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Given my last post was in November of 2013 (trust me, I’ve been busy), I figured I’d start out with a heady topic like “Neural Networking” in an age where Deep Machine Learning and perhaps its lesser cousin, assisted Machine Learning (I’ll define in a bit), seem to be all the rage.  However, before we begin, I want to make a few things clear: I’m no expert in these fields. I’m musing out loud here.  You’re my audience and what you determine to be salient and what you deem junk is, well, your problem, not mine. DML/AML, Neural Networking, and a whole host of other terms, acronyms, mindf**k level events, etc. are here. Deal with it. So with such an illustrious preface, I suppose we should let the party begin. I’ve always had a fascination with the way information is acquired and process. Reading back through the history of this site, you can see this tendency towards mo... (more)

Cloud Optimized Storage Solutions: Tiering & Expectations

Dave Graham's Blog In Part One of this Cloud Optimized Storage Solutions (COSS) series, we took a look at the content being stored on COSS and in Part Two at how it is stored. Storage within the cloud is meaningless without a measurable level of performance that it can be compared against. Since there are no established benchmarks that determine performance of storage within a cloud infrastructure, it is reasonable to apply tiering metrics to storage based on content valuation and service level agreements (SLAs) and utilize this as an overarching methodology to judge COSS storage... (more)

Cloud Computing Expo: Cloud Optimized Storage Solutions

The basic ideology of Cloud Optimized Storage Solutions, as noted in the three previous installments, is to ingest significant amounts of both structured and unstructured content and, operating within the confines of SLAs and tiering, provide this data back to users with acceptable performance. In the previous three Cloud Optimized Storage Solution (COSS) articles in this series, I’ve discussed the content being stored, the method of storage, as well as principles derived from data tiering.  Today, I want to jump ahead a bit and discuss how neural networks and heuristics can impa... (more)

An Introduction to Cloud Optimized Storage Solutions

Dave Graham's Blog With the advent of Cloud Computing and the general resurgence of computing grids, data storage has been taken for granted. However, as cloud computing’s storage and access demands continue to grow, the need for an optimized storage layer and hardware accompaniment become even more critical. The general focus has been on computational power, integration points via software (API access, for example), and code portability.  Storage, on the other hand, was considered a commodity to be taken advantage of; a simple pool of storage for whatever data needed some level of... (more)

Cloud Optimized Storage Solutions (COSS) Explored

Dave Graham's Blog In part one of this series, we discussed the nature of content within the cloud. After determining the nature of the content being stored, it is important to understand how this unstructured and structured content will be stored. The mechanism for storage has significant impact on a provider’s Service Level Agreement (SLA) to the end user and can also promote the concept of tiered storage within the cloud as well. To evaluate this storage mechanism, you need to pull apart the storage path to determine what influences it has on the content being stored.  Techn... (more)