VMworld – It’s a Wrap – Ep42

VMware, along with Microsoft, is perhaps the most influential enterprise software company in the industry. VMware and their virtualisation technology has revolutionised the way we deliver IT infrastructure into businesses of all types.

It is not just traditional virtualisation they have made commonplace, the way they have driven the industry to accept our IT infrastructure can be software-defined, has made it more straightforward for us to adopt many of the modern technology platforms, such as cloud.

Today, however, the infrastructure revolution they helped create presents challenges to them, as the broad adoption of cloud and new ways of managing and deploying our infrastructure has led to the question “how do VMware remain relevant in a post virtualisation world?”

The answer is, of course, found by understanding how VMware see those challenges and what their strategic plans are for their own future development. There is no better way of doing that than spending time at their annual technical conference VMworld.

In last week’s show (Was it good for you? – vmworld 2017 – Ep41) we discussed with 4 attendees their views on what they learnt, what VMware shared and what they thought of the strategic messages the heard during the keynotes.

This week, we wrap up our VMworld coverage and a look at the modern VMware with two more insightful discussions.

Firstly, I’m joined by Joel Kaufman ( @TheJoelk on twitter) of NetApp. Joel has had a long relationship with VMware in his time at NetApp and has seen how they have evolved to meet the needs of their business customers and their ever-changing challenges.

We discuss that evolution as well as how NetApp has had to deal with the same challenges, looking at how a “traditional” storage vendor must evolve to continue to remain relevant in a cloud-driven, software-defined world.

 

To wrap up, I wanted a VMware view of their event and I’m joined by a returning guest to the show and voice of the VMware Virtually Speaking Podcast, Pete Flecha.

We discuss the key messages from the event, VMware’s place in the world, what VMWare on AWS brings and how VMware are getting their “mojo back” by embracing new ways of working with tools such as Kubernetes, delivering deeper security, tying together multiple platforms with their NSX technology and how VMware is giving us the ability to “Software Define All Of The Things”.

Pete gives an enthusiastic insight on how VMware view their own show and how they are going to continue to be extremely relevant in enterprise IT for a long time to come.

If you want to hear more from Pete you can find him on twitter @vPedroArrow and you can keep up with all the latest VMware news with Pete’s excellent podcast here at www.vspeakingpodcast.com.

That completes our wrap-up of VMworld 2017.

If you enjoyed the show why not leave us a review and if you want to ensure you catch our future shows then why not subscribe, Tech Interviews can be found in all of the usual homes of podcasts.

Thanks for listening.

Advertisements

Was it good for you? – vmworld 2017 – Ep41

This time of the year is a busy one for the technology industry as we move into conference season. But are these events worth your while, or are they just an excuse for a few days off and a good time?

I suppose the answer lies in how you spend your time, there is no doubt you can attend these events and just have them as time out of the office and a chance to catch up with friends over a few drinks. But, if you treat these events as that, I think you are missing out.

For me, I always see them as huge opportunities. I can hear a vendors mid and long-term strategy, understand their direction and critically, whether that direction continues to remain relevant to my business and the challenges that I’m facing.

It’s also a great opportunity to educate myself, to learn more about a technology, from an introduction to deep dive and over 3 or 4 days, a chance to learn about a wide range of technologies in a way that a more traditional training course just cannot offer.

While I don’t suggest you spend all of your time in a bar, the chance to network, spend a few days with friends and peers in the industry, to understand the latest challenges they are facing, how they are overcoming them and what’s next, is a priceless part of the event investment.

In this week’s podcast, we explore the value of one of the industries largest conferences VMware’s annual VMworld event. Run over two weeks, one in Las Vegas and the European event in Barcelona, VMworld is one of the largest gatherings of customers, partners and technology vendors in the industry.

Over the next two shows, I get a cross section of views from those who attended Vegas and Barcelona to hear what they thought of the event, what VMware covered and how well that fits in with their needs and those of the wider enterprise IT market.

