Steve Pao

Steve Pao

Steve is CMO at Igneous. Prior to Igneous, Steve was an early executive through two IPOs – as VP of Product Management at Latitude Communications (now part of Cisco) and as SVP and GM of the Security Business at Barracuda Networks.

Recent posts by Steve Pao

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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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The Backup Window is an Outdated Concept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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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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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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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

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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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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