Storage Field Day 8 – Wrap-up and Link-o-rama

Disclaimer: I recently attended Storage Field Day 8.  My flights, accommodation and other expenses were paid for by Tech Field Day. There is no requirement for me to blog about any of the content presented and I am not compensated in any way for my time at the event.  Some materials presented were discussed under NDA and don’t form part of my blog posts, but could influence future discussions.

This is a quick post to say thanks once again to Stephen, Claire and the presenters at Storage Field Day 8. I had a fantastic time and learnt a lot. For easy reference, here’s a list of the posts I did covering the event (not necessarily in chronological order).

Storage Field Day – I’ll be at SFD8

Storage Field Day 8 – Day 0

Storage Field Day 8 – (Fairly) Full Disclosure

Cohesity – There’s more to this than just “Secondary Storage”

Violin Memory – Sounds a lot better than it used to

Pure Storage – Orange is the new black, now what?

INFINIDAT – What exactly is a “Moshe v3.0”?

Nimble Storage – InfoSight is still awesome

Primary Data – Because we all want our storage to do well

NexGen Storage – Storage QoS and other good things

Coho Data – Numerology, but not as we know it

Intel – They really are “Inside”

Qumulo – Storage for people who care about their data

 

Also, here’s a number of links to posts by my fellow delegates. They’re all switched-on people, and you’d do well to check out what they’re writing about. I’ll try and update this list as more posts are published. But if it gets stale, the SFD8 landing page has updated links.

 

Ray Lucchesi (@RayLucchesi)

Coho Data, the packet processing squeeze and working set exploits

Primary data’s path to better data storage presented at SFD8

PB are the new TB, GreyBeards talk with Brian Carmody, CTO Inifinidat

 

Mark May (@CincyStorage)

Can Violin Step back From the Brink?

Storage software can change enterprise workflow

Redefining Secondary Storage

 

Scott D. Lowe (@OtherScottLowe)

IT as a Change Agent: It’s Time to Look Inward, Starting with Storage

Overcoming “New Vendor Risk”: Pure Storage’s Techniques

So, What is Secondary Storage Cohesity-Style?

Data Awareness Is Increasingly Popular in the Storage Biz

 

Jon Klaus (@JonKlaus)

Storage Field Day – I will be attending SFD8!

Wow it’s early – Traveling to Storage Field Day 8

Coho Data: storage transformation without disruption

Pure Storage: Non Disruptive Everything

Cohesity is changing the definition of secondary storage

Qumulo: data-aware scale-out NAS

Nimble Storage – InfoSight VMVision

NexGen Storage: All-Flash Arrays can be hybrids too!

Infinidat: Enterprise reliability and performance

 

Alex Galbraith (@AlexGalbraith)

Looking Forward to Storage Field Day 8

Without good Analytics you dont have a competitive storage product

How often do you upgrade your storage array software?

Where and why is my data growing?…

Why are storage snapshots so painful?

 

Jarett Kulm (@JK47TheWeapon)

Storage Field Day 8 – Here I come!

 

Enrico Signoretti (@ESignoretti)

#SFD8, it’s storage prime time!

Analytics, the key to (storage) happiness

We are entering the Data-aware infrastructure era

Has the next generation of monolithic storage arrived?

Juku.beats 25: Qumulo, data-aware scale-out NAS

Infinidat: awesome tech, great execution

Juku.beats 27: NexGen Storage, QoS made easy.

Software defined? No no no, it’s poorly defined storage (and why Primary Data is different)

Juku.beats 28 – Infinidat storage: multiple nine resiliency, high performance, $1/GB

Are you going All-Flash? Nah, the future is hybrid

 

Vipin V.K. (@VipinVK111)

Tech Field Day Calling…! – #SFD8

Infinibox – Enterprise storage solution from Infinidat

Understanding NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express)

All-Flash symphony from Violin Memory

Cohesity – Secondary storage consolidation

With FLASH, things are changing ‘in a flash’ !?