In this first show, I talk to 4 attendees about their experience and what they learned.

Becky Elliot – Becky is a senior Systems Administrator for a US government contractor,  this was Becky’s first VMworld, we discussed how she took the practical approach, taking time to attend sessions with a day to day relevance to her job, as well has having a great time testing her skills at the Hackathon session.

You can follow Becky on twitter @beckylelliot

Mark Carlton040317_0726_Availabilit1.jpgI also catch up with two regular guests, Michael Cade (@MichaelCade1) from Veeam and Mark Carlton (@mcarlton1983) of Concorde IT, both also attending their first VMworld’s, we discuss the strategic messages from the keynotes, look at how VMware are evolving, as the world they have built their success on continues to change and whether the changes they are making are the right ones.

And finally, I chat with Barry Coombes – Barry is the Operations Director at Computerworld Group and unlike my other guests caught up with the Vegas show online, before heading off to Barcelona. We discuss the major announcements from the keynotes as well as the technology he is looking to find out more about in Barcelona. We also talk about Barry’s unique approach to note taking!

You can find Barry on twitter @VirtualisedReal check out his show note doodles here http://www.definetomorrow.co.uk/blog/2017/9/9/vmworld-us-2017-doodles and finally look out for Barry’s own excellent podcast by finding Define Tomorrow in your favourite podcatcher.

Next week I get more views from VMworld, including chatting with VMware’s Pete Flecha for the VMware view of VMworld 2017.

To find out more about VMworld, you can check out their website https://www.vmworld.com/en/us/index.html

To catch the next show then please subscribe, you’ll find Tech Interviews in all good homes of podcasts.

IT Avengers Part Three – Reassembled– Ep40

This week is the third and last of our panel discussions looking at the major challenges facing business IT.  We pick up again with our panel from last week (You can find last weeks show here IT Avengers Part Two – Assemble Again – Ep39).

They continue their debate with a look at how a business vision, without assessment and understanding of the current environment, may well mean you never achieve your end goal.

We also look at skill sets and how our increasingly digital native workforce, may lead us to problems in understanding how to architect our future solutions.

The changing role of the IT consultant also comes under scrutiny, however as that role evolves, the overall aim of ensuring that those wishing to use technology to improve their businesses make the right choices, does not.

We wrap up looking at the future challenges the panel see and how for one of them, decoupling data from infrastructure is living the tech dream!

As a reminder, the panel is;

Ed Morgan a Sales Engineer for Rubrik Inc.

Ed has an extensive IT background having worked for over 10 years as a datacentre technologist across multiple technology platforms. Today Ed has made the leap to a vendor, now working for Rubrik, providing him with a wide view of the industry.

You can find more from Ed on twitter @mo6020 or his blog https://blog.edmorgan.info/

Mick Kehoe is Chief Technologist at Logicalis in Ireland. He is heavily data focused in his role helping his businesses customers to find answers too the many challenges that come with data management, from storing it, to analysing it.

Mick sees a wide range of challenges and working with some of the country’s biggest organisations has a great handle on what is happening to businesses of all types.

Mick is on the twitters @mickehoe

Ruairi McBride is a Technical Account Manager at Arrow ECS. Working with Arrow’s large partner channel, Ruairi gets a fantastic overview of the requirements of a vast spectrum of businesses in the UK and out to a wider global market. With a speciality in storage infrastructures, Ruairi offers great insights into the challenges seen by many of us.

You can find him on twitter @mcbride_ruairi

Jason Benedicic is Principal Consultant for ANS Group, working closely with their large customer portfolio.

Jason has a great experience of working with businesses at all levels, from boardroom to techie, providing him with valuable knowledge from the boardroom business challenge to the nuts and bolts of delivery, allowing him to bring some really valuable knowledge and experience to our discussion.

Jason can be found on twitter @jabenedicic and his soon to be launched blog http://www.thedatacentrebrit.co.uk/

You can find the first episode of the IT Avengers panel right here IT Avengers Assemble – Part One – Ep38

If you enjoyed the show, then please subscribe in all of the usual places and leave us a review.

Thanks for listening.

IT Avengers Part Two – Assemble Again – Ep39

The IT Avengers are assembling again this week, but this time I’m joined by a whole new team, as four more experts from the IT community share their view on the current state of IT within business, the day to day issues and how to overcome them.

This week’s podcast panel is;

Ed Morgan a Sales Engineer for Rubrik Inc.

Ed has an extensive IT background having worked for over 10 years as a datacentre technologist across multiple technology platforms. Today Ed has made the leap to a vendor, now working for Rubrik, providing him with a wide view of the industry.

You can find more from Ed on twitter @mo6020 or his blog https://blog.edmorgan.info/

Mick Kehoe is Chief Technologist at Logicalis in Ireland. He is heavily data focused in his role helping his businesses customers to find answers too the many challenges that come with data management, from storing it, to analysing it.

Mick sees a wide range of challenges and working with some of the country’s biggest organisations has a great handle on what is happening to businesses of all types.

Mick is on the twitters @mickehoe

Ruairi McBride is a Technical Account Manager at Arrow ECS. Working with Arrow’s large partner channel, Ruairi gets a fantastic overview of the requirements of a vast spectrum of businesses in the UK and out to a wider global market. With a speciality in storage infrastructures, Ruairi offers great insights into the challenges seen by many of us.

You can find him on twitter @mcbride_ruairi

Jason Benedicic is Principal Consultant for ANS Group, working closely with their large customer portfolio.

Jason has a great experience of working with businesses at all levels, from boardroom to techie, providing him with valuable knowledge from the boardroom business challenge to the nuts and bolts of delivery, allowing him to bring some really valuable knowledge and experience to our discussion.

Jason can be found on twitter @jabenedicic and his soon to be launched blog http://www.thedatacentrebrit.co.uk/

Again it’s an information packed show, so packed in fact that I’ve decided to split it into two episodes, with the final part coming next week.

In this first part we tackle another round of business IT challenges. We look at how many of us have a “cloud first” strategy, without really knowing what that means?

We also look at why “cloud first” doesn’t mean that everything has to rush to the cloud and why taking your existing infrastructure and “lifting and shifting it” to AWS is hardly ever the right answer!

We also look at something that was a topic last week, as we discuss how getting the basics right and how a focus on the “boring old stuff” isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

We wrap by looking at the importance of a good foundation as critical to your future success.

Hopefully plenty more valuable information and something to help you tackle your current business IT challenges.

Next week, we’ll finish off this brief series of panel discussions as we hear more from the team on the key challenges they are seeing.

To make sure you don’t miss it, you can subscribe in all of the usual places.

Thanks for listening.

You can find last week’s first episode of the IT Avengers panel right here IT Avengers Assemble – Part One – Ep38

IT Avengers Assemble – Part One – Ep38

This weeks Tech Interviews is the first in a short series, where I bring together a selection of people from the IT community to try to gauge the current state of business IT and to gain some insight into the key day-to-day issues affecting those delivering technology to their organisations.

For this first episode i’m joined by three returning guests to the show.

Mich040317_0726_Availabilit1.jpgael Cade is a Technical Evangelist at Veeam. Michael spends his time working closely with both the IT community and Veeam’s business customers to understand the day-to-day challenges that they face from availability to cloud migration.

You can find Michael on twitter @MichaelCade1 and his blog at vzilla.co.uk 

mike andrews

Mike Andrews is a Technical Solutions Architect at storage vendor NetApp, specialising in NetApp’s cloud portfolio, today Mike works closely with NetApp’s wide range of customers to explore how to solve the most challenging of business issues.

You can find Mike on social media on twitter @TrekinTech and on his blog site trekintech.com

Mark CarltonMark Carlton is Group Technical Manager at Concorde IT Group, he has an extensive experience in the industry having worked in a number of different types of technology businesses, today Mark works closely with a range of customers helping them to use technology to solve business challenges.

