While software-defined storage is receiving lots of buzz, it isn’t as new an idea as it may seem; storage virtualization vendors have been working toward it for years.
Taneja Group and InfoStor jointly ran a survey asking IT managers about their experience with corporate file sharing. Taneja Group defines corporate file sharing as the ability to share large numbers of files between business users across networks and mobile devices.
Big data technology is a big deal for storage shops, and a clear understanding of what it means—and doesn’t mean—is required to successfully configure storage for big data apps.
Collaboration is a huge concept; even narrowing it down to enterprise file collaboration (EFC) is still a big undertaking. Many vendors are using “collaboration” in their marketing materials, yet they mean many different things by it, ranging from simple business interaction to sophisticated groupware to data sharing and syncing on a wide scale. The result is a good deal of market confusion.
Hadoop is soon coming to enterprise IT in a big way. VMware’s new vSphere Big Data Extensions (BDE) commercializes its open source Project Serengeti to make it dead easy for enterprise admins to spin and up down virtual Hadoop clusters at will.
Some have said there is nothing new under the sun, that it all comes around in circles. We think server virtualization has taken us to places we’ve never been before, but there is some truth to that old adage about having seen it all before.
- Premiered: 07/15/13
- Author: Mike Matchett
- Published: Virtualization Review