 

Josh De Jong (@EuroBrew)

Storage Field Day Here I Come!

Thoughts in the Airport

NexGen Storage – The Future is Hybrid

Pure Storage – Enterprise Ready, Pure and Simple

 

Finally, thanks again to Stephen, Claire (and Tom in absentia). It was an educational and enjoyable few days and I really valued the opportunity I was given to attend.

SFD8_Group

 

Coho Data – It’s numerology, but not as we know it

Disclaimer: I recently attended Storage Field Day 8.  My flights, accommodation and other expenses were paid for by Tech Field Day. There is no requirement for me to blog about any of the content presented and I am not compensated in any way for my time at the event.  Some materials presented were discussed under NDA and don’t form part of my blog posts, but could influence future discussions.

For each of the presentations I attended at SFD8, there are a few things I want to include in the post. Firstly, you can see video footage of the Coho Data presentation here. You can also download my raw notes from the presentation here. Finally, here’s a link to the Coho Data website that covers some of what they presented.

 

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Coho Data wants to be “a data-centric bridge for evolving enterprise infrastructure”, by delivering “storage transformation without disruption for the modern enterprise”.

Andy Warfield (@AndyWarfield) is a really smart dude. And he does a really great presentation. I encourage you to check out the videos from SFD8, because I can’t really do justice to a lot of the content he presented this time around. Indeed, I had the same problem last time I encountered Andy.

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It’s numerology, but not as we know it

Andy spent some time talking about the concept of “workload numerology”. No, not that kind of numerology. This is more about the ability to understand workloads hosted on your storage platform – “it’s not just a matter of speeds and feeds”.

Coho Data are right into the concept of being able to manage the placement of both data and network traffic based on detailed workload analysis. They do this in a few different ways, and I recommend you read their architecture white paper for more information.

Andy pointed out that with traditional storage, you were worried about durability, and getting high performance off crappy hardware. However “modern storage design is about solving a connectivity and locality problem, rather than a durability problem”. As such, we need to be taking a new approach to the design and operation of these platforms.

Andy also noted that performance based placement decisions benefit from workload characterisations, but characterising things like working sets are expensive in time and space. You can, however, use counter stacks to efficiently encode the cardinality of uniqueness over time. You can read more about Hyper Log Logs “HLLs” here.

In short, understand the working set characteristics and you’ll get a lot more value from your platform.

 

Closing Thoughts and Further Reading

Ray Lucchesi (@RayLucchesi) did a much better job of covering Andy’s presentation than I ever would, and I strongly encourage you to go read it. If you watch the Coho presentation from SFD6 and compare it to the one by Andy at SFD8, you’ll see that, not only has Andy gotten really good at keeping the discussion on track, but also Coho has made some really good progress with the DataStream platform in general. I’m looking forward to seeing what the next 12 months brings for Coho.

Storage Field Day 8 – (Fairly) Full Disclosure

Disclaimer: I recently attended Storage Field Day 8.  My flights, accommodation and other expenses were paid for by Tech Field Day. There is no requirement for me to blog about any of the content presented and I am not compensated in any way for my time at the event.  Some materials presented were discussed under NDA and don’t form part of my blog posts, but could influence future discussions.

My full disclosure post will never reach the heady heights of Justin’s, all I can do is try and get somewhere near that level. Here are my notes on gifts, etc, that I received as a delegate at Storage Field Day 8. I’d like to point out that I’m not trying to play presenters / companies off against each other. I don’t have feelings one way or another about receiving gifts at these events (although I generally prefer small things I can fit in my suitcase). Rather, I just trying to make it clear what I received during this event to ensure that we’re all on the same page as far as what I’m being influenced by. Some presenters didn’t provide any gifts as part of their session – which is totally fine. I’m going to do this in chronological order, as that was the easiest way for me to take notes during the week. While every delegate’s situation is different, I’d also like to clarify that I took 2 days of vacation time and 3 days of training / work time to be at this event.