Mark is on twitter @mcarlton1983 and at his fantastically titled justswitchitonandoff.com blog.

The panel discuss a range of issues, from availability to cloud migration, the importance of the basics and how understanding the why, rather than the how is a crucial part of getting your technology strategy right.

The team provide some excellent insights into a whole range of business IT challenges and I’m sure there’s some useful advice for everyone.

Next time I’m joined by four more IT avengers, as we look at some of the other key challenges facing business IT.

If you enjoyed the show and want to catch the next one, then please subscribe, links are below.

Thanks for listening.

Subscribe on Android

SoundCloud

Listen to Stitcher

 

 

 

 

Controlling your cloud – Robert Cox – Ep 37

The podcast is back from its summer holidays, a week earlier than expected, with this special episode looking at a problem that is often overlooked.

There is no argument that increasingly we are taking more of our business IT solutions as services, be that building platforms and infrastructure in an AWS or Azure, or whether it’s consuming specific software as a service (SaaS) solutions like Salesforce or of course the almost omnipotent Microsoft Office 365.

The benefits of taking our IT services in this way are many, flexibility, scalability, availability and the commercial attraction in taking a service under subscription.

However, many people operate their SaaS solution under the assumption that their service provider is not only providing them with a highly available infrastructure, but are also protecting all of their data by inherently providing backup and recovery facilities, protecting our data from corruption, deletion, theft or destruction and it’s a real shock to them when they find out that in reality their service provider does not do any of this.

Let’s take Microsoft Office 365 and Azure, in Microsoft’s own shared responsibility document they point out, while they are responsible for the platform YOU ARE responsible for YOUR DATA. If it is lost they are not responsible for recovering it.

It is this that is the focus of this episode as I robert-coxcaught up with Robert Cox of NetApp before he headed off to AWS summit, to talk about NetApp’s new SaaS data protection solution Cloud Control for Office 365.

We look at why SaaS solutions are popular and why the market is moving toward them and explore the risks that come with that move.

We look at why, when we move our data to a SaaS platform, there is often an abdication of responsibility for our data that would never be acceptable in our own datacentres

We discuss good practice for SaaS housed data and the kind of backup and recovery capabilities that maybe useful to us and although this episode is focused on Office 365, we also chat about why this is a challenge for a large number of SaaS services.

We wrap up by looking at what NetApp are doing in this space to help their customers protect their data.

It was great to grab Robert before he headed of to AWS summit, to discuss this often still misunderstood area by those embracing SaaS in their businesses.

If you want to know more about what NetApp are doing to help, you can find out about Cloud Control for Office365 here and also get a free trial.

If you have further questions you can of course contact me on twitter @techstringy or Robert directly at Robert.cox@netapp.com or you can find him on twitter @scoxnew.

Hope you enjoyed the show and it helps you to take control of your SaaS based data.

The podcast is back properly from its summer holidays next week, as I’m joined by a panel of tech community experts as I ask them to give their views on the current big issues facing business IT.

To catch the show, why not subscribe, and until next time, thanks for listening.

Subscribe on Android

SoundCloud

Listen to Stitcher

Keeping on top of ONTAP

The last year has been a big one for NetApp, the turnaround in the company’s fortunes continues, fantastic growth in the all flash array market, the introduction of cloud native solutions with tools and of course not to forget Solidfire and the newly announced HCI platform. All have created lots of interest in this “new” NetApp.

If you have read any of my content previously, you’ll know I’m a fan of how NetApp operate and their data fabric strategy continues to make them the very best strategic data partner to meet the needs of many of the people I work with day-to-day.

Why am I telling you all of this? Well, like with all technology companies, it’s easy to get wrapped up in exciting new tech and sometimes forget the basics of why you work with them and what their core solutions still deliver.

