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EP15 – Promethium: a data context solution for governance and analytics – Kaycee Lai

In the 15th episode of the TECHunplugged Podcast we’re recording we’ll be talking with Kaycee Lai, founder and CEO of Promethium. Podcast co-host Arjan Timmerman (@Arjantim) talks with Kaycee Lai (@MrDedupe) on the technology that Promethium provides for their customers. This solution provides analytics and the correct information for companies with data lakes. Things like GDPR and other governance and regulations needed by the promethium customers can be addressed by the Promethium software, and thus the question arises if Promethium is the next level data management platform.

Show schedule:

  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 01:18 The challenge of massive data growth
  • 02:20 Understanding the context of data
  • 03:03 Are huge data lakes a requirement to use Promethium?
  • 04:20 Kaycee covers the complexity of IT environments and data fragmentation regardless of the existence or not of data lakes
  • 05:00 The challenge of knowing what to look for and how to handle the data after it has been found
  • 07:48 Extracting and handling the data is currently a manual process that is hard to scale
  • 09:03 Data types in scope for Promethium
  • 09:38 Is Promethium the next level of data management?
  • 10:19 What is needed to sort out the problem and how is it consumed?
  • 11:25 Has Promethium any customers yet, and what is their typical profile?
  • 13:40 What about the AI part – is Promethium really using AI, or is it just a fancy name for algorithms?
  • 16:20 What about partnerships and synergies with other companies?
  • 18:06 The Promethium team, growth and forecast for 2019
  • 19:17 Is Promethium available as a SaaS-only offering or are there any other options?
  • 20:45 Closing remarks

EP14 – AI / Technology and the Magic World of Regulations, Transparency and Ethics – Live at NetApp Insight with Greg Knieriemen (Part 2)

In this 14th episode of the TECHunplugged Podcast we’re recording again live at NetApp Insight 2018 in Las Vegas. Podcast co-host Max Mortillaro (@darkkavenger) talks with former Tech Field Day delegate and now NetApp Chief Technologist Greg Knieriemen (@Knieriemen) about AI, emerging technology and legislation, transparency, ethics matters in a discussion that goes pretty much in all possible directions. Excuse us for the background music / noise, this was recorded at the NetApp insight conference in Las Vegas in a public space because we couldn’t find a quieter place.

Show schedule:

  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 01:06 Greg and Max discuss the impact of AI as a potential next industrial revolution
  • 03:30 AI as an opportunity, and making sure we can assess -and prevent- the potential negative consequences
  • 05:05 Aren’t some of the last industrial revolution’s negative outcomes a matter of wrong policies?
  • 06:10 Should the industry take a leadership role in governance, or should that remain with legislative powers? And what about employees getting vocal about the ethics of the companies they work for? Greg talks about technology being neutral, being a principled person, and the legitimate need for transparency.
  • 11:30 Open societies and gag orders
  • 13:15 Are legislators able to catch up with the pace of technology?
  • 17:50 Plugging back into AI – Isaac Asimov and the Three Laws of Robotics
  • 19:00 Science-Fiction or Dystopia? Greg isn’t scared about this 🙂

EP13 – NetApp Insight with Greg Kniereman Part 1

In this 13th episode of the TECHunplugged Podcast we’re recording live at NetApp Insight 2018 in Las Vegas. Podcast co-host Arjan Timmerman (@Arjantim) talks with former Tech Field Day delegate and now NetApp Chief Technologist Greg Knieriemen (@Knieriemen) about his move to NetApp and the first day of NetApp Insight, with things like DataDriven, Ontap and AI. Excuse us for the background music / noise, this was recorded at the NetApp insight conference in Las Vegas in a public space because we couldn’t find a quieter place, we even had to move once :D.

