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 ski lifts. This gave me plenty of time to think about storage
challenges and new opportunities for object storage. My epiphany came to me
on the slopes of sunny Italy.
Being a gadget freak, I hit the slopes with a GoPro high definition cam on my
helmet. I tried to mount it onto my snowboard a... (more)
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)
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)
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)
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)