Monday, September 26, 2022

Talk with Thomas Thalmann, CEO, PoINT Software & Systems

A few weeks ago, PoINT Software & Systems, joined the 45th IT Press Tour in Paris, France for the very first time. The company chose the tour to launch its new product Archival Gateway - Unified Object Storage and it was the perfect time to record an episode with its CEO, Thomas Thalmann. We spoke about the genesis and history of the company, its mission, strategy and product line in the unstructured data management domain and of curse a bit of future directions. This interview is the 60th in the interview series and globally 124th episode of the French Storage Podcast. We invite you to listen to it below, enjoy.
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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Alex Grossman joined DataCore to lead M&E strategy

DataCore, one of the few pioneers of SDS, has announced recently the arrival of Alex Grossman as VP product management and product marketing. Grossman is a recognized leader in the M&E domain having founded Symply, the new partner of DataCore, and before his current position he worked for Symply, Quantum, Active Storage, Apple and MicroNet. According to Alex LinkedIn page, he joined DataCore already in May, 4 months ago.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

PoINT accelerates on object storage

PoINT Software & Systems, a reference in data management for unstructured data for almost 3 decades, has reserved to The IT Press Tour audience last week an announcement in preview.

The company has announced PoINT Archival Gateway - Unified Object Storage to bridge disk and tape and named this model a Software-Defined Secondary and Archive Storage. I invite the team to pay attention to name a category with the danger to be alone in it and never be chosen by users because they're unable to compare you. We have plenty of examples of that with the perpetual quest to reach a blue ocean instead of realizing that it is already a red one.

The good thing is the data mover engine between these 2 levels within the object storage environment and thus behind the exposed interface. It means admins can create some intelligent policies position the right data at the right place and maintain redundancy. The other interesting feature is the single namespace between this 2 levels masking the data location and of course S3 interface for the outside world. PoINT maintains its advantage to access data directly from tape without local caching. This is optional. The team uses the term JBOD and HDD Object Storage which is not clear, does it mean NAS or block storage, and why support only HDD object storage and not flash-based. My understanding is that it could be NAS or block storage where PoINT generates a file system on it connected and mounted directly. For object storage, again S3 is just an interface. These 2 levels can be configured as a hierarchy with automatic tiering but also at the same level.

This approach is justified by a market demand with already several offerings, we count 8 on the market: Fujifilm, Nodeum, PoINT, QStar, Quantum, Spectra Logic, StrongLink and XenData with of course some similarities and differences. With all the expertise of PoINT we expect a real take-off of this product, congrats to the team.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2022

DataCore unveiled a new Swarm-based product

DataCore, a reference in SDS for 2 decades, joined the 45th IT Press Tour in Paris and unveiled a few hours in advance some interesting news regarding Swarm, its object storage solution. Dave Zabrowski, CEO of the company for almost 5 years, has announced its new vision, DataCore NEXT, valid for the next 3 years.

Essentially it's an extension of DataCore ONE with Edge Computing as a new key strategic component to offer a global model Core to Edge to Cloud.

Back to the announcement, Swarm has been verticalized to address M&E needs and named Perifery to align the solution to the edge. Clearly there is a growing need for storage and compute for data captured at the edge. This is well illustrated by a video shooting workflow operated on site and not in the data center or in the cloud. Data could be too large for migrate, process could not tolerate any delay so the right approach is to consider some intelligence at the edge with some advanced storage element and associated compute. The second vertical use cases targeted by DataCore is healthcare where edge devices exist everywhere. These 2 images below show perfectly this evolution.


As said a new version of Swarm is now available as a pure software model for the core and for the edge and appliance needs, DataCore has chosen a different delivery form with its software packaged and named Perifery.

This is marketed and promoted by Symply as SymplyPerifery to address M&E archiving challenges and needs. Symply has leveraged also some key partners to boost the solution, we find axledit for video editing, StorageDNA for data protection and Tiger Bridge to connect private and cloud entities with intelligent workflows.

DataCore confirms its object storage leadership with Swarm engine and we'l see how competition will react.

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Monday, September 12, 2022

Talk with Dave Zabrowski, CEO, DataCore

Last week, DataCore joined the 45th IT Press Tour in Paris, France and its CEO, Dave Zabrowski, to launch their new vision DataCore NEXT, new product around their Swarm object storage, Edge Computing and media archiving. We spoke about all that and also took advantage of this interview to get a company update and of course speak a bit about the future. This interview is the 58th in the interview series and globally 122th episode of the French Storage Podcast. We invite you to listen to it below, enjoy.
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Thursday, September 08, 2022

PoINT, a leader often forgotten in data management

PoINT Software & Systems, a reference in data management for unstructured data for almost 3 decades, joined the 45th edition of The IT Press Tour this week in Paris and the press group had the perfect opportunity to learn more about this confidential leader. I qualify PoINT as a leader because they play for a very long time having probably one of the largest expertise in the open system era in the domain. Let's dig a bit in their Tiering and Archiving solutions.

