Media Mentions
Change is good, but only in measured doses and for well-defined goals. At least, in the world of enterprise storage arrays where the latest is rarely the greatest, according to Randy Arseneau (pictured, left), chief marketing officer of Infinidat Inc. “We never shy away from the concept of general purpose storage. That became very unfashionable about five or six years ago when everything had to be hyperspecialized and fit for purpose,” Arseneau said. However, the benefit of being general is limitless flexibility; this is indispensable for large businesses with a huge variety of workloads, he explained.
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Moshe Yanai has been re-thinking the box for more than 40 years, inventing new configurations of the large containers in which we keep the data generated by our constantly expanding digital lives. Data is eating the world and Yanai has been staying on top of its exponential growth by applying smart algorithms (what is now popularly called “artificial intelligence”) to cost-effectively store and manage data. First at Siemens-Nixdorf, then at EMC, he went against IBM, the dominant data storage player at the time, and won. Then Yanai re-configured storage twice again, with XIV which he sold to IBM in 2007, and now as founder and CEO of Infinidat, a startup valued at $1.2 billion (in 2015) which grew 144% last year.
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A major selling point of innovative cloud infrastructure is limitless scalability. Ironically, once an organization hits mega scale, economics could send them hurtling back from advanced all-flash storage to more old-school methods. “The all-flash array movement is great for certain workloads,” said Erik Kaulberg (pictured, right), senior director of cloud solutions at Infinidat Inc. However, companies should think carefully about whether their workloads belong to that category before they invest, he added. “For 80 to 90 percent of common data center environments, it’s just a way to make storage expensive again,” Kaulberg stated.
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Cirrus Data Solutions Inc. (CDS), a leader in SAN data migration and data management technology, and Infinidat Ltd, a provider of enterprise storage solutions, announced a strategic technology alliance. The partnership provides customers with a complete storage solution and data migration and management platform. By combining the Cirrus patented CDS Data Migration Server (DMS) Version 4 with Infinidat’s patented storage architecture, the InfiniBox, customers can rapidly and securely migrate their data to the InfiniBox with zero downtime until final cutover.
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There have been regular announcements of Infinidat’s progress – in March 2017, November 2016, August 2016, May 2016, February 2016, November 2015 and July 2015 – all claiming double-digit and sometimes triple-digit year-over-year growth. The starting revenues must have been small, in the low millions perhaps, but must now be heading towards $100m a quarter, with annual revenues probably having exceeded $250m and with $500m in sight. Infinidat is becoming a storage array force to be reckoned with. How long will it be before other high-end array providers Dell, HDS and HPE and, maybe, NetApp cast covetous eyes over Yanai’s latest storage project?
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Infinidat has sold two InifiniBox arrays to UK-based hybrid cloud service provider Pulsant. Pulsant offers a cloud storage service, and the InfiniBox arrays will be used for this as well as for its Enterprise Cloud platform, a VMware-based multi-tenant infrastructure offering housing several hundred customers.
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Scotland-based cloud and managed services provider Brightsolid has dumped EMC and NetApp arrays for more than 1PB of Infinidat triple controller dense storage, and said doing so has helped its customer Aberdeen council save £250,000 on storage costs. CEO Richard Higgs said the move from existing EMC and NetApp arrays was prompted by a big council tender process.
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Data Economy is proud to run for the first time ‘The EMEA 50’ as part of our first magazine issue exclusively launched at Datacloud Europe in Monaco. “The EMEA 50” showcases the 50 people who are leading data centre, cloud an data through charting new innovations or technological breakthroughs, sheer business acumen, or exceptional entrepreneurial skillsets. Here’s the 50 people leading the industry in EMEA today, including INFINIDAT CEO and Founder, Moshe Yanai.
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Based on our methodologies, we establish a list of 8 storage companies: Actifio, Datto, DDN Storage, Dropbox, Infinidat, Kaminario, Rubrik and Veritas. From CB Insights list, we add three new companies – DDN Storage, Kaminario and Veritas – for a total of 203. It means that only 4% are storage related, a really small percentage and a bit surprising as storage is a hot topic and again a huge market. Two (25%) companies have Israel roots and six are Americans (75%) but none of them come from Europe and AsiaPac.
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StorageMojo has observed, many times, that great marketing of a mediocre product beats mediocre marketing of a great product all the time. Thus it is always of interest when someone comes up with an innovative marketing wrinkle. That’s what Infinidat has done with their Faster than all flash challenge. Their claim is that their system will outperform any all flash array (generally available prior to 1-1-2017) or they donate $10,000 to the charity of your choice.
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