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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Cloud Storage, What happened in 2010

Year 2010 was a busy year for cloud storage. The buzz reached a whole new level when you saw companies like Microsoft, Google and EMC announcing new service offerings around cloud storage.

Event Calendar

Date Summary

February 1, 2010

Windows Azure out of beta, starts billing. Finally ready for customers.

February 8, 2010

Amazon S3 introduce versioning support

March 9, 2010 Amazon S3 stores over 1000 billion objects

March 24, 2010

Gladinet Cloud Desktop reached 2.0

April 12, 2010

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 released. Windows Azure support is built-in.

April 27, 2010

Gladinet introduced CloudAFS - gateway to cloud storage.

May 10, 2010

EMC World markets "The journey to the private cloud" message for EMC Atmos, announced AT&T, Peer1 as Atmos deployments (for public cloud)

May 19, 2010

Amazon S3 introduced Reduced Redundancy Storage. Further reduced the S3 price. The announcement was ahead of the Google I/O event.

May 20, 2010

Google Storage for Developer announced at Google I/O event. Preview is invitation only. It is similar to S3.

June 13, 2010

Parascale funding failed

July 1, 2010

EMC Atmos Online (public cloud) shuts down. EMC Atmos is still good as a technology behind cloud storage for other service providers.

July 5, 2010

Gladinet introduced Cloud Space services.

August 9, 2010

Mezeo Software Announces Availability of Mezeo Interoperability API. It is similar to S3.

August 11, 2010

Gladinet introduced Cloud Backup - turnkey backup solution to cloud storage

October 20, 2010

EMC Atmos sign up MTI and Redstor as UK deployments.

October 22, 2010

OpenStack "Austin" release, reaching Alpha/Beta quality.

October 24, 2010

Gladinet introduced Cloud Storage Access Suite 2.4. Also announced support for Rackspace Cloud Files and Caringo CAStor

October 26, 2010

Google Storage for Developer starts billing. Ready for customers.

October 26, 2010

Caringo Castor reached 5.0.

November 10, 2010

Amazon S3 Introduce Multi-part upload, pause/resume


2010 Review

(1) Amazon S3 continues to lead

Amazon S3 reached over 100 billion objects in 2010. It continues to be the leader of cloud storage with features like versioning support, reduced redundancy storage and multi-part upload.

(2) EMC Atmos based offering is gaining ground

EMC shuts down EMC Atmos online and focused on supplying the EMC Atmos solution to hosting providers that would like to offer public cloud storage services.

(3) Microsoft and Google solutions are delivered

We saw Windows Azure started billing customers in Q1. We saw Google Storage for Developers started billing in Q4. We will see how they compare to S3 in year 2011

(4) The line between public cloud and private cloud is blurred

We saw EMC Atmos with a private cloud messaging and continues to deliver to public cloud service provider. We saw Caringo with a private cloud focus released version 5.0, with public cloud like features.

(5) Cloud Storage continues to drive down storage cost

We saw cloud storage solution providers continue to deliver cloud storage solutions built on top of commodity hardware. As one of our partner puts it – No one wants to store junk email (refers to day-to-day Internet storage usage) in banking equipment (refers to expensive EMC SAN devices)

(6) Cloud Storage use cases shaping up

It is getting clearer that cloud storage use cases include:

  1. Offsite Backup (still #1 use case)
  2. Multi-site data sharing
  3. Personal anywhere access storage
  4. Replace traditional file server

Gladinet is releasing products and services one after another for these different use cases. All together, the products form the Gladinet Cloud Storage Access Suite, which was released in Q4.

(7) The buzz is up but it is still early

We saw cloud storage solution company like Parascale failed to secure the next round of funding and the revenue didