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:


The product announced at VMworld is the Community Edition, free to deploy up to 20TB. This is perfect to test and adopt the solution try it and download here.
The product implements a asymmetric philosophy with access nodes, metadata node(s) and storage daemons. Access nodes aka clients manage deduplication, data chunking, compression and encryption. The storage daemon is responsible to store data chunks and monitors resources. There is no DHT, no master/slave just a pretty simple so fast and resilient asymmetric model, illustrating again if needed that this model is really scalable. The metadata node(s) or NooBaa Core optimizes data placement for resiliency and implements an advanced algorithm for data locality. NooBaa Core uses MongoDB but keep in mind there is no HA in the free distribution, only one single VM instance is shipped. The Enterprise Edition will offer a pay-per-use pricing model and provide a super resilient and available NooBaa Core engine. In term of data protection, NooBaa uses a replication model and erasure coding is on the roadmap. The company also unveils a new cloud synchronization function named CloudSync.


In 2016 as the first phase, NooBaa targets Archiving and Logging Infrastructure with potential partners such Splunk, LogRhythm, Elastic LogStash, Veritas, CommVault and Seven10. The next phase for 2017 will be around Media, BioTech and Surveillance.
It reminds me what I specified and designed as KerStor in 2009. NooBaa really demonstrates "the Power of Software and perfectly illustrates that Storage is Software". NooBaa can really grow at a very large scale on the planet. The company can be visited at booth #442 during VMworld this week. Congratulations to the team, great product so easy to deploy and use.

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. The team is located in Seattle in the Smith Tower and operates as an independent entity. The project is motivated by the reality that all the enterprise data can't be stored in the cloud, this is clearly unrealistic. Also with fast growing data volume and huge volume, tracking information is critical both in term of location, usage, access... The product should be very simple to deploy, use and maintain whatever is the size of data volume, cluster, and data location. Hybrid seems to be the future model with data moving back and forth between cloud providers data centers such AWS or GCE and enterprise sites. The Castle project is about SDS and Enterprise Storage, based on open source and when we check job openings we see that Ceph is at the heart of the project but also container technologies such CoreOS (rkt), Docker, Kubernetes or Golang. It will be interesting to know more about The Castle in the near future. And finally if you remember, I mentioned The Castle project in the Register article I wrote last July about Distributed, Object Storage and CAS. This segment is pretty dynamic...

Aug 15, 2016

A new boss for Pure Storage in France

Pure Storage (www.purestorage.com | NYSE:PSTG), has decided to recruit a new country manager and Laurent Martini was chosen. He will join the company very soon to continue the momentum started a few quarters ago. With 15 years at Veritas then Symantec then Veritas again and recently Managing Director of France, Laurent will be for sure a great asset for Pure Storage in France. As Pure Storage has a strong Veritas DNA, this choice confirms links, roots and needs. Congratulations for the company and Laurent.

Aug 3, 2016

IT Press Tour #20 - Special Israel Edition

The IT Press Tour (www.itpresstour.com) is ready for a new evolution and a tour in Israel invited by many storage vendors to visit the country and R&D centers to feel the power of innovation especially in Storage. Next November, the IT Press Tour team will visit and meet a few data storage and services companies to better understand their technologies and market approaches. 3 of them are completely new with even no detailed web page such Weka.io, I revealed NooBaa in a recent Top News on StorageNewsletter and published one of the first article about Iguaz.io. The other companies are super strong with key leadership position on the market - CTera Networks is a reference in Cloud based | connected- storage, Kaminario is a All-Flash Array top choice and Reduxio Systems, more recent, wishes to change the storage approach with a new primary storage offering with key data protection capabilities. We add a confidential name unable to mention it right now, so please come back to the tour home page in a few weeks close to the event to discover who will be behind.

Jul 21, 2016

Some futures directions for Kaminario

Kaminario (www.kaminario.com), leader in All Flash Array, is thinking about new technologies evolution for its K2 product line. Among them, Shachar Fienbit, CTO of he company, has made some clear statements about these:
  • 3D NAND will remain the leading storage media and will be the commodity that replaces HDDs in the datacenter,
  • NVM is too expensive to replace NAND and should be used wisely - not going to replace NAND for 5+ years,
  • NVMe has limited benefit for AFA since these systems already aggregate performance from several SSDs - controller is the bottleneck so decreasing latency from disk to controller is not that interesting,
  • NVMe Fabric should have a slow market adoption for external storage connectivity,
  • NVMe Networks Shelves is interesting for decoupling compute from capacity.

It will be interesting to see how Kaminario will react to E8 Storage announcement and other NVMe players such Mangstor, Apeiron, DSSD and even Excelero.

