Ben Golub


Storage in a Big Data World

Dan Quayle, anti-ferromagnetic bits and the future of storage: Embracing the 6 "S" model

In a previous post, I invoked Thomas Jefferson in predicting the future of storage. As I prepare to conclude and summarize this series of Computerworld posts, I'd like to invoke another, eminently-quotable American statesman, Dan...

It’s a floor wax and a dessert topping: Hybrid cloud storage

In a classic Saturday Night Live parody commercial Gilda Radner and Dan Aykroyd play a couple having an argument over whether New Shimmer is a floor wax or a dessert topping. Chevy Chase, as a product pitchman, shows them that "New...

"Marathon Man" and cloud storage: Is it safe?

Anyone who has seen the 1976 film Marathon Man, will no doubt recall the cringe-inducing scene where a sadistic Nazi dentist (played by Laurence Olivier) tortures the protagonist (Dustin Hoffman) by drilling into his teeth without...

Clouds, neurosis and Joni Mitchell

I've looked at clouds from both sides now, From up and down, and still somehow, It's cloud illusions I recall, I really don't know clouds, at all. -Joni Mitchell, Both Sides Now (video below) There's an old saying that the...

Taxis, Zipcars and cloud storage

As a kid, when I was being carpooled to soccer practice, I got into a heated discussion with my friends regarding the kind of car we would be driving as adults when we took our kids to soccer practice.  Impassioned arguments were...

Why Thomas Jefferson could predict the next big thing in storage

In 1814, Thomas Jefferson donated the contents of his vast personal library of books and correspondence to form the foundation of the Library of Congress. Some 200 years later, that library is one of the largest in the world. Yet,...

Asteroids, nuclear war and data center outages: Surviving big disasters by being small

Imagine that it's the height of the Cold War, and you are trying to design an approach to command, control, and communications that can survive a full-scale nuclear attack.One approach is to build a small number of communications...

Storage is a hard problem with a soft(ware) solution

There are dog people and there are cat people. Rarely, if ever, will you get a dog person to admit that cats are superior in any material sense or vice versa. This can often be a source of conflict in many relationships.Fortunately,...

Big data SMAQ-down

The term "big data," is getting thrown around a lot these days, and in certain circles it is threatening to overtake "cloud" as the most overused and misused term in IT. Interestingly, some of the large, traditional storage...

Objects and files and blocks ... oh my!

I just finished reading an intriguing blog post by Alex Williams at Silicon Angle, responding to an earlier blog by Fred Wilson.The substance of the debate boils down to whether or not the concept of a "file" (as opposed to a...

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