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Hype-filled upstart Symbolic IO hires one-time Micron veep

Advanced Storage bloke joins marketing-heavy firm

By Chris Mellor, 12 Jul 2016

Rob Peglar, Micron’s departed VP for Advanced Storage, is joining Symbolic IO. Instead of evangelising 3D XPoint memory he’ll be talking about ten times faster IRIS Compute.

Peglar becomes an SVP and CTO at Symbolic. CEO Brian Ignomirello said in a canned quote: “ When Rob approached us about joining the company, it reinforced the fact that some of the most respected thought leaders in this industry recognise the revolutionary nature of what Symbolic IO is about to bring to market.”

Peglar’s prepped quote says: “What Symbolic IO is doing, is quite frankly, the most innovative approach to stored data in 20 years, with huge implications on compute and how we architect systems in general and distributed systems in particular.”

“What Symbolic IO is doing is a once-in-a-generation, breakthrough approach to the problem of optimally storing and using data for efficient computation. Just like all the major players got their start, we've created new category called computational defined storage."

Symbolic claims its IRIS product is set to transform enterprise data storage for media, government, healthcare, finance, military and other industries, by allowing traditional storage activities that relied on drives, chips and processors to be media-agnostic and data driven, which results in faster access, more security and decrease in overhead costs.

Take a minute or two to read this, in which Mr. Peglar assures us that Symbolic IO”s technology is real, and this to apprise yourself of Symbolic’s IRIS (Intensified RAM Intelligent Server) tech.

Now ask yourself how this platform for running applications relates to VMware, KVM and Hyper-V, or even containers. We don’t know either. If Symbolic’s claims are to be believed, then applications will run enormously faster on an x86 IRIS platform than on any traditional x86 OS platform such as Linux, Unix or Windows. Symbolic says IRIS Compute offers “full application interoperability”, whatever that means.

We can expect a slew of white papers explaining how Symbolic’s technology fits into today’s virtualised and containerised world of Linux, Unix and Windows OSes, with composable infrastructure lying in wait ahead. What we all want to know is this: does Ignomirello’s tech replace or augment these things?

We reckon this is one of Peglar's immediate tasks. He gives Symbolic enhanced industry credibility and his hiring is a coup.

IRIS will have a limited general availability release in late Q4 2016. ®

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