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Open Source Storage Chairman: "Goal is to be the Market Leader"

Exclusive Interview with New Chairman Mark Iwanowski

Open Source Storage recently announced that Oracle veteran Mark Iwanowski (pictured below) was joining the company as its new chairman. What better time to find out what's going on there? We had a few questions for him...

Cloud Computing Journal: What are your key objectives as the new Chairman?

Mark Iwanowski: As Chairman of Open Source Storage, I'll help the company achieve success by bringing my business background and understanding of open source together with the innovations of CEO Eren Niazi and his executive management team. One of our objectives is to continue building the company as a market leader in the space.

Our goal is to grow Open Source Storage to be the market leader for secure, integrated, hardware/software enterprise-grade open source storage solutions. We are the only company in the marketplace that offers a true end-to-end storage solution (in our opinion), providing hardware and software that are needed to deliver large-scale enterprise solutions.

CCJ: How do you see Big Data and the IoT impacting the company?

Mark: Big Data analytics and the emerging Internet of Things market are driving an exponential explosion of data. This has resulted in the need for a cost effective, secure enterprise class storage solution that seamlessly links certified Open Source Storage software with integrated and fully tested low cost hardware, and offers an efficient way to connect private and public cloud storage infrastructure in a seamless way.

Open Source Storage ensures highly efficient, secure, real-time management of public and private cloud data sources.

CCJ: How so?

Mark: There are a few key points.

Open Source Storage's business model is about lower-cost enterprise open source solutions.

We can provide a highly customizable and scalable platform for companies that are manufacturing devices for the Internet of Things to receive and process data from these devices.

Big Data covers a wide array of technologies that Open Source Storage can partner with companies to solve.

Whatever the Big Data task, Open Source Storage will develop a lower total cost solution. This allows customers to quickly adopt, adapt, update, or change technologies to meet their needs

CCJ: What are the key challenges, then, that need to be met to achieve the objectives in this emerging Big Data/IoT world?

Mark: Key challenges include the need to drive the cost of data management down dramatically while ensuring robust performance in a highly secure way.

As CIOs evolve their data storage strategies to include a hybridized private/public cloud combination, this further adds to the integration challenges as real-time data analytics is driven by the need to manage huge volumes of data in an almost instantaneous fashion.

All of this has to be done in a highly secure manner, and Open Source Storage's solutions are specifically focused on addressing these increasing data management demands.

CCJ: What are top-of-mind issues for CIOs, in your opinion?

Mark: Specifically, here are a few points to keep in mind:

With Big Data, the challenges really depend on the technology that enterprise uses for big data such as Hadoop or others. Customers are interested in leveraging big data in a most cost effective way, and Open Source Storage addresses this need.

With the Internet of Things and IPv6 adoption, it is estimated there will be 50 billion devices with Internet access by 2020 (source: Cisco's Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) - http://share.cisco.com/internet-of-things.html), and customers must be prepared to embrace the IPv6 reality.

With privacy, CIOs should ask how they can protect privacy when everything is talking to the world? It is essential to ensure clearly defined opt in policy for all data access and to guide customers toward holistic industry best practices to secure the data.

Regarding obsolescence:, changes in the communication methods may render many devices obsolete, there are many device providers to choose from in the industry, and Open Source Storage will help drive industry standards including backwards compatibility

Then with security, this is something that must be adopted from the ground up--from end-to-end encryption, to ensuring the security of user's data that is stored by the device manufacturer.

Finally, when it comes to standards, there needs to be a strong governance model to help standardize methods, and it's important to have open source APIs in place that the enterprise can leverage.

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Roger Strukhoff (@IoT2040) is Executive Director of the Tau Institute for Global ICT Research, with offices in Illinois and Manila. He is Conference Chair of @CloudExpo & @ThingsExpo, and Editor of SYS-CON Media's CloudComputing BigData & IoT Journals. He holds a BA from Knox College & conducted MBA studies at CSU-East Bay.

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