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November 2017 Server StorageIO Data Infrastructure Update Newsletter

Volume 17, Issue 11 (November 2017)

Hello and welcome to the November 2017 issue of the Server StorageIO update newsletter.

Software-Defined Data Infrastructure Essentials SDDI SDDC

2017 has a few more weeks left which look to be busy with end of year, holidays and other activities. Like the rest of 2017 November saw a lot of activity in and around the industry, setting up 2018 as yet another sequel to the busiest and most exciting year ever.

This is also the time of year when predictions for the following year (e.g. 2018) start to roll out, some of which are variations from those of the past or perennial favorites (e.g. the year of flash, the year of cloud, the year of software defined, the year of <insert_your_favorite_item_here>. Look for predictions and perspectives in future posts and newsletters.

having been a busy month, let's get to the content...

In This Issue

Enjoy this edition of the Server StorageIO data infrastructure update newsletter.

Cheers GS

Data Infrastructure and IT Industry Activity Trends

Some recent Industry Activities, Trends, News and Announcements include:

On the heals of completing its acquisition of Brocade (note previously Avago (who bought LSI) also bought Broadcom and then changed its name to the more well-known entity. Broadcom also announced relocating it headquarters from Singapore to the US, along an over $100 Billion USD acquisition offer of Qualcomm (here is interesting perspective Apple might play). Broadcom has been focused more on server, storage, I/O and general networking technology, while Qualcomm on mobile including phones and related items. Note that Qualcomm has previously made a $38.5 Billion USD offer for NXP semiconductors waiting regularity approval. View recent Broadcom financial results here.

Also in November server storage I/O controller chip maker Marvell (not to be confused with entertainment provider Marvel) announced a merger with Cavium who had previously acquired Qlogic among others. The resulting combined entity to be called Marvell will have an estimated $16 Billion USD revenue stream focused on server, storage, I/O and networking technologies among others.

In other merger and acquisition activity, VMware announced acquisition of VeloCloud for software defined wide area networking (SD-WAN).

With Super Compute 2017 (SC17) in November there were several announcements including from ATTO, DDN, Enmotus and Micron, Everspin, along with many others. By the way, in case you missed it at end of October Microsoft and Cray announced a partnership to bring Super Compute capabilities to Azure clouds. Speaking of Microsoft, there was also an announcement of adding VMware running on top of Azure (granted without VMware support), similar in concept to VMware on AWS (read hare).

Also at the end of November was AWS Reinvent with many announcements (more on those in a follow-up newsletter and posts). Prior to Reinvent AWS announced several server, storage and other data infrastructure security enhancements including for S3. Highlights from AWS reinvent include Fargate (serverless aka containers at scale without managing infrastructure), Elastic Container Services for Kubernetes (EKS), Greengrass (machine learning [ML] data infrastructure), along with many others.

Fargate is for those who want to leverage serveless microservices containers without having to devote DevOps and related activity to the care and feeding of its data infrastructure. In other words, Fargate is for those who want to focus maximum effort on the business applications, vs. the business of setting up and maintaining the data infrastructure for serverless On the other hand, AWS also announced EKS for those who want or need to customize their serverless data infrastructure including around Kubernetes among others.

In other industry activity, Taiwanese based Foxconn who manufactures technology for the who's who of the industry announced progress towards their future Wisconsin based factory complex.

Over at HPE, the big news announcement is that CEO Meg Whitman is stepping down. HPE also announced new AMD powered Gen 10 Proliant services, as well as multi-cloud management solutions. HPE also announced new partnerships with DDN for HPC and SC, with Rackspace for selling private cloud services, along with Cloudian EMEA partnership among others.

OwnBackup announced a new version of their data protection software, while low-cost budget bulk storage service backblaze (B2) announced their more recent quarterly drive failure (or success) reliability reports. Meanwhile over at Quantum they released former Ceo Jon Gacek and rotated in new management.

Red Hat announced Ceph Storage 3 including CephFS (POSIX compatible file system), iSCSI gateway including support for VMware and Windows that lack native Ceph drivers, daemon deployment in Linux containers for smaller hardware footprint. Also included are enhanced monitoring, troubleshooting and diagnostics to streamline deployment and ongoing management. Red Hat also announced OpenShift version 3.7 for containers.

SANblaze announced NVMf and dual port NVMe capabilities for NVMe fabrics, while Linbit won an European grant to build out a software defined storage cloud scale out solution.

I often get asked who are the hot, new, trendy or other vendors and services to keep an eye on some of which I have mentioned in previous newsletters, as well as posts such as here and here. Moving in to 2018 some to keep an eye on (not all are new or trendy, yet they can enable you to be productive, or differentiate) include the following.

