|By Roger Strukhoff
|July 21, 2014 03:00 PM EDT
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.
Contact me on Twitter
What happens when the different parts of a vehicle become smarter than the vehicle itself? As we move toward the era of smart everything, hundreds of entities in a vehicle that communicate with each other, the vehicle and external systems create a need for identity orchestration so that all entities work as a conglomerate. Much like an orchestra without a conductor, without the ability to secure, control, and connect the link between a vehicle’s head unit, devices, and systems and to manage the ...
Dec. 11, 2016 12:00 AM EST Reads: 1,111
Financial Technology has become a topic of intense interest throughout the cloud developer and enterprise IT communities.
Accordingly, attendees at the upcoming 20th Cloud Expo at the Javits Center in New York, June 6-8, 2017, will find fresh new content in a new track called FinTech.
Dec. 11, 2016 12:00 AM EST Reads: 2,393
The Internet of Things will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform and how we integrate our thinking to solve complicated problems. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, demonstrated how to move beyond today's coding paradigm and sh...
Dec. 11, 2016 12:00 AM EST Reads: 909
In IT, we sometimes coin terms for things before we know exactly what they are and how they’ll be used. The resulting terms may capture a common set of aspirations and goals – as “cloud” did broadly for on-demand, self-service, and flexible computing. But such a term can also lump together diverse and even competing practices, technologies, and priorities to the point where important distinctions are glossed over and lost.
Dec. 10, 2016 11:45 PM EST Reads: 1,796
"We're a cybersecurity firm that specializes in engineering security solutions both at the software and hardware level. Security cannot be an after-the-fact afterthought, which is what it's become," stated Richard Blech, Chief Executive Officer at Secure Channels, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 10, 2016 11:15 PM EST Reads: 1,219
All clouds are not equal. To succeed in a DevOps context, organizations should plan to develop/deploy apps across a choice of on-premise and public clouds simultaneously depending on the business needs. This is where the concept of the Lean Cloud comes in - resting on the idea that you often need to relocate your app modules over their life cycles for both innovation and operational efficiency in the cloud.
In his session at @DevOpsSummit at19th Cloud Expo, Valentin (Val) Bercovici, CTO of Soli...
Dec. 10, 2016 10:15 PM EST Reads: 2,073
"Once customers get a year into their IoT deployments, they start to realize that they may have been shortsighted in the ways they built out their deployment and the key thing I see a lot of people looking at is - how can I take equipment data, pull it back in an IoT solution and show it in a dashboard," stated Dave McCarthy, Director of Products at Bsquare Corporation, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 10, 2016 09:15 PM EST Reads: 1,355
Everyone knows that truly innovative companies learn as they go along, pushing boundaries in response to market changes and demands. What's more of a mystery is how to balance innovation on a fresh platform built from scratch with the legacy tech stack, product suite and customers that continue to serve as the business' foundation.
In his General Session at 19th Cloud Expo, Michael Chambliss, Head of Engineering at ReadyTalk, discussed why and how ReadyTalk diverted from healthy revenue and mor...
Dec. 10, 2016 07:30 PM EST Reads: 1,822
Whether your IoT service is connecting cars, homes, appliances, wearable, cameras or other devices, one question hangs in the balance – how do you actually make money from this service? The ability to turn your IoT service into profit requires the ability to create a monetization strategy that is flexible, scalable and working for you in real-time. It must be a transparent, smoothly implemented strategy that all stakeholders – from customers to the board – will be able to understand and comprehe...
Dec. 10, 2016 07:00 PM EST Reads: 4,159
You have great SaaS business app ideas. You want to turn your idea quickly into a functional and engaging proof of concept. You need to be able to modify it to meet customers' needs, and you need to deliver a complete and secure SaaS application. How could you achieve all the above and yet avoid unforeseen IT requirements that add unnecessary cost and complexity? You also want your app to be responsive in any device at any time.
In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Mark Allen, General Manager of...
Dec. 10, 2016 06:30 PM EST Reads: 1,973
The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to simplify and streamline our lives by automating routine tasks that distract us from our goals. This promise is based on the ubiquitous deployment of smart, connected devices that link everything from industrial control systems to automobiles to refrigerators. Unfortunately, comparatively few of the devices currently deployed have been developed with an eye toward security, and as the DDoS attacks of late October 2016 have demonstrated, this oversight can ...
Dec. 10, 2016 06:30 PM EST Reads: 1,551
SYS-CON Events has announced today that Roger Strukhoff has been named conference chair of Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo 2017 New York.
The 20th Cloud Expo and 7th @ThingsExpo will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"The Internet of Things brings trillions of dollars of opportunity to developers and enterprise IT, no matter how you measure it," stated Roger Strukhoff. "More importantly, it leverages the power of devices and the Internet to enable us all to im...
Dec. 10, 2016 06:30 PM EST Reads: 1,036
More and more brands have jumped on the IoT bandwagon. We have an excess of wearables – activity trackers, smartwatches, smart glasses and sneakers, and more that track seemingly endless datapoints. However, most consumers have no idea what “IoT” means. Creating more wearables that track data shouldn't be the aim of brands; delivering meaningful, tangible relevance to their users should be.
We're in a period in which the IoT pendulum is still swinging. Initially, it swung toward "smart for smar...
Dec. 10, 2016 06:15 PM EST Reads: 1,099
"ReadyTalk is an audio and web video conferencing provider. We've really come to embrace WebRTC as the platform for our future of technology," explained Dan Cunningham, CTO of ReadyTalk, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at WebRTC Summit at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 10, 2016 05:30 PM EST Reads: 1,012
Bert Loomis was a visionary. This general session will highlight how Bert Loomis and people like him inspire us to build great things with small inventions. In their general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Harold Hannon, Architect at IBM Bluemix, and Michael O'Neill, Strategic Business Development at Nvidia, discussed the accelerating pace of AI development and how IBM Cloud and NVIDIA are partnering to bring AI capabilities to "every day," on-demand. They also reviewed two "free infrastructure" pr...
Dec. 10, 2016 05:15 PM EST Reads: 1,428