GreyBeards talk all-flash arrays with Eric Herzog, CMO and SVP Alliances at Violin Memory Systems

Welcome to our 10th monthly episode where we return to discussing all-flash storage arrays, this time with Eric Herzog, CMO and SVP Alliances for Violin Memory. The GreyBeards haven’t talked with an all-flash array vendor for a couple of months now and it seemed a good time to return.

Eric’s claims to be a fellow Greybeard (even though he doesn’t have a beard) because he has been in the storage industry for over 29 years and has been at 7 startups and 2 of the largest storage companies in the world most recently EMC and previously IBM. Eric moved from EMC to Violin just four months ago and has been out talking about Violin Memory’s latest Concerto software functionality release.

This month’s episode comes in at around 49 minutes long. Very sorry for the length but Eric was a hard man to interrupt once he got going (need to work on that) and seemed to come more well prepared than our typical guest.

In this podcast we discuss the two current Violin Memory all-flash arrays, why there’s more to data storage than $/GB, flash’s economic tipping points, Eric’s view on how the world of storage will evolve, and how big companies can learn to adapt better  Somewhere in all of that, there was some pretty good insight on how companies can save lots of money ($Bs) and even make more money ($100Ms) by using all-flash arrays although the rest of us may not like the later that much. Howard called Violin the Drag Racer of storage, listen to the podcast to find out more …

Eric Herzog, CMO and SVP Alliances

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Eric Herzog has over 29 years of marketing, business development, and sales experience in the storage software, storage hardware, and storage solutions markets. Prior to joining Violin, Herzog was Senior Vice President of Marketing for EMC’s Enterprise & Mid-range Systems Division. Before joining EMC, he was vice president of marketing and sales at Tarmin Technologies. Herzog has also held vice president business line management and vice president of marketing positions at IBM’s Storage Technology Division and Maxtor (acquired by Seagate). Herzog has held vice president positions in marketing, sales, operations, and acting-CFO roles at Asempra (acquired by BakBone Software), ArioData Networks (acquired by Xyratex), Topio (acquired by Network Appliance), Zambeel, and Streamlogic.

 

GreyBeards talk backup with Rick Vanover, Product Strategy Specialist for Veeam

Welcome to our 9th monthly episode where we discuss data backup with Rick Vanover, Product Strategy Specialist for Veeam Software. The GreyBeards just talked with Rick and Veeam at last month’s Storage Field Day 5 (SFD5) in Silicon Valley and once again we would suggest everyone who wants to know more about Veeam backup and even better, new Veeam V8 restore capabilities view the video of their session.

Rick’s has been an icon in the backup industry for many years now and as Veeam’s strategy specialist he spends a lot of time in social media (twitter link below), writes the Rickatron Blog, travels the world attending various conferences and produces the award winning, Veeam Community Podcast. Moreover, Rick said this podcast will be co-distributed by Veeam on their community podcast page, so you can listen to it there as well.

This month’s episode comes in at around 36 and a half minutes.

In this podcast we discuss current IT data protection activities, such as the values and risks of elemental restores, Howard’s recent survey results on data protection for InformationWeek Analytics, and a bit about the best storage for backup.  All in all a good overview of the backup problems in the virtualized server market today and how many of them can be solved right now.

In addition, Howard identified the single “best thing to hit backup over the past 20 years”, (and it wasn’t tape libraries, Ray). Listen to the podcast to find out more …

Rick Vanover, Product Strategy Specialist

Rick Vanover (vExpert, MCITP, VCP, Cisco Champion) is a product strategy specialist for Veeam Software based in Columbus, Ohio. Rick is a popular blogger, podcaster and active member of the virtualization community. Rick’s IT experience includes system administration and IT management; with virtualization being the central theme of his career recently. Follow Rick on Twitter @RickVanover .

Greybeards talk all-flash arrays with Dave Wright, CEO and founder of SolidFire

Welcome to our eight episode where we discuss all-flash storage with Dave Wright, CEO and founder of SolidFire. The Greybeards  just talked with Dave at the SDDC14  and Storage Field Day 5 in San Jose, CA last month.

In this podcast, we learn a lot about SolidFire and other storage arrays from a leading light in the all-flash storage industry. Dave seems to have been around a lot longer than his years and has worked extensively in the cloud gaming and service provider industries. All of which gives him a unique perspective on the needs of storage today.

This months episode comes in at just under 40 minutes. 

We had a wide ranging talk about the virtues of SolidFire’s scale-out, deduplicating Tier 1 & 2 storage, detour into flash technology and the problems benchmarking data reducing, all-flash arrays, and end up with a lengthy discussion on SolidFire’s QoS.

However, If you want to learn about Dave’s technical musings on all-flash architectures, the Greybeards suggest viewing his great video sessions at Storage Field Day 5. Dave did a presentation where he explains the inner workings of SolidFire and some of the other, competitive all-flash storage systems on the market today. The Greybeards seldom find CEO’s with this level of technical understanding of their own product, let alone the competition.

