Data versus storage. (N)Ever the Twain…

January 2, 2007

Never confuse data with storage.

It’s so obvious when you say it. It’s also amazing how often the two get confused, especially at the C-levels in companies. Intertwined, intermingled, unseparable.

Storage is basically the ones and zeros. Storage is where the btis live, not what they mean. Data, one the other hand is what the bits mean, not where they live. Consider the old world of Oracle and raw storage. Only when it was processed by Oracle did it become data.

Thus we can have tiered storage, based on tech specs, in places like Wide Area File Systems, replicated storage. Thus we can have content aware data, e-discovery.

Today, certain corporations are trying to blur this distinct, and thus limit the market choices. Often large storage companies are making the claims that they deliver data… yet sell storage. Be very careful in going there. Often the exciting work in data (as data) are found in small start ups, well at least before they get acquired by big companies.

01000100 01100001 01110100 01100001 00100000 01100001 01101110 01100100 00100000 01010011 01110100 01101111 01110010 01100001 01100111 01100101 00101100 00100000 01110100 01101111 01100111 01100101 01110100 01101000 01100101 01110010 00100000 01100001 01101110 01100100 00100000 01110011 01100101 01110000 01100001 01110010 01100001 01110100 01100101

as always, comment away

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