If data is locked in the datacenter, so are applications. The first step towards overcoming data gravity is to discard the concept of data locality and begin building a new infrastructure. Once data is “there”, in the cloud, applications may begin moving as well.
Late last year, I wrote an overview about ClearSky Data. The company has a unique product. They offer an alternative to the usual state of cloud storage, with lots of latency and multiple data copies that you’re paying for individually. What continues to strike me about their offering is its completeness. Make no mistake, this is a fully managed storage solution.
The company has recently announced some exciting developments coming down the pipeline.
With RecoverX 2.0 from Datos IO, big data may finally feel at home in the cloud.
Wasabi launched today, offering a new entrant into the cloud storage game. How do you differentiate against S3? By offering cloud storage that works for all existing use cases. It’s cost-effective pricing is competitive with Amazon Glacier, while being dramatically faster than S3. It’s an exciting launch.
With an eagle eye for the emerging problems of moving current business application storage to the clouds come a newly announced partnership between Talon and SoftNAS. Now that the (terrible) puns are out of the way, let’s get into the announcement.
I recently watched a brief talk given by Dave Hitz, a founder and Executive VP at NetApp. His particular portion didn’t get down into the weeds of what NetApp is bringing to the table with their Data Fabric or StorageGRID. There were presentations before he spoke that sated my need for technical details. Instead, Dave focused on giving a broader vision of what NetApp was trying to do. This is always a bit of a risky bet when addressing a more technically minded crowd. It’s easy to sound grandiose with your overall corporate vision, and too often these talks stray into marketing. Fortunately, Dave took the time to make it an engaging discussion.
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* State of the Industry: AWS
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After looking at some of the announcements from AWS re:Invent, 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. 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 Data claims they can deliver this. I sat in on a product briefing to figure out how.
Ed Grigson asks is storage is “fungible”, but most of his post focuses on what fungibility means in relation to IT: In plain English fungibility means something is interchangeable — a common example is money. If someone owes you ten dollars you don’t care if they pay you one ten dollar bill, two fives, or […]
“Cloud” isn’t just a fancy term for a big datacenter, or even a multi-tenant one. Cloud is different, and it demands a different kind of storage, not another “monster”.