015: Our first annual Christmas Quiz

December 25, 2014
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You'll never guess: we have all our hosts on the show this week. And it's a special episode. Because you are probably bored by now listening to Auntie Margaret's drunk babbling, we made sure you have something to escape with and get a good laugh at us.

Nigel has locked himself in a container for a couple of days and came up with a ridiculous amount of Quiz questions for the other 4 hosts. And it wouldn't be a real quiz if we did not have teams; 
  1. First team, with Marc and Hans, is team TINGELING!
  2. Second team, with Rick and Gabriel, is team HOHOHO!
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014: The Stuff of Stuff

December 18, 2014
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Never mind the Internet of Things..... we've got The Stuff of Stuff!

Anyway...... this weeks episode sees RickGabriel and Nigel come together to discuss everything important that's happening in the world of enterprise infrastructure.

First up, we get Gabriel and Ricks views on the NetApp + EVO: RAIL thing. It seems that file services is where its at for the Frankenstorage combo. Wonder what'll happen if VSAN comes to market with native file services though?


Rick highlights a controversial article written by Greg Ferro, in which Greg calls into question the reliability of VSAN. The crux of the matter seems to be the use of L2 multicast traffic for node-to-node comms. Full article here.

The discussion then moves on to Western Digital's mopping up of the IP left lying on the floor at floundering Skyera. It seems Skyera have several interesting and low-level solid state related patents - motherboard design for huge flash density etc...

Mesosphere and the whole notion of a Data Center OS is next on the agenda.  We LOVE the idea of a Data Center OS, and we applaud the guys driving this next gen OS architecture forward. But we wonder if it's still a ways off for regular enterprises.
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2015 Predictions

And as it's approaching the end of the year, we throw out some predictions for 2015

Rick thinks 2015 will be the year of hyperconvergence. He thinks the winners and losers in this market will be decided quicker than in the flash storage market.  He also thinks it'll be a big year for VMware VSAN.

Gabriel thinks we'll see at least one, may be two, IPOs in the hyperconverged space.  He also thinks we should keep an eye on Stratoscale and others in the software-only hyperconverged space.

Marc - via email - thinks 2015 will be the year of beer.  And he's certainly positioning himself well to take advantage if that does happen. While everyone else is looking at microservices, Marc is looking at microbreweries! Marc also thinks Microsoft will exit the phone business in 2015.

Nigel thinks 2015 will be the year of containers and mass public cloud adoption. On the container front he sees Docker and CoreOS keeping each other on their toes. And on the cloud front he sees public cloud adoption kicking on another level in the enterprise, leaving OpenStack a long way behind. Though he's keeping his fingers crossed it'll be a good year for OpenStack too.

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And the show closes out with a parody interview with Captain Dogger, as he fails to containerize Santa Claus but sets off on a new mission to containerize Santa's Elves.

013: Is NetApp Making EVO: RAIL Look Like a Pig

December 11, 2014
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Episode 13..... unlucky for some!

This weeks sees Hans and Nigel reviewing the previous week in enterprise tech. Gabriel joins briefly, but bombs out due to comms issues - guess he's using legacy old Nortel kit!

Nigel starts the show by talking about the 3PAR news from the recent HP Discover event. As always, plenty of stuff happening with the 3PAR platform, but Nigel seems concerned the codebase will bloat and the platform will end us as a lumbering jack of all trades, but master of none.

We then pivot to talk a bit more about Kaminario. First of all, we have apology to make following comments in last weeks show where we claimed certain comments from Kaminario were from a press release, when in actuality the comments were from interviews with the press. Nigel then waxes lyrical about what a cool product the Kaminario K2 is.  Citing experience from a previous POC and working closely with Kaminario engineering. But then the guys bemoan Kaminarios lack of top-notch marketing - could this be yet another great technology that fails due to marketing that's not equal to engineering!?!?!

Next on the agenda is the recent IDC numbers for all-flash revenues and shipped capacity. As things stand, the numbers look strange.... either IBM is giving the stuff away for dirt cheap, or EMC are over-charging. Or both!

Then we chime in on the recent NetApp + EVO: RAIL announcement. 
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It's kinda old news now, but we didn't get to discuss it much on last weeks episode, so we cover it this week.  The skinny....... we've not got anything good to say about it. Shame! We did mention something about Howard Marks, writing a good article on the prices of EVO:RAIL.

Then we cover the recent news that Cisco appear to be doing what all incumbents do when they start bleeding customers and revenue to smaller rivals..... they sue them! And while suing your smaller competition is usually compliment and validation that they actually are serious competition... could this potentially side-track Arista for a while.

Next up is DataGravity - sinking an additional $50M in c-round funding. Is $92M a lot for a small startup with relatively small customer base and a very new product? And how does somebody like DataGravity compare to somebody like Primary Data?

And speaking of Primary Data....... Are those guys on to something huge? Or is it all hype and no product? We can't seem to decide due to the awesome complexity of their message (and potential lack of detail)..... Who knows?  Hans mentioned an article by legendary blogger Enrico Signoreti that might be worth a read.

And Nigel wraps the show up by purring over a film he watched recently - holding it up as the best film he's watched all year!

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012: growing the VMware kernel and threatening influencers

December 4, 2014
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In this week’s show, Hans and Marc are finally joined again by our prodigal son Rick Vanover (aka The Rickatron) whom we seem to have lost since episode 5! In the mean time we are missing Nigel who is trying to find a captain and crew for his containerships at HP Discover in Barcelona and Gabriel is doing a dog and pony show which is probably not a metaphor in his case.

There was a lot of related and unrelated news this week in the datacenter technology realm. First of all we got back to the rants on public clouds going titsup. But we also had good news of Google being certified by the PCI (Payment Card Industry).

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In the VMware ecosystem the most important news fact was EMC shoving ScaleIO in a future release of the ESXi kernel (link, French). The federation proves to be strong again. note: there also was NetApp announcing some EVO:RAIL stuff but we’ll cover that next week.

From the Open Source community we noticed that CoreOS, a main contributor to Docker has announced their own container technology called Rocket. And SUSE announced a distributed storage layer in their distribution build on CEPH.

Good news in the startup market where Kaminario adds a $53mln round but did make some booboos in their messaging. note: the remarks we talk about are not specific in the press release but are quotes in the article on The Register and Gigagom.

Lastly we have some good and very bad news in the influencer community. One of our friends, Enrico Signoretti, was threatened by the CEO of NimbusData which is NOT OK! But the better news was another friend in the community, Amy Lewis is shifting roles to become the director of influencer marketing at SolidFire. We all agreed that SolidFire did a major hire there! God speed ;-)