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Author: Ph. Nicolas

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"The French Storage Podcast" (aka TFSP) is about Data, Data Management and Storage.


It is owned, hosted and driven by Philippe Nicolas, observer of the storage industry for more than 30 years.


As an international podcast, TFSP has the mission to cover the industry as a whole with interviews, debates, round tables and technical talks, and the wish to keep some french aspects and episodes when needed.


TFSP publishes a new episode every Friday at 12pm Paris time.


You can find all statistics on the TFSP site here.


You can contact me on Twitter via @CDP_FST.


On TFSP, in addition to new episodes, you can also find all past episodes produced during the USP ("Unleash your storage passion") podcast period between April 2020 and July 2021. As a reminder USP was launched in April 2020 by Yoann Castillo and Philippe Nicolas during the Covid-19 with the idea to unify, discuss and boost the French data storage community.

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Rakuten Symphony acquired Robin.io, fast growing player in Kubernetes, in 2022. Robin.io was a pioneer of Cloud Native Storage and Platform. The company just participated to the recent 48th edition of The IT Press Tour dedicated to Kubernetes and DevOps in California. It was the opportunity to discuss with Partha Seetala, founder of Robin.io, a company we met a few times during the pandemic but online, to learn more about the product line but also the new strategy now within Rakuten. We spoke about the genesis of the project, the "new" strategy of the company, how product work, Kubernetes of course, go to market and pricing and we conclude with a thing key element about the future. Enjoy this episode. Thank you Partha.
Classic episode with the bi-annual Coldago Research Report about Storage Unicorn. The last report was published in December 2022 and lists 17 companies: Acronis, Barracuda Networks, Cohesity, DataCore, DDN, Druva, Infinidat, Kaseya, MinIO, Nasuni, OwnBackup, Qumulo, Rubrik, VAST Data, Veeam Software, Veritas Technologies and Wasabi Technologies. Enjoy the listening of this short episode.
Linbit, a reference in Linux HA and data replication, has participated to the recent IT Press Tour in Lisbon, Portugal, and it was the perfect opportunity to learn more about the standard in data protection for production data. So I decided to make this interview with Philipp Reisner, CEO and founder of the company, a story he started more than 20 years ago when he was a student working in the domain. So I let you imagine the expertise Philipp has developed during that period. We spoke about all, the genesis of the project, the strategy of the company, how product work, Kubernetes of course, go to market and pricing and we conclude by a bit of future directions. A very interesting episode I invite you to discover and listen carefully. Enjoy. Thank you Philipp.
First episode of 2023 and first episode of the 4th season. This time with My Predictions, some of them are a bit provocative and others are more classics and follow the market directions. We'll expect a better year, we'll see, on the technology side, it will be interesting but it will be impacted by the general business, energy and diplomatic climate.
138 - Recap of 2022

138 - Recap of 2022

2022-12-3005:51

Last episode of the year and it is a tradition to recap the year. I've selected some elements to cover M&As, IPOs, Investment Rounds, Technology, Trends and Products and companies who has made some real progresses during last 12 months with also some new ones. I wish you all the best for 2023.
We approach the end of the year and it's the right moment to summarize the last 3 Coldago Maps 2022 related to Unstructured Data Management, File and Object Storage. This year a few new things with a NEW Map, the one about Unstructured Data Management, I follow this domain for 30 years so it deserves a Map, and the second is about the File Storage Map with a split into Enterprise, High Performance and Cloud File Storage. As you can listen, we study lots of companies, probably more than 50. For more information on these reports, please to check Coldago.com or .net. Happy listening.
The IT Press Tour organized its second European edition in Lisbon, Portugal, early December. It was globally the 47th edition just to put things in perspective. We met 6 hot European companies: Atempo from France, Cleondris from Switzerland, LINBIT from Austria, NGX Storage from Turkey, Nuclia from Spain and Tiger Technology from Bulgaria. I invite you to listen to this recap and summary of this Lisbon edition, Enjoy.
135 - Recap of SC22

