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Trilio CEO David Safaii Announced as “Best Tech Manager” Finalist for Boston’s 2018 Timmy Awards

Tech in Motion Boston has selected Trilio CEO David Safaii as a finalist for its Best Tech Manager category in this year’s fourth annual Timmy Awards. This award recognizes a leader who goes beyond requisite duties, empowers their team through a clear and communicated vision, promotes career growth, ensures a great team culture, inspires innovation, and leads their team to produce a great product. David joined Trilio in 2014 as the company’s first non-founding team…
Trilio Content Team
September 19, 2018
Scale Out Architecture Key Terms

Scale Out Architecture

As organizations grapple with the growing need to manage large and quickly expanding data sets and applications, it is no surprise that cloud-based, scale out architectures have taken hold as the preferred approach to data storage. For both public and private clouds, scale out architectures afford organizations what was once a luxury: cost-effective, incremental scalability as they need it. While many IT leaders maintain some traditional data centers, the scale out approach is generally agreed…
Trilio Content Team
September 14, 2018
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Getting to Know the Basic OpenStack Components

As OpenStack continues to take hold as a cloud computing platform, more organizations are weighing whether to seriously pursue their own cloud deployment. Of course, there are a number of important considerations — including whether to find a managed service partner or a build a new environment — but once most of the key decisions are made, IT managers face a daunting educational hurdle. How can they familiarize themselves with OpenStack's architecture and unique quirks as quickly as possible?…
Trilio Content Team
September 11, 2018
Managing Backup Storage Costs in Enterprise Clouds Expert Article

Managing Backup Storage Costs in Enterprise Clouds

As the volume of historical data continues to skyrocket, organizations are increasingly turning to the cloud to help them effectively manage their data volumes and associated costs, particularly for backup storage. As this data shifts to cloud platforms, it's becoming crucial to find a way to back up these ever-increasing backup data while managing inflating costs. Benefits of Cloud Backup Storage Organizations seek a backup solution that's easy to implement and manage. There are a couple of…
Trilio Content Team
August 27, 2018
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Cloud Storage is All You Need

Trilio is releasing a series of significant updates to TrilioVault this year, including cloud storage support and expanded platform support to include KVM-based infrastructure (including OpenStack-based private clouds and Red Hat Virtualization platforms). Tucked into the Version 3.0 release was support for S3-compatible storage as backup target. As a matter of fact, our support for S3-compatible cloud storage is ground-breaking, and is part of our larger multi-cloud vision. Here's why this is such a significant step.…
Murali Balcha
August 16, 2018
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Agentless Backup

The industry is in the midst of a shift from physical data center to virtualization — a transition that favors lightweight, agentless backup solutions over difficult-to-manage agent-based solutions. While there are several technology-driven reasons behind this movement toward agentless backup, there are equally as many cost- and efficiency-driven factors that are pushing the industry toward this innovation. Agent-Based Backup Legacy agent-based backup systems rely on software running on the production machine alongside the production application. These agents…
Boaz Michaely
August 10, 2018
How TrilioVault Makes Legacy VM Backup Obsolete Expert Article

How TrilioVault Makes Legacy VM Backup Solutions Obsolete

Data loss happens. Hardware malfunctions during firmware updates, someone fat-fingers a configuration, your server room was dampened by a leaky pipe. The list goes on. No matter the reason, with a legacy VM backup solution, you’re risking losing your data forever. Legacy VM backup solutions for the old world of bare metal servers or purpose-optimized virtualized environments cannot keep up with the demands of OpenStack. By force-fitting an outdated approach onto a modern cloud, companies…
Trilio Content Team
August 7, 2018
GDPR Backups Right to Erasure Expert Article

The GDPR, Backups & The Right to Erasure

Companies around the world are still scrambling to comply with the new GDPR regulations, and the question has inevitably arisen regarding how backups fit into the EU's new rule set. For those who need a refresh: the GDPR was established to help enhance EU citizens’ ability to control what data companies may hold about them. Many organizations have taken steps to become GDPR compliant and have put core processes and procedures into place to attain,…
Trilio Content Team
August 2, 2018
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TrilioVault 3.0 is Now Available

