4 min read

AWS DataSync, AWS Storage Gateway and Igneous DataProtect

By Scott Stanton on June 30, 2020

“If your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.”

Topics: Backup and Archive Data Protection Data Movement Backup to Cloud
2 min read

Backup Reporting Made Simple - Customize, Save and Share Reports

By Andy Ferris on May 29, 2020

The month of May has been an exciting month at Igneous, we’ve just launched new capabilities for DataDiscover and DataFlow that allow customers full visibility into their data anywhere it lives and the ability to move data to anywhere it needs to be. These two products complement the Igneous suite of SaaS offerings including DataProtect that provides protection for billions of files and exabytes of data.  With Igneous you can discover, protect and move all your unstructured data.

Topics: Backup and Archive Data Protection Data Management
2 min read

New Enhanced Systems Page Helps Customers Manage Data at Scale

By Andy Ferris on May 1, 2020

Exciting things are happening here at Igneous. Working from home hasn’t stopped our development teams from making our products better every day. In this week's blog let’s take a look at what’s new in the redesigned systems page for Igneous DataProtect subscribers.

Topics: Igneous Solutions Igneous Features
2 min read

Modernizing data protection with Qumulo and Igneous

By Christian Smith on April 22, 2020

Wow, how time flies! It was just over a year and a half ago we announced an industry-first API integration with Qumulo, the leader in enterprise-proven hybrid cloud file storage. This integration allowed Igneous to offer Qumulo customers a modern file backup solution in a time when few options existed. The result was a number of joint customers using Qumulo for primary NAS and Igneous for backup, creating a simple, scalable, modern file and backup environment with great economics. 

2 min read

How to Maintain Your Datacenter and Business Continuity While Working Remote

By Shaun Kehrberg on April 17, 2020

Shifting to the Cloud: the ‘new normal’ for remote datacenter management

A crisis like COVID-19 can change all of our lives, both personally and professionally. 

With many organizations suddenly forced into a fully remote workforce, keeping teams connected and businesses running often means learning how to deploy new technology. Modern IT teams are working harder than ever, often behind the scenes, to maintain business continuity. That’s why it makes sense that interest in the use of the cloud is soaring. Datacenters are struggling to ensure continued operations in the wake of restricted access and a remote workforce. 

Topics: Data Protection Datacenter
4 min read

GDPR and CCPA: Complicating the Management of Unstructured Data

By Scott Stanton on March 26, 2020

Backup data and the “Right to be Forgotten”

The European Union’s GDPR and California’s CCPA are heavily focused on people’s “right to be forgotten”. These laws mean that anyone can now require a company to delete all personal data they might have on them, and companies that don’t comply face stiff penalties.

Topics: Data Management
1 min read

Quantum Spatial Manages Massive Data Growth with Igneous

By Shaun Kehrberg on March 18, 2020

Quantum Spatial, an NV5 company, is the nation’s largest geospatial data firm. A pioneer in advanced mapping technology, Quantum Spatial’s end-to-end solution delivers data and services of the highest quality and accuracy, leveraging the widest array of technologies in all types of landscapes.

2 min read

Why Igneous utilizes Dell EMC Isilon and Dell EMC ECS as backup and archive targets

By Christian Smith on March 13, 2020

Be infinitely flexible and constantly amazed.

― Jason Kravitz 

File data is everywhere. It’s videos, log files, drafts of designs, outputs of DNA sequences, and image data of our planet -- and it’s stored on specialized data storage appliances in the enterprise datacenter. For organizations with lots of this data, it can be painful to determine what data is where, provide protection at scale, and move the right data between different platforms.

Topics: Backup and Archive Datacenter
2 min read

The Truth About Cloud Native

By Scott Stanton on March 5, 2020

What does cloud native mean?

Lots of organizations claim that their products are “cloud native”. Are they really? And why should you care?

To start, if you have ever seen a message like “Five reasons to upgrade” to the next version - the software was not cloud native. 

Topics: Backup and Archive Scale-out Architecture Cloud-Native Architecture
2 min read

Results of Data Economy Survey at AWS re:Invent 2019 | Igneous

By Shaun Kehrberg on February 11, 2020

IBM invented the hard disk in 1956.  It stored the equivalent of 3.5MB, was 5’ high by 6’ wide, weighed a ton (literally, not figuratively) and cost $7,000/month (in 2020 dollars) to lease.  And while that may seem light-years away from today’s situation, with 8TB drives available for $150, there is one important similarity: companies ran out of space almost instantly.

Topics: Data Protection Data Movement AWS Re:Invent Data Management
4 min read

Enterprise NAS Cloud Backup: Cost-Effective Reality With Igneous DataProtect

By Christian Smith on January 21, 2020

In a previous article, I talked about the critical capabilities for NAS backup to cloud archive tiers using AWS Glacier,  Azure Archive Blob Storage, or GCP GCS Coldline. With listed pricing from $12 to $14/TB/Yr, these archive tiers are now cheaper than comparable enterprise grade hardware. 

Topics: Backup and Archive Data Protection Cloud
2 min read

2019: Year in Review | Igneous

By Shaun Kehrberg on January 13, 2020

It was a banner year here at Igneous. From innovative new feature launches to securing our Series-C funding, 2019 was an exciting year for the #1 unstructured data management solution.

2 min read

Archive Calculator: How to Save Money with Archive to the Cloud | Igneous

By Andy Ferris on December 6, 2019

Efficiently utilize cloud tiers to mitigate storage costs

Topics: archive Igneous Solutions Cloud
4 min read

Five Areas to Evaluate for NAS Backup to the Cloud | Igneous

By Christian Smith on November 26, 2019

Does your Enterprise NAS Backup software manage cloud costs? 

**This is part 1 of 2 in a series by Igneous VP of Product, Christian Smith. Click here for Part 2.** 

If you are reading this blog, it’s safe to assume you’ve likely heard about the recent cloud-tier pricing announcements from AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform.

Topics: cloud computing Backup and Archive Cloud
2 min read

Accessed Time versus Modified Time - How To Decide What’s “Cold”

By Andy Ferris on November 14, 2019

What Can Metadata Tell You About Your Files?

When trying to determine if a file is still in use, IT administrators often rely on metadata as the source of truth. File metadata includes a lot of information, but for understanding activity, there are two fields that are the most important: Modified Time (M-Time) and Accessed Time (A-Time).

Topics: Data Management Accessed Time vs Modified Time (AMSV N/A)
1 min read

Supercomputing 2019: Storage Growth in HPC | Igneous

By Adam Marko on November 13, 2019

The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis (usually referred to as “Supercomputing”) is one of the largest and most influential technology conferences in the world. I’ve been attending since 2004 (I have the swag to prove it), and the changes since then are staggering. Infrastructure continues to evolve at a breakneck pace to meet the needs of a data driven economy, and the storage component is no exception.

2 min read

Cold Data Might Be Doubling Your Unstructured Data Costs | Igneous

By Andy Ferris on October 14, 2019

The Practical Barriers to Archive

Are your IT administrators and data owners in constant conflict over what data is active, and what data can be archived? Good news: you’re not alone.

Topics: archive
1 min read

Announcing Backup as-a-Service Direct to AWS

By Andy Ferris on September 23, 2019

Data Protection Built for the Cloud

Topics: Backup and Archive Data Protection
4 min read

Cloud Backup and Archive for File Data: 3 Myths Debunked

By Andy Ferris on September 19, 2019

For years it’s been said that you can’t take advantage of the cloud for file data because it would be too expensive, or too hard. But as file data growth continues, the mechanics and economics of the cloud have continued to evolve as well. While the cloud may have been a pipe-dream for enterprises in the past, the simplicity and price-points available for cloud-based backup and archive solutions can no longer be ignored.

Topics: archive Backup and Archive
3 min read

Why Data Visibility Matters to the Life Sciences

By Adam Marko on July 18, 2019

Last Friday, we talked about DataDiscover, and went over a few positive outcomes that our customers have achieved as a result of being able to make more fact-based decisions about their data. For our customers in the Life Sciences space, the presence or absence of data visibility is especially impactful to their success. Their concerns include everything mentioned in that article, but since the life sciences generates such massive volumes of data per employee (ie, per researcher), these customers have some additional concerns.

