What Can a Paper Shredder Teach Us About Big Data?

by Irshad Raihan, Red Hat Storage – Big Data Product Marketing

The trusty paper shredder in my home office died last week. I’m in the market for a new one. Years ago, when I purchased “Shreddy” (of course, it had a name) after a brief conversation with a random store clerk, choices were few and information scarce. In fact, paper shredders weren’t really considered standard personal office equipment as they are today. Most good shredders were built for offices not homes. Back in the market more than a decade later, it’s clear that the search for a new shredder is going to be trickier than I had imagined.

A paper shredder is a lot like big data.

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The Data Life Cycle Has Changed. Are You Ready?

by Irshad Raihan, Red Hat Storage – Big Data Product Marketing

Digital data has been around for centuries in one form or the other. Commercial tabulating machines have been available since the late 1800’s when they were used for accounting, inventory and population census. Why then do we label today as the Big Data age? What dramatically changed in the last 10-15 years that has the entire IT industry chomping at the bit?

More data? Certainly. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg. There are two big drivers that have contributed to the classic V’s (Volume, Variety, Velocity) of Big Data. The first is the commoditization of computing hardware – servers, storage, sensors, cell phones – basically anything that runs on silicon. The second is the explosion in the number of data authors – both machines and humans.

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Manageability Becoming A Key Component of Open, Software Defined Storage (Red Hat Storage Console Now Available!)

By Steve Bohac, Red Hat Storage Product and Solution Marketing

Open software-defined storage is transforming the way organizations tackle their data management challenges. We are seeing that more and more customers are realizing that an open software-based approach can create opportunities to significantly reduce costs and efficiently contend with their exploding data landscape. Additionally, open software-defined storage solutions can help discover new roles and value for enterprise storage.

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Red Hat Storage Webinar Videos: Case Studies and Technology Demo

Take an in-depth look at open software-defined storage case studies and how the Red Hat platform works. The final webinar in our series will demonstrate best practices and deployment opportunities for Red Hat Storage server, a versatile and effective solution that can be spread out across several different data storage scenarios.

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Storage is a hard problem with a soft(ware) solution

My wife and I are both dog people, but we have mixed views regarding another contentious issue: hardware versus software.

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Holy Webinars, Batman! Gluster for Geeks and More…

Never let it be said that we don’t provide avenues of education for Gluster customers. We have some very interesting webinars coming up that are worth checking out. From cloud storage with Nimbula and intro to GlusterFS, to performance tuning tips and tricks, there’s something for everyone.

Here is our webinar schedule for the rest of August:

August 17 – Scalable Cloud Storage Solutions with Nimbula & Gluster

5pm PDT Registration – 8pm EDT / 00:00 UTC (today!)
August 25 – Gluster for Geeks: Performance Tuning Tips & Tricks
Registration Web Link: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/939735854
August 26 – Introduction to GlusterFS
Registration Web Link: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/974216486

Health Care Providers Shifting to the Cloud

With the unstoppable growth of medical imagery, many health care providers are realizing that trying to do a data migration to a new storage system every few years is becoming next to impossible. Some providers I spoke with say that unless they shift to the cloud, they’ll never be able to even fathom catching up with their data growth as they’ll be stuck in a never-ending cycle of rebuying their next storage system and migrating data.

Webinar: Cloud Storage: Adoption, Practice and Deployment

Please join us as we host leading storage industry analyst firm Storage Strategies NOW (SSN).  You will have an opportunity to hear Deni Connor, founder of SSN and respected storage analyst, discuss the findings from their recently released comprehensive report “Cloud Storage:  Adoption, Practice and Deployment” This report provides a clear view on the state of the cloud storage market and storage services that are layered on top of it. We will review: the definition of cloud storage, requirements, deployment, the market and its trends, API’s, cloud computing initiatives, best practices and infrastructure providers. After our review of the report, I will provide an overview of Gluster’s storage products along with case studies demonstrating the strategic deployment of Gluster storage in both the public and private cloud. Please register for this webinar by clicking on the RSVP link below.  We look forward to your participation.

See you on the webinar!
-Tom Trainer

Date:   Thursday, July 21, 2011
Time:  11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT

RSVP:  Webinar Registration

Interview from Structure Conference

Tom Trainer was interviewed recently by Data Center Knowledge at GigaOm’s Structure Conference. The topic was “Gluster: Open Source Storage for the Cloud.” If you’re looking for a good introduction to what Gluster does, this is an excellent place to start.

The Future of Cloud Storage talk – Video, Slides and Photos

Our co-founder and CTO, AB Periasamy, made the trek to box.net to present his (and Gluster’s) vision of the future of cloud storage. Like everything else, storage is increasingly decoupled from the physical media that one normally associates with it, ie. disk drives and hardware. While the virtualization of the storage layer might lag the speed that compute power and everything else has been virtualized, things are now proceeding at a very fast pace. It feels good to know that Gluster is at the vanguard of this movement.

Here is video of AB’s presentation:

http://www.ustream.tv/flash/viewer.swf

And here are his slides, hosted at Slideshare:

Future of cloud storage

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Look for more multimedia presentations soon!

Monolithic Scale-Out NAS Is Out Of Gas

The cloudwashing that’s running rampant throughout the storage industry has clearly got to stop. My latest observation is that traditional monolithic scale-out NAS vendors are so aggressively selling their offerings for the cloud that their claims are completely out of control.

Building A Sustainable Cloud (And More Predictions)

I thought that the cloud was supposed to be about the aggregation of thousands of low-cost servers and disk drives, integrated together with a web services layer and a robust object store, all accessed as a pay-as-you-go service. Wasn’t that how cloud service providers were supposed to make money–by using commodity components with their own “secret sauce” software on top? High-cost legacy infrastructure products are not congruent with building a long-term sustainable cloud.

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