A Brief History of Cloud Computing

Tom Leyden

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I’ve just read the TechCrunch Twitter article (thank you, Eikke). It’s disgusting. I’ve doubted on whether I should actually blog about this, as this kind of gives TechCrunch what they wanted: more attention, but then again, it’s not that the select group of readers of this article will make a difference I’ve been working in tech startups for a bit over 10 years now. I don’t want to claim I know the industry inside out, but I kind of know how it works. I also know how marketing and PR work – after all that’s my job – so I know how the two interact. The industry needs the magazines and the magazines need the industry. Symbiosis? Probably – but in some cases more like two parasites living off each other. Does that exist? More than once I’ve been disgusted by the way how press works. No pay, no fame. An example of how poor press can be is how one of Belgium’s most fa... (more)

Object Storage for Big Unstructured Data

Big Data is Big, but it also causes a lot of confusion. Big Data is used for anything related storage these days, so people don’t know anymore what it exactly is. Is it Hadoop? Is it analytics? It doesn’t need to be that complicated though. There are two kinds of Big Data: Big Data (for analytics) and Big Unstructured Data. Big Data for analytics is a paradigm that became popular in the previous decade. A lot of innovation was done for research projects. New technology enabled researchers in many different domains to capture data in a way they had never been able to do before. I... (more)

The Structure in Next Generation Object Storage

It’s about time to revive this blog: it has been almost 6 months since I joined DDN and it has been a roller coaster ride (I love roller coasters). I’ve learned a lot about how to build a better object storage platform and I hope I’ve helped a lot of people here how to better explain the benefits, opportunities and use cases of object storage to customers. Talking about customers, it’s been exciting to visit our major WOS accounts and see object storage in action at massive scale. That said, last week (actually, almost 2 weeks back now) it was demonstrated again that we’re only ... (more)

Optimizing Object Storage for and with Open Compute Project (OCP)

I had the honor of sharing DDN’s WOS with audiences at the Open Compute Project Summit last week. Figure this — a marketing guy is invited to get on stage and tell a room full of open source aficionados that proprietary software is the way to go, and, that Swift is much more expensive when you look at the full TCO, including time to market, storage management and hardware overhead. True story. We have several TCO studies to demonstrate that. I got plenty of advice on how to survive the event, the best piece being, “Don’t wear a button-down shirt, geeks don’t like that. A T-shirt... (more)

A Brief History of Cloud Computing

Someone asked me to give him an overview of Cloud Computing in “a one pager”. I think I failed, but I tried  Cloud Computing is the most important trend in the IT Industry. Even the biggest critics seem to agree that – in spite of some over-zealous marketeers – Cloud Computing is one of the most important paradigm shifts of the past decades. But what is it all about? Where did it come from? And what's to be expected? There are probably as many definitions of Cloud Computing as there are self-acclaimed Cloud Specialist. Most of those definitions include pay-per-use, instant avai... (more)