MinIO Object Storage Running on the Google Cloud Platform

MinIO Object Storage Running on the Google Cloud Platform

As organizations organize themselves around data, they are becoming application-oriented. The modern application is a cloud native and data-centric application, and benefits from decoupled stateless, immutable services capable of exceptional performance and scale. While MinIO is available on every cloud — public, private, and edge, this post is focused on the Google Cloud Platform with an eye on why you need

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Architecting a Modern Data Lake

Architecting a Modern
Data Lake

Approximately 90% of all the data in the world is replicated data, with only 10% being genuine, new data. This has significant implications for an enterprise's data strategy — particularly when you consider the growth rates. For example, in 2020, the total amount of data generated and consumed was 64.2 zettabytes. In 2021, it was forecast that the overall amount

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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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