Unified Storage for the Cloud Means Higher-Level Interfaces In common use, the term “unified storage” means providing block-level and file-level access to the same storage system with a single management and control interface. Traditionally, block-level access is via fiber channel or iSCSI, and file-level access is via NFS or CIFS protocol. Recently, storage vendors are also adding _object_-level storage where the objects are entities with metadata like type, access control policies. Objects are read and written by applications using REST HTTP or SOAP and used directly at the application level. The most popular API is Amazon’s S3 (Simple Storage Service). With the higher-abstraction level of objects, the underlying implementation (e.g.,
10 Things To Look For In Your Cloud Service Provider The cloud computing market is exploding with a large number of new entrants. If you are shopping around for a cloud service provider (CSP), here are ten things you should keep in mind. 1. Technical Expertise A cloud computing service is not a commodity: it is not as simple as providing you with a computer in a server farm. It requires a lot of technical expertise to set up the right system that guarantees security for your data and lets you run your business without interruption. Thus, the first thing you
Rumors in Cloud: What a Tangled Web We’ve Woven As our community has witnessed cloud’s rise to headliner, we have also failed to dispel certain rumors that could hinder its acceptance. Incorrect information merely hampers the progress cloud computing could make as the IT phenomenon it is. A couple ideas in particular stand out to me right now, hackneyed and trotted out too often. The first misconception: “private cloud is too pricey for rookies.” The rhetoric of public versus private colors many sectors of society: education, class, government, and onward. It holds that “public” connotes less of something provided for
Preventing A Cloud Outage What are the most common cloud outages and how to prevent them? A service disruption is a technical perfect storm. Initial mistakes made by engineers can cause the appearance of several other bugs and glitches. The fact with the cloud is that “a host can and will fail” says Evan Cooke, Twilio’s co-founder and chief technology officer. Cooke learned that the most important premise when it comes to the cloud is assuming that the network will have glitches. This happened when Twilio, a company that helps developers integrates communications into their Web applications and which uses
Disaster Management Checklist For Cloud Computing Customers Last week I covered some aspects of disaster management on the cloud. I will continue where I left off and cover more details on the disaster planning part. Here is a checklist of things you must have for disaster planning and recovery. What are the emergency contact number and email addresse(s) of the cloud service provider (CSP)? Is there a backup account with another CSP? How soon can the backups be activated to restore services? Are the data and applications in the backup regularly updated? What is the minimum working subset that should
“Private cloud is like a summer home, while the public cloud is a hotel.” – Part 1 This is something I said during a recent Twitter chat on 12 April focusing on the interactions between the public and private clouds, and how converged clouds may be the solution to several associated problems (the conversations are viewable on Twitter under the #convcloud hashtag and the resultant article is: “Waiting for cloud standards is like Waiting for Godot” ). In this article, I will explain why I said what I said. Let’s compare a summer home and a hotel on different parameters.
The 5 Best Ways For Startups And Small Business To Leverage The Cloud The number of cloud apps targeted at small businesses and startups has exploded in the past few years. While hundreds of new cloud apps come out every month, many of the categories are still not mature enough for enterprise usage. Some applications are highly suited to the cloud (such as communication management), while other applications (such as video editing) are still more suited to the desktop. This distinction is especially important for small businesses who don’t have a big IT team to fix the issues. In this
Christmas For the Cloud Comes in June Break out your naughty-or-nice list! Bake those cookies, and pour a complementary glass of milk. Structure 2012, one of the most important gatherings of the year, nigh on holiday, for true cloud cognoscenti. And once you arrive at the event in San Francisco, being held this year from June 20-21, don’t be surprised if your eyes catch passing glances of DropBox elves or iCloud Kris Kringles. For the fifth year, the Structure cloud conference has been produced by GigaOM, the online news network heralded for its coverage of emergent technologies and the shifting