Author: Gary Orenstein

batch gap

Closing the Batch Gap

Sometimes we become so accustomed to certain things, we stop asking questions and accept the status quo. That can last a long time. Such is the case with batch processing in the enterprise. And it was made abundantly clear in a survey titled “Enterprise Big Data, Business Intelligence, and Analytics Trends” by the Enterprise Strategy Group, that there remains an ongoing complacency with the time it takes to complete batch processing. This is in stark contrast to the recognition that...


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Shutterstock’s Secret to a Healthy IT Infrastructure

In our connected world, some businesses adapted to the Internet, and some businesses blossomed with the Internet. Shutterstock embodies defining characteristics of the latter. For more than ten years, Shutterstock has grown into one of the largest and most vibrant two-sided marketplace for creative professionals to license and contribute content, including images, videos and music. As an Internet-based company, IT infrastructure is a critical component to Shutterstock’s success, with...


The Rise of the Cloud Memory Price Drop

The Rise of the Cloud Memory Price Drop

Last week, Data Center Knowledge published a piece on Microsoft’s ‘Monster’ Azure instances, with RAM capacities approaching half a terabyte at 448 GB. Microsoft Azure has launched its most powerful cloud instances to date. The new G-series instances go up to 32 cores, 448 GiB of RAM, and 6,596 GB of local SSD storage. Microsoft Azure Launches Monster Cloud Instances, Data Center Knowledge, 8 January 2015 The article continues to detail The highest-memory instance available on Google...


IoT Database

A Sensor In It, A Database Behind It

On opening day, Molly Wood at The New York Times recounted the official CES theme emerging as “Put a sensor in it.” The unofficial theme seemed to be: Put a sensor in it. Later that day Samsung declared its entire product portfolio will be connected within 5 years. “In five years,” every single one of Samsung’s products will be a connected “Internet of Things” device, Samsung chief executive Boo-Keun Yoon said today during the opening keynote at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show...


Full Speed Ahead

Credit: US Navy Nearly ten years ago I received a phone call about a startup in Silicon Valley solving application performance problems with memory. From my data center infrastructure experience, I knew the days of mechanical disk drives were limited. I had to get on the memory train, so I went. That experience led me to meet the co-founders of Fusion-io and ultimately join them in 2010. When Fusion-io went public in 2011 revenue was on its way from $36 million to $197 million annually. The time...