Trilio has released TrilioVault 3.0, the first of several releases that significantly expand the capabilities of our OpenStack backup and recovery product. Version 3.0 includes some powerful new enhancements, including: Expanded backup target options, including Amazon Web Services S3 and Ceph S3 Protection of tenant networks and routers via expanded workload capture capabilities Deployment of TrilioVault with built-in high availability (HA) Expanded cloud lifecycle management support including Red Hat Director, seamless deployment on Mirantis MCP, and native Ansible…
Boaz Michaely
July 26, 2018
OpenStack Backup and Recovery Requirements Expert Article

OpenStack Backup and Recovery Requirements

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in May 2014 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness. You don’t think much about OpenStack backup requirements when it comes to the cloud. After all, you build your applications on ephemeral storage and compute solutions. These resources are not expected to persist across reboots and power cycles, and your application is built against these failures anyway. You create your workloads on-the-fly from the persistent store (such…
Murali Balcha
July 19, 2018
GDPR Process Expert Article

Automate, Automate, Automate! How to Implement & Maintain GDPR Process

Maintaining GDPR compliance isn’t just about technology, it’s also about outlining the right GDPR process for each key competency across your organization and operationalizing it so that it's part of your regular, ongoing checks. While much of this work can seem pre-emptive and superfluous, it can save your organization valuable time in an emergency scenario. Part of this planning, of course, will be your GDPR Impact Assessment. But you'll also need to develop key processes…
Trilio Content Team
July 17, 2018
RTO and RPO Key Terms

RTO and RPO

Businesses persistently struggle to determine and quantify an acceptable level of risk for their organization, and disaster recovery is no exception; RTO and RPO help reduce the ambiguity at an operational level, so IT teams have a pragmatic framework against which they can plan and execute. Typically, organizations spend much of their time planning the "hows" of recovery: the technologies they'll leverage, the features that technology includes, and the extent to which they can recover…
Boaz Michaely
July 12, 2018
Multi-Tenant Key Terms

Multi-Tenant

Multi-tenant clouds are environments in which multiple users, or "tenants," can reside on one or multiple applications, running on the same cloud, with data isolation that ensures the privacy of each tenant's data. Tenants share a common access with specific privileges to the software or application, and can be a single individual, an entire department, or a customer. Gartner points out that, though these tenant environments are completely isolated at a software level, the degree of…
Tips to Performing a GDPR Impact Assessment on Your Cloud Expert Article

Tips to Performing a GDPR Impact Assessment on Your Cloud

A GDPR Impact Assessment, also known as a Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA), can be a great way to gauge and measure your company's data handling and preparedness for a breach of this new and important regulation. You can use DPIAs to identify compliance gaps, assess the severity of those gaps, and address them before they become a serious risk. Although many companies have undertaken GDPR Impact Assessments as they prepare for GDPR, they should really be…
GDPR Training Program Expert Article

Starting a GDPR Training Program

As the EU's latest privacy regulation rolls into effect, many businesses haven't even broached the topic of GDPR training. While it's not always top-of-mind as you scramble to achieve compliance, ensuring that your organization understands the regulation and what it takes to achieve and maintain compliance is critical to meeting this new regulatory requirement on an on-going basis. As you likely already know, the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a sweeping change to…
Trilio Content Team
June 27, 2018
Executive Buy-in for GDPR Compliance Expert Article

Getting Executive Buy-in for GDPR Compliance

GDPR compliance presents considerable challenges for the tens of thousands of companies worldwide that have chosen to build an OpenStack private cloud (or utilize an OpenStack public cloud) for added resilience, agility, and control. The sweeping change driven by this new regulation will prove to dramatically impact the way that organizations handle and process data, and will likely require Herculean effort in order to achieve compliance efficiently. While we are currently past the enforcement deadline – which…
Trilio Content Team
June 25, 2018
GDPR Requirements and How They Affect Your Company Expert Article

