Technology

The network is slow: Part 1

Let me start off by agreeing that yes, the network is slow. I’ve moved a fair amount of data over the years. Even when it’s only a terabyte or two, the network always seems uncomfortably slow. We never seem to get the performance we sketched…

Surfing the hype curve

I’ve spent most of my career on the uncomfortable edge of technology. This meant that I was often the one who got to deal with gear that was being pushed into production just a little bit too early, just a little bit too fast, and…

The Multi-Protocol Fantasy

There’s a particular class of problem that I’ve grappled with regularly over the past decade. I got to go another round just before the holiday break. I figured that this was as good a time as any to share some thoughts. Multiple representations Some file…

Two clouds and a bicycle

Yesterday, I got to solve a puzzle that I’ve solved more than a few times before. “How do we get a moderate amount of data from here to there in reasonably short order?” The specifics in this sort of puzzle change all the time. What…

Shifting genomic data to the cloud

I had the opportunity to write a white paper for Elastifile about the challenges and opportunities as we shift large quantities of genomic data from traditional on-premise NAS systems to the cloud. If that’s the sort of thing that interests you, check it out here:…

Putting data beyond ownership

Some blockchain implementations – public, non-permissioned ones in particular – have a really interesting property: Nobody owns them. As a sentence, it’s a simple statement. There is no owner. As I’ve considered it, however, this is far more subtle and powerful than merely having a…

Nobody cares about the cloud

Nobody cares about the cloud. It’s a statement that requires a bit of explanation – since “the cloud” is so ubiquitous. I see it advertised on highway billboards, in airport concourses, and everywhere in between. I believe that my current resume and LinkedIn profile may…

First steps in a data strategy for science

I had the opportunity to write a guest blog post for Elastifile. It’s about the fact that a lot of the data in the life sciences is housed on big NFS fileservers. It has been challenging to shift our workflows, which rely both on the…

Identity, Equifax, and Google

I’ve been reading Who Owns the Future by Jaron Lanier. It’s a good book, and you should probably read it. It’s particularly important if you’re a person who participates in the economy – which is most of us. Among the good points he makes is…

Identity

Another day, another data breach. The Swedish government has apparently exposed personal identifying data on nearly all of their citizens. The dataset came from the ministry of transportation. It included names, photographs, home addresses, birthdates, and other details about citizens – as well as maintenance…