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This week Chris chats to Tony Mendoza, Senior Director of IT at Spectra Logic. The conversation covers the ransomware attack experienced by Spectra in May 2020 and the subsequent response to deal with the problem. On 7th May 2020, the company detected a ransomware exploit was encrypting files across application servers. In their place was a plain t…
 
This week, Chris is in conversation with Don Foster, Global Head of Sales Engineering for Commvault. The discussion covers the experiences of customers as IT continues to evolve into public, hybrid and multi-clouds. Don runs the global Sales Engineering teams, tasked with helping customers protect their data in a world that now includes on-premises…
 
This week, Chris and Martin discuss the emerging CXL technology with CXL Consortium Chair, Jim Pappas. CXL or Compute Express Link, is a new solution that will provide improved connectivity between processors and accelerator devices connected through the PCIe 5.0 bus. With CXL, central processors, GPUs and other co-processors can share memory and o…
 
This week, Chris chats to VAST Data CEO, Renen Hallak about the explosion in data and the challenges of analysing and managing huge quantities of unstructured content. VAST Data has built a scale-out unstructured object store that customers are now using to store petabytes of complex data. But what does complex mean, and how is that data being used…
 
In this week’s episode, Chris and Martin discuss network booting and the ability to create completely stateless servers. The idea of SAN booting has been around for two decades, enabling both the operating system disk and data disks to be delivered from SAN storage. NVMe/TCP and other NVMe-oF protocols promise the ability to implement the same capa…
 
Teens consume nine hours of entertainment media a day and tweens consume six (this does not include education-related content), according to Common Sense Media. As parents we don’t have a choice but to get in the game and help our kids navigate life online. But how do we do that? It can feel overwhelming and paralyzing. On this episode of All Thing…
 
This week, Chris and Martin discuss the announcement from CloudFlare of R2, a new object storage solution. With such a widely dispersed CDN network, could CloudFlare become a real competitor for S3, considering that the R2 platform will have no egress fees? This episode digs into the details, to look at what additional features object storage vendo…
 
Have you or a loved one ever been diagnosed with a mental disorder? A diagnosis might not only feel chaotic and unsettling, but also final and paralyzing. In the church we wonder if the issue is spiritual or physical, if friends can offer support or if we need to call in the professionals, if all we need is the Bible or if we need to draw on other …
 
With KubeCon North America 2021 looming, Chris and Martin spend this week looking at data protection for Kubernetes-native environments. Vendors have started to introduce backup solutions, some working within the container environment itself, some outside as part of existing products. Exactly what should be backed up and how should these products w…
 
On this episode of All Things we are sharing a podcast from Fathom Church here in Colorado where Pastor Chris Martin interviews Jen Oshman on issues surrounding the abortion debate. Chris recently preached on abortion and then invited his congregants to submit specific questions. He and Jen then chatted through the questions and produced this episo…
 
In this week’s podcast, Chris and Martin get together to discuss the curious case of missing files. In this instance, the files weren’t actually missing, but according to an article in The Verge, students running a software simulation didn’t know how to determine their location. In a world where the current generation have grown up on iPhones and i…
 
On this episode of All Things I am joined by my friend who served in Afghanistan along with her husband and two young children in the years following the 9/11 attack. She shares what it was like to be called to a war-torn country, what life was really like on the ground 20 years ago, and how it has evolved since then. This conversation is both conv…
 
In this week’s sponsored episode, Chris chats to Alex McMullan, CTO International at Pure Storage. The discussion covers Pure//Launch and today’s announcements of two SaaS solutions – Fusion and Portworx Data Services. Fusion is a new SaaS management plane for administering and optimising Pure Storage hardware and software products, including Flash…
 
Our national conversation about Afghanistan has largely left out an acknowledgement of aid workers and Christians who have chosen to stay there, as well as in dangerous places around the globe, to offer help and hope in the midst of war, famine, and darkness. Even in the church we rarely acknowledge, support, and celebrate our brothers and sisters …
 