GDPR Requirements and How They Affect Your Company

The enforcement deadline has come and gone, but there are many organizations around the world that are still grappling with the GDPR requirements for compliance. Consider a recent survey by Crowd Research Partners, which revealed that 60% of businesses would not make the May 2018 compliance deadline. The reasons? Lack of budget and staff with the knowledge necessary to make the changes required to meet GDPR mandates. This is going to cause most organizations increased angst over…
Trilio Content Team
June 21, 2018
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Reflections From Red Hat Summit 2018

Trilio had a productive week at the Red Hat Summit 2018, held at San Francisco's famed Moscone Center. The conference attracted a record 7,000 attendees from around the world, and included over 36 keynote speakers and 325 breakout sessions. It was a great opportunity to celebrate Red Hat's 25th anniversary and showcase the extraordinary growth of the open source community over the past few years, a clear result of the digital transformation enterprises are undergoing. Conversations ranged from…
David Safaii
May 16, 2018
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Best OpenStack Conferences

As you start your OpenStack journey or simply want to learn about how an open source framework can enhance your business, attending OpenStack conferences is one of the best places for you to start. Not only will resources be readily accessible, but you can also network with avid OpenStack users who have extensive experience in the space. What you will quickly realize is that the OpenStack Foundation has fostered an extremely unique community that is…
OpenStack Backup Solutions Expert Article

OpenStack Backup Solutions: What Are My Options?

NEC recently reviewed various OpenStack backup solutions at the OpenStack Summit in Sydney as part of an effort to identify the most efficient way to protect cloud environments. In this comprehensive overview, they discuss why we need to protect OpenStack clouds, what to look for when you're evaluating a solution, and some of the options they encountered during their own research. Watch the 45- minute talk below, or scroll down to see our summary of…
How to Start Your Journey to OpenStack Deployment Expert Article

How to Start Your Journey to OpenStack Deployment

For enterprise users, the journey to OpenStack deployment is fueled by the business opportunity of what lies ahead. IT systems were previously misunderstood as a crutch of sorts — something that plays a backseat role to the overlying business activities. However, with today's emphasis on the cloud and particularly the opportunity with OpenStack, IT's role has shifted into a driver of business outcomes — largely due to its ability to expedite business processes with an efficient foundation…
Upcoming OpenStack Events Blog

Upcoming OpenStack Events: Attending Red Hat Summit or OpenStack Vancouver?

We’re packing our bags for a full month of events returning just in time to kickoff Memorial Day weekend back in Boston. Our first stop is San Francisco for the Red Hat Summit from Tuesday, May 8th through Thursday, May 10th. We’re excited to be exhibiting this year and have an awesome booth designed to show attendees how TrilioVault gives tenants and administrators the ability to restore entire workloads in just one click. Our CEO,…
Don't buy another data dedupe appliance Expert Article

Do Yourself a Favor and Don’t Buy Another Data Dedupe Appliance

Ever since data dedupe appliances hit the data storage market, they have become a regular fixture in any enterprise backup solution. Filling the gap between spinning disks and the virtual tape library, these appliances provide not only a better access to backup data, but also drive cost savings by efficiently storing only the unique data from backup images. In general, data dedupe engines can remove duplicate data anywhere in the dataset, and are particularly effective…
Murali Balcha
April 26, 2018
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Don’t Bother with Anything but Cloud Native Backup Solutions for OpenStack

If you're using any sort of cloud infrastructure, it's absolutely imperative that you employ cloud native backup to help support and extend your cloud. I know, I know–you've already got dozens of vendors set up with seemingly compelling Band-Aids for your latest crop of problems, but I promise you: you don't want the Band-Aid. Here's why. You'd like to think your cloud is considered safe, but data loss happens. It happens a lot: hardware malfunctioned during a firmware…
Murali Balcha
April 3, 2018
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The Cloud Computing Trends We See for OpenStack in 2018

With each new roundup of cloud computing trends, it's become increasingly clear that 2018 will be THE year of OpenStack. Why? Well, the OpenStack community has strengthened, the complexities of adopting the platform have been reduced, and more enterprises are attracted by the flexibility, cost savings, and customization capabilities. Organizations that are coping with cost containment and swelling customer demands are actively evaluating new cloud computing trends and strategies that will help them stay competitive. Cloud-based…
Trilio Content Team
March 19, 2018
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Why OpenStack is Taking Off in the Enterprise

