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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 photoelectric effect.” Still, no one in the world truly understood his theory of relativity at the time. Object storage is not any different from any other smart historic paradigm shift – technology or otherwise. In essence, it’s a pretty simple storage theory, but people have yet to fully grasp the re... (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)

Nimbula - Things That Come To Mind

I just learned through Twitter that some ex Amazon guys announced their new company, Nimbula. Quite an interesting company with a few things to think about: (Some answers might already be given by others but I still have to start my actual research). The fact that AWS loses some of their key people, does that indicate there was disagreement? I always thought they should have done more for private clouds. Amazon and EC2-like is used a lot on the website – does Amazon still have a stake in this? It does kind of explain Martin Buhr’s relative silence on Twitter the past few month... (more)

Object Storage for Big Unstructured Data

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)

The Hottest Panels of this Fall!

It’s probably a good idea to state I wrote this blog while employed by Amplidata, but during my own time. This article reflects my own opinion, not necessarily that of Amplidata or its partners. As I am writing this,  I am crossing the Atlantic for the seventh time in about two months. I’m on my way to CloudExpo West in Santa Clara, one of the few technology trade shows that are still growing. At the event I will be sitting on the last Object Storage for Big Data panel of the season. Robin Harris – aka StorageMojo – and I have been working hard this fall educating the industry o... (more)