 

Saturday

I left my house Saturday morning at 4am and travelled BNE -> SYD -> SFO. I paid for my own cab to the airport in Brisbane, with the transfer in Sydney covered by my ticket. A period of time passed and I was given “dinner” and “breakfast”. This was included in the price of the ticket (paid for by Tech Field Day). Alcoholic beverages were not included, but I stuck with water. United wanted to sell me snacks at some stage too, but I politely declined. I had a spare seat next to me and the opportunity to watch “Office Space” for the umpteenth time on the tiny screen, so it wasn’t all bad.

 

Tuesday

On Tuesday night we had the delegate dinner at Antonella’s Ristorante in San Jose. It’s a nice Italian place. I had a bit of everything. As part of the gift exchange I received a pair of socks and some very nice beef jerky. I also had two Modelos and a Montejo at the hotel bar after dinner. Claire gave us all a bag of snacks when we got to the hotel. I particularly enjoyed the cashews and Reese’s things.

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Wednesday

We had breakfast at Mikayla’s. I had a breakfast roll. Coho Data provided us with doughnuts with bacon on top. While you can put bacon on all kinds of things, sometimes it’s best if you don’t. They also gave each of us a Coho-flavoured Raspberry Pi 2. We had lunch at Pure Storage provided by DishDash. They also gave us some brightly-coloured socks and a 8GB USB stick. Cohesity  provided us with a Hawaiian-themed food and beverages, including Mai Tais. This may or may not have been a mistake given the feistiness of some of the delegates during the ensuing session. They also gave us customised Amazon Echo devices. I gave mine to Claire as it wouldn’t work in Australia. We also received a Cohesity sleeveless fleece top – arguably these don’t work in Australia either, as it doesn’t get that cold where I live :). We had a social event at the Hotel Valencia on Santana Row. I had some sliders and a few Heinekens. I then went to the bar at the hotel and had a Fat Tire before retiring for the night.

 

Thursday

We had a buffet breakfast at the hotel. I had some bacon and eggs and fruit. Qumulo provided us with a Qumulo-branded notepad. We had a Californian BBQ-style lunch at the hotel. After a few more sessions, we then had dinner at Picasso’s in downtown San Jose. It was a tapas place, so I had a bit of everything. And two glasses of Sangria. I then had a Fat Tire at the hotel bar upon our return.

 

Friday

On Friday morning we had breakfast at Violin Memory. I had a breakfast burrito and coffee (I loves me some Mexican in the morning). They also gave us a T-shirt, stubbie holder, bottle opener, mints and toothpicks. Intel provided us with a nice buffet lunch at the Intel HQ Executive Briefing Centre. Nimble Storage gave us each a small tote bag, a webcam privacy screen, some headphones and a travel set. This was followed by “Happy Hour” at Nimble. I had a sparkling water. To finish off we had dinner at Mexicali in Santa Clara. I had a prawn burrito. I didn’t eat anything on the flight home.

 

Conclusion

I’d like to extend my thanks once again to the Storage Field Day organisers and the companies presenting at the event. I had an extremely enjoyable and educational time. Here’s a photo.

FINAL

 

Storage Field Day 8 – Day 0

Disclaimer: I recently attended Storage Field Day 8.  My flights, accommodation and other expenses were paid for by Tech Field Day. There is no requirement for me to blog about any of the content presented and I am not compensated in any way for my time at the event.  Some materials presented were discussed under NDA and don’t form part of my blog posts, but could influence future discussions.

This is just a quick post to share some thoughts on day zero at Storage Field Day. I thought I’d share some touristy snaps before we get into the meat and potatoes stuff later in the week. Here’s the obligatory wing shot – this one was taken as we were about to start the descent into SFO.

I spent a few days relaxing with a friend in the Bay Area before meeting up with my fellow delegates on Tuesday afternoon. Tuesday evening we all got together and headed to Antonella’s Ristorante in San Jose. It was great.

