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Steve Todd
Steve is an EMC Inventor and author of the high-tech books "Innovate With Influence" and "Innovate With Global Influence". He has also authored the book "The Seven Stairs: Prepare for Prayer"
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Three years ago the idea of a data confidence fabric (DCF) was first proposed. A white paper described the overall concept. "A Data Confidence Fabric delivers trusted data to applications with measurable confidence." During the first year, Dell internally built... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2022 at Information Playground
Several years ago, in Dell's partnership with the Blocklab project at UC San Diego, we hypothesized that a distributed ledger can be a useful way to track analytic operations in a federated environment. We subsequently designed a test system that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2022 at Information Playground
I traveled to Dell Technologies World in Las Vegas this week. It was my first business trip in years. The purpose of my trip was to share a current update on Dell's advancement of their latest innovation: the Data Confidence... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2022 at Information Playground
There are several quotes from Gil Press' Top 10 Tech Predictions For 2020 From IDC article that I like. The first one is about edge build-out. Edge Build-Out: By 2023, over 50% of new enterprise IT infrastructure deployed will be... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Information Playground
In a previous post I looked at the history of trust insertion technologies for enterprise storage systems. I commented that these enterprise concepts can be applied to data flowing into an edge ecosystem. In this post I'd like to propose... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2019 at Information Playground
The industry is distributing corporate applications towards decentralized data. The figure below does a good job in framing the challenge of "delivering trusted data" in decentralized ecosystems (e.g., IoT sensor data). As applications (top right) and IoT sensor data (bottom... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2019 at Information Playground
As we enter the age of data valuation we're starting to witness the rise of data marketplaces. One of the concepts I've been experimenting with is the routing of IoT data from a sensor to a data marketplace. The diagram... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2019 at Information Playground
There are many integration aspects to consider when deploying new blockchain applications onto an existing IT architecture. Many of them are listed here. One of the more intriguing challenges is the integration of existing data assets with a blockchain. Many... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2018 at Information Playground
The VMware research team's SBFT algorithm achieved 50 I/Os per second when processing four months worth of Ethereum transactions (a 10x speedup). This statement may not appear noteworthy in the context of how many I/Os per second VISA processes. It... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2018 at Information Playground
When a storage system provides new trust features, it is not uncommon for these features to perform quite poorly. In a previous post, I looked back at the early-1990s introduction of RAID-5 as a new trust feature. Performing a write... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2018 at Information Playground
Last year I purchased the book Blockchain Revolution by Don Tapscott. Once some of blockchain's privacy and commerce kinks solve, the book posits that the technology will be positioned to revolutionize different aspects of society (e.g., finance, government, voting, etc.).... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2018 at Information Playground
I used the graphic above in a Data Value presentation at Dell's Field Readiness Summit several weeks ago. The presentation focused on using data to fuel business transformation. I like this picture because it highlights the flow of bits to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2018 at Information Playground
As part of Dell EMC's collaboration with the MIT Media Lab, we had a visit from Alin Dragos last week. Alin works on the Lightning Network at MIT's Digital Currency Initiative (DCI). He shared an interesting graphic with us, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2018 at Information Playground
This week I was invited by Technet to speak about Blockchain at the Texas State Capitol. It was a different type of talk for me. Instead of focusing on the technical aspects of Blockchain I was asked to discuss what... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at Information Playground
Technologists across Dell have been discussing a variety of Blockchain use cases with our customers. These conversations inevitably lead to whiteboard sketches integrating potential blockchain deployments with existing IT architectures. We use the chart below to drive this brainstorming exercise.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2017 at Information Playground
In late July I wrote about monitoring Stairs Mountain for the US Forest Service. In August I monitored two more locations in the Sandwich Range: Camp Rich and Square Ledge. Camp Rich is near the peak of Mt Passaconaway. In... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at Information Playground
Several days each year I use my Dell volunteer days to monitor wilderness trails in the White Mountain National Forest of New Hampshire. In recent years I've written about this volunteer opportunity. On July 26 I monitored Stairs Mountain, which... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Information Playground
In a previous post, I discussed approaching the topic of Blockchain from a top-down point of view. This approach focuses first on the business logic that interacts with the ledger and not the ledger itself. The business logic simply desires... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2017 at Information Playground
Recently I posted about the growing need for corporations to integrate with distributed ledgers. I view this phenomenon in a top-down way; consider ledger integration from the application first and then use these considerations to drive ledger support in the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Information Playground
Recently a colleague and I shared a Dell Technologies' Blockchain point of view to a group of financial services companies. One of the key pieces of feedback we received was the concerning lack of standards when it comes to building... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at Information Playground
Last week at Dell EMC World I spent a significant amount of my time discussing the value of data with Dell EMC World attendees. I am in my third year researching the topic on behalf of Dell EMC's Office of... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at Information Playground
In a recent post, I proposed an architecture for a digital trust. In that post, I defined applications within a digital trust architecture as the initiators of data deposits and withdrawals. If applications are defined as initiators that create value,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Information Playground
In a previous post, I presented the challenge of calculating the value of corporate data spread across multiple clouds: A trust is defined as a collection of assets managed by an owner for the benefit of another. In the context... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at Information Playground
In 2014 EMC partnered with Capgemini to conduct an industry survey on Big Data. Buried deep within the Big Data Report was the following quote: “Among our respondents, 63% consider that the monetization of data could eventually become as valuable... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Information Playground
I spent the month of January pairing with the Dell EMC Dojo team at the Pivotal Labs facility in Cambridge, MA. As I've reflected on the experience there are three things that come to mind. Too Busy To Blog The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at Information Playground