Cloud computing lessons from US Steel

Just as US Steel saw its market dominance usurped by Nucor Corporation with its mini-mill model, the behemoths of the cloud datacentre market may see a new degree of fragmentation brought to the fore as a result of the impact of computational storage and wider tech trends that gravitate around compartmentalisation and IT portability.

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Software runs on data, obviously. This means that it usually makes sense to put data as close to where it is being processed as possible, in order to reduce latency for performance-hungry processing tasks.

Some software application and data management architectures are designed with large amounts of memory-like storage located close to the compute function. Conversely, for some application and data use cases, it makes more sense to move the compute nearer to the bulk storage, a technology paradigm usually known as computational storage.

The Storage Network Industry Association (SNIA) defines computational storage as where Computational Storage Functions (CSF) can be coupled to storage to enable the offloading of host processing or reducing data movement.

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