* Posts by yo_G

38 posts • joined 17 Jun 2015

Western Digital continues buying spree by snapping up Tegile


5x payout to investors? $900M for Tegile? Just throwing out wild numbers, eh Chris?

DCIG mid-market array guide: Why we left those companies out


Re: well that was as useful

What a pile of garbage. You got paid to exclude certain vendors and you came up with "objective criteria" to do it. GTFO the forums and out of the industry. Nobody wants you.

ExaFlash: Cheap, dense, energy-sipper will 'empower humankind'


kind of a gift

...for Chris Mellor. Keep us appraised of the lawsuits, Chris!

Seriously, you just cannot make this stuff up, can you?

In the all-flash enterprise storage space, we have a diverse mix... legacy incumbents... hungry startups... and this guy, spurious freaking Jesus

Mid-range storage array buyers' report leaves out .... guess who?



I believe DCIG is run by the State of California as a "Welfare to Work" program for formerly employed members of the mortgage lending industry whose previous livelihoods have been negatively affected by industry trends in the last decade. So, let's cut them some slack, ok?

The future is complicated - can technology make it simple?



did he say technology advisor to the state department?

Cisco should get serious about storage and Chuck some cash about


Re: Cisco has storage

"Openstack mainframe."

That's so nonsensical on so many levels, you get a A for Fail.

Coho Data OpenStacked



Is this news? Any bro can push code into OpenStack.

Datera offers Amazon EBS-alike for private and public clouds


kind of vague

Apart from buzzword compliance, what does this product actually do?

Go and whistle, IDC. The storage world's going to hell in a handbasket


legacy storage vendors

I'm reminded of Public Enemy sampling the Godfather: THEY'RE ANIMALS ANYWAY, SO LET THEM LOOSE THEIR SOULS

Ex-VMware CEO Di Greene drops mystery storage system box, dares you to open it


Re: Welcome & Goodbye!

If it's going to be a fail, it's not going to be fast. Too much money raised.

HPE tops IDC's all-flash array list. But look who's not on the list


pretty weak

IDG is looking kind of like DCIG with this one.

Violin Memory's top dog snubs activist investors Clinton Group


just goes to show

...a board stacked with current and former C-level executives is no match for an uncompetitive product.

The market is brutal.

Why NetApp shouldn’t buy Solidfire


Please do this deal

Netapp just spent 10 years digesting Spinnaker. I'd LOVE for them to spend another 10 years digesting Solidfire. Clustered Solid Ontap! Kind of like a lead brick in your stomach.

Go George! You can do it!

NaaS guys finish ... first: Dell, HP, Mirantis, Tintri in OpenStack brat pack


it's weird

OpenStack... from day zero, looking at their web site and such, my impression is that this thing has evolved into a vehicle to pull in supply side sponsorship to allow vendors to push product and/or services. Obviously there is a lot of supply-side interest to get on the bandwagon. AFAICT it remains to be seen whether there is actual, well, demand-side demand.

This theory can be proven wrong. Does anybody have numbers on, for example, how many VMs run under control of an OpenStack environment, vs competitors (VMware, Amazon, Microsoft, etc)?

Getting a little flashy! Funds are in place, and Kaminario targets growth


Re: Simplicity..

Simplivity seems like a good name for a feminine hygiene product or an easy-to-use adult diaper or something like that.

VMware vs German kernel dev: Filings flung in Linux-lifting lawsuit


Re: Interesting

I agree, this may actually be interesting. It seems to revolve around what constitutes a derived work. What is the same vs what is separate. Where is the dividing line exactly in the vmware product? Is there one? These are fundamental questions.

There is an old rms (I think) argument about why the LGPL is necessary: because any time you link code together in the same binary, a derivative work is created. I am not sure this view has any basis in law. My view has always been that this argument is intellectually vapid. Any good programmer knows how to create internal interfaces and keep parts of programs separate, even if they happy to run in the same address space and/or get linked into the same binary. What constitutes a derived work has to be answered with respect to an understanding of what *is* the original work, and, in combination with something else, is its identity preserved? What constitutes incidental mingling but fundamental separation, versus bona fide derivation?

Where will storage go over the next 15 years? We rub our crystal ball


a couple easy predictions

1) The smaller tier of on-premises suppliers will consolidate faster than predicted, as venture financing in this sector (high in the last 10y) dries up, and consolidation ensues.

2) The smaller and mid-tier of public cloud providers will grow in visibility. This is consistent with a number of comments above. More of this business is local than is widely perceived. Some of these providers will do better than others, and a few will go public.

3) Cisco will make an acquisition to get into data storage. It will not be NetApp.

DCIG rates top-selling EMC flash array as survey bottom-dweller


For $10K DCIG will post selfies of themselves smoking donkey balls.

EMC purchase of Graphite Systems was a wetware buy


check the math

A 5x payout on 1.5M is not a 7.5M acquisition. It's 7.5M divided by the fraction of the company that the investors in that 1.5M round got. Suppose they got a bit under 20%, so then it's about $40M assuming the 5x payout (which seems like a very rough estimate). In any case most of the valuation is captured in partially vested founder/early employee stock.

Dog walkers, the San Andreas fault ... and the storage industry


Re: Think data, not storage

Honest question: is moving your data once in a couple years really that big of a deal?

From where I sit, a lot of customers are forced to move portions of their data *much more frequently* due to issues of capacity, performance, availability (vendor bugs), correctness (vendor bugs), forklift upgrades (same vendor but cross-architectural boundaries), and more.


good stuff

Nice piece Chris. Just to amplify the point, I would note that the magnitude of the installed base under threat is not just billions, but a number of *tens of billions* -- if you figure overall industry revenue has been approximately $20-$25B/year over the last few years, and multiply that by ~3y expected service life -- well, it's a pretty big number. It might not be exactly $75B because, frankly, due to competition and technology improvement, customers get more for their money these days. Call it $50B+.


