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Thin Provisioning & Protecting Primary Storage

I’ve been speaking recently about the evolution of file and how to transparently bridge the divide between legacy storage and new data management platforms. NAS and file servers were designed to handle frequently changing files across organizations. This type of data is now a small percentage of overall capacity; however, NAS and file server growth […]

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Data Protection & Active Data Recovery

Your company’s data is in danger. Every day, those hidden little IT gremlins are on the hunt, waiting to poach your ability to access your files when you need them most. Routine headaches like drive and chassis failures seem to happen at the most inopportune times, and any downtime can prove severely disruptive to business […]

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Protecting Healthcare Data: RAID vs Advanced Erasure Coding

Storage systems used for EHR applications and PACS images have to ensure that vital patient information does not disappear, as such an event would certainly worsen patient outcomes and increase legal exposure. Storage systems for the last 30 years have used redundant arrays of disks (RAID), but RAID no longer works in this post-HIPAA world. […]

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Object Storage for Content Distribution & Social Discovery

My role as VP Engineering and Services at Caringo affords me a great perspective on how object storage is used by our customers. One of the most interesting scenarios (or use cases) is content distribution and social discovery. Just last week, I did a short video with George Crump of Storage Switzerland about how data […]

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Object Storage & Law Enforcement: Storing Large Video Files

As video surveillance by law enforcement agencies continues to rise, there are undoubtedly a number of benefits to society recognized both by the agencies and civil rights activists, including more accurate evidence (leading to more successful criminal prosecutions and better officer training). While the actual cost of the video recording devices is affordable ($300 to […]

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Object Storage: We’ve Got Your Back, Part 2

Earlier this week, I talked about how object storage gives you the benefits of automatic protection. Of course, the whole point of backing up is to prepare for the reality that hardware fails at the most inopportune times. IT shops vigilantly prepare for this, but once things go south, there is always the question of […]

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Object Storage: We’ve Got Your Back, Part 1

It’s an unpleasant reality of many an IT professional: That 3 a.m. phone call that a crucial system is down, its data irretrievable, and the last backup needs to be restored now. Not only can that mean scrambling to find keys amidst unsavory utterances, retrieving the latest backup media from an offsite location, and getting […]

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Object Storage Meets Tech Field Day, part 3

Over the past two weeks, I’ve shared a number of our Tech Field Day (#TFD10) videos with you. Fueled by coffee and cookies, the TFD10 delegates were a lively crowd (as demonstrated by our ride up the elevator at Caringo Headquarters) and consistently asked our presenters great questions. So, as I wind down this blog […]

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Object Storage Meets Tech Field Day

In just 8 short months at Caringo, I’ve knocked a lot of items off of my professional bucket list. My favorite to date absolutely is Tech Field Day! Tech Field Day is an event that brings together independent influencers (bloggers, analysts, podcasters, etc.) and tech companies. As a sponsor of Tech Field Day 10 (#TFD10), […]

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Object Storage: What’s in a name?

Caringo Swarm’s unit of content, unsurprisingly, is the object. It isn’t a file technically, as no traditional file systems are used inside of Swarm. File systems simply aren’t robust or fast enough to scale into the hundreds of billions of objects, but as with most technologies, there are tradeoffs. Typically, once an object is written […]

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