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

 

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

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.

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 INFINIDAT presentation here. You can also download my raw notes from the presentation here. Finally, here’s a link to the INFINIDAT website that covers some of what they presented.

 

If you’ve been around the traps, you’ve likely heard of Moshe Yanai. He had an awful lot to do with EMC’s Symmetrix for an awfully long time, and went on to fund and lead XIV, which was sold to IBM. He knows a lot about storage, particularly at the big end of town, and he’s back for another crack.

INFINIDAT states that their “modest goal [is to] store humanity’s knowledge, forever”. These are some pretty lofty ambitions, to be sure. Someone at the presentation referred to this as “Moshe v3.0”. I thought that was a nice idea, but wondered what it really meant in light of what I knew about Symm and XIV.

 

Infinibox Architecture

INFINIDAT have stated that their design principles are as follows:

  • provide the right infrastructure for the current and future data explosion;
  • add onboard capabilities to leverage and optimise the use of data;
  • provide superior mechanisms for data protection;
  • overthrow existing paradigms of storage-application integration; and
  • support unlimited use cases by eliminating cost constraints.

Great. So that all seems like a reasonable list of goals, and if you’re going to have a shot, why not go big?

 

INFINIDAT uses commodity hardware to power its offering, with Dell PowerEdge R730s being the choice of platform here. The architecture employs the following key specs:

  • Triple-redundant power (N+2 redundant on everything) and data path
  • Three active-active-active nodes (Linux servers clustered together with InfiniBand point-to-point connections)
  • 24 x 8Gbps FC ports
  • 6/12 x 10 Gbps Ethernet ports
  • Up to 3.2TB RAM
  • Up to 48TB SSD
  • Up to 480 disk drives
  • Support 3, 4 and 6TB NL-SAS drives

Also noteworthy is that the disk enclosures are connected to DC power, not the internal system UPS. There are eight disk enclosures. These have two PSUs, two I/O modules (SAS expander) and house 60 top-loading drives. You can have up to 480 6TB drives deployed with one of these things. This seems like a lot of spinning disks. In addition to this, every node can see every disk.

INFINIDAT_Connectivity

Not only is there a lot of available performance in these systems, they’ve also given some thought to the type of resiliency you’d expect to see in a high-end storage array. You can read more about INFINIDAT’s storage architecture here (registration required).

 

Closing Thoughts and Further Reading

While every man and their dog is working for a storage startup that’s based on an architecture that provides massive scale-out, cloud-optimized, analytic-laden, cheap-as-chips storage services for the masses, INFINIDAT have taken a different approach entirely, and really gone for the high-end of town. Given Moshe’s background, it’s really no surprise that this is the sort of product they’ve come out with. Nonetheless, it will be interesting to see how they compete in the VMAX and XIV space, and whether the approach will pay off. El Reg has a pretty decent write-up on them here that I recommend checking out as well. Stephen also has a post here that is worth your time.

If you’re in the market for a new approach to big-iron storage, INFINIDAT might be just the ticket and would be worth looking into. I’m really looking forward to seeing how they go over the next 12 – 18 months.

 

 

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.

SW_BAG

 

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.