 2008 and is not yet profitable, it's a real sign. Is this business a profitable one with current market climate? not sure. On the other side, who cold be the acquirer? and at what value?
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February 20, 2019

Griddable.io swallowed by Salesforce

Started in 2016 by Rajeev Bharadhwaj to provide data integration across hybrid clouds, Griddable.io got acquired by Salesforce very recently, it was announced January 28, 2019. Robin Purohit, CEO of the company, is already elsewhere leading Peritus.IA. Under his tenure, Griddable.io raised a Series A of $8M in February 2018 and finally concluded this sale.

Griddable.io is a SaaS platform designed for synchronized data integration across different databases. Rajeev leveraged Databus, an open source project launched at LinkedIn, as the foundational technology for Griddable.io.

As enterprises adopt aggressively the cloud with a wish to maintain a hybrid model, having the capability to synchronize data between cloud and on-premise for different databases and applications is just critical. Griddable.io creates a smart grid for enterprise data and Salesforce has recognized this need as a key wish from its clients. And with the Salesforce migration from Oracle to other database, it makes sense. As a SaaS solution, the solution runs on AWS, GCP and VMware cloud. The product uses a scale-out grid architecture with a policy engine to provide a mechanism to synchronize transactions with sub-second latency with the guarantee of the order of transactions. We'll see if Salesforce will offer this as standalone product or use it internally or even both.

Rajeev was the founder of Ejasent in 1999, pretty famous for UpScale and MicroMeasure, acquired by VERITAS Software for $59M in cash in 2004. At that time, Ejasent was led by a champion of the sale of companies Jason Donahue. Just check where he's today and you know the future of the company he leads. That acquisition by VERITAS help the company to promote its Utility Computing model that anticipated the Cloud.


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February 18, 2019

Full Flash NAS, the battle is on

Dell Technologies announced yesterday a new iteration of their scale-out NAS offering with again a full flash model, the Dell EMC Isilon F810. This model is a 4U chassis grouping 4 nodes, 60 SAS/SATA SSD so 15 per node from 230 to 924TB raw per chassis. The performance per chassis are 250,000 IOPS and 15GB/s. The company claims to deliver 9M IOPS and 540GB/S aggregated throughput for a full cluster. In the Isilon terminology a cluster starts with 4 nodes - here 1 chassis - up to 144 nodes or 36 chassis. This limit exists for years and doesn't represent a real issue with the current density of HDD, SSD and server.


The solution is very rich in term of features but costly making real differences against competition with additional data services such inline data Compression up to 3:1 and deduplication with SmartDedupe, Replication with SyncIQ, Tiering with SmartPools and CloudPools, Compliance with SmartLock and FlexProtect for erasure coding. Many competitors don't even mention these features with a specific name as they bundle them as standards functions.

At the same time, Dell EMC mentions its new gadget, ClarityNow, a data management software acquired last summer from DataFrameworks. In fact, they swallowed the company without any public announcement except a blog post. I wrote about it in August. With that move, Isilon confirms its lack in analytics and having ClarityNow doesn't change anything, the software is just an add-on, even its GUI is still the ugly one DataFrameworks used since the beginning. The support is still the same file servers and object storage and of course now Isilon NAS and ECS family. Two questions remain open: why Dell didn't build its own analytics layer? Why did they pick this toy?

We pick a direct competitor of Isilon, Qumulo, and we detail the configuration with a cluster of 4 nodes. Ok we can extend this approach with same rack unit, capacity or performance comparisons, we let you do that exercise.

Comparison of 4 nodes cluster

ConfigurationIsilon F810 clusterQumulo 92T cluster
4 nodes cluster1 chassis 4U (4 nodes)4 chassis 8U (4 x 2U node)
Storage60 SAS/SATA SSD
(15 per node, from 3.84 to 15.36TB each)
96 NVMe SSD
(24 per node, 3.84TB each)
Capacity230 to 924TB raw368TB raw
Performance250,000 IOPS
15GB/s
400,000 IOPS
16GB/s

The battle is on with other players as well such Panasas and Weka and of course specialized flavors based on Spectrum Scale, Lustre or BeeGFS even if some of them have serous limitations.
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February 15, 2019

Lima is dead, a lesson for founders and investors

Unknown for the market, the market gem Lima as some people named it, just closed its doors and it's not a surprise. The opposite was a miracle. The facts speak for themselves, there was no market, despite a funds raised from Partech Partners following a huge Kickstarter campaign well above expectations. It confirms once again that the metric of crowd funding is wrong and doesn't validate anything and say that Lima was a gem is purely a joke and a big mistake based on this Kickstarted amount. Partech confirms also its difficulty to pick and select data storage candidate, is it a lack of analysis or expertise? probably but above all prove that France is absent of this sector. As Lima's founder said, the story was a miracle with 80,000 users, and a miracle das some difficulties to last. I say for a long time that the market is always right, some people forget this promoting disruption... It illustrated again the reign of clouds giants that remove all obstacles if we can consider Lima as an obstacle. But in Lima case, I thought the good choice was to integrate the logic within home NAS, having a separate toy didn't help, was seen as a gadget and finally miss its original mission. A good lesson.
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February 14, 2019

Qumulo introduces Data Migration Service

Qumulo, the leader in high performance NAS for enterprise demanding applications recently unveiled a partnership with Atempo to boost the data movement towards their file storage infrastructure. The Qumlo offering base don Atempo Miria is Data Migration Service aka DMS grouping a software and a practice.