3 min read

Why Visibility is Crucial to Data Archiving

By David Clements on July 12, 2019

If you’ve been following this blog over the last couple of months, you have likely heard of our new DataDiscover Test Drive offering and how it empowers IT departments to scan their toughest NAS systems--completely free of charge for 30 days.

4 min read

Themes from the 2019 Geekwire Cloud Tech Summit

By Lily Bowdler on July 1, 2019


Topics: cloud computing Geekwire Cloud Tech Summit Data Protection Data Management
5 min read

Rsync: Necessary but not Sufficient

By Jeff Hughes on June 27, 2019

What is rsync?

Topics: Data Protection Data Movement Data Management
1 min read

Tippett Studio partners with Igneous to manage iconic and cutting-edge visual effects content

By Shaun Kehrberg on June 17, 2019


Topics: Case Study Data Protection Data Management
3 min read

The Economic Benefits of the Igneous Channel Program

By Jim Choumas on June 12, 2019

A Special Note from Igneous' new VP of Channel Sales

Topics: Igneous Solutions Cloud Data Management Channel
4 min read

Navigating the Unstructured Data Management Challenges of Next Generation Sequencing Workflows

By Adam Marko on May 1, 2019

Life science organizations face many challenges when it comes to the informatics component of their research. Scientific instrumentation is generating unstructured data at an unprecedented rate, and existing first tier storage systems can quickly reach capacity.

Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) is currently the largest consumer of storage capacity in the life sciences, but adding to expensive high performance storage as demands increase is not a sustainable or cost effective solution. Let’s look at the unstructured data management challenges of NGS workflows and possible solutions.

Topics: Life Sciences
1 min read

Moving 5 Petabytes of Scientific Data

By Catherine Chiang on April 25, 2019

Remember the first image of a black hole? It took 5 petabytes of data for scientists to achieve that monumental discovery.

3 min read

Thinking About Archiving to Cloud? Read This First.

By Andy Ferris on April 19, 2019

Archiving data for long-term retention is a common use for cloud storage, with compelling benefits. However, as with many data protection strategies, cloud archive encounters problems when datasets are large—at the scale of hundreds of terabytes or petabytes.

Topics: Backup and Archive Cloud
1 min read

5 Sessions to Attend at Bio-IT World 2019

By Amanda Rasmussen on April 12, 2019

We're headed to Bio-IT World 2019 Conference in Boston next week!

2 min read

Three Benefits of Backup as-a-Service (BaaS) for Managing Unstructured Data

By Catherine Chiang on March 27, 2019

Ah, managing backups: A necessary, but notoriously tedious task that most IT administrators would happily hand off to someone, anyone else. In today’s increasingly automated and machine-driven age, that someone else could be...software.

Topics: Backup and Archive
2 min read

Archive for Unstructured Data: The Igneous Difference

By Andy Ferris on February 27, 2019

As unstructured data and its value increase exponentially, archiving data has become critical to an organization’s unstructured data management strategy. However, as with backup, legacy solutions run into limitations when archiving massive volumes of unstructured data.

1 min read

Top 10 IT Trends for 2019

By Catherine Chiang on February 19, 2019

In 2019 and beyond, 451 Research sees a key shift in the world of IT—the breaking apart and coalescing of old silos of technology. Today, technological advances feed off each other to drive innovation. With this new paradigm of technological innovation, 451 Research shares 10 IT trends they predict for 2019.

Topics: Industry Trends
2 min read

The Importance of Purpose-Driven Business Outcomes for the Channel

By Shaun Walsh on February 11, 2019

In a recent discussion with some other channel folks, we pondered the question, “What is going to be the biggest change for 2019 and beyond?” Our industry is constantly seeking to balance maximizing ROI for legacy infrastructure, the need and benefits of innovation, and the economic realities of budgets. As I thought about this question, the first words that ran through my head were, “We have to help our channel partners create purpose-driven business outcomes.”

Topics: Channel
1 min read

An Updated Policy Experience!

By Andy Ferris on February 5, 2019

Igneous has rolled out an updated UI for creating policies! All of the previous functionality has been retained, but we hope the new experience is more intuitive and easier to use.

Topics: Igneous Features
2 min read

Earning Growth Opportunities in Data Protection

By Shaun Walsh on January 23, 2019

I ask you to forgive the market data gobbledygook that is in the next paragraph and to please take a few minutes to digest it as a basis for the growth opportunity in data protection. The data below confirms three things that define great opportunities for new vendors and channel partners.

Topics: Industry News
1 min read

PAIGE and Igneous Build Industry-Leading Compute Cluster for Healthcare AI

By Catherine Chiang on January 16, 2019

PAIGE’s mission to revolutionize the diagnosis and treatment of cancer through machine learning requires an extremely large dataset of high resolution slide images. To do so, they are building an industry-leading compute cluster for healthcare AI. The team needed to not only protect all of this unstructured data, but also programmatically move and process small subsets of the overall dataset on demand for high performance computations.

Topics: Igneous Solutions
4 min read

“Interesting Times” for Unstructured Data Management

By Shaun Walsh on January 10, 2019

The expression “may you live in interesting times...” is subject to much debate. To some it is a celebration of the the opportunities to be found in times of transition. To others, it is a cautionary phrase that should be heeded to avoid misfortune. No matter which side of these interpretations you find yourself aligned with, there is no question that 2019 will be a year of significant opportunities and challenges for those responsible for the proper care, management, and stewardship of unstructured data.

Topics: Industry Trends
3 min read

Coming Soon: A New Approach to Protecting Datasets

By Andy Ferris on December 17, 2018

Unstructured data has grown at an annual compounded rate of 25% for the past ten years, and shows no sign of slowing. For most organizations, “data management” for unstructured data has really just meant capacity management, i.e. increase capacity to keep up with data growth. This model worked at moderate scales, but as datasets have increased in size, complexity, and quantity, it has pushed the scales into petabytes of data with billions of files, and overwhelmed budgets. Enterprises are now asking for data management strategies that do more than just provide continuously increasing capacity.

Topics: Igneous News Igneous Technology
5 min read

8 Principles for a Better Data Management Strategy

By Paul Ferraro on December 5, 2018

I’ve spent the better part of three decades leading one of the most demanding high-performance computing infrastructures in the world. One of the greatest challenges of HPC infrastructure is keeping data available and meeting the needs of the business with supporting engineers located in dozens of locations around the world. Here are some key takeaways for anyone struggling with this problem.

Topics: Industry Trends
2 min read

Accelerating Image Analysis and Cancer Diagnosis with AIRI from Pure Storage and Igneous

By Adam Marko on November 28, 2018

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has various applications today, from self-driving vehicles to optimizing workflows in manufacturing operations to detecting malware on the internet. Deep learning is a form of AI where multi-layer neural networks are utilized to transform input data into progressively more defined and useful outputs. Deep learning differs from machine learning (ML) in that ML focuses on the development of task-specific algorithms that can be applied to specific problems, while deep learning focuses on extracting information at multiple levels.

Topics: Igneous Solutions Life Sciences
2 min read

Data Protection at Scale: How Igneous Integrates with NetApp

By Andy Ferris on November 19, 2018

One of Igneous’ key benefits is how we integrate easily with any primary NAS system, streamlining data protection and freeing customers from legacy solutions, and vendor-specific data silos.

Topics: Igneous Technology
1 min read

Announcing Enhanced Integrations with Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform

By Catherine Chiang on November 14, 2018

Igneous has launched enhanced integrations with all three major public cloud storage providers. These strengthened integrations grant data-centric organizations even more flexibility and control in using Igneous' policy-driven cloud tiering and replication workflows. All cloud data management operations are fully managed through Igneous' Unstructured Data Management as-a-Service solution, minimizing operational costs for customers.