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Anyway, enough with the holiday snaps. I just wanted to thank Stephen and Claire for having me back, making sure everything is running according to plan and for just being really very decent people. I’ve really enjoyed catching up with the people I’ve met before and meeting the new guys. Look out for some posts related to the Tech Field Day sessions in the next few weeks. And if you’re in a useful timezone, check out the live streams from the event here, or the recordings afterwards.

Storage Field Day 6 – Wrap-up and Link-o-rama

Disclaimer: I recently attended Storage Field Day 6.  My flights, accommodation and other expenses were paid for by Tech Field Day and their sponsors. There is no requirement for me to blog about any of the content presented and I am not compensated in any way for my time at the event.  Some materials presented were discussed under NDA and don’t form part of my blog posts, but could influence future discussions.

This is a quick post to say thanks once again to the organisers and sponsors of Storage Field Day 6. I had a great time, learnt a lot, and didn’t get much sleep. For easy reference, here’s a list of the posts I did covering the event (not necessarily in chronological order).

Storage Field Day 6 – Day 0
Storage Field Day 6 – Day 1 – Avere
Storage Field Day 6 – Day 1 – StorMagic
Storage Field Day 6 – Day 1 – Tegile
Storage Field Day 6 – Day 2 – Coho Data
Storage Field Day 6 – Day 2 – Nexenta
Storage Field Day 6 – Day 2 – Pure Storage
Storage Field Day 6 – Day 3 – Nimble Storage
Storage Field Day 6 – Day 3 – NEC
Storage Field Day 6 – (Fairly) Full Disclosure

Also, here’s a number of links to posts by my fellow delegates. They’re all really smart folks, and you’d do well to check out what they’re writing about. I’ll update this list as more posts are published.

 

Eric Shanks
Storage Field Day 6
Local Premises Storage for EC2 Provided by Avere Systems
Nimble Storage Data Analytics – InfoSight

Will All New Storage Arrays be Hybrid?

 

John Obeto
Today at Storage Field Day 6

Day 2 at Storage Field Day 6: Coho Data

Day 2 at Storage Field Day 6: Nexenta Systems

 

Arjan Timmerman
Storage Field Day Starts Today :D

 

Nigel Poulton

Nexenta – Back in da house…

 

Enrico Signoretti
Avere Systems, great technology but…

 

Chin-Fah Heoh

MASSive, Impressive, Agile, TEGILE

 

Jon Klaus
Storage Field Day 6 Day 0 – Sightseeing and Yankee swap
SFD6 Day 1 – Avere, StorMagic, Tegile

 

Finally, thanks again to Stephen, Claire and Tom, it was a great few days and I really valued the opportunity I was given to attend.

Storage Field Day 6 – Day 2 – Coho Data

Disclaimer: I recently attended Storage Field Day 6.  My flights, accommodation and other expenses were paid for by Tech Field Day and their sponsors. There is no requirement for me to blog about any of the content presented and I am not compensated in any way for my time at the event.  Some materials presented were discussed under NDA and don’t form part of my blog posts, but could influence future discussions.

For each of the presentations I attended at SFD6, there are a few things I want to include in the post. Firstly, you can see video footage of the Coho Data presentation here. You can also download my raw notes from the presentation here. Finally, here’s a link to the Coho Data website as well as their blog that covers some of what they presented.

Firstly, while there were no “winners” at SFD6, I’d like to give Coho Data a special shout-out for thinking of giving the delegates customised LEGO minifigs. Here’s a picture of mine. If you’ve ever met me in real life you’ll know that that’s pretty much what I look like, except I don’t cruise around holding a fish.

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Secondly, the Coho Data session, delivered by Coho Data’s CTO Andrew Warfield, was an exceptionally technical deep dive and is probably best summarised thusly: go and watch the video again. And probably again after that. In the meantime, here’s a few of my notes on what they do.

Coho Data offers a software stack that qualifies and ships on commodity hardware. It is ostensibly a NFS V3 server for VMware. If you look at the architecture diagram below, the bottom half effectively virtualises flash.

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Coho Data is about to ship v2.0, which adds remote asynchronous site to site replication (read about that here) and some API additions. Andrew also covered off some analytics and looked at Coho Data’s implementation thereof. You can check out a video that covers roughly the same topic here.

