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Private Clouds & Storage: Considerations

by dave on February 13, 2009


One of the current “hot” topics within the IT industry these days is the concept of cloud computing.  While there is a level of ambiguity around what cloud computing actually is, there is a definite trend towards looking at what these cloud services and storage can do for the commercial and enterprise.

Private Cloud Challenges

In a previous posting, I talked about the concept of a common cloud file system or cFS.  Some folks responded on Twitter that perhaps IBM‘s GPFS filesystem (as a part of their SOFS strategy) could indeed fulfill that role for the cloud.  As an additional twist, PaaS “connectors” such as SnapLogic, et. al. that seek to tie front-end processes or applications to underlying cloud services could simply provide a API hook to entities like Nirvanix, GoGrid, Amazon S3, etc. for handling discrete storage functions (with the obvious implications of data access/protection SLAs being separate and distinct from the middleware providers).  The provision for this changes when you start talking about privatizing the cloud.

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Atmos rising…(from Maui)

by dave on November 10, 2008


Today is the official GA of EMC‘s latest-n-greatest product, Atmos.  For all intents and purposes, you probably have heard of Atmos under a different guise:  Maui.  In any case, I’ll be taking a look at some of the features and functionalities of Atmos as well as potential integration points for your business.  Finally, if you’re really interested, I’ll discuss the hardware underpinnings of Atmos which point towards its ability to scale to multiple-petabytes of information storage.  It will probably be easiest to “unpack” the press release, but lets get some of the foundational information out of the way.

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