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Need for Scale in OpenStack and NoSQL Expert Article

OpenStack, NoSQL, & the Need for Scale

With the production of global data predicted to be 44 times greater in 2020 than it was in 2009, we all need to plan for growth. According to Gartner, 80% of data in organizations today is unstructured (text, documents, transactions, audio, video, social media, etc.). Unstructured data may be complex, but it also holds unique insights about your organization that relational databases alone cannot produce… And there’s simply more of it every day. Companies large…
David Safaii
February 17, 2015
Big Data & Disaster Recovery Expert Article

Big Data & Disaster Recovery: What’s Your Plan B?

We can all agree that big data – or really, just data – are the crown jewels of your organization. But what are you doing to preserve, protect and defend your data? Have you developed a big data disaster recovery plan? Regardless of how you're deploying big data – public cloud, private cloud, hybrid cloud – you'd be remiss if you have a half-baked disaster recovery (“DR”) strategy. While many public cloud services are cost-effective,…
David Safaii
January 20, 2015
Better NoSQL Backups Expert Article

NoSQL Backups: You Can Do Them Better!

I’m going to state the obvious: big data is a complex animal… and it’s getting hairier by the minute. But unfortunately, too many organizations add to that complexity by managing their big data environments with APIs, scripts and duct tape. As NoSQL data stores become a larger component of “big data,” preparing for backup and disaster recovery has never been more important. The common method of managing and executing partial backup and recovery by using…
David Safaii
January 5, 2015
Data Deduplication in Scale Out File Systems Expert Article

Deduplication in Scale Out File Systems

Data deduplication is a technique that improves storage utilization by identifying unique data and storing only one instance of that data. Any occurrence of the unique data is replaced with a small reference to the correspondingly stored single instance of that data block. Storage-based data deduplication is most effective in applications where many copies of very similar or even identical data are stored on a single system, which is surprisingly a common scenario. Data backups…
Murali Balcha
November 20, 2014
Do scale out databases need to be backed up? Expert Article

Do Scale Out Databases Need Backup?

Some of the attendees who stopped by our booth asked us whether their scale out databases needs to be backed up, so I reflected on this conundrum for couple of days. Yes, these databases keep multiple copies of the data so why do they need backup? I know I have a good answer, but how do I answer in the terms that the need for backup will be self-explanatory? Does the built-in replication of these…
Murali Balcha
May 19, 2014
Challenges with Backup and Recovery for Scale-out Applications Expert Article

Challenges with Backup and Recovery for Scale-Out Applications

When you think big data you think Hadoop, Cassandra, MongoDB and other scale-out NoSQL databases. All these applications share an important trait; they are scale-out applications. Scale-out applications are built to scale from single node to hundreds of nodes. They dynamically distribute the data between nodes. They also replicate data between nodes for improved read performance and guard against hardware failures. So the prevailing thought is that these applications do not require backups as the…
Murali Balcha
May 8, 2014

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