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Metadata Makes All The Difference
Metadata Makes All The Difference
Creating a distributed, scale-out file-system is a challenging task. You need to scale read/write I/O as well as metadata I/O, while still preserving consistency of the entire file-system. Scaling the metadata I/O is the real hard part, and that’s what…
The Shift to Cloud, Archimedes, and Twark Main
The Shift to Cloud, Archimedes, and Twark Main
Since you are reading this blog you have probably heard of the shift to cloud, and everybody has heard of Archimedes, so I will start with Twark Main. Twark Main, was the author of a short article, titled “Archimedes” that…
Stateful Containers:  Paradox or Paradise? <br><br>
Stateful Containers: Paradox or Paradise?

Achilles and the Tortoise have just completed the cooperative mode of Portal 2 on the PlayStation 3 in the company’s recreation room (yes, PlayStation 3, this is an ancient parable after all). Achilles, the fleetest of all mortal DevOps engineers,…
Why File?  Why Not?:  Analyzing Storage Architectures <br><br>
Why File? Why Not?: Analyzing Storage Architectures

In prior blogs, we’ve discussed both our vision for the hybrid cloud and the data-centric approach required to achieve that vision. In our view (and we’re not alone in this view), it’s clear that high-performance, distributed file systems are needed…
A Data-Centric Approach to Data Mobility
A Data-Centric Approach to Data Mobility
This sounds obvious and simple, but shouldn’t the critical requirements of data mobility across sites, private clouds, and the hybrid cloud be delivered with a true data-centric approach? Yet the current approaches are dominated by VM-centric techniques, where the data…
Flexible, Software-Defined Deployment and Management
Flexible, Software-Defined Deployment and Management
In a perfect world, storage would be invisible. Deploying and managing storage is just a means to an end.  It’s no one’s idea of a good time.  All we really want is a painless path to achieving seamless, on-demand, efficient,…
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