Consolidation Temptation- MONEY MONEY MONEY

23 Oct 2015, Posted by Jeska Rayboy in Blog

What an exciting time to be in the Storage and Data Center Infrastructure market!!! It is so competitive with new technologies popping up everyday that companies are rampantly partnering up for better future strategic positioning. If you thought that Symantec selling Veritas for 8 Billon (Click here for article) was a big deal, that looks like small potatoes compared to Michael Dell’s purchase of EMC. Who saw that 67 Billion dollar acquisition coming? (Click here for article ).  Dell and EMC are both hugely successful companies in their own right, and the combined firm will be a major force to be reckoned with.  It will be very interesting to hear about how things develop with this mega-merger. As we receive additional feedback from people in the marketplace, we will post future updates.dell emc 2

The Dell/EMC acquisition isn’t the only one that has happened in the past month, just the most expensive… Perhaps everyone is getting ready to crush it in 2016. IBM just bought Cleversafe (Click here for article).Western Digital bought SanDisk  for 19 Billion (Click here for article). Thales Group bought Vormetric  for 400 Million (Click here for article).

Who do you think will be the next corporate marriage????!!!!!

Should These Emerging Storage Startups Be On Your Radar?

11 Sep 2015, Posted by Jeska Rayboy in Blog

Traditionally, data storage has been all about capacity — how many terabytes, petabytes, even exabytes, can I squeeze into that system? But, today, speed and performance have become as important as capacity, if not more so, and that’s led to booming sales of flash storage and hyper-converged systems.emerging technology company

And that’s why the storage technology arena has recently been one of the most active segments of the IT industry. Some like Pure Storage have been around for a while and attracted a lot of attention — and a lot of venture funding. Others are just getting out of the starter’s block.

Here’s a look at 10 emerging vendors in the storage arena that you should be aware of:


Santa Clara, Calif.

Top Executive: CEO Mohit Aron

Storage startup Cohesity exited stealth mode in June with $70 million in venture financing and unveiled the availability of its first data storage system.

That system, the Cohesity Data Platform, is an infinitely scalable converged platform that provides a full range of integrated data-protection services, including storage of backup and archival data, and cloud connectivity. Data can be easily cloned for test and development. It also includes an integrated data analytics software application and allows integration with customers’ choice of application.



Nashua, N.H.

Top Executive: CEO Paula Long

After several years of development, DataGravity exited stealth in 2014 with its “data-aware” Discovery Series storage systems that help IT managers and line-of-business users store, protect, search and govern their data. At the core of the system is the DataGravity Engine that analyzes data as it’s ingested.

The company sells exclusively through the channel and recruits solution providers to its DataGravity Partner Network.



Santa Clara, Calif.

Top Executive: CEO Avinash Lakshman

Hedvig exited stealth mode in March with the introduction of a software-defined storage system the company said not only breaks the tie between storage software and hardware but also provides the widest range of storage services.

The Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform, based on software-defined storage technology, provides a level of abstraction that lets compute platforms consume storage regardless of whether it is file, block or object storage. It provides a wide range of services, including replication, disaster recovery, compression and de-duplication.

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Infinidat Raises $150 Million, $1.2 Billion Valuation

21 Jul 2015, Posted by Jeska Rayboy in Blog

To say Moshe Yanai is an influential figure in the storage industry would be an understatement. Having led the development of EMC’s flagship Symmetrix platform and founded several startups, he also has over 40 patents to his name in the US. His latest venture Infinidat is one of the most valued privately held companies in the world, and Yanai has stated his vision for this company is an IPO. It looks like he is headed in the right direction.golden egg


Infinidat Inc., a secretive young data storage company, has burst into public view with $150 million in new funding and a valuation of $1.2 billion, placing it among the most valuable privately held companies in the world.

The round was led by TPG Growth and takes total funding to $230 million, which may be enough to take Infinidat to an initial public offering, according to head of marketing Gareth Taube.

Founder and Chief Executive Moshe Yanai “has started and sold a number of companies, but his mantra for this one is to take it public,” Mr. Taube said. Read Full Story

What Is New With Oracle’s Storage Business?

05 Feb 2015, Posted by Jeska Rayboy in Blog


Oracle’s new generation of Exadata will be able to compete on price and still have the same high-end quality that their customers are used to. They have decided to take EMC/Cisco’s idea and emulate it with a competing product that Ellison believes will be superior to what is currently available in the market. oracle comic

Larry Ellison took the stage in the conference center of his company’s headquarters Jan. 21 to unveil Oracle’s X5 line of converged systems to staff, partners and customers.

Clearly comfortable in his new role as CTO, Ellison’s passion for engineering was evident as he talked about the technical capabilities of the Virtual Compute Appliance, Exadata Database Machine and other upcoming Oracle products.

While he may have been wearing his engineer cap, Ellison was still ever the salesman, ever the combatant. With typical bravado, Oracle’s founder threw down the gauntlet to Cisco and EMC, proclaiming he was ready to take them on in their own game of selling low-priced servers to power modern data centers.

Here’s Ellison in his own words.

Gen 5

We’re here to introduce the fifth generation of our engineered systems. Again, the idea is taking the hardware and software and during the engineering phase actually designing them to work together. We do the integration so you don’t have to. But more than that we locate functions at the right place in the stack. If it’s a storage function, we locate it closer to the storage. If it’s a compute function, it’s close to the compute service, and there’s security through all layers, through the storage, through the networking and through compute.

This is our fifth generation of engineered systems called X5.

Data Center Trends

The biggest data center trends are these two-socket Intel servers which have a very, very low purchase price. People are building the core of their data center around these two-socket Intel servers. And almost always running Linux.

