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)
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)
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
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)
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)
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)