Companies investigating whether to make a shift to private cloud often wonder why OpenStack is increasingly mentioned as a strong alternative to remote-only options like Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Engine, and Microsoft Azure – and whether it's matured enough to be a viable option as an enterprise cloud. While there are many hurdles for companies making "the switch," OpenStack has grown and matured in the past eight years to offer a solid, customizable, and risk-reducing platform…
Trilio Content Team
March 2, 2018
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OpenStack Trends 2018

This year, at the OpenStack Summit Sydney, we asked attendees what they saw as the biggest OpenStack trends going into 2018. Unsurprisingly, a lot of the talk was around containerization and bringing deployments into production... but some of the answers might surprise you. See for yourself in this short video compilation.
Trilio Content Team
January 2, 2018
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Reflections from OpenStack Summit Sydney

The Trilio team just returned from the OpenStack Summit in Sydney, the industry’s biggest conference. This was the third and the best Summit I’ve attended. There were more than 2,000 attendees, with 500 companies and 50 countries represented. While turnout was slightly smaller than previous Summits, the quality of conversations and engagement with attendees was high. Nearly half of the attendees were there for the first time, which underscores the ever-growing interest in OpenStack, and the…
Trilio Content Team
December 8, 2017
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From Founding to Funding: Perspectives from Murali Balcha, Founder and CTO of Trilio

As the founder of Trilio, our company’s recent Series A funding announcement was one that brought great joy, and was the culmination of years of hard work and determination. The idea for the company came to me after working in enterprise software for over twenty years. My background is in storage, virtualization, and cloud computing, so I’ve seen inflection points in client/server computing, storage area networks, server virtualization, and cloud computing. Every sea change makes…
Murali Balcha
November 8, 2017
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Highlights from SUSECON 2017

Fall event season is in full swing, and the Trilio team just returned from SUSECON 2017. This annual partner conference is one of our favorites to attend, especially this year. The team spent almost a week exhibiting, networking with fellow SUSE partners, and attending the content-rich keynotes and sessions in Prague. On day one, Michael Miller, SUSE President of Strategy, Alliances and Marketing, kicked off the conference by exploring what it really means to be…
David Safaii
October 20, 2017
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Happy 7th Birthday OpenStack! You’ve Exited the Trough and Entered the Slope of Enlightenment…

OpenStack recently celebrated its seventh birthday party in Santa Clara (check out videos here). It was a high energy event with lots of technical tracks, and complete with cupcakes. Who doesn’t love a good party? Seven is a great year for children as they can go on long bike rides, read books cover to cover, diets expand beyond chicken nuggets, and you don’t even need a car seat. OpenStack development is similar; performance and integration…
Tom Lahive
August 1, 2017
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Modify Your Backup/Recovery Plan to Improve Data Management and Reduce Costs

One of my favorite things to talk about with clients, prospects and others in the industry is the importance of having a well-thought out backup and recovery plan for businesses. It’s just as likely for me to chat with friends and family at the holidays, and at summer BBQs about this topic. Beyond the cost savings of optimized processes, the rash outbreak of ransomware and data corruption has stimulated lots of discussions. That’s why, when…
David Safaii
July 7, 2017
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David Safaii on theCUBE

As the cloud computing revolution continues to unfold, the open-source community strives to carve out its share of the market. The keys to a successful open-sourced technology are stable performance and a vibrant ecosystem of supporting services. With rumblings of the potential market for OpenStack starting to shrink, how will a budding ecosystem for the leading open-sourced cloud platform continue to evolve? David Safaii joins Stu Miniman and John Troyer live on theCUBE from OpenStack…
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TrilioVault for the Hybrid Cloud

For years, companies have faced the difficult choice of managing their data storage, backup, and recovery programs either on premises or through exclusively cloud-based solutions. Both options have both technological and economic strengths and challenges. But companies today no longer have to make that choice. They can leverage both options, together in tandem. The hybrid cloud gives CIOs/CTOs the ability to take a balanced approach, placing higher priority backups on premise, with the remaining datasets…
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Protect, Recover, Survive, and Thrive

