Christian Smith

Christian Smith


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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. 

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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

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
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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
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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

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
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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

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

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

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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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