Sep 22, 2017

DataCore will unveil MaxParallel in a few days

DataCore Software (www.datacore.com), leader in storage virtualization for... a long time, has discreetly developed MaxParallel™ and the company plans to announce it very soon, I should say during Microsoft Ignite next week as we're just a few days before the event.

The product is not listed on DataCore web site but if you search on Internet you should find a dedicated page about it on its web site. Oops, someone probably forgot to hide it. You can even find a datasheet and even a solution paper about it on that microsite.

For several quarters, the company has promoted Parallel I/O approach illustrating gains with some famous benchmark results. Lots of details were published on this page.

Now the company opens a new directions not directly related to storage as it targets applications, I/O scheduling and memory. Gains are pretty good:
  • from 3x to 8x quicker response,
  • up to 3x more transactions,
  • and from 2x to 10x faster reports following users tests and utilizations.
The main idea is still « Divide and Conquer » applied here to SQL queries. In fact, multiple independent queries and updates that run on distinct cores don't need to wait any longer on a single queue. Thus these queries access data in parallel and reduce access times significantly. The product maintains the order of arrival for dependent writes and updates. Based on this design, the product can deliver interesting results for workloads that suffer from I/O latencies.


This new product is a pure software approach that doesn't require SANsymphony as it resides on the application server. The administrator doesn’t need to change anything on the server and there is no special configuration required by it.

DataCore MaxParallel targets two deployment models: on-premise and cloud. The first supported environment is Microsoft SQLServer, especially SQL Server 2016, 2014, 2012, 2008 running on Microsoft Windows Server. It is also available on Microsoft Azure Marketplace and its prices starts at $0.06/hour as listed on the Azure portal. Super announce and great technology approach, we wait to learn even more details next week.


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Sep 20, 2017

Arxscan, old player for new need

Arxscan (www.arxscan.com), old player in storage infrastructure management, offers an interesting solution that we categorize as a storage resource management (SRM) even if they but claim to provide more than that with a business oriented approach.

The company was founded in 2007 by Mark Fitzsimmons and Michael Bowers and is based in Asbury, New Jersey, with less than ten employees.

Arxscan developed Arxview Datacenter Analytics Engine (DCAE), a standalone software, that is fully hardware agnostic supporting all major product lines including Dell EMC, NetApp, IBM, HPE, Hitachi, Oracle, Pure Storage, Violin Memory, VMware, Brocade and Cisco in various configurations of SAN, NAS, DAS, virtual storage and fibre channel switching.

The solution shows capacity utilization, trending, reporting, analysis, performance, chargeback, storage/device mapping, power use, line-of-business dependencies and network topologies for end-to-end clarity. Arxview doesn't require any agent or in-band devices and can be deployed in less than an hour.

The product is listed on HPE and IBM partners portal and distributed by many resellers, vars and integrators.

It reminds me products such Veritas SANPoint Control or CommandCentral Storage, AppIQ, Onaro SANscreen, Tek-Tools, Highground, Astrum, WQuinn and some others logical and physical SRM. More recent competition seems to be Aptare, EMC Storage Analytics, IBM Spectrum Control Storage Insights or CloudPhysics. I hope to learn more about it soon.
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Sep 18, 2017

AeroFS now a Redbooth product

Air Computing Inc., producer of AeroFS (www.aerofs.com), merged recently with Redbooth. It was announced silently on companies’ blogs with the same post (12) and only Redbooth has published a PR about it. We usually collapse the name of AeroFS and Air Computing to retain only AeroFS, finally the only known and recognized brand.

The new name of the merged company is Redbooth and Yuri Sagalov, co-founder and CEO of AeroFS, is the new CEO of Redbooth, based in Palo Alto, California.

The global idea is pretty simple but ambitious: deliver a leading solution dedicated to Project and Task Management with File-based Collaboration. Surprisingly, AeroFS product is not listed, yet, on Redbooth web site, you still have to go to AeroFS.com, strong name on the market. AeroFS is already under the Redbooth umbrella showing a new logo with the addition of “by Redbooth” below the classic AeroFS image.

