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Manu Heirbaut Joins Datadobi as Company’s Vice President of Engineering

Heirbaut to build on the company’s product success to drive more opportunities for Datadobi and its customers

Datadobi, the global leader in unstructured data management, today announced the appointment of Manu Heirbaut as the company’s Vice President of Engineering. Heirbaut takes over the role of Datadobi Chief Architect and co-founder Kim Marivoet to allow Marivoet to focus 100% on architecting the future products of unstructured data management that enterprises urgently need.

Heirbaut will continue to build on the company’s long history of product success and innovation and be responsible for making sure that they meet the highest quality that Datadobi has become known for. He will report directly to Ian Leysen, CEO of Datadobi.

In 2022, Datadobi reached the milestone of having over 1,000+ enterprise customers. The dedicated role of Vice President of Engineering is now needed to ensure that Datadobi can scale its engineering team to meet the demands of its rapidly growing customer base.

Heirbaut’s appointment comes shortly after Datadobi announced the launch of StorageMAP, a new solution that provides a single pane of glass for organizations to manage unstructured data across their complete data storage estate whether on-premises or in the cloud. The software, built upon Datadobi’s best-in-class vendor-neutral unstructured data mobility engine, enables end-users to visualize, organize, and act on their data in hybrid vendor and cloud environments. StorageMAP puts companies in control of their data’s cost, carbon footprint, risk, and value.

“With the introduction of StorageMAP, Datadobi has solidified our position as the leader of the emerging unstructured data management market. StorageMAP, and our flagship product DobiMigrate, truly help enterprises harness the power of their unstructured data,” said Ian Leysen, CEO, at Datadobi. “As we continue to build upon our experience, we look forward to relying on Manu’s expertise to drive customer success around the world.”

Heirbaut brings over 20 years of experience in software development and building international engineering teams to Datadobi. Prior to joining the company, Heirbaut worked at companies such as Inventive Designers, Telenet, and Sungard. Most recently, Heirbaut served as the Director of Engineering at Unifiedpost Group.

“By now we all know that unstructured data is growing out of control. IT leaders are now questioning how they can truly manage their unstructured data in our multi-vendor, multi-cloud world,” said Heirbaut. “I look forward to expanding StorageMAP and working with the Datadobi team to truly give our customers the complete and highest quality solution they are looking for.”

The addition of Heirbaut and the Vice President of Engineering role comes in a period of global expansion for Datadobi. Notable announcements recently include Datadobi and Climb Channel Solutions expanding their partnership agreement across EMEA and the appointment of Matthias Nijs as Vice President of EMEA sales.

About Datadobi
Founded in 2010 and based in Leuven, Belgium, Datadobi is a global leader in unstructured data management software and services. The company’s enterprise-class software allows organizations to transition to new storage technology quickly and safely and to protect their unstructured data on any NAS or any cloud. To learn more, please visit https://datadobi.com/.

Datadobi Enables CBX to Migrate Entire Distributed Data Storage Infrastructure

DobiMigrate Ensures Data Security and Integrity Objectives Met During Migration; Cuts Months Off Project Timeline

Datadobi, the global leader in unstructured data management software, today announced that the CBX agency has migrated its entire distributed data storage infrastructure with DobiMigrate enterprise-class migration software for network-attached storage (NAS) and object data. In doing so, CBX now enjoys greatly expanded features and functionality, including greatly enhanced data security and support for cloud tiering.

Recently, the NetApp data storage platform and associated software on which CBX had long relied was end-of-life. This meant that no additional firmware, patches, or upgrades would be made available. In addition, warranty support would soon come to an end. CBX decided that its best option would be to remain with NetApp and upgrade to the vendor’s newest platform. In doing so, it would not only remain with a brand it trusted but CBX would also benefit from increased capabilities and heightened security. With this decision made, the next critical consideration was how best to migrate the NAS data from its existing data storage environments to the new. The data migration would involve the entirety of CBX’s client and internal business production data housed across two geographically dispersed locations in Minneapolis and New York City.

CBX reached out to their technology vendor SHI, for a recommendation on how best to proceed. SHI highly recommended Datadobi, and its DobiMigrate enterprise-class migration software for NAS and object data.

