Random Short Take #28

New year, same old format for news bites. This is #28 – the McKinnie Edition. I always thought Alfonzo looked a bit like that cop in The Deuce. Okay – it’s clear that some of these numbers are going to be hard to work with, but I’ll keep it going for a little while longer (the 30s are where you find a lot of the great players).

  • In what seems like pretty big news, Veeam has been acquired by Insight Partners. You can read the press release here, and Anton Gostev shares his views on it here.
  • This one looks like a bit of a science project, but I find myself oddly intrigued by it. You can read the official announcement here. Pre-orders are open now, and I’ll report back some time in March or April when / if the box turns up.
  • I loved this article from Chin-Fah on ransomware and NAS environments. I’m looking forward to catching up with Chin-Fah next week (along with all of the other delegates) at Storage Field Day 19. Tune in here if you want to see us on camera.
  • Speaking of ransomware, this article from Joey D’Antoni provided some great insights into the problem and what we can do about it.
  • A lot of my friends overseas are asking about the bush fires in Australia. There’s a lot in the media about it, and this article about the impact on infrastructure from Preston made for some thought-provoking reading.
  • I still use Plex heavily, and spend a lot of time moving things from optical discs to my NAS. This article covers a lot of the process I use too. I’ve started using tinyMediaManager as well – it’s pretty neat.
  • All the kids (and vendor executives) are talking about Kubernetes. It’s almost like we’re talking about public cloud or big data. Inspired in part by what he saw at Cloud Field Day 6, Keith weighs in on the subject here and I recommend you take the time to read (and understand) what he’s saying.
  • I enjoy reading Justin’s disclosure posts, even when he throws shade on my state (“Queensland is Australia’s Florida”). Not that he’s wrong, mind you.

Datera Announces Integration With Google’s Kubernetes

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It’s the season for interesting announcements in the storage world. I don’t post about everything I get briefed on, but I do like to put up information on things I think are pretty cool. I first came across Datera at Storage Field Day 10. You can read my write-up on them here. I’m a fan of what they’re doing, and their platform is developing at quite a pace. So I was pleased to get a message from their CEO Marc Fleischmann wanting to tell me about a new integration they’ve developed for Google’s Kubernetes. Rather than go into it here, I thought it simpler to link to their press release and an article on the Datera blog.

According to Datera, this integration gives Kubernetes some additional grunt, including the ability to automatically:

  • Tailor runtime storage capabilities for each stateful application;
  • Scale applications; and
  • Isolate and protect them with dedicated storage segments.

I think it’s worth checking out the excellent demo video which covers a lot of the capability. If you’re looking to add some scalable, persistent storage to your Kubernetes deployment, Datera might be just what you need.