A Brief History of Cloud Computing

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It’s probably a good idea to state I wrote this blog while employed by Amplidata, but during my own time. This article reflects my own opinion, not necessarily that of Amplidata or its partners. As I am writing this,  I am crossing the Atlantic for the seventh time in about two months. I’m on my way to CloudExpo West in Santa Clara, one of the few technology trade shows that are still growing. At the event I will be sitting on the last Object Storage for Big Data panel of the season. Robin Harris – aka StorageMojo – and I have been working hard this fall educating the industry on the benefits, challenges and opportunities of Object Storage. We’ve been trying to explain how the current generation of Object Storage platforms is so much different from the first attempt at it (EMC’s Centera), how it enables companies cope with the massive amounts of unstructured data t... (more)

“Internet of Action Sports” Meets Object Storage in the New Age of Media

They say good things come to those who wait – but sometimes good things happen simultaneously and you don’t even have to wait to revel in them. While I was enjoying a week of snowboarding in Val d’Aosta, right by the legendary Matterhorn, DDN was announcing the new WOS 360 at the Next Generation Object Storage Summit. As you can read in this article by Chris Mellor for The Register, the newest version of the industry’s most complete and versatile object storage platform was very well received. The sportier reader may know that snowboarders and skiers spend half of their time on ... (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)

Nimbula - Things That Come To Mind

I just learned through Twitter that some ex Amazon guys announced their new company, Nimbula. Quite an interesting company with a few things to think about: (Some answers might already be given by others but I still have to start my actual research). The fact that AWS loses some of their key people, does that indicate there was disagreement? I always thought they should have done more for private clouds. Amazon and EC2-like is used a lot on the website – does Amazon still have a stake in this? It does kind of explain Martin Buhr’s relative silence on Twitter the past few month... (more)

EUFA Active Archive

Amplidata is presenting the AmpliStor active archive solution at IBC 2011 in Amsterdam this week. Similar to our experience at NAB in Las Vegas earlier this year, the response to our story is very positive. In case you didn’t know, Amplidata enables companies to build active archives that provide instant access to their archived media files. Apart from presenting our own products, the show has been an interesting learning opportunity. One use case that I found particularly interesting, is that of UEFA: someone who used to work at EUFA until very recently explained to me that the U... (more)