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I don’t think I’ve ever seen an ecosystem grow as fast as the Cloud Computing Ecosystem. It’s both a great challenge and a hell for product marketeers who constantly have to stay up to date with the market. I just browsed Jeremy Geelan of SYS-CON’s list of 150 Cloud companies. In 6 months it grew from 100 to 150. He’s done a great effort – I can’t think of a better list – but still he misses quite a few important ones: Abiquo: enterprise and isp cloud builders Aserver: private cloud builders (and much more) Casdex: (compliant) archival in the cloud (!) SymetriQ: public cloud Aicache: Web application acceleration B-virtual: build storage clouds (dispersed storage technology) Aptana: IDE for web app development MokaFive: virtual desktops in the cloud ThePlanet: cloud storage Mozy: online BU ZumoDrive: online storage Dropbox: online sharing Sugarsync (sharpcast): online... (more)

Nimbula - Things That Come To Mind

I just learned through Twitter that some ex Amazon guys announced their new company, Nimbula. Quite an interesting company with a few things to think about: (Some answers might already be given by others but I still have to start my actual research). The fact that AWS loses some of their key people, does that indicate there was disagreement? I always thought they should have done more for private clouds. Amazon and EC2-like is used a lot on the website – does Amazon still have a stake in this? It does kind of explain Martin Buhr’s relative silence on Twitter the past few month... (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)

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)

Shifting the Storage Paradigm | Part One: The Evolution of Data

The storage industry is going through a big paradigm shift caused by drastic changes in how we generate and consume data. As a result, we also have to drastically change how we store data: the market needs massive, online storage pools that can be accessed from anywhere and anytime. Object Storage has emerged as a solution to meet the changing needs of the market and it is currently a hot topic as it creates opportunities for new revenue streams. In this three-part blog series, I will explore how storage has changed – creating a need for new methodologies – and why object storage ... (more)