Topics: Cloud
1 min read

Altius Institute Accelerates Medical Breakthroughs with Igneous Data Protection as-a-Service

By Chris Hoffman on November 12, 2018

Protecting and managing enormous datasets was an increasingly urgent problem for the Altius Institute for Biomedical Sciences, where their data is at the core of advancing discoveries that save lives. Legacy backup tools proved too expensive due to Altius’ large infrastructure and IT resource requirements, leading Altius to choose Igneous for its scalability, simplicity, and long-term data management and distribution solutions.

Topics: Igneous News Igneous Solutions
4 min read

The Best ML, AI, and HPC Sessions to Attend at Supercomputing 2018

By Catherine Chiang on November 6, 2018

If your organization tackles machine learning, artificial intelligence, or high-performance computing applications, you’re also dealing with a ton of unstructured data. Here are the best sessions at Supercomputing 2018 that will provide industry expertise and insights to help you effectively manage your data and architect your infrastructure.

Supercomputing 2018 will be held in Dallas, TX, at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. While you're at #SC18, be sure to stop by our booth #4244!

3 min read

The Metadata Challenge

By Chris Dwan on October 30, 2018

The data landscape in genomics and the life sciences is changing. We are moving away from a world in which the work was dominated by merely capturing data, towards one with a more subtle set of challenges centered on data organization, governance, and appropriate usage.

1 min read

Announcing the Only Unstructured Data Management as-a-Service Solution!

By Christian Smith on October 23, 2018

As organizations are realizing the increasingly urgent problem of growing unstructured data, Igneous is the first to deliver an unstructured data management (UDM) solution, as-a-Service and at scale, to meet the demands of the modern data-centric organization with ease and simplicity.

Topics: Igneous Solutions
1 min read

What's the State of Unstructured Data Management in 2018?

By Allison Armstrong on October 23, 2018

We are in the midst of a dramatic shift from the majority of organizations’ data being structured (application data often sitting in relational databases and VMs) to unstructured (data within individual files and objects)...machine-generated unstructured data. So dramatic, in fact, experts estimate that 90% of organizational data is unstructured.

Topics: Industry Trends Igneous News
4 min read

What is Unstructured Data Management? | Igneous

By Lily Bowdler on October 23, 2018

You may have noticed that we’ve been talking a lot lately about Unstructured Data Management (UDM). And you may have some questions about that! In this blog post, and through the content we’re publishing over the rest of 2018, we’ll try to answer them—and if you still have questions about UDM, don’t hesitate to reach out!

4 min read

Pure Storage Data Hub: A Data-First Strategy

By Shaun Walsh on October 17, 2018

IDC’s DataAge 2025 report states that the global storage datasphere will grow from 16ZB in 2016 to 163ZB by 2025. This massive growth in data, which is over 70% unstructured and object based data, is not only being generated by more diverse sources such as edge computing and IoT, but also being operationalized in new ways with AI/ML and real-time analytics. These changes in data sources and workflows require a new strategic model to manage multi-dimensional workflow performance, protect data at scale, enable data sharing, and provide data mobility from anywhere.

Topics: Partner Solutions
4 min read

Rethinking the Channel as an Emerging Vendor

By Shaun Walsh on October 4, 2018

For startups, the goal is often to be disruptive by creating new solutions, displacing incumbent vendors, and growing into a market leadership position. Like many people who came from larger organizations to startups, my first thoughts are often to bring best practices from previous experiences, make a few tweaks, and repeat what my hard-won experiences have taught me. That is how I started thinking about crafting the channel program for Igneous.

Topics: Partner Solutions
1 min read

Move Your Data to Microsoft Azure with Igneous

By Andy Ferris on September 24, 2018

One of the biggest hurdles of integrating public cloud storage, such as Microsoft Azure, into a modern data workflow is actually moving data to the cloud.

Topics: Cloud Microsoft Ignite 2018
3 min read

5 Sessions Infrastructure and Operations Leaders Should Catch at Microsoft Ignite 2018

By Catherine Chiang on September 18, 2018

It’s that time of year again: Microsoft Ignite is a fantastic opportunity to explore innovative solutions and ideas for enterprise IT, infrastructure, and operations.

Topics: Microsoft Ignite 2018
3 min read

When and How Should You Use Cloud in Your Backup Workflow?

By Andy Ferris on September 11, 2018

While traditional tape workflows may make sense for some organizations, tape backup comes with a set of challenges that become especially difficult to manage at scale. At scale, the cost of tape storage no longer seems so cheap, and IT leaders start looking around for alternatives.

Topics: Backup and Archive Cloud
3 min read

Channel Partners: The Kingmakers of Technology

By Shaun Walsh on September 4, 2018

Throughout the history of the technology industry, the success of companies has had more to do with picking the right channel partners than with the companies’ absolute technical advantages. The reason for this is very simple and profound: Channel partners bring customer relationships to sellers which accelerate the adoption of new technology and reduce time to market acceptance. For all of the advances in technology, human-to-human relationships are the single greatest reason that one company wins and another loses in the market. This is the enduring value of the channel.

Topics: Partner Solutions

How Igneous Optimizes Data Movement

By Lily Bowdler on August 22, 2018

Our co-founder and Architect, Byron Rakitzis, recently wrote an article over at DZone called "Parallelizing MD5 Checksum Computation to Speed Up S3-Compatible Data Movement."

Topics: Igneous News Igneous Technology Data Movement Demo Igneous Culture
3 min read

Why Isilon Users Need Multi-Protocol Support in Their Data Protection Solution

By Asif Daud on August 21, 2018

As you may have heard, we’ve added support for multi-protocol on Dell EMC Isilon OneFS—making Igneous the only modern scale-out data protection solution for large enterprise customers with this capability.

Topics: Backup and Archive Igneous Solutions
2 min read

Igneous Announces Industry “Firsts” Integrations with Modern NAS Providers

By Christian Smith on August 21, 2018

We are excited to announce three new integration “firsts” with primary network-attached storage (NAS) systems: Dell EMC Isilon OneFS, Pure Storage FlashBlade, and Qumulo File Fabric (QF2)!

Topics: Igneous News Igneous Solutions
3 min read

How Igneous Selects Weekly Release Candidates for Production

By Rob Homan on August 14, 2018

Streaming out a weekly software update brings joy to customers and engineers alike. Customers receive cutting-edge features and timely bug fixes, while engineers transform bright ideas into production realities with minimal turnaround.

Topics: Igneous Technology Igneous Culture
2 min read

3 Questions Organizations Must Answer to Understand Their Unstructured Data

By Jeff Hughes on August 7, 2018

Today, businesses are more data-centric than ever, and it’s unstructured data that’s at the heart of business-critical data. For many organizations, understanding their unstructured data—knowing what’s there, what’s growing, where it lives and being able to make informed data management decisions—is of utmost importance.

Topics: Data Management
3 min read

Structured Data vs Unstructured Data | Igneous

By Catherine Chiang on July 31, 2018

For most of IT history, the focus of data protection and management has been on structured data. This is what most of us find familiar when we conceptualize “data”: numbers, strings, in neat rows and columns.

However, as unstructured data growth outpaces that of structured data, posing new challenges for data management as well as exciting new opportunities, enterprises need to pivot their data management strategies to focus on their increasingly valuable unstructured data.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. First, let’s talk about the difference between structured and unstructured data.

Topics: Machine Learning
3 min read

Igneous Announces New Integration with Google Cloud Storage

By Andy Ferris on July 23, 2018

Igneous Systems is excited to announce a new integration with Google Cloud Platform. This integration was designed with both replication and long-term archive in mind. Through the Igneous interface, you can now move files and file systems directly into Google Cloud Storage via policy. You will retain your ability to search across storage tiers, restoring to Igneous or to your primary NAS when you need to recover your data.

Topics: Cloud Igneous Technology
3 min read

5 Sessions You Shouldn’t Miss at Google Cloud Next 2018

By Catherine Chiang on July 17, 2018

Going to Google Cloud Next? We’ve rounded up the best sessions there to check out.

