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EMC hosts web community; Boston comes alive

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If you attended the event, please tag your posts and photos with Bloggerdinnerbostonoct07 (just link to that Technorati page)

Last night was the much anticipated Web/Blogger/Social Media/Live Web community dinner, (see guest list of about 100 attendees) the energy was high. Len Devanna of EMC volunteered to be the sponsor and did a fantastic job of hosting and organizing the event. A company whose brand is built on information recognizes the importance of how this ‘unstructured web data’ impacts storage, networking, brands, management, and knowledge can change traditional information. I have a long history of watching EMC from the sidelines, it was great to meet folks face to face.

The room was buzzing with bloggers, podcasters, videobloggers, marketers, inventors, entrepreneurs, students from MIT, and even internet uncle Doc Searls came forward to meet and greet.

I had so many fantastic conversations, and finally met some of the EMC bloggers (or employees who work at EMC and happen to blog, as one business card states) and had a quick conversation with social media practitioner and thought leader Beth Kanter. My new friend, and future co-speaker Chris Brogan was present, he’s one of the kindest souls in the industry. Who came the farthest? Mark, also known as Storagezilla, flew in from Ireland for this event.

What really helped Boston come alive? Local team Red Sox wins 7-1.

I found a quiet corner and video interviewed at least half a dozen folks, you’ll see these appear over the coming weeks. Below you’ll get a sense for the event, see all photos tagged bloggerdinnerbostonoct07, feel free to tag the photos of people you know.

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EMC acquires Mozy, updated the ODS Industry List

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Since I worked at HDS, I’ve been watching the online data storage industry carefully, and continue to observe. EMC has made a strategic buy in the Online Data Storage space by acquiring Mozy, “with a nearly $40 billion market cap. EMC paid $76 million for the company, according to two sources close to the deal.”

I’ve updated the industry list, please leave comments if you know of other movements in the industry. I predict ODS will be a feature for web application services, and will eventually be used for marketing intelligence of user data, as well as issued like “free checking“, if it continues forward, ODS companies will pay users to upload data.

Congratulations to Mozy and EMC.

The more you upload, the more they know, and why Google should pay us

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Are you an Online Data Storage (ODS) rogue? Do you realize whoever controls the data (the cloud) controls the information? Google has just announced a new service to increase your storage amounts online, more comments on Techmeme.

Considering that storage is inexpensive, almost commodity like, the following prices are extremely high:

“When you reach the limit of free storage (i.e., 1GB for Picasa Web Albums, 2.8GB for Gmail), consider this your overflow solution. Plans start at $20/year for 6GB (yes, $5 cheaper than before), with larger plans ranging up to 250GB. If only testing everything were this easy.”

Why are they high? Because I think future Online Data Storage companies will Pay You to Upload Data, whoever owns the information, and can index it, has information to re-use the content for marketing. I’m not the only person who thinks this is not a wise buy.

I hope my friends at Hitachi, Seagate, and other online data storage companies are watching.

Online data storage is a feature

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Mashable has finally a large list of online data storage but completely misses the most well known vendor Amazon’s S3. Hello? Anyone there?

I’m watching this service utility space online data storage, from my roots at Hitachi, where I was on point to watch this market. In the past, I said that online data storage is like ‘free checking’ an add-on that a website can offer as a secondary feature.

I spoke with some of the guys from Box.net, at the Techcrunch party, they’ve already created APIs and ways for the content to be easily uploaded, such as excel or photoshop files. Who needs a C drive anyways?

With there being over 80 folks in the ‘mostly free’ ODS space, we’ve got to agree that data storage is a feature of a website. There’s a lot of opportunities with having data in the cloud, for one, we can get intelligence for better online marketing, scary, but it’s going to happen.

Uploading your life and business to the web? A conversation with Hitachi Data Systems and Arcscale at Mixer 2.0

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The web community and data storage community came together at the Blue Chalk cafe in downtown Palo Alto last night at Mixer 2.0. Great food, drinks and conversations occurred at this community event, there was even an iPhone giveaway. Thanks to our hosts Hitachi Data Systems and ArcScale. Thanks to Terry Chay of Lunch 2.0 for promoting.

