My Video Interview at VMware PEX

While I was at the VMware Partner Exchange conference in February, I had the pleasure of running into Josh Atwell. Josh asked if I wanted to be interviewed in the SolidFire booth. Naturally, I said yes, and asked what aspects of their product they’d like me to talk about.

To my mild surprise, they didn’t necessarily want me to talk about SolidFire particularly, but instead on storage in general. The specific topic question was “What would be possible if storage wasn’t a barrier?”

I took a moment to think about some of my customers and had my answer. The video of the interview is below: Continue reading

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EMC World 2015 Discount Code Giveaway

As in past years, EMC has given members of the EMC Elect community registration codes good for a $150 discount on the cost of this year’s EMC World registration.

Thanks to the generosity of my fellow EMC Elect members Hrvoje CrvelinIan Anderson, Mohammed Salem, Fabio ChiodiniBrett Sinclair, and Rob Peglar I currently have access to a total of 20 discount codes to give away.

There are a couple restrictions on the codes:

  • Discounts cannot be applied retroactively — the codes can only be used on a new registration.
  • Discounts cannot be combined with the discount given by any other registration code.
  • The codes are specific, so if I give you one don’t give it to a co-worker to use, too. Instead, send your co-worker to me and I can get them their own code.
  • The codes expire on 6 April 2015.
  • Discounts are not available to EMC employees.

So, if you:

  • Are not an EMC employee
  • Are not yet registered for EMC World 2015
  • Will register for EMC World before 6 April 2015
  • Would like a $150 discount on that registration

leave a comment on this post letting me know you meet the above criteria and I will email you your personal discount code.

Hope to see you at EMC World!

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Qumulo Comes Out of Stealth Offering Data-Aware Scale-Out NAS

Qumulo NodesI’ve let several people know that I’m traveling today, and I even told some folks that I was in Seattle, but it wasn’t until today that I can go public on why I’m here.

Today, storage startup Qumulo came out of stealth mode. My company, Accunet Solutions, was involved in one of the first Qumulo sales and implementations. Our customer was invited to attend Qumulo’s launch event, and, as the SE involved with the deal, I also scored an invite.

Qumulo offers data-aware scale-out NAS that is remarkably simple to install and manage. I’ll go through details on both the company and the product below. Continue reading

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SimpliVity Closes $175 Million D Round of Funding

SimpliVityYesterday, hyperconverged infrastructure vendor SimpliVity announced that they had raised $175 Million in series D funding.

Waypoint Captial led the round, with previous investors Accel Partners, Charles River Ventures, DFJ Growth, Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers (KPCB), and Meritech Capital Partners joining in. This investment brings SimpliVity’s total venture funding to $276 Million.

SimpliVity’s main product is their OmniStack software-defined hyperconverged infrastructure. Its key is the accelerator card that SimpliVity developed. This card performs inline deduplication, compression, and optimization of all data. SimpliVity can be purchased as the OmniCube, or as OmniStack integrated with Cisco UCS.

What’s most interesting to me is that Waypoint Capital was originally a SimpliVity customer. They were so impressed with the platform that they decided to invest in it.

Expect to see more good things from SimpliVity as they use the additional funding to expand.

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Top VMware and Virtualization Blog Survey 2015

topvblog20151smallestThe blog vSphere-land is holding its annual contest / voting survey for the top 50 VMware- and virtualization-related blogs of 2015. All blogs listed on the vLaunchPad site are eligible.

This blog was added to the vLaunchPad after the nominations for specific recognition categories, but in time to be included in the general voting. It looks like there are about 400 or so blogs eligible, a lot of them ones I read regularly.

I urge you to take a few minutes of time and go to the voting site and make sure your voice is heard for the best blogs. Vote for the ten folks who you find most helpful and most informative. I won’t object if you include this blog in that list, and I won’t take it personally if you don’t — I just urge you to take advantage of the opportunity to be heard and help make sure the best blogs get the recognition they deserve.

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SolidFire Announces New Hardware Node, FlashForward Guarantees, and Software-Only Offering

SolidFire logoYesterday, SolidFire released a hat-trick of announcements:

I’ll walk through each of the announcements below. Continue reading

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PernixData Announces Version 2.5 of Their FVP Software

PernixDataToday, PernixData announced version 2.5 of their FVP software product. This product can provide huge storage performance benefits in VMware environments. Since it’s not something I’ve written about before, and it seems that not everyone has heard of PernixData and FVP yet, I’ll spend a little while explaining what it is and why it’s so interesting before I talk about what’s included in the new version.
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Journey to EMC Elect 2015 (with Bonus Number-Crunching)

EMC Elect 2015Today, EMC announced the list of names of those people named to the EMC Elect program for 2015.

Now in its third year, the EMC Elect program seeks to recognize engagement with, commitment to, and leadership in the EMC technical community-at-large. EMC has been very active in reaching out to the Elect community, working to involve them in events, and providing access to product information and technical resources.

I am honored and pleased to have been named to the EMC Elect program for the third year in a row. This year a total of 102 people were named, approximately a 27.5% increase over the total named for 2014. You can see the full list of names here.

My involvement with the EMC Elect 2015 goes a little deeper than that. I was one of twelve members of the EMC Elect 2014 who were asked to be on the panel of judges to help select the EMC Elect 2015. Continue reading

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EMC Announces New High-Density Isilon Node – the HD400

EMC Isilon HD400 NodeYesterday, EMC announced the addition of a new node type to their Isilon scale-out storage line. This new node offers higher-density storage than any other Isilon nodes, specifically 354TB raw capacity in 4U of rack space.

The new node, known internally at EMC as “Colossus”, has been launched as the HD400. I’ll walk through the details below. Continue reading

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Storage Field Day 7 (#SFD7) — A Delegate is Me

Storage Field DayI’ve been a fan of the folks at Gestalt IT for a while now. I follow them on Twitter, I read the stuff they post, and I’ve always followed their Tech Field Day events with great interest.

If you’re not familiar with these events, I’ll give a brief idea here: these events bring together a group of presenters from various innovation IT product vendors and give them an audience of delegates to present to and receive frank feedback from — in the spirit of furthering open discussion. These delegates are chosen from independent bloggers and thought leaders in the particular Field Day’s topic area (Storage, Network, Virtualization, etc.).

The idea is to create a better forum for open knowledge-sharing in the technical community. Continue reading

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