Posts tagged: storage

Two Storage Giants To Become One

Alan Bullock
 Oct 27, 2015

On October 21, Western Digital Corporation (WD) announced its plan to acquire SanDisk in a deal that values SanDisk at approximately $19 billion. This merger has some interesting possibilities for consumer and professional photographers.

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The Distributed Cloud, Black Boxes, and Airline Disasters

Jim Hamilton
 Mar 13, 2014

The tragedy surrounding Malaysian Air flight 370 brings renewed urgency to a concept described at HP’s recent Industry Analyst Summit in Boston. Martin Fink, an HP Executive Vice President and the company’s Chief Technology Officer, presented on the topic of “How the Cloud Will Evolve.” Fink sees what he calls a “distributed mesh cloud” developing, and he expects that the cloud of the future will have multiple functions: translator, coordinator, orchestrator, arbitrator, aggregator, replicator, anonymizer, border guard, and learning engine (his favorite — more on this below). Yet challenges that the cloud faces include the sheer magnitude of data, legacy databases, hardware constraints, and time-consuming data integration. In addition, the need for real-time insight is hampered by insufficient resources as well as limited bandwidth, networking, and computing power. The lack of boundaries is another cloud challenge. Departments, companies, geographic areas, sovereign states, and others are concerned about privacy as well as defending themselves from attacks that might come from parts of the cloud.

Fink used an airline example to highlight this. What if the cloud acted as a learning engine, centralizing data from a mesh of network-connected aircraft? Read more »

Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining

Other Posts
 Nov 13, 2013

As more people share their photos online, fewer people opt to print their photos. Social networking sites have become the destination for many of our photos. But can social media really be to blame for the declining print market? It might be fair to say that the photo print market was in trouble the moment photography went digital. For some years consumers persisted with printing habits adopted from the analogue era. However it seems inevitable that digital would eventually get the best of prints.

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Out of the hard drive and into a cloud

Other Posts
 Aug 23, 2013

After spending my Sunday afternoon looking through shoeboxes of photos, I realise that I have more printed photos of my childhood than I do of my adulthood. I have endless family albums and envelopes filled with memories of my younger years. The fact that my old family photos are only available as prints makes me cherish them even more. The sentimental feelings I get holding these photos in my hands I don’t feel when I look at photos I have stored electronically.    

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Is Content Aggregation the Next Step for Consumers and the Cloud?

Alan Bullock
 Mar 29, 2013

Consumers are increasingly turning to online cloud services to protect important files and to access them from the always-connected devices that they carry with them. Last October, InfoTrends conducted its inaugural U.S. Cloud Services End-user Survey Read more »

Ford SYNCs the CD – Time to Rescue Your Photos?

Alan Bullock
 Jul 29, 2011

While the CD is not quite dead, another indication that its days are numbered surfaced this week. A number of news outlets reported that Ford Motor Company will begin to discontinue in-dash CD players as standard equipment in some of its cars, starting with the 2012 Ford Focus. Read more »

The value of a photo? How about $2.3 million!

Ed Lee
 Jun 28, 2011

There is an ongoing debate about the value of a photograph. It’s been stated as recently as the 6Sight Imaging Conference in San Jose, CA, June 21-22, that the value of a photo is at its highest point right after it is taken and then its value declines rapidly. So, print vendors and retailers need to get consumers to print their photos as soon as possible. However, we’ve said that at some point in time the trend can reverse itself and a photo can increase in value as the image becomes a historic memory. In most cases, it will not exceed its initial value, but there are exceptions. Read more »

To Truly Safeguard Important Digital Photos, Redundancy is the Only Option

David Haueter
 May 9, 2011

With the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan, tornadoes in the Southern and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States, and flooding in the Midwest, 2011 could become known as the “Year of Natural Disasters” — and we haven’t even gotten to hurricane season yet! These events should make people realize more than ever how important it is to have a plan in place for secure storage and protection of their valued digital photos.

Even with all of today’s technologies, printed photos or high-quality photo books are still one of the best ways to ensure that important photos will be easily retrievable and available to view and share in years to come, but printed photos and books are vulnerable to these and other types of disasters. Read more »

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