AWS, Bluemedora, Chelsio, Cloudian, CloudPassage, Compuverde, Databricks, Datadog, Datos, Enmotus, Everspin, Excelero, Fluree (Blockchain database), Google, Mellonox, Microsemi, Microsoft, Marvel and Cavium, MyWorkDrive, Red Hat, Rook, Rozo, Rubrik, Strongbox, Storone, Turbonomic, Ubuntu, Veeam, Velostrata, Virtuozo, VMware, WekaIO and others.

What the above means, is that it has been a busy month as well as year, and, the year is not over yet. There are still plenty of shopping days left both for christmas and the holidays, as well as for IT year-end spending, vendors looking to do acquisitions, or other last-minute projects. Speaking of which, drop me a note if you have any end of year, or new year projects Server StorageIO can assist you with.

Check out other industry news, comments, trends perspectives here.

Server StorageIO Commentary in the news, tips and articles

Recent Server StorageIO industry trends perspectives commentary in the news.

Via HPE Insights: Comments on Public cloud versus on-prem storage
Via DataCenterKnowledge: Data Center Standards: Where's the Value?
Via arsTechnica: Comments on cloud backup disaster recovery

View more Server, Storage and I/O trends and perspectives comments here

Server StorageIOblog Data Infrastructure Posts

Recent and popular Server StorageIOblog posts include:

In Case You Missed It #ICYMI

View other recent as well as past StorageIOblog posts here

Server StorageIO Recommended Reading (Watching and Listening) List

In addition to my own books including Software Defined Data Infrastructure Essentials (CRC Press 2017), the following are Server StorageIO data infrastructure recommended reading, watching and listening list items. The list includes various IT, Data Infrastructure and related topics. Speaking of my books, Didier Van Hoye (@WorkingHardInIt) has a good review over on his site you can view here, also check out the rest of his great content while there.

Intel Recommended Reading List (IRRL) for developers is a good resource to check out.

For those who are into Linux, container and hypervisor performance along with internals including cloud based, check out Brendan Gregg site. He has a lot of great material including some recent interesting posts ranging from dealing with workplace jerks, to whats inside AWS EC2 new KVM (switch from Xen based) hypervisors among others.

Here is a post by New York Times CIO/CTO Nick Rockwell The (Futile) Resistance to Serverless, also check out my podcast discussion with Nick here.

Over at Next Platform they have some interesting perspectives on Intel's next Exascale architecture worth spending a few minutes to read.

Watch for more items to be added to the recommended reading list book shelf soon.

Events and Activities

Recent and upcoming event activities.

Nov. 9, 2017 - Webinar - All You Need To Know about ROBO Data Protection Backup
Nov. 2, 2017 - Webinar - Modern Data Protection for Hyper-Convergence

See more webinars and activities on the Server StorageIO Events page here.

Server StorageIO Industry Resources and Links

Useful links and pages:
Data Infrastructure Recommend Reading and watching list
Microsoft TechNet - Various Microsoft related from Azure to Docker to Windows - Various industry links (over 1,000 with more to be added soon) - Cloud and object storage topics, tips and news items - Various OpenStack related items - Various presentations and other download material - Various data protection items and topics - Focus on NVMe trends and technologies - NVM and Solid State Disk topics, tips and techniques - Various CI, HCI and related SDS topics - Various server, storage and I/O benchmark and tools
VMware Technical Network - Various VMware related items

Connect and Converse With Us

Ok, nuff said, for now.


Greg Schulz - Microsoft MVP Cloud and Data Center Management, VMware vExpert 2010-2017 (vSAN and vCloud). Author of Software Defined Data Infrastructure Essentials (CRC Press), as well as Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking (CRC Press), The Green and Virtual Data Center (CRC Press), Resilient Storage Networks (Elsevier) and twitter @storageio. Courteous comments are welcome for consideration. First published on any reproduction in whole, in part, with changes to content, without source attribution under title or without permission is forbidden.

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Greg Schulz is founder of the Server and StorageIO (StorageIO) Group, an IT industry analyst and consultancy firm. Greg has worked with various server operating systems along with storage and networking software tools, hardware and services. Greg has worked as a programmer, systems administrator, disaster recovery consultant, and storage and capacity planner for various IT organizations. He has worked for various vendors before joining an industry analyst firm and later forming StorageIO.

In addition to his analyst and consulting research duties, Schulz has published over a thousand articles, tips, reports and white papers and is a sought after popular speaker at events around the world. Greg is also author of the books Resilient Storage Network (Elsevier) and The Green and Virtual Data Center (CRC). His blog is at and he can also be found on twitter @storageio.

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