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Some very interesting articles on DROBO S and DROBO Elite

November 24th, 2009 No comments

If you haven’t already read about the DROBO S and DROBO Elite, released yesterday (11/23/2009), here are a few interesting links, nice comparisons,  details and info in these post….

Contemplating IT

Pack Rat – Stephen Foskett

Louis Gray

Sunshine Mugrabi

Cheers

@storagenerve

……And incase you missed the DROBO S and DROBO ELITE video on (YOUTUBE) from yesterday…….

DROBO S and DROBO Elite – Introduced 11/23/2009

November 23rd, 2009 No comments

As most of you know, DROBO has been in the market for the past couple of years. There are three primary units that Data Robotics has in the industry today. The DROBO – 4 Drive Unit, DROBO Pro – 8 Drive Unit and DROBO Share that enables you to connect two DROBO’s and run community designed applications.

As of 11/23/2009, there are two new DROBO devices being introduced, the DROBO S and DROBO ElIte.

Both these DROBO’s will compete in the similar market space of its predecessors, but has additional features compared to the DROBO and DROBO Pro devices.

The big marketing buzz Data Robotics uses with it products today is “Set it, Forget it”. Data Robotics has designed a technology called BeyondRAID that in essence is a self-healing storage solution. The market space that DROBO and DROBO Pro’s compete today is the home and SMB space.

Introducing DROBO S and DROBO ELITE: Movie by StorageNerve

Song: Blue Theme (Movie: Blue)

DROBO S FEATURES:

Connectivity to Host

USB 2.0 Connectivity

Firewire 800 / 400 Connectivity – 25% faster than USB 2.0

e-SATA Connectivity – 50% faster than Firewire

Drives

DROBO supported 4 drives, the DROBO S now supports 5 drives, expanding total storage to 10 TB’s.

Supports different drive sizes.

Supports failure of 2 drives in the unit with no Data loss.

Self-healing technology supported as a core feature within DROBO S.

Different drive speeds and different cache on drive supported within the unit.

SATA – I and SATA – II drives supported.

OS

Windows – Win XP and Win 2003 onwards

MAC  – MAC OS X 10.5.6 onwards

Linux

Filesystems

HFS+

NTFS

FAT32

EXT3

Markets

Home User

Desktop Use in SMB space.

Power Save Mode

Seems like when you disconnect the DROBO S from a connected host, it enters in power save mode.

Upgrades

No Downtime with drive upgrades.

No Downtime with drive failure – upto 2.

No Downtime with new drive installations.

Take drives out of DROBO and plug them into DROBO S for data in-place upgrade.

For Home and SMB use it lacks the following

Entertainment – Photo Library, iTunes Library, FTP Support, NAS Support, Ethernet Support, iSCSI, AD integration, Turn off / on at a certain time of the day.

Technology

Technology Drobo S

Technology Drobo S

DROBO ELITE FEATURES

DROBO ELITE offers 50% faster throughput compared to DROBO Pro.

Connectivity to Host

USB 2.0 Connectivity (For Management only)

2 x Gigabit Ethernet

iSCSI Support

Upto 255 Host Volumes – (From Common Pool of storage – like Thin Provisioning)

Upto 16 host systems supported

Drives

DROBO ELITE supports 8 drives, expanding total storage to 16 TB’s.

Supports different drive sizes

Supports failure of 2 drives in the unit with no Data loss

Self-healing technology supported as a core feature within DROBO Elite

Different drive speeds and different cache on drive supported within the unit

SATA – I and SATA – II drives supported

OS

Windows – Win XP and Win 2003 onwards

MAC  – MAC OS X 10.5.6 onwards

Linux

Vmware ESX 3.5 and V-Sphere support

Filesystems

HFS+

NTFS

FAT32

EXT3

VMFS

Markets

SMB Market

Server Consolidation

Multiple Server Support

Vmware Support

Upgrades

No Downtime with drive upgrades

No Downtime with drive failure – upto 2

No Downtime with new drive installations.

Take drives out of DROBO PRO and plug them into DROBO ELITE for data in-place upgrade

Technology

DROBO ELITE

DROBO ELITE

I particularly like the self-healing no maintenance, no setup configuration. It has a great feature of plug it in, forget it…

I will start using the DROBO this week and hopefully be able to write more about the underlying technology, stay tuned!!!

GestaltIT TechFieldDay 2009: Post 10 (Day 2)

November 18th, 2009 2 comments

4 hours of sleep and back on the road this morning.

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There were several companies lined up to present today. Starting with Ocarina Networks, then Nirvanix, then Truth in IT, then Data Robotics and Bhava Communications. Today’s day was planned to be one of those action packed days, just like yesterday.