Show schedule:

  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 00:21 Greg introduces himself
  • 00:26 Arjan asks Greg about his move from Hitachi to NetApp
  • 01:59 People from the industry are (re-)joining NetApp because of its current strategy and vision
  • 03:46 Greg starts talking about cultures in the company he works or worked
  • 04:20 Arjan asks Greg what topics were interesting to during the first Insight day
  • 04:43 Greg gives a statement he’s talking his own talk, to short into NetApp to do a NetApp statement
  • 07:49 The conversation continues on the new NetApp role Greg now has at NetApp
  • 09:34 Arjan asks Greg if he will build his own team or if he’ll join an existing team
  • 09:46 Greg answers how the team will (has been) build
  • 11:49 The discussion goes towards AI and Greg’s vision on that
  • 13:15 Talking about the futurist that spoke at the keynote during day 1 at NetApp insight
  • 14:30 A few words on the NetApp Data Fabric
  • 15:22 Closings the discussion – The end of Part 1

Make sure to stay tuned for Part 2 where Greg and Max talk further on AI and the regulation part of this.

EP12 – Community Talk: Creating Content, Becoming a Thought Leader, and Building Relationships – with Chanaka Ekanayake

In this 12th episode of the TECHunplugged Podcast recorded live at NetApp Insight 2018 in Las Vegas, podcast co-host Max Mortillaro (@darkkavenger) bumps into fellow Tech Field Day delegate and IT community member Chanaka Ekanayake (Chan), Technology Practice Manager (Data Center and AWS) at Insight UK and ambushes him to discuss about IT community involvement, content creation and building relationships in the community. Excuse us for the background music / noise, this was recorded at The Delano in Las Vegas in a public space since we couldn’t find at the time a quieter place.

Show schedule:

  • 00:00 Intros & presentation
  • 01:15 How Chan started to get involved in the community
  • 02:15 From technical blogging to thought leadership content
  • 03:35 Decrypting vendor messaging and having a customer-centric approach
  • 04:45 Thought leadership content vs most visited articles – does it aligns with expectations?
  • 06:40 How does that content creation articulates with business activities
  • 07:55 What are Chan tips for people who are hesitating to make the jump into content creation
  • 09:18 There’s no failure in sharing information – be opinionated, don’t be afraid to criticize, but back it with facts
  • 11:45 Having a balanced view, taking a step back and looking at business outcomes beyond technology coolness
  • 13:49 Chan’s role at Insight UK (Nothing to do with NetApp Insight)
  • 14:20 Expectations from NetApp Insight 2018
  • 16:10 Building relationships, especially with community members – how to engage with peers at very large events
  • 17:20 On random encounters and friendships
  • 18:08 Where’s Chan headed at until the end of 2018
  • 18:54 Closing the discussion & Thanks

EP11 – Data Management with Komprise: Transformation without Disruption – with Krishna Subramanian

In this 11th episode of the TECHunplugged Podcast, Krishna Subramanian (@cloudKrishna), President and COO at Komprise, joins hosts Max Mortillaro (@darkkavenger) and Arjan Timmerman (@arjantim) to discuss about Data Management and how Komprise helps organisations get the best value out of their file-based storage investments.

To complement the podcast and get a deeper dive on the topic, we recommend that you read Max’s article on Komprise (stub & link on, article is on Max’s personal blog).

Show schedule:

  • 00:00 Intros & presentation
  • 00:55 Komprise’s genesis and customers drowning in data; what Komprise solution is about
  • 02:30 Three co-founders & three startups – Distributed architectures – Krishna’s past experience in the industry
  • 04:05 Transformation without disruption: how is the Komprise solution delivered
  • 05:15 Komprise &  technology partners
  • 07:17 How Komprise gets into solving data sprawl issues – discovery, management, reporting & policies
  • 10:05 Getting started with Komprise, how easy it is to deploy and configure? And what needs to be done to be up and running?
  • 12:23 What is the sweet point from a capacity perspective to start using Komprise? How does Komprise scales?
  • 13:45 Savings! What space saving ratios are being achieved by Komprise customers?
  • 14:55 How do Komprise customers handle backups from a data management perspective? Awesome use case with Rubrik
  • 17:25 Arjan is mind-blown by the use of Komprise to further optimize costs on platforms such as Rubrik and Cohesity
  • 18:55 Data tiering and storage policies with Komprise
  • 21:03 Tape’s not dead! Using tape to further drive down costs and how to quickly recall cold data from tape
  • 22:50 Licensing model, features and expected cost saving achievements
  • 24:55 Where can we find more info about Komprise and what markets are currently in Komprise focus
  • 25:57 Closing the discussion & Thanks

