Infinidat - Enterprise Data & Cloud Storage Solutions https://www.infinidat.com/rss.xml en SMB Revealed https://www.infinidat.com/blog/infinidat_reveals_smb_for_infinibox <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">SMB Revealed</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/blog-images/BlogImages-1-SMB%20Revealed.jpg?itok=crhmmJaT" width="330" height="330" alt="SMB Revealed" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-medium img-fluid" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Eric Klinefelter</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 02/26/2019 - 10:48am</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-blog-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>SMB is here! So what is it <em>really</em>?</p> <p>For some of the lucky ones, SMB is the Seven Mile Beach on the Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands. For the rest of us working in IT, it is Server Message Block, a protocol widely used for sharing files, printers, etc. – mostly in the Windows OS environment.</p> <p>SMB protocol is not new. Its history starts in the mid-80s when it first appeared as “IBM PC Network SMB Protocol”. Microsoft adopted it in its LAN Manager product and has continued to drive the development of the protocol ever since. Although the first version of SMB, SMB 1.0, has been discontinued for years (see <a href="https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/filecab/2016/09/16/stop-using-smb1/">one of Ned Pyle’s great blog posts</a>), modern versions are still extremely popular and widely used.</p> <p>Many of our customers like the InfiniBox unified storage capabilities – simultaneously supporting FC, iSCSI and NFSv3 within the same system. But what about SMB support? </p> <p>Many customers address the need for SMB by deploying physical or virtual Windows servers in front of InfiniBox block storage, essentially creating their own SMB solutions. They benefit from the full Windows Server functionality, but also have to deal with the day-to-day operation and maintenance of these dedicated file servers. They would be glad to keep the functionality but get rid of all the extra management burden.</p> <p>We certainly hear our customers requests and work hard to address their requirements. But first, we have to understand what customers really mean when they ask about SMB support. Do they need integration with Active Directory? Support for multiple AD domains? Perhaps they need access-based enumeration? Previous versions? Replication?</p> <p>All of these features and plenty of others are not exactly part of the SMB file access protocol – but most of the customers assume the availability of this functionality when they’re talking about their Windows file shares. We clearly see that the real demand is not for a real Windows file sharing experience, not just the SMB protocol.</p> <p>Wait no more!</p> <p>The new 4.0.40 software release and SMB Node for the InfiniBox F4000 offers the SMB protocol up to version 3.1.1 with many additional features – multiple tenants, previous versions support, full integration with InfiniBox UI, etc. As always with INFINIDAT, it will be fully supported and monitored by our global support team.</p> <p><img alt="Screenshot" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="dc09fdb1-a994-4e15-baa4-5f79cc7ee73f" src="https://www.infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/screenshot.png" /></p> <p>Screenshot of SMB file system management with the InfiniBox GUI</p> <p>InfiniBox is a unified storage system. Customers looking for a file sharing solution for home directories or departmental file shares can use InfiniBox SMB file systems, while Hyper-V or MS SQL environments can be deployed using InfiniBox FC and/or iSCSI volumes.</p> <p>As the Product Manager responsible for delivering this new capability, I’m thrilled to see initial feedback from our customers and I expect plenty of constructive feedback as we continue the roll-out of this new InfiniBox functionality.</p> <p>In my future posts I’ll share more details about deployment and use cases for our newest protocol family member. Stay tuned, and happy file sharing!</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <article data-history-node-id="15" role="article" about="/node/15" class="node node--type-person node--view-mode-full"> <h2> <a href="/node/15" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Gregory Touretsky</span> </a> </h2> <div class="node__content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-person-bio field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Gregory Touretsky (@gregnsk) is a Senior Director, Product Management at INFINIDAT. He drives the company’s roadmap around NAS, cloud and containers topics. Before that Gregory was a Solutions Architect with Intel, focused on distributed computing and storage solutions, data sharing and the cloud. He has over twenty years of practical experience with distributed computing and storage. Gregory has an M.S. in Computer Science from Novosibirsk State Technical University and an MBA from Tel-Aviv University.</p> </div> </div> </article> </div> Tue, 26 Feb 2019 15:48:16 +0000 Eric Klinefelter 14 at https://www.infinidat.com Fun with Neutrix Cloud – Spawning Multiple DB Instances Using Snapshots https://www.infinidat.com/blog/fun-with-neutrix-cloud-spawning-multiple-db-instances-using-snapshots <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Fun with Neutrix Cloud – Spawning Multiple DB Instances Using Snapshots</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/blog-images/BlogImages-2-NeutrixCloud%20Spawning%20Multiple.jpg?itok=BQ6ybVQA" width="330" height="330" alt="Fun with Neutrix Cloud – Spawning Multiple DB Instances Using Snapshots" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-medium img-fluid" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Eric Klinefelter</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 11/21/2018 - 1:01pm</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-blog-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>I like learning from our customers about the various ways they’re using our products, especially when it comes to Neutrix Cloud. I’ve recently written about how Neutrix Cloud can be used for <a href="https://www.infinidat.com/blog/fun-with-neutrix-cloud-from-rendering-to-devtest-to-spark-tasks/">rendering a movie in a multilcloud environment</a>, as well as <a href="https://www.infinidat.com/blog/running-spark-tasks-on-amazon-elastic-mapreduce-with-neutrix-cloud/">how it can work with AWS Elastic Map Reduce</a>. In this post, I’ll cover a dev&amp;test scenario, in particular as it applies to a database environment.</p> <p>Let’s assume you are running a large scale database in a public cloud or in your datacenter, consuming terabytes of block storage. This could be Oracle, MS SQL, or mySQL. You want to spawn a copy or two of the production environment as a pre-production testing environment. How long would it take you to create several copies of this data using a native, public cloud storage solution? How much would it cost you?</p> <p>Now let’s assume a database is still running in a public cloud, but the data is stored on Neutrix iSCSI volumes.</p> <p><img alt="Neutrix Cloud" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="404c2e4a-1e31-4ce7-b964-c9262ad58d12" src="https://www.infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/Neutrix_Cloud_1.png" class="align-center" /></p> <p>First, you’ll have to take snapshots of your production environment. This is as simple in the cloud as it is in your on-premises environment:</p> <p>snap create --uuid LUNid</p> <p>These snapshots are created instantly, have no performance impact on your production, but even more important – when initially created, and until you change any data, they’re totally free. They don’t cost you anything.</p> <p><img alt="Neutrix Cloud" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="26ac66df-26d6-454a-a092-57521b82406d" src="https://www.infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/Neutrix_Cloud_2.png" class="align-center" /></p> <p>These snapshots can be made writeable and become instant copies of the original LUNs. The best part – you’re only paying for the changes made on these snapshots:</p> <p>snap modify --uuid Snapid --writable true</p> <p>These snapshots can now be accessed from a separate set of DB servers, offering instant, affordable provisioning of your dev&amp;test environments. As soon as the environment is not needed anymore, it can be instantly removed.</p> <p>There many other use cases available with Neutrix Cloud storage as a key component. I’ll cover some more of them in future posts. Stay tuned, and explore Neutrix Cloud on your own. All you need to do is to contact your INFINDIAT account team.