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Today morning started early for all of us. Again on the road, but just across the street from where we were staying in San Jose, the 2 min walk to Ocarina Networks. Had an early breakfast sponsored by Ocarina Networks. They also gave us an Ocarina (egg-shaped terra cotta wind instrument with a mouthpiece and finger holes) to take home.
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So with today’s presentations, we really did not know what to expect. Though I had a feeling Ocarina Networks will do something very unique after meeting with their CEO (Murli) last night at the GestaltIT Party.
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Ed Entering Ocarina Networks

Ed Entering Ocarina Networks

Ocarina Networks

Ocarina Networks

Devang making Faces

Devang making Faces, Nigel Poulton

Ocarina Networks
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George Carter comes in first and gives a product overview of what Ocarina is, how it works, where it resides, the architecture, the compression, the dedup and various other aspects of the entire solution. During his presentation he mentions how there are several Academia Scientist that work at Ocarina on several Compression algorithms for standard files like JPEG, TXT, PDF, ZIP’s, etc, etc. He also shows how the technology takes the data, uncompresses or unzips it, compresses it again, calculates checksum and then upon validation of the checksum, discards the original file to write with the newly compressed file.
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Then we went through an Ocarina product hands-on lab exercise to configure dedup, compression, etc in the Ocarina Resource Manager. I so much wish, they had given us a VM with the Ocarina Resource Manager and Report Manager to play around for my test labs in the basement. I much think, I need to do a deep dive blog post on this technology, stay tuned for it over the next couple of weeks.
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Ocarina also had an open challenge to bring in about 2GB’s of data on USB sticks that they will try to compress and give out prices to people that has the most compression and the least compression. John Obeto won the price for the most compression achieved on the data he brought in, while Greg Ferro won the price for 0 compression, since the files he brought on the USB stick were mzip files from back 30 years, probably not used in the industry any more.
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Nirvanix
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Then Peter and AJ from Nirvanix took the stage to talk about how Nirvanix technology works and how it can help Enterprise customers with its Public Cloud Infrastructure, some existing customer stories and how customers have leveraged this growing Cloud Infrastructure company to provide some very unique solutions.
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Ocarina Networks Continued
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Gou Rao (CTO) from Ocarina Networks takes the stage next. Wow, this guy is so young, but he knows so much. He went through the entire Dedup (how it works), Compression (how is works), Ocarina Networks (how it uses Dedup, Compression, Algorithms around these technologies). This session was one of the best techno-geek talk I have ever heard. Gou had answers for everything, though with the deep dive, he did lose some audience, but it was a great session from my perspective, because I was learning something new and I love to talk and hear about technology.
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Again with him, same story, he was just so much passionate about what we was talking, he won the crowd with his smartness. The combination of passion and presentation skills, make up an ultimate recipe for a presentation success.
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During the break, had about 30 mins of talk time with Murli (CEO, Ocarina Networks) and Gou (CTO, Ocarina Networks) about how this technology integrates within storage arrays and how customer leverage it today. Sorry to make this statement, I now truly believe that Ocarina technology could so rapidly be integrated into a storage array, making them potentially a take over target, but may be the investors are already expecting it.
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Truth in IT
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Oh…the lunch was great, vegetarian Falafel sponsored by Truth in IT (A W.Curtis Preston Company). Curtis presented during lunch on how Truth in IT is a new concept for the IT industry and how customers can benefit from it. To check out the Truth in IT concept, please visit here.
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If you email Curtis and become a member of Truth in IT, you will get one year subscription for half the membership cost. Email curtis at blogfriends@truthinit.com.
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Data Robotics
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Then the journey started in the bus to go to Data Robotics, the DROBO guys. If you haven’t seen the DROBO yet, here is the picture.
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Drobo

Drobo

Greg Knieriemen

Greg Knieriemen

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After initial introductions and some food, we settled in the conference rooms at Data Robotics. Some known faces from last nights GestaltIT party were there. The CEO of Data Robotics Geoff Barrall (Also founder of BlueArc), started with the presentation on the features of DROBO and DROBOPRO. For a CEO, I bet he knows exactly what the product offers, not only from a marketing perspective, but also from a technology standpoint, the invention from Drobo is the technology called BeyondRAID. After a few powerpoint slides, Geoff started white boarding the entire BeyondRAID technology. At this point the camera’s were not allowed, but it was great to see how a CEO even understands the nuts and bots of a technology.
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At the GestaltIT party, I had some time to spend with Michael Moran and Jim Sherhart from Data Robotics and I specifically mentioned how much we love the white board sessions and understanding on how the technology works. I think they were not planning for a white board session with their presentation since their understanding is, the white board sessions on the DROBO technology becomes a bit confusing for people in terms of how it all operates under the hood. If my short chat with Data Robotics made them change and come up with a white board session, I am glad. I know everyone in the audience loved it.
The white board session was amazing, Goeff’s presentation lasted for about 60 mins and then Jim Sherhart and Michael Moran took the stage to talk a bit about futures and some more under the hood technology.
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If I had to pick the top 3 most impressive presentations at GestaltIT TechfieldDay 2009, this would be one of those. Very impressive, very impressive when a CEO does it who has a complete product vision.
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Then started the quiz, where for 30 mins they showed us the hands-on demo of the product including some configurations on the DROBO, etc, etc. In team A we had Chris Evans, Simon Seagrave, Rodney Haywood and myself. Went through answering all the questions on the product quiz and got each one of those correct.
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W.Curtis Preston, Stephen Foskett, Robin Harris, Drobo Engineer