For all the NetApp innovations of the last couple of years, one part of their business continues to be strong and even at 25 years old remains as relevant to customer needs as ever and that is the ONTAP operating system.

ONTAP, in its latest incarnation, version 9 (9.2 to be exact), maybe more than anything shows how NetApp continue to meet the ever-changing needs of the modern data market, because it would be easy, regardless of its strength, to write off an operating system that is 25 years old, but NetApp have not, they have developed it into something markedly different from the versions I first worked with 10 years ago.

These changes reflect the changes we, as users in more data focussed businesses, demand from our storage, it’s not even really storage we demand, it’s an ability to make our data a core part of our activities, to quote a friend “Storing is boring” and although storing is crucial, if all we are doing is worrying about storing it, then we are missing the point and if the focus for ONTAP was only that, then it would become very quickly irrelevant to a modern business.

How are NetApp ensuring that ONTAP 9 remains relevant and continues to be at the heart of data strategies big and small?

Staying efficient

Although storing may be boring, in a world where IT budgets continue to be squeezed and datacentre power and space are at a costly premium, squeezing more and more into less and less continues to be a core requirement.

Data Compaction, inline deduplication, and the newly introduced aggregate wide deduplication all provide fantastic efficiency gains. If you align this with integration of increasing media sizes (10TB SATA, 15TB Flash, something not always easy for NetApp’s competition), you can see how ONTAP continues to let you squeeze more and more of your data into smaller footprints (60Tb on one SSD drive anyone?), something that remains critical in any data strategy.

Let it grow

As efficient as ONTAP can be, nothing is efficient enough to keep up with our desire to store more data and different types of data. However, ONTAP is doing a pretty good job of keeping up. Not only adding additional scalability to ONTAP clusters (Supporting up to 24 nodes) NetApp have also taken on a different scaling challenge with the addition of FlexGroups.

FlexGroups allow you to aggregate together up to 200 volumes into one large, high performance single storage container, perfect for those who need a single point of storage for very large datasets. This is something I’ve already seen embraced in areas like analytics where high performance access to potentially billions of files is a must.

Keep it simple

A goal for any IT team should be the simplification of its environment.

NetApp have continued developing ONTAP’s ability to automate more tasks and by using intelligent analysis of system data they are helping you to take the guess-work out of workload placements and their impacts, allowing you to get it right, first time, every time.

The continued development of quick deployment templates has also greatly simplified provisioning of application storage environments from out of the box to serving data, taking just minutes not days.

In a world where an ability to respond quickly to business needs is crucial, then the value of developments like this cannot be underestimated.

Keep it secure

Maybe the most crucial part of our data strategy is security and in the last 12 months NetApp have greatly enhanced the capability and flexibility of this in ONTAP.

SnapLock functionality was added 12 months ago, allowing you to lock your data into data archives that can meet the most stringent regulatory and compliance needs.

However, the biggest bonus is the implementation of onboard, volume level encryption, previous to ONTAP9, the only way to encrypt data on a NetApp array, was like most storage vendors, with the use of self-encrypting drives.

This was a bit of an all or nothing approach, it meant buying different and normally more expensive drives and encrypting all data regardless of its sensitivity.

9.1 introduced the ability to deliver encryption on a more granular level, allowing you to encrypt single volumes, without the need for encrypting drives, meaning no need for additional hardware and importantly the ability to only encrypt what is necessary.

In modern IT, this kind of capability is critical both in terms of data security and compliance.

Integrate the future!

I started this piece by asking how you keep a 25-year-old operating system relevant, in my opinion the only way to do that is to ensure it seamlessly integrates with modern technologies.

ONTAP has a pretty good record of that, be it by luck or design, it’s port into the world of all flash, was smooth, no need for major rewrites, the ONTAP method of working was geared to work with flash before anyone had thought of flash!

The ability for ONTAP to see media as another layer of storage regardless of type was key in supporting 15TB SSD’s before any other major storage vendor and it is this flexibility of ONTAP to integrate new storage media which has led to one of my favourite features of the last 12 months, FabricPools.

