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The End of Cloud Computing

By Christian Smith on January 11, 2017


"The end of cloud computing is right around the corner."   What? We were just getting started.  

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Our first Crowdchat #LocalData

By Steve Pao on November 14, 2016


In the spirit of reaching out beyond our own posts, we held a Crowdchat featuring industry veterans from leading analyst firms, service providers, and practioners as they talked through what's behind #LocalData that can't or won't move to the public cloud.
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Cloud-Native Services—The Good, The Bad, The Best

By Christian Smith on November 8, 2016

In the early days of the company, one of our biggest debates was whether the core of our architecture should be a POSIX-compliant data tier or a modern key-value store. Back then (and for that matter, even today!) a vast majority of workflows depended on a legacy POSIX interface to storage.  

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Cloud-Managed, On-Premises Data With Zero-Touch Infrastructure™

By Christian Smith on October 10, 2016

We coined the term Zero-Touch Infrastructure™ in the earliest days of the company. Looking back at my notes, the earliest mention of this term was in an internal blog I wrote on December 4, 2013, less than 40 days from when we got started.

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Dropbox exits the Amazon Cloud

By Christian Smith on March 23, 2016

Few companies have the capabilities or talent to build their own at-scale cloud infrastructure.  Dropbox talks about their journey from the public cloud to their own infrastructure and how ridiculously difficult it was. 

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Why Data-First Applications Will Come To Rule Enterprise Software

By Christian Smith on February 4, 2016

The world is moving from workflow-first applications to data-first applications.

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Qualcomm in server CPU market, tips for finding signals in big data, evolution of a terabyte

By Christian Smith on October 21, 2015

Take a look at the news that we've been reading recently.

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Finding My Data

By Christian Smith on October 21, 2015

As anyone who knows me knows, I hate traffic. Which is why the Waze app caught my eye. The moving map is amazingly accurate regarding traffic congestion, accidents, and police locations.

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Putting Virtual Reality in the Hands of Everyone

By Christian Smith on September 30, 2015

Are you ready to declare VR another leg of the 3rd platform movement? 

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Erasure Codes…the Igneous way.

By Christian Smith on September 2, 2015

Is RAID dead?  A quick Google search indicates it might be, at least for Big Storage.  Why?

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New use cases require rethinking architecture to store data

By Christian Smith on August 19, 2015

Earlier we wrote about Storage is Cool and how new use cases are creating new architectures.

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PMR drives are done, welcome SMR

By Christian Smith on July 31, 2015

In a prior linked article we re-posted flash is not taking over the world. New disk technologies like SMR will continue to increase the densities and lower the cost point for capacity storage.

Topics: Industry Trends Christian Smith

ARIN creates waiting list for the few remaining IPv4 addresses in North America

By Christian Smith on July 21, 2015

The Register reports that North America is down to its last few thousand IPv4 addresses.

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Flash is not taking over the world

By Christian Smith on July 6, 2015


Computerworld's Lucas Mearian reports that hard drives will remain the dominant mass storage device in laptops and desktops for years to come. 

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What hard drive is best?

By Christian Smith on May 29, 2015


Backblaze put hard drives to ultimate test and, lucky you, they're sharing their latest reliability stats.

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Buying An Average HDD | Forbes

By Christian Smith on May 29, 2015


New types of disk drives are shaping up to handle new types of applications and workloads.

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Cold Data: What is it, Why is it a Problem and How to Fix it? | Igneous

By Christian Smith on May 29, 2015


I just ran across an IDC forecast that predicted the human race would accumulate 8 zettabytes of data by 2015.  That got me thinking about storage.  First, how much is 8 ZB?  It is not an easy quantity to conceptualize, but let me try.

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