Steve Duplessie sees scarcity as the driving force driving IT into the Cloud. It’s a compelling and insightful perspective – check it out . He says that scarcity drives all decisions, and that what’s scarce today in IT has shifted away from processing power, storage capacity and network bandwidth to time and money. This will lead to the end of non-cloud IT as we know it. Admittedly, I’m a glass-half-full kind of guy
George Crump has a piece in Byte and Switch today that poses an important question: “Can we get to a single point of deduplication?” This is a question that we have taken up in one form or another in some of our recent posts, such as this one and this one . In the article, Crump asks the question in another way: “ … can you have all your data tiers; primary, archive and backup deduplicated by a single engine?” In light of the recent focus on deduplication, this in my view is a question that really does need to be raised. For how long will the industry to silo out these different tiers for its deduplication solutions
Facebook, Amazon and Google are all decoupling their systems from proprietary hardware. The extreme scale of their data storage makes it necessary to strip away anything that isn’t absolutely necessary for storing and recalling petabytes or exabytes of data safely and efficiently.