“SHI assured us that DobiMigrate could be trusted to deliver in the most complex and demanding environments while ensuring that we meet our data security and integrity objectives for migration to our new storage,” said Don Piraino, IT Manager, CBX. “The fact that Datadobi is also vendor-agnostic and has the ability to move data from any vendor’s platform to another heterogeneous platform on-prem, remote, or in the cloud added to my comfort level. It is nice knowing that I am not locked into any one vendor. But more importantly for me, this spoke to Datadobi’s industry-unique experience managing diverse migrations across many different platforms and environments.”

“We couldn’t allow even a moment of downtime or loss of data availability of any kind. The migration involved every single piece of CBX data – from client to CBX business data, spread across two geographically dispersed locations,” Piraino explained. “Typically, we use NetApp SnapMirror, but we knew it wasn’t the answer for this level of migration. With DobiMigrate, we finished in weeks, rather than in months, with not even one hiccup.”

When asked what advice Piraino would offer others contemplating an enterprise-class data migration, he replied, “We had a Datadobi Implementation Specialist dedicated to ensuring the success of our migration initiative… Having that level of expertise was invaluable. Nothing happened without Datadobi making sure it was being done correctly. It was such a load off my mind.”

Piraino concluded, “The final cutover was really smooth – with absolutely zero impact on any of our team’s work. We completed it on a Friday evening. And on Saturday morning, everything was up and running. When you, your internal users, and your boss feel zero pain, that’s always a good thing.”

To read the CBX case study in its entirety, please visit https://datadobi.com/case-studies/.

About CBX
Based in New York and Minneapolis, the CBX agency provides award-winning brand positioning and product portfolio architecture, identity design, corporate branding, package, and private label design, and retail activation services to some of the most beloved brands in the world. CBX clients include a number of fortune 500 clients who have trusted CBX to powerfully, visually connect their brands with the lives of their consumers. CBX believes that nurturing a culture of creative minds, dirty hands, straight talk, and good manners inspires its team to find innovative ways to connect clients to the people who make their businesses thrive. To learn more, please visit https://cbx.com.

About Datadobi
Founded in 2010 and based in Leuven, Belgium, Datadobi is a global leader in unstructured data management software and services. The company’s enterprise-class software allows organizations to transition to new storage technology quickly and safely and to protect their unstructured data on any NAS or any cloud. To learn more, please visit https://datadobi.com/.

Imply Announces Polaris, a Cloud Database Service for Modern Analytics Applications; Plus, Major Expansion for Apache Druid

New DBaaS reimagines the developer experience for analytics applications with instant access, intelligent operations, and built-in streaming with Confluent Cloud; Apache Druid extends its leadership as the most capable database for analytics applications

Burlingame, CA – March 1, 2022Imply, the company founded by the original creators of Apache Druid®, today unveiled at a virtual event the first milestone in Project Shapeshift, the 12-month initiative designed to solve the most pressing issues developers face when building analytics applications. The announcement includes a cloud database service built from Apache Druid and the private preview of a multi-stage query engine for Druid. Together, these innovations show how Imply delivers the most developer-friendly and capable database for analytics applications.

Developers are increasingly at the forefront of analytics innovation, driving an evolution in analytics beyond traditional BI and reporting to modern analytics applications. These applications—fueled by the digitization of businesses—are being built for real-time observability at scale for cloud products and services, next-gen operational visibility for security and IT, revenue-impacting insights and recommendations, and for extending analytics to external customers. Apache Druid has been the database of choice for analytics applications trusted by developers of 1000+ companies including Netflix, Confluent, and Salesforce.

“Today, we are at an inflection point with the adoption of Apache Druid as every organization now needs to build modern analytics applications,” said Fangjin Yang, CEO and co-founder, Imply. “This is why it’s now time to take Druid to the next level. Project Shapeshift is all about making things easier for developers, so they can drive the analytics evolution inside their companies.”

While developers have turned to Apache Druid to power interactive data experiences on streaming and batch data with limitless scale, Imply saw a tremendous opportunity to simplify the end-to-end developer experience and extend the Druid architecture to power more analytics use cases for applications from a single database.

Real-Time Database as a Service Built from Apache Druid

Building analytics applications involves operational work for software development and engineering teams across deployment, database operations, lifecycle management and ecosystem integration. For databases, cloud database services have become the norm as they remove the burden of infrastructure from cluster sizing to scaling and shift the consumption model to pay-as-you-use.