Jul 13, 2016

E8 Storage to lead the new NVMf wave

E8 Storage (www.e8storage.com), future leader of the new generation of storage arrays based on NVMe over fabrics, aka NVMf, recently participated to the IT Press Tour end of June and Zivan Ori, CEO and co-founder, based in Israel has made the trip to meet the press team. For references, I already wrote 2 times about E8 Storage and I invite to read May and early July posts.
First let me refresh minds with company info. E8 has less than 2 years of existence, funded in November 2014, having raised so far 2 rounds for a total of $18M from Accel - where we did the meeting in Palo Alto - , Vertex and Magma. The company splits responsibilities between Tel-Aviv for R&D and Santa Clara for Product, Marketing and Management. Zivan Ori came from IBM XIV and previously from Stratoscale with a strong background in software engineering and security. Alex Friedman, CTO and co-founder, came from XIV as well and Valentin Ossman, VP Product Management, came from PMC-Sierra, who co-present the session with Zivan.
To illustrate the shift in the demand for a new storage array approach, Zivan uses the famous RPC - Reliability, Performance and Cost - model also known as the 3P - Protection, Performance and Price. The RPC model was used to position local SSD, AFA, NVMf/JBOD and rack scale HW with also market needs and we realize that all these approaches has limited answers and don't solve all problems.
E8 insists on 2 dimensions - IOPS and TCO - of the solution and the slide #13 illustrates the result against AFA such XtremIO or Pure Storage and PCIe SSD. In 2 words: 10x performance and half the TCO. Wow super promising. Even the product was not available at the time of the presentation, it will be launched in less than one month at Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, specifications and characteristics were of course shared with us, here is an overview with this slide.


In addition, NVMe provides several advantages:
  • Low latency,
  • High Bandwidth and high IOPS,
  • Reduced CPU loads,
  • Device consolidation with high components density
We understand that E8 will shake the industry established position very soon now and the battle is on among the few new players such Apeiron, Mangstor, DSSD, Excelero and even AFA leader like Kaminario. Interesting again that this new storage development comes again from new and small dedicated actors not big ones that are just followers, again...

Jul 12, 2016

New release for StorPool

StorPool (www.storpool.com), a block SDS gem I discovered a few years ago and who has participated to the IT Press Tour in June 2014, just announced its last product release. Release after release, StorPool makes progress optimizing CPU consumption, increasing IOPS here by 30% and now able to support capacity beyond 1PB. The key thing about such product is how a user can integrate and use it. StorPool understands for a long time that the ecosystem is one of the key of the adoption and with that release, CloudStack is added alongside OpenStack, OnApp, LVM (hopefully) and LXC and Docker. Also among various new features, the SDS engine is now capable to manage 20,000 volumes and snapshots per cluster, a single volume can reach 30TB and larger ones can be created with LVM and performance got boosted. I just need to comment that there is no mention of throughput (GB/s) and no release number is associated with this new flavor of the product.

Jul 11, 2016

Versity develops a new Scale-Out File System

Versity Software (www.versity.com), innovator in data archiving software, announced during the last IT Press Tour a new project and initiative with the design of a Scale-Out File System. With a strong DNA in file system with 2 successful products - QFS and SAM-FS during the LSC time - Harriet Coverston, CTO and co-founder of Versity, has designed a new solution to address new storage challenges. The 2 challenges met are related to the scaling of Posix file systems and the scaling of archiving applications and the solution imagined by Harriet seems to be a new open source file system. The solution developed for 8 months will be beta in 4 months and GA before the end of 2016 with a new name and real launch. A good idea for the December IT Press Tour for sure.

Jul 5, 2016

Kaminario will accelerate very soon

Kaminario (www.kaminario.com), ambassador of the full Flash Data Center, organized a super session at Sequoia Capital during the last IT Press Tour, and unveiled several interesting initiatives and products features. Dani Golan, founder and CEO, and Shachar Fienblit, CTO, have managed a very good session.
Kaminario, known as a leader of the All Flash Array segment, is also synonymous of high performance with historically one of the fastest array available on the market, perfect for high demanding environment such trading floor, "real-time" database, online ticketing system for airlines...
Founded in 2010, the company combines several key attributes to accelerate market success. Among them, the exec team has a strong dna and the technology built, supported by dozens of patents, is well recognized and respected by the competition. And last point, important to notice, the VCs who backed the company are super strong ones, globally Kaminario has raised $153M. The current track record is impressive with several key metrics and ratio in green light such revenue growth, partners numbers, customers satisfaction and employee. We understand that the company is in an important investment phase thanks to a new marketing positioning and effort to be consider not only for high demanding environments but also for general storage needs with large flash market adoption. Kaminario clearly wants a piece of that growing cake. The sales model also is simplified with a 100% channel focus easy to decrypt and to avoid any conflict in the sales cycle. As of today the company has 200 partners with a clear guarantee of the best margin of the market.
The mission of Kaminario is still the same but a bit different, instead of doing the fastest storage array, the company goal os to deliver the best storage array, again aligned with the wish to be consider more global for almost use cases. To facilitate Kaminario consideration for more large use cases, the company positions itself now with 2 key dimensions: Predictability and Agility in various ares such cost, management, performance, scalability and innovation. The design choice made with K2 as a Software-Defined Architecture helps to integrate new components pretty fast such new processing engine, new devices or new interfaces. Kaminario also does not recommend a specific topology and for some use cases scale-up if the right choice and for other the scale-out is a better one. K2 can be configured in these 2 modes and of course a mixed of the 2 to scale in both dimensions.
Dani Golan, Founder and CEO, explaining some key K2 advantages
We feel a new wave at Kaminario with a desire to accelerate in the next few months. I will cover that future directions with a report on Shachar Fienblit's section of the presentation in a few days, especially on 3D NAND and NVMe.