The Architect’s Guide to Using AI/ML with Object Storage

The Architect’s Guide to Using AI/ML with Object Storage

This post first appeared in The New Stack. With the constant evolution of the enterprise, machine learning and artificial intelligence have become board-level initiatives. Marketing claims aside, capabilities that seemed almost mythical a few years ago are now taken for granted as AI/ML becomes baked into every software stack and architecture. This is becoming known as AI-first architecture. In

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The Architect’s Guide to Multicloud Business Continuity

The Architect’s Guide to Multicloud Business Continuity

Modern infrastructure is all about availability. Consider an online mortgage business. A provider has 30 seconds to provide a quote to a prospective buyer or another provider will win the customer’s business.For online retailers, the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s account for up to 25% of their annual revenue.The SLAs that customers expect from an

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What it Really Means to be Software Defined

What it Really Means to be Software Defined

This post first appeared in the Container Journal. The term “software-defined storage” is widely misunderstood by the vendor community. While analysts, both industry and financial, know that software-defined is both the present and future of the storage industry, customers who are unable to make the distinction may find themselves with a hardware- or appliance-based solution that doesn’t quite meet

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Databases on Object Storage - the New Normal

Databases on Object Storage - the New Normal

When you think about object storage workloads and storage types - databases are not the first thing that comes to mind. That is changing rapidly, however, driven by just two forces: the availability of true, high performance object storage and explosive growth of data and, perhaps more impactfully, its associated metadata. Because of these two forces, almost every major database

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The Scalability Myth

The Scalability Myth

Lots of object storage companies like to talk about scalability while tossing around terms like exabytes and “infinite.” Unfortunately, many of the terms used to describe scalability make grandiose and misleading promises that don’t help enterprises build an effective storage platform. Claims made around the simplest use case,  static archival data, aren’t translatable to the entirety of use

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The Trouble With Cassandra: Why It's a Poor Choice For a Metadata Database for Object Stores

The Trouble With Cassandra: Why It's a Poor Choice For a Metadata Database for Object Stores

Cassandra is a popular, tried-and-true NoSQL database that supports key-value wide-column tables. Like any powerful tool, Cassandra has its ideal use cases - in particular, Cassandra excels at supporting write-heavy workloads, while having limitations when supporting read-heavy workloads. Cassandra's eventual consistency model and lack of transactions, multi-table support like joins, subqueries can also limit its usefulness. However, using Cassandra as

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Using MinIO for Know Your Customer Data at a Major Bank

Using MinIO for Know Your Customer Data at a Major Bank

IntroductionDocument management is a core requirement for all sorts of regulated institutions - finance, telecom, healthcare, government and others. These institutions need to manage and retain an ever growing number of documents and regulatory guidelines often require these documents to be stored for a very long term (7-10 years). Take for example, KYC (Know Your Customer) documents. Anyone starting a

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When Companies Should Go to the Public Cloud + When they Should Come Back

When Companies Should Go to the Public Cloud + When they Should Come Back

Aaron Tilley of the Wall Street Journal has an interesting piece (paywalled) today that speaks to one of the challenges that businesses are facing on the pandemic related technology front. The net of it is that companies are spending more and more on cloud costs, sometimes independent of their business outcomes. It doesn't compute long term. More importantly, we think

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