In part one of this three-part series I summed up how the way we produce and
consume data has evolved over the last three decades, creating a need for new
storage methodologies that can help enterprises store and effectively manage
massive pools of data. I concluded that the immutable nature of unstructured
data storage holds the key to solving the scalability and availability
problems of traditional file storage.
Unstructured data has traditionally been stored in file-based systems, which
enable users to access files simultaneously and modify them. This is great
functionality for office environments, where multiple users might indeed be
updating each other's spreadsheets, but it is complete overkill when storing
data that will probably never be changed again. DDN developed our Web Object
Scaler (WOS) solution with this "unchanging" aspect of data in mind.
WOS has n... (more)
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)
They say good things come to those who wait – but sometimes good things
happen simultaneously and you don’t even have to wait to revel in them.
While I was enjoying a week of snowboarding in Val d’Aosta, right by the
legendary Matterhorn, DDN was announcing the new WOS 360 at the Next
Generation Object Storage Summit. As you can read in this article by Chris
Mellor for The Register, the newest version of the industry’s most
complete and versatile object storage platform was very well received.
The sportier reader may know that snowboarders and skiers spend half of their
time on ... (more)
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
Nothing indicates, however, that “Cloud” is slowing down. While we all
know that getting VC money is even harder today th... (more)
It’s probably a good idea to state I wrote this blog while employed by
Amplidata, but during my own time. This article reflects my own opinion, not
necessarily that of Amplidata or its partners.
As I am writing this, I am crossing the Atlantic for the seventh time in
about two months. I’m on my way to CloudExpo West in Santa Clara, one of
the few technology trade shows that are still growing. At the event I will be
sitting on the last Object Storage for Big Data panel of the season. Robin
Harris – aka StorageMojo – and I have been working hard this fall
educating the industry o... (more)