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The Cloudcast #130 - Hyper-Converged & Software-Defined Collide

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The Cloudcast #130 - Hyper-Converged & Software-Defined Collide (29:57)

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Date: February 11, 2014

By: Aaron Delp and Brian Gracely

Description: Brian talks with Gregg Holzrichter (@gholzrichter), VP Marketing at Atlantis Computing, about the evolution of Flash acceleration, hyper-converged systems and software-defined storage. They explore how the technolgy can be used for both desktop and server workloads and how these converged systems are changing how IT organizations are organized and deploy systems. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (

Topic 1 -Give us some background on yourself and Atlantis Computing.

Topic 2 - Why is there such a glut of companies and technologies that are so crowded around hyper-converged, software-defined, in-server infrastructure right now? (Nutanix, Simplivity, Pure Storage, XtremIO, ScaleIO, ViPR, VMware VSAN, PernixData, Infinio, Nexenta, Virtsto (VMware), Whiptail, etc, etc, etc.)

Topic 3 - What is USX? What did you learn from ILIO that makes sense for this now? What is the technology inside (and outside) of USX?

Topic 4
- We’re starting to hear people talk about Server-SAN or “Hot Workloads”. What does this really mean operationally to decide what data goes where and how to move it from “tier” to “tier” without problems?

Topic 5
- All of the database companies have already introduced in-memory technology. How would these work together?

Topic 6 - What’s the biggest barrier, organizationally, to adopting these hyper-converged architectures? Who runs the infrastructure now?
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