I love metrics.
OK, that’s not precisely true. I love the things we can learn from metrics, and the process of discovering that learning. In and of themselves, the metrics are nothing but numbers, and by themselves numbers just aren’t that exciting. What the numbers represent, on the other hand, can be very, very interesting.
With that in mind, here are some numbers from 2013. Continue reading
Yesterday, EMC announced that Isilon clustered storage can now support a single filesystem up to 20PB in size.
When I read the announcement, my first reaction was “That’s a big deal.” Then, as I read more and thought about it, my reaction changed to one of “No, actually, not such a big deal, really.” An hour later, out of the blue it hit me, “Oh, wait — this is a HUGE deal after all.”
I’ll walk you through my thinking in each of the stages and let you decide for yourself.
Admittedly, metrics aren’t all that exciting in and of themselves — it’s the information and the trends behind them, driving the numbers that are interesting. This, in a single sentence, is the idea behind the Big Data phenomenon.
That said, the data I have to present here is very near and dear to me. It’s interesting to look back and see which of my posts from 2012 got a lot of attention and which didn’t. It offers some insight into what my readers are interested in.
That said, the most-read GeekFluent posts in 2012 are listed below with full transparency. Continue reading