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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