Topics: Google Cloud Next
3 min read

Backup vs. Archive: The Case for Incorporating Both in Your Data Management Strategy

By Catherine Chiang on July 10, 2018

We often talk about backup and archive as coupled processes, so much so that these two very different concepts may become conflated.

Topics: Backup and Archive
2 min read

Scale-Out Secondary Storage for Scale-Out NAS: How Igneous Integrates with Qumulo

By Andy Ferris on July 2, 2018

One of Igneous’ key benefits is how we integrate easily with any primary NAS system, streamlining secondary storage infrastructure and freeing customers from vendor-specific siloes on the secondary tier.

Topics: Igneous Technology
4 min read

Is Your Infrastructure Scalable Enough to Tackle ML/AI Workflows?

By Lily Bowdler on June 26, 2018

As Allison mentioned in this blog post, scalability is an integral part of any infrastructure strategy that is going to deal with machine learning and artificial intelligence (ML/AI) workflows. Today, I’m going to delve a little bit further into why that is and how you can plan for it.

Topics: Machine Learning
3 min read

3 "Aha Moments" Enterprises Have While Planning Their AI Infrastructure Strategy

By Allison Armstrong on June 20, 2018

My last blog covered a few questions IT leaders are working on to best enable machine learning and AI projects.  

Topics: Machine Learning
4 min read

How Do You Archive Data at Scale?

By Catherine Chiang on June 12, 2018

Archive, as a concept, seems simple enough: Offload your infrequently-accessed data to a secondary storage tier and save it until the one day you might need it.

Topics: Backup and Archive
1 min read

Let's Talk ML/AI at Big Data Toronto!

By Catherine Chiang on June 5, 2018

Team Igneous is headed to Big Data Toronto next week, June 12-13!

Topics: Igneous News Machine Learning
4 min read

Machine Learning's Impact on I&O Leaders

By Allison Armstrong on May 24, 2018

Machine learning…yes, it’s all over the industry press and every tech vendor uses the term in their marketing to jump into the chatter. So, here is yet another blog from another tech vendor on machine learning! Well, not quite.

Topics: Machine Learning
2 min read

Calling All Gophers! Can You Solve This Golang Riddle?

By Catherine Chiang on May 11, 2018

[This contest is now closed! View the winners here.]

Drumroll, please...we’re hosting our very first coding challenge!

Topics: Igneous Culture
3 min read

Moving to Cloud? Here's How a Hybrid Approach Can Help

By Michael Le on May 8, 2018

Today, the growth of unstructured data is scaling beyond what traditional legacy storage and backup softwares were designed for. While advances in cloud architecture from AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud present solutions for managing enterprise data, many enterprises face obstacles to adopting cloud and stick with legacy storage and backup software as a result.

Topics: Igneous Solutions Igneous Technology
3 min read

Is Switching Backup Vendors Really Such a Hassle?

By Lily Bowdler on May 1, 2018

We’re a vendor. We get it. Even if a modern enterprise customer is a little bit miserable, trying to keep up with their backup SLAs, comply with industry regulations, and keep data available to end users, all while watching their budget spiral out of control, it’s a total hassle to go out and evaluate a bunch of backup vendors. Then, once you decide to move forward with a “more modern” option, you expect to go through the motions of managing a major project.

Topics: Data Protection Data Movement Data Management Zero-Touch Infrastructure Storage Igneous Features
8 min read

Archive First, Backup Should Be Boring, and Other Insights: A Conversation with Life Sciences Technologist Chris Dwan

By Catherine Chiang on April 24, 2018

Chris Dwan is a leading consultant and technologist specializing in scientific computing and data architecture for the life sciences. Previously, he directed the research computing team at the Broad Institute, and was the first technologist at the New York Genome Center.

Chris joined us for a conversation on data management challenges and trends in the life sciences. Read on to discover Chris’ insights from over a decade of experience in life sciences IT!


Topics: Igneous Solutions Life Sciences
4 min read

Tape Backup: How Much is Tape Really Costing Your Business? | Igneous

By Andy Ferris on April 17, 2018

Tape remains a popular medium of data storage due to its advantages in cost and ease of use. Often as little as a penny per gig per month to cover just the hardware, tape seems to be a great, affordable option for backup. Unlike other backup solutions, scaling tape is simply a matter of adding physical inventory, and tape doesn’t require network bandwidth or expertise to move offsite, or power when storing long-term archives.

Topics: Backup and Archive Igneous Solutions Tape
2 min read

Data Management Trends: Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and High Performance Computing in the Life Sciences Industry

By Catherine Chiang on April 10, 2018

Explosive data growth in the life sciences industry is nothing new; what’s truly exciting is how this data can be used!

Topics: Igneous Solutions Machine Learning
3 min read

Archive 101: What is Data Archiving, Why is it So Important, and How Do You Archive Effectively?

By Christian Smith on April 3, 2018

As data grows, archiving data has become more important than ever for a robust data management strategy. Yet, effective archive remains elusive for many organizations. Even defining what “archive” means can be difficult because archive commonly refers to backup archives or e-mail archives, not unstructured data management.

Topics: Backup and Archive Igneous Solutions
1 min read

How to Backup SMB Shares from Your NetApp NAS System

By Andy Ferris on March 26, 2018

Igneous Hybrid Storage Cloud makes it easy to protect all unstructured data residing on NetApp Cluster Mode. Enterprises with NFS exports, SMB shares, or both on NetApp systems can backup their NAS devices using Igneous in a single systems view through simple policies.

Topics: Backup and Archive Igneous Features
2 min read

Tomorrow’s Cars Need Modern Data Management Today

By Catherine Chiang on March 14, 2018

The Internet of Things is transforming industries across the board, and the automotive industry is no exception. From connected cars to autonomous vehicles, big changes in automotive technology are creating big data.

Topics: Igneous Solutions
3 min read

We Want to Meet You (and Maybe Hire You, Too!): The Igneous Interview Process

By Kiran Bhageshpur on March 12, 2018

For us, hiring is a big deal. As an early-stage startup, where every single person has immense impact, each hire is critical to our success.

Topics: Igneous Culture
10 min read

Dogs, the Startup Vision, and Bending the Computer to your Will

By Lily Bowdler on March 7, 2018

In honor of International Women’s Day, we profile four women who work here. Hopefully it gives readers a glimpse into what life at Igneous is like, and why we love it so much!

Topics: Igneous Culture
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Backup: One Size Does Not Fit All Anymore

By Catherine Chiang on February 27, 2018

In the good old days when data was much smaller, having a single backup solution was ideal. However, as data has exploded, it has also generated new requirements that necessitate multiple solutions. 50% of enterprises surveyed for the 2017 Gartner Backup Magic Quadrant today deploy multiple backup solutions.

Topics: Backup and Archive Igneous Solutions
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4 Requirements of Modern Backup and Archive

By Catherine Chiang on February 20, 2018

As enterprise datasets grow at unprecedented rates, with the majority of it being unstructured data, requirements for modern backup and archive have expanded beyond the capabilities of legacy secondary storage systems.

Topics: Backup and Archive Igneous Solutions Igneous Technology
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Optimize Your Storage Tiers with Pure Storage FlashBlade and Igneous Hybrid Storage Cloud

By Christian Smith on February 13, 2018

As enterprise datasets explode to billions of files and petabytes of data, enterprises need modern data management solutions that offer high performance and large capacity.

Topics: Partner Solutions Igneous Solutions
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4 Key Features of Modern Data Management for Media and Entertainment

By Catherine Chiang on February 6, 2018

The world of media and entertainment is drastically different from a decade ago. New technologies such as 8K video, virtual reality, and digital special effects are changing the way we produce and enjoy media. However, these changes also present huge data management challenges for media companies.

Topics: Igneous Solutions
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Data Growth Is Unpredictable — but Here's How You Can Plan for It

By Catherine Chiang on January 30, 2018

According to Gartner, 70% of organizations list managing data growth as their top concern. With data growing exponentially while legacy storage systems struggle to handle petabyte-scale data, it’s no easy feat for enterprise IT to balance modern data management needs with budgets that aren’t growing as quickly as their data.

