IBM and OVH Cloud partner on tape storage-as-a-service
Surprisingly (to me at least) tape storage still has a role in the modern data centre.
The technology was supposed to go the way of books printed on paper and the vinyl records (the continued survival of both, perhaps, making that a bad example). And yet, the low cost and long-term reliability of tape compared to more modern hard drives might make it the perfect solution for a modern world that more and more finds itself drowning in data.
This week, OVH Cloud, a French data centre operator with 31 facilities across Europe and Canada, and IBM have . Using IBM’s tape storage technology - which it has been quietly selling for years - OVH Cloud and data management firm Atempo to launch a tape-based storage-as-a-service solution.
Tape storage offers the lowest cost per terabyte available today, costing pennies compared to using solid state or disk drives. Also, when correctly stored, data on recorded on tape remains legible for more than 30 years.
As such, the technology has undergone something of a renaissance in recent years, as cloud companies look to hang on to bigger and bigger datasets, and the internet of things (IoT) churns out more and more data every year.
OVH Cloud’s new solution will target European customers and take a hybrid cloud approach with an emphasis on scalability, security and affordability. The solution will leverage IBM’s Enterprise 3592 Tape technology and be orchestrated by Atempo's technology platform, Miria.
In order to address the data localisation concerns of its European customers, OVHcloud has announced it will hostand operate the new solution across four new dedicated facilities, all located in France and each separated by several hundred kilometers.
“Public and private organisations will benefit from a unified and highly secure storage experience with our high-performance solutions built in a trusted cloud,” commented Sylvain Rouri, Chief Sales Officer at OVHcloud.
Mike Doran, Worldwide Sales Director at IBM added that, “This is another proof point of the enduring value that IBM Enterprise Tape provides to organisations as they look to cost effectively and securely store ever growing amounts of critical data”.
People Moves: John Gould joins nDivision board
This week, IT and automation startup nDivision signed John Gould to its board of directors. It’s an undeniable win for the relatively small Texan tech firm, as Gould brings a degree of pedigree and experience to the small firm, and will undoubtedly open doors to new partnerships and commercial opportunities as a result.
Recently, Gould served as the CMO and member of the executive team at CyrusOne. During his tenure at the leading data centre firm, he is credited with generating market-leading sales growth to the tune of $1bn between 2016 and last year - representing a CAGR of about 20%. He left the company in September of last year, since taking over as the Chief Revenue Officer at Enchanted Rock, an IT and data centre power support and resilliency firm also based in Dallas.
Before joining CyrusOne, Gould worked as the President of Stratasys, a 3D printing firm, as well as the Chief Revenue Officer at ReachLocal, and spent 14 years in various roles at Dell - working largely on the sales side of the tech giant’s managed IT services and digital transformation business.
"We are incredibly excited and honored to have John join the nDivision board. John is an extremely accomplished business executive and respected corporate leader who brings a wealth of experience to nDivision,” commented nDivision’s CEO, Alan Hixon.
“His business savvy as well as his relationships immediately makes him a valuable board member and advocate for nDivision."
nDivision’s business model - using proprietary, AIdriven automation to replace human workers - is a new direction for Gould, but his career in the data centre and cloud industries has already been diverse enough.
In a statement to the press, he commented that, “nDivision has a disruptive IT Managed Services solution due to its high degree of Intelligent Automation technologies, which drives both cost savings and dramatically improved service levels for its customers. I see huge potential for the nDivision platform and am excited to join its board and look forward to working with Alan and the entire nDivision board and management team in driving shareholder value."