EP10 – Computational Storage: A Paradigm Shift In The Storage Industry with Scott Shadley and NGD Systems

In this 10th episode of the TECHunplugged Podcast, Scott Shadley (@SMShadley), Marketing Executive at NGD Systems, joins hosts Max Mortillaro (@darkkavenger) and Arjan Timmerman (@arjantim) for an insightful discussion about a potentially transformational event in the storage industry: the advent of computational storage.

To complement the podcast and get a deeper dive on the topic, we recommend that you get your own free copy of TECHunplugged Industry Insights early market research on Computational Storage, available here.

Show schedule:

  • 00:00 Intros & presentation
  • 00:30 Recapitulating on our encounter with Scott & NGD Systems
  • 01:10 Arjan quotes our Industry Insights early market paper & how one of our quotes moved Scott
  • 01:35 Scott covers his past experience and gets back to his feelings towards this transformational event
  • 02:43 Arjan & Scott cover Scott’s journey in the storage industry
  • 04:13 Max asks Scott about his take on the promise of computational storage, how we got there, and how it works
  • 06:27 Max returns on his computational storage epiphany, mentioning his visit to the Computer History Museum and how computing architectures are fundamentally the same since the 60’s
  • 07:49 Scott covers the genesis of computational storage as a tech, as a market segment, and as definition
  • 09:15 Arjan gets back on Scott’s point and asks about whether there is an industry consortium and existing standards
  • 10:42 Max covers the market segment and established actors, asking if there are more companies
  • 11:35 Scott provides feedback on the question and talks about how the industry is coming together from the vendor, chip manufacturer and consumer perspective
  • 1 4:01 Arjan asks about NGD Systems and the product readiness, customers, etc.
  • 16:38 Storage Field Day and the « Aaaaah » moments. Is computational storage going to take off? What will be its markets?
  • 19:20 Predictions for computational storage growth
  • 20:00 The joy of witness a potentially huge transformation event in the industry
  • 21:30 The use cases of computational storage – from NGD Systems’ perspective
  • 23:30 Will the transformation of the car-making industry (move to semi/fully autonomous vehicles packed full with sensors) benefit to the computational storage industry? Will the computational market grow with this use case?
  • 25:30 Closing the discussion & Thanks

EP09 – Veeam: Building Communities, Infrastructure-as-Code, Data Management and Latest Product News with Michael Cade

In this 9th episode of the TECHunplugged Podcast, Michael Cade (@MichaelCade1), Global Technologist at Veeam, joins hosts Max Mortillaro (@darkkavenger) and Arjan Timmerman (@arjantim) for a really fun discussion around Veeam.

Show schedule:

  • 00:00 Intros & presentation
  • 00:30 It’s that time of the year again: conferencing season!
  • 01:20 What is the perspective of working for a vendor when one comes from the IT community ranks?
  • 03:42 From Data Protection to Infrastructure as Code – what Veeam is showcasing lately at industry events
  • 06:58 Chef or Ansible? Deploying Veeam in an automatic fashion, which platforms are preferred?
  • 09:00 Demoing at a major conference: building a cloud-based SDDC with policy & behavioural-driven workload protection
  • 11:34 Data Management & Veeam: everybody now does data management, what is Veeam’s story? Michael covers the N2WS acquisition by Veeam, Veeam One integrations as well as DataLabs
  • 16:49 FastSCP for the win: a flashback in time! Memories from the podcast participants
  • 19:35 What’s coming up with Veeam product updates in the upcoming weeks/months? Besides VMware and Nutanix support, Office 365 services, Veeam B&R, Veeam One…
  • 21:17 Veeam Cloud Archive Tier – A software-defined backup storage
  • 25:00 Closing the discussion & Thanks