This technology allows you to seamlessly integrate S3 storage directly into your production data, be that an on-prem object store, or a public cloud S3 bucket from a provider like AWS.

In the V1.0 release in ONTAP 9.2, FabricPools tier cold blocks from flash disk to your S3 complaint storage, wherever that is, bringing you the ability to lower your total cost of ownership for storage by moving data not actively in use to free up space for other workloads. All done automatically via policy, seamlessly providing an extension to your production storage capacity by integrating modern storage technology.

ONTAP everywhere

As ONTAP continues to develop, the ways you can consume it also continue to develop to meet our changing strategic needs.

Fundamentally ONTAP is a piece of software and like any piece of software it can run anywhere that meets the requirements to run it. ONTAP variants Select and Cloud, provide software defined versions of ONTAP that can be run on white box hardware or delivered straight from the cloud marketplaces of AWS and Azure.

The benefit of this stretches far beyond just been able to run ONTAP in more places, it means that management, security policies and data efficiencies are all equally transferable. It’s one way to manage, one set of policies to implement, meaning that where your data resides at a given moment becomes less important, as long as it is in the right place at the right time for the right people.

In my opinion, this flexibility is critical for a modern data strategy.

Keep it coming

Maybe what really keeps ONTAP relevant is the fact that these new capabilities are all delivered in software, none of the features have required new hardware or for you to purchase an add-on, they are all delivered as part of the ONTAP development cycle.

And the modern NetApp has fully embraced a more agile way of delivering ONTAP, with a 6-month release cadence, meaning they can quickly absorb feature requests and get them delivered to platforms that desire them quickly, allowing them and us to respond to changing business needs.

So, while NetApp have had a fascinating year, delivering great enhancements to their portfolio, ONTAP still retains a very strong place at the heart of their data fabric strategy and still, in my opinion, is the most complete data management platform, continuing to meet the needs presented by modern data challenges.

Find out more

If you want to know more about ONTAP and its development then try these resources.

NetApp’s Website

Justin Parisi’s BLOG – providing links to more detailed information on all of the technologies discussed and much more!

TechONTAP Podcast – NetApp’s excellent TechONTAP podcast has detailed information of all of the information shared here, it’s all in their back catalogue.

And of course you can leave a comment here or contact me on twitter @techstringy

Tech me for the weekend – 21st July

Those weekends just keep on rolling around don’t they! It’s been a hectic old week at work, but I’ve still managed to catch up on some really good tech content that I thought I’d share.

If you are after some interesting reads and listens to satisfy your insatiable desire for all things tech this weekend, then give these a go..

Articles

CIO.COM – Is your data ready to help you make game changing decisions?

I presented at an event recently on this very topic and thought this was an interesting article discussing the same issues.

Many of us see the value of data and see how getting a better understanding of it can help us make better decisions in our business, but how many of us have thought about how to package up our data so we can actually take advantage of analytics tools so we can become a more data driven businesses? Some areas to consider in this article;

http://www.cio.com/article/3192349/analytics/is-your-data-ready-to-help-you-make-game-changing-decisions.html

Tech Crunch – Five building block of a data-driven culture

While on the data theme, also found this from Tech Crunch further exploring the idea of making our businesses more data centric, while the CIO article looked at how to prepare our data to be more useful to us, Tech Crunch look at the wider picture of what a business needs to become more data centric.

They explore the importance of an authoritative data set, but also the importance of having the right skills in your business, it’s no good doing all of this work with your data, if no one has the slightest idea how to use it!

https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/23/five-building-blocks-of-a-data-driven-culture/

Windows IT Pro – Microsoft Inspire: Simplify, Simplify, Simplify

A big supporter of this message in all areas of IT, as we become ever more reliant on our technology and it becomes ever more complex, what is crucial is we take that complexity away from our end users, they need to be able to focus on making the most of their technology so they can meet their desired outcomes, not wasting time worrying about making stuff work.

