In January, a cadre of journalists from across Europe and North America traveled to Silicon Valley to meet with some of the top companies in data and storage infrastructure. Komprise was lucky to be included in the tour and hosted the visiting reporters at our office in Campbell.
The IT Press Tour, organized by Philippe Nicolas of StorageNewsletter.com, has held 41 IT Press Tour events, meeting with 249 (and counting) companies across Europe, the U.S., and Israel. It was refreshing to have an engaging, live conversation around the conference room (albeit with masks) to discuss the ever-changing data management sector.
We’ve compiled snippets of the reporters’ coverage of Komprise below.
Nick Ismail, Editor, Information Age
Excerpt: The first problem Komprise solves is providing insight into their customers’ data – where it is and the level of importance. The hot and cold data is then defined, indexed and tagged across disparate data silos; and this can be moved between on-premise and cloud via smart migration. “The boundary between hot and cold data is based on what can you index and search, and what the customer defines. The customers can set different policies for different data sets,” explained Krishna Subramanian, COO and co-founder.
The tiering of this data leads to dramatic costs savings, up to 60% for IT infrastructure and data storage, through data tiering, data replication, data migration and capacity planning. An additional feature is the onboarding of this unstructured data to a single view platform, allowing organisations to extract value through deep analytics. What they call, the Global File Index, for true cloud transformation that also enables legal compliance, governance and security.
Chris Mellor, Editor, Blocks & Files
Excerpt: We can see that Komprise is in the control plane, so to speak, for files its software has moved, but not for files which it has not moved – the so-called hot data. Komprise can do more. The index can be queried to show how much capacity is taken up by files of particular classes and a graphical display created to show this. How many files are stored on Qumulo filers? What age are they? How many files have been accessed in the last day, week, month, year and so on. Komprise says this is like a search plane as opposed to a control or data plane.
Its software can also be used to add tags to files, to extend the metadata. Then you can answer questions such as “which image files contain the company logo or personal identity information (PII)” and do things with them. You can set up workflows to have public cloud services, such as AWS Lambda functions, act on subsets of data. Or delete emails by ex-employees that have not been read in 3 years. Such activities are called Deep Analytics Actions. There is API access to these actions and Python scripts can be used to connect data services.
Tom Smith, IT & Marketing Analyst, Insights from Analytics
Excerpt: [Komprise CEO] Kumar told us about a leak that caused water damage to his home. State Farm had Kumar send them videos of the leak, the damages, and the repairs. Data from Kumar, and thousands of other homeowners, are in State Farm data centers all over the country. Ultimately, Kumar received a check from State Farm without ever meeting with an adjuster in person. State Farm is using unstructured data to automate and reduce the cost of claims processing while enhancing the customer experience.
A tremendous amount of unstructured data is being collected at the edge. It’s impractical to move all this data to a central data store. Komprise helps extract the important data from all the data. Users need a consistent, systematic way to manage unstructured data to do something productive with it. Data management has to be an independent layer that works across servers and data schemes. It cannot be on the hot data path, it has to be beside it.
Antony Savvas, Freelance Writer, IT Europa, IoT Now
Excerpt: Unstructured data management vendor Komprise reported 115% year-on-year subscription growth in 2021, with new customer acquisition growing by 200%. The amount of data under Komprise’s data management platform also doubled.
VP of sales EMEA Ben Conneely told press and analysts on the Tour that the UK, Ireland, DACH, Benelux and the Nordics were set to continue to be growth regions this year, with big sales targets also set in France, Spain and Italy. The company recently hired an EMEA channel alliances director. Existing EMEA partners include CDW, Telefónica Tech, Nephos, Oriium, SVA, Dynamigs, DMP and NetNordic.