W.Curtis Preston, Stephen Foskett, Robin Harris, Drobo Engineer

Finally the results were declared and Team A had won the quiz. So we all take home a DROBO. Looking forward to receiving it in the mail shortly.
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As we were leaving, we received some very personalized T-Shirts from Bhava Communications with individual Twitter and Blog Addresses imprinted on the T-Shirts.
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At around 4 PM we started to head back to the hotel. Dropped a few folks at the hotel. The next destination was FRY’s – the geek heaven in San Jose. We all were happy to arrive at FRY’s.
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Had about 60 mins to shop, I decided to go in there, but had made up my mind that I will not be bringing anything other than myself out of the store, as I just didn’t have any space in my bag to bring stuff home.
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Oh….people bought all sorts of things……..Mac’s, ix4’s, drives, etc, etc. You can imagine what happens when 15 storage bloggers walk into a store….and then walk out of there.
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Finally arrived back at the hotel, and jumped to do a Podcast on StorageMonkeys as a Wrap up for GestaltIT Techfieldday 2009.
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Had a great dinner with the rest of the group in San Jose. People were starting to head back home and say goodbye at around 8 PM. For many of us, we were not leaving until Saturday night or Sunday afternoon.
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Headed back to the bar for more discussions around what we heard and saw today, but before I could finish my first drink…the sleep factor kicked in.
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Will finish my blog post the next morning…..and then will be heading to SFO for a fun day.
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GestaltIT TechFieldDay 2009: Post 2 (The Vendors and Sponsors)

November 9th, 2009 No comments

GestaltIT TechFieldDay is being kicked off on Thursday 12th of Nov 2009, a two day event by GestaltIT. The vendors will have a chance to have a one on one technology discussion with industry independent bloggers related to various virtualization and storage technologies.

The various vendors attending the GestaltIT TechFieldDay are

3Par

Data Robotics

Xsigo Systems

Ocarina Networks

MDS

Nirvanix

Symantec Storage

The various sponsors of this event are

Bhava Communications

Vmware

TechValidate

Truth in IT

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Vendors

3Par: We might get to hear about various 3Par Products including the T-Class and the F-Class computing platforms. Also possibly a technology review on the Agile Cloud. Looking forward to meeting up with Marc Farley and his team at 3Par.

Data Robotics: We might get to see and play with the Drobo and DroboPro from Data Robotics.

Xsigo (See-go Systems): Absolutely looking forward to talking to Xsigo systems, there are quite a few customers that have asked about these products. Understanding the underlying technology with Xsigo system platforms is the key. Saw the demo of Xsigo systems running at Vmworld 2009 Expo floors, quite impressed.

Ocarina Networks: I have always read about the Ocarina products, never actually have any hands-on experience with it. It will be great to see the product in action with the Ocarina challenge put forward to bring a 2GB memory stick at the GestaltIT TechFieldDay for a live product demo. Looking forward to meeting up with Sunshine Mugrabi and her team at Ocarina Networks.

MDS Systems: The Green computing blocks, as I would like to call them. Again I personally do not have any experiences with MDS products, but would like to understand the technology, the market, pricing and how it scales in an enterprise environment.

Nirvanix: Tons of questions already lined up for them. Looking forward to the Nirvanix team presentation. I wonder what side of the team would Stephen Foskett sit with this presentation.

Symantec Storage: We will probably hear about some data protection and storage management products from Symantec. I do have some questions on the storage management products from Symantec and would like to discuss those during the presentation.

Along with the vendors, there will be some sponsors of the event.

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Sponsors

Bhava Communications: Bhava communications is an up and coming Tech PR company.

Vmware: What can I say about Vmware.

TechValidate: A Marketing Research Company. Looking forward to meeting up with the Tech Validate team. Looking forward to meeting up with Brad O’Neil, a true industry entrepreneur as I would like to call him.

Truth in IT: W.Curtis Preston started company, providing user experience on IT products. I have personally never spoken to W. Curtis Preston and hope this will be a chance to connect with him.

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Hope this will be an exciting trip, looking forward to attending the event and hopefully understanding technologies and products from these vendors.

Comments always welcome….

For some reason, I couldnt copy the logo’s of the vendors and sponsors.

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