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <article data-history-node-id="15" role="article" about="/node/15" class="node node--type-person node--view-mode-full"> <h2> <a href="/node/15" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Gregory Touretsky</span> </a> </h2> <div class="node__content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-person-bio field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Gregory Touretsky (@gregnsk) is a Senior Director, Product Management at INFINIDAT. He drives the company’s roadmap around NAS, cloud and containers topics. Before that Gregory was a Solutions Architect with Intel, focused on distributed computing and storage solutions, data sharing and the cloud. He has over twenty years of practical experience with distributed computing and storage. Gregory has an M.S. in Computer Science from Novosibirsk State Technical University and an MBA from Tel-Aviv University.</p> </div> </div> </article> </div> Wed, 21 Nov 2018 18:01:25 +0000 Eric Klinefelter 17 at https://www.infinidat.com Fun with Neutrix Cloud – Running Spark Tasks on Amazon Elastic MapReduce with NFS Backend https://www.infinidat.com/blog/running-spark-tasks-on-amazon-elastic-mapreduce-with-neutrix-cloud <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Fun with Neutrix Cloud – Running Spark Tasks on Amazon Elastic MapReduce with NFS Backend</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/blog-images/BlogImages-3-NeutrixCloud%20Running%20Spark.jpg?itok=fkUhxyrT" width="330" height="330" alt="Fun with Neutrix Cloud – Running Spark Tasks on Amazon Elastic MapReduce with NFS Backend" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-medium img-fluid" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Eric Klinefelter</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 11/19/2018 - 9:01am</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-blog-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Amazon Web Services has done a great job simplifying provisioning, scaling and deprovisioning of Hadoop and Hadoop-like environments with their Elastic MapReduce (EMR) service. A fully configured cluster with all required components can be brought online via a single command (or a few mouse clicks in the console) and can be used to process the data easily. The AWS EMR provisioning process allows specifying bootstrapping actions for every new cluster instance. With this mechanism, one can easily mount a Neutrix NFS file system on every EMR cluster node.</p> <p>A typical bootstrap action for this would be:</p> <p>$ cat neutrix-emr-bootstrap.sh set –e sudo yum -y -q update sudo /usr/bin/yum -y -q install nfs-utils rpcbind sudo /bin/mkdir -p /mnt/neutrix sudo /bin/mount $NFSIP:$NFSEXPORT /mnt/neutrix</p> <p>This script has to be stored in AWS S3, so it can be easily retrieved by every EMR cluster node:</p> <p>$ aws s3 cp neutrix-emr-bootstrap.sh s3://neutrix-emr-config/ upload: ./neutrix-emr-bootstrap.sh to s3://neutrix-emr-config/neutrix-emr-bootstrap.sh</p> <p>To launch an EMR cluster, specify a path to this bootstrap action script:</p> <p><img alt="EMR Cluster" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="c9b37787-6d7c-463a-8fef-e2eb2a46fb7c" src="https://www.infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/EMR%20Cluster.png" class="align-center" /></p> <p>This command would bring up a fully-configured cluster with Hadoop, Spark, Hive and Pig environments using a shared Neutrix Cloud NFS file system providing the backend storage.</p> <p><img alt="NFS" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="d88d4c7f-9f80-4b74-ad46-335afe3aafd8" src="https://www.infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/NFS.png" class="align-center" /></p> <p>Once this is completed, a user may submit a Spark task (“step”) to the cluster, using Neutrix Cloud to store the input, output and the script itself:</p> <p>$ aws emr add-steps --cluster-id j-3HB834POEIRB --steps Type=SPARK, Name="Neutrix Spark Program", Args="[--deploy-mode,cluster,--class,FlightSample, file:///mnt/neutrix/flightdata/flight-project_2.10-1.0.jar, file:///mnt/neutrix/flightdata/output]"</p> <p>As with the <a href="https://www.infinidat.com/blog/fun-with-neutrix-cloud-from-rendering-to-devtest-to-spark-tasks/">previous example</a>, this file system could also be replicated between on-premises InfiniBox storage and Neutrix Cloud as well as shared among multiple clouds as needed to better control costs.</p> <p>This is the second of three posts covering Neutrix Cloud use cases. You can find the first post <a href="https://www.infinidat.com/blog/fun-with-neutrix-cloud-from-rendering-to-devtest-to-spark-tasks/">here</a>. In the next and final post, I’ll cover <a href="https://www.infinidat.com/blog/fun-with-neutrix-cloud-spawning-multiple-db-instances-using-snapshots/">spawning multiple DB instances using Neutrix Cloud snapshots</a>.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <article data-history-node-id="15" role="article" about="/node/15" class="node node--type-person node--view-mode-full"> <h2> <a href="/node/15" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Gregory Touretsky</span> </a> </h2> <div class="node__content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-person-bio field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Gregory Touretsky (@gregnsk) is a Senior Director, Product Management at INFINIDAT. He drives the company’s roadmap around NAS, cloud and containers topics. Before that Gregory was a Solutions Architect with Intel, focused on distributed computing and storage solutions, data sharing and the cloud. He has over twenty years of practical experience with distributed computing and storage. Gregory has an M.S. in Computer Science from Novosibirsk State Technical University and an MBA from Tel-Aviv University.</p> </div> </div> </article> </div> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 14:01:10 +0000 Eric Klinefelter 19 at https://www.infinidat.com Fun with Neutrix Cloud – From Rendering to Dev&Test to Spark Tasks https://www.infinidat.com/blog/fun-with-neutrix-cloud-from-rendering-to-devtest-to-spark-tasks <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Fun with Neutrix Cloud – From Rendering to Dev&amp;Test to Spark Tasks</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/blog-images/BlogImages-4-NeutrixCloud%20Rendering%20to%20Dev%26Test_0.jpg?itok=kKZmHDii" width="330" height="330" alt="Fun with Neutrix Cloud – From Rendering to Dev&amp;Test to Spark Tasks" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-medium img-fluid" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Eric Klinefelter</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 11/15/2018 - 9:06am</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-blog-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>I am writing this blog post while flying to Japan to meet with some of our great customers. All I see out the window is the cloud-filled horizon. These endless clouds as far as the eye can see make everything looking white and fluffy…</p> <p>There is a similar view in the IT industry as well – the endless compute clouds covering the world, and we can see a growing demand among our customers to move some or all of their IT operations to these public clouds. While they appreciate the simplicity, agility and endless capacity, they are not willing to give up the functionality and reliability they enjoy in their private data centers. This is especially true for data storage, a critical component of any infrastructure deployment, whether it happens on-premises, in the clouds, or some mixture of both.</p> <p><img alt="Clouds" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e22c4fae-f066-4c56-bad9-dfc80cb8c5db" height="145" src="https://www.infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/Clouds_1.jpg" width="109" class="align-left" />At INFINIDAT, we certainly care about data storage. We see tremendous growth in our on-premises deployed capacity, now exceeding 4 exabytes, and we are talking to customers every day about how to help them with their public cloud journey. Our solution for storage in the public cloud is Neutrix Cloud – a cloud-adjacent storage-as-a-service offering, powered by our proven InfiniBox storage.</p> <p>There are three major usage models for Neutrix:</p> <ul><li>Replicating data from on-premises environments to Neutrix Cloud, potentially as a DR target</li> <li>Consuming data over NFS and/or iSCSI interfaces from virtual machines running in one or more public clouds, as a feature-rich alternative to native cloud storage solutions</li> <li>A combination of the above – replicating data between on-premises and Neutrix, and accessing it from one or more public clouds.</li> </ul><p>Over the next few blog posts, I’d like to review a few real use cases for Neutrix Cloud. We’ll use the Neutrix Command Line Interface in the examples below, but the same operations can also be done using the Neutrix API and our new GUI, both of which will be on display and available for demonstrations at this year’s AWS re:Invent, booth #1503. Let’s start with…</p> <p>Rendering a movie</p> <p>A design company is planning to run a rendering farm on the cloud. They have limited compute capacity in the data center, with enough resources only to perform interactive work. However, rendering requires much more compute power – and it might be very expensive. The public cloud is a well-known solution for this kind of challenge.