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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 changed a lot since we first used computers: to keep data on a medium to be able to access it at a later time. The requirements related to storage and the technologies that make it possible to meet those requirements have evolved a lot more, however. For requirements, think of the size of st... (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)

Object Storage Not Yet Defined

The ExecEvent Object Storage Summit earlier this month continued to generate buzz on the industry, which is very exciting. Amplidata was represented – in spirit – at the Summit by our partners Intel and Quantum; due to an insane travel and show schedule this fall that kept us from attending personally.  We’re grateful for the mention in Storage Switzerland’s sponsor briefing articles. Very cool! With all the great stuff that has been happening for Amplidata lately, including the awesome performance test results by Howard Marks, we felt a bit like we were missing our own birthday ... (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)

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)