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The Telltale Signs Your Storage Isn’t Software Defined

Posted by Laz Vekiarides on 4/30/15 1:28 PM

Over the past couple of years, I have spent a good deal of time talking about the notion of software-defined storage (SDS) at industry events. What is particularly vexing about this topic is that the marketing of software-defined storage has gotten way ahead of the definition of software-defined storage. Unlike its cousin software-defined networking, which has all sorts of detailed architectures and associated manifestos, the definition of SDS really depends on who is delivering it.

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Topics: Enterprise Storage, Founder's Perspective


The Fog at the Edge of the Cloud

Posted by Ellen Rubin on 4/23/15 1:17 PM

Lately the concept of “fog computing” has been showing up more and more often in the press and blogosphere. Introduced by Cisco, fog computing is a distributed architecture in which computing is moved to the edge of the network. Due to the massive growth of data coming from a huge number of sensors and devices in the Internet of Things (IoT), it’s becoming incredibly challenging to move all this data to the cloud – which requires moving it over networks to a remote cloud data center. Since the goal of gathering all this IoT data is to be able to analyze it in near or real-time and to look for trends and anomalies, a more distributed architecture is needed. Enter the fog.

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Topics: Enterprise Storage, Bringing the Cloud to Primary Data , Founder's Perspective


Open Source and the Cloud

Posted by Laz Vekiarides on 4/17/15 11:32 AM
"Think free as in speech, not free as in beer."
Richard Stallman

The intersection between the cloud and open source is a well-discussed topic among cloud providers and users. From its earliest days, public cloud had its roots in open source, which allowed providers like Amazon to build low-cost and highly scalable services. The discussion starts to get more interesting when it shifts to the intersection of open source and enterprise infrastructure.

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Topics: Enterprise Storage, Bringing the Cloud to Primary Data , Founder's Perspective


Colo as the Halfway House to the Cloud

Posted by Ellen Rubin on 4/9/15 2:48 PM

Traditional data centers (both colos as well as enterprise data centers) are looking outdated, insecure and isolated. Many older facilities out there were built ten or more years ago when requirements were very different and when cloud computing and Software as a Service (SaaS) were unheard of. Today, in a world that’s increasingly interconnected, these aging data centers are not keeping pace.

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Topics: Enterprise Storage, Bringing the Cloud to Primary Data , Founder's Perspective


A Less Flashy Reality

Posted by Laz Vekiarides on 4/2/15 9:48 AM
"I became interested in long-term trends because an invention has to make
sense in the world in which it is finished, not the world in which it is started."
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Topics: Enterprise Storage, Founder's Perspective