In Feb 2013, I opined (with some measure of disgust) that people were looking at various software packages as silver bullets, these magical bits of a stack which could suddenly transform massive steaming piles of bits (big … uh … “data” ?) into golden nuggets of actionable data. Many of the “solutions” marketed these days … Read more There are no silver bullets, 2015 edition
Assuming everything goes as planned (HA!) we should have a number of very cool things at SC15. 100Gb Unison storage system with BeeGFS 100Gb Unison Ceph system 100Gb connection to a partner/customer booth Forte 100Gb is awesome. The first time I ran an iperf bidirectional test, saw 20GB/s … it blew me away. 40/56GbE is … Read more Shiny #HPC #storage things at #SC15
I mentioned previously that we have some new (shiny) things … and it looks like you’ll be able to hear about them at my talk. See the schedule for timing information. This said, please note that we have a terrific line up of people giving talks: Fintan Quill from Kx on kdb+ … which is … Read more Cat peeking out of bag: Schedule of presentations and talks in our booth for SC15 is up
From Term Sheet (required reading BTW) Since landing in San Francisco on Wednesday afternoon, I’ve met with an assortment of senior venture capitalists, bankers, entrepreneurs and crossover investors. All of them have, in one way or another, been involved with so-called ‘unicorn’ companies. As in the past, they are nearly unanimous in sentiment. The difference … Read more Are the wheels coming off?
Our friends at Lucera are in number 6 for best use of HPC in a financial services category. Our Unison product is at number 11 for Best HPC Storage Product or Technology. And I did a write in for #21 for us :D. Our friends at Mellanox have their 100Gb EDR Infiniband technology at number … Read more Voting in HPCWire's readers choice awards are open, please vote!
The Register reports this morning, that Seagate has acquired DotHill. DotHill makes arrays and their kit is resold and rebadged by many. In general the array market (high end) is in a decline, and doesn’t show signs of turning around (ever). The low and mid market, including some of the cloud bits is growing. I … Read more M&A: Seagate snarfs up DotHill
We started the company on 1-August-2002. I remember arguing with a senior VP at SGI over his decision to abandon linux clusters in Feb 2001. That was the catalyst for me leaving SGI, but I was too chicken to start Scalable then. I thought I could do better than them. I went to another place … Read more Scalable Informatics 13th year anniversary on Saturday
Article is here, take it as a rumor until we hear from them. My comments: First, M&A is hard. You need a good fit product wise (little overlap and great complementary functions/capabilities), and a culture/people fit matter. Second, sales teams need to be on-board selling complete solutions involving the acquired tech. Sometimes this doesn’t happen, … Read more M&A fallout: Cisco may have ditched Invicta after buying Whiptail
The Register has a great article on storage unicorns. Unicorns are not necessarily mythical creatures in this context, but very high valuation companies that appear to defy “standard” valuation norms, and hold onto their private status longer than those in the past. That is, they aren’t in a rush to IPO or get acquired. Comment … Read more On storage unicorns and their likely survival or implosion
Terascala appears to have been disassembled, with much of the team going to Cray. Terascala started out selling internally developed storage appliances for Lustre. They developed deployment, monitoring, and management tools. Their UI was reasonably good. Then they struck up a deal with Dell and a few others. In doing so, they largely stopped their … Read more M&A or more correctly, acqui-hire: Cray bags much of Terascala