Hitachi Data Systems has sharpened its focus on "Big Data Clouds" with
today's announcement of the latest version of its Hitachi Content Platform
and a new product called the Hitachi Data Ingestor. Together, they can be
used by cloud service providers and distributed IT organizations to make
easier, cheaper and safer to but large amounts of data, especially
unstructured content, into the cloud.
The Hitachi Content Platform is one big honkin' object store that can hold as
much as 40 petabytes (1024 terabytes) of both structured and unstructured
data per physical cluster, presented to both users and applications with a
single, unified object view. The HCP employs what the company calls
"intelligent object" that can, "manage themselves given certain conditions"
and eliminate the need for a "master control program"
It includes a number of features for cloud service p... (more)
The rumors are approaching consensus that a pair of new netbooks running the
Google Chrome OS may/will be available early in the New Year. The details
of the specs and marketing plans are still a bit vague, but we do know that
they will run the Chrome OS, which is best imagined as the Chrome web browser
and the Linux operating system grafted together.
We think that they will be called "Smartbooks". We have a persistent,
unconfirmed notion that they will be Google-branded. And, we suppose that
Google may sell them directly, possibly supplemented by other channels.
After the G... (more)
The settling of the American West brought many battles between ranchers and
farmers over access to water. The farmers claimed land near the water and
fenced it to protect their crops. But the farmers' fences blocked the
ranchers' cattle from reaching the water. Fences were cut; shots were fired;
it got ugly.
About a century later, with the first tech land rush of the late1980s and
early '90s - before the Web - came battles between those who wanted software
and data to be centrally controlled on corporate servers and those who wanted
it to be distributed to workers' de... (more)
Adobe’s release last week of its AIR 1.0 (Adobe Integrated Runtime)
cross-platform platform got plenty of ink. Much of it missed the point.
And that’s understandable, given that we are tumbling into the next
generation of everything all at once right now – SaaS and SOA, Web 2.0,
Blu-ray, cellular streaming, and on and on – like a tornado crossing a
junkyard. It’s one of those times when it’s hard to keep things straight.
So Adobe’s AIR announcement roiled the swamp and raised the themes of rich
Internet applications, offline Internet applications, and cross-platform
runtimes in a... (more)
Remember the days of "client/server" computing? Back when you did your job
in your office at your desk, using a big, clunky desktop computer that was
connected to a room full of big, clunky server computers somewhere in the
building or the office park. If you even had a cell phone, it was also big
and clunky and only did voice calls. The internet was for email and the web
was little more than an electronic magazine. Back then, "SaaS" was spelled
differently and it was something you didn't want your kids to do, "clouds"
were a game day worry, and there was no such thing as an ... (more)