Pure Storage Added to Our Copy Data Roster!

Catalogic ECX will provide support for all its copy data functionality to the Pure Storage FlashArray line: that is, we’ll manage the data copy process from end-to-end, including snapshots and replication, using the underlying Pure Storage FlashRecover engine. Since we use the software native to the array – unlike other solutions that bring in a whole new storage stack – you automatically get all the benefits of Pure Storage, including super-fast performance and amazingly efficient data reduction.

We really see the sweet spot here being the conjunction of all-flash storage, databases and copy data management. Organizations are rapidly moving their high transaction database workloads like Oracle and SQL Server to all-flash arrays, with Pure Storage a leader in that market. As it happens, we recently also released support for Oracle and SQL Server, including highly critical features like application awareness, DB log management and data masking.

The View from the Analysts

As is typical with new solution launches, we spoke to many analysts prior to making this announcement. A couple provided us some nice commentary.

Here’s David Floyer, Chief Technology Officer of analyst firm Wikibon:

To deliver the high I/O throughput and low latency required by databases, flash has become widely deployed for these environments. Another advantage of flash is that copies are much easier to make, and many more are made using snapshot technology. But now that all flash arrays are deployed in a majority of enterprise database environments, system administrators are experiencing significant challenges in adequately managing the greatly increased number of copies, and there are significant exposures to the business. What Catalogic’s software solution brings to the Pure flash storage arrays is automated copy data management (CDM). This allows enterprises greater use of and value from copies, much lower physical space for the copies, faster time to copy and faster time to data value.

We also heard from Jim Miller, Senior Analyst with Enterprise Management Associates:

Partnering with Catalogic for CDM is a smart move for Pure. Rather than building their own offering to compete in this growing market, this partnership allows Pure to quickly deliver a flash based CDM offering.  The combined Catalogic/Pure solution enables the enterprise to benefit sooner from an all-flash data center by solving the problem of devoting too much enterprise storage capacity to multiple copies of production data.

Pure Storage is a Top Notch Partner

I also want to be sure to mention how great the folks at Pure Storage have been to work with. We started up this relationship a few months back and we couldn’t ask for better partners. They are working with us across all areas to help spread the word of the powerful combination of Pure Storage and Catalogic copy data management.

In fact, Pure is sponsoring a webinar with us on September 15. Sign up now!

And if you’re heading to VMworld we’ll have demos of Catalogic running on Pure Storing in our booth (#721). It’s gonna get crowded, I can promise you, so if you want to lock in a meeting, please register in advance.  (Registering also gets you a sweet tee-shirt: just sayin!)

In addition to the demos, we’ll have Vaughn Stewart, Pure Storage Enterprise Architect and Chief Evangelist, speaking in the Catalogic booth on:

  • Tuesday, 8/30 @ 2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 8/31 @ 11:00 a.m.

Be sure to show up for a great talk!

Also, Catalogic will be presenting in the Pure Storage booth (#923) once each day on the topic of Turbocharge Your Database Infrastructure with Pure Storage and Catalogic Copy Data Management.

  • Monday, August 29th @ 12:30 pm
  • Tuesday, August 30th @ 2:00 pm
  • Wednesday, August 31st @ 1:00 pm

Lots of cool things happening and more to come. For more details on the product integration, you can visit our Pure Storage page or download our Copy Data Management for Pure Storage solution sheet.

Note that while we are able to demo the joint solution at VMworld, the final software release is planned for the end of September.

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08/24/2016 0 Comments

VMworld 2016: Are You Ready for the Game of Clones?

When it comes to IT and storage consumption, database clones are the White Walkers of the data center. And at VMworld 2016 we’re not hiding behind The Wall anymore: we’re taking them head on! Our Copy Data Management solution is the Dragon Glass you need to finally put a stop to database clones overrunning you.  Join us this year in booth #721, and you too can be part of the Game of Clones.

We won’t give it all away just yet, but it’s going to be both fun and educational. We have lots of Game of Thrones themed schwag, including some fierce GoT-style tee-shirts. The “Game of Clones” game itself will have several winners awarded Game of Thrones prize packs so schwagalicious that they will make you the envy of all Westeros.

But it’s not just dragons and swords. We’ve got some serious new technology on display this year, including our latest Copy Data Management integration with Oracle and SQL Server databases, which strikes right at the heart of the White Walkers…. Err, I mean the database clone problem. In addition to our own tech Maesters who will be on hand, we’re also having lots of special guests in our booth, so keep a close eye on our booth schedule as we get closer to the show.

If you pre-schedule a meeting at our registration site, you’ll receive one of our exclusive Game of Clones tee-shirts, as well as 10 extra entries for the big box o’ schwag. And fear not, if you can’t make it over the the Narrow Sea from Essos and won’t be at VMworld this year, you can still register on our site for a chance to win one of the prize packs.

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08/18/2016 0 Comments

Delivering Continuous Value to Customers via Agile Software Development and The Marketplace

Common Constraints

In many organizations the question above implies organizational and probably architectural constraints with respect to the timely and continuous delivery of business value. Any software development endeavor involves delivering value to customers in the form of addressing a need in a manner that is very intuitive. But in addition, that value should be delivered in a timely fashion. It is very limiting to think a single product owner or company can identify and address all needs a given market may have.

Imperative in value creation and therefore the offering of continuous business value is the leveraging of a platform and philosophy that enables needs to be identified and met by, not just a small group within a single organization, but a diverse group of people from many disciplines. The alternative to a platform strategy is an all-in-one monolithic solution which is not only an architectural anti-pattern but a strategic product anti-pattern as well. A monolithic approach is far more likely to fall victim to these constraints.

Why a Platform Strategy

Some notable and obvious sources illuminate the point quite well and highlight the power in the “platform”. The Power of Product Platforms,  Invisible Engines, and The Architecture of Open Source Applications all spell out why a platform strategy is critical in today’s approach to delivering continuous customer value through software. The most effective answer to the question posed above will be dictated by whether an organization embraces the platform strategy. The key to a strategic platform approach lies in a fundamental shift, not only in the development organization, but in the business overall, from DevOps to product development, to marketing and financing. We see examples of a platform strategy in diverse companies and industries, one example being Black & Decker, who completely reinvented themselves by establishing a base platform from which multiple tools are produced and sold. More obvious examples are Google and Apple with their apps strategy.

Simplicity is a Virtue

Platforms enable simplicity. Products that take the all-in-one solution approach typically continue to release versions which include more and more features, covering many use cases that get delivered to all customers regardless of the need. Why should enterprise software continue to be bloated with features? We know the issues this brings.

  1. It complicates the solution for the end user.
  2. Full development cycles dictate when customers can get significant, much needed solutions to pain points.
  3. And finally — and most importantly — customers are solely beholden to a product manager’s vision of what customers might require.

The Marketplace

The culmination of a modular platform based strategy is in the delivery vehicle for everything from new features, to documentation, to marketing. At Catalogic, this delivery vehicle is our online Marketplace (shown in the blog illustration). The Marketplace provides a framework that allows our organization to be much more flexible in how it delivers solutions to the market. Apps can be developed by teams and released when they are ready without  having to be tied to a significant platform release. Third parties can contribute to solutions in a timely manner, leveraging documented APIs that enable the integration with the platform. Single point solutions that offer simple and intuitive functionality can be leveraged by only customers who require that capability, thereby keeping the base solution simple for those not requiring the functionality.

Jay Hamilton is Senior Manager of Software Research and Development at Catalogic. 

For further reading, try this Storage Switzerland analyst report, “DevOps for IT Pros: The Key to Addressing Bi-Modal IT.”

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08/16/2016 0 Comments

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