Monthly Archives: April 2019

EP21 – Discovering, the world’s fastest filesystem with Barbara Murphy

In this 21st episode of the TECHunplugged Podcast we welcome Barbara Murphy, VP of Marketing at Weka was presenting at Storage Field Day 18 where Max had the opportunity to be physically present, and Arjan followed remotely thanks to the magic of the Interwebs(tm). claims to have the fastest, most scalable parallel file system for AI and for technical compute workloads. We set on a journey to ask Barbara Murphy some questions right about that topic.

Podcast co-hosts Max Mortillaro (@darkkavenger) and Arjan Timmerman (@Arjantim) talk with Barbara about her background and about  It’s been a privilege for us to talk with Barbara as she delivered a truly mind-blowing presentation at Storage Field Day 18. Barbara has more than 20 years of experience in the industry with past C-Level leadership positions in marketing at HGST, Panasas and others.Show schedule:

  • 00:00 Presentations & Introduction
  • 01:15 The architecture – a software-defined storage solution
  • 02:47 The filesystem and supported protocols
  • 04:06 What are the most common customer use cases for, and what is the adoption model? Are customers starting with AI/HPC and expanding usage to other use cases?
  • 06:10 What kind of storage media is recommended / supported with this software-defined storage system?
  • 08:30 Talking about the object store
  • 10:00 Scalability and performance – how to scale the filesystem, and is increase in performance predictable?
  • 11:52 What is the relationship between filesystem and other AI / HPC filesystems such as BeeGFS or GPFS?
  • 14:10 What is doing to stay ahead of the competition in massively parallel filesystems?
  • 16:01 Talking about Storage Field Day 18 and monster performance numbers
  • 17:42 Are benchmarks a truly reliable way to assess real world performance?
  • 19:18 Talking about partners, how can customers purchase the product and how it is licensed
  • 21:37 AWS was mentioned earlier, are cloud deployments supported? If yes, on which public cloud providers?
  • 23:35 How to install
  • 24:40 Conclusion

EP20 – Dell Technologies Netherlands – DataCenter Technology

During this podcast our host Arjan Timmerman talks with Tom van Peer who is the Enterprise Presales lead at Dell Technologies in the Netherlands. As the conversation is on the Datacenter technology that is provided by Dell Technologies, and thus focuses on things like Dell, EMC, VMware, Pivotal and other products in the Dell Technologies portofolio.

With Tom being someone that started his career at Philips, working on AI many years ago, we also focus on the AI trends that Tom sees these days, and what that means for a company like Dell Technologies. Also we talk about two upcoming events. One the Netherlands where Tom will talk about AI and also is focused around AI. You can find the (free) registration link below:

And the other event being Dell Technologies World in Las Vegas, where the TECHunplugged team will be as well. More information on that can be found at the link below:

Happy listening, and stay tuned for some awesome new content coming soon!