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,
healthcare, financial or media (video and audio) data. Typically for many
IT departments, backup has provided a lazy way of archiving information.
Access to backups retained for up to 10 years provides a cheap and
rudimentary archive service. However backup isn’t archive (see my recent
We are regularly told that checking our own bodies for signs of change is a
good thing. Early diagnosis of disease gives more of a fighting chance of
curing the problem. So, in the IT world, where we assume all of our backups
have been taken successfully, how often should we be checking the results and
ensuring the backup will work on the fateful day we need to do a restore?
This question was posed by Federica Monsone on Twitter this week. Here’s
an attempt to provide an answer.
First of all, let’s consider the whole point of taking backups. Excluding
the inappropriate use ... (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)
Unfortunately I can’t blog on the first day of the uValue trip due to NDA
restrictions, however what I can do is show you some video. This is our
trip to the electronics district in Tokyo. We didn’t find anything earth
shattering, but after a couple of hours walking around in the heat, I think
we concluded we were looking at the wrong shops. Enjoy.
Click here to view the embedded video.
There’s nothing like a bit of surprise (ish) tech news to generate an off
the cuff quick post; here’s today’s tidbit. Dell are to acquire 3Par.
Clearly the Farley Curse has struck again and for a mere $1.15 billion Dell
plugs another gap in their storage portfolio.
Let’s face it, Equallogic was good, but not high end enough. 3Par
technology can span the medium and large enterprises leaving Equallogic to
overlap the SMB market.
I think this could be great deal for both companies; 3Par get validation of
their story and of their continued rise in customer base and access to even