It’s great that Hitachi is reaching out the social media community, as this report from the Research IT Toolbox shows that IT decision makers trust social media far more than vendor marketing.

Web and Data grow
Facebook is growing at a phenomenal rate, users are creating data, media, and it has to be backed up, replicated and protected (Think of that major power outage that impacted the top websites in SF this week) The web is weak, data loss could be a disaster. I know quite a few young and lean startups that only have one backup of data, they are lean as funding for the startup is smaller than the last bubble. As many of you know, I was the community manager at Hitachi Data Systems before my current role, part of my job was to watch the growing market, gather intelligence and connect prospects with our customer teams. It was great to see many of my old friends and colleagues last night, great job reaching out to the community.

[As we upload our lives and businesses to the web, the dependence of management and safety becomes essential]

Who creates data? we do!
To me, the most exciting thing is the growth of data from users. We are creating data, and we are uploading it to the cloud. For example, I’ve uploaded over 16,000 pictures to Flickr over the last two years. Each one is replicated into different sizes (square, thumbnail, small, medium, and large) then likely replicated for backup and safety reasons a few times on the Yahoo servers. We discovered at this dinner with Dave Roberson that Thomas Hawk (one of the top photographers in the blogosphere) consumes 10mb per photo with his prosumer camera gear –he takes hundreds every day.

Life uploaded to the web
Thanks to our hosts Hitachi Data Systems and Arcscale, both data storage solution providers, located right here in Silicon Valley for the drinks, good times and giveaways. There’s plenty of room for these companies to support the growing ecosystems, for example all of the 100+ online data storage companies will need solutions. And even some of the big players like Amazon that have emerged in the storage space, serving Smugmug, and the massive (50TB) virtual world SecondLife doesn’t have a storage footprint in a datacenter, they’ve outsourced it to Amazon’s S3 service –they will need enterprise storage solutions.

Related Resources
I’m watching this space carefully, I’m one of the few social media bloggers that is watching the data storage market for startups, here’s a few related resources if this interests you, some of my blog posts become articles in Search Insider.

  • Hu Yoshida’s CTO Blog at HDS, what happened to David?
  • Hitachi’s mega Lunch 2.0 “Web Expo” in Summer 2006
  • Future of Online Data Storage: 40 points
  • EMC’s Josh Maher is leading community for a Lunch 2.0
  • High end storage fans in Facebook created by Josh Maher
  • Sun reaches to startups at STIRR
  • View my dozens of posts tagged “data storage”
  • Here’s me uploading my life to the web, fun, food, drinks and faces.

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    (Personal Note: Hiya to my former colleagues at HDS, wishing you all the best, I’m doing well, learning a lot, sharing what I know. My email is on the top right of this blog, which I update daily, and I can be found in Facebook, or Twitter)

    Where do you prefer your data? At home or on the “Web Cloud”

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    My former CTO, Hu Yoshida at Hitachi Data Systems wrote an interesting post of why he hopes he never has to have a Terabyte of data centralized at his home. I agree.

    I’m a web guy, and I want my data out on the cloud (that means in the amorphous web), this means that I can access it whenever, and from wherever, assuming we keep on developing in the mobile space and everywhere else we seem to be plugged into the web.

    In addition to utility, there’s the benefit of not having to worry about having a centralized source of data being stolen from your home, or lost during a natural disaster, it should all safely be out on the cloud.

    The challenge of course is that data has a few concerns, security, and privacy of all that information on a foreign server. Every time we make advances in technology there are trade offs. In this case, not being sure of where one’s data is, or who is accessing it is always a risk, but I’ll take it.

    It’s so interesting to see the intersection of Data Storage and the Web Industry, if you want to learn more about data storage, check out this Data Storage Wiki I created over a year ago.

    So write me back, where do you want your data?

    1) On the cloud
    2) Centralized at home
    3) A hybrid of both
    4) Don’t care

    If you want to talk more about the web cloud, join us in person, Hitachi Data Systems is hosting a Mixer, see you there!