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 to drive
cloud deployments effectively.
The Legacy View
Legacy Provisioning Process
For the last 10 years or so, the traditional view of storage management has
consisted of a number of Storage Administrators using a GUI, CLIs and/or
scripts to process storage requests as they are generated... (more)
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... (more)
Today is the official launch of the Raspberry Pi, an ambitious UK project to
create low cost computing with the aim of bringing a proper understanding of
computing back to education. The device is itself is a fully fledged
computer the size of a credit card with external USB and HDMI connectors.
What’s remarkable about Raspberry Pi is the price; there are two versions,
Model A and Model B (echoing the BBC Micro options from 30 years before),
selling at a target price of $25 and $35 respectively. The extra $10 for
the model B gets you a fixed Ethernet connection and an addition... (more)
Last Friday Eric Savitz over at Forbes reported that Dell may have put in a
speculative bid for Fusion-IO (thanks to Don Jennings for spotting the
article). The rumoured price was $33 a share, which is approximately a 50%
markup on the share price at the time – we can only assume the offer was
As Chris Mellor recently reported, Fusion-IO have been increasing revenue but
making a loss and Eric Savitz also noted that 55% of their revenue comes from
just two companies – Apple and Facebook. From what I understand there are
also other storage companies that also contribut... (more)
It’s been an interesting day of contrasts in the world of storage, one that
shows storage is a diverse and wide ranging segment of IT.
Tape has been part of the discussion on the twitterverse and despite
everyone’s best attempts, is not dead yet. Tape and backup may not be
seen as cool - but data protection is an essential requirement of
sustainable data management and tape still provides the one of the most cost
effective methods of data protection and of course archive. This has
happened because tape continues to innovate. Tape drive speeds and media
capacities con... (more)