</p> <p>All major public clouds offer an option to buy excess compute capacity at a lower price, what they call “spot instances”. At scale, it makes sense to compare pricing between different public clouds and find the cheapest offering.</p> <p>However, data sharing among clouds becomes a gating factor. If your input files are stored in a Cloud A, transferring them to a Cloud B might be costly due to egress charges applied by every cloud vendor.</p> <p>Neutrix Cloud comes to the rescue.</p> <p>Let’s look at a simple example – using blender tool to render frames in the public cloud.</p> <p>The first step would be to create a blender input file. This is an interactive process, which can be done within a data center – or even on a laptop by a designer.</p> <p>Let’s assume a movie designer has an NFS file system on their on-premises InfiniBox, where the input files are stored. The InfiniBox name is MyMovieIbox and the file system name is NeutrixBlenderDemo.</p> <p><img alt="NFS" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="cb0a8cf0-a8bd-4295-a1f0-441b19668609" src="https://www.infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/NFS_0.png" class="align-center" /></p> <p>First, this file system should be replicated to Neutrix Cloud to make it accessible for the public cloud. Let’s assume the replication link has been already established between the customer’s data center and Neutrix Cloud. The next step would be to create a replica between an on-premises file system and the Neutrix environment:</p> <p><a href="mailto:awsdemo@ims">awsdemo@ims</a>-dc &gt; replica create --source MyMovieIbox --target US-EAST --dataset NeutrixBlenderDemo --sync_interval 20 --description BlenderDemo Create replica for NeutrixBlenderDemo succeeded. Target dataset ID: ds_4b4ae144ee1d4623982784c05bb30335_tgt</p> <p>While the blend file can be pretty big, the changes within it are often very small on each iteration. The very efficient InfiniBox replication mechanism will transfer only the changed blocks between the source and the target to keep them in sync.</p> <p><span>So a replica of the InfiniBox file system in Neutrix Cloud will contain all content of the source file system, including the input data – in close proximity to the public cloud regions.</span></p> <p><img alt="Replication" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="cf4eba09-0e17-4bef-8ff3-52788a55765e" src="https://www.infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/Replication.png" class="align-center" /></p> <p><span>Now, the designer may turn the Neutrix file system into a master copy and the on-premises file system into a target, reversing the replication direction:</span></p> <p><a href="mailto:awsdemo@ims">awsdemo@ims</a>-dc &gt; replica change_role --remote_system MyMovieIbox --remote_dataset NeutrixBlenderDemo Change role replica for NeutrixBlenderDemo succeeded, source is now in the cloud</p> <p> <span>The file system in Neutrix can now be accessed from any adjacent public cloud or clouds. As of today, we have direct integration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, IBM Cloud (SoftLayer), and VMware Cloud on AWS (VMC) environments. We’re willing to consider other public cloud connectivity per request.</span></p> <p>Assuming the designer has an account in each of these clouds, they can access the Neutrix file system using NFS over a dedicated low-latency, high-bandwidth connection from any of these clouds:</p> <p>sudo mkdir -p /mnt/NeutrixBlenderDemo sudo mount $PRIVATE_NFS_ENDPOINT:$PRIVATE_NFS_EXPORT /mnt/NeutrixBlenderDemo</p> <p>They can dynamically shift the rendering workload among public clouds to achieve the lowest cost based on the best spot instances’ pricing available. All their virtual machines will have concurrent read-write access to the same file system from all supported clouds.</p> <p><img alt="Neutrix Cloud" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="f076da7d-b11f-4ec8-a6d9-f5d4bdebccd7" src="https://www.infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/Neutrix%20Cloud.png" class="align-center" /></p> <p>Running a separate blender process on each of the participating virtual machines will distribute the workload and speed up the overall rendering process, while storing all generated frames on the same Neutrix NFS file system.</p> <p>blender -b /mnt/NeutrixBlenderDemo/infinidat_cube.blend -o /mnt/NeutrixBlenderDemo/${CLOUD}_`hostname`/frame_ -s $START -e $END -a</p> <p>The Neutrix file system is being replicated back to the on-premises InfiniBox, and by the time all blender processes finish, the frames will already be available back in the datacenter.</p> <p>At this stage the designer can deprovision compute resources in the cloud and reverse the replication direction once again, making the on-premises file system a source:</p> <p><a href="mailto:awsdemo@ims-dc.infinidat.com">awsdemo@ims-dc.infinidat.com</a> &gt; replica change_role --remote_system MyMovieIbox --remote_dataset NeutrixBlenderDemo Change role replica for NeutrixBlenderDemo succeeded, source is now on-premises</p> <p><img alt="Neutrix Cloud" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="21ce5577-f451-4733-85af-ea076c09b806" src="https://www.infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/All%20Clouds.png" class="align-center" /></p> <p>From here it’s possible to glue all the frames into a movie:</p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-html-5 video-embed-field-responsive-video"><video controls="" width="100%"><br /><source src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/neutrix-emr-config/InfinidatCube1024x768.mp4" type="video/mp4"></source><br /></video></div> <p><span>This is just one example of how to leverage Neutrix Cloud in a multicloud scenario. I’ll cover <a href="https://www.infinidat.com/blog/running-spark-tasks-on-amazon-elastic-mapreduce-with-neutrix-cloud/">Spark tasks on Amazon Elastic MapReduce</a> and spawning multiple database instances in the next couple of posts…</span></p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <article data-history-node-id="15" role="article" about="/node/15" class="node node--type-person node--view-mode-full"> <h2> <a href="/node/15" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Gregory Touretsky</span> </a> </h2> <div class="node__content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-person-bio field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Gregory Touretsky (@gregnsk) is a Senior Director, Product Management at INFINIDAT. He drives the company’s roadmap around NAS, cloud and containers topics. Before that Gregory was a Solutions Architect with Intel, focused on distributed computing and storage solutions, data sharing and the cloud. He has over twenty years of practical experience with distributed computing and storage. Gregory has an M.S. in Computer Science from Novosibirsk State Technical University and an MBA from Tel-Aviv University.</p> </div> </div> </article> </div> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 14:06:18 +0000 Eric Klinefelter 20 at https://www.infinidat.com Infinidat at AWS re:Invent – Time for a New Public Cloud Conversation https://www.infinidat.com/blog/neutrix-cloud-storage-aws-reinvent-2018 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Infinidat at AWS re:Invent – Time for a New Public Cloud Conversation</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/blog-images/BlogImages-5-AWS%20ReInvent.jpg?itok=RU1vYOqJ" width="330" height="330" alt="Infinidat at AWS re:Invent – Time for a New Public Cloud Conversation" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-medium img-fluid" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Eric Klinefelter</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 11/02/2018 - 9:16am</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-blog-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span>INFINIDAT delivers storage solutions for some of the largest organizations in the world, with IT teams that often manage hundreds of petabytes of data or more. Almost all of those customers are thinking about the public cloud, exploring a whole spectrum of scenarios:</span></p> <ul><li><span>Replacing second- or third-site disaster recovery and data archive environments</span></li> <li><span>Spinning up new workloads in public clouds</span></li> <li><span>Completely replacing their data center infrastructure with public cloud services</span></li> <li><span>Dangling the threat of public cloud transformation in front of their box vendors to get more competitive business models</span></li> </ul><p><span>Beyond direct IT impacts, the rise of the large-scale public cloud has also had massive impacts on many of our customers, changing their business models and their competitive landscapes. We have directly recognized and embraced the cloud revolution ourselves, as exemplified by <a href="https://www.infinidat.com/news/press-releases/infinidat-announces-public-cloud-and-data-protection-product-lines/">our entrance into the public cloud storage services market</a> with <a href="https://www.infinidat.com/products-technology/neutrix-cloud/">Neutrix Cloud®</a>.