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In part one of this three-part series I summed up how the way we produce and consume data has evolved over the last three decades, creating a need for new storage methodologies that can help enterprises store and effectively manage massive pools of data. I concluded that the immutable nature of unstructured data storage holds the key to solving the scalability and availability problems of traditional file storage. Unstructured data has traditionally been stored in file-based systems, which enable users to access files simultaneously and modify them. This is great functionality for office environments, where multiple users might indeed be updating each other's spreadsheets, but it is complete overkill when storing data that will probably never be changed again. DDN developed our Web Object Scaler (WOS) solution with this "unchanging" aspect of data in mind. WOS has n... (more)

A Brief History of Cloud Computing

Someone asked me to give him an overview of Cloud Computing in “a one pager”. I think I failed, but I tried  Cloud Computing is the most important trend in the IT Industry. Even the biggest critics seem to agree that – in spite of some over-zealous marketeers – Cloud Computing is one of the most important paradigm shifts of the past decades. But what is it all about? Where did it come from? And what's to be expected? There are probably as many definitions of Cloud Computing as there are self-acclaimed Cloud Specialist. Most of those definitions include pay-per-use, instant avai... (more)

“Internet of Action Sports” Meets Object Storage in the New Age of Media

They say good things come to those who wait – but sometimes good things happen simultaneously and you don’t even have to wait to revel in them. While I was enjoying a week of snowboarding in Val d’Aosta, right by the legendary Matterhorn, DDN was announcing the new WOS 360 at the Next Generation Object Storage Summit. As you can read in this article by Chris Mellor for The Register, the newest version of the industry’s most complete and versatile object storage platform was very well received. The sportier reader may know that snowboarders and skiers spend half of their time on ... (more)

Amplidata: The Shape of Cloud Start-Ups to Come?

I had expected the Cloud hype to start slowing down for a while now. I have always strongly believed in the paradigm shift that came with Cloud Computing (self-provisioning, pay-per-use, hardware abstraction, etc.) but the popularity was just too much. Recipe for a hype? Take a big bowl of economic recession, add a spoonful of promising technology, some VC’s who have lost it and let it boil slowly. Serve warm with some new social media and some early critics. Nothing indicates, however, that “Cloud” is slowing down. While we all know that getting VC money is even harder today th... (more)

The Hottest Panels of this Fall!

It’s probably a good idea to state I wrote this blog while employed by Amplidata, but during my own time. This article reflects my own opinion, not necessarily that of Amplidata or its partners. As I am writing this,  I am crossing the Atlantic for the seventh time in about two months. I’m on my way to CloudExpo West in Santa Clara, one of the few technology trade shows that are still growing. At the event I will be sitting on the last Object Storage for Big Data panel of the season. Robin Harris – aka StorageMojo – and I have been working hard this fall educating the industry o... (more)