Historically the company was famous for its optical jukebox supporting a large variety to media and the number of licences passed 2,500 units.

The next product is PoINT Storage Manager, called sometimes PSM, dedicated to File Tiering and Archiving showing a HSM philosophy. PSM has more than 200 installations worldwide. It supports a wide variety of storage media and storage systems as source or target and the engine runs on Windows Server OS. It supports generic file servers and also special NAS and also optical libraries in addition of tape, NAS, object and WORM storage. The product works in 2 modes: active and passive mode. In active mode, original files are replaced by special files after migration processes happened, their file size is truncated to zero to indirectly show their status, this move is controlled by a policy. The product offers multiple access methods such the famous stubbing, web links, symbolic links but also web client browser and application integration. One of the beauty of SPM is that reads are pass-through and thus don't require local copy on primary storage. Of ourse if the file is changed, the new version is stored locally and becomes a potential candidate for a future migration. In hat case, the secondary storage may stored multiple versions of the same file. In the passive mode, PSM exposes the PoINT Archive file system and files are accessible via a classic model. To be portable and used in a variety of systems and over a long period of time, the team has chosen a standard format, UDF (Universal Disk Format), to expose archive data. UDF allows a containerization of archive data and managed as a whole.

But clearly the name of the product doesn't reflect what it does, it's too generic as well, it would have been better to name it with something like PoINT File Migration or PoINT Data Tiering.

The other product is called PoINT Archival Gateway to offer a S3 front-end to a tape library and thus move towards a universal approach of the interface. This product was launched 2018 and really anticipated the market as today we see at least 7 others products: Fujifilm, Nodeum, QStar, Quantum, Spectra Logic, StrongLink and XenData for a total of 8 with PoINT. The product demonstrated some high interesting characteristics with 1PB/day move capabilities and volume superior fo 10PBs. The image below summarizes pretty well what the product can offer. IT implements erasure coding on tape libraries more something similar to RAIT but differently from what Quantum has developed. 

And the last is named PoINT Data Replicator and offers a solution to copy files to S3 and even copy S3 data to another S3 destination. S3 could be any entity that respects S3 API, it could be an on-premises object storage or a public cloud service. Thus it could be coupled with the Archival Gateway.

And the company maintains as well so other tools like the File System Analyzer, Jukebox Manager and Publisher for CV/DVD and Blu-ray discs.

Definitely a player that counts in this market segment, a bit too confidential when you see the power of its solutions.
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Monday, September 05, 2022

Talk with Sumit Puri, CEO, Liqid

Met in June in Broomfield, Colorado, during the 44th edition of The IT Press Tour, Liqid is shaking established server and infrastructure. Clearly an emerging leader in Composable Disaggregated Infrastructure aka CDI that changes how users build operating environment with CPU, GPU, DPU, xPU in fact, FPGA, Memory with CXL, storage with NVMe and network of course. We spoke about these points with Sumit Puri, co-founder and CEO of Liqid, and even speaks about their go-to-market model, the ecosystem to approach end-users and a bit about future industry and Liqid directions. This interview is the 57th in the interview series and globally 121st episode of the French Storage Podcast. We invite you to listen to it below, enjoy.
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Thursday, September 01, 2022

The IT Press Tour lands in Paris for its 45th edition

Summer holidays just finished and we are in the starting blocks for the 45th edition of The IT Press Tour for the first in Paris, France. It marks the start of European editions in addition to American and Israeli ones.

We begin with same usual topic IT Infrastructure, Data Management and Storage with 5 European companies and 1 from USA:
  • Biomemory Labs, from France, will present state of the art for DNA Data Storage,
  • DataCore, from USA, a reference in Software-Defined Storage,
  • Nodeum, from Belgium, a rapid growing player in data management,
  • Point Software & Systems, from Germany, a pioneer in data management,
  • Storadera, from Estonia, a recent alternative to AWS S3,
  • and StorPool, from Bulgaria, one of the most comprehensive Block SDS on the market.
I invite you to follow us on Twitter with #ITPT and @ITPressTour, my twitter handle @CDP_FST and journalists' respective handle.
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Monday, August 22, 2022

Talk with Adi Gelvan, CEO, SpeeDB

Discovered during the April IT Press Tour in Israel, SpeeDB surfs on high-performance database engines challenges running RocksDB with a new approach that goes beyond these limitations. We spoke with Adi Gelvan, CEO fo SpeeDB, about the genesis of the project, how the product works, the different uses cases, the go-to-market model with key partners such Redis, the pricing approach and a bit of future as well. This interview is the 56th in the interview series and globally 119th episode of the French Storage Podcast. We invite you to listen to it below, enjoy.
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Thursday, August 18, 2022

Serious difficulties for Morro Data

Morro Data, a small cloud file storage company, confirms its difficulties to scale its business. Having spoken with some executives, it seems that they continue to believe in Santa Claus. Beyond that, the technology is interesting and should arrive in some alternative hands. And at the same time, leaders of that segment CTera Networks, Nasuni and Panzura show impressive results.

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