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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Forecast: Shakeups Looming in the Cloud

There are a number of rumblings in the cloud. One IT behemoth is believed to be eying a strategic acquisition of a powerful cloud software and storage offering, another seems to be repositioning an existing product, and VCs sharpen their focus on what really adds value in the cloud. There are a number of pivotal events that I believe will transpire over the next year in this rapidly changing and expanding market. From start-ups to behemoths, there will be significant changes that will shake up the cloud.

Could EMC Become The Amdahl of Cloud Storage?

There is no doubt that EMC has shipped some Atmos storage since its introduction. Yes, EMC has Atmos. And the company claims that Atmos is specifically designed for the cloud. However, I believe that there are fundamental issues with the way EMC sells Atmos to customers. First of all, if Atmos is cloud storage, then it should be sold on a usage basis. Customers should be charged only for what they use–not for petabytes of capacity up front. After all, isn’t that the whole premise of cloud? Lowering your capital expenditures and shifting to a utility model? It makes me wonder if EMC is slowly becoming the Amdahl of Cloud Storage.

Nirvanix Gains Increased Market Traction With Triad Of Cloud Solutions

I blogged about Nirvanix here on Network Computing back in November, and opined that the time to execute with cloud offerings is now. I have been following Nirvanix closely since then, and speaking candidly with its customers. It is clear that the company is executing well, providing substantial value to its existing customers, gaining new customers and fine-tuning offerings in order to take the competition head on. Nirvanix has its sights set on the high end of the competitive spectrum. The company is making gains in market traction and turning prospects away from stalwarts like EMC and IBM.

Storage is Sexy Again

Today’s storage industry news is certainly exciting; EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) has  announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to  acquire Isilon Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: ISLN)

Coming on the heels of HP’s acquisition of 3Par, two broad themes are clear:

1) Storage is, indeed, “sexy” again. This is not surprising, in an environment where unstructured data is growing by 60% or more each year and 50% of all applications are expected to be virtualized in the next 3 years.

2) In particular, the scale-out approach to storage is gaining momentum. 3Par, of course, is known for its innovations in thin provisioning and scale-out SAN. Isilon virtually defined the market for scale-out NAS.

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NetApp Takes On EMC With Future Ready Infrastructure

Today NetApp announced new high-end and mid-range storage systems, support for 2.5 inch disk drives and Solid State Disks (SSD), Data ONTAP 8.0.1, unified connectivity for FCoE, CIFS, NFS, and iSCSI, along with the OnCommand Management Suite, and FlexPod for VMware which is a pre-sized and validated data center infrastructure solution. NetApp is clearly targeting the burgeoning Virtual Machine opportunity and is building the path to a future-ready infrastructure. In my opinion, today’s announcement by NetApp represents the big bet that the company can provide storage, software, and connectivity technology that provides the infrastructure foundation for shared storage in both virtual and physical server environments.

What Will Dell Do Now?

For a company that prides itself on listening to its customers and delivering more than just what meets requirements, EMC received the message loud and clear from Dell about what the company is looking for in an enterprise class storage product: like a 3Par InServ. Can EMC deliver an enterprise storage array for Dell? Will Dell select a new acquisition target? Now that HP has won the bidding war, what will Dell do now?

Big Blue Rolls-Out Features For Systems Storage

During the weeks of April 12th and 19th, IBM announced the release of new features and functions for the IBM System Storage DS8700 and XIV, along with other enhancements and new products in their overall storage line up. Details of the whole announcement and a video with Doug Balog, IBM Storage Platform VP and Disk Storage Business Line Executive, can be located by clicking here.