Topics: Igneous Solutions Scale-out Architecture
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New Feature: Enable Secure Auto-Discovery of Exports in NetApp with Certificate-Based Authentication

By Dustin Harris on January 24, 2018

Enterprise IT must balance the need to support the business and application requirements and the need to protect the data. Administrators must not only serve the needs of users, but also serve the data protection needs of the organization. 

Topics: Igneous Technology Igneous Features
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New Feature: Increase Data Efficiency and Costs-Savings with End-to-End Compression

By Andy Ferris on January 12, 2018

As businesses experience increasing data growth, enterprise IT must balance the need for more capacity with the need to constrain their datacenter footprint and control costs.

Topics: Igneous Technology Compression Igneous Features
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Streamline Secondary Storage for Unstructured Data with Policy-Driven Data Management

By Christian Smith on January 9, 2018

Igneous Hybrid Storage Cloud provides backup and archive for massive unstructured file data. A typical use case is backup and archive of data from primary NAS systems, with optional tiering to public cloud.

Topics: Igneous Technology Data Management
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Zero-Touch Infrastructure™: Hands-off Backup and Archive in Your Datacenter

By Christian Smith on January 2, 2018

We use the term Zero-Touch Infrastructure a lot to describe the ease of management our customers experience with our as-a-Service delivery. Often, this term is met with confusion: How can backup and archive really be “Zero-Touch”?

Topics: Igneous Technology Zero-Touch Infrastructure
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The Life Sciences Data Explosion: Further Reading

By Catherine Chiang on December 27, 2017

Thanks to recent advances in life sciences research technology, such as genome sequencing, electron microscopy, and flow cytometry, scientific research is generating unstructured data more quickly than IT can deal with the data growth.

Topics: Igneous Solutions
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Thoughts from Gartner Data Center Conference 2017

By Steve Pao on December 18, 2017

It’s easy to assume that most enterprises are using cloud when you live in Seattle, home to two of the three giant cloud services providers. However, spending a week at the Gartner Data Center Conference in Las Vegas provided a more accurate assessment of the enterprise cloud adoption, and reconfirmed what we hear from our customers about the challenges they experience with cloud.

Topics: Backup and Archive Cloud GartnerIO 2017
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Tiering and Replication to Microsoft Azure Archive Blob Storage | Igneous

By Christian Smith on December 13, 2017

We’re excited to announce that Igneous provides seamless integration with Microsoft Azure Archive Blob Storage!

Topics: Igneous News
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Watch our Megacast presentation! (Demo)

By Catherine Chiang on December 11, 2017

We showcased Igneous’ backup and archive solutions at the Enterprise Storage Megacast on December 6th!

Topics: Igneous Solutions Megacast Demo
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How Igneous Solves the Problem of Data Movement for Large Datasets

By Jeff Hughes on December 5, 2017

Getting data from where it is to where it needs to be sounds simple in concept, but becomes a big issue when your datasets are very large. Though the aspect that most often comes to mind is moving across geographies, different formats and impact to primary systems play equally challenging roles. Yet moving data well is a key function required for backup, archive, and cloud tiering.

Topics: Igneous Solutions Igneous Technology Data Movement
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Three Benefits of Cloud-Native Architecture

By Jeff Hughes on November 28, 2017

When we started Igneous, we set out to solve the problems of legacy software architectures, which weren’t particularly scalable, resilient, or agile. That’s why Igneous is built with a cloud-native architecture, enabling enterprises to harness the power of cloud wherever their data lives.

Topics: Igneous Solutions Cloud Igneous Technology Cloud-Native Architecture
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Leverage Cloud Benefits in a Hybrid World with Zero-Touch Infrastructure™

By Catherine Chiang on November 21, 2017

The Igneous team is heading for AWS re:Invent next week, where we’re excited to catch the latest innovations in the cloud computing community. AWS has revolutionized the computing infrastructure market, delivering ease of management, scalability, and economics as-a-Service to enterprise data in cloud.

But what about your data on-premises?

Topics: Igneous Solutions Cloud AWS Re:Invent Zero-Touch Infrastructure
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New Feature: Protect Data with Write Once Read Many (WORM) for Backup and Archive

By Christian Smith on November 9, 2017

Businesses are required to keep data for regulatory, compliance, or legal reasons. Despite backup retention policies built into many legacy backup software packages, administrators often have the ability to inadvertently delete or modify data governed by higher-level business requirements, either by changing policy in the backup software or potentially bypassing the backup software and accessing the underlying storage directly.

Topics: Igneous News Igneous Solutions Igneous Technology WORM Igneous Features
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New Feature: Increase Data Throughput with Network Data Compression

By Catherine Chiang on November 3, 2017

When moving large amounts of data between datacenters and/or public cloud, the amount of bandwidth in the datacenter often exceeds the bandwidth between datacenters, limiting throughput and speed of data movement.

To accommodate this bandwidth imbalance, Igneous recently released a new feature: network data compression, which enables customers using our Remote Service Router to compress data traversing their wide area network (WAN).

What does this mean for customers? Let’s break it down.

Topics: Igneous News Igneous Technology Compression Igneous Features
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New Feature: Cut Costs By Archiving Snapshots to Igneous

By Andy Pernsteiner on October 31, 2017

NAS snapshots revolutionized the data protection industry. Long gone are the days of calling up the backup admin to ask for last night’s copy of the data. In addition, snapshots seemed like a virtually free way to protect data—enterprises could theoretically take as many as they wanted and keep them around for as long as they wanted.

Topics: Igneous News Igneous Solutions Igneous Technology Snapshots Igneous Features
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Data Management: Why Does It Matter and Why Is It So Hard?

By Catherine Chiang on October 23, 2017

With enterprise datasets growing so quickly, it’s not just about storage anymore. Enterprises need effective data management strategies to harness the value of their data.

Topics: Industry Trends CrowdChat Data Management
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Why is Data Growth a Big Problem for Science?

By Catherine Chiang on October 17, 2017

Within recent years, developments in scientific research have enabled scientists to collect and generate far more data than ever beforebut the scientific industry’s ability to store, protect, and manage this data has not kept pace.

Topics: Industry Trends
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Top Data Backup and Archive News from Microsoft Ignite 2017

By Catherine Chiang on October 10, 2017

In September, we attended Microsoft Ignite in Orlando, Florida, a week-long conference exploring the future of technology and Microsoft’s latest innovations. We were excited to see Microsoft jumping into the backup and archive arena with their newest product launches!

Topics: Industry Trends Microsoft Ignite 2017 Ignite 2017 Backup and Archive Igneous News
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Growing Pains: Constraining Your Datacenter Footprint

By Catherine Chiang on October 2, 2017

As data continues to grow, enterprises struggle to find solutions for constraining their datacenter footprints and keeping costs down. While many enterprises are turning to colocation and cloud to offset their data storage demand, these options pose significant challenges.

Topics: Colocation Igneous Solutions Cloud
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Beyond Storage: CEO Kiran Chats with theCUBE

By Catherine Chiang on September 25, 2017

On September 14, 2017, our CEO Kiran Bhageshpur sat down with theCUBE for a #CubeConvo in their Palo Alto studio. For the first time, Kiran discussed Igneous’ full suite of services and features.

Topics: Igneous News Igneous Solutions
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Colo or Cloud: Choosing the Right Backup and Archive Solution

By Catherine Chiang on September 19, 2017

It’s critical for enterprises to build in offsite redundancy as part of their disaster recovery plans, as data loss can cost businesses hundreds of thousandseven millionsof dollars. Enterprises have three main avenues for achieving offsite redundancy: using a datacenter in another location, public cloud, and colocation (colo). For enterprises looking to reduce their own offsite datacenter footprint, public cloud and colo both pose viable options.

Topics: Backup and Archive Colocation Igneous Solutions Cloud
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3 Questions to Ask to Decide What to Tier to Microsoft Azure

By Tammy Batey on September 12, 2017

Microsoft Ignite, which will offer more than 700 sessions and deep dives into Microsoft products, is designed to educate new customers about the Microsoft platform, including Azure, and provide technical content to existing customers.

