Will cloud universality reduce data operations complexity? | #VTUG

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In any corner of the tech world today, data is a massive consideration, whether it’s being managed, stored, analyzed or otherwise used. But with cloud, flash and various other options can enable enterprises to hold those massive stores of data. Yet many are finding themselves stymied by complexity before they can get to really working with what they have, according to Rawlinson Rivera, chief technology officer, Global Field, at Cohesity Inc.

“When you have that much complexity, it becomes very difficult to survive in today’s world,” Rivera said.

At the VTUG Winter Warmer 2017 in Foxborough, MA, Rivera spoke to Stu Miniman (@stu), senior analyst at Wikibon and host of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s mobile live streaming studio, to discuss the changing nature of data and how Cohesity is handling that volatility.

Complex new world

Early in the interview, Rivera shared how he’d been drawn from a lengthy stay at VMware Inc. to Cohesity by seeing the way in which the company was taking the storage of data and giving it more power and versatility. And in looking at the current form of data and its handling, he felt that there was a clear gap “not only in the traditional way in which data’s handled and managed in the enterprise, but the fact that there’s this exponential growth in data these days, and it’s not gonna stop.”

As such, he saw the needs as being more than just protecting data, but also to manage that data in ways that open it up to further usability. “I saw that Cohesity’s way into that particular market is protecting data, so [enterprises] can ingest that data [and] do the rest that they can do,” he said.

With the tasks of traditional infrastructure, including “protecting, backing up, archiving [and] replicating,” the discrete nature of the products that handle those processes builds a complexity from having to network them all into cooperation, he added.

Looking back and forward

As Rawlinson put it, contemporary businesses are creating their value by “retrieving data from back in the days” so that histories and comparisons can be applied to current and future cases. And the methods of keeping all that data cohesive and cross-referenced are leading to cloud as an integral part of operations.

“I think within the next three years, this whole cloud thing … will go away. Everyone will consume multiple clouds,” he stated. And for Cohesity, its advantage will be a ubiquity of cross-platform operability in public, private and hybrid clouds. But where Rivera sees the real opportunity is “in the edge, where the data is really being generated.”

Taking the “values and principles of hyper-convergence,” with simplicity, scalability and efficiency, and making those core qualities of Cohesity’s operations will be the key to the future, Rivera said. He anticipates users being able to use the functionality “any way you want it; it’s the same platform across the different places.”

Watch the complete video interview below, and be sure to check out more of SiliconANGLE and theCUBE’s coverage of VTUG Winter Warmer 2017.

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