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diving into each of the various components in order to properly address and
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ESG Lab Spotlight evaluates the power of SIOS iQ Machine Learning and Flashsoft software to enable companies to improve application performance through easy, cost-efficient host based caching with solid-state storage devices (SSDs).by reducing storage bottlenecks, speeding application performance, and minimizing latency. However, the challenge for many organizations, especially since many SSDs are still more expensive than HDDs, is to know when and where to apply SSDs to both maximize performance and minimize costs. This lab report evaluates the SIOS iQ IT Analytics and SanDisk FlashSoft, ioMemory, and SSDs. SIOS iQ, a machine learning analytics platform for optimizing VMware environments, identifies which virtual machines will benefit most from host-based caching and recommends the configuration that will provide the best results. FlashSoft host-based caching software leverages SanDisk Fusion ioMemory PCIe application accelerators, SanDisk Lightning, Optimus, and CloudSpeed SSDs, or any other solid-state storage device, to reduce latency and improve throughput in read-intensive virtual and physical server workloads.
ESG Lab used a simulated enterprise IT infrastructure to validate how organizations can use the SIOS iQ analytics platform to identify applications that could be accelerated with host-based caching software, recommend an optimal cache configuration, and predict the resulting storage performance if caching were configured as recommended.
If it appears that this analyst is impressed with Vembu, he is. Vembu’s feature set surpasses what one might presume to come from a backup company that most folks (in North America at least) haven’t heard of.And although it would be easy to assume that some of Vembu’s capabilities are mere boasts, the hesitations wash away with the recognition that this is a vendor with ten years in the business, and that well over half its workforce are R&D engineers. Said another way, Vembu appears to have been quietly solving its customers’ backup challenges for more than a decade through technology, instead of marketing.
In fact, not only did Vembu not have a marketing team until 2015, but it also didn’t have a sales team to speak of. This is an incredibly engineering-focused company—one whose revenues and customers have accumulated through word of mouth. But now, Vembu is building out a solid U.S.-based sales and marketing engine focused on penetrating awareness among IT decision makers, especially decision makers in the SMB segment.
The product Vembu will push in 2015, BDR 2.0, could be a “game changer” for Vembu’s growth. BDR appears to have the potential to quite effectively address the varied requirements of small and midmarket businesses who run mixed physical and virtual IT environments and who also want to leverage the cloud.
If Vembu continues to invest as much into its North American marketing and channel outreach programs as it historically has invested into engineering its technology, then 2015 could be the year that a lot of SMBs discover the “secret” to solving a lot of their backup problems.
European and APJ businesses may know Vembu, but many U.S. IT organizations will be surprised by the solution set of this ten-year-old company that is launching its first concerted marketing push into North America.
Vembu has grown its revenue 35% annually over the past two years and is on track to meet that mark in 2014. Key product additions this year include a suite of CRM applications and the introduction of onpremises virtual appliances (with physical appliances to come in the near future). The latter move puts Vembu in more direct competition with relatively well known players in the hybrid cloud backup battle.
Vembu is celebrating its 10 year anniversary by exceeding the 60,000 customer milestone, sold mainly through its 4,400 channel partners. That compares with 55,000 customers and 4,000 resellers in February 2014. The company has added 400 resellers so far this year, and has begun to emphasize VARs in addition to its traditional target market of MSPs. Notable serviceprovider partners include Verizon's Terremark subsidiary, mindSHIFT Technologies, HostPapa and Hitachi Data Systems. The profitable Vembu claims to have exceeded 35% revenue growth in each of the past two years, and is on track for similar gains this year.
The company expects to have 200 employees by the end of 2014 (up from 160 in February), and 300 by the end of 2015. Most of its employees are near its headquarters in Chennai, India (with 65% engaged in R&D), but Vembu has been steadily expanding internationally. It opened an office in London this year, and relocated its US headquarters to Addison, Texas, where it expects to grow its workforce from 15 employees this year to 50 next year Vembu's worldwide distribution of partners roughly equates to its worldwide revenue distribution: 70% North America, 20% Europe and 10% AsiaPacific – a distribution that has remained fairly steady over the past year. However, although about 30% of its revenue comes from outside North America today, Vembu hopes to increase that to 50% in 2015. Key target markets for 2015 include the EU5 countries, Scandinavia, Brazil and China
What does good copy data management look like? According to ESG, it starts with seamless integration into existing IT infrastructure rather than a requirement to create yet another copy of data. This allows organizations to truly modernize their IT infrastructure and application-focused processes.
In this free report, you'll learn: • How Catalogic ECX drives end-to-end business processes that rely on copy data• How ECX integration with Oracle and other databases makes database copying/cloning simple, fast and efficient.• How ECX provides significant additional value through support for data masking, log management and Oracle RMAN
ESG Lab's expert third-party perspective is based on their own hands-on testing with Catalogic ECX.