On Monday at EMC World, Natalie Corridan-Gregg, Director of Competitive Intelligence for EMC held a session on Competitive Intelligence and Marketing. I wasn’t able to attend her session, but I was able to catch up with her on Tuesday to talk with her about it.
Full Disclosure: Earlier in my career, I worked in the Competitive Intelligence Group at EMC, and for a while reported directly to Natalie. So, obviously, the topic is one of great interest to me.
Natalie and I were able to take advantage of the EMC Radio space in the EMC Social Media Lounge to record our discussion live at EMC World. You can take a listen here.
Tuesday morning at EMC World, the Solutions Expo was opened up early to allow Media and Analysts some time on the show floor when things would be less crowded. In the middle of the Expo floor, EMC had installed a stand-alone, raised-floor data center.
Stephan Voss, Director of Product Marketing at EMC, and a long-time colleague of mine, took some time to talk with me about that data center set-up and what EMC had on display in there. We recorded this episode about ten feet away from the entrance to the demo data center.
You can listen to our conversation below.
On Monday at EMC World, I had the opportunity to sit down with Ed Beauvais, EMC’s Director of Isilon Product Marketing. Ed was gracious enough to agree to be interviews for the MiniCast. We talked about new features in Isilon OneFS 8.0 and how they fit into EMC’s “Edge to Core to Cloud” message.
At one point in the interview, it appears that Ed and I confused each other about CloudPools functionality. Ed and I chatted about that after the 15-minute time limit and cleared it up pretty quickly. Turns out we were talking about two similar but different things.
Ed was saying that CloudPools does not, at this time, allow you to use an IsilonSD Edge virtual instance running in the Cloud as your remote tier. I neither confirm or deny whether or not that functionality is on the Isilon roadmap. (No, seriously, I can’t. Sometimes I use that phrase to be cute and let folks know that I know something I’m not allowed to talk about yet, but in this case I can’t tell you anything because I really don’t know. Ed gave me nothing on this one at all…)
What I was talking about was using a physical Isilon cluster at another site as your remote CloudPools tier. That is supported, and can be done today.
With that clarification in mind, take a listen to Ed and I talking Isilon.
The second Episode of the GeekFluent MiniCast was recorded live at EMC World on Sunday while the show floor was being constructed around us.
For this episode, I wanted to try something new. There are a lot of un-boxing videos out there, but no one seems to do unboxing audio recordings, and since I had just received my EMC World backpack, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to try it out.
To assist me in this unboxing, I was joined by Mark Browne and Lauren Friedman. It’s the episode that asks — and answers — the question “Why aren’t there more unboxing audios?”
Take a listen below:
I’ve been thinking about trying podcasting for a while now, and so, with EMC World happening, well, right now, it seemed like the perfect time to just dive in.
That said, I’m pleased to announce Season One, Episode One of the GeekFluent Mini-Cast, recorded today.
The name comes from my decision to limit episodes to 15 minutes maximum length.
For the introductory episode, I’m joined by Mark Browne and Greg McCarthy of EMC. We recorded on the show floor of EMC World 2016, as it was being built around us (you can hear the construction noises quite clearly in the background). In this episode we talk about podcasting itself and its place in social media.
Take a listen below.
I’ll work on getting a presence on iTunes and Stitcher and all that, but for now I wanted to get this first episode live as quickly as possible.
[DISCLOSURE: Cohesity was one of the sponsors of the Storage Field Day 9 event (SFD9) that I was a delegate for. As such, they helped to pay for my travel, accommodations, and meals for that event. There was no requirement or even expectation that I write anything about them. No one from Cohesity (or anywhere else for that matter) has reviewed the content of this post.]
Today, Cohesity announced the addition of Cloud integration with their storage platform.
Cohesity is a storage startup that, quite frankly, I hadn’t even heard of before receiving the invitation to Storage Field Day. In what may turn out to be a very clever strategy, Cohesity has made the conscious decision to let the existing players fight over the hotly-contested primary storage space. Instead, Cohesity is concentrating on capturing the less “sexy” — but just as important — secondary storage space.
In discussing this, Cohesity makes a “storage iceberg” analogy, wherein primary storage is only the part of the iceberg that’s visible above the surface, while secondary storage is everything below the surface: Tier 2/3 applications, copies of data, backups, archives, etc. Continue reading
Today, Qumulo, a scale-out NAS vendor, announced a major new version of their operating environment, Qumulo Core 2.0, and three new hardware models.
Qumulo is hybrid storage, meaning each node has both Flash and spinning disks. The Flash layer (in this case SSDs) is used for performance and the HDD layer for capacity. Data is moved between these two tiers automatically without end-user action or even awareness.
I’ve written about Qumulo before: I was there at their launch party when they emerged from stealth, and, more recently, I wrote about their new high-density node. I was also directly involved in my company’s first sale of a Qumulo cluster — while the company was still in stealth mode.
I mention this partly to get the “yes, I’m a fan” out of the way early, and partly to give some weight to this statement: this is (in my debatably humble opinion) their best announcement to date. Continue reading