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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 applications to connect to the storage directly and give users access to their data through all sorts of mobile and web applications. I also explained how information-sensing devices are not exclusive to scientific analytics environments: think of cameras and smart phones but also cheap netw... (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 Two: The Role of Object Storage

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 f... (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)

Segmentation

Last Thursday I attended the first meeting of the Cloud 09 steering committee. As a consequence of the growing interest cloud computing has, there is a growing number of commercial initiatives for seminars on this topic. Will Cloud 09 be competition for CloudCamp, one could ask. Probably a bit, but probably not too much: commercial means bigger sponsorships, different content, different audiences. Will Cloud 09 be better than CloudCamp? I don’t know. It probably depends on who you are. For a marketing manager in need of hundred plus new leads, it probably will; for an attendee ... (more)