Imply Polaris, however, is a cloud database service reimagined from the ground up to simplify the developer experience for analytics applications end-to-end. Much more than cloudifying Apache Druid, Polaris drives automation and intelligence that delivers the performance of Druid without needing expertise, and it provides a complete, integrated experience that simplifies everything from streaming to visualization. Specifically, Polaris introduces:

  • Fully-Managed Cloud Service – Developers can build modern analytics applications without needing to think about the underlying infrastructure. No more sizing and planning required to deploy and scale the database. Developers can start ingesting data and building applications in just a few minutes.
  • Database Optimization – Developers get all the performance of Druid they need without having to turn knobs. The service automates configurations and tuning parameters and includes built-in performance monitoring that ensures the database is optimized for every query in the application. 
  • Single Development Experience – Developers get a seamless, integrated experience to build analytics applications from streaming to visualization. A built-in, push-based streaming service via Confluent Cloud and visualization engine integrated into a single UI makes it simple to connect to data sources and build rich, interactive applications. 

“Polaris is built on the core tenets of Apache Druid—flexibility, efficiency, and resiliency—and packages them into a cloud service that deploys instantly, scales effortlessly, and doesn’t require any Druid expertise, enabling any developer to build modern analytics applications,” said Jad Naous, chief product officer, Imply.

“We chose Apache Druid to power our analytics application to get real-time traffic visibility across one of the world’s largest global tier-1 IP backbones,” said Paolo Lucente, big data architect at the global IP network division of NTT Ltd. “We are looking forward to deploying Imply Polaris to continue to get the interactivity we need on a simple cloud-based service without having to worry about maintenance.”

Evolving the Druid Architecture

From its inception, Druid has uniquely enabled developers to build highly interactive and concurrent applications at scale, powered by a query engine built for always-on applications with a sub-second performance at TB to PB+ scale. Increasingly, however, developers need data exports, reporting, and advanced alerting included with their applications, requiring additional data processing systems to deploy and manage.

Today, Imply introduces a private preview of a multi-stage query engine, a technical evolution for Druid that reinforces its leadership as the most capable database for analytics applications. The multi-stage query engine—in conjunction with the core Druid query engine—will extend Druid beyond interactivity to support the following new use cases in a single database platform:

  • Druid for Reporting – Improved ability to handle long-running, heavyweight queries gives users a single database for powering applications that require both interactivity and complex reports or data exports. Cost-control capabilities make these heavyweight queries affordable.
  • Druid for Alerting – Building on Druid’s longstanding capability to combine streaming and historical data, the multi-stage query engine enables alerting across a large number of entities with complex conditions at scale.
  • Simplified and More Capable Ingestion – Druid has always provided very high concurrency—very fast queries across large data sets. Using the same SQL language that Druid already supports for queries, the new multi-stage query engine enables simplified ingestion from object stores, including HDFS, Amazon S3, Azure Blob and Google GCS with in-database transformation, making data ingestion easy without giving up any of Druid’s power to enable interactive conversations in modern data analytics applications.

“The multi-stage query engine represents the most significant evolution of Druid, an expansion of the architecture that makes it unparalleled in the industry,” said Gian Merlino, co-founder/CTO of Imply and Apache Druid PMC chair. “It brings both flexibilities as well as ease to the developer experience. I’m excited that the entire open source community will be able to take full advantage of it.”

Learn More

Product Availability:

  • Imply Polaris is Generally Available can be accessed via signup.imply.io
  • The new multi-stage query engine is in private preview and can be requested via contact@imply.io 

About Imply

At Imply, we are on a mission to help developers become the new heroes of analytics. Our unique database, built from Apache Druid, enables them to develop the next generation of analytics applications.  With Imply, developers can build without constraints as our database lets them create interactive data experiences on streaming and batch data with limitless scale and at the best economics.  Backed by leading investors including a16z and Bessemer Venture Partners, Imply is on a fast growth trajectory – disrupting the $100B database market – with customers including Twitter, Salesforce, Reddit, and Intercontinental Exchange. To learn more, please visit https://imply.io/.  

