My experience with innovation mentoring during 2013 turned into something quite different from what I was aiming for. The goal was initially innovative new products, but the result was leadership development.

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The increased importance that new workloads placed on metadata drove the industry to treat metadata as a first-class citizen. The “interspersal” technique used by most NAS devices did not lend itself to the new workloads. As a result, the industry evolved (yet again) in response to these new applications and facilitated the rise of object-based storage systems.

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As software applications become increasingly complex, they drive innovation from the underlying IT infrastructure that has to service those applications. In this post I’d like to dive into two specific examples. The first example describes application workloads in a high-end context. The second example describes a mid-range, open-systems context.

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Application workload requirements drive innovation and dramatic change into existing IT infrastructures. Steve Todd shows us a an approach to have valuable innovation discussions in high-tech, in the context of application workloads.

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