</span></p> <p><span>Our core technology is the INFINIDAT storage software, designed to scale, learn, and evolve. Customers can consume that software in a nice rack-scale package with the InfiniBox™, or as a backup-optimized solution with InfiniGuard®, or – most importantly from the public cloud perspective – as a pure OpEx storage service with Neutrix Cloud (no box required).</span></p> <p><span>Data is at the heart of many of the challenges of public cloud usage, particularly for Tier 1 mission-critical applications. Public cloud users often talk to us about availability SLAs (or lack thereof), strategic ‘data gravity’ concerns, or even just the simple question of costs associated with data storage (especially when getting data ‘up’ or ‘down’ from their clouds). Neutrix Cloud provides our customers with great answers to those questions and many others, but more importantly, the service delivers a truly enterprise-grade foundation to drive maximum value for their public cloud strategy.</span></p> <p><span>The public cloud market is real and ready for Tier 1 enterprise workloads, we have the right offering, and our clients are excited about what we have to offer for this space. The next natural step is to increase the awareness of our offering and engage in conversations with teams looking for cloud storage alternatives. </span></p> <p><span>That’s why I’m excited to share that, for the first time, we’re a sponsor of AWS re:Invent 2018, occurring November 26-30 in Las Vegas. re:Invent is the largest public cloud conference by far, taking over most of the Las Vegas Strip with over 2,000 sessions and tens of thousands of attendees expected. We consider re:Invent as one of our major marketing events this year to engage with the public cloud community. </span></p> <p><span>We’re looking forward to seeing you at our booth,  #1503, and showing you what Neutrix Cloud can do to unlock the potential of your public clouds. If you want to reserve time to speak with our Neutrix Cloud team at the show, </span><a href="https://content.infinidat.com/contact_us"><span>contact us</span></a><span> with #neutrix and we’ll be glad to set up a dedicated time to discuss the pros of our enterprise-grade cloud storage service and some exciting new features.</span></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <article data-history-node-id="4" role="article" about="/node/4" class="node node--type-person node--view-mode-full"> <h2> <a href="/node/4" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Erik Kaulberg</span> </a> </h2> <div class="node__content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-person-bio field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Erik Kaulberg is a Senior Director at INFINIDAT, leading cloud strategy, key alliance partnerships, and analyst relations. He has broad expertise in enterprise storage and frequently engages key customers, partners, and analysts. Erik previously ran worldwide enterprise storage strategy and business development for IBM, after he sold all-flash array innovator Texas Memory Systems to the company.</p> </div> </div> </article> </div> Fri, 02 Nov 2018 13:16:37 +0000 Eric Klinefelter 21 at https://www.infinidat.com Flash Prices are Dropping. Now What? https://www.infinidat.com/blog/flash-prices-are-dropping-now-what <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Flash Prices are Dropping. Now What?</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/blog-images/BlogImages-6-Flash%20Prices%20Dropping.jpg?itok=ZqZ4CYFA" width="330" height="330" alt="Flash Prices are Dropping. Now What?" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-medium img-fluid" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Eric Klinefelter</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 09/18/2018 - 9:18am</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-blog-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Unless you spent the last month in a cave on a remote island near Antarctica you probably saw the abundance of articles on flash price drop predictions. <a href="https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/07/31/nand_oversupply_prices/">Chris Mellor’s article at The Register</a> is a good example. The obvious question is <strong>“Now what?”</strong> Will we see the world moving to the ‘all-flash data center’ that some vendors have been saying is the only storage solution moving forward?</p> <p>To answer that question we must first take a look at the wider trends driving the industry. To do that, let’s add a few more dimensions into the discussion:</p> <p><strong>The Movement to a Data-Centric Architecture</strong></p> <p>Charlie Giancarlo from Pure Storage wrote <a href="https://blog.purestorage.com/building-data-centric-architecture-power-digital-business/">an excellent blog</a> about the architectural shift from “big compute” with large, legacy applications, to small, transient/stateless compute (e.g. containers) with big data lakes behind them. I especially liked his point that “we don’t run IT out of ‘Server Centers’ or ’Networking Centers’ – they’re called ‘<strong>Data Centers</strong>’ for a reason.”</p> <p>So basically, what Charlie tells us is:</p> <ul><li>You think your data is big now – it’s about to get a LOT bigger.</li> <li>You have multiple needs for your data (block for existing apps, shared storage for modern apps), and you want to avoid managing multiple products.</li> <li>The solution is to buy <strong>multiple, expensive</strong> AFAs from Pure and you’re good to go.</li> </ul><p>I think there’s a hole in that logic. The blog claims we need to look for efficient ways of managing multiple petabytes (PBs) of data, telling customers to increase their cost per PB and buy multiple products. This <strong>contradicts</strong> the goal they set out to achieve!</p> <p>We at INFINIDAT believe the only way to reduce storage costs and drive higher performance is through innovation. That’s why we’ve invested so many engineering years into developing our learning algorithm – the one that has been proven across our worldwide install base of <strong>over 3.7 exabytes</strong> to successfully serving all hot data from DRAM and warm data from Flash. With DRAM latency measured in <strong>nanoseconds</strong> (thanks to its direct connection to the CPU) vs flash media’s microseconds, we have successfully removed most of the latency from both reads and all writes while at the same time disrupting the price tag customers pay for Tier 1 storage.</p> <p><strong>Where’s the Innovation?</strong></p> <p>Another point Charlie makes that I agree with is <em>“New technologies are enabling us to potentially re-wire the infrastructure completely.”</em> Well, if innovation in learning algorithms is allowing us to do more with less hardware (1 GPU / TPU processing more data than dozens of more expensive CPUs), shouldn’t storage, the most expensive component in the data-centric age, benefit from these innovations and <strong>use learning technology</strong> to <strong>reduce the cost of storage</strong>?</p> <p>I think Charlie may have confused what Pure offers with what customers are asking for:</p> <ul><li>Improve performance by <strong>driving down latency</strong>. [Most applications are still very latency sensitive due to their design.]</li> <li><strong>Grow capacity</strong> [exponentially] without increasing management overhead.</li> <li><strong>Drive down the cost of storage</strong>, since it became the #1 line item almost a decade ago.</li> </ul><p>While Pure and other AFAs definitely help on the performance front, they are bound by the response time of flash media. They are also talking about NVMe-oF as the next step in that direction, as they can’t reduce the latency of flash media any further. Talking about a fast fabric to reach a medium speed media (compared to DRAM) is like buying a sports car and sitting in traffic with the rest of the sedans and minivans. Yes, you have a <strong>potential</strong> to drive faster, but <strong>the medium </strong>(the road)<strong> is slowing</strong> you down just like Flash media does!</p> <p><strong>Data lakes = Business Enabler + Increased Risk</strong></p> <p>Another important aspect of the data-centric infrastructure is that it aims to consolidate the organization’s view of what it knows about each customer. That means more data, centralized in one place, and the risk of both data breach and data loss are increased.</p> <p>It highlights a question that has been discussed quite often – to safely put so many eggs in one basket, maybe we should ask “How padded is this basket, in case someone drops it?”</p> <p>Well, in the case of a data lake, the basket is the storage array. We need to address a significant question – “What should you ask your vendor before you put several PB of your data in their array?” When I sold my first storage array in 2006 with a whopping 1.2 terabytes(!) of usable capacity, the dual-controller architecture was a great fit – the risk was proportional to the level of reliability.