In my briefing with Emulex, during the last Powering the cloud event, was with Shaun Walsh, SVP Marketing & Corporate Development, Emulex.
Was an interesting extension of the previous meeting with SNIA and FCIA to see how Emulex is approaching the FC storage world. To be honest they are working also hard in the Ethernet and traditional network world, but the core remain the FC world.
Emulex does not require too much introdution: the Company’s I/O connectivity offerings, including its line of ultra high-performance Ethernet and Fibre Channel-based connectivity products, have been designed into server and storage solutions from leading OEMs, including Cisco, Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, Huawei, IBM, NetApp and Oracle, and can be found in the data centers of nearly all of the Fortune 1000.
In my briefing with SNIA Europe, during the last Powering the cloud event, was with Bob Plumridge, SNIA Europe Chairman of the Board and Mark Jones Director Technical Marketing of Emulex but present as Vice Chairman of FCIA (Fibre Channel Industry Association).
SNIA (Storage Networking Industry Association) Europe advances the interests of the storage industry by driving the evolution and adoption of storage technologies and standards, educating the market and influencing relevant EU and national polices. As a Regional Affiliate of SNIA Worldwide, they represent storage product and solutions manufacturers and the channel community across EMEA.
For example, the SMI-S (Storage Management Initiative Specifications) standard, described in the post about the System Center storage integration, was defined by SNIA in the end of 2003.
In my briefing with Tarmin, during the last Powering the cloud event, was with Joseph Lynn, Director of Marketing at Tarmin.
Tarmin is an agile and innovative startup delivering key advanced technologies in big data and information management, leveraging the promise of cloud computing to create a new storage paradigm. They are focusing on providing active archive, Content Addressable Storage (CAS), Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) and intelligent storage software optimised for secondary storage environment.
In my briefing with APTARE, during the last Powering the cloud event, was with Nigel Houghton, Regional Sales Manager at APTARE. I’ve met him also last year during the past event so was the opportunity know what has changed in the last months.
APTARE is the leading independent provider of enterprise data center optimization software that helps companies maximize their storage environment, reduce TCO (total cost of ownership) and ensure that their critical data is protected.
The company has a long history because was founded in 1993 by a team of enlightened computer software engineers that focused on designing and delivering transactional database systems that were massively scalable in two dimensions: capacity and performance.
In my briefing with Virtual Instruments, during the last Powering the cloud event, was with Skip Bacon Chief Technology Officer and Chris James Director EMEA Marketing. I’ve met both also last year during the past event so was the opportunity know what has changed in the last months.
Virtual Instruments is a company focused in Infrastructure Performance Management (IPM) for physical, virtual, and cloud computing environments. The VirtualWisdom platform provides end-to-end visibility into real-time performance, health and utilization metrics from the entire systems stack. Virtual Instruments drives improved performance and availability while lowering the total cost of the infrastructure supporting mission-critical applications.
In my briefing with Spectra Logic, during the last Powering the cloud event, was with Steve Mackey, Vice President International at Spectra Logic. I’ve met him also last year during the past event so was the opportunity know what has changed in the last months.
Compared to other storage companies met during this event, this is one with a long history (over 30 years of experience in storage) and it well known in the US, but honestly not the same in EMEA (or at least not in Italy) and, in fact, one of their mission is increase the market share in EMEA.
The company design and deliver innovative data protection through tape and disk-based backup, recovery and archive storage solutions.
In my briefing with Actifio, during the last Powering the cloud event, was with Andrew Gilman (Senior Director of Global Marketing) and Ann Karolin Thueland (Director Marketing EMEA).
The company is a so-called storage “start-up”, but it already has its own story (it was founded by Ash Ashutosh in July 2009) and by the way was born in Massachusetts, rather than the “usual” Silicon Valley. Furthermore, compared to many other start-up that are building solutions similar to each other (at least from a conceptual point of view), here the founders have addressed a specific needs and tried to propose a solution to satisfy it.
Finally the new Horizon View is now available for the download. It’s the version compatible with vSphere 5.5.
To use View Storage Accelerator in a vSphere 5.5 or later environment, a desktop virtual machine must be 512GB or smaller. View Storage Accelerator is disabled on virtual machines that are larger than 512GB. Virtual machine size is defined by the total VMDK capacity. For example, one VMDK file might be 512GB or a set of VMDK files might total 512GB. This requirement also applies to virtual machines that were created in an earlier vSphere release and upgraded to vSphere 5.5.
So also this event is gone. This was my second year at this kind of event and I think that was really useful and interesting, especially for the good meetings that I’ve got during those two days. Some considerations are already available in my report of the first and the second day.
But I will also post more about each vendor meeting on the next days. This is a complete list: