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The Object Storage Paradox It has been six years since I wrote my first object storage blog, even though I didn’t mention object storage in that specific article. I had my head in the clouds as our early cloud startup was being acquired by Sun Microsystem when someone asked me to write a piece on EMC’s new baby, Atmos so I took a spin at it. That was object storage before object storage. A lot has happened since. I’ve traveled around the world to evangelize object storage, organized dozens of object storage panels and wrote hundreds of pages on why companies need object storage, object storage use cases and early customer success stories. Today, I’m on a mission to help grow the success of the Scality RING, probably the most successful object storage platform in the industry. Since I joined Scality six months ago, I’ve seen more happy customers than the four years b... (more)

Lessons Learned at SC14

(article written for the Scality blog) Attending a Super Computing Conference is always a humbling experience. It’s the event where you meet scientists that are helping to solve the hardest problems in the world, such as the discovery of new drugs, genomics research to better discover and treat diseases, finding new energy sources or the precise prediction of the next superstorm. The SC Conference is the place where innovations that are making these life-changing discoveries possible are shared. What started as an informal get-together of a couple hundred computer scientists 25... (more)

The object storage paradox

(article written for the Scality blog) It has been six years since I wrote my first object storage blog, even though I didn’t mention object storage in that specific article. I had my head in the clouds as our early cloud startup was being acquired by Sun Microsystem when someone asked me to write a piece on EMC’s new baby, Atmos so I took a spin at it. That was object storage before object storage. A lot has happened since. I’ve traveled around the world to evangelize object storage, organized dozens of object storage panels and wrote hundreds of pages on why companies need obje... (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)

SuperStorage

The temperature has been rising at DDN. Everybody has been working overtime, printing out datasheets, posters, presentations, slides etc. This is by far the best part of the year: it’s the SC’13 Conference in Denver, the annual get-together of “the real deal” of the scalable technology and high performance computing (HPC) industry. This is where it all happens – where research institutions, space centers, universities and government agencies come to find out what’s new in the industry and learn how to build bigger and faster supercomputers. And DDN is of course very much on their... (more)