</p> <p>The risk you incur as an IT operation can roughly be summed up in the formula:</p> <p><em>Storage Size (aka Blast Radius) / Resiliency Level = Risk</em></p> <p>Since then we’ve increased our storage size (blast radius) to multiple terabytes and then multiple petabytes, and the dual-controller architecture (and its resiliency) is still there, providing no increase in resiliency for this new, data-centric age. How many customers trust a dual controller architecture to store a petabyte of data reliably? The math behind that risk will only get worse…</p> <p>At INFINIDAT, we believe consolidation is an enabler to the data-centric architecture, operational efficiency and the cost reduction customers demand. To achieve that goal we designed a triple-redundant array where <strong>every component critical to system availability is triple-redundant</strong>, from the power configurations all the way to the data layout, allowing customers to securely deploy multiple petabyte arrays without fearing increased risk.</p> <p><strong>Privacy Regulations – Encryption for the Masses</strong></p> <p>Contrary to <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2010/jan/11/facebook-privacy">what Mark Zuckerberg likes to say</a>, privacy is still the social norm and regulators are making sure it stays that way. People often talk about GDPR as the privacy gold-standard when <a href="https://www.dlapiperdataprotection.com/">all over the world</a> regulators have realized how much power corporations have over citizens, putting checks and balances in place to limit their power. From NYDFS in New York to HIPAA (USA) to the California legislation for data privacy enacted earlier in 2018 – they all have a common thread – corporations have a legal responsibility to protect the privacy of their customers.</p> <p>Many of the regulations explicitly stipulate that if the organization can show that it has acted to prevent private data from leaking, it will be either exempt from punishment or expected to pay a much smaller fine. Many of these regulations explicitly require the data to be encrypted so that if any data is stolen, individuals are not at risk:</p> <p><em><strong>The communication to the data subject</strong> referred to in paragraph 1 <strong>shall not be required</strong> if any of the following conditions are met:</em></p> <p><em><strong>The controller has implemented appropriate technical and organizational protection</strong> measures, and those measures were applied to the personal data affected by the personal data breach, in particular, those that render the personal data unintelligible to any person who is not authorized to access it, <strong>such as encryption</strong></em></p> <p><strong>Source:</strong> GDPR, Article 34</p> <p>IT’s role is to implement tools that serve business needs: Firewalls serve to protect and control access, collaboration tools enable better project efficiency and faster time to market, etc.<br /> Now businesses have some new requirements – comply with new privacy regulations and minimize financial exposure to fines. To meet these requirements, IT has been asked to implement encryption. There are many encryption tools out there, and just as many philosophies about where and how encryption should be implemented.</p> <p>I believe that <a href="https://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/products/vsphere/vmw-wp-vsphere-virtual-machin-encryp.pdf">VMware’s VM encryption</a> is the gold standard, as it solves most of the IT organization’s needs: simple from an operational perspective, easily integrates with all the existing tools, handles both legacy and new applications and granular enough. Wherever encryption lands, it will have a dramatic effect on the way data is stored as data reduction technologies (deduplication, compression, pattern removal) can’t work on encrypted datasets.</p> <p>Moving encryption up the stack solves the problem of data encryption in flight without requiring re-engineering of the entire data center. However, it also affects AFAs, increasing their costs dramatically. Conservative estimates put the impact of encryption on AFAs at about 20% globally, but the real impact will vary depending on the granularity of the encryption solutions. VM encryption will have a higher impact than Oracle column-level encryption, but will also be much simpler from an operational perspective (thanks to policies).</p> <p>The impact on AFA costs is the reason for another Pure Storage <a href="https://blog.purestorage.com/cost-efficient-gdpr-compliance-encryption-is-key/">blog</a> by Ben Woo, explaining their perspective on <strong>why encryption shouldn’t move up the stack</strong>.</p> <p>Ben calls encryption at the application layer “…the least effective, both in terms of allocation of resources, and in terms of business efficiency.” I understand why this is scary for Pure Storage, as well as other companies betting on the “All Flash Datacenter.” Implementing computational processes (encryption) where you have the most CPUs available (hypervisor), and it’s easiest to add more CPU, is a logical choice. Ben also ignores the fact that encryption is no longer a CPU intensive operation, thanks to Intel and AMD developing <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AES_instruction_set#AMD">specialized AES instruction sets</a> that remove most of the overhead.</p> <p>Ben Woo says data should only be encrypted while traversing outside the WAN, not inside the WAN. I have two questions for Ben:</p> <p><em>Have You Looked at the Numbers?</em></p> <p>According to the <a href="https://www.ictsecuritymagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2017-Data-Breach-Investigations-Report.pdf">Data Breach Incident Report for 2017</a> over 1 billion (!) credentials were stolen from websites. Some of these credentials are (unfortunately) reused by the users in your organization as corporate credentials, allowing hackers access through your firewall as a result. If we acknowledge that the threat is inside your firewall, are you still comfortable with data on the WAN in cleartext?</p> <p><em>Isn’t the WAN Connected to the Cloud?</em></p> <p>A shortage in cloud security skills has lead to some <a href="https://businessinsights.bitdefender.com/worst-amazon-breaches">major data breaches last year</a>, making it even clearer that encrypting your data in the cloud is a good practice, not just a regulatory issue.</p> <p>If your data stays in cleartext on premises, it is very challenging to encrypt it when it is replicated to the cloud. However, if your sensitive data is already encrypted, it remains protected over the WAN and in the cloud. <strong>Are you suggesting customers should implement 3 separate encryption solutions</strong> (storage + WAN + cloud) instead of one solution?</p> <p>Encrypting at the application layer is “the least effective”? I disagree!</p> <p><strong>Conclusion</strong></p> <p>The price of flash storage is coming down, that’s no secret, but the price for HDDs is also continuing to come down. Flash and HDDs are still around 10x apart in $/TB. Even with a 4:1 data reduction capability, that only reduces the gap to 2.5x.</p> <p><img alt="Flash Prices Dropping" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="3d8e010b-3e97-42ed-aad3-540f9334c323" src="https://www.infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/Flash_Prices_Dropping.png" class="align-center" /></p> <p>Source: Western DIgital</p> <p>For a smaller, 10-50 terabyte array, the price gap has a lower economic impact.<br /> For a larger, petabyte or more array, the price gap is huge! It defines the difference between an efficient IT budget with room for innovation and an inefficient IT budget that only focuses on “keeping the lights on.”</p> <p>Getting performance from DRAM and capacity from disk is the winning strategy for the next decade. Data privacy and accelerated data growth are only two of the reasons why that approach remains a winning strategy, especially for anyone who understands that an efficient, data-centric infrastructure is essential for a competitive business.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <article data-history-node-id="23" role="article" about="/node/23" class="node node--type-person node--view-mode-full"> <h2> <a href="/node/23" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Eran Brown</span> </a> </h2> <div class="node__content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-person-bio field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Eran Brown is the EMEA CTO at INFINIDAT.<br /> Over the last 14 years, Eran has architected data center solutions for all layers — application, virtualization, networking and most of all, storage. His prior roles include Senior Product Management, systems engineering and consulting roles, working with companies in multiple verticals (financials, oil &amp; gas, telecom, software, and web) and helping them plan, design and deploy scalable infrastructure to support their business applications.