Previously in this series, I explained the evolution of unstructured data and
how storage requirements have changed over the past decade due to changes
from above and below: the massive growth in unstructured data, mostly
immutable data, requires cost-efficient, easy-to-scale storage architectures
without the complexity of file systems. I noted that object storage was
designed for this purpose, and that in addition to scalability and efficiency
benefits, object storage also provides great benefits when it comes to
accessibility as REST and other protocols make it very easy for applications
to connect to the storage directly and give users access to their data
through all sorts of mobile and web applications.
I also explained how information-sensing devices are not exclusive to
scientific analytics environments: think of cameras and smart phones but also
cheap netw... (more)
Amplidata is presenting the AmpliStor active archive solution at IBC 2011 in
Amsterdam this week. Similar to our experience at NAB in Las Vegas earlier
this year, the response to our story is very positive. In case you didn’t
know, Amplidata enables companies to build active archives that provide
instant access to their archived media files. Apart from presenting our own
products, the show has been an interesting learning opportunity.
One use case that I found particularly interesting, is that of UEFA: someone
who used to work at EUFA until very recently explained to me that the U... (more)
Here is an answer I wrote to my dear friend StorageBod’s latest piece on
Object Storage. As my response turned out quite a bit longer than initially
intended, I thought I’d post it here as well.
Very nice blog post as usual. Let me sacrifice my first sunny afternoon of
the year in Belgium to write down some of my thoughts (rather than
copy/pasting a data sheet like Paul did). Oh and … NAB would have been so
much better with you over there,.
Disclaimer: I am still in charge of the object storage product line at DDN.
The below thoughts are my own, however, not necessar... (more)
I’ve been blogging quite a bit at DDN these days, which doesn’t leave me
with a lot of time to write here, so I thought I’d syndicate a few of my
WOS articles here at Clouds & Beer:
When Albert Einstein attended the Hollywood premier of the movie, City
Lights, the crowds cheered him on wildly. Charlie Chaplin told him, “They
cheer me because they all understand me, and they cheer you because no one
understands you.” When Einstein won the Noble Prize in Physics in 1921, it
was for “his services to Theoretical Physics, and especially for his
discovery of the law of the photoelectr... (more)
Who said storage is boring? I’m not lying when I’m writing that I’m on
my way to a place in the desert, far away from regular society, for a secret
meeting with the Top Guns of the Cloud & Web Industry. I’m one of a select
group of Object Storage visionaries who have been invited to meet the
industry’s greatest, listen to their challenges and teach them how object
storage – when done well – can solve all of their problems.
There is no arguing that object storage is currently the most watched storage
paradigm. Object storage is potentially an even more important evolution than