1+1=3: Combining Object Storage with Other Data Services

Tuesday, 24.4.2018, 14:30
Room 337 Taub Bld.
IBM Research - Haifa
Yuval Filmus

AI, Cognitive, Analytics, IoT all run on data. This data is needed by data scientists, line of business, developers, CDOs and others. Without data, in fact, one can do very little that is interesting or of value. Object storage, the default storage for the PBs and EBs of unstructured data in clouds, has brought huge efficiencies to storing and managing data. In this presentation, we will provide an overview of object storage, using IBM's Cloud Object Storage (formerly Cleversafe) as an example. In particular, we will describe the differences between object storage and more traditional big data storage solution. Motivated by a real application scenario, we will then discuss some innovative, high performance, integrations between object storage and other services such as Apache Spark or Apache Kafka, showing how the sum total is greater than the parts and enabling getting value from data.

Short Bio:
Michael E. Factor: B. S., Valedictorian (1984) in Computer Science from Union College, Schenectady, NY. M. S. (1988), M. Phil. (1989) and Ph. D. (1990) in Computer Science from Yale University. Since graduating from Yale University, Dr. Factor worked at the IBM Israel Haifa Research Lab (HRL, Currently, Dr. Factor's focus is on storage subsystems. He is one of the architects of advanced copy functions for IBM's Enterprise Storage Server (aka Shark) and is taking a leading role in storage related research in his lab including topics such as distributed storage systems, SAN-NAS convergence and advanced storage networking technologies, storage management, object based storage devices, and advanced file system organization techniques. In the past, Dr. Factor was the manager of Distributed and Clustered Systems in HRL. Dr. Factor's areas of interest include storage subsystems, Java implementations, cluster computing, scaleable servers, distributed systems and file systems. In addition to Shark, projects that Dr. Factor has been involved with include, the cluster VM for Java, the XML File System, the IBM iSeries Integrated File System and the Web server for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

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