StorCentric’s Retrospect Adds Anomaly Detection to Ransomware Protection in Retrospect Backup 18.5

New Data Protection Solution Strengthens StorCentric’s Data-Centric Security Portfolio

Retrospect, a StorCentric company, today announced the general availability (GA) of Retrospect Backup 18.5, featuring new anomaly detection, customizable filtering, thresholds, and enhanced ransomware protection to help businesses quickly detect and protect against malicious attacks. With deeper Microsoft Azure Blob integration for Immutable Backups and integrated cloud bucket creation, Retrospect Backup 18.5’s anomaly detection and ransomware protection bolster StorCentric’s data-centric security approach to organizations’ critical infrastructure.

Ransomware is a huge global threat to businesses around the world. Beyond the high-profile attacks, including Colonial Pipeline, JBS, Garmin, and Acer, many people now personally know a colleague whose business was attacked. According to Coveware, most corporate targets are small and medium businesses. 72% of targeted businesses have fewer than 1,000 employees, and 37% have fewer than 100. Businesses are projected to have paid out $20B in 2021, a 100% Y-o-Y increase for the last four years, and it’s only going to get worse with new business models like RaaS: ransomware-as-a-service. With Retrospect Backup 18, businesses can protect their infrastructure with immutable backups for ransomware protection.

Beyond protection, organizations need to detect ransomware as early as possible to stop the threat and remediate those resources. Retrospect Backup 18.5 includes anomaly detection to identify changes in an environment that warrants the attention of IT. Administrators can tailor anomaly detection to their business’s specific systems using customizable filtering and thresholds for each of their backup policies, and those anomalies are aggregated on Retrospect Management Console across the entire business’s Retrospect Backup instances or a partner’s client base with a notification area for responding to those anomalies.

“As ransomware continues to grow in prevalence, businesses can leverage Retrospect’s new anomaly detection to quickly identify when ransomware has infected their infrastructure and rely on their immutable backups to restore any lost data,” said JG Heithcock, General Manager, Retrospect, a StorCentric Company. “Anomaly detection is integrated into Retrospect’s policy-based workflow and with our hosted service, Retrospect Management Console, to ensure customers and partners are notified about anomalies as soon as they happen.”

Included in Retrospect Backup 18.5:

  • Anomaly Detection: Detect anomalies in systems based on customizable filters and thresholds tailored to individual environments.
  • Retrospect Management Console Integration: View anomalies across a business or partner’s entire client base in a single pane of glass.
  • Improved Microsoft Azure Blob Integration: Set individual immutable retention policies for different backup sets within the same Azure Storage Container.
  • Streamlined Immutable Backup User Experience: Automatically create cloud buckets with immutable backups supported by default.
  • LTO-9 Support: Includes support for LTO-9, with capacities up to 18TB (45TB compressed).

Channel Partner Validation

“Ransomware comes up so frequently now that companies need tools like anomaly detection and immutable backups to detect and defend their core data from threats, and enabling IT admins to adjust the filtering and alert thresholds help companies tailor the detection algorithm to their needs,” said Reuben Herfindahl, Owner of Digital Brigade.

“Retrospect’s new anomaly detection can help businesses proactively identify threats as soon as their backup runs. With Retrospect’s immutable backups, they know they can restore their backups if ransomware has infiltrated their network,” said Terry Noonan, License My Software LLC.

Pricing and Free 30-Day Trial

Retrospect Backup 18.5 is a free upgrade to Retrospect Backup 18, the award-winning ransomware protection solution. For Retrospect Backup pricing details, please visit https://www.retrospect.com/store. To request a free 30-day trial, please visit https://www.retrospect.com/store/trial.

About StorCentric
StorCentric provides world-class, award-winning, and data security-focused data management solutions. The company has shipped over 1M storage solutions and has won over 100 awards for technology innovation and service excellence. StorCentric innovation is centered around customers and their specific data requirements and delivers quality solutions with unprecedented flexibility, data protection, performance, and expandability. For further information, please visit www.storcentric.com.

About Retrospect
Retrospect is dedicated to providing reliable backup and recovery tools for professionals and small-to-midsize businesses with Retrospect Backup and Retrospect Virtual, covering physical servers and endpoints, virtual environments, and business applications. With three decades of field-tested expertise and millions of users worldwide, Retrospect meets the needs of organizations that require the highest level of recoverability. Retrospect is a proud member of the StorCentric family of brands. For additional information, please visit https://www.retrospect.com/.