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Big Data is Big, but it also causes a lot of confusion. Big Data is used for anything related storage these days, so people don’t know anymore what it exactly is. Is it Hadoop? Is it analytics? It doesn’t need to be that complicated though. There are two kinds of Big Data: Big Data (for analytics) and Big Unstructured Data. Big Data for analytics is a paradigm that became popular in the previous decade. A lot of innovation was done for research projects. New technology enabled researchers in many different domains to capture data in a way they had never been able to do before. In agriculture, for example, ploughs would get sensors that would send little bits of information to a central system (over satellite). Every couple of feet these sensors would measure what’s in the ground (minerals for example), how humid the ground is etc. Based on that, large agriculture c... (more)

“Internet of Action Sports” Meets Object Storage in the New Age of Media

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)

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)

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)