Organizations have limited backup and recovery options for OpenStack outside of retrofitting traditional backup vendors' products with scripts, adding more storage, and manually reconstructing environments when there is a failure or an integrity issue. These approaches negatively impact manageability, environmental recoverability, and jeopardize corporate SLAs. Additionally, DevOps teams must quickly spin up point-in-time test clouds - similar to production environments - to test feature and version releases and ensure reliable software delivery. This requires manual…
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Trilio Team to Present at OpenStack Summit Boston

OpenStack Summit Boston is less than two weeks away, and the excitement is growing here at Trilio!  Not only will the conference take place right in our backyard, downtown Boston, but also, several of our team members are presenting at the conference. Murali Balcha, Trilio’s co-founder and CTO, will present “Tapping into the Strength of the Hybrid Cloud” on Tuesday, May 9, 2016 at 4:40pm. In this session, Murali will share his insights into when…
Trilio Content Team
April 28, 2017
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Interview with Michael Miller, President of Strategy, Alliances & Marketing for Open Source Software Pioneer, SUSE

Welcome to Trilio’s Q&A series, where a member of our executive team interviews a senior executive with a key partner, customer or industry analyst firm. We want to get their thoughts on the state of OpenStack, virtualization, cloud, data protection, or business assurance and continuity. SUSE is a pioneer in open source software, providing reliable, interoperable Linux, cloud infrastructure and storage solutions that give enterprises greater control and flexibility. Earlier this year, SUSE completed the…
David Safaii
April 10, 2017
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Are You Testing Your Backups for Recoverability?

Did you know that March 31st is World Backup Day? The day was created as a public awareness effort to encourage consumers to backup the important digital data in their lives. While it is safe to say that IT people don’t need a holiday to remind them of the critical importance of data backup, that doesn't mean that they are doing everything right. A recent survey from disk imaging solution specialist Macrium Software found that…
David Safaii
March 28, 2017
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Is your Business Prepared for a Cloud Outage?

Nobody ever expects the unexpected, in life or in business. But just because you don’t expect the unexpected to happen, that does not mean that you shouldn’t prepare for it. When you are talking about data storage, backup, or recovery, preparation is mission critical. (Side note: don’t get me started on the importance of testing your backups for recoverability. That is a topic for another post!) The recent Amazon Web Services (AWS) outage is a…
David Safaii
March 6, 2017
Workload Agility Expert Article

It’s All About Workload Agility

At Trilio, we refer to workloads as a set of virtual machines that run application sets. And today more than ever, workload agility is critically important. The legacy approach to workloads is bogged down by inherent challenges. With workloads directly tied to the hardware that they sit on, end-users are impeded from becoming agnostic by logistics alone. Add to that the many hard and soft costs associated with the legacy approach -- things like servers,…
Billy Field
February 21, 2017
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Meet Billy Field, Trilio Data’s New Director of Cloud Architecture

Billy Field recently joined the Trilio team as Director of Cloud Architecture, bringing with him more than a decade of experience in software engineering, system engineering, support and services, and pre-sale solution architecture. Prior to joining Trilio, Billy served as a Principal Solutions Architect for copy data virtualizations creator, Actifio as a core component to the Northeast Sales team. He also held previous roles at EMC Corporation and Doyenz. Billy sat down to share his…
Trilio Content Team
January 6, 2017
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Highlights from OpenStack Summit Barcelona

The Trilio team recently attended the OpenStack Summit in Barcelona, where we had the opportunity to meet with innovators and leaders from around the globe and explore the future of cloud computing. While the Barcelona Summit was smaller in attendance than Openstack’s Summit held in Austin earlier this year, the content shared was much richer, as was the dialogue that took place throughout the week. Following are some of the key takeaways from the team.…
David Safaii
November 16, 2016
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Q&A with Talligent, the Leader in Cost and Capacity Management Solutions for OpenStack

Welcome to Trilio's Q&A series, where a member of our executive team interviews a senior executive with a key partner, customer or industry analyst firm. We want to get their thoughts on the state of Big Data, OpenStack, virtualization, data protection, or business assurance and continuity. Earlier this year, Trilio partnered with Talligent to provide joint customers with data protection and advanced cloud management. I recently chatted with Talligent’s CEO, Sanjay Mishra.David: Can you please talk about…
David Safaii
October 13, 2016
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Vote for Trilio Data at OpenStack Summit Barcelona

