Lest storage vendors thought they were immune to disruption that open source hardware is having on the server industry, Netflix’s new Open Connect content-delivery network might make them think again. While Open Connect directly targets commercial CDNs, it’s based upon (or at least inspired by) open source storage designs first released by Backblaze almost three years ago. Backblaze’s design evolving and expanding its range into the data centres of a Fortune 1000 company is significant in the same way the evolution of modern man was for neanderthals.
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