Author: Enrico Signoretti

It’s Time for Another Rollercoaster Ride

When I joined OpenIO in January of this year, I did so because I trusted the team and the technology. But, to be fair, it was a leap of faith. Even though the technology and team were both mature and robust, OpenIO, as a company, was still young. It had lots of ideas and enthusiasm, but also with a market fit that still hasn’t shown its real potential.   These past ten months have been like working on a rollercoaster. Exciting, scary, exhilarating, with impressive accelerations and, sometimes, sudden stops. But what I have enjoyed the most was the...

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40TB Hard Drive in 2025? Too Much, Too Late

After their recently launched technology, WD claims it will be able to bring a 40TB drive to the market by 2025. I went through their announcement and a few articles pertaining to it, but it’s still unclear to me if these drives will be able to handle a higher number of IOPS or throughput compared to today’s standards (2025 is indeed a long time to wait). Anyways, such a drive would become a massive failure domain, with recovery times that could become unsustainable. Even if it’s somewhat faster than tape, the IOPS/GB is not impressive. Tapes on the rise...

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Let’s Meet Up at AWS Re:Invent

I know it’s a bit early; two months before the event, you might wonder why I’m already writing about it. I consider Re:Invent the most important event of the year, not just for cloud computing but for IT in general. Amazon is expecting 45,000 people, who will be dispersed across six different hotels, and with a massive expo area. I felt that if I didn’t organize things, I wouldn’t be able to meet with everyone I want to see. I really wanted to be there, at least to see what is happening across the industry, to spot new trends,...

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Back at work… and traveling!

This is my first work day back after a few weeks of vacation… fully recharged for what I’m expecting will be the most interesting period since I’ve joined OpenIO! In the next four months, between now and the end of the year, we’ll be announcing a lot of new stuff: not only a new SDS version, but also partnerships, new case studies, exciting marketing programs, community efforts and more (but I can’t spill the beans yet). The team is growing (and working) like crazy – the excitement is palpable, and this is the kind of energy I was looking...

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Should I go to VMworld this year?

Last February I started working for OpenIO (an Object storage startup) and a lot of things have changed in my working life. One of the most interesting differences is that I need to stay closer to my potential customers, hence I’ve been attending different industry events than the ones I used to in the past. In the last six months I haven’t attended a single-vendor show (some of them are actually organized by competitors and, in other cases, there is no reason because our products are thought up for different market segments) and I’ve also missed events reserved for...

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The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not (necessarily) those of any current, future or former client or employer. As I reserve the right to review my position based on future evidence, they may not even reflect my own views by the time you read them. Protip: If in doubt, ask.