2016 – The Year of The SmartData Monkey

DataMonkey2016 is piratically here, and the countdown has begun. What kind of interesting surprises and opportunities will it bring us being the year of the SmartData Monkey?

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Time Warp and Self-Learning Behavioral Models

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Been working on a very interesting initiative in space of Machine Learning analytics but now trying to get back in groove of things and continue exploring some of the emerging technologies, ask hard question, and see how we (as a community of technologies) see the world evolving as we going through all kinds of transformations that are pushed both by business initiatives as well as technologies.

Let’s begin our conversation on the topic of time warps and self-learning behavioral models.

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The knobs won’t start turning by themselves

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Finally, looks like the “knobs war” is coming to its logical conclusion. In the past 5 years there was a huge hit on the knobs, and by knobs I mean APIs (interfaces) that being exposed by different virtulization/cloud platforms. The “hit” was in particular centered around providing a layer on the top (the MASTER knob) that would provide ability to manipulate through a higher level interface (aggregated/federated knob) the knobs underneath.  But with that the announcement of the AWS Management Portal for vCenter it becomes clear that this place is now closed.

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Ceph in the Hat

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Or should I say Ceph in the RedHat ;) I have been working hard on all kinds of interesting and innovative things that I will start sharing on soon, but this one worth discussing first. In my last post SAN vs OpenSource I was discussing the benefits of open source Software Defined Storage (SDS) initiative comparing it to SAN looking at two through the lens of Ceph. Another interesting post that was quite popular (according to the Google Analytics) is Ceph vs Gluster who interesting enough now joined under the RedHat or have they?

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How to make your IO-intensive MSSQL workloads highly available?

You have your IO-intensive application on the backed powered by SSD (from FusionIO for example) and you do not want your IOPs to get cut by 50% or more by adding a HA solution, however on the back of your head you realize that HA is important considering that your business depends on this application. How do you solve this problem?

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New High Availability features for MSSQL in Windows Azure

Microsoft announces new features for its cloud answer to Amazon EC2 – Windows Azure. While Azure is far away from what giant EC2 has to offer we need to keep in mind that Microsoft is not trying to solve all the problems in the world (unlike EC2 because they can), but only trying to concentrate on making their platform (OS and Virtualization) as well as applications to remain relevant in this rapidly occurring transformation of technologies and workloads into the cloud as well as maturity of progress on the open source side. So here we go…

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EMC spends more cash on Flash

I do not believe much needs to be said on this acquisition. We all know who EMC is and what it is famous for. ScaleIO last year (2012) came out of the stealth mode and recently got acquired by EMC for something like $200m to $300m depending on the source. Looks like portion of the team came from XtremIO that was couple of years acquired by EMC (see the pattern?).

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Ceph vs Gluster Debate

Recently ran into a very interesting video captured during the LinuxConf in Australia. This video captures the debate between John Mark Walker representing GlusterFS and Sage Weil representing Ceph. Both also represent private entetires Gluster -> Gluster Inc. that now owned by RedHat and Ceph -> Inktank.

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