As we wind down the year, we took some time to have some fun by asking two of our most vocal employees about what they predict 2018 to bring. Technical Director, Dan Nydick, and Director of Cloud Products, Scott Jeschonek, narrowed down all of their thoughts and settled on the following five trends that deserved to be captured as their official new year predictions.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a term that's commonly used to describe everyday devices, such as lights, refrigerators, and even cars, that send and receive data via the Internet. This interconnectivity provides us with more information than ever before. For example, think about how much data you collect every day just walking around with your Fitbit. From counting steps to measuring heart rate, your Fitbit collects all of this data so that you can later visit their app to see your progress throughout the week, trends, and more. So you can imagine that this also means that there has been massive data growth requiring more and more storage resources.
Each day, organizations are moving more workloads to the cloud, and these workloads are getting bigger. For those with decades of data that are often in the petabytes, transferring large data sets to the cloud isn't so simple. It's not only a matter of moving the data, but also of what happens once the data is in the cloud.
First, it can be time-consuming when trying to use traditional methods of data movement. Second, file-based applications that currently use NAS protocols in the data center are now going to be facing object-based protocols. Traditionally, this would involve re-writing of applications, which is also time-consuming and not cost-effective.
When used together, Avere FXT Edge Series filers with Dell EMC Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS) can deliver high performance and massively scalable storage. The combined solution enables enterprises to scale their performance and storage requirements separately with the flexibility to run their applications on premises and burst onto the public cloud, meeting short-term or unanticipated demand.
What was once a small regional show has grown to be so much more. On Monday of this week, the AWS Summit took place at the Javits Center in New York City. With somewhere between 7,000 and 9,000 attendees, it felt more like a national event than a Summit and drew attendees from not only the Northeast Corridor, but around the globe.
Unless your organization is just starting up, you most likely have file-based data and applications. One of the biggest challenges that people face when trying to move to the cloud is the inherent lack of a file system, as the cloud use object storage instead. This need led to the development of the cloud file system, which provides a file system interface and access to applications running in the cloud.
When people talk about moving local file-based data to the cloud, reluctance can always be heard in their voices. Fear, uncertainty, and doubt regarding security and performance remain, despite the cloud's growth.
We received an Ask Avere Almost Anything from someone battling these issues. What possible advantage does the cloud bring that tips the scale in its direction? Avere principal engineer Bernie Behn approaches this question from the standpoint of data maintenance and protection. Watch the latest video for his recommendations and learn what he thinks is the biggest reason for moving local storage to the cloud.
Let’s see, what’s after zettabyte? How about a yottabyte, which is 1,000 zettabytes, which is 1,000 exabytes, which is 1,000 petabytes—is that right? Okay, probably you aren’t personally thinking about data at such scale. But on the subject of data growth, industry analysts agree those big numbers are coming. IDC has predicted that in just three years the digital universe will expand to 44 zettabytes and that the world be using some 30 billion Internet-connected devices.
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Not all file systems are the same, especially when you need scalability. We recently received an Ask Avere Almost Anything question about comparing types of file systems, specifically distributed file systems verses clustered file systems.
We went strait to our engineering team with this one. Jim Zelenka stepped up to the plate and sat down to explain the difference. The biggest advantage of a clustered file system, like the Avere OS, is that it scales easily and efficiently.
While “scale-out” is seen in many marketing materials these days, many are rightfully confused on what it means. It is listed as a key feature because, in this era of cloud, the cloud provides exactly what scale-out means — a large number of nodes that work together providing an aggregated performance that cannot be achieved by making a single large node work on its own1. The cloud is often the provider of the scale-out infrastructure, not necessarily the software product implementing the scale-out functionality, with a few exceptions, of course.