As 2015 gets underway with the first major storm, we are a year into our journey at ClearSky Data. It’s been an incredible first year, focused primarily on building a great team with deep expertise in enterprise storage, virtualization and networking. We’ve put down roots in the heart of Boston and have spent countless hours dreaming, planning and defining our company and product strategy. Also a fairly large number of hours flying drones and visiting the local food trucks ;-)
Since we’re still in stealth mode, I thought it would be a good introduction to our blog to talk about some of the founding concepts behind ClearSky. These are our guiding principles and play a role in all our discussions and decisions.
- Enterprise customers hate managing their own infrastructure – enterprise infrastructure, and storage in particular, requires an endless commitment to procuring, racking, networking, optimizing, backing up, upgrading, failing over…not things that enterprise IT actually wants to spend time doing, but a daily reality given the pressures of data explosion and new business application initiatives. Storage still remains the most costly and difficult layer of the stack to manage, and it’s ripe for a complete re-think.
- Network connectivity keeps getting cheaper and more available – the old days of T-1 lines and MPLS are starting to give way to affordable, more widely available options such as metro Ethernet and dark fiber. Connecting customers across locations and geographies is both easier and more urgent given the growing adoption of SaaS and IaaS by the enterprise.
- Capacity-based, on demand models are attractive but not easy for enterprises to adopt – while AWS, Microsoft and Google describe customers being “all in the cloud,” the reality for most enterprises is a hybrid world, in which applications and infrastructure span legacy data centers to managed services to public clouds. This is likely to remain true for the foreseeable future given enterprise constraints around security, control and data movement. In particular, the challenges of accessing data from the cloud remain significant if the applications are not also located there.
Laz and I started working on ClearSky in late 2013 when we realized that we were uniquely positioned to take advantage of these principles. First, Laz is a world-class storage expert who started his career in the networking layer. He’s brought with him some of the great talent from past teams at Dell, EqualLogic, VMware and other companies. My own background combines data management and enterprise systems with cloud computing and managed services. All of this gets shaken and stirred as we design and build the ClearSky offering.
We are truly excited as we work with early customers and partners and continue to expand the team. We look forward to sharing more with you this year through our blog. Please visit us often as we grow and join our mailing list to receive updates.