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If You Think Your Enterprise is not Using Public Cloud Services? Check Again!

Recently I was reviewing a slide deck that marketing had put together and I was struck by a statistic, which I thought was dubious. The claim was that there were 545 cloud services that were in use in the average [...]

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Hitachi Content Platform – Object Storage for Standard Applications

Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) is an object store that enables application data to be stored with metadata that describes the content and policies that govern the data. When data is stored with metadata and policies, it becomes a future-proof self-describing [...]

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CB500 With Embedded Switch

Last month HDS introduced the Hitachi Compute Blade 500 (CB500) with the latest Intel technology. An interesting new technology that was also introduced with this product was an embedded Ethernet switch. I have asked Gary Pilafas, who has responsibility for [...]

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Part 2 of Hitachi NAS SiliconFS Object-based File System

As my first guest blogger, Matthew O’Keefe, PhD provides the conclusion to his 2 part blog on accelerating NAS with hardware by describing the hardware implementation of hardware pipelining. Accelerating NAS via Hardware By Matthew O’Keefe, PhD The Key to [...]

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Hitachi NAS SiliconFS Object-based File System

Today, I get to introduce my first guest blogger, Matthew O’Keefe, PhD. My colleague Matt will discuss hardware accelerating the various components of NAS systems, specifically Hitachi NAS (HNAS, aka BlueArc Mercury), in a multi-part series. Matt’s expertise is in [...]

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Digital Archiving Part 3: How would you define "Technology Longevity"?

I can’t help but enjoy reading some of the comments, debates and other various blog articles on optical storage technologies, especially on technology durability and media longevity, even more when compared to tape storage for long-term digital archiving or as [...]

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Big Data Volume Requirements

Referring back to my last post, I am continuing my series on big data where we are looking at the dimensions of big data: volume, velocity, variety and value, and what we need to do to address them. The first [...]

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Do you “HAVE TO” Archive?

I’d like to start a series of blogs on digital archiving over the next few weeks—primarily, I’ll be making some statements and asking questions. In this first installment, I want to know what is your archive type? Over the past [...]

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A Conversation With HDS SVP John Mansfield

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with John Mansfield, Senior Vice President, Global Solutions Strategy and Development at HDS. John and I discussed a variety of topics, including Hitachi’s organization design depth and expertise, along with where we can [...]

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Data is Our Middle Name

…and it is our sincere desire to Inspire Your Next Insight.  The reveal of our infrastructure, content and information clouds exposes a framework to help our customers and the market get to that next “ah ha” moment. To paraphrase and [...]

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Soybean Is A Commodity

While having dinner in Waltham, Massachusetts the other night with a table of smart people, the topic of commodities came up. What is a commodity? Soybean is a commodity. Steel is a commodity. Why does everyone consider storage a commodity? [...]

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Interacting with Cloud Stores

In a July post on the Techno-Musings blog, we made the case for keeping content/data in its original, unaltered form. More specifically when an application stores data/content in a non-obfuscated mode, it is possible to unleash the true power of [...]

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BlueArc: The Jumbo Carrot

“Project Carrot” is officially complete! As Michael Hay recounted, our relationship with BlueArc has been an exciting journey over the past 5 years; a journey that we dubbed internally as “Project Carrot”. As you know by now, Project Carrot set [...]

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BlueArc: A Bountiful Garden of BIG Data

These are exciting times we live in, indeed! Steve Jobs has officially resigned his post. HP has opened their kimono to enterprise focused strategy leaving behind WebOS and the PC business. And today we celebrate combining the innovative talent of [...]

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Lies and Virtualization – Capacity Optimization is an Altered Reality

OK, so I lied about my last blog being the final of a three part series (1, 2 & 3). But aren’t we used to being lied to these days? I classify virtualization into three categories of prose: one-to-many, many-to-one, [...]

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May I Please Have Some More Capacity Optimization, Sir?

So, this is the third and final installment of my blog series on capacity optimization techniques. The first article was on file level single instancing and file level compression, which also included a combination of the two. The second article [...]

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To De-dupe, Or Not to De-dupe, That is De-data

In my last blog, I described some past techniques and the current method of file level single-instancing and its capacity optimization companion, file compression. In this post, I’d like step this up with the more modern approach to capacity optimization—data [...]

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Single Point Compression is Not a Black Hole

This blog is the first in a series of short articles I plan on writing over the next several weeks describing capacity optimization techniques and designs. This series will describe various standard data manipulation algorithms for reducing the amount of [...]

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Stepping Further into the Cloud

Stepping Further into the Cloud Last October, I told you about our new Edge-to-Core solution. Today, I’d like to give you an update on that and to show how we can help you step further into the cloud. For those [...]

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open -a TextEdit 000000cc-00000080–000b

I cannot resist starting out the post this way; the title of this post is how one would open a file stored in a Remote BLOB Store (RBS), a part of MS-SQL 2008 and later, stored on a Mac — [...]

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