Scott Jeschonek

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Using a Data Access Layer in HPC

Posted by Scott Jeschonek on Fri, Feb 03, 2017 @ 10:55 AM

High-performance computing in the cloud is becoming more and more common, as companies realize its potential to extend their HPC environments without additional significant infrastructure costs. HPC clusters bring hundreds or sometimes even thousands of cores online quickly and efficiently — something perfect for the massive compute farms managed by cloud service providers (CSPs) like Google Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services. Very large clusters can be created on-demand. You aren’t restricted to one cluster either; you can create any number of clusters on demand, empowering different teams without causing resource contention. 

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Topics: HPC, Data Center Management, Technology Community

Which Cloud Provider Is Right for Me?

Posted by Scott Jeschonek on Fri, Sep 09, 2016 @ 04:19 PM

This article originally appeared in modified form on Cloud Computing Today as a guest blog post on August 29, 2016. 

THE ART OF THE CLOUD WARS

Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu once wrote that battles are won or lost before they are ever fought, but can the same be said for the cloud wars? Though many industry thought leaders have made predictions, the future of how the battle between public cloud providers will unfold remains hazy. Despite documented projections that global IT spending will fall in 2016, investment in public cloud services is expected to grow 16% this year, fueling the fire of the on-going war. Most industry experts agree that AWS, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure and IBM Cloud Services are the key players to watch, however many CIOs still struggle with determining which cloud service provider is right for them.

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Topics: Data Center Management, Cloud Storage, Technology Community

Curing Cloud Fears with Cloud Bursting

Posted by Scott Jeschonek on Thu, May 19, 2016 @ 10:13 AM

A version of this article originally appeared in @CloudExpo Journal.

Sometime over the last 10 years, the term "cloud" transformed from a big, fluffy collection of water droplets in the sky to the (somewhat daunting) future of IT and a fundamental part of some of the most innovative technologies in the world today. Cloud adoption rates have been increasing steadily over the years due to its compelling economic and technical advantages, allowing organizations to fulfill user requests instantaneously and only for a needed period of time. But for every organization that is fearlessly embracing cloud computing and the many benefits it offers, another organization fearfully hesitates repeatedly weighing infrastructure options.

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Topics: Data Center Management, Hybrid Cloud NAS, Cloud Compute

Better Cloud File Storage for Amazon WorkSpaces

Posted by Scott Jeschonek on Wed, Jan 13, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

In 2015, Amazon made it clear that it was investing in its Amazon WorkSpaces product with several announcements starting at its April San Francisco AWS Summit where Andy Jassy took the stage to tout ease-of-use developments. That said, Amazon Workspaces users can improve their experiences with better alternatives to WorkSpaces storage management that reduce overall costs and simplify deployment.

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Topics: Cloud Storage, Virtualization (VDI), Cloud Compute

The Three Pillars of Hybrid Cloud Security

Posted by Scott Jeschonek on Fri, Dec 18, 2015 @ 12:21 PM

Hybrid cloud security concerns top the list of what slows cloud adoption. At Avere, we have had many conversations about the use of public clouds that inevitably turn to the topic of security:

Can cloud environments be secured?

Can data in the cloud be protected?

How does using the FXT/vFXT platforms contribute to data security?

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Topics: Enterprise Storage, Data Center Management, Hybrid Cloud NAS

Six Reasons to Run Hadoop on the Hybrid Cloud

Posted by Scott Jeschonek on Fri, Nov 06, 2015 @ 01:34 PM

The concept of running Hadoop on the Cloud is not new. The big cloud players like Google Cloud Platform, Amazon Web Services, and Microsoft all have some sort of white paper on their websites and bloggers in big data circles have been considering the pros and cons of the cloud vs. on-premises. Amazon even offers their Elastic MapReduce service.

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Topics: HPC, Data Center Management, Hybrid Cloud NAS, Cloud Compute

File System Caching for Cloud Performance Improvement

Posted by Scott Jeschonek on Thu, Oct 15, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Avere and Google Cloud Platform Advance the File System Performance Threshold

Google Cloud Platform has moved at lightning speed to innovate and redefine performance in the cloud, as Miles Ward highlighted in his recent blog post.  

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Topics: Hybrid Cloud NAS, Cloud Storage, Cloud Compute

Reducing Cloud Latency for Scientific Computing

Posted by Scott Jeschonek on Fri, Aug 14, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Challenged by time-sensitive, collaborative projects that require large data sets, the scientific community has welcomed cloud computing as a possible panacea to big, difficult IT challenges. The use cases span all types of science from space exploration to geology and from genomics research to artificial intelligence. All of these use cases have something in common: an ever-increasing demand for more compute and storage resources. Today, the demand for such resources may mean turning toward public clouds.

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Topics: Life Sciences, Cloud Compute

Security Standards: FIPS 140-2 with Hybrid Cloud NAS

Posted by Scott Jeschonek on Tue, Jan 06, 2015 @ 01:00 PM

Let’s face it, your data is always at risk, and tens of thousands of articles, blogs, dissertations, sales pitches and security assessments have stated this obvious fact for years. It is part of human nature to seek advantages or do harm through the use of data, whether we are talking about thousands of credit card numbers from your local big box store or hacking an organization's file servers. 

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Topics: Enterprise Storage, Cloud Storage, Federal Government