Andrew is a super-smart dude and I simply cannot do justice to his presentation by blabbering on here. Go check out the videos, they’re well worth it.

 

Storage Field Day 6 – (Fairly) Full Disclosure

Disclaimer: I recently attended Storage Field Day 6.  My flights, accommodation and other expenses were paid for by Tech Field Day and their sponsors. There is no requirement for me to blog about any of the content presented and I am not compensated in any way for my time at the event.  Some materials presented were discussed under NDA and don’t form part of my blog posts, but could influence future discussions.

My full disclosure post will be nowhere near as epic as Justin’s, although he is my role model for this type of thing. Here are my notes on gifts, etc, that I received as a delegate at Storage Field Day 6. I’m going to do this in chronological order, as that was the easiest way for me to take notes during the week.

Tuesday

My wife paid for parking at BNE airport when she dropped me off. I also bought McDonalds for lunch at SYD, paid for by myself (in more ways than one). A period of time passed and I consumed plane “food”. This was included in the price of the ticket. Alcoholic beverages were not, but I stuck with water. Bless you United for keeping the economy class sober on long-haul flights.

On Tuesday night we had the Delegate dinner at Genji Steak House – a Teppanyaki restaurant in San Jose. I had the gyoza, followed by chicken and prawns with water. This was paid for by Tech Field Day. I also received 2 Manchester (City and United) beanies and 3 large blocks of Cadbury chocolate as part of the gift swap. Tom also gave me a care pack of various American snacks, including some Starbucks Iced Coffee and Nutella. I gave most of it to an American friend prior to my departure. I also had 2 Dos Equis beers in the hotel bar with everyone. This was also paid for by Tech Field Day.

Wednesday

At Avere‘s presentation on Wednesday morning I was given an Avere t-shirt. We had lunch at Bhava Communications in Emeryville (the location of the first two presentations). I had some sandwiches, a cookie, and a can of coke. At StorMagic‘s presentation I was given a 4GB USB stick with StorMagic info on it, as well as a personalised, leather-bound notebook. At Tegile‘s presentation I received a 2200ma portable USB charger thing. I also had a bottle of water.

On Wednesday night we had a delegate dinner (paid for by Tech Field Day) at an “Asian fusion” restaurant called Mosaic. I had the Triple Crown (Calamari, scallops, tiger prawns, asparagus, ginger, white wine garlic sauce). We then went to “Tech Field Day at the Movies” with delegates and friends at the Camera 12 Downtown. We watched Twelve Monkeys. I had a bottle of water from the concession stand. Tech Field Day covered entry for delegates and friends.

Thursday

Thursday morning we had breakfast at Coho Data. I had a sausage and egg roll, some greek yoghurt and an orange juice. I also received a personalised LEGO minifig, a LEGO Creator kit (31018), a foam fish hat (!) and a Coho Data sticker. At Nexenta‘s session I received a Nexenta notepad, orange Converse sneakers with Nexenta embroidered on them and a Nexenta-branded orange squishy ball. Lunch was pizza and some cheesy bread and boneless chicken and a bottle of water. At the Pure Storage session I received a Pure Storage-branded pilsener glass and a 8GB USB stick in a nice little wooden box.

For dinner on Thursday we had canapés and drinks at Cucina Venti  Italian restaurant. This was paid for by Tech Field Day, as was my entry to the Computer History Museum that night (a personal highlight).

Friday

Breakfast was had at Nimble Storage‘s office. I had bacon, eggs and juice. I also received a Nimble-branded jacket and a Raspberry Pi kit. At NEC, I received a set of NEC-branded Headphones. We had lunch at NEC’s office which consisted of Thai food.

I then made my own way to SFO with a friend.

Conclusion

I’d like to extend my thanks to the Storage Field Day organisers and the sponsors of the event. I had a great time. Since I can’t think of a good way to wrap up this post I’ll leave you with a photo.

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