Few organizations are truly positioned to deliver on the promise of data-driven decision-making. Here's how to tell if yours is one.
Companies have learned to thrive - and in some cases survive - by leveraging data for competitive advantage. But how many organizations are truly data-driven enterprises?
'Data is becoming increasingly valuable, especially from a business perspective,' says Lakshmanan Chidambaram, president of Americas strategic verticals at global IT consulting firm Tech Mahindra. 'Afterall, data can tell us a lot about a company's processes and activities. It shows whether one is moving in the right direction, identifies areas of improvement, and suggests an appropriate process to make those improvements.'
A crucial question that plagues cloud application developers is, 'What kind of storage should we use for our app?'
Unlike other choices like compute runtimes-Lambda/serverless, containers or virtual machines-data storage choice is highly sticky and makes future application improvements and migrations much harder.
All three hyperscalers have storage services that present block, file and object-based data access. Each of these storage services are mature and offer different advantages, making the choice even harder. Though block and file-based storage has existed for multiple decades, in this article we will illustrate some key differentiators that should make object storage your default storage choice for new applications written in the cloud.
On the outside and on the inside, our newest data center is more than a little different: there are no cooling towers chugging on the roof, no chillers, or coolants at all.
This data center, owned and developed by Nautilus Data Technologies, Inc., is nice and cool inside. Built with a mix of maritime and industrial water-cooling technologies that use river water to cool everything inside-racks, servers, switches, and people-this data center is environmentally awesome, secure, fascinating, and other such w
The ones used as boot drives in its datacenters seem to be, but perhaps not over time
Cloudy backup and storage provider Backblaze has found that flash SSDs are more reliable than hard drives, at least as far as the boot drives deployed in its datacenters go, but cautions this could change in future as the SSDs age.
These findings come from Backblaze's latest report detailing reliability statistics on the drives used in its infrastructure, and in this case it is only the second such report to focus on SSDs, following one the company published in March.
Scale-out storage is a network-attached storage (NAS) architecture in which the total amount of disk space can be expanded through the addition of devices in connected arrays with their own resources.
In a scale-out system, new hardware can be added and configured as the need arises. When a scale-out system reaches its storage limit, another array can be added to expand the system capacity. Scale-out storage can harness the extra storage added across arrays and use added devices to increase network storage capacity, adding performance and addressing the need for additional storage.
Before scale-out storage became popular, enterprises often bought storage arrays much larger than needed to ensure that plenty of disk space would be available for future expansion. If that expansion never occurred or the storage needs turned out to be less than anticipated, much of the originally purchased disk space went to waste.
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