Somewhere during all this Ray learned yet another new acronym, listen to the podcast to learn more…

DaveWright_SF_portraits-16Dave Wright, CEO and founder SolidFire

Dave Wright, SolidFire CEO and founder, left Stanford in 1998 to help start GameSpy Industries, a leader in online videogame media, technology, and software. While at GameSpy, Dave led the team that created a backend infrastructure powering thousands of games and millions of gamers. GameSpy merged with IGN Entertainment in 2004 to create one of the largest Internet gaming & entertainment media companies. Dave served as Chief Architect for IGN and lead technology integration with FIM / MySpace after IGN was acquired by NewsCorp in 2005.

In 2007 Dave founded Jungle Disk, a pioneer and early leader in cloud-based storage and backup solutions for consumers and businesses. Jungle Disk was acquired by leading cloud provider Rackspace in 2008 and Dave worked closely with the Rackspace Cloud division to build a cloud platform supporting tens of thousands of customers. In December 2009 Dave left Rackspace to start SolidFire.  Dave leads the team at SolidFire in the creation of the only storage architecture built specifically to guarantee true Quality of Service (QoS) in a multi-tenant cloud infrastructure.

 

Greybeards talk cloud storage with Marc Farley, product marketing for Microsoft StorSimple

Welcome to our seventh episode. This time we talk about cloud storage and how data centers can have both cloud and on premises storage with the proper system. We discuss all this with Marc Farley, Product Marketing Manager for Microsoft StorSimple Cloud-integrated Storage solution. Marc’s an old friend so besides talking about StorSimple’s technology we had a pretty wide ranging discussion on industry trends and storage startup history.

This months episode comes in at just under 40 minutes and the sound quality is the best yet.

Marc has a long and colorful history in social media and the storage industry having worked as an independent storage consultant, worked for EqualLogic before and after the Dell acquisition, 3PAR before and after the HP acquisition and StorSimple before and after the Microsoft acquisition.

Microsoft’s StorSimple appliance acts as local tier 2 storage but uses local SSD and disk as well as cloud storage to support its data storage services. Marc calls this approach “scale across” storage, i.e. across both local and cloud storage as well as across multiple independent StorSimple appliances.

For the record, although I was the first to mention Wang, Howard initiated and completed the discussion on this. We also asked Marc for his secret to selecting new startups to work for. Not sure we got a real answer to this but it made for an interesting conclusion to the talk.

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Marc Farley

Marc Farley is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft working on the hybrid cloud storage solutions. He has written three books on storage including his most recent, Rethinking Enterprise Storage: A Hybrid Cloud Model and his previous books Building Storage Networks and Storage Networking Fundamentals. In addition to his writing books he has been a blogger and podcaster about storage topics while working for EqualLogic, Dell, 3PAR, HP, StorSimple, and now Microsoft.

When he is not working, Marc likes to ride bicycles, listen to music, spend time with his family and dote on his cats.

Greybeards talk server DRAM IO caching with Peter Smith, Director, Product Management at Infinio

Welcome to our sixth episode. We once again dive into the technical end of the pool with  an in-depth discussion of DRAM based server side caching with Peter Smith, Director of Product Management at Infinio. Unlike PernixData (checkout Episode 2, with Satyam Vaghani, CTO PernixData) and others in the server side caching business, Infinio supplies VMware server side storage caching using DRAM for NFS VMDKs. It got a bit technical fairly fast in the podcast, sorry about that.

This months podcast comes in at a little over 40 minutes and was recorded on 20 February 2014. The overall sound quality is much better than Episode 5 but we are still working out some of the kinks, so bear with us.  

Peter comes from a number of different IT infrastructure and co-location services and brings a wealth of knowledge on IO caching within a VMware server environment. With all the DRAM supplied in ESX servers these days and the increasing compute power that’s now available, the time seems ripe to implement a deduplicated, DRAM cache for VMware IO.

Infinio clusters together segments of ESX DRAM, across nodes in a VMware cluster to supply an IO cache. The software installs across the VMware cluster non-disruptively (~ = Vmotion) and Infinio clusters can be expanded without operational impact.

There was some discussion on the odds of a (random) SHA-1 hash collisions happening in our lifetimes (as Greybeards our lifetimes may be shorter than yours). I tried to get Peter or Howard to give me commensurate odds on this happening but alas, no takers.

Listen to the podcast to learn more…

Peter Smith

peter-smith-headshotDirector of Product Management. Peter brings more than 10 years of expertise as an infrastructure architect and IT operations director. In previous companies such as Harvard Business School and Endeca Technologies, Peter managed full-service datacenters and colocation spaces. Most recently Peter led infrastructure services for Endeca, and has also directed operations of customer-hosting infrastructure for clients including American Express, Fidelity UK, Bank of America, and Nike.