Author: Enrico Signoretti

Should I go to VMworld this year?

Last February I started working for OpenIO (an Object storage startup) and a lot of things have changed in my working life. One of the most interesting differences is that I need to stay closer to my potential customers, hence I’ve been attending different industry events than the ones I used to in the past. In the last six months I haven’t attended a single-vendor show (some of them are actually organized by competitors and, in other cases, there is no reason because our products are thought up for different market segments) and I’ve also missed events reserved for...

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Siri sucks because of the lack of data

One of the many announcements at last Apple WWDC was around a home speaker that looks very similar to Amazon Echo or Google home. Shape apart, it’s been positioned as just a music speaker with limited AI functionalities. This has disappointed many people, but there is a reason for it… it’s all about data. Aratificial Intelligence and Machine Learning need data Google, Amazon and Microsoft are furiously competing to take the market lead on the next wave of compute. Google is buying AI startups like crazy and has great AI-based applications, Amazon has been developing an entire ecosystem around...

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The storage industry needs Linux-based Hard Drives

It could sound weird, but I think this is the best way to make the Hard Disk great again! At the end of last year, my company launched a hardware appliance called SLS4U-96. It is built out of what we call nano-nodes (a small computer with a dual core ARM CPU, RAM, a small amount of flash and two 2.5Gb/s ports, all connected to a single high capacity hard drive). We borrowed the design from Marvell, which also provided us with the design of the 40gb/s switches for the back end connection. All these components fit in a standard...

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My last work as independent analyst has been published

This week, my last work as an independent analyst was finally published. The title is: “Sector Roadmap: Object storage for enterprise capacity-driven workloads“. It was completed in December, before knowing I was going to join OpenIO. But It took some time to see the light because of Gigaom’s publishing schedule. It’s about Object Storage (of course, what else could it be about? đŸ˜‰ ), but it’s not about webscale installations or S3. It covers traditional enterprises, how they use object stores, and the trends for use cases that are surfacing right now in these types of organisations. I put...

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The S3 outage showed how relevant object storage is

How important is object storage? Too important to fail! A few days ago, a problem with AWS S3 caused major issues over the entire internet. We could say that it shouldn’t happen… but, you know, it does. And, in this particular case, even the “design for failure” approach to application design wasn’t enough… because most applications have always taken S3 as being infallible (and that particular AWS region hosts some critical services for Amazon). Clouds bring rain To be fair, it’s not only storage that fails. In the last two/three years, thanks also to the growing relevance of cloud...

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The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not (necessarily) those of any current, future or former client or employer. As I reserve the right to review my position based on future evidence, they may not even reflect my own views by the time you read them. Protip: If in doubt, ask.