Joyent goes big on big-data computing and storage with Manta service


Joyent, the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider, is coming out with an object-storage service that lets customers compute right where the data is being stored. The purpose of the project is to provide more storage where it’s needed, but it’s also an admission that the storage industry has failed to address the growing needs of huge data consumers such as scientists.

It’s a novel concept, designed for the types of big-data work that lots of companies are interested in doing, potentially in the cloud, and other IaaS vendors could feel compelled to replicate it.

Joyent CTO Jason Hoffman talked about the exponential growth of data and the need for compute to keep up at our Structure conference last week, in what now looks like a precursor to this announcement:

What we’re really going to start right now, as far as human-generated content, a data set from machines that is so much larger…

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