Finally, for respective customers, it’s important to understand the future of product from each company:
  • AeroFS and Redbooth will continue to be supported, developed and maintained.
  • Amium will be shut down December 15th, 2017 and various functionalities will be merged and added to Redbooth.
Surprise or not AeroFS is the new victim of the pretty tough business climate for such storage approaches if product is limited to data storage and protection. In fact, it confirms the difficulty for such business to sustain a viable activity if there is no vertical or business integration; almost all “old” players (Kerstor, Ubistorage, Space Monkey, Symform, Transporter, Tudzu, Wuala) got acquired or ceased activity and only recent ones still exist. The only exception is Aetherstore. We’ll see if these new ones will finally reach same destiny in a few quarters, in this category we can list Blockade, Cloudplan, Ugloo, Sia.tech or Storj to name a few.
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Sep 15, 2017

Phazr.IO, Information Dispersal Algorithm For Masses

Phazr.IO (www.phazr.io), develops an Information Dispersal Algorithm (IDA) technology for storage as an advanced method to protect and secure data.

Founded in 2016, the company is based in Los Angeles, CA, and was created by four co-founders, Gary Jin, Dr. Donald Chang, Steve K Chen and Jim Cheung. It has currently 6 people, but only Gary Jin is listed on LinkedIn. The company is currently in a pre-Series A phase and plans to announce the product around Q1 or Q2 2018.

The web site is pretty limited but the team has chosen to demonstrate their capability in IDA with a cloud storage product named PhazrBits, currently in 1.1 release, available on the AppleStore for iOS devices. It works as a multi-cloud aggregation gateway that splits, encodes and distributes data such photos or documents among multiple public cloud storage targets. The product is free and supported cloud storage back-ends are Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, Box and Apple iCloud.

They also started to collaborate with the OpenStack Swift community and pointers exist on openstack.org. Following this phase, the future product will be implemented probably within network adapters or controller boards to provide offload process capabilities. So OEM should be a good go-to-market model.

The IDA approach is a non-systematic erasure code form like the Mojette Transform promoted by Rozo Systems. You can find some entries for the libphazr on GitHub especially with PyEClib or liberasurecode. Phazr.IO is not open source at all, Rozo offers a standard version on GitHub. Tests made by the Phazr.IO team have shown 3x to 10x better than Jerasure and 2x to 3x faster than Intel ISA-L. So we expect a pretty innovative approach. The first use case targets bandwidth environment with video activity, perfect candidate with large files. And we expect to see more iteration soon.
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Aug 21, 2017

Vexata hired Rick Walsworth

Vexata (www.vexata.com), new player in NVMe Flash storage, hired silently and last executive recruited is Rick Walsworth, coming from Formation Data Systems where he drove the Marketing effort. We find also Ashish Gupta, we have met at SpringPath, in the process to be acquired by Cisco for $320M. Vexata will be one of the interesting new sponsors of the 25 edition of The IT Press Tour in December. All the team is looking forward to that session. The company has published recently an interesting paper about IBM SpectrumScale deployed on top of Vexata 100F NVMe Flash array.
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Aug 2, 2017

Primary Data to accelerate market expansion

Primary Data (www.primarydata.com), the leader in parallel file storage, just announced a new financial round of $40M with a $20M Series B round and a $20M line of credit and the official announcement of DataSphere 2.0 as a new major iteration of the flagship metadata technology developed by the firm from Los Altos. I wrote recently 2 posts on StorageNewsletter and on this blog as well. The company continues to expand its product and feature portfolio with DataSphere, DSX, Portal and Cloud Connector. Next quarters will be interesting to see with this new funding and major release. Congratulations to te team.
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Jul 25, 2017

New dimension for Iguazio

Iguazio (www.iguazio.com), leader of the new big data generation with its Continuous Analytics Data Platform, just announced a new round of funding. This series B of $33 million comes from Pitango Venture Capital, Verizon Ventures, Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH, CME Ventures and previous investors. It means that the company receives so far $48 million perfect to accelerate market penetration and geo expansion. It's interesting to see that Iguazio got investment from actors playing in their market segments so we immediately understand that these investors will play a key role in the market acceleration.