The team here at Trilio Data is getting excited for the OpenStack Summit Barcelona. But we need your help! We’ve submitted for three different speaking opportunities. The selections are made by both a panel of judges and voting from the OpenStack community. Here’s what we’ve proposed: A Fireside Chat with Verizon In this fireside chat, David Safaii, CEO of Trilio Data, will discuss Verizon’s OpenStack journey with Billy Felton, director of technology at Verizon. David…
Trilio Content Team
August 2, 2016
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OpenStack Summit Austin 2016 Key Takeaways

Now that our team has returned from Austin and had a chance to think about everything we heard, saw, and experienced at the OpenStack Summit in Austin, we’ve pulled together our key takeaways from the conference. Before we share our thoughts, though, there’s some interesting information to be gleaned from the attendee metrics from the show. According to the conference organizers, more than 7,800 people attended the OpenStack Summit as a participant, speaker, sponsor, industry…
David Safaii
May 12, 2016
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From OpenStack Summit Austin: Key Requirements for OpenStack Backup

While many, many OpenStack developers and users are still in Austin for this week's OpenStack Summit, there are still plenty of those in the OpenStack community who could not make the trip to Texas. Murali Balcha, our co-founder and CTO and a co-author of Raksha, the first data protection-as-a-service specification for OpenStack, was a presenter at the conference. Murali and co-presenter Brian Davis, CTO of OnX Enterprise Solutions spoke to the audience about the need…
Trilio Content Team
April 28, 2016
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Trilio Data Joins NetApp Alliance Program

I’m excited to share the news that Trilio has joined the NetApp Alliance Program as an Advantage Alliance Partner. This partnership will enable Trilio to integrate TrilioVault, and other products we develop, with NetApp’s storage solutions for OpenStack and other cloud environments. There are many benefits to joining NetApp’s partner program. We’ll be able to take advantage of NetApp’s technical resources, marketing programs, sales enablement, and to participate in the NetApp Community and NetApp University.…
Murali Balcha
April 18, 2016
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Trilio Data’s Murali Balcha presenting on OpenStack Backup at OpenStack Summit Austin 2016

We just received exciting news—Murali Balcha, Trilio’s co-founder and CTO, will be presenting “Key Requirements for OpenStack Backup Recovery,” on Monday, April 25, 2016 at 11:15am at OpenStack Summit Austin. Murali will be joined by his co-presenter, Brian Davis, CTO at OnX Enterprise Solutions. Together they will address how organizations need to fully protect their business and their business data, and how native backup and recovery for OpenStack plays a critical role in assuring their…
David Safaii
March 22, 2016
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Five Questions for OpenStack Object Storage Innovator SwiftStack

Welcome to Trilio’s Q&A series, where a member of our executive team interviews a senior executive with a key partner, customer or industry analyst firm. We want to get their thoughts on the state of Big Data, OpenStack, data protection, or business assurance and continuity. As some of you may know, Trilio entered into a partnership with SwiftStack, the leader in a new breed of object storage for Enterprises, in June 2015. This technical partnership pairs…
Murali Balcha
February 7, 2016
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What Industry Analysts are Saying about OpenStack

Did you know that "Let's get outta here!" is the most common scripted line in all Hollywood productions? Whether it’s Ariel, Han Solo, or a group of star-studded kids shouting in unison, it was used at least once 84% of the time, from the late 30s to the mid-70s!?!? If you are like me, you enjoy quoting movies, politicians or famous people. It’s not for the lack of originality but perhaps it’s the humor or levity…
David Safaii
January 6, 2016
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CIOReview’s 20 Most Promising OpenStack Solutions Providers

CIOReview Magazine recently published a list of 20 Most Promising OpenStack Solution Providers. And yes, Trilio was featured as one of the 20 most promising OpenStack solution providers. It’s clear the industry is on the cusp of widespread adoption of and reliance on OpenStack solutions. As the managing editor, Jeevan George, wrote in his letter from the editor for the issue, “The odds are heavily tilted in favor of OpenStack—deciphering the true merits of its…
David Safaii
December 15, 2015
Expert Article

Great Scott…Time Travel For Big Data & OpenStack Made Simple!

