The Data Storage Blogosphere
by Hu Yoshida on May 16, 2006
Our Blog Guru, Jeremiah Owyang, created a “Wiki”, an industry wide collaborative tool called the Data Storage Industry. This is a tool that anyone can edit (although he will manage it as needed). It currently links to various industry resources such as forums, blogs, educational resources, and even career information. Check it out.
Back in October, when I first started to blog, there were only a few blogs like DrunkenData, RupturedMonkey and David Hitz that were covering storage, now it is quickly approaching 100. A recent report from Dave Sifry of Technorati (who measures the blogosphere) shows that growth of the blogosphere is continuing to double every 6 months, it appears this trend also will apply to the data storage blogosphere.
I had assumed that blogging was dominated by the English speaking world. In the U.S. it seems every young person who has a computer is blogging on MySpace. Shel Israel had a section in “Naked Conversations” about blogging in Japan so I was aware that bloggers existed in Japan. I was really surprised when Shel and Jeremiah showed me the attached chart from Dave Sifry’s Sifry’s Alerts showing the breakout of languages in the blogosphere.
That’s right! Japanese is the predominant language in the blogoshere! This is phenomenal considering the population of Japanese speakers compared to English or Chinese speakers.
Apparently my parent company, Hitachi, was aware of this since they started selling Typepad blogging software from SixApart back in 2004. They are using it in a service called BoxerBlog for business and corporate users.
I would sure like to know if there are any storage bloggers in Japan and China., or any other non English languages. If you know of any please let me know. As the data storage on line conversation continues to grow, I view this as good thing, as the conversation between customer, company, and analyst will help shape new products that meet the needs of the market. Please feel free to comment on any post on this blog and let me know when you post anything on the topic of storage or data products and services.
Comments (8 )
Less than 18 months ago, our company Cradle Technologies ( http://CradleTechnologies.COM ) launched a whole new business unit to undertake the distribution of Storage Solutions ( as apposed to just pushing more tin ) and the Storage Market was then still the realm of direct attached and SAN solutions.
In that short time, as you noted, we’ve seen Storage go through in record time the same type of transition that network technologies did over five years, where network routers, switches and firewalls are now common place consumer affordable appliances.
With the likes of Anthology’s “Yellow Machine” (http://CradleTechnologies.COM/yellowmachine) we now see storage appliances with a terabyte of hard disk for under AUD$2,300 including sales tax!
The new paradigme the internet has given us is as you agian noted, the capability to launch entire industry segments such as consumer storage from Consumer, SOHO, Professional, Small to Medium sized Enterprise, through to Large Enterprise and Government, greatly driven by the education that is now able to be delivered via Blogs, Wiki’s, and content management driven dynamic content web sites where staff can edit copy online in real time to meet market demand for information.
Here at Cradle Technologies we have made our own small investment in this challenge with the launch of The Storage Forum ( http://TheStoreageForum.COM ) where we currently have a blog style “conversation” being run daily on news, events, reviews and industry releases.
But that “conversation” will quickly morph from a mere Blog, to an information Portal, consisting of Blogs, Wiki’s, Forum’s, and vendor and product information, events, press releases and the like.
We are indeed lucky that in 2006 we have these types of cost effective tools to make rapid change to our industries, where just five or ten years ago, change such as we are seeing in Storage took years, not months as it is currently.
CEO, Cradle Technologies
Hu, relating to your comments on blogs, I’ve done blogging on and off for a couple of years, finally settling on http://storagearchitect.blogspot.com as my current home. I’ve also been running http://www.storagewiki.com since January 1st this year. There’s a lot more stuff out there than you think!
Dez, thanks for the comment. I think this is a great tool for smaller companies. Nice to see CEOs on the blogshpere.
Chris, I checked out your blog and was interested in your first hand experiences with our products. I look forward to this type of feedback. I have also been following your WIKI. Our Blog Guru Jeremiah Owyang started a wiki in May
which has links to your wiki.
Nice wiki, and very relevent blog. I’ve added links to both from the storage wiki I created on behalf of the community.
I like your extensive Glossary, this is really an extended list!
Should there be an entry for Content Archival?
I like the storagebloggers wiki a lot and intend to be a part of this. Great effort.
Cool. I’ve added the Data Recovery Reviews to the Reseach and Analysis page on the wiki:
I also added your blog to the bloggers page.
The growth here is amazing.
At this site you can compare data recovery quotes, I haven’t seen any other sites that does that, was very valuable in my case.