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Tom Leyden

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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)

Amplidata: The Shape of Cloud Start-Ups to Come?

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 early critics. Nothing indicates, however, that “Cloud” is slowing down. While we all know that getting VC money is even harder today th... (more)

Is iPaaS the Next Thing?

Is iPaaS the next thing? Gartner recently launched iPaaS, Integration Platform as a Service. iPaaS is defined as “a platform for building and deploying applications within the cloud and between the cloud and enterprise”. It enables developers to create integration flows that connect applications that run in the cloud or on-premise, and to deploy them without installing or managing any hardware or middleware. iPaas delivers where PaaS came short: where most PaaS offerings are limiting developers to one single cloud platform, iPaaS is designed to give access to a choice of platfo... (more)

Do Object Storage Plays Displace File Systems or Are They Absorbed?

NAB kept me totally away from all the interesting online discussions last week. It’s too late to respond to @JoinToigo’s tweet (we’d call this Figs after Easter in Dutch), but I thought I’d share my thoughts in a bit more than 140 characters. The short answer is no … but a better answer is very much *yes*. The first file systems were not designed with the thought of petabytes of data. I don’t know what the exact projections were back then, but gigabytes must have sounded pretty sci-fi. Bytes and kilobytes were a lot more common. We didn’t think that we’d soon all be creating tens... (more)

Optimizing Object Storage for and with Open Compute Project (OCP)

I had the honor of sharing DDN’s WOS with audiences at the Open Compute Project Summit last week. Figure this — a marketing guy is invited to get on stage and tell a room full of open source aficionados that proprietary software is the way to go, and, that Swift is much more expensive when you look at the full TCO, including time to market, storage management and hardware overhead. True story. We have several TCO studies to demonstrate that. I got plenty of advice on how to survive the event, the best piece being, “Don’t wear a button-down shirt, geeks don’t like that. A T-shirt... (more)