135 - Recap of SC22

2022-12-0907:20

A few weeks after a great SC22 conference in Dallas, TX, I wrote this recap with of course lots of HPC, AI, ML and Analysis but also CXL, NVMe, composability. Enjoy.
This episode is a recap of the recent North America KubeCon + CloudNativeCon 2022 organized in Detroit, MI, last October. Storage is a bit ignored by this community speaking a different language, interesting. Enjoy.
This episode is about the recent OCP Global Summit 2022 that took place mid-October in San Jose, California. The main topic was Empowering Open with optics, CXL (Compute Express Link) and networking fueled by keynotes, sessions, workshops, forum and symposium. Enjoy.
The IT Press Tour delivered a new edition, the number 46, in California last October to meet 10 companies I should 9 as Pavilion Data exploded the same week 2 days before our meeting with them. The others are AuriStor, Data Dynamics, GRAID Technology, HYCU, N-able, Panzura, Protocol Labs, ScaleFlux and Smart IOPS. I invite you to listen to this recap and summary of this 46th edition, Enjoy.
Existing for a few decades this DFS, AFS and more recent OpenAFS and well promoted by AuriStor, a software company based in New-York, dedicated to this domain. We met again AuriStor during the recent  IT Press Tour and it was the perfect opportunity to record this podcast and discuss with Jeffrey Altman, CEO and founder of AuriStor, the only active ISV in the area. With Jeffrey, we spoke about the history part of AFS with university aspect with Carnegie Mellon, and companies Transarc, IBM or Coda instance. We discussed about the philosophy of the product, how it works, why users adopt AFS-based solutions, use cases and deployments examples, also the go-to-market and pricing model and of course some future directions. Enjoy the listening. Thank you Jeffrey.
Recorded during the recent Open Compute Project Summit in San Jose, ScaleFlux also joined the IT Press Tour the week before also in the valley. It was the perfect opportunity to discuss with Hao Zhong, CEO and co-founder of ScaleFlux, a emerging leader in Computational Storage. We talked about the roots of the projet, what challenges Hao wished to address, details on the SSD product line as well, the evolution with PCIe Gen 3 and 4 and soon Gen 5, CXL of course that promises to be a real big step, the go-to-market model with oems, the associated pricing model and obviously some future directions. Enjoy the listening. Thank you Hao.
Smart IOPS joined the recent IT Press Tour in California, it was the right moment as the company started to accelerate on the sales side and also plan to release some new stuff. So I recorded a new interview with Ashutosh Das, CEO and co-founder of Smart IOPS, a pretty confidential SSD vendor that deserves a stop as they develop some interesting products. We spoke about the genesis of the company, what kind of product they design for which use cases offering which characteristics, their current generation with Gen 3 and 4, their plan for Gen 5 and CXL and also covering some development of a new special device. We also discussed about their recent big deals, their go-to-market and pricing model with the next product line in perspective. Enjoy the listening. Thank you Ashutosh.
Panzura recently participated to the 46th edition of The IT Press Tour in California and I took advantage of the visit to record a podcast episode with Jill Stelfox, CEO of the company for two and alf years now. It is really the episode 5 of Panzura as the company has several lives with a strong technology since the origin and more recently a better focus to precise use cases and execution. We spoke about all that with Jill but also covered some products aspects, the business rapidly growing, the competition, the go-to-market strategy, the pricing model and a bit of future directions as well. Enjoy the listening. Thank you Jill.
GRAID Technology joined the 46th edition of The IT Press Tour in California this week and it was the perfect opportunity to record a new podcast episode with Leander Yu, CEO and founder of the company. The company designs, develops and builds a GPU-based RAID PCIe card to protect NVMe SSDs. We spoke about the roots of the project, its financial profile, the product, how does it work, the use cases ad workloads support, the got-to-market, the pricing and a bit of future directions as well. Enjoy the listening. Thank you Leander.
Taking advantage of being at the N-able Empower conference in Las Vegas this week, I recorded a new episode with John Pagliuca, CEO of the company. We spoke about the genesis of the company being a spin-off of SolarWinds, its mission for MSPs, its Cove Data Protection solution, a pretty comprehensive endpoint and server backup software specifically developed for MSPs, but also about the competition and especially the recent Datto acquisition by Kaseya, the go-to-market, the pricing model and a bit of future directions. This podcast is produced just a few days before N-able joins the 46th IT Press Tour in California. Enjoy the listening. Thank you John.
Well established and recognized worldwide, The IT Press Tour has extended its coverage to Europe beyond its classic US and Israeli editions. This very first European edition, globally the 45th tour, took place in Paris, France early September and it was the perfect opportunity to meet 6 companies, 5 from Europe and 1 from US. I invited Biomemory Labs from France, DataCore from US, Nodeum from Belgium, PoINT Software & Systems from Germany, Storadera from Estonia and StorPool from Bulgaria. I invite you to listen to this recap and summary of this Paris edition, Enjoy.
PoINT Software & Systems joined the recent 45th edition of The IT Press Tour early September in Paris, France. Thomas Thalmann, CEO of the company, updated the group on the company and the product line with Storage Manager, Archival Gateway and Data Replicator. Thomas also announced a new product, I should say an extension, to Archival Gateway with Unified Object Storage. It couples disk and tape under a single namespace and I anticipate some others in the future. We spoke about the genesis of the company, almost 3 decades ago, the various products, the new one, the installed base, the go-to-market model, the pricing philosophy and a bit of future. A very good episode and for sure with a company that many listeners will discover as the company is a bit confidential. Enjoy the listening. Thank you Thomas.
For the first time, Nodeum joined The IT Press Tour, it was a few days ago in Paris for the 45th edition. With Valery Guilleaume, CEO of Nodeum, we covered the market trend, the mission of Nodeum, the 3 key pillars of the company, what the company develops in term of data mover, various uses cases and success stories, the ransomware threat, the go-to-market strategy with key partners such DataCore and Quantum and pricing model and we conclude with a bit of future. A very interesting episode with a European company already identified by a few key vendors for its deep expertise. Enjoy the listening. Thank you Valery.
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