Organizational deployments of NoSQL and/or OpenStack have significantly increased over the past year and leveraging these technologies has resulted in realized cost savings and scale! Here are some examples. Forrester: Total Economic Impact™ of OpenStack Ovum: Big Data set to increase 600% by 2019Furthermore, with this momentum, the demand for expanded capabilities, allowing for greater access to information and computing resources, has resulted in numerous homegrown scripts and solutions as an extension to these architectures. Whether…
David Safaii
August 21, 2015
Data Loss Expert Article

Can Your Business Tolerate Data Loss in OpenStack?

Outages will occur, files do get corrupted, and accidental data loss does happen As more and more enterprises are moving OpenStack projects from an evaluation phase into production, organizations are challenged by the risk of data loss, and have not begun their backup & recovery readiness. An ideal cloud application uses ephemeral storage and compute, and creates workloads on-the-fly from persistent (object) store, performing computation and saving the results back to the persistent store. In…
Murali Balcha
May 11, 2015
Need for Scale in OpenStack and NoSQL Expert Article

OpenStack, NoSQL, & the Need for Scale

With the production of global data predicted to be 44 times greater in 2020 than it was in 2009, we all need to plan for growth. According to Gartner, 80% of data in organizations today is unstructured (text, documents, transactions, audio, video, social media, etc.). Unstructured data may be complex, but it also holds unique insights about your organization that relational databases alone cannot produce… And there’s simply more of it every day. Companies large…
David Safaii
February 17, 2015
Big Data & Disaster Recovery Expert Article

Big Data & Disaster Recovery: What’s Your Plan B?

We can all agree that big data – or really, just data – are the crown jewels of your organization. But what are you doing to preserve, protect and defend your data? Have you developed a big data disaster recovery plan? Regardless of how you're deploying big data – public cloud, private cloud, hybrid cloud – you'd be remiss if you have a half-baked disaster recovery (“DR”) strategy. While many public cloud services are cost-effective,…
David Safaii
January 20, 2015
Better NoSQL Backups Expert Article

NoSQL Backups: You Can Do Them Better!

I’m going to state the obvious: big data is a complex animal… and it’s getting hairier by the minute. But unfortunately, too many organizations add to that complexity by managing their big data environments with APIs, scripts and duct tape. As NoSQL data stores become a larger component of “big data,” preparing for backup and disaster recovery has never been more important. The common method of managing and executing partial backup and recovery by using…
David Safaii
January 5, 2015
Data Deduplication in Scale Out File Systems Expert Article

Deduplication in Scale Out File Systems

Data deduplication is a technique that improves storage utilization by identifying unique data and storing only one instance of that data. Any occurrence of the unique data is replaced with a small reference to the correspondingly stored single instance of that data block. Storage-based data deduplication is most effective in applications where many copies of very similar or even identical data are stored on a single system, which is surprisingly a common scenario. Data backups…
Murali Balcha
November 20, 2014
Do scale out databases need to be backed up? Expert Article

Do Scale Out Databases Need Backup?

Some of the attendees who stopped by our booth asked us whether their scale out databases needs to be backed up, so I reflected on this conundrum for couple of days. Yes, these databases keep multiple copies of the data so why do they need backup? I know I have a good answer, but how do I answer in the terms that the need for backup will be self-explanatory? Does the built-in replication of these…
Murali Balcha
May 19, 2014
Challenges with Backup and Recovery for Scale-out Applications Expert Article

Challenges with Backup and Recovery for Scale-Out Applications

When you think big data you think Hadoop, Cassandra, MongoDB and other scale-out NoSQL databases. All these applications share an important trait; they are scale-out applications. Scale-out applications are built to scale from single node to hundreds of nodes. They dynamically distribute the data between nodes. They also replicate data between nodes for improved read performance and guard against hardware failures. So the prevailing thought is that these applications do not require backups as the…
Murali Balcha
May 8, 2014