This is a post written by Scality’s CEO, Jerome Lecat, originally published on Venturebeat on December 5th, 2012 In the past year, we’ve seen technology companies offering software-defined networks, software-defined storage, software-defined servers, even software-defined hardware. It’s fast becoming a buzzword. But does it have real meaning?
San Francisco – November 9th, 2012 VentureBeat’s Christina Farr wrote and excellent article about the Myth called the “Dropbox Effect”, which is the assumption that a well-designed and easy to deploy product, once successful with consumers, and hence employees of enterprises, will prompt CIOs to fork out a large pile of money to integrate it officially as part of their internal IT.
San Francisco – November 8th, 2012 In the last few weeks, there has been multiple panels about Object Storage in different trade shows around the world, which is great. However, I disagree quite strongly on the content delivered by the panelists, in that they were limiting Object Storage to a very specific use case. I know for a fact that Object Storage is much more than merely a technology for Active Archive.
San Francisco – October 26th, 2012 As Internet use continues to skyrocket, the volume of files being produced, shared and stored climbs at a tremendous pace. The traditional methods of storing this kind of ‘unstructured data’ show signs of failing under the strain of this completely unanticipated load. In reaction, system administrators work furiously to plug the fissures appearing in their infrastructure, and CIOs cast about urgently trying to assess and source potential solutions to these tectonic shifts.
New York – October 12, 2012 I have written about this before (here and there), but it seems that there’s a massively important point that is being lost in the midst of all the discussions about Open Source Cloud Stacks being the only way to make the Cloud a true, hegemonical success. And that point is that it’s not.
San Francisco, CA – Tuesday, September 18th As I have previously talked about on this blog, there has been a significant amount of discussions about the Openness of the Cloud this year. In the League of Clouds, I was saying that it is necessary for the industry to start working on a set of standards used by every cloud Service or Software provider to ensure interoperability, which will in turn limit lock-in, boost adoption and in the end benefit all.
New York, NY – Tuesday, August 28th One of the most respected analyst in the Storage industry, Claus Egge, has unfortunately and very suddenly passed away late July. I didn’t know him that well personally, but I had met him at shows and talked to him over the phone a few times. He was a very smart person with an incredibly humbling knowledge about Storage and a kind soul. And from all the testimonies on the internet about his passing, he truly was ready to help you whether professionally or personally, always offering to show off his country and city.
I spent most of last week at Cloud Computing Expo, attending, presenting but mostly exhibiting with our partner Panzura. I spend a lot of time on shows like this (From InterOp to HostingCon, to Storage Network World) and CCE always struck me as being the one where we needed to educate the attendees the most. I don’t know why, but that’s the experience I’ve had in the many CCE I’ve been to, either as attendee or exhibitor. However, last week was a different, it was the first time that I felt I did less educating and more pitching. And in a.
A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Big Event, organized by Greg Duplessie in Santa Clara. The 2-day event gathers 40-50 executives of the Storage Industry from startups like Scality to big vendors like EMC. There were a lot of interesting sessions, ranging from an analysis of the current VC market, to a discussion about Mergers and Acquisitions to an open discussion on Marketing 101 for startups.
It’s not about cloud! We hear about the “cloud” every-where. To the point that at a recent radio interview I was asked: “Please don’t talk about Cloud, our auditors are fed up with the topic !” Cloud is everywhere, but is there anything new ? How is the “cloud” different from “internet” ? or “web” ? A few years ago, when someone would store his photos on a website like KodakGallery or Picassa, he would say “I am using this website to store my photos” or “I put my photos on the Internet”, now he would say “I store my.
George Crump from Storage Switzerland, back in January, wrote an article about the True Cost of Storage that clearly stated how to really calculate one’s Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) when it comes to Storage. Through all our discussions about storage with prospects and customers, we realized that the real, hard cost of storage was not always well calculated, and pretty elusive to the IT managers. It was made even more obvious when comparing to the new types of Storage available to customers, especially Cloud Storage since the models, both economic and technical, were quite different.