The 3 founders among the 4 of the company
Met last november in Israel with the IT Press Tour, the company has gained market visibility. I invite you to read the interview of Asaf Somekh published a few months ago on StorageNewsletter.
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Jul 17, 2017

The SDS 120 Club

Software-Defined Storage aka SDS is becoming the new Must-Be for the storage industry and if you are not considered in that area, you may suffered from user adoption and market penetration. I invite you to read a long article I wrote recently on StorageNewsletter about the SDS 120 Club grouped in various categories: file, block, object, cis and hci. You can also register to receive the short version of the report.
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Jul 14, 2017

WekaIO, new player for new demanding needs

Weka.IO (www.weka.io), a new file storage player, confirms the need for a new file storage approach. Under stealth mode, the IT Press Tour had the chance and privilege to visit the Weka R&D center in Tel-Aviv last November with several key executives of the company. We realized the potential of the solution that really changes the file storage market landscape. So far, the company has raised 2 VC rounds for a total of $32M and we expect a series C soon to boost development, geo expansion and marketing.

Since that, product development addresses and illustrates vertical business cases such Oil and Gas, Media and Entertainment, Life Sciences and Electronic Design Automation when high IOPS, large bandwidth and low latency are a must. The company positioned itself as a cloud-native scalable file system. It reminds me something when I tried a few years ago to position a product towards a scalable file storage angle. Management refused the market reality and claimed to be a scale-out NAS, the Isilon 2.0, having some difficulties to understand market dynamics and distinctions between utopia, dream and reality. What a joke it was, check today, I was right, just the facts...

Back to Weka, the firm chose to wait some real adoption and strong references by customers to officially appears on the market. As covered several months ago (June 2016 and Nov. 2016), Weka represents a good mix between performance, scalability and cloud economics. It also confirms that object storage is a capacity play even if some players have dreams.

Weka Matrix presents a single namespace from local SSD/Flash drives and considers a S3- or Swift-based secondary storage for cold data. The data evacuated remains accessible through the primary namespace.

Weka already published several performance reports that perfectly shows the growing place of HPC-like file storage within the enterprise. Perfectly executed, the strategy invite them to be on the M&A list of several potential acquirers. We really hope to meet and visit Weka again during a next IT Press Tour before te end of the year. In a similar approach, we invite the reader to watch as well Avere Systems, DDN Storage, Elastifile, Panasas, Primary Data, Qumulo and Rozo Systems that sometimes compete against Weka as well.
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Jul 12, 2017

Avere addresses data divergence in the cloud

Avere Systems (www.averesys.com), leader in NAS acceleration and virtualization for on-premise and cloud environments, recently participated to the 23rd edition of The IT Press Tour. Ron Bianchini, CEO and founder, gave us an interesting update related to the data consistency model the company provides for cloud storage.

Ron Bianchini, CEO, explaining the hybrid cloud benchmark
Founded in 2008, Avere Systems has morphed from a network file virtualization aka NAS optimization for on-premises file storage to a full cloud file storage virtualization whatever data reside. The company promotes a hybrid data model where some data reside locally controlled by a physical FXT and others in the cloud but also a mix model where a virtual FXT runs directly at the cloud service providers sites with again data on-premise or in the cloud as well.

During the session, the company has insisted a lot on the CAP theorem, claiming to be the only one vendor of this caliber to deliver a full data consistency approach for data distributed in the cloud. It was pretty new as Avere never covered that aspect in the past and this behavior is inherent of cloud storage as a distributed architecture. Many object storage implementations behind cloud storage services are eventually consistent and just a few strictly consistent. But NAS users and file-based applications expect a strict consistency behavior with a NAS acceleration such Avere wherever data reside.


Avere continues to explore and maximize customers references in M&E - Pixar is a user of FXT connecting various NAS generation "behind" the accelerator such Qumulo or Isilon - Life Sciences and Finance to name a few.

With almost 10 years old, the company is still independent, remember the rapid acquisition of Spinnaker Networks by NetApp in 2003 just 4 years after its creation. What will be the future for Avere Systems, still one of the solution for NAS acceleration? What is the ambition of Ron Bianchini for the next few years?


The full presentation delivered during the IT Press Tour is available below, spend some time to read it, it contains very interesting information.

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