Tintri T850: Storage array demonstrates stiff upper lip under pressure


Re: Direct quetion :

Dude you have no idea what you are talking about. NFSv3 is bad because of its age? In that case TCP and IP must really suck because they're even older.

The simple truth is that NFS v3 works great for tons of things, including, apparently, VMware.


just wondering

Did you do anything like yank all power cables out and see how it handled that?

In redneck heaven, internet outages are the American Way


Re: Er, that's actually a South Dakota/Minnesota billboard

Upper West? *What*? You sound like the kind of poseur who comes to San Francisco and starts referring to the place as "San Fran" or "Frisco".

Confusing the West with the Midwest is an extremely elementary error. I don't think "Upper West" is even a typo -- you went out of your way to capitalize "West". Midwest is one word, contains no hyphen, and there is no plausible typographical explanation for the capital "W". It is true that there is an Upper Midwest, although most residents therein (formerly including myself) would simply refer to themselves as being from the Midwest, or perhaps as being from the particular state from which they hail. Readers interested in the exact boundaries of these regions can find helpful entries on Wikipedia.

NetApp falls into loss-making territory as yearly revenues drop 10 per cent


Re: 7 mode vs. C mode

This is an excellent question. The only theory I can come up with, and it's pretty tentative, is that that being an EMC customer appeals to people who expect this kind of thing from their storage vendor. They like being told how to do things. They like being dominated. They like taking it up the a** every now and then.


Re: NetApp isn't innovative, that is why they win awards.

haha! BEST OF SHOW!!

Tegile's new faster fatter flash box flings self at big data analytics


Re: it's not about the hardware

No, actually, it was a straight up question. Does it actually work in practice? Like it or not, you're conducting an experiment in software engineering. It's in your interest to convince the rest of the world that your experiment is a success. I'm mildly interested in the outcome (professional curiosity, you might say). Your fraction of the storage market is tiny and believe me, I have no reason to want you guys to fail.


it's not about the hardware

What I want to know is, what's up with their software? Are these guys hard at work hacking the bejesus out of zfs or what? Does it lose data? Does it fall on its face?

VMworld content catalog hints at VSAN upgrade


Re: Selling Futures

Post up some market share numbers if you have any.

Pure as the driven IPO: Upstart tells SEC it's go for stock market debut


Re: 92M in R&D for a single product vendor?

I'd be surprised. Whatever they have, whatever positive thing they can say about their business, is going to go into the S-1.

They are probably just not particularly efficient with their resources. Growing headcount super fast is a good way to spend a lot of money super fast. Every headcount they add requires incremental hardware resources (not cheap), lab space, HVAC overhead on that lab space, health insurance, etc. Basically, one of Pure's core competencies is spending investor's money. As somebody else said, that is exactly why they need to raise another round, hence the filing.

Yes, I work for a competitor. Which one? It doesn't matter.



That is a big, big, big loss. I mean like Orca-fat.

Nutanix digs itself into a hole ... and refuses to drop the shovel


This illustrates a fundamental weakness of hyperconverged offerings. Storage at high throughput tends not to be cheap computationally. This reflects the reality that storage vendors have to be focused on correctness and features, not just 100% iops. With CPUs being shared with application workloads, adding storage intensive applications ends up consuming CPU at double the rate -- once for the apps, and once for the storage.

EMC II, VMware and the future: Unpicking the house that Joe built


Looks like a circle-jerk.

Sales veep, staff log-off from cluster-cache upstart PernixData


Here's my take on Pernix. I work at a storage array vendor that supports VMware. As such we are basically required to implement a VAAI plugin (it runs on ESX hosts) in order to support array offload cloning of virtual machine disk files.

1) It is a total cluster fuck that this whole thing requires vendors to implement plugins. The VAAI ESX to array interface should have been defined as a network protocol. It would be extremely simple. Far, far simpler than NFS v3, and far, far, far, far simpler than VVOLs, which VMware is now trying to get vendors to implement.

2) The guy whose fault this is, I think, is the CTO of Pernix.

3) Occasionally we get a customer call where their ESX host is blowing up (purple screen) and *our* VAAI plugin was installed, among others, so they are calling everybody and looking for answers. However, reviewing the log files, we see messages that are obviously from a Pernix ESX plugin. These log messages contain the usual type of content. The message prefixes give file names and line numbers. In the messages we saw, the line numbers were IIRC in the 6000's range. Who the f puts 6000+ lines of code into one source file in one plugin? To boot, the code looked to be reimplementing TCP, at least going by the semantics of the message -- reporting things like sequence and ack numbers. So, we told the customer to talk to those guys, and haven't heard back.

4) Get a real architecture.

How to waste two years and lose $415m: Cisco's now-dead Whiptail deal


Some things never change.

1) Cisco doesn't know how to do storage.

2) The "Cisco acquisition machine" is vastly overrated.

3) Many acquisitions suck. Maybe the reason they're selling the company is because they know their product is weak and will not stand a chance in the market.

Thanks for the entertainment though!

Dumb MongoDB admins spew 600 TERABYTES of unauthenticated data


seriously, can I short mongo?

How can I bet against overhyped, under-delivering startups like this?

I suppose I could go long Oracle, I guess, but that seems like a lot of exposure against random ERP businesses that I know nothing about.

Disk is dead, screeches Violin – and here's how it might happen



Flash and disk are fine.



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