Gestalt IT, December 9, 2016
In this week’s State of the Industry, I looked at some of the announcements from AWS re:Invent. For me, the most interesting was the AWS Snowmobile, an insane 100PB SAN on wheels. This seems like the ultimate in sneakernet, giving you a ton of throughput, but really slow latency. Amazon knows how to grab their audience, rolling out a semi full of storage is definitely an evocative image. But I have to wonder how useful this is in practice.
I bring this up because after seeing ClearSky Data‘s solution, they’re kind of proposing the opposite. What if instead of offering a big pile of storage with bad latency, you could simply use your own storage, but distribute it with extremely low latency? ClearSky claims they can deliver this. I sat in on a product briefing to figure out how.