EP08 – Dell EMC PowerMax: NVMe All Flash Arrays, Storage-Class Memory and Machine Learning with Vince Westin

In this 8th episode of the TECHunplugged Podcast, hosts Max Mortillaro (@darkkavenger) and Arjan Timmerman (@arjantim) are joined by Vince Westin (@ApplyITNow),IT Architect and Dell EMC Technical Evangelist working with the PowerMax and VMAX high-end storage arrays.

Show schedule:

  • 00:00 Intros & presentation
  • 01:20 A recap about the Dell EMC PowerMax
  • 02:30 PowerMax was introduced in May 2018, what is the current adoption rate?
  • 04:00 Is there a difference between the two PowerMax models? Are there any reasons why choosing one over the other?
  • 08:22 VMAX has been known for its robust architecture, what about PowerMax, has there been any major improvements?
  • 11:45 Where is PowerMax now in Dell EMC’s product range? Is it displacing the VMAX?
  • 14:30 What about SCM (Storage-class Memory) support and Optane / 3DXPoint? And is 3DXPoint really making a breakthrough in the enterprise storage world?
  • 20:00 Max has a brain fart around NVMe / SCM proximity to the CPU, Vince fixes that and expands on the value that matters, i.e. the backend latency
  • 21:55 Vince & Max discuss current form factors and the future of storage arrays looking at what SCM will bring next (EDSFF format), and mixing different memory / flash drive types to drive down the $/GB cost while delivering outstanding performance
  • 25:15 Is there a huge pricing gap between a VMAX All-Flash and a PowerMax? Is there an incentive to go directly with PowerMax?
  • 26:15 Is CloudIQ going to support PowerMax?
  • 26:48 What about PowerMax Machine Learning engine? ML is a hot topic, but also a very abused buzzword, what is Dell EMC doing with it? Vince discusses about getting the best performance possible out of the array, and avoiding any features that might unnecessarily increase latency (for example not compressing data on SCM to avoid latency penalties)
  • 30:25 Closing the discussion & Thanks

EP07 – The Elastifile Story – Discussing scalable distributed cloud file systems with Jerome McFarland

In this 7th episode of the TECHunplugged Podcast, hosts Max Mortillaro (@darkkavenger) and Arjan Timmerman (@arjantim) are joined by Jerome McFarland (@JeromeMcFarland), VP of Marketing at Elastifile.

Show schedule:

  • 00:00 Intros & presentation
  • 01:15 Jerome McFarland introduces Elastifile
  • 01:46 Arjan Timmerman returns on the changes at Elastifile: new CEO, collaboration with Google Cloud
  • 02:32 Jerome covers the changes and focus of Elastifile following CEO change
  • 03:33 Arjan asks to understand what kind of cloud setups are supported by Elastifile
  • 04:00 Jerome replies and explains the predominantly public cloud orientation of Elastifile
  • 04:55 Arjan asks if that is due to customer base requirements and what about hybrid cloud
  • 05:30 Jerome covers the question and discusses a bit about Elastifile customers
  • 06:45 Arjan asks about the multi-cloud story
  • 07:27 Jerome explains the cloud agnostic approach at Elastifile and the links with Google Cloud
  • 08:05 Max wakes up and asks about whether it makes sense to run Elastifile on multiple public clouds simultaneously (for example for DR / replication)
  • 08:30 Jerome acknowledges that they predominantly see single cloud deployments, but see a trend where customers also design for multi-cloud from the ground up
  • 09:47 Arjan and Jerome talk about data mobility features and how to import data onto Elastifile, covering also the filesystem structure and object format
  • 12:10 Max asks about cost efficiencies when data is stored on an Elastifile cloud file system but not actually used
  • 12:41 Jerome covers the question and explains the data structure
  • 13:26 Arjan asks about the relationship between Elastifile primary scale out file storage solution and the object storage story
  • 14:12 Jerome returns on the question, covering the object storage involvement in Elastifile solution delivery, also covers bursting vs continuous use
  • 15:40 Arjan whether there are any predominant verticals leveraging Elastifile
  • 16:15 Jerome covers the verticals, specifically data-centric use cases, but also Kubernetes support, and Machine Learning
  • 17:15 Max returns on data-centric use cases and asks whether Elastifile can be a good platform for HPC based projects
  • 17:55 Jerome explains that this is definitely an use case and provides more info on already published information with one of their customers
  • 18:30 Arjan asks for Jerome if there is anything we haven’t yet covered in the discussion
  • 18:56 Jerome covers the cloud-native origins of Elastifile, explaining that it isn’t a file system design retrofitted for the cloud but built to leverage cloud-native and cloud-scale features while delivering performance
  • 20:22 Max asks whether Elastifile have the impression of having displaced specific existing use cases or if these are net new use cases
  • 20:55 Jerome explains that it’s a mix of both, new use cases with analytics & containers, and offloading of existing use cases to the cloud
  • 21:49 Arjan asks whether customers are coming to Elastifile out from traditional file-based storage systems
  • 22:40 Jerome says that there is no specific vendor being displaced and that it’s a broad range of on-premises use cases covered
  • 23:30 Wrap up and thanks