Topics: Partner Solutions Igneous News Igneous Solutions Cloud
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Video: Public Cloud Tiering through Igneous Hybrid Storage Cloud

By Lily Bowdler on September 6, 2017

In this demo video, I walk through how to use Igneous Hybrid Storage Cloud to manage backup and restore of data to and from your NAS, and how to search for files across Igneous on-premises storage and public cloud.

Topics: Watch Igneous Solutions Cloud Igneous Technology Video
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Operational and Tactical Benefits of Igneous Hybrid Storage Cloud

By Christian Smith on August 29, 2017

When evaluating technology, it’s important to consider both the operational and tactical benefits of a product or service. On the Igneous website and in our datasheet, we talk a lot about the operational benefits of Igneous Hybrid Storage Cloud.

Topics: Backup and Archive Igneous Solutions Igneous Technology
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3 Data Facts About the 2017 Solar Eclipse

By Tammy Batey on August 22, 2017

Gazing at the slowly disappearing sun through my protective eclipse glasses, I was filled with wonder during the total solar eclipse on August 21. The Great American Eclipse was a scientific marvel and an awe-inspiring sight.

Topics: Industry Trends
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SearchDataBackup: Disk Rules the Enterprise Backup Roost

By Tammy Batey on August 15, 2017

Capacity, scalability and ease of implementation top enterprises’ list of critical features they look for when investing in a backup hardware purchase, according to a just released TechTarget research survey.

Topics: Industry Trends Backup and Archive
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Scale-Out Architecture: What Scales, What Doesn’t & How to Tell the Difference

By Tammy Batey on August 8, 2017

Bottleneck elimination. Seamless horizontal scalability. Cost predictability. Capacity without logical limits. Forklift upgrade avoidance. IT professionals offer different takes on the benefits of scale-out architecture.

Topics: Industry Trends Igneous Technology Scale-out Architecture
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The Data Challenge of Body Cameras

By Tammy Batey on August 2, 2017

More body cameras for law enforcement officers? Or data storage for previously collected cam footage? Body cameras and dash cameras increasingly play a vital role in law enforcement but agencies face tough choices as a result.

Topics: Industry Trends Igneous Solutions
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Evolution of Data Backup

By Tammy Batey on July 26, 2017

“Technology has come a long way.” That’s what I wrote in an Igneous blog post celebrating World Backup Day on March 31. But how’s that apply to data backup in particular?

Topics: Backup and Archive Igneous Solutions Cloud
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3 Questions to Ask to Decide What to Tier to Cloud

By Tammy Batey on July 18, 2017

Amazon Web Services (AWS) launched in 2006, and the outlook has been “cloudy” and profitable ever since, with numerous household names realizing the financial and agility benefits of moving data to cloud.

Topics: Partner Solutions Igneous Solutions Cloud
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High-frequency Trading Firm Yields High-flying Results with Igneous Solutions

By Tammy Batey on July 11, 2017

One less thing to worry about. That’s one of the most satisfying gifts you can give a busy IT manager, says Igneous Systems Field Product Engineer Andy Pernsteiner.

It’s a gift he’s been excited to offer one of our most longstanding customers – a New York City-based high-frequency trading company. While most of our customers make the Fortune 500, some smaller companies face similar infrastructure challenges and can benefit from an Igneous secondary storage solution.

Topics: Backup and Archive Case Study Igneous Solutions
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The Backup Window is an Outdated Concept

By Steve Pao on July 5, 2017

Backup windows for unstructured file data will go the way of the rotary phone. Why? Backup windows were designed when tape was the primary backup target, before the proliferation of unstructured data. Let’s explore how legacy backup software backed into the concept of backup windows and how a modern approach eliminates them.
Topics: Industry Trends Backup and Archive Igneous Solutions
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#LocalData: Six Months Later

By Lily Bowdler on June 27, 2017

Happy summer! It’s hard to believe that six months have passed since our first CrowdChat on #LocalData. Since we’re just as passionate about hybrid cloud as ever, we revisited old questions and asked new ones for last week’s CrowdChat.

Topics: Industry Trends Cloud CrowdChat
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Data Storage and Public Cloud

By Tammy Batey on June 20, 2017

Public cloud adoption is growing, as is the number of enterprises with a hybrid cloud strategy, with the percentage of enterprises adopting one increasing from 55 percent in 2016 to 58 percent in 2017, according to RightScale’s 2017 “State of the Cloud Report.”

Topics: Industry Trends Cloud
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Themes from GeekWire’s Cloud Tech Summit

By Lily Bowdler on June 10, 2017

GeekWire’s inaugural Cloud Tech Summit was June 7. With headliners including Scott Guthrie of Microsoft Azure and Joe Beda of Heptio, the summit drew more than 600 attendees to Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Washington.

The summit showcased cloud trends and ideas, including the latest developments in containers, serverless computing, machine learning, microservices and DevOps.  We encourage you to head on over to GeekWire for full coverage of the day, including transcripts.

Steve Pao and I were lucky enough to spend the day absorbing information. I spent the afternoon at the Business track.  Here are a few recurring themes from the day.

Topics: Industry Trends Geekwire Cloud Tech Summit Cloud
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Reflections on Mary Meeker's 2017 Internet Trends Report

By Steve Pao on June 4, 2017

This past week, Mary Meeker presented her annual trends report. For those not familiar with the report, it’s intended to be read, not presented, and is full of facts and figures generally supporting several trends. In this post, I add my take to the ongoing discussion!

Topics: Industry Trends Mary Meeker's Internet Trends
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Worthy Reads: 5 Must-Read Data Articles

By Steve Pao on May 26, 2017

Summer reads. Two words that pair nicely this time of year, like beach and chair or Caribbean and vacation. A Google search for “summer reads” results in 15.9 million hits.

You’ll find summer book recommendations in numerous magazines and online resources. But most focus on books and ignore all the compelling shorter form content out there. And many limit the recommendations to escapist fiction or general business reads, not data news.  

Topics: Industry Trends
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5 Reasons to Visit Igneous at Bio-IT World

By Tammy Batey on May 19, 2017

Genomics research. Cardiovascular simulations. Antibody discovery. At Bio-IT World Conference and Expo, researchers and clinical practitioners meet at the intersection of medicine and computer science.

This year’s Bio-IT World, which is May 23-25 in Boston, will draw more than 3,000 attendees eager to discuss exciting and eclectic research. One consistent struggle? All of the data produced by that research, according to Allison Proffitt, Editorial Director of Bio-IT World & Clinical Informatics News.

Topics: Backup and Archive Igneous News Igneous Solutions Bio-IT World
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Protect Your Data from Ransomware Attacks

By Andy Pernsteiner on May 16, 2017

Even before the events of this past week, ransomware attacks worried many IT professionals. It’s been a hot topic since 2013, when CryptoLocker spread, encrypted files on infected users’ hard drives and network shares, and the attacker demanded that ransoms be paid via BitCoin to decrypt the files.

Topics: Industry Trends Data Protection Ransomware Igneous Solutions Igneous Technology
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Igneous Recognized as Gartner Cool Vendor

By Steve Pao on May 16, 2017

We're excited to be included in the "Gartner Cool Vendors in Storage Technologies, 2017" report this year! In this report, Gartner reviewed the underlying Igneous Storage architecture that forms the basis of our secondary storage platform, which is designed to backup and archive massive file systems.

Topics: Gartner Cool Vendor Igneous News Igneous Solutions Igneous Technology
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Where are You on Your Journey to Cloud?

By Steve Pao on May 8, 2017

Today, the most prevalent IT journey is to cloud and Infrastructure as-a-Service (IaaS). And within IaaS, data protection accounts for the most common use case, according to Enterprise Strategy Group.  

In this blog post, I'll share how to chart your progress on your cloud journey with respect to data protection and how to overcome potential roadblocks.

Topics: Igneous Solutions Cloud
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Are Data Backups Broken?

