Object storage: An architecture for the petabyte era?

The Object storage market is attracting growing levels of interest in an era of increasing volumes of unstructured data. That’s according to findings from 451 Research, which recently published a report on object storage.

Three factors are driving a groundswell of interest in object storage technologies.

These include the need to store and access massive and growing volumes of increasingly rich data; the limitations of traditional storage architectures at petabyte-levels of scale; and the emergence of web, cloud, and mobile applications and services.

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Venice Biennale 2014: The Evolution of Brazilian Architecture to be on Display

Chosen to curate the Brazilian contribution at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, diplomat and architecture critic André Aranha Corrêa do Lago has revealed plans for an that will chronologically illustrate the evolution of Brazilian architecture.

180 projects will be exhibited, all of which have either played a significant role in the country’s architectural evolution, such as the pre-Colombian (Indian shacks), vernacular constructions and baroque designs, or have displayed a strong international influence, like the Capanema Palace, Pampulha and Brasília. In addition to this, 50 important personalities, including Lucio Costa, Oscar Niemeyer, Lina Bo Bardi, and Paulo Mendes da Rocha, will be highlighted for their assistance in spotlighting the importance of Brazilian architecture.

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These Medical Marvels Are Proof Science Is Amazing

Modern medicine is amazing. Research is in development to help people with so-far-unfixable health problems (such as regenerating nerves in people with hearing loss, or helping to repair nerve damage among those who have experienced spinal cord injury). While a lot of research is still in its infancy and isn’t quite ready for primetime, we can’t help but marvel at the advances that are improving lives. If you need proof of just how far we’ve come with medical innovation, we’ve got some examples:

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The digital economy ‘needs design to succeed’

Designing the Digital Economy, published by the Design Commission, calls for measures such as a head of design for each Government department and a chief user officer on all large Government infrastructure projects, such as HS2 or large-scale housing developments.

The argument made is that design can act as a necessary link between digital technology and user experience. In doing so it can help support future growth of the creative and digital sector, which Government says is now worth £71 billion to the UK economy.

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Delivering green design

Before appointing an architect, a client must be clear on what they consider to be a sustainable building. In 2005 I arrived to project manage the LSE’s New Academic Building, the retrofit of an Edwardian building on Lincoln’s Inn Fields by Grimshaw Architects. The brief called for ‘the highest standards of life cycle maintenance, access, energy efficiency and sustainability.’ But what did this mean? There were no targets, measurables or details, and most importantly no contractual commitments.

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Sustainable urban development requires innovations, says Doha Bank Group CEO

These challenges provide an opportunity to demonstrate that growth can occur at lower rates of environmental degradation, albeit innovations required on a wider canvas to deliver sustainable urban development.

Dr. Seetharaman says that urban equity ensures redistributive mechanisms are put in place for a fair, more efficient use of resources, skills and opportunities. One of the key challenges faced by the world is rapid urbanisation. The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the global agency for human settlements and sustainable urban development, has noted that cities face unprecedented demographic, environmental, economic, social and spatial challenges with six out of every 10 people in the world expected to reside in urban areas by 2030.

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