This week, Chris and Martin discuss the merits of building virtual SANs in the public cloud. Vendors including Silk and Pure Storage now offer virtual storage “appliances” built from virtual instances and cloud storage. Why are these solutions necessary, when the public cloud providers have plenty of high-performance block and file storage offering…
 
The Texas Heartbeat Bill went into effect on September 1, even after abortion proponents asked the Supreme Court to block it. On August 31, abortion providers raced to complete as many surgical abortions across the state as possible, and in the past ten days pregnancy centers have seen an influx in the women they serve. On this episode of All Thing…
 
While natural disasters do not discriminate, recovery efforts are much harder for certain populations than others. The recent earthquake in Haiti, followed immediately by a tropical storm—and with the backdrop of political instability caused by the President’s assassination and increased gang activity—reveal that poverty and disasters feed one anot…
 
In this week’s episode, Chris and Martin meet with Brian Carpenter, Senior Director of Unstructured Technology Strategy at Pure Storage, to talk about UFFO – Unified Fast File and Object. UFFO is a technology bringing together the two main types of unstructured data into a single platform – FlashBlade. The discussion centres on the benefits of usin…
 
In this week’s podcast, Chris and Martin look at NVIDIA’s GPUDirect Storage (GDS), a technology for moving data directly from persistent storage to GPUs, bypassing the CPU. The aim of the technology is to provide greater throughput to keep GPUs active, and looking at some of the thoughts from our podcast with Liqid (#204), it’s clear that this feat…
 
It seems like homelessness in Denver is on the rise. It feels like a growing problem in big cities across the nation. To help us better understand this issue, this episode of All Things features an interview with Ben Sooy, a friend who is entrenched in work with people transitioning out of homeless in Denver at Joshua Station of Mile High Ministrie…
 
This week the team is back after a short break and ready to talk all things cloud – or at least about Elastic Block Store. AWS recently announced io2 and io2 Block Express, the first new EBS block storage offerings for eight years. With such a long gap since io1 was first released, what has AWS been up to and what’s new? In this discussion, Martin …
 
We in the wealthy west prize and even idolize our own abilities and productivity. When we meet new people for the first time we ask, “What do you do?” What we’re asking is, what’s your job? What are you capable of? How do you contribute to society? If we’re really honest we’re looking for how to assign that person value. If they do something import…
 
Today is Opening Day for the much-awaited, much-anticipated, and first-ever postponed summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. Having lived internationally, my family loves to engage the Games. On this episode we take a look at all things Olympics—from the trivial and entertaining, all the way to the controversial and concerning. We’re talking about Olympic …
 
Critical Race Theory (CRT) has been in the news nonstop for a couple years now. The secular justice theory is making headlines most recently because of the wave of states introducing legislation to ban CRT in the classroom. How should parents navigate volatile school board meetings and contentious social media posts? On this episode of All Things w…
 
Cancel culture is a pervasive cultural trend. We see it happening on both sides: conservatives are reluctant to extend grace because they think to do so compromises truth, and progressives are reluctant to extend grace because they think to do so permits injustice. Rather than seeking common ground and pursuing a compromise with dignity and care fo…
 
Markham interviews Jarod Kelly, principal energy systems analyst at Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago, about GREET (Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions and Energy Use in Technologies) model that the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board - and 43,000 other users - use to compare vehicle emissions in the United…
 
Pride month just wrapped up. Favorite children’s shows are featuring LGBTQ content. School curricula, corporate policies, and legislation are swiftly changing. Many parents wonder how to navigate conversations about all of this with their children of all ages. Of course conversations with our kids begin with conversations with ourselves. We have to…
 
This week, Chris and Martin chat to Amber Huffman, Intel Fellow and President of NVM Express about the updates in NVMe 2.0. NVM Express (generally abbreviated to NVMe) is a storage protocol that was developed to overcome some of the shortcomings of traditional protocols when working with new high performance media such as NAND SSDs and Optane. The …
 
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