By Tammy Batey on April 27, 2017

Multimedia data. Electronic health records. Cryo-electron microscope data. Machine images. Sensor data. Participants in the April 12 “Overcoming Backup Challenges” CrowdChat conversation say they deal with many different types of unstructured data. 

Topics: Industry Trends Backup and Archive CrowdChat
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7 Reasons to Connect with Igneous at NAB Show

By Tammy Batey on April 17, 2017

Hot trends. Cool tools. Compelling celebrities. Those are the big draws for the 100,000 people expected to attend the NAB Show April 22-27 in Las Vegas. Igneous Systems will be among the more than 1,800 exhibitors showcasing products and solutions for four days of the conference.

Topics: Igneous News NAB Show
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Join 4/12 CrowdChat on “Overcoming Backup Challenges”

By Tammy Batey on April 11, 2017

What are the biggest challenges you face with data backup? What are your strategies for solving these challenges? Our CrowdChat on "Overcoming Backup Challenges" — the fourth in a series of online conversations about data storage — will be at 9 a.m. PST on April 12.

Topics: Backup and Archive CrowdChat
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World Backup Day: How It Began and How to Celebrate It

By Tammy Batey on March 31, 2017

What does Leeds, England resident Adam Jefferson have in common with California-based Pixar Animation Studios? A shared appreciation for that panic-inducing moment when you lose data. For Adam, that moment led to the creation of World Backup Day, which is March 31. 

Topics: Industry Trends Backup and Archive
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From Cave Walls to Billions of Files: The History of Data

By Tammy Batey on March 30, 2017

Remember that old philosophical question: If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? A modern version of that question might be: If data exists but no one is able to find it again or make sense of it, does it have value?

Topics: Industry Trends Backup and Archive Igneous Solutions Machine Learning AI
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3 Challenges of Storing Billions of Files Beyond Big Data

By Tammy Batey on March 6, 2017

Big data? Make that massive data. 

Topics: Industry Trends Backup and Archive
2 min read

The End of Cloud Computing

By Christian Smith on January 11, 2017

"The end of cloud computing is right around the corner."   What? We were just getting started.  

Topics: Industry Trends Cloud Christian Smith
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Addressing Storage Challenges with Scott Sinclair of ESG

By Steve Pao on December 30, 2016

Highlights from Webinar featuring Scott Sinclair, Senior Analyst with ESG, a leading IT analyst firm, on addressing storage challenges. Topics include the growth in data, modern data management strategies (including cloud, software-defined storage, and object storage), and the need for a new architecture.

Topics: Industry Trends Steve Pao Scott Sinclair

Our second Crowdchat #LocalData - Hybrid Clouds

By Steve Pao on December 14, 2016

Following up on our first Crowdchat #LocalData, we decided to hold another one, this time on Hybrid Clouds.

Topics: Industry Trends Steve Pao Cloud CrowdChat
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Thoughts from AWS Re:Invent 2016

By Steve Pao on December 5, 2016

Perspectives on hybrid cloud for large, unstuctured data that we share with Amazon, plus some differences in opinion informed by our customers.

Topics: Industry Trends Steve Pao Cloud AWS Re:Invent
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GitLab brings Storage In-House

By Steve Pao on November 15, 2016

GitLab's decision to move from the public cloud was covered well in their blog post "How We Knew It Was Time to Leave the Cloud."  We understand, and much of their actual experience was consistent with what we predicted when we started our company.

Topics: Industry Trends Steve Pao Cloud
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Our first Crowdchat #LocalData

By Steve Pao on November 14, 2016

In the spirit of reaching out beyond our own posts, we held a Crowdchat featuring industry veterans from leading analyst firms, service providers, and practioners as they talked through what's behind #LocalData that can't or won't move to the public cloud.
Topics: Industry Trends Cloud CrowdChat Christian Smith
2 min read

Cloud-Native Services—The Good, The Bad, The Best

By Christian Smith on November 8, 2016

In the early days of the company, one of our biggest debates was whether the core of our architecture should be a POSIX-compliant data tier or a modern key-value store. Back then (and for that matter, even today!) a vast majority of workflows depended on a legacy POSIX interface to storage.  

Topics: Industry Trends Cloud Igneous Technology Christian Smith

BusinessWeek: Home Is Where The Data Is

By Steve Pao on November 4, 2016


The subtitle of this article summarizes the concept well, which is "For those with large troves," the cloud may not be ideal."

Topics: Industry Trends Steve Pao
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Extensible Data Path Architecture — A Bright Future for Your Data

By Jeff Hughes on November 1, 2016

Previously, I presented the details of our underlying RatioPerfect™ architecture and how that allows us to deliver a platform for your data that is free of I/O bottlenecks and truly a fail-in-place model. Today, I’d like to talk about our software architecture, in particular how it allows for an extensible data path.

Topics: Jeff Hughes Igneous Technology
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Thoughts from Gartner Symposium 2016

By Steve Pao on October 27, 2016

#GartnerSYMI attended Gartner Symposium the week after our company emerged from stealth. We spent three years focused on R&D and servicing our pre-launch customers, so we wanted to ensure that our focused mission was still resonating with broader discussions happening at the CIO and senior IT executive levels. The good news is that we believe our timing is even better now than it was three years ago when we started!

Topics: Industry Trends Igneous News Cloud Gartner Symposium
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A Fail-in-Place Platform—RatioPerfect™ Every Time

By Jeff Hughes on October 25, 2016

We have previously described our vision around Zero-Touch Infrastructure™, the first of two key architectural components that enable us to deliver on the promise of a True Cloud for Local Data.  In this article, I will expand on the second key architectural component which is on-premises appliances are truly able to be a fail-in-place platform.

Topics: Jeff Hughes Igneous Technology RatioPerfect architecture JBOND
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Cloud-Managed, On-Premises Data With Zero-Touch Infrastructure™

By Christian Smith on October 10, 2016

We coined the term Zero-Touch Infrastructure™ in the earliest days of the company. Looking back at my notes, the earliest mention of this term was in an internal blog I wrote on December 4, 2013, less than 40 days from when we got started.

Topics: Igneous Solutions Igneous Technology Christian Smith
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True Cloud for Local Data—Yes, You Can Have It All

By Kiran Bhageshpur on October 10, 2016

Over the past couple of years, customer after customer told us what they really liked about the public cloud infrastructure and how much they desire its characteristics within their datacenters

Topics: Industry Trends Kiran Bhageshpur Igneous Solutions Cloud

Dropbox exits the Amazon Cloud

By Christian Smith on March 23, 2016

Few companies have the capabilities or talent to build their own at-scale cloud infrastructure.  Dropbox talks about their journey from the public cloud to their own infrastructure and how ridiculously difficult it was. 

Topics: Industry Trends Cloud Christian Smith

Why Data-First Applications Will Come To Rule Enterprise Software

By Christian Smith on February 4, 2016

The world is moving from workflow-first applications to data-first applications.

Topics: Industry Trends Christian Smith
1 min read

Data caps, the day of PCs is passing, petabytes will dominate film storage

By Kevin Kotecki on November 12, 2015

Everyone is talking Petabytes, Exabytes and Zettabytes. See what we've been reading this week in storage.

Topics: Industry Trends Kevin Kotecki
4 min read

The Datacenter is Dead, Long Live the Datacenter

By Kiran Bhageshpur on November 11, 2015

Google ‘The Data Center is Dead’ and you’ll find no shortage of pundits predicting just that. This guy, for example, first started predicting the death of enterprise data centers back in 2011. But is that really true? Are data centers going the way of the buggy whip?

Topics: Datacenter Kiran Bhageshpur Cloud
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Why Software Defined Storage Matters

By Kiran Bhageshpur on November 3, 2015

Everywhere you turn there are articles and blog posts about Software Defined everything: Networks, data centers, WANs and, more recently, storage. What is Software Defined Storage (SDS) and, more importantly, why do you care?

Topics: Industry Trends Kiran Bhageshpur Software-defined storage
1 min read

Qualcomm in server CPU market, tips for finding signals in big data, evolution of a terabyte

By Christian Smith on October 21, 2015

Take a look at the news that we've been reading recently.

