Author: Enrico Signoretti

My first week at OpenIO

I’m back home after my first week at OpenIO office in Lille where I received the warmest of welcomes from the team, friends and from all over the internet! I spent the week getting to know the team and planning the first steps for the work we want to do this year. A lot of things will be happening… And I’m really excited about what we’ll be showing in 2017! This morning I also published my first blog on the company website. I did so to answer one of the questions that many of my friends have asked: “why?...

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Changes…

The first version of this blog was like “War-and-Peace” lengthwise! So I thought I’d better taper it down and here I am with some news about the changes I’m undergoing in my professional life.   Job change No, I won’t bother you with the story of my work experience. I’ll keep it short, I promise!  Being a part-time blogger and a part-time analyst has been amazing, but in 2016 I started thinking about the next stage of my career. Not that it was necessary from the income standpoint… but I was looking for new challenges and, if possible, having...

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Simplivity could be the next 3PAR for HPE

According to this morning’s news, it would seem that HPE is buying Simplivity at the bargain price of $650M. I’m not sure Simplivity’s investors have the same opinion but for HPE, if well managed, this could be another 3PAR-like success. Simplivity did good… Simplivity holds the number 2 position in the HCI market, after Nutanix. In fact, it’s somewhat lagging behind from the features point of view, it doesn’t have its own hypervisor and vision but, on the other hand, I found the company strategy less intrusive and having a much more pleasurable attitude. Don’t get me wrong, Simplivity...

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About scale-out storage ARM-ification… and $/GB

I came across two interesting news items this week – OpenIO introducing a 96-HDD appliance for its object storage platform and Western Digital launching 12 and 14TB disks! At first glance if you sum the two, it’s like crazy: just think about a single 96-slot appliance full of 14TB disks, which means 1.3PB in a 4U box, or 13PB in a datacenter rack. Again, it sounds crazy but in reality it’s totally different and it is absolutely brilliant! Is a 14TB HDD too big? 14TB is a lot (the 12TB is based on PMR technology while the 14TB is...

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Two case studies on object storage

Last month I did some work with Caringo and a couple of their customers, Texas Tech University in the US and NEP in Europe. Totally different stories, but two of the most classic use cases for object storage: the first is about storage consolidation with distributed NAS front-end, while the latter is on smart and high performance CDN backend. I love talking to end users to find out how their choices pan out when it comes to infrastructure design and how they experience day-to-day system administration. The two documents are not particularly long, (for marketing reasons), but I think...

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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.