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Visiting broadcasting trade shows is always a very humbling experience as these shows make you realize how little you know about the larger media and entertainment industry. I couldn’t say one smart thing about the newest UAV’s, drones, quad or octo-copters except for they look like fu...
I started my career in a company that was specialized in data migration: the company I was working for specialized in migrations from flat file database systems to relational databases. Those were the days when we thought relational databases were the future of data management and data...
(article written for the Scality blog) It has been six years since I wrote my first object storage blog, even though I didn’t mention object storage in that specific article. I had my head in the clouds as our early cloud startup was being acquired by Sun Microsystem when someone asked...
(article written for the Scality blog) Attending a Super Computing Conference is always a humbling experience. It’s the event where you meet scientists that are helping to solve the hardest problems in the world, such as the discovery of new drugs, genomics research to better discover ...
(article written for the Scality blog) Attending a Super Computing Conference is always a humbling experience. It’s the event where you meet scientists that are helping to solve the hardest problems in the world, such as the discovery of new drugs, genomics research to better discover ...
(article written for the Scality blog) It has been six years since I wrote my first object storage blog, even though I didn’t mention object storage in that specific article. I had my head in the clouds as our early cloud startup was being acquired by Sun Microsystem when someone asked...
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 ...
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 ...
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 a...
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 ...
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. Ob...
The key message of my presentation was that DDN’s WOS leverages OCP to optimize efficiency for object storage, but at the same time enables the Open Compute Community to build scale-out and more efficient object storage. The NO-FS (no file system) architecture of WOS enables OCP hardwa...
  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...
The temperature has been rising at DDN. Everybody has been working overtime, printing out datasheets, posters, presentations, slides etc. This is by far the best part of the year: it’s the SC’13 Conference in Denver, the annual get-together of “the real deal” of the scalable technology...
The temperature has been rising at DDN. Everybody has been working overtime, printing out datasheets, posters, presentations, slides etc. This is by far the best part of the year: it’s the SC’13 Conference in Denver, the annual get-together of “the real deal” of the scalable technology...
Who said storage is boring? I’m not lying when I’m writing that I’m on my way to a place in the desert, far away from regular society, for a secret meeting with the Top Guns of the Cloud & Web Industry. I’m one of a select group of Object Storage visionaries who have been invited to me...
Who said storage is boring? I’m not lying when I’m writing that I’m on my way to a place in the desert, far away from regular society, for a secret meeting with the Top Guns of the Cloud & Web Industry. I’m one of a select group of Object Storage visionaries who have been invited [...
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...
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...
It’s about time to revive this blog: it has been almost 6 months since I joined DDN and it has been a roller coaster ride (I love roller coasters). I’ve learned a lot about how to build a better object storage platform and I hope I’ve helped a lot of people here how t...
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 Bel...
Both articles add to the body of knowledge that is rapidly evolving on what object storage is, and why customers should adopt it – so, every article helps. With a topic as technical as object storage, it’s easy to evangelize with a deep technical dive. But that misses the “elegant sim...
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 ...
It’s the time of the year: Pinkpop, Rock Werchter, Rosklide, Lollapalooza, North Sea Jazz,… there is not a day without at least one music festival going on somewhere in the world. Except maybe for 1969′s Woodstock, no festival is more legendary than Montreux Jazz. True, Mon...
We’re less than two months out of the next CloudCamp. As usual that means, we’re getting some question to give our thoughts on. I have to say the questions were really good this time. So I thought I’d share them here as well. Q: Agree or disagree? – “While the I...
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 answ...
I had the honor of organizing a panel at the Createasphere Digital Asset Management Event in Beverly Hills late last month. Apart from the niceness of the Beverly Hilton (Trader Vic’s, the bar by the pool, really gives you that 60ies Hollywood feeling).
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 Union of the European Footbal Associations has built a 100% disk based archive that replaces the tape libraries they were operating before....
While my part II on Storage clouds has been delayed beyond the acceptable (and it doesn’t look like I’ll have time for this before September 15) here is a very promising webinar on storage for online/cloud applications: To Webinar The Webinar is hosted by George Crump of St...
Currently blogging for http://blog.amplidata.com Hope to find the time to post something completely irrelevant here some time soon!
The promise of cloud computing is straightforward: self service, always available, pay-as-you-go and scalable – grow as you need. Users no longer have to pay for capacity they are not using. They just buy what they need and add capacity as their business grows.  For storage, this trans...
It’s been 2 years since I organized the first Cloudcamp in Europe mainland. A lot has happened around me since. Most of that I can’t disclose (yet) but: A lot seems to have happened in the Cloud space in general as well. While I had to bring folks from the US, Scotland, Eng...
It has happened a few times now that I catch a call where the voice on the other end of the line quite arrogantly asks for the CEO (often by his first name). When asking who they are and why they want to talk to the CEO, they refuse to give any information, making it [...]
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 the...
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 bow...
If you wait long enough to solve a problem, it might just solve itself: When I started this blog, I had to come up with a title and chose this one based on a random conversation with a fellow cloud computing enthusiast. Today I discovered that someone else has done the job of linking c...
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? A...
I don’t think I’ve ever seen an ecosystem grow as fast as the Cloud Computing Ecosystem. It’s both a great challenge and a hell for product marketeers who constantly have to stay up to date with the market. I just browsed Jeremy Geelan of Sys-con’s list of 150 Cloud companies. In 6 ...
I’ve been working in tech startups for a bit over 10 years now. I don’t want to claim I know the industry inside out, but I kind of know how it works. I also know how marketing and PR work – after all that’s my job – so I know how the two interact. The industry needs the magazines and ...
Again, it’s been a long time since my last post, but I’m sure everyone forgives me my being careful with red and blue tainted news or even my ignoring that part of the game. Nothing to report on JavaOne? Well there was plenty to report on but a broken laptop and a (well-dis...