A Brief History of Cloud Computing

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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)

EUFA Active Archive

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)

Is Object Storage Happening?

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. Hi Martin, 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)

WOS and E=MC2

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)

Object Storage from Dusk ‘till Dawn

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 vi... (more)