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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 availability,  scalability, hardware abstraction, self-provisioning, virtualization and internet. A short but safe summary would be “Cloud Computing is a new way of delivering IT services: end users can deploy the services they need when they need them. Many of those services are available over ... (more)

Big Challenges with Unstructured Information

I had the honor of organizing a panel at the Createasphere Digital Asset Management Event in Beverly Hills late last month. Apart from the niceness of the Beverly Hilton (Trader Vic’s, the bar by the pool, really gives you that 60ies Hollywood feeling) the real cool thing about the panel was that Robin Harris, a.k.a. StorageMojo, accepted our invitation to moderate the panel. Robin kicked off with his great vision of how the Universe hates your data. I love how that line captures that indeed anything and everything out there will continuously be trying to destroy your data: “ent... (more)

Shifting The Storage Paradigm | Part 3: Object Storage Enables IoT

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 ap... (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)

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)