EP06 – AIOps: Augmented Intelligence for ITOps and DevOps – with Dominic Wellington

In this 6th episode of the TECHunplugged Podcast, hosts Max Mortillaro (@darkkavenger) and Arjan Timmerman (@arjantim) are joined by Dominic Wellington (@dwellington), Director of Strategic Architecture at Moogsoft.

You can find Dominic’s blog at The top post right now is actually pretty relevant to this conversation, since it talks about augmented intelligence. Permalink: Dominic also covered how to think about Ops automation and learning from the Dev side of things, at

Show schedule:

  • 0:00: Usual introductions & welcoming
  • 2:02: Dominic explains what Moogsoft does and what AIOps stands for
  • 5:05: Max covers the struggles of IT Operations teams and the issues of “many pains of glass” (and struggles a bit with some echo on the line)
  • 6:17: Dominic explains how to address such issues: reducing the noise, automating routine activities, correlating seemingly unrelated events
  • 09:20: Dominic talks about MTTI (Mean Time To Innocence)
  • 10:10: Max talks about lack of event correlation in traditional IT environments and silo-induced blinkers
  • 10:45: Max asks what goes beyond event correlation in AIOps
  • 11:15: Dominic covers collaboration aspects, identifying root cause, and how machine learning helps identify potential reoccurrences and bring things faster into context
  • 13:40: Arjan and Dominic cover Moogsoft’s place in the enterprise monitoring landscape especially in environments who already use multiple tools
  • 15:31: Dominic explains how AIOps will enable a kind of “Level-0 support”, i.e. AI-based resolution for frequent, well-understood issues, leaving time for humans to focus on what matters
  • 16:57: Max is surprised about this statement and asks Dominic how Moogsoft would trigger this automated resolution of issues, followed by Dominic’ reply
  • 18:21: Arjan brings up the topic of DevOps, sparking a conversation around traditional ITOps having to adapt to DevOps, the use of ChatOps etc. Dominic covers innovations brought into Moogsoft from the DevOps world
  • 23:15: Arjan and Dominic discuss whether AIOps can help bridge the culture & process gap between Dev and Ops
  • 26:55: Arjan asks Max about the customer perspective on DevOps adoption (and relevancy of AIOps) in large corporate organisations, followed by an overview of the reality of Enterprise IT in large orgs and a slower moving pace
  • 29:15: Dominic covers how AIOps adoption begins in organisations
  • 30:50: Max has an epiphany and thinks AIOps is the One Ring to Bind Them [monitoring tools] All, but in a cool way
  • 32:05: Closing thoughts, and a heads-up to Sysadmin Day