Friday, July 24, 2015

And Now a Fireside Chat With Bill Roth on Data Encryption

Hi Friends,

Recently Nimble Storage came out with it's Nimble OS 2.3 which has a TON of new features!  If you'd like to hear about the new features in a recent BrainWavez show follow the link here:
BrainWavez #29: The NEW Nimble Storage OS 2.3!

One of the new features in Nimble OS 2.3 is Data Encryption at Rest, also known as SmartSecure.  Bill Roth has written a fantastic paper about this new feature which is available here:

For those that don't know Bill, he is a brilliant Technical Marketing Engineer that focuses on backup, archiving, Exchange, SQL and now encryption.

I recently had a chance to sit down with Bill to ask him a bit about the new SmartSecure feature.


Neil says, “Bill, do you view this feature, SmartSecure, as raising the bar?

Bill says, “No, it doesn’t raise the bar, I see it as setting the bar.” “One thing I like about it is that it doesn’t attempt to boil the ocean.”

Neil says, “In what respect?”

Bill says, “Well you can selectively decide to have a mix of encrypted and non-encrypted volumes.” “It’s not an all or none deployment, unless you want it to be.”

Neil says, “Do you consider this game changing technology?”

Bill says, “Not at all, users understand the importance of data security and this feature allows them to create a secure data at rest infrastructure.”

Neil says, “In what way does this feature redefine the landscape?”

Bill says, “I don’t think it’s about redefining, I think it’s about giving users the technology they require – plain and simple, easy to use, no tricks or gimmicks”

Neil says, “At the end of the day what does this feature bring to the table?”

Bill says, “Encryption of data at rest is more of a 24x7 entity, not something you only care about at the end of the day.” “But it may be easier to sit at the table during dinner knowing your data is secure.”

Neil says, “Well you don’t seem to be a big fan of industry buzzwords.” “Do you have anything else to say?”

Bill says, “Yes, users interested in learning more about the feature, and how to deploy it, can download the new white paper at:

Neil says, “Do you have any advice for users that lose their encryption passphrase?”

Bill says, “Yes, the advice is DON’T lose your passphrase!”

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

BrainWavez #30 - InfoSight - New and Improved!

Hi Friends,

I've got a great BrainWavez show for you this week!  Gim and Sean explain what Nimble InfoSight is, how it can help, and all the cool new features that have recently been added to the tool!

Yep you are correct, Episode 14 covered InfoSight, but you can never have enough of a good thing AND Gim explains all of the new features that have gone into InfoSight!

So what are you waiting for, go get the episode!  :-)

For iTunes users: [iTunes]
For everyone else: [mp3]

Friday, July 17, 2015

Product Demo: Nimble Storage OS 2.3 Searching, Sorting, and Filtering

Hi Friends,

The goodness of Nimble Storage OS 2.3 just keeps on giving!  When you've got a few volumes it's easy to keep track of who, what, where and why, but what happens when you have 100's of volumes? 

What if I want to find all of the volumes that are chowing up space but aren't even connected to an initiator?  Come on storage administrators, I know you've been in this situation before!

Want to see how easy it is to search, sort and filter your volumes?

Dr. Brain has got you covered and nothing says cool like a product demo!

Enjoy the demo and feel free to post a comment if you have any questions.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

YouTube Link - VDI Webinar - Thursday June 25th - Featuring Dr. Brain!

Hi Friends,

Did you miss my VDI Webinar because more important things came up?  For example:

1. Trip to the dentist
2. Tax audit
3. Needed to take out the trash
4. Wash dishes
5. Dog needed grooming
6. Your hair needed washing

You get my point.  :-)

Never fear friends, YouTube is here!  Catch all the VDI goodness you missed and if you have questions, you can ask them here!

BrainWavez #29: The NEW Nimble Storage OS 2.3!

Hi Friends,

I've got two surprises for you!  There's a new BrainWavez show and Nimble OS 2.3 is available!  If you haven't heard about 2.3 you've gotta take a look.

In this episode, guests Matt and Sean explain all of the cool new features in 2.3!  Here's just a few things available in the release:

Volume Pinning
Audit Logging
Search - Sort - Filtering
Encryption at Rest
VVOL Tech Preview

You might also notice the new theme song, a huge thanks to Level of Exit for the new song!  Guest starring with the band is me and Mrs. Brain!

For iTunes users: [iTunes]
For everyone else: [mp3]