</p> </div> </div> </article> </div> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:18:50 +0000 Eric Klinefelter 22 at https://www.infinidat.com VMworld Las Vegas 2018 Wrap-Up https://www.infinidat.com/blog/vmworld-las-vegas-2018-wrap-up <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">VMworld Las Vegas 2018 Wrap-Up</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/blog-images/BlogImages-7-VM%20World%20LV%20Wrap.jpg?itok=owm991Lr" width="330" height="330" alt="VMworld Las Vegas 2018 Wrap-Up" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-medium img-fluid" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Eric Klinefelter</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 09/11/2018 - 9:24am</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-blog-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>INFINIDAT returned to Las Vegas with “Storage that Scales, Learns and Evolves” with and an entirely new booth design, ready to show off our <a href="https://www.infinidat.com/news/press-releases/infinidat-announces-public-cloud-and-data-protection-product-lines/">expanded portfolio announced this past March</a>. The bright colors and the always-on espresso bar created an inviting space that was quickly filled with customers and prospects looking to learn more about our products and services.</p> <p>At the booth, the conversations covered the full spectrum of topics, from how we support thousands of virtual machines with virtually no down time to how we provide the fastest recovery time for petabyte-scale applications on-site and across infinite distance. Just about every conversation touched on the need for performance, availability, and lower cost, a theme we know very well.</p> <p><img alt="VMWorld" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="9afbd36d-145b-49bd-8ace-4f091ce3184f" src="https://www.infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/VMWorld2.png" class="align-center" /></p> <p>INFINIDAT also appeared live on “theCube” to talk about how we solve our customers’ problems and support their success. This year we had two sessions – one dedicated to discussing our newest data protection products and features, the other focused on our successful partnership with US Signal.</p> <p>In the first session, Jacob Broido, Chief Product Officer and Neville Yates, Sr. Director of Data Protection Solutions talked with Dave Vellante and David Floyer about how we leveraging the INFINIDAT core technology, used in our enterprise storage solutions, for the data protection and business continuity market.</p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-wistia video-embed-field-responsive-video"> <iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://fast.wistia.com/embed/iframe/ll6gybvbwm?autoplay=0"></iframe></div> <p>In the second session, Marc Creviere from US Signal and Brian Carmody, INFINIDAT CTO, talked about the success US Signal is having with INFINIDAT and their InfiniBoxes. Brian Carmody reinforced our strong relationships with our customers, explaining how we collaborate with our partners to define and drive our roadmap.</p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-wistia video-embed-field-responsive-video"> <iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://fast.wistia.com/embed/iframe/xn4d1rufy6?autoplay=0"></iframe></div> <p>Gregory Touretsky, Sr. Director of Product Managmenet, also gave a presentation at VMworld, thanks to an invitation from our partner at AWS. Gregory presented Neutrix Cloud, our sovereign cloud storage service. He discussed how easy it is to leverage Neutrix Cloud with AWS as well as with the VMware Cloud on AWS.</p> <p><img alt="VMWorld" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="2ca8eb96-8f41-46b9-9538-4ab00bc71f4d" src="https://www.infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/VMWorld3.png" class="align-center" /></p> <p>In keeping with the tradition, started last year, our customers generously contributed their praise to another graffiti board. It is easily the best, most satisfying part of VMworld when customers come to the booth and ask if they can add their endorsement to the board. We strive to help our customers succeed, and getting this kind of feedback makes it all worthwhile.</p> <p><img alt="VMWorld" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="0d47b630-8a87-40ea-bf26-67fd0e771ffb" src="https://www.infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/VMWorld4.png" class="align-center" /></p> <p>If we missed you at VMworld and you still have questions about how we can support the success of your enterprise with any of our storage products or services, please <a href="https://content.infinidat.com/contact_us">contact us</a> – we welcome the opportunity to talk with you.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <article data-history-node-id="24" role="article" about="/node/24" class="node node--type-person node--view-mode-full"> <h2> <a href="/node/24" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Drew Schlussel</span> </a> </h2> <div class="node__content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-person-bio field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Drew Schlussel (@realdschlussel) is the Director of Content Marketing at INFINIDAT. He’s completed multiple “tours of duty” in engineering, product management, product marketing, and experiential marketing with industry innovators such as EMC, Quantum, and Sun Microsystems. Drew brings to INFINIDAT decades of experience across a broad range of applications and solutions in the storage industry. Outside the office he can typically be found hurtling down a mountain on a bike or skis with a smile on his face.</p> </div> </div> </article> </div> Tue, 11 Sep 2018 13:24:41 +0000 Eric Klinefelter 25 at https://www.infinidat.com Storage that Scales, Learns and Evolves – Infinidat at VMworld 2018 https://www.infinidat.com/blog/storage-that-scales-learns-and-evolves-infinidat-at-vmworld-2018 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Storage that Scales, Learns and Evolves – Infinidat at VMworld 2018</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/blog-images/BlogImages-8-Storage%20That%20Scales.jpg?itok=xTLCL-ag" width="330" height="330" alt="Storage that Scales, Learns and Evolves – Infinidat at VMworld 2018" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-medium img-fluid" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Eric Klinefelter</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/21/2018 - 9:38am</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-blog-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>INFINIDAT returns to VMworld in Las Vegas (Booth #1250) this year with even more exciting things to see and learn about!</p> <p>It has been an incredible year since VMworld 2017, with a lot happening at INFINIDAT:</p> <ul><li><a href="https://www.infinidat.com/news/press-releases/infinibox-r4-continues-disruption-of-storage-market/">Released version “R4”</a> of our core storage OS, adding new functionality such as Synchronous Replication, Quality of Service, filesystem quotas, and more.</li> <li><a href="https://www.infinidat.com/news/press-releases/infinidat-announces-public-cloud-and-data-protection-product-lines/">Announced an expanded product line</a>, adding the F6212 for higher capacity density, InfiniGuard and InfiniSync for business continuance, and Neutrix Cloud storage-as-a-service for sovereign enterprise-class storage concurrently supporting multiple compute clouds.</li> <li>Continued to dominate the competition with our <a href="https://www.infinidat.com/news/press-releases/infinidat-challenges-all-flash-array-performance/">Faster than All-Flash Challenge</a></li> <li><a href="http://info.infinidat.com/forrester_tei_campaign.html?source=Web">Released a commissioned study by Forrester Consulting</a> conclusively supporting our incredible economic impact on storage operations and the Total Economic Impact on IT operations.</li> <li><a href="https://www.infinidat.com/news/press-releases/infinidat-expands-solutions-ecosystem-launches-code-infinidat-com-community/">Extended our technical partnerships</a>, adding new or expanded integration with VMware, Kubernetes, OpenStack, SolarWinds, and Xorux, as well as launching a code-sharing collaboration site, <a href="https://code.INFINIDAT.com/">code.INFINIDAT.com</a>, for anyone working on integrating the InfiniBox OS with their IT environment.</li> </ul><p>This year we invite you to join us at the show and learn about “Storage that Scales, Learns and Evolves,” reflecting the core capabilities of our storage and data protection products. Talk with us to understand how our implementation of artificial intelligence enables faster-than-all-flash performance, at petabyte-scale, with software that is proven to learn and adapt to every workload over time.