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Storage News and Insights — October 8

George Crump, Joseph Ortiz and Charlie Hodges talk about the latest news out of the storage industry this week. We have some thoughts about Cleversafe’s acquisition by IBM and Pure Storage’s IPO. Show Notes Too much of a Good Thing?

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Too much of a Good Thing? IBM Buys Cleversafe

The industry is mesmerized by all things flash and sometimes forgets that IT professionals have other challenges to face than just meeting the performance demands of the modern data center. One of those is dealing with unstructured data. Data centers

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Object Storage Can Reduce Hadoop Storage Costs

Hadoop is an open source software framework licensed by the Apache Software Foundation that uses a distributed compute infrastructure to handle large, batch analytics jobs on very large data sets. It does this by breaking these projects down into a

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Can Object Storage Solve the RAID TCO Challenge?

The cost of storage is important in all data-dependent companies, but in hyper-scale environments like web-based enterprises, it can literally consume the business. With the simultaneous requirements of scalable capacity, reliability and availability, these organizations face serious challenges with storage

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Object Storage Industry Veteran Cleversafe now Supports Hadoop

OBS has been a hot topic of late, and rightly so, it’s a technology whose time has come. The advantages it brings to companies facing extreme data growth, often referred to as ‘hyper-scale’ environments, are pretty remarkable. Basically, object storage

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How Does Shutterfly Keep 80PB of Pictures Safe and Available?

Shutterfly is the market leader in digital, personalized photo products, currently serving millions of customers who benefit from unlimited, secure (and free) storage, plus a 100 percent happiness guarantee. They help customers turn their pictures into lasting keepsakes, such as

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How To Make Object Storage More Secure

Object storage is an enabling technology, one that improves scalability and performance at scale over traditional storage architectures which use RAID and replication to protect data. Using erasure coding and data dispersion within an object storage system can also greatly

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What Does It Mean When A Startup Changes CEOs?

In almost every instance the first CEO of a storage startup is the guy with the brilliant idea. When a start up changes CEOs it generally means one of two things; either the company is in trouble or things are

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What Is Dispersed Storage?

Keeping unstructured data available, as data sets continue to grow, is a key challenge for today’s data center. The access requirements of unstructured data often preclude relying 100% on capacity centric tape so higher capacity disk solutions, for many organizations,

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How To Scale Object Storage

Scalability has always been an important characteristic of enterprise storage systems, maybe the most important, since the rationale of consolidating storage assumes that the system can easily grow with aggregate demand. With applications like cloud storage, the ability to scale

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