Category: Cloud

NetApp, You had my curiosity…

Two years ago I was very negative about NetApp. The company was perceived as a sort of dead man walking, stuck with this idea of ONTAP everywhere. End users and partners were bored (couldn’t blame them). All attempts made in the past to build a broader product line-up had failed or, at least, were not as successful as expected. But then something changed. From “ONTAP only” to “Data Fabric only” I have to say that the first time I heard about Data Fabric I was curious, although skeptical. The idea of building a data mobility layer which connected all...

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An update on TECHunplugged Amsterdam (6/10)

In just a week TECHunplugged will take place in Amsterdam. Agenda is ready, influencers are readying their sessions and we are working on last details to repeat the success of last TECHunplugged editions! First of all, in case you missed it, TECHunplugged is a 1-day conference focused on the latest technology trends and how these technologies can be adopted by Real World IT. The format is very simple, with subject matter experts presenting what they see in the field followed by vendors bringing their point of view. The goal is to bring together end users, influencers and vendors for...

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Oracle Cloud? I don’t get it… and I have a lot of questions

Looking at the outcome of Oracle Open World, it would seem AWS is public enemy number 1 for Oracle. And yes, I understand we all have to think big and my father, a long time merchant, has always told me “you can always lower [the price tag]”… but, sometimes, keeping your feet on the ground helps to face the situation more realistically. Lack of innovation The biggest difference between Oracle and AWS today is not about the cost of the single VM instance, or the features of the single DB. AWS has an entire ecosystem full of innovative services...

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AWS Lambda on-premises? Why not?

If you are interested in these topics, I’ll be presenting at next TECHunplugged conference in Amsterdam on 6/10/16 and in Chicago on 27/10/16. A one day event focused on cloud computing and IT infrastructure with an innovative formula combines a group of independent, insightful and well-recognized bloggers with disruptive technology vendors and end users who manage rich technology environments. Join us! Before summer vacation I wrote a first article about “Invisible storage”, now I’d like to follow up on storage invisibility and its benefits by mentioning a couple of solutions that in my opinion are going towards that direction. ...

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NetApp StorageGRID Webscale 10.3 and updated paper

NetApp has announced a new version of its object storage platform StorageGRID Webscale. This is not a point release as the name suggests… in fact, the number of new and improved functionalities is quite impressive and range from improved S3 support to a better UI and performance.   StorageGRID, part of an ecosystem We know that the NetApp Strategy has changed drastically in the last couple of years, moving from being ONTAP-only focused to what can be defined as a more mature approach, aiming to match customers’ needs with the most suitable products. And that’s not all, the most...

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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.