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Object Storage Essential Capabilities #1 – Scalability

This is a series of posts covering critical features for object storage platforms and extends on this post from the beginning of 2017. Object storage has been positioned as a platform for storing vast amounts of unstructured data, the main area in which we’re seeing significant industry growth.  Systems need to have the capability to… Read more »

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Cloud Data Migration – Database Import Tools

This is one of a series of posts discussing techniques for moving data to and from public cloud.  Previous posts have covered physical appliances and the shipping of virtual machines. Cloud Data Migration – Shipping Virtual Machines Cloud Data Migration – Data Transfer Using Physical Shipping & Appliances Amazon Web Services Another option for moving… Read more »

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VMware Cloud on AWS – What We Know So Far

VMworld, VMware’s flagship user conference was held this week in Las Vegas, USA.  One of the main announcements was the eagerly awaited VMware Cloud On AWS (VMC) moving to general availability.  VMC provides the customer experience of VMware software running on AWS hardware in the public cloud, potentially removing the need to run on-premises hardware… Read more »

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Cloud Data Migration – Shipping Virtual Machines

Previously we discussed the use of content migration tools to get data into public cloud services.  Another alternative is to ship entire virtual machines into the cloud, including the application and data. Why VMs? Why would it be more practical to ship an entire VM than just the data?  In some instances and with some… Read more »

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Cloud Data Migration – Data Transfer Using Physical Shipping & Appliances

Updated 19 September 2017 with details of IBM’s new shipping offering. Updated 10 October 2017 with details of Microsoft Azure’s new shipping offering. Updated 17 October 2017 with details of Backblaze Fireball. This is one of a series of posts on migrating data into the cloud.  Other posts in the series: Cloud Data Migration –… Read more »

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Should We Worry About The S3 Outage?

Last week, Amazon Web Service’s S3 (Simple Storage Service) suffered what was termed “high error rates” and essentially became unusable for a number of hours to users in the US-East-1 (Virginia) region.  There have been a lot of stories circulating talking about the number of SaaS-based applications that were affected, with people being quick to question the… Read more »

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AWS Getting Serious About Enterprise On-Prem with Dockerised Linux AMI

AWS just announced the availability of an on-premises version of their Linux AMI, delivered as a Docker image (link).  This may seem an innocent and rather subdued announcement, but don’t forget that we also recently had the release of the AWS Server Migration Service (link) at the end of October.  AWS and VMware just became… Read more »

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Has S3 Become the De-Facto API Standard?

“The wonderful thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from” This quote is variously attributed to Grace Hopper and others in the computer industry and in some respects it’s ironic that a statement about multiple standards is attributed to multiple authors!  However, that said, it is true that technology seems… Read more »

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AWS Provides Pricing via API

At the beginning of December, AWS (Amazon Web Services) announced that pricing for their service offerings were now being made available via API (as well of course as via the web).  Customers and prospective customers can now query the cost of services such as EC2 and S3 through REST API calls, receiving the output either… Read more »