This morning I signed up and had a play with Microsoft Labs’ social media
application, so.cl. This was quietly released over the weekend with little
attention as it’s a piece of experiment work rather than a new social media
platform. It’s early days to be commenting on whether so.cl will be
useful; currently it appears to be targeted at students and search sharing.
I wonder whether the intention is to use the output to help improve the
quality of Microsoft’s search engine, Bing.
Anyhow, the so.cl interface is reminiscent of Google+ (especially party
invitations, that seem to be like Google+ Hangouts) and that got me thinking
back over some Twitter conversations relating to G+ over the last few weeks.
Those of you who use G+ on the iPhone will have noticed that absolutely
awful recent upgrade, which somehow attempts to merge G+ information with the
images peopl... (more)
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)
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,
In the first wave of solid-state storage arrays, we saw commodity style SSDs
(solid state drives) being added to traditional storage arrays. This solution
provided an incremental benefit in performance over spinning hard drives,
however the back-end technology in these arrays was developed up to 20 years
ago and was purely focused around driving performance out of the slowest part
of the infrastructure – the hard drive. Of course SSDs are an order of
magnitude faster than HDDs so you can pretty much guarantee SSDs in
traditional arrays results in underused resources, but is prem... (more)
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