And another +1 To backup storage. That's actually what ~70-80% of our customers do with their SANs when swtiching to StarWind HCA or even VSAN.
Another interesting approach which I see less often is to use 2 existing SAN boxes as a storage capacity addition to the new HCI, with some of that storage actually mirrored between the SANs through the HCI storage virtualization layer. This is where customers can actually keep both backup and testing workloads without breaking the SANs into islands of resources.
True, adding the whole virtualization aspect and container support might caused this. I genuine when testing it out didnt like the new theme or steering me away from being storage server into something else.
I agree, I think that FreeNAS feels like it is drifting now. Is it storage, is it a hypervisor? Any BHyve for normal users, really? The new interface looked cool, but failed to even run when I tested it. They are a tiny company with few resource trying to do way too much. The old FreeNAS product was bad enough, I know loads of places loses data or access to data either because FreeNAS itself was glitchy or because it failed the "front loaded engineering" design principle and left customers in a tight position leading to failure.
This will really lower competition in the SAN space. Only a few viable vendors left. Nimble was one of the few major players.
I disagree. What about Tintri, Kaminario, or Tegile? There are still plenty of vendors out there in Nimble's competitive tier. I mean they don't compare to HDS or IBM but again, Nimble is a completely different use case.
Honestly I think it would have made more sense for HPE to acquire Tintri for their portfolio at a reasonable price. Nimble is awesome for its own use case, but the acquisition seemed to be just one of appeasement to shareholders.
Unless they are shifting gears and trying to get more competitive in small-medium markets as an all around vendor (aside from adding Nimble, thinking of them purchasing Aruba a couple years ago as well).
Going away from the open core was the right step. Still, Nextcloud (.com) is owned by the Nextcloud GmbH, will there ever be non-profit organization or a foundation that holds all the trademarks and domains.
Good question and the answer is 'yes'. Frankly we wanted to do this much earlier but it is a fair amount of work and we are still very busy building up the project. The plan is to create a foundation that would own the trademark and, under certain circumstances (like a take-over of the business) have the right to take it away from the company. The board of the foundation would consist of a majority of non-company-affiliated people, and the community should vote on who's on there.
Open questions are what else the foundation should do. Accept and handle donations? Do the conference? Even some development? Or nothing other than the trademark protection? These things have their pro's and cons so we have to have a wider discussion still. Perhaps at the upcoming Nextcloud conference, I'm not sure yet. We will have a solution in 2017, though, I am quite certain of that.