This week, Chris and Martin review their thoughts from the previous discussion on COVID-19 and what we have learned since then. In what is an incredibly fast-moving situation, the way in which we viewed the impacts of the global epidemic were perhaps a little naive. We take another look at how vendors will need to market and sell to their clients and how even virtual events … [Read more...] about #149 – Coronavirus 2.0
In this episode we take a look at the impact of COVID-19, commonly known as the Coronavirus. Since the outbreak in China towards the end of 2019, tens of thousands have been infected, thousands of people have died. As the spread of the disease moves outside China, we look at the effect on business, conferences and the positive benefits that may occur with reduced … [Read more...] about #146 – Coronavirus and Impacts on the Technology Industry
This week Chris and Martin discuss the announcement of Google Cloud partners offering Anthos Ready Storage. Anthos is Google's on-premises cloud infrastructure running Kubernetes-based containers. Platform users can now deploy locally in their data centre, on local hardware, while using the GCP management plane. What is the benefit of having storage certified for Anthos? … [Read more...] about #145 – Anthos Ready Storage for the Enterprise
This week, Chris and Martin discuss the automation of storage. In a follow-on from the Dell EMC presentation at Storage Field Day 19, this conversation looks at the challenges of opening storage provisioning and management to the wider developer community. In the past, SRM tools have focused on providing the "record of truth" for storage and well as the interface to … [Read more...] about #142 – Storage, Automation and DevOps
This is the second of our predictions shows for 2020 that anticipates what we can expect in enterprise storage for the year ahead. This episode covers solutions and vendors. We open with a discussion on cloud-native storage, which saw a lot of traction in 2019. Will the future be one of these companies or as Chris says, should we just rely on VMware to underpin our container … [Read more...] about #139 – Storage Predictions for 2020 (Part II)
This week Chris and Martin are joined by Chris Mellor for what is turning into an annual look at storage technology for the year ahead. We should point out that this is only for enterprise storage and not a forecast on the world in general! We start with a discussion on media. At the macro level, capacities continue to grow for SSDs and HDDs year on year. This trend is … [Read more...] about #138 – Storage Predictions for 2020 (Part I)
In this final, final show for 2019, Martin and Chris review both the year and decade just passed. How did predictions work for 2019? What technology has come and gone over the decade and what can we expect in the next 10 years? Downloads have increased exponentially again over the year. Thank you to everyone who continues to download and listen to us. The most popular … [Read more...] about #136 – The End of the Year Show 2019
This week, Chris and Martin reflect on changes in the storage industry and the ways in which vendors can make money from storage hardware and software. It's been a tough time for storage vendors of late and the discussion starts by looking at the challenges of making money in a market where components are commodity and decline in price each month. How should vendors adapt to … [Read more...] about #130 – Making Money in the Storage Business
This week, Chris and Martin catch up with some of the storage hardware on show at Flash Memory Summit 2019. FMS is essentially a trade show and so there are lots of technologies on display that haven't quite made it to the enterprise. Technology vendors are selling to other vendors and this year there were some interesting hardware solutions to see. Flash has been on the … [Read more...] about #119 – Storage Hardware is Back!
IDC recently released their latest quarterly storage sales figures. The data shows, yet again, that IBM sales continue to decline. In this week's podcast, Chris and Martin discuss the state of IBM's storage business. Is it time for IBM to quit? IBM has an embarrassment of riches in storage software and hardware (or a nice portfolio as Martin puts it). … [Read more...] about #107 – Should IBM Quit the Storage Hardware Business?