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.
In this edition of Gestalt Server News
– Intel Optane hits the streets, how does the first commercial 3D XPoint fare?
– Elastifile rethinks distributed file systems
– Impressions of FreeNAS Corral
Plus the agony and nonexistent ecstasy of sad MacBook Pro dongles!
StarWind offers what they are calling a hardware-based “cloud gateway”, in partnership with AcloudA. I’m honestly surprised a lot of other storage vendors aren’t trying something similar, but I imagine StarWind has done all the hard work on the backend to make this appear deceivingly simple. The basic hardware is a single board with a SATA/SAS interface. This would be connected to your server or storage appliance just like any other drive.