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Monthly Enterprise Tech Round-up

August 18th, 2012

This episode of the podcast is our monthly review of the tech world. Future monthly reviews will also include a wider scope of data centre and enterprise tech topics.  This month we discuss -

How to innovate and keep driving technology at big tech companies (R&D vs Spin-off/Spin-in vs acquisition….) Do small MS Exchange customers care about performance or just ease of use and reliability Kaminario's recent destruction of just about all previous SPC-1 results EMC finally rev'd Networker to version 8 STECs continued poor performance

This episode is based around Ray Lucchesi's monthly Storage inteligence newletter. Thanks to Ray again for his insightful and constructive participation in the show.

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Evolution of ONTAP

August 8th, 2012

In this podcast Nigel and Rick are joined by Larry Freeman a.k.a Dr Dedupe from NetApp.

This show follows up on the recent Data ONTAP 8.1.1 Does One Size Really Fit All where we discussed some of the new features in ONTAP 8.1.1 and specifically Cluster Mode.

In this podcast the following subjects are discussed (plus more)

How NetApp makes its strategic decisions Iron out some of the outstanding questions from the last ONTAP podcast Dig deeper in to cluster mode and its relevance The future of Data Centers and Storage Larry's self published book - The Evolution of the Storage Brain

Larry also runs the Storage Brain website

Enjoy the show.

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HP Virtual Connect and Flattening the SAN

July 23rd, 2012

This weeks show sees Hans Deleenheer joins Nigel as co-host, as they quiz Alex Kramer from the HP Virtual Connect Engineering team.

This show gets under the hood with the HP Virtual Connect technology as well as discussing the recently announced Direct Connect to 3PAR configuration, which is being referred to by many as flattening the SAN.

Topics covered include -

  • Description of Virtual Connect and how it works
  • Why did HP decide to develop Virtual Connect
  • Is Virtual Connect a network switch (or network bridge if you're a networking purist)
  • Slicing and dicing NICs HBAs and CNAs
  • Who tends to manage Virtual Connect
  • Where does FCoE fit in
  • Quality (or lack of quality) of firmware
  • Pros and Cons of connecting direct from Virtual Connect to 3PAR storage arrays

Enjoy the show!

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Data ONTAP 8.1.1 Does One Size Really Fit All?

July 16th, 2012

In todays podcast Nigel is joined again by Ray Lucchesi of Silverton Consulting to review Rays monthly Storage News Letter.

The main focus of the show is NetApp's Data ONTAP 8.1.1, with a focus on what this brings for the much hyped but slow to mature Cluster Mode (c-mode).

Other topics include -


Being a blogger vs being an analyst (Ray is both)

Is Data ONTAP a dinosaur

Have NetApp taken their eye off the ball while developing Cluster Mode

Are NetApp behind the competition with regards to tiering and flash options

Data ONTAP Edge Mode

Infinite Volumes

Immortal Clusters

A quick update on SPECSFS2008 submissions

Enjoy the show.

The next show will be a deep dive in to HP Virtual Connect.

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Benchmarks Shmenchmarks

June 12th, 2012

In this show Nigel is joined by Ray Lucchesi of Silverton Consulting. Ray has spent his life in storage and is a real grey beard when it comes to storage technology.

Ray puts out a monthly newsletter covering interesting things that have happened in the world of storage, as well as a roundup of some of the latest benchmark and performance news.  In this show, Nigel and Ray discuss items from Rays newsletter, including -

Is there any point to benchmarks Which benchmarks are good and which are not so good What Ray has found interesting from the world of performance benchmarks in the last few weeks IBM XIV - is it midrange or enterprise and how does it fair in SPC-2 benchmarks Why dont we see flash array vendors submitting SPC benchmarks Why doesn't EMC submit SPC benchmarks

Once a month the Deep Dive podcast will review Rays newsletter, covering the most interesting technical news from the storage world.

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Three Flavours of English

June 6th, 2012

On this weeks show, Rick and Nigel are joined by Mark Twomey, aka Storagezilla, as they get the opinions of an EMC insider on the biggest announcements of EMC World. While Mark set's a new record for word count on the podcast, he brings quality as well as quantity, and gives honest opinions.

Major topics from the show include -

Isilon and the features contained in the Mavericks release of OneFS. Will it eat VNX's lunch VMAX Federated Tiered Storage. Is it just a copy of HDS controller based virtualisation VNX mark II and VNX mark III XtremIO and where it will sit within the EMC portfolio and the emerging flash array market

Also discussed - What it's like being a vendor at major tech events such as EMC World Films and TV shows that might appeal to techie folks

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EMC World 2012 Review

May 29th, 2012

In this weeks show Rick and Nigel discuss the recent EMC World event with industry veteran Howard Marks. The discussion covers things such as - Does EMC go overboard with marketing VMAX Federated Tiered Storage (FTS) Isilon VNX Data Domain EMC building their own servers The impact of XtremiO within EMC and the wider enterprise technology market

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Pure Storage Flash Array Gets the Deep Dive Treatment

May 16th, 2012

This Deep Dive episode of the podcast is lined up with the release of the Pure Storage FlashArray.

In this episode, Nigel and Rick put the Pure Storage FlashArray under the microscope with the aid of Stephen Foskett (Gestalt IT, TechFieldDay and organiser of the Solid State Storage Symposium) and Matt Kixmoeller (VP of Products at Pure Storage).

This is a great episode that gets under the hood of the recently announced FlashArray, as well as explaining why flash memory is revolutionizing the storage world, literally leaving legacy array architectures in the dust. If you want to know why flash is changing all the rules and may be want to impress the girls with your knowledge of how inline deduplication really does work with flash then you need to listen!

Some of the topics discussed include -

  • How inline deduplication is possible because of flash memory
  • How flash memory changes most of the accepted rules of storage array design
  • Scale out architectures vs dual controller architectures
  • Why consumer grade MLC and TLC flash will win
  • Differences between Tier 0 and Tier 1 markets
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The Return of the Farley

April 2nd, 2012

This weeks show sees the return of Marc Farley.

Marc returns as a guest to the show he co-founded.

Marc talks about -

His addiction to start-ups How he got in to tech and not rock music How much he loves the storage industry What he's doing at storsimple How they hook in to the cloud What storsimple are all about What life was like at HP, 3PAR and Equaligoc What motivates startups

Enjoy the show

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Chillin with Barry Whyte from IBM

March 13th, 2012

This weeks show is a cracker.

In the show, Nigel and Rick chill out on the luxurious couches at Infosmack towers with technology legend Barry Whyte (IBM) and talk all things technology. It’s a really laid back show with the guys just picking Barry’s brains.

Some topics o converstaion include -

  • What got the guys in to technology Classical computers such as - Commodore 64 Commodore VIC-20 Sinclair ZX Spectrum BBC Micro Is it really all that cool working in high tech What are cool technologies of the future going to be What its like working at IBM

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