Topics: Industry Trends Christian Smith
3 min read

Finding My Data

By Christian Smith on October 21, 2015

As anyone who knows me knows, I hate traffic. Which is why the Waze app caught my eye. The moving map is amazingly accurate regarding traffic congestion, accidents, and police locations.

Topics: Industry Trends Indexing Igneous Technology Christian Smith
2 min read

Why AWS Lambda is a Great Idea

By Kiran Bhageshpur on October 13, 2015

Amazon introduced AWS Lambda last year at ReInvent. I believe Lambda is a game-changer, but it doesn’t go far enough. Let’s begin by reviewing what AWS Lambda is …

Topics: Industry Trends Kiran Bhageshpur AWS Lambda
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Infographic: How did we get here?

By Kevin Kotecki on October 1, 2015

Take a look back at information storage from its humble beginnings to the heights of current advanced computer technology and the future.

Topics: Kevin Kotecki Infographic

Putting Virtual Reality in the Hands of Everyone

By Christian Smith on September 30, 2015

Are you ready to declare VR another leg of the 3rd platform movement? 

Topics: Industry Trends Christian Smith
2 min read

The Trajectory of Technology is All About Reducing Friction

By Kiran Bhageshpur on September 22, 2015

Just as a fish probably rarely thinks about water, we who work in technology rarely question the actual purpose of all this technology.

Topics: Industry Trends Kiran Bhageshpur

What is the hidden cost of SDS products?

By Kevin Kotecki on September 16, 2015

Have you ever stopped to consider the hidden cost of software-defined storage products?

Topics: Industry Trends Kevin Kotecki

Issues with widely deploying open source software

By Kevin Kotecki on September 3, 2015

What type of issues do you get when you deploy open source software to tens of thousands of machines?

Topics: Industry Trends Kevin Kotecki
5 min read

Erasure Codes…the Igneous way.

By Christian Smith on September 2, 2015

Is RAID dead?  A quick Google search indicates it might be, at least for Big Storage.  Why?

Topics: Erasure codes Igneous Technology Christian Smith
3 min read

Rethinking How Vendors Engage with Customers

By Chris Jones on August 26, 2015

A few years ago, I read a Google-sponsored study about the B2B sales process. What jumped out was a stat that the typical B2B buyer is more than HALFway (57 percent) through their buying journey before they engage with vendors.

Topics: Industry Trends

New class of memory?

By Kevin Kotecki on August 19, 2015

Exciting new memory technology was recently introduced by Micron and Intel that could alter the separation of storage and the compute. Are we seeing the future that puts the fast side of storage even closer to the compute?

Topics: Industry Trends Kevin Kotecki

New use cases require rethinking architecture to store data

By Christian Smith on August 19, 2015

Earlier we wrote about Storage is Cool and how new use cases are creating new architectures.

Topics: Industry Trends Christian Smith
1 min read

Predicting the Future

By Kiran Bhageshpur on August 11, 2015

Remember this viral video from 2007, (back when viral videos were still novel)? At the time, it was seen as a hilarious send-up of the excesses of tech in general and Silicon Valley in particular.

Topics: Industry Trends Kiran Bhageshpur
4 min read

Failure is the New Normal

By Jeff Hughes on August 4, 2015

Have you noticed how the approach to failure in computing has changed radically over the past few years? Good thing it has!

Topics: Industry Trends Jeff Hughes Igneous Technology

PMR drives are done, welcome SMR

By Christian Smith on July 31, 2015

In a prior linked article we re-posted flash is not taking over the world. New disk technologies like SMR will continue to increase the densities and lower the cost point for capacity storage.

Topics: Industry Trends Christian Smith

ARIN creates waiting list for the few remaining IPv4 addresses in North America

By Christian Smith on July 21, 2015

The Register reports that North America is down to its last few thousand IPv4 addresses.

Topics: Industry Trends Christian Smith
1 min read

New Docker containers are not just a toy

By Kevin Kotecki on July 20, 2015

Imagine having a fully-functional Lego-sized data center on your desk. Sounds pretty cool?

Topics: Industry Trends Kevin Kotecki

Flash is not taking over the world

By Christian Smith on July 6, 2015

Computerworld's Lucas Mearian reports that hard drives will remain the dominant mass storage device in laptops and desktops for years to come. 

Topics: Christian Smith
3 min read

Moving a Petabyte of Data

By Jeff Hughes on June 30, 2015

Article update: Curious about moving a petabyte of data in 2019? Read Jeff's Medium article about moving the 5PB of data used to discover the first black hole image.

There is a saying that nothing beats the bandwidth of a FedEx truck. To this point, in 2007 Jonathan Schwartz (then CEO of Sun) claimed that moving a petabyte from San Francisco to Hong Kong would be faster via sailboat than via a network link.

Topics: Industry Trends Jeff Hughes Data Movement
5 min read

Where does storage go from here?

By Kiran Bhageshpur on June 23, 2015

Trends are hard to spot. Sometimes it helps to step back and take a look from a distance at where we’ve been to get a better view to what is coming.

Topics: Industry Trends Kiran Bhageshpur
1 min read

Teaspoon-sized DNA storage can fit all the world's data

By Kiran Bhageshpur on June 22, 2015

The human species may face extinction someday but all of our data could live on in DNA storage. Scientists say all the world's data can fit on a DNA hard drive the size of a teaspoon.

Topics: Industry Trends Kiran Bhageshpur
2 min read

What is Wrong with Today’s Storage Architectures?

By Kiran Bhageshpur on June 16, 2015

In a recent post, I mentioned that VCs have been pumping more than a billion USD a year into the storage market for the past few years. That makes perfect sense to me. Almost nothing has changed for storage architectures in the past three decades.

Topics: Industry Trends Kiran Bhageshpur
2 min read


By Jeff Hughes on June 15, 2015

You can’t be in tech today and not have mixed feelings about patents. In theory, patents allow the ‘little person’ to benefit from their ‘intellectual property’ and invention.

Topics: Inside
4 min read

Storage Pricing is Insane

By Marc Tanguay on June 9, 2015

What is the number one issue customers have with storage pricing?  Here’s a hint: It is not the overall cost.

Topics: Industry Trends Cloud

Nanterro emerges from stealth | RayOnStorage

By Kiran Bhageshpur on June 5, 2015

Nanterro came out of stealth this week and announced it has been developing a new form of non-volatile RAM (NRAM) based on Carbon Nanotubes (CNT). 

Topics: Industry Trends Kiran Bhageshpur

Cloud Resistance

By Kevin Kotecki on June 4, 2015

The Cloud is facing resistance or failing in many organizations. John Mathon dissects the problems and suggests 5 steps to start using the Cloud today.

Topics: Kevin Kotecki Cloud
1 min read

Welcome to inside.igneous.io

By Kiran Bhageshpur on May 29, 2015

Today we launch inside.igneous.io, the site we promised for keeping insiders like you appraised of our progress and seek your feedback.

Topics: Inside

What hard drive is best?

By Christian Smith on May 29, 2015

Backblaze put hard drives to ultimate test and, lucky you, they're sharing their latest reliability stats.

Topics: Christian Smith
3 min read

Storage Is Cool

By Kiran Bhageshpur on May 29, 2015

When you think of ‘cool’ tech market segments, which ones come to mind? Cloud, of course. Big data. The Internet of Things. But storage? For decades, storage has been a necessary, massive, but boring market.

Topics: Industry Trends Kiran Bhageshpur

Buying An Average HDD | Forbes

By Christian Smith on May 29, 2015

New types of disk drives are shaping up to handle new types of applications and workloads.

Topics: Christian Smith
4 min read

Cold Data: What is it, Why is it a Problem and How to Fix it? | Igneous

By Christian Smith on May 29, 2015

I just ran across an IDC forecast that predicted the human race would accumulate 8 zettabytes of data by 2015.  That got me thinking about storage.  First, how much is 8 ZB?  It is not an easy quantity to conceptualize, but let me try.

Topics: Christian Smith

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