</p> <p>Interested? Stop by and talk with our team of Sales Engineers to learn more about our solutions for enterprise storage on-prem and in the cloud, as well as for business continuance. Want to go deeper and hear more about where we’re going? We’ll be more than happy to set up an NDA briefing for you on the spot.</p> <p>If you haven’t met with us before, this is your chance to explore the possibility of getting better performance than all-flash, better availability than legacy, and a better overall TCO than you do with your current vendor.</p> <p>Our customer espresso cafe is also back this year. Stop by for a double-shot to kick-start your day.</p> <p><img alt="Espresso at VMWorld" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="41f8e617-2c64-4ac4-8c4c-353ab454cbdb" src="https://www.infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/Espresso_at_VMworld2018.jpg" class="align-center" /></p> <p>While you’re enjoying your hot beverage, enter our daily (M-W) raffle for a full racing drone outfit. This kit has it all – a high-performance racing drone, first-person view (FPV) goggles, ready-to-bind controller, battery, and charger. We’ll be giving away one kit at the end of the day, Monday thru Wednesday. We promise not to tell your kids about it if you win…</p> <p><img alt="Racing Drone Kit at VMWOrld 2018" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="799382a4-52a0-463e-8bbb-8ca28272a830" src="https://www.infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/Racing_drone_kit.jpg" class="align-center" /></p> <p>We will also be on TheCube again this year. We’ll be talking with folks about how their technical and economic transformations as a result of implementing Infinidat’s solutions for storage, business continuance, and cloud computing. Details are still shaping up, so follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter for up-to-date news on show times.</p> <p>Want to learn about the InfinBox? InfiniGuard? InfiniSync? What to learn more about Neutrix Cloud and the benefits of “sovereign storage”? What to know what’s coming next? <strong>Stop by the booth</strong> and we’ll spend all the time you need to learn about INFINIDAT and “Storage that Scales, Learns and Evolves”!</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <article data-history-node-id="24" role="article" about="/node/24" class="node node--type-person node--view-mode-full"> <h2> <a href="/node/24" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Drew Schlussel</span> </a> </h2> <div class="node__content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-person-bio field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Drew Schlussel (@realdschlussel) is the Director of Content Marketing at INFINIDAT. He’s completed multiple “tours of duty” in engineering, product management, product marketing, and experiential marketing with industry innovators such as EMC, Quantum, and Sun Microsystems. Drew brings to INFINIDAT decades of experience across a broad range of applications and solutions in the storage industry. Outside the office he can typically be found hurtling down a mountain on a bike or skis with a smile on his face.</p> </div> </div> </article> </div> Tue, 21 Aug 2018 13:38:15 +0000 Eric Klinefelter 26 at https://www.infinidat.com Infinidat Storage Can Provide Customers 125% ROI Over 3 Years With Payback In Less Than 6 Months https://www.infinidat.com/blog/infinidat-storage-provides-customers-125-roi-over-3-years-with-average-payback-in-less-than-6-months <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Infinidat Storage Can Provide Customers 125% ROI Over 3 Years With Payback In Less Than 6 Months</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/blog-images/BlogImages-9-Storage%20Can%20Provide%20ROI.jpg?itok=9sA3Pc1p" width="330" height="330" alt="Infinidat storage can provide customers 125% ROI over 3 years" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-medium img-fluid" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Eric Klinefelter</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 05/15/2018 - 9:43am</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-blog-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Today we announced the results of a commissioned Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) study conducted by Forrester Consulting on our behalf to illustrate the full value enterprises have realized deploying our InfiniBox®.</p> <p>To do this, Forrester created a composite organization based on interviews with eight INFINIDAT customers covering multiple industries and use cases. These customers have collectively deployed 65 InfiniBox systems with a total of 19 years of operation. They determined an aggregate <strong>benefit of $14.3 million in capital expense savings</strong>, <strong>a payback period of </strong>less<strong> than six months</strong> and an <strong>ROI of 125%</strong>.</p> <p><strong>INFINIDAT Customers Show Significant Cost Savings with InfiniBox</strong></p> <p>Additional TEI findings for the composite organization include:</p> <ul><li><strong>Downtime cost savings with INFINIDAT, $1.2M</strong>. Interviewed <strong>customers reported zero unplanned downtime</strong> with InfiniBox systems.</li> <li><strong>Operational expense alignment savings of $1.5M</strong> with Capacity on Demand (CoD) model. INFINIDAT has a flexible pricing model that supports both traditional upfront purchases and flexible storage capacity on demand. InfiniBox systems include capacity for growth, and by leveraging this CoD option, organizations pay only for what they use when they use it.</li> <li><strong>Labor savings using INFINIDAT’s tools, $1.3M</strong>. Interviewed customers reported labor savings with INFINIDAT tools; e.g., storage administrators are more productive and efficient with InfiniBox than with previous storage systems.</li> <li>Power savings benefits, $179,201. Interviewed customers reported significant power and cooling savings over a three-year analysis when comparing previous storage array solutions with InfiniBox systems.</li> </ul><p>According to customers, infrastructure costs increased rapidly, especially previous storage costs, while performance had degraded. After seeing previous storage maintenance costs balloon out of control after the first three to four years, customers expressed the need to improve performance, availability, and scalability in future storage investments so they could meet the demands of the business but still keep costs down.</p> <p>Another significant cost consideration was downtime. Not one of the eight interviewed customers experienced any “unplanned downtime” when Forrester asked them about availability with their InfiniBox systems, compared to an average of 30 to 60 minutes of downtime annually with their previous storage solutions. According to a few of the customers interviewed, this downtime would cost them an average of $11,667 per minute, including the cost of unrecoverable business revenue (gross profits).</p> <p>INFINIDAT | Less Maintenance &amp; Burden on Storage Administrators</p> <p>The interviewed customer organizations experienced the following benefits, which are not quantified for this study:</p> <ul><li>INFINIDAT’s smaller footprint contributed to a <strong>customer’s ability to defer expansions of three data centers by two to three years</strong>.</li> <li>Customers highlighted the <strong>higher quality of support received from INFINIDAT</strong> with fewer maintenance interactions than previous storage systems.</li> <li>Each customer commented on the improved quality of life afforded to storage administrators due to the simplicity and reliability of the INFINIDAT solutions.</li> </ul><p>Every company does their best to put forth a compelling story about why they have the superior solution with the unbeatable TCO. <strong>It says something more when the customers are the ones providing the data for an objective analysis using Forrester’s TEI model.</strong> Want to know more about where INFINIDAT customers are saving millions that they can put back into their business? See for yourself at <a href="http://info.infinidat.com/forrester_tei_campaign.html?source=Web">our TEI landing page</a>.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <article data-history-node-id="24" role="article" about="/node/24" class="node node--type-person node--view-mode-full"> <h2> <a href="/node/24" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Drew Schlussel</span> </a> </h2> <div class="node__content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-person-bio field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Drew Schlussel (@realdschlussel) is the Director of Content Marketing at INFINIDAT. He’s completed multiple “tours of duty” in engineering, product management, product marketing, and experiential marketing with industry innovators such as EMC, Quantum, and Sun Microsystems. Drew brings to INFINIDAT decades of experience across a broad range of applications and solutions in the storage industry. Outside the office he can typically be found hurtling down a mountain on a bike or skis with a smile on his face.