Out with Dewey - it's time for something entirely new in data storage

By Chip Ernst for Beyond The Blocks - Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Out with Dewey

Round about 1956 when IBM shipped the first magnetic disc system to a paper company in San Francisco, technology for storing and finding data has been largely unchanged. Speeds, capacities, and capabilities have soared, leaving us here today mostly forgetful that we’re following a rudimentary construct for managing those bits and bytes of data that was set out in 1956.

It comes down to how you find what you store, and at its essence, digital data storage has and still does work much like the library organization system many of us grew up with, the Dewey Decimal System. Do you remember those stock paper index cards used to locate each and every book in the library? Their sole purpose to list the book by title or author, and with a simple decimal code, the precise location of a book would be revealed by row and shelf and numeric order. That’s effectively what’s known in data storage speak as metadata, same in 1956 as just about every data storage array on the market today in 2016.

Things have however advanced somewhat, many of the more recent storage OS’s have indeed added many further attributes to this metadata to increase the awareness and capability of their system. This richness has allowed progressive capabilities, yet still, the Dewey decimal notion of data storage remains the primary function of a system's metadata today: specifying the location of the data.  


In with the new - Metadata is king

So now, let’s redirect this story towards the startup I’ve wholeheartedly committed myself to, Reduxio Systems. Our innovation is one of those seemingly obvious ideas, yet contravening common practice of over 60 years of IT evolution. Reduxio metadata replaces the primary role of that library card from holding the decimal location information of where the book resides in the library, with the exact time it arrived. Of course, the location details are also registered, but the idea of tracking the moment anything arrived in the array first and foremost was, in fact, novel, very unique, and now patented by Reduxio!

Further augmenting this embedded time stamp is an ever updated representation of the original data structure embedded within (think of blueprints for the data, or in keeping with our library example: microfiche of the book and the pages within). The result is that Reduxio metadata can be wound backward to any prior second in time. Those metadata blueprints from an earlier point can then be used to recreate any moment in time, completely and accurately - all without ever making a copy or backup of that earlier data.

By replacing the primary location allocation function of metadata, with time information- Reduxio has invented a function better and faster than any other recovery technology. Known as Backdating™, this capability effectively obsoletes snapshots and is arguably the first technical innovation in storage technology since 1993 when snapshots were invented.

With such an ingenious notion; time above location, our company was born. This and other significant innovations have since converged, enabling a harmony amongst technical capabilities that outweigh the sum of parts. But those are different stories for another time.

In the meanwhile, if you would like to know more about how we’ll redefine storage for years to come, reach out to me at chip@reduxio.com

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