So it’s a lot of two-socket servers, pretty much the cheapest servers you can buy, running an open-source operating system and people are building that as the core of their data center, and it’s very attractive because it has a low purchase price.

You can make the argument, we make the argument, that these do-it-yourself data centers are expensive. You do the integration rather than we do the integration.  Read Full Article.

2015 Storage Forecasts by Industry CEO’s

18 Dec 2014, Posted by Jeska Rayboy in Blog

Here are a few storage predictions for 2015. It will be interesting and exciting to see how this new year unfolds!!

Information Age takes a forward-facing look at the coming year and asks industry experts what they think is just around the corner for the storage world in 2015.see the future

Flexibility will be the biggest issue facing storage in the coming year – Sean Horne, CTO and senior director of enterprise and mid-range storage, EMC:

The biggest questions that IT decision makers will be making over the coming year will be: how do I deploy a platform that can deal with abrupt changes in the business landscape? Be that in scaling to large demands in storage, or delivering performance for next generation workloads? How do we deliver this flexibility at an affordable cost, without pushing the organization to take uncomfortable risks? And indeed, with the responsiveness required?

Organizations both scale up and scale out, and therefore, whilst storage needs to move with this change, it will be important to not let this disrupt the whole IT ecosystem. This will result in an increase in investments in developing hybrid cloud to give organizations the flexibility to direct workloads where they need to go, as they are needed.


Security and compliance will continue to dictate decisions around companies’ hybrid cloud setups – Sean Horne, CTO and senior director of enterprise and mid-range storage, EMC:

In my opinion, there are four types of control over organizational data that are needed: privacy, trust, compliance and security. For example, data centers have huge compliance requirements they need to adhere to, but the privacy of data, how it is stored and who has access to be, can be argued, is an emotional and subjective decision, between the company and its customers.

Understandably, many businesses are not comfortable with their private data sitting in a public cloud, so a degree of flexibility is needed to allow businesses to capitalize on the economies of public cloud without incurring undue risk.

Policy-based lifecycle management will be the answer to spiralling storage growth – Radek Dymacz, Head of R&D, Databarracks:

The key to reducing backup costs is good management and not applying blanket policies to all data. It’s about having the right retention and archive policies in place for the right data.

I think too many organisations struggle with data management because they regard ‘deletion’ as a scary word. No one really takes responsibility for corporate data or even knows who the ultimate owner is, so deletion is regarded as someone else’s job. As software becomes more integrated, we’ll have real-time, 360o visibility – storage decisions will be based on evidence and so ‘deletion anxiety’ will be less of an issue.


WAN optimisation will be the key to ensuring optimal data delivery – Everett Dolgner, director of replication product management, Silver Peak:

All the bandwidth in the world will not matter if packets are being dropped or delivered out of order due to congestion, as is often the case in MPLS and Internet connections.

To overcome these challenges and ensure optimal data delivery, organizations must establish a fully equipped network that will cope with the increased flow of traffic cloud storage initiatives bring. Failing to do so will result in an environment plagued by issues that will only lead to performance and business benefits being compromised.

Optimising the WAN can reduce over 90 percent of the traffic across the network and is key in providing the scalability needed to support all current and emerging applications.


We will see an accelerated move to software-defined storage Nigel Edwards Vice President, EMEA Sales and channel marketing HGST

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What Happens Now? Hitachi Data Systems Acquires Sepaton

21 Aug 2014, Posted by Jeska Rayboy in Blog

More consolidation happening in the storage industry, as Hitachi Data Systems acquires Sepaton. George Crump, an IT analyst whose firm focuses on data storage and virtualization, wrote an interesting article outlining why he believes this is a win-win for both sides:

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) announced they had acquired Massachusetts-based Sepaton, an established manufacturer of purpose built backup appliances (PBBAs) that use advanced de-duplication to shorten backup times and minimize backup appliance “sprawl”. The company will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi Data Systems, which is a division of Hitachi Ltd, of Japan.

Who is Sepaton?aquire

Founded in 2001, Sepaton was one of the early entrants into the disk-based, de-duplication backup market and originally focused on replacing tape-based backup systems (Sepaton’s name is actually “No Tapes” spelled backwards). But as disk backup and de-deduplication became more mainstream, Sepaton rightly shifted their focus to the advantages of their data reduction technology, building a base of some 3000 customers.

Leveraging their ‘DeltaScale’ technology, Sepaton’s PBBAs deliver some of the fastest backup and recovery performance on the market (up to 80TB per hour) in a modular, scalable, architecture. Using byte-level de-duplication Sepaton’s systems provide some of the highest, most consistent data reduction ratios regardless of data type, enabling multiple-PB, single-system capacities.

 Did Sepaton need to do this?

Sepaton participates in the fiercely competitive purpose-built backup appliance market. They have had the advantage of focusing on enterprise-level customers with a highly scalable, high performance feature set that typically appeals to that market. Their challenge, similar to any startup or small company selling to the enterprise, is building the credibility to effectively compete. While they may have had a product that some considered better suited to the enterprise, they were at a distinct disadvantage when going up against the likes of EMC.

They also faced the reality that many of their partners eventually became competitors. For example, HP was an early advocate and OEM of Sepaton’s, but now competes directly with their StoreOnce technology. The advantage of being part of HDS is that Sepaton gets instant credibility in the market and access to HDS’s resources, channel and sales organization.

Why did HDS do this?

For their part, HDS had no serious offering in the disk backup appliance market while most of their competitors did; including HP, IBM, EMC, Dell and even Oracle. HDS does have an enterprise sales organization and providing them with a quality disk backup appliance that is differentiated from their competition should be an immediate benefit. And Sepaton does create some synergies with HDS’s existing product line. HDS has also been providing the hardware platform for Sepaton’s S2100, with their AMS2100 SAS RAID-6 based storage system.