HP have joined the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) market and released
their HP Cloud service in public beta. Here’s the announcement press
release. The services on offer are:
Available Now as Public Beta
Compute – on-demand server instances. Cloud Object Storage – object-based
storage using RESTful APIs. Content Delivery Network – local distribution
of web content.
Still in Private Beta
Cloud Block Storage – persistent data for compute images Relational
Database for MySQL – managed cloud databases
There’s also the HP Identity Service for managing key & token access
management to HP Cloud services. If you want to try any of the public beta
products out then unfortunately you have to pay (currently with a 50%
discount) using a standard usage model. All of the standard features you
would expect are available – REST API and CLI access; token-based security
In a previous post, I touched on the need to have APIs for managing storage
in cloud environments. In this post, I’ll talk about how the way in which
storage is deployed in cloud environments has to change.
For the last 10 years, the advent of Storage Area Networks (SANs) has created
a storage-centric view of the world with storage at the centre and the
“planets” – networking and servers – wrapped around it like some
pre-Copernican view of the universe. Over time, SANs have evolved to be
ever bigger, with some organisations deploying huge fibre channel fabrics.
As we’ve seen ... (more)
The IT debacle at RBS has highlighted the dependency large financial
organisations (and other companies) have on their IT infrastructure. From
what has leaked out into the press, the RBS issue relates to a piece of
software called CA-7, used for mainframe batch job scheduling. When I first
started in IT in 1987, CA-7 (and it’s sister product CA-1, used for tape
management) were already legacy technology. From memory, I believe CA
acquired the products from another company; both had archaic configuration
processes and poor documentation. However they did work and were reasonabl... (more)
At the end of August 2012, Amazon Web Services released their latest service
offering – a long-term archive service called Glacier. As a complement to
their existing active data access service S3, Glacier provides long term
storage for “cold” data – information that has to be retained for a
long time but doesn’t require frequent access.
What Exactly is Glacier?
Many organisations need to retain data in archive format for extended periods
of time. This is for regulatory or compliance purposes or may simply be
part of their normal business process. Good examples are medical,
It’s pretty easy to pick holes in the current legacy storage products,
especially when it comes to integration within both public and private cloud
deployments. However it’s worth discussing exactly what is required when
implementing cloud frameworks, as the way in which storage is deployed is
radically different from the traditional model of storage operations. In
this post we will look at why traditional methods of storage management need
to change and how that affects the way in which the hardware itself is used.
This leads to a discussion on APIs and how they are essential... (more)