</p> </div> </div> </article> </div> Tue, 15 May 2018 13:43:13 +0000 Eric Klinefelter 27 at https://www.infinidat.com The Rise of Encryption, the Fall of All-Flash https://www.infinidat.com/blog/the-rise-of-encryption-the-fall-of-all-flash <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">The Rise of Encryption, the Fall of All-Flash</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/blog-images/BlogImages-10-Rise%20of%20Encryption.jpg?itok=ebSMTW4J" width="330" height="330" alt="The Rise of Encryption, the Fall of All-Flash" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-medium img-fluid" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Eric Klinefelter</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 05/10/2018 - 9:46am</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-blog-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>I realize the title of this blog sounds ominous. For any companies that have adopted an all-flash data center initiative, the situation IS ominous. Simply stated, if you are invested in all-flash today, you have big problems coming soon. End-to-end encryption will destroy your data reduction, increasing your TCO by 5-10X!</p> <p>Eran Brown, INFINIDAT CTO for EMEA, has posited in a recent customer presentation that implementing application level data encryption is both an emerging critical requirement to combat security threats, while at the same time a huge problem in the face of the realities of modern data storage. Eran’s research brought forward the fact that data breaches are increasing at all levels of the IT stack – from user level compromises via email attacks, to data corruption and theft on the storage array where it lives, to theft of data being transported across unencrypted networks.</p> <p><img alt="Table Breach" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="1851cb0b-48aa-4c73-bc64-4f1dfe155dcf" src="https://www.infinidat.com/sites/default/files/uploads/images/Table_Breach.png" class="align-center" /></p> <p><strong>Information Risk is Increasing</strong></p> <p>Information vulnerability is on the rise – Equifax, Target, Anthem, Yahoo, and many other entities handling sensitive data have been compromised. The impact of these breaches is massive:</p> <p>Target – 70,000,000 customers compromised<br /> Equifax – 143,000,000 users compromised<br /> Anthem – 80,000,000 health consumers compromised<br /> Yahoo – 1,000,000,000 users compromised</p> <p>A recent Senate Intelligence Committee interview of US intelligence agency officials (CIA, FBI, DOJ, etc.) indicated that their top security concern is information hacking by China, Russia, and other hostile governments.</p> <p><strong>The Risk to Businesses is Increasing</strong></p> <p>Just as the risk of serious data breaches is increasing, so is the impact on those companies that don’t adequately protect their customer data from those breaches. New regulations already enacted (e.g. HIPAA, GDPR) can penalize a company up to 4% of their annual revenue for not adequately protecting customers’ data. This would be a crippling penalty if that was the sole impact, but it is not. In the second largest data breach to date, financial information of 45 million customers was stolen. After penalties and lawsuits, the financial loss to the firm is thought to be between 256 and 500 million dollars.</p> <p>According to an article titled “Data protection in the United States: Overview” the author, Ieuan Jolly of Loeb &amp; Loeb states, “The Ponemon Institute calculated that in 2016 the average cost of a security breach to a company was US$4 million up from US$3.79 million in 2015. Breach prevention and notification is an increasingly costly proposition, with a 12% increase in per capita cost just since 2013. In addition to civil and criminal sanctions, security breaches can have far-reaching consequences for companies in terms of loss of customer confidence and trust, customer churn, and loss of revenue, market share, brand and shareholder value.</p> <p><strong>The High Cost of Storing data</strong></p> <p>The rise of end-to-end data encryption is inevitable, and the solutions are already available across the stack: Database/VM/OS level encryptions have been around for years and have a mature ecosystem.</p> <p>There has been another rise in the data center over the past several years that is now colliding with end-to-end data encryption – the rise of the all-flash data center. Nearly all storage vendors are pushing all-flash arrays as their only recommendation going forward. In making these recommendations, they are sticking to their old playbook: as application performance requirements increase, sell the fastest, most expensive media. This time around, it is flash. Soon it will be NVMoF, and then next-gen persistent storage, both increasing cost further.</p> <p>These vendors must pass the high cost of this media on to their customers. <a href="https://www.infinidat.com/blog/pretend-flash-cheaper-disk/">I’ve blogged about this elsewhere</a> and will leave it up to the reader to think about the vast difference in cost between the all-flash vendors and INFINIDAT’s Neural Cache architecture. Perhaps the greatest telltale sign of the different architectural approaches is that all-flash arrays must rely on data reduction strategies (deduplication, compression) – and increasingly guarantees of those strategies – to bring the cost per TB of their arrays down to a level where the sticker shock is just below heart attack level.</p> <p>At INFINIDAT, we’ve had tremendous success replacing all-flash arrays with our InfiniBox platform that is faster than all-flash, delivers seven nines reliability, scales to multiple petabytes, and has a low TCO, all without compromise.</p> <p><strong>The Collision</strong></p> <p>Data reduction occurs within the storage array – either in-line or post-process, after the data is written to the persistent media layer. The efficiency of the reduction depends entirely on the identification of patterns in the data that can be exploited to increase the amount of data stored on the array by many times (5-10 times or more if marketing claims are believed).</p> <p>Encryption generally involves randomizing data. It can occur at many levels throughout the data center stack – from inside the storage array itself, to network level encryption, to the operating system of the application server, to the application itself. As Brown points out, however, data encryption that occurs on the storage platform cannot protect data in flight between the storage array and the big, bad world outside of the array – application level encryption gives the highest protection level to data.</p> <p>The bad news for the all-flash array is that end-to-end (application level) encryption fundamentally defeats data reduction. This is bad news for some folks who believe that their approach is viable in the long run. Inevitably, the value proposition of any all-flash array that continues to support end-to-end encrypted applications will suffer as the original cost/TB justification goes out the window.</p> <p>Instead, we recommend a software-defined approach based on math, not fundamentally based on media. A recent conversation with one of our clients, a large financial services firm, validated the challenge of running encrypted applications against their all-flash arrays. When they implemented end-to-end encryption their data reduction results went from 7:1 to 1:1! Imagine if you were already spending twice as much for your all-flash arrays as you would for an InfiniBox and then found your cost suddenly went up 700%. Hello, heart attack!</p> <p><strong>The Wise Choice</strong></p> <p>As customers experience low data reduction rates, we see them making the wise choice by switching their all-flash footprint to INFINIDAT.</p> <p>INFINIDAT innovation means that your organization can experience faster than all-flash performance, better than all-flash availability, and lower than all-flash storage costs. – both for your encrypted AND unencrypted data.</p> <p>So as you evaluate your exposure to data compromise going forward, why not make a wise choice and ensure a budget-breaking storage bill doesn’t surprise you after implementing end-to-end encryption? That choice is INFINIDAT storage.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <article data-history-node-id="28" role="article" about="/node/28" class="node node--type-person node--view-mode-full"> <h2> <a href="/node/28" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Chip Elmblad</span> </a> </h2> <div class="node__content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-person-bio field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Chip Elmblad is an Enterprise Architect at INFINIDAT. He is a 20 year veteran of the IT industry, having focused on enterprise data storage for most of his career. He has an M.S. in Computer Science from Azusa Pacific University in Southern California and makes his home above the clouds in Divide, Colorado.</p> </div> </div> </article> </div> Thu, 10 May 2018 13:46:42 +0000 Eric Klinefelter 29 at https://www.infinidat.com