The French Storage Podcast
The French Storage Podcast
Ph. Nicolas
"The French Storage Podcast" (aka TFSP) is about Data, Data Management and Storage. Hosted on Podcastics, the dedicated web site is It is owned, hosted and driven by Philippe Nicolas, observer of the storage industry for more than 30 years. As an international podcast, TFSP has the mission to cover the industry as a whole with interviews, debates, round tables and technical talks, and the wish to keep some french aspects and episodes when needed. TFSP publishes a new episode every Friday at 12pm Paris time. You can find all statistics on the TFSP site here. You can contact me on Twitter via @CDP_FST.
197 - Interview with Donpaul Stephens, CEO, AirMettle
I invited AirMettle, a company I discovered a few quarters ago, for the recent 53rd edition of The IT Press Tour in California, as I identified a real compelling story. Donpaul Stephens, CEO and co-founder of the company, has founded Violin Memory in 2005 to put things in perspective. The presentation was impressive, the team has built a very good solution and thus it was obvious for me to continue to talk with its founder so this interview. We spoke about many different things starting with Violin of course, the trigger that invited him to think about AirMettle with the identified pains at customers' sites not solved yet by the industry, how the product works, its values and key differentiators, a bit of the go-to-market strategy and the pricing model and what is coming. A very interesting talk with Donpaul, indeed, I hope you all will appreciate. Enjoy your listening. Thank you Donpaul.  
Feb 16
35 min
196 - Recap of the 53rd IT Press Tour
The 53rd edition of The IT Press Tour took place a few weeks ago in San Francisco and the bay area. We visited and met 9 innovative companies all playing in IT Infrastructure, Cloud, Networking, Security, Data Management, Storage and I added AI. By alpha order it was AirMettle, Cerabyte, CloudFabrix, Graid Technology, Groq, Hammerspace, HYCU, Rimage and StorageX. Some of these companies are recent, others more established and all address modern IT challenges via key innovations. This tour edition was, once again, a very good one and I hope you will really enjoy listening to it.
Feb 9
45 min
195 - Interview with Christian Pflaum, CEO, Cerabyte
Cerabyte joined us recently for the 53rd edition of The IT Press Tour in California and it was the right time to record an interview with its CEO, Christian Pflaum. We spoke about the genesis of the idea even before it was a project and then covered multiple aspects of the under development solution with the media of course, its nature, the writing and reading process and even tried to speak about the business model, go-to-market and pricing approaches even if we understand it is very early. Very interesting talk with Christian and above all, the project is initiated in Europe by a European company. I hope you'll like it, it was a real pleasure to meet and discuss again with Christian following several talks we had int he past, the tour session and even the recent visit of the prototype in December in Germany. Thank you Christian.
Feb 2
20 min
194 - Interview with Christopher Rence, CEO, Rimage
Rimage chose the 53rd edition of The IT Press Tour in California to launch their Digital Asset Management solution, Sophia. It is a big shift and news for Rimage who was a pioneer and reference of the CD, DVD and Blu-Ray disk publishing. With Christopher Rence, CEO of Rimage, we spoke about the genesis of the company, the market, the evolution of Rimage, users' challenges and needs and cover in details Sophia. We also covered the go-to-market and pricing model and we spoke about the future directions for the company and the product. With the launch in mind, recording this episode in California was a real pleasure and I hope you'll like it. Thank you Christopher.
Jan 26
12 min
193 - Coldago Research Gems 2024
2024 will continue the classic release of the Coldago Research with its Gem list and its 5 companies to watch in the coming months. I select Arcitecta, Nyriad, Tiger Technology, Tuxera and XenData. Enjoy the listening of this short episode.
Jan 19
4 min
192 - Predictions for 2024
2024 just started and it's time to share my predictions for 2024 as I will continue what I mentioned for my retrospective for 2023. We'll see if this year will be more dense especially on the technology and products side but also on IPOs, M&As and funds raising. It should be a good one. Enjoy.
Jan 12
7 min
191 - Storage Unicorn from Coldago Research
Twice a year, Coldago Research produces its Storage Unicorn note, a dedicated report covering the market climate and its selection of storage unicorns. Last December, like in June 2023, the 14th edition of this report listed 17 companies without any changes. By alpha order they're Acronis, Barracuda Networks, Cohesity, DataCore, DDN, Druva, Infinidat, Kaseya, MinIO, Nasuni, OwnBackup, Qumulo, Rubrik, VAST Data, Veeam Software, Veritas Technologies and Wasabi Technologies. Enjoy the listening, it's a very short episode that invites you to dig into the topic.
Jan 5
3 min
190 - Retrospective 2023
As a usual exercice, I tried at the end of each year to summarize what have happened during the last 12 months on our market. I cover company news, technology aspects, product announcements, M&A, VC rounds or IPOs. A pretty rich year again and 2024 should be even more dense. Enjoy the listening.
Dec 29, 2023
16 min
189 - Coldago Research Map 2023 for File Storage
Coldago Research has announced recently its 5th edition of its annual Map for File Storage, a classic annual rendez-vous for the industry. The 2023 report analyzes 29 distinct companies among 3 Maps: Enterprise, High Performance and Cloud. We elect various leaders in each category and we invite the reader to listen to the episode to discover all of them. Enjoy.
Dec 22, 2023
3 min
188 - Recap of the 52nd IT Press Tour
The 52nd edition of The IT Press Tour took place early December in the magnificent city of Madrid, capital of Spain. In this innovative 2 days format, we met 6 companies playing in IT Infrastructure, Cloud, Networking, Security, Data Management, Storage and a few key other areas. By alpha order it was DataCore, Disk Archive, Inspeere, Tiger Technology, XenData and ZettaScale Technology. Some are already famous and established and others more recent and young and it is in our mission to promote innovations and leaders especially this time from US and Europe. This tour was, once again, a very good one and I really enjoyed producing this episode, happy listening.
Dec 15, 2023
24 min
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