This article from Windows IT Pro comes from the recent Microsoft Inspire conference, as they take a look at Microsoft’s plans for simplifying technology delivery be that cloud offerings, building hybrid solutions with Azure Stack, or using Microsoft cognitive services, the focus is on simplification.

http://windowsitpro.com/cloud-data-center/microsoft-inspire-simplify-simplify-simplify-or-least-shove-complexity-out-view

Podcasts

After all that reading, you may want to kick back for some tech listening, so here’s a coupe of shows to enjoy!

Tech ONTAP – Death of the specialised admin

I know the NetApp podcast team keep getting a mention, but they are knocking out some great episodes at the minute and episodes that are for a much wider IT listenership than just NetApp customers.

This episode is one of those as Andy Bantha and Josh Atwell join the team to talk about next generation infrastructure, but not a debate about technology, one about skill sets, what types of skills do we need as IT Pro’s and what kind of skills do we need as a business as you look to build your next generation technology platforms.

Well worth a listen.

 

 

Virtually Speaking Podcast – vSAN Off-Road

Another old favourite this one. I enjoy the VMware podcast, as a great way to keep up with what VMware are doing.

This episode, although vSAN focussed, does however touch on an interesting idea, that of building customised infrastructures, not necessarily ones that sit in any good practice guide or a reference architecture, however ones that are supported, even if their use cases are quite unique.

The team bring up some interesting points and areas to consider, worth a listen if you are indeed taking your own IT a little “off-road”.

In Tech We Trust – Luck and Innovation

Enjoying the new format of this show and an interesting topic this time out as Yadin discusses with a range of guests the part that luck plays in innovation, does it play a part and if so how big?

Interesting listen and some good sharing of experiences.

Give it a try, I’m pretty sure it will give you some things to think about!

https://intechwetrustpodcast.com/e/125-luck-and-innovation/

Tech Interviews – Living on the data edge

Talking of Yadin (smooth transition if ever there was one) he is my guest on my Tech Interviews show this week, as I discuss Yadin’s day job at Druva, as we tackle the tricky and often ignored problem of edge data.

We discuss the data that sits out on our mobile devices, laptops, tablets, phones, USB sticks and the unique set of problems that this presents to our enterprise in terms of data management.

Yadin shares some great ideas and insights on how we can begin to tackle the challenge.

Plus it’s the last show for a few weeks as Tech Interviews takes a summer holiday – so heah, why not give it a try.

Hopefully that gives you plenty to enjoy over the weekend.

Happy teching.. watch out for some more tech content to enjoy soon…

 

 

Living on the data edge – Yadin Porter De Leon – Ep36

There has no doubt been a change in the way we all look at protecting and securing our key data, with robust data protection, enhanced data security plans and increased governance to ensure compliance with ever-increasing regulatory requirements.

However, much of this is concentrated in our datacentre and our central data sets, which although critical, is not all of our data. One of the biggest changes we have seen in recent years in the world of “corporate IT” is the increasingly mobile nature of our daily operations, starting out from getting email to a Blackberry, to today been able to access all of our key business data and applications from pretty much anywhere at any time on a wide range of devices.

This shift of course has a huge impact on where our data lives, it’s no longer just in our datacentre, behind corporate firewalls and security, it lives out on those range of mobile devices, laptops, tablets and smartphones, which brings a set of quite unique challenges.

These challenges are not necessarily easy to fix, how do you ensure you are protecting that data on a wide range of different devices, how do you know where it is and what it contains?

That is the focus of this weeks podcast, as I’m joined by Yadin Porter De Leon of Druva to discuss the challenge of data that lives right on the edge of our network.

We look at the complexity of the problem and why it has too be much more than “backup” and why it’s critical we have full visibility of our data, regardless of where it sits in our business, be that in our datacentre or on a mobile device 1000’s of miles away.

We define what we mean by edge data, look at how it needs to be just as available and accessible as that in our datacentre.

Yadin shares with us how easy it is to suffer from a data breach with edge data, how the loss of a single device can lead to significant breach and all the impact that brings, especially if we don’t know what data may or may not have been on that device!

This leads on to investigating the subject of information management, which is the true goal for many of us, knowing where our data is, what it contains, who has and is accessing it, while ensuring we have it protected and can always find it, regardless of whether our end device is accessible or not.

We wrap up our edge data discussion by providing a little bit of listener homework, as we point you in the direction of the kind of questions you should be asking yourself as an organisation, so you can build a data protection policy for all of your data, not just that which is stored in your datacentre.

Yadin gives some great insight to something, which in my opinion, is a challenge that is often not giving the focus that it requires.

To find out more about the work Druva do to help with this difficult challenge then visit the solution section of druva.com, you can also follow them @druvainc on twitter.

You can follow Yadin @porterdeleon on twitter.

Finally, I strongly recommend checking out the excellent In Tech We Trust podcast, where Yadin and the team explore a wide range of IT industry and business topics you can follow them on twitter @InTech_WeTrust or the website at intechwetrustpodcsat.com

Tech Interviews is packing its swimming trunks and heading off on its podcast summer holidays for a few weeks, but worry not, you can find all of our previous episodes here on the techstringy.com website as well as at podcast.techstringy.com and to make sure you don’t miss out on the new shows when we’re back, then why not subscribe in all the usual podcast places.

Subscribe on Android

SoundCloud

Listen to Stitcher
 

Have a great summer and thanks for listening.

 

were-all-going-on-a-summer-holiday

What is a next generation data centre? – Martin Cooper – Ep35

There is no doubt that our organisations are becoming ever more data centric, wanting to know how we can gain insight into our day to day operations and continue to be competitive and relevant to our customers, while delivering a wide range of new experiences for them.

This move to a more data driven environment is also altering the way we engage and even purchase technology in our businesses, with technology decisions now no longer the preserve of IT people.

These changes do mean we need to reconsider how we design and deliver technology. Which has led to the idea of “The Next Generation Datacenter”, but what does that mean? What is a Next Generation Datacentre?

That is the subject of this week’s podcast, as I’m joined by Martin Cooper, Senior Director of the Next Generation Datacentre Group (NGDC), at NetApp.

With over 25 years in the technology industry, Martin is well placed to understand the changes that are needed to meet our increasingly digitally driven technology requirements.

In this episode, we look at a wide range of topics, starting with trying to define what we mean by Next Generation Datacentre. The good news is that NGDC is not necessarily about buying a range of new technologies, but about optimising the processes and technology that we already have.

We touch on how a modern business needs flexibility in its operations and how decisions made in different parts of the business, who focus on applications and data, not infrastructure, require IT teams to respond in an application and data focused way.

Martin also discusses the types of organisations that can benefit from this NGDC way of thinking, and how in fact, it’s not about entire organisations, but about understanding where the opportunities for transformation exist, and delivering change there, be that an entire business, a single department or even a single application.

We also provide a word of caution and how it’s important to understand that not all our current applications and infrastructure are going to migrate to this brave new world of Next Generation Datacentres.

Next Generation Datacentre is not about a technology purchase, but is about understanding how to optimise the things we do, to meet our changing business needs and Martin provides some excellent insight into how we do that and the kind of areas we need to consider.

To find out more from Martin and from NetApp you can follow them in all the usual ways.

Their website Netapp.com

On twitter @NetApp @NetAppEMEA

You can also follow Martin @mr_coops

Martin also mentioned a selection of podcasts that often discuss next generation datacentre, you can find more details on those shows by clicking the links below.

SpeakingINTech

The Cloudcast

NetApp’s own TechONTAP podcast.

I hope you enjoyed the show, if you did and want to catch all future Tech Interviews episodes, then please subscribe and leave us a review in all of the normal places.

Subscribe on Android

SoundCloud

Listen to Stitcher