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January 11, 2008


Peter Quirk

All good points, but it's useful to ground this discussion in the definition of Web 2.0, as originally laid out in Tim O'Reilly's article at http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/oreilly/tim/news/2005/09/30/what-is-web-20.html.

Of all the elements listed in the "Web as Platform", the ones which apply to the storage cloud, either strongly or weakly, are:
1. Granular addressability of content
2. Emergent user behavior not determined
3. The right to remix
4. Data as the "Intel inside"

If the data is restricted to a single corporation or home user backing up data to the cloud, I'd say that all the items 3 and 4 don't apply either.

Therefore, it's really inappropriate to use the moniker "Web 2.0" with these applications.


I really liked your article and wondered what solutions you have seen/ are seeing being built to deliver PB of data in a self tuning infrastructure.
Mostly what we see is Storage companies selling ever larger boxes with some software to assist ingestion to box A,B,C on a given frequency/data type or from a given location.

What you are describing is ingestion from all forms of data devices and flexibly storing it for access back to those devices or others.
How do you envision the tools and architecture to deliver to that need?
Really really interested...

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Chuck Hollis

  • Chuck Hollis
    Chief Strategist, VMware Storage and Availability Business Unit

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