Atempo Miria seems to be the new name of Digital Archive aka ADA and was chosen by Huwaei with a deal announced in October in Shanghai during the Huwaei Connect conference and more recently with DDN shared at SC18 under the name DataFlow. I invite you the ready to check this post.

We checked the web site of Atempo and realize the company is behind the announcement as the product page doesn't mention Miria and Qumulo is absent of the partner page as well.

Qumulo DMS has several interesting characteristics: dedicated HW server(s), jobs parallelism, linear scalability with data movers addition, no downtime, incremental capabilities and security schemas preservation.

The service is available through Qumulo channels. Who will be the next Atempo partners after Huawei, DDN and Qumulo? WekaIO, Panasas...
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February 11, 2019

LogicMonitor accelerates with partner program

LogicMonitor, a leading SaaS-based performance monitoring platform player, announced a partner program composed of resellers, systems integrators, MSPs and technology integrators.

Following a great 2018, the company accelerates and plans an real expansion in 2019 in a a $47B IT infrastructure worldwide.

Met last October with The IT Press Tour, the company has impressed the press team with a very comprehensive product. The company so far has more ten 30 press articles following the meeting.
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February 7, 2019

Sylabs shakes the palm

During the recent session at RStor last December during the 29th IT Press Tour, we had the privilege to spend time with Gregory Kurtzer, the CEO of Sylabs, an alternative container player. Greg is also the creator of CentOS and Warewulf projects.

Sylabs delivers the dream of every IT admin to run any application anywhere and anywhere means private or public clouds or edfe and event IoT platforms. Even if de facto standards exist such Docker, Sylabs changes the packaging and modify paradigm with Singularity.

Open source with a Community edition, Singularity becomes the container of choice for HPC, EPC/AI (Enterprise Performance Computing) and Cyber Security thanks to an huge installed base, millions of cores running and support of GPUs, key component in scientific and technical computing. The product spans enterprise, research labs, clouds and universities, and it also boosts GPUs enterprise penetration, it is faster than Docker, more simple and above all it is universal.

Designed with security, mobility and performance in mind, Singularity has 2 differences:
  1. the presence of a runtime engine with OCI compatibility and work it Kubernetes, Mesos, Kubeflow and Nomad.
  2. the container format, aka Singularity Image Format or SIF, with only 1 signed, immutable and encrypted file.
The security is also a key advantage in favor of Singularity if you compare with Docker. There is no root owned demon process and containers don't run as root.

As AI, Data Analytics and HPC become more and more common within the enterprise, meaning that players like Google, Microsoft, Red Hat, HPE, Dell or NVidia leverage pSingularity to be platform agnostic, minimize risk and reach larger audience.

In addition to the Singularity Community edition, the company has developed different flavors: SingularityPRO, Singularity Cloud and Singularity Enterprise. The Pro offers subscription, licensing, professional services and support. The Cloud flavor, in alpha today with plan to be GA in February, provides a container library, build services, keystore and a devops platform that ties all these pieces together. The Enterprise edition groups the PRO and the Cloud to run on-premises.

Sylabs plans to offer also SyOS, a thin micro-OS appliance to secure and control containers on any x86, ARM and GPU platforms, and DCM aka Distributed Container Management for on-prem, cloud edge and IoT deployments. Both of them should be released soon probably in February or March.

A real good surprise met a few weeks ago and we'll follow closely this story and it is very compelling and shakes market established positions.

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January 30, 2019

New reference in SD-WAN with CloudGenix

We all remember WAFS (Wide Aera File Services) and WAN Optimization and Acceleration promoted by several vendors who morphed now to Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN) the ultimate networking solutions for remote offices. It seems to be a new area of growth for network players.

We had the privilege to meet and visit CloudGenix, one of the leaders of the segment, last December during the 29th edition of The IT Press Tour and we were impressed by the team, the company and the solution. It was funny to realize that Orange was in the same building just a few meters from us in an other meeting room discussing the SD-WAN opportunity.

With rapid growth and adoption of cloud, enterprises need a way to securely access remote resources, especially applications. They expect the solution to be simple, efficient, reliable, cost effective, secured of course and compatible with all kind of networks. Today enterprises distributed by nature suffer from traditional network connectivity based on MPLS with internet connection from the data center limiting the user experience with poor quality of services. Thus there is a clear divergence between WAN and Cloud and the necessity to build a new approach around a Cloud Generation SD-WAN is now a must. CloudGenix plays a key role here.


CloudGenix AppFabric is a key component of the solution coupled with ION - Instant On Networks - devices, delivering a secure VPN across all IONs.


According to IDC, the market for SD-WAN is estimated to $4.5B in 2022 with 40% CAGR between 2017 and 2022.

CloudGenix received $65M for its Series C announced during the session but since that we didn't find any info on classic investment sites. The total seems to be now $122M.

2019 will be interesting on this market segment and we even anticipate some M&A and IPOs. We'll see for CloudGenix but as a real gem, it could be a pretty good target.
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