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Cloudian: Unleashing the Potential of Data with Object Storage

An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief

It’s fun to get caught up in all of the exciting ways that organizations can apply new technologies to create new business models and enhanced customer experiences. But digital transformation is about changing the way organizations operate from top-to-bottom. Even when it comes to the unsexiest of technologies: the tape backup.

For most large enterprise organizations, tape backups are a way of life. They have existed — and have existed largely unchanged — for longer than most of us can remember. Cloudian, however, believes that its time for the tape backup to take its long-deserved retirement. It feels that in an era in which organizations must measure data resiliency in minutes or seconds, tape backup no longer meets the needs of the modern digital enterprise.

Its solution brings the flexibility, scalability, and cost-effectiveness of cloud-based object storage to an on-premises deployment, while its multi-cloud support also allows organizations to selectively migrate data to the cloud. The result is a near-real-time, multi-use platform that enables organizations to deliver higher data resiliency and availability that meets the enterprise’s changing data requirements.

Providing easier, more real-time access to backup or archive data, however, is really just the start. The long-term value of the company’s technology and strategy is to unleash the potential of the data that is now locked up in tape backups and archives in most organizations. Inside this data is a treasure-trove of information waiting to be mined and analyzed to uncover insights about an organization’s customers and business processes. Unleashing this data is a transformative event and a vital part of the digital transformation story.

Copyright © Intellyx LLC. Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, none of the organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. To be considered for a Brain Candy article, email us at [email protected].

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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).

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