A Brief History of Cloud Computing

Tom Leyden

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I started my career in a company that was specialized in data migration: the company I was working for specialized in migrations from flat file database systems to relational databases. Those were the days when we thought relational databases were the future of data management and data storage: soon, we’d be storing all our data in huge relational databases – or so we thought back then (http://www.orafaq.com/wiki/BLOB)… The NAS market boom still had to start and object storage was definitely not on our agenda. But I’m diverting: the reason why I’m reminiscing about my data migration days is because of the how painful those migration projects were. The company I was working for was pretty good at what they did but in spite of that every project would be stressful at best, a nightmare more often than that. Think of debugging code that was written 20 years earlier (dead... (more)

Object Storage for Big Unstructured Data

Big Data is Big, but it also causes a lot of confusion. Big Data is used for anything related storage these days, so people don’t know anymore what it exactly is. Is it Hadoop? Is it analytics? It doesn’t need to be that complicated though. There are two kinds of Big Data: Big Data (for analytics) and Big Unstructured Data. Big Data for analytics is a paradigm that became popular in the previous decade. A lot of innovation was done for research projects. New technology enabled researchers in many different domains to capture data in a way they had never been able to do before. I... (more)

Twitter in the News

I’ve just read the TechCrunch Twitter article (thank you, Eikke). It’s disgusting. I’ve doubted on whether I should actually blog about this, as this kind of gives TechCrunch what they wanted: more attention, but then again, it’s not that the select group of readers of this article will make a difference I’ve been working in tech startups for a bit over 10 years now. I don’t want to claim I know the industry inside out, but I kind of know how it works. I also know how marketing and PR work – after all that’s my job – so I know how the two interact. The industry needs the magazin... (more)

Part 1: Why Cloud Storage

A visitor to this blog was asking my opinion on cloud storage vs. traditional storage (“storage storage” was the exact wording for the latter). There are probably as many opinions about this topic as there are cloud storage marketers – and probably even a lot more –  but that doesn’t keep me from giving mine. Since it was taking me a bit too long to write this article (time was the problem, not content), I’ve decided to write this out in multiple parts. In this first part I’ll give my idea on why we are moving to cloud storage. The fundamental concept of digital storage has not ... (more)

Do Object Storage Plays Displace File Systems or Are They Absorbed?

NAB kept me totally away from all the interesting online discussions last week. It’s too late to respond to @JoinToigo’s tweet (we’d call this Figs after Easter in Dutch), but I thought I’d share my thoughts in a bit more than 140 characters. The short answer is no … but a better answer is very much *yes*. The first file systems were not designed with the thought of petabytes of data. I don’t know what the exact projections were back then, but gigabytes must have sounded pretty sci-fi. Bytes and kilobytes were a lot more common. We didn’t think that we’d soon all be creating tens... (more)