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Give me that MASHUP experience!

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I just got back from speaking at the Sys-Con SOA (Services Oriented Architecture) conference in New York (http://www2.sys-con.com/soajune.cfm) I don't think I have ever heard a single three letter acronym mentioned so many times in a single day in my life (SOA that is). I thought ILM was hot. Nahhh, that's totally passé.

It's as if a lightbulb went off in everyone's head at the same time, and they just realized that creating flexible applications and IT infrastructure would be a good thing. As Homer Simpson would say, Duhhh.


One of the main themes within the context of creating an SOA environment was the introduction of virtualization on the server side to enable things like just in time compute. VMware and GRID were mentioned quite a bit. My talk was about leveraging virtualized compute on the server side with virtualized storage to create a holistic approach to manage IT data services. What I didn't realize, was what I was really talking about was creating a MASHUP for storage. I guess I'm a bit of a dinosaur, but this conference is where I first heard the term "Mashup". Wikipedia describes a mashup as:  "a website or application that combines content from more than one source into an integrated experience." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mashup_%28web_application_hybrid%29) In the context of utility storage and compute, the analogy would be combining multiple data services across pools of different storage resources over many protocols, in conjunction with virtualized compute to create a flexible, Vendor, Platform and Protocol agnostic IT department. Pretty cool, and much better than mashup meaning "two cars colliding on the Long Island expressway!" Don't Worry, Be Happy! and Keep tuned.

Chris Poelker

Chris Poelker

Chris Poelker is Falconstor's Vice President of Enterprise Solutions and author of Storage Area Networks for Dummies.

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