No More Great Innovations? blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Thursday, August 6th 2015

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A debate among economists has been brewing over whether or not humanity will continue to innovate at the pace experienced over the last 150 years—a time that produced automobiles, mass distribution of electricity, radio, television, and the Internet to name...

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The Two Faces of Flash Storage Buyers — Forbes blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Wednesday, July 29th 2015

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Storage vendors of many sizes now offer all-flash storage arrays. Indeed, some of the dominant enterprise storage vendors now lead customer presentations with their all-flash arrays in new storage purchase discussions with customers. It’s the right thing to do strategically...

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OpenStack Summit 2015: Decomposing Four Misconceptions – Forbes blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Friday, May 22nd 2015

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I’ve just returned from OpenStack Summit 2015 in Vancouver where 6000+ software-defined attendees convened to contribute and commune and where the opening keynote speaker laid down the following proclamation: Every company is becoming a software company and every company has to write...

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“Solving Big Data Problems” DSI 2015 Presentation from John Webster

By John Webster, Friday, April 10th 2015

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John Webster delivered the presentation Solving Big Data Problems at SNIA’s Data Storage Innovation conference on Thursday, April 9. If you weren’t able to catch his presentation live, view his slides here on-demand.

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Software Defined Storage Needs a More Clearly Defined Value Proposition, Forbes blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Monday, April 6th 2015

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Software Defined Storage Needs a More Clearly Defined Value Proposition The Software Defined Storage (SDS) model in its early days was often compared to Software Defined Networking (SDN). Both used virtualization as a foundational technology and replaced hardware constructs with software...

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In-Memory Computing & the Emergence of Tier-1 Storage: Forbes.com blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Thursday, January 29th 2015

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We’ve been watching the advance of solid state disk (SSD) as its ever improving price for capacity metrics make it an attractive replacement for relatively slow, spinning, mechanical disk media. Disk drive manufactures like Hitachi saw this coming years ago...

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Is It Time for Hadoop Alternatives? Forbes blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Monday, December 8th 2014

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Hadoop has progressed from a large scale, batch-oriented analytics tool used by a handful of webscalers to a multi-application processing platform for webscale and enterprise users. The vendors of Hadoop’s three major distributions uniformly characterize it as a modern architecture...

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Software Defined Storage Disruption? When Commodity Storage Refuses to Remain Commodity, blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Monday, November 24th 2014

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Defining IT with software is assumed to be a disruptive force. Reduce the cost of infrastructure by throwing out the high cost, purpose-built and proprietary hardware. Replace it with commodity priced-white boxes that are transformed into server, networking, and storage...

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NetApp’s New Data Fabric Strategy, Forbes.com blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Wednesday, November 5th 2014

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Last week, NetApp chose its Insight customer/partner conference to make a number of product announcements that, taken together, mark a multifaceted expansion into public, private, and hybrid cloud deployments. At the heart of these announcements is NetApp’s Data Fabric strategy that marks another milestone in the...

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Data: To Own or Not To Own – Forbes.com blog by John Webster

By John Webster, Tuesday, September 2nd 2014

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In a recent blog post I noted that the average enterprise data center saves all data forever. For many of the storage administrators at these data centers, that’s petabytes of data growing at the compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30% and...

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