The paradigm shift in enterprise computing 10 years from now.

Good post by Erwin van Londen (thank you)

The way businesses arrange their IT infrastructure is based based upon 3 things: Compute, Networks and Storage. Two of these have had a remarkable shift in the way they operate over the last decade. The keyword here was virtualization. Both Compute and Networking have been torn apart and put together in a totally different way we were used to from the 70 to the early 2000’s.

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What is Hadoop and can Object Storage make it better?

Post by George Crump (thank you)

Hadoop, first used by large cloud providers like Yahoo, Facebook and Google, is designed to allow massive amounts of compute resources to process very large, unstructured datasets. The technology is now firmly entrenched in government agencies and is now working its way into more traditional enterprise IT. The goal of a Hadoop project is to improve decision making by providing rapid and accurate answers. The larger the data set the more accurate those answers. The more servers that can be applied to that task the faster those decisions can be made.

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Scale-Out NAS or Object Storage?

Post by Colm Keegan (thank you)

Unstructured data is becoming a big headache for many organizations. By some estimates, this type of data (user files, emails, PDFs, images, videos, etc.) now accounts for up to 90% of all new data growth. While most of this information quickly becomes stale shortly after its creation, many organizations can no longer just simply purge these data stores to shrink their storage footprint. Internal corporate data governance, regulatory compliance mandates and new business intelligence initiatives are making it a necessity to retain unstructured data repositories for longer periods of time.

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What’s the first Kinetic Ethernet hard drive?

Post by Chris Mellor (thank you) over at El Reg

The first direct-access-over-Ethernet Kinetic hard drive is a modified 4TB Seagate Terascale.

The Terascale is a nearline 3.5in disk spinning at 5,900RPM. It swaps the SATA or SAS interface connections for two 1Gbps SGMII Ethernet ports to directly attach to the network. The drives repurpose the standard SAS HDD connector.

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Worldwide File- and Object-Based Storage 2013–2017 Forecast

Press Release by IDC (thank you)

The worldwide file- and object-based storage (FOBS) market continues to gain momentum with revenues exceeding $23 billion in 2013 and forecast to reach $38 billion in 2017. According to new research from International Data Corporation (IDC), growth in the overall enterprise storage systems market can be traced directly to the shift to FOBS.

“The future of storage is software based,” said Ashish Nadkarni, Research Director, Storage Systems. “FOBS solutions are much more versatile and will quickly outpace more rigid, hardware-based options. Scale-up solutions, including unitary file servers and scale-up appliances and gateways, will fall on hard times throughout the forecast period, experiencing sluggish growth through 2016 before beginning to decline in 2017. On the other hand, scale-out file- and object-based solutions – delivered either as software, virtual storage appliances, hardware appliances, or self-built for delivering cloud-based offerings – are forecast to show robust growth with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24.5% from 2012 to 2017.”

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