Storage Optimization

This year’s big storage story

Posted in Featured,Storage by storageoptimization on August 5, 2008
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My company Ocarina Networks is one of Network World’s “10 Storage Companies to Watch.” We’ve been given this honor before, by Byte and Switch in 2007. This is not just to toot our horn, but to mention that more and more, we’re confirming our hunch that primary storage is where there is an immense need for new and innovative optimization solutions.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the kind of data that’s driving much of today’s storage growth–files–demands a file-aware solution for shrinking them down. It’s clear to me that there is an emerging set of opportunities in this space, and we are only beginning to see where this will lead.


What’s Hot in Storage — Spending Less

Posted in Featured,Storage by storageoptimization on July 18, 2008
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Byte & Switch has once again released its “Top 10 Storage Startups to Watch” for 2008, and it’s definitely worth a read. My company Ocarina Networks was on that same list last year, and so I can say with confidence that they got it right at least once before. 

As reflected in this year’s list, data reduction technologies continue to be hot. Makes sense in a down economy that anything that increases capacity will continue to get budget dollars. As we’re finding, dollars for stuff like Ocarina is already there in every data center’s budget – it’s just listed as disk expense. We’re not only ahead of our revenue goals for our storage optimization product launched in April, but we’re having to triple the size of our sales force to keep up with demand. 

If you have planned to buy 100 TB of disk, and can spend half as much for an optimization solution that shrinks your files that means you don’t have to buy any disk at all. A win all the way around. While Ocarina started out with wins in large web sites – where the fastest year-to-year storage growth is taking place – we’re now seeing installs in life sciences, energy, movie studios, and finance.  

The chief takeaway from what I’ve seen: some nice-to-have new technologies may be facing a tough summer with an economic downturn, but data reduction scores high on both saving money and green IT, and is likely to stay strong, or maybe even move up in priority, during a down cycle in storage spending.