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Being Smart in Making the Cloud “Smart”

We upload our pictures to share with the world, edit documents in the cloud, and back up important files that we can access from multiple devices. Our increasing need for cloud storage is driving cloud providers to constantly seek better technology. This post is about “smart cloud” technology,…

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Handling big data with OpenStack and NoSQL databases

Big data has been one of the biggest buzzwords in IT and cloud computing for several years now, but what does it actually mean, and what solutions are required to make it work?

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A look at OpenStack Icehouse

OpenStack Icehouse has been released, with a lot of new amenities designed to benefit enterprise cloud storage.

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Controlling cloud costs through flexible storage hardware and software

Software-defined storage and high-capacity drives give enterprises options for avoiding the hidden costs of public cloud.

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OpenStack may be a winner as enterprises turn to hybrid, private clouds

It is no surprise that many enterprises continue to favor private and hybrid cloud deployments over purely public solutions.

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How do I Measure the Workload on my Drives?

In my previous posts on hard drive performance modeling and performance acceleration with hybrid drives, I discussed how the workload seen by the drive impacts performance. In most cases, measurements will provide the most accurate characterization of the drive-level workload. In this post, I’ll…

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Facebook, Open Compute Project rethink cloud storage systems for better scalability

Fast, scalable and high-performing cloud storage is becoming more essential to enterprises each day. Although a hyperscale operator with exceptional needs, Facebook illustrates how a lot of companies are overhauling their storage systems to keep pace with rapidly rising volumes of data and evolving business requirements.

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Enterprises expect security, performance and scalability from cloud storage

Dropbox and others are trying to court enterprise users who have different expectations about security, performance and scalability in storage.

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How Online Interactive Visualization Offers the Best of Two Worlds

In this blog post, we will discuss the power of online visualization and a specific tool we use to that end, D3. The power of online visualization begins with the incredible image processing power of humans. In fact, our brain can process images at millisecond speeds. While this immense visual…

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New Seagate 6TB HDD renews debate about helium-filled drives

Are helium-filled hard drives the answer to the evolving cloud storage requirements of enterprises?

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