This week, Chris and Martin discuss the announcement from CloudFlare of R2, a new object storage solution. With such a widely dispersed CDN network, could CloudFlare become a real competitor for S3, considering that the R2 platform will have no egress fees? This episode digs into the details, to look at what additional features object storage vendors need in their arsenal and … [Read more...] about #214 – Can CloudFlare R2 Disrupt AWS S3?
With KubeCon North America 2021 looming, Chris and Martin spend this week looking at data protection for Kubernetes-native environments. Vendors have started to introduce backup solutions, some working within the container environment itself, some outside as part of existing products. Exactly what should be backed up and how should these products work? Are we right to … [Read more...] about #213 – Kubernetes-Native Data Protection
In this week's podcast, Chris and Martin get together to discuss the curious case of missing files. In this instance, the files weren't actually missing, but according to an article in The Verge, students running a software simulation didn't know how to determine their location. In a world where the current generation have grown up on iPhones and iPads (or similar devices) … [Read more...] about #212 – File Not Found
In this week's sponsored episode, Chris chats to Alex McMullan, CTO International at Pure Storage. The discussion covers Pure//Launch and today's announcements of two SaaS solutions - Fusion and Portworx Data Services. Fusion is a new SaaS management plane for administering and optimising Pure Storage hardware and software products, including FlashArray, FlashBlade and Cloud … [Read more...] about #211 – Pure//Launch – Announcing Fusion and Portworx Data Services (Sponsored)
This week, Chris and Martin discuss the merits of building virtual SANs in the public cloud. Vendors including Silk and Pure Storage now offer virtual storage "appliances" built from virtual instances and cloud storage. Why are these solutions necessary, when the public cloud providers have plenty of high-performance block and file storage offerings? The discussion looks at … [Read more...] about #210 – Building SANs in the Cloud
In this week's episode, Chris and Martin meet with Brian Carpenter, Senior Director of Unstructured Technology Strategy at Pure Storage, to talk about UFFO - Unified Fast File and Object. UFFO is a technology bringing together the two main types of unstructured data into a single platform - FlashBlade. The discussion centres on the benefits of using a single platform that … [Read more...] about #209 – Discovering Unified Fast File and Object with Pure Storage (Sponsored)
In this week's podcast, Chris and Martin look at NVIDIA's GPUDirect Storage (GDS), a technology for moving data directly from persistent storage to GPUs, bypassing the CPU. The aim of the technology is to provide greater throughput to keep GPUs active, and looking at some of the thoughts from our podcast with Liqid (#204), it's clear that this feature is needed. However, with … [Read more...] about #208 – NVIDIA GPUDirect Storage – More Than a Good Marketing Message?
This week the team is back after a short break and ready to talk all things cloud - or at least about Elastic Block Store. AWS recently announced io2 and io2 Block Express, the first new EBS block storage offerings for eight years. With such a long gap since io1 was first released, what has AWS been up to and what's new? In this discussion, Martin and Chris question whether … [Read more...] about #207 – AWS Gets a SAN Upgrade
This week, Chris and Martin chat to Amber Huffman, Intel Fellow and President of NVM Express about the updates in NVMe 2.0. NVM Express (generally abbreviated to NVMe) is a storage protocol that was developed to overcome some of the shortcomings of traditional protocols when working with new high performance media such as NAND SSDs and Optane. The 2.0 release of the NVMe … [Read more...] about #206 – An Update on NVMe 2.0 with Amber Huffman
In this week's episode, Chris and Martin have a great conversation with David Ngo, CTO for Metallic at Commvault, and Ranga Rajagopalan, VP Product Management for Commvault and Metallic. Commvault is celebrating 25 years in data protection, while Metallic, a SaaS data protection solution from Commvault has been available for nearly two years. In this discussion, David and … [Read more...] about #205 – 25 Years of Commvault & the Power of And (Sponsored)