Hybrid Cloud It’s Just Like Lego – John Woodall – Ep55

As organisations we can see the benefit of cloud and almost all organisations are taking advantage of it, be it a software service such as Office365 or backup and DR, the efficiency and simplicity of deployment of these kinds of services make them an attractive option.

However, what we are not seeing, in general, is organisations moving 100% to a cloud-based IT infrastructure, this can be for many reasons, for example, suitability, complexity or cost.

But our desire to take advantage of cloud services is not going to diminish, especially as we look at how we start to get the best from our data with analytics, business intelligence and machine learning, often the only practical way to access these services is via cloud.

With all this in mind we will see increasing numbers of organisations want to deploy a hybrid IT model, using cloud where appropriate and on-premises infrastructure as needed. If we are deploying a hybrid infrastructure, what does that mean to us and what do we need to consider when we are designing our IT services and importantly preparing our data assets to operate in this hybrid world?

Recently I watched a video prepared by storage vendor NetApp called “What it takes to get your data hybrid cloud ready” in which John Woodall, VP Engineering at Integrated Archive Systems, provided insights on how to prepare your data and infrastructure to operate effectively in a hybrid world.

John covered some great information and I thought exploring in more detail the points he raises in the short video would make an interesting Tech Interviews episode, so that’s exactly what I’ve done.

This week John joins the show to discuss and share his experience on how to prepare your IT infrastructure to operate in a hybrid environment.

We start our chat by looking at what we mean by hybrid cloud and the importance that it plays in a modern businesses IT strategy.

We also explore the challenges that come with building a hybrid model and why it’s crucial we don’t lose sight of who is responsible for the data that we share with any cloud service provider, remember IT’S YOUR DATA.

We talk about the joys of finances and why if you are thinking cloud is going to be a money saver, you maybe looking at this in the wrong way. We also discuss the importance, before we head off on our cloud adventure, of fully appreciating exactly where we are right now.

John also shares some of the basics you need to get in place to not only ensure you get your strategy right, but that you can deploy something that is consistent, secure and extensible. We also get to talk about Lego and Minecraft!

We wrap up with looking at why you may want to consider hybrid, whether you are a traditional business with lots of on-prem IT or even if you are a “born in the cloud” company who until now has delivered everything via the cloud, why you may want to bring some of that on-premises.

John has a real enthusiasm for deploying technology and helping customers get the best from their investment and he shares that in this episode, if you want to find out more from John or about Integrated Archive Systems then you can in the following ways;

Follow John on Twitter @John_Woodall

Check out his company website at www.iarchive.com

Hope you enjoyed the show, until next time, thanks for listening.



Imagine if the data you shared was written in pencil! – Val Bercovici – Ep54

One of my favourite phrases is that “those who make the most of their data, will be the success stories of the future” and I think that is echoed by our obsession with data as a new all-powerful resource for us to mine and exploit.

But, it’s not quite that straightforward is it? There is no getting away from the importance of security and privacy when it comes to our data. Be that keeping it from unwarranted access, data leakage or maintaining compliance with ever increasing regulatory requirements, maintaining our data in a secure environment is a primary concern.

Within that battle between wanting to exploit our data while maintaining control lies a huge problem, how do you share your data, so you can extract value, while maintaining control, security and privacy over this crucial asset?

That is the focus of this weeks show, as I’m joined by Val Bercovici, a well-respected technology leader, who is today working on a new project with his start-up company Pencildata, a company who’s mission it is to try to address this very challenge and provide a solution that allows us to both get value from our data, while maintaining control, regardless of where it is, who is accessing it and however many services it gets passed on to.

In a fascinating chat with Val, we explore the growing tension between getting value from data while maintaining its security. We examine some of the interesting problems that come with A.I. systems, how do you address the “cold start” problem? or ensure that your A.I. systems have a wider range of data, beyond academic and publicly available data sets to learn from?

We discuss why organisations find it hard to unlock the value of their data and effectively share it, not only with 3rd party providers but even with others inside their organisations.

We wrap up by looking at how to change this, how do we give an organisation the ability to maintain control of their data regardless of where it is shared and crucially the ability to change their minds, so when they no longer want to share that data they can withdraw authorisation, regardless of where that data resides. We also look at the importance of an immutable audit trail so that you always know who, where and how your data is used.

I hope you enjoyed the episode of what is a very interesting topic, as I do believe the ability to maintain this level of control of data as it moves between departments, or is shared with external services is going to be crucial as we look to fully exploit the value and insight that is held within our data sets.

If you want to know more about the work Val and the team at Pencildata you can find them at www.pencildata.com.

You can follow them on twitter @Pencil_DATA or email Val valb@pencildata.com.

You can also follow Val on twitter @valb00

Thanks for listening.

Keep it to yourself, the data privacy challenge – Sheila Fitzpatrick – Ep53

There is no doubt for many 2018 will be the year of data privacy, driven, in no small part, by the impending EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

In my opinion GDPR has many positives elements to it, it’s the opportunity for businesses to look at how they manage, secure and retain the privacy of data across their organisations and for too many of us, this is something that’s long overdue.

GDPR (and other regulations) however are not just a good idea, they are something that we need to comply with and May 25th 2018 is the date when GDPR becomes enforceable.

With that in mind, what are some of the changes that we should expect? what things are no longer going to acceptable practice? and what are the things really that we should have in place by that date?

022617_1150_Besttakecar1.jpgThis week we look at exactly that topic as I’m joined by data privacy expert and attorney Sheila FitzPatrick, founder of FitzPatrick and Associates and a globally recognised data privacy expert with over 35 years’ experience in the data privacy field.

Who better then to ask and get some advice from on some of the pitfalls and common misconceptions of data privacy and, when it comes to GDPR,  what are some of the basics that we really need to have in place by May 25th 2018.

During this episode we discuss a range of issues, we look at where we should start and why that place really shouldn’t be technology, Sheila also touches on why it’s important to be weary of “GDPR” experts selling you their compliance technology.

We discuss some of the common misconceptions and mistakes that organisations are making in their business compliance work and how this often leads to companies spending a lot of money unnecessarily, we also look at why focusing on GDPR alone can be a big problem in itself.

Sheila also explains why security is not the answer to data privacy and why it’s important to make sure you understand exactly why you have the data in the first place, before you worry about “securing” it.

We explore where to start on your compliance journey by understanding your current policies and procedures and what they are based upon, are those procedures clear and transparent and then the importance of GAP analysis, so you can understand what work is needed to meet the requirements of GDPR, or any other relevant privacy regulations to your organisation.

To wrap up we look at the things organisations are currently doing with their data that come May 26th 2018 will no longer be acceptable and why it will be crucial to ensure your business compliance plans are fluid and capable of responding to the ever changing data landscape, May 25th is most certainly not an end date for GDPR.

Lastly, I ask Sheila whether she has advice for those that think GDPR won’t affect them and she does!

Sheila, as always, shares some great insights into the world of data privacy and compliance and does so with her usual enthusiasm for the topic.

If you want to hear more from Sheila on these subjects, Sheila has appeared on Tech Interviews a number of times before and those episodes can be found here;

Best Take Care Of Those Crown Jewels – Sheila Fitzpatrick – Ep 17

Don’t Build Your Data Privacy House Upside Down – Sheila Fitzpatrick – Ep 18

Myself and Sheila also recently appeared on The Cube discussing GDPR and data privacy, you can find that show here https://www.thecube.net/netapp-insight-berlin-2017/content/Videos/t3wRSr6LDJbTY6rAD

If you want to contact Sheila on line you can find her on twitter @sheilafitzp.

You can contact here via her Linkedin profile or email sfitzpat@hrglobal.com.

Looking forward and looking back – Chris Evans – Ep 52

It’s the kind of thing us podcasters like to do this time of year, we like to take a bit of a retrospective view of the previous year as well as a look forward to the new, so not wanting to miss a trick on the Tech Interviews podcast, that’s exactly what we do in this episode.

Chris M EvansTo help me to look forward and look back at the tech industry I’m joined by Analyst Chris Evans (@chrismevans), Chris has over 25 years of varied IT experience, starting his career on mainframes, Chris also successfully built and floated his own dotcom business, started his own consultancy practice and today is a widely read and respected industry analyst and hosts his own (excellent) podcast, Storage Unpacked.

With that background he’s the ideal person to provide some perspective and thoughts on the direction of the tech industry, especially the data and storage elements of it, so that is exactly what I ask him to do.

We take a look at a whole range of topics, we discuss how a move to a more software defined future has not stopped the re-emergence of the importance of hardware, with technologies such as NVMe becoming more prevalent and how the ever-increasing criticality of data and performance is driving this hardware evolution.

Chris also explores some thoughts around the development of hybrid cloud infrastructure and how this is not only driven by the traditional on-prem vendors, but by the big cloud providers, how the likes of Microsoft and AWS are investing increasingly in technology to help their customers simplify the process of moving data into their cloud platforms. (For example Chris references Microsoft’s purchase of Avere Systems, you can read more here).

We also ask why some of the technologies we expected to really take off didn’t, for example why a personal favourite of both myself and Chris, Object Storage, hasn’t quite captured the market as we thought.

We don’t of course just look back, we look at some of the technologies that we expect to be the big bets for CIO’s and IT decision makers in 2018.

We investigate why high performance and scale out file systems, both on-prem and in the cloud, will continue to grow and as we increasingly look at how to keep our data at the edge while taking advantage of cloud computing.

Will NVMe really take off in 2018? we discuss some potential use cases and why, if you are making those tech investment decisions in 2018, NVMe maybe for you.

Of course, we round up with a look at data privacy, no doubt 2018, at least the first half, will be the year of GDPR, Chris gives some thoughts on what technology can help and how the technology industry can be more helpful in the way it approaches this challenging topic.

To find out more from Chris, you can find him on twitter @chrismevans and Linkedin.

His writing and analysis can be found at https://blog.architecting.it/

And if you are interested in storage industry related content, then I strongly recommend Chris’s excellent Storage Unpacked podcast you can listen to that here http://storageunpacked.com/.

Next week, sticking with the theme of data privacy as the topic for 2018, I’m joined by my favourite data privacy guru Sheila Fitzpatrick as we look at the upcoming impact of GDPR, the Myths and the areas you should be focussing on ahead of May 25th.

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Thanks for listening and have a great 2018.