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.
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 necessarily the company’s.
“Yet, it isn’t really happening”. I expect to be punished for writing
this, but Martin: you are WRONG! Object storage is happening very much. Just
not necessarily out in the open. Implementing object storage is a lot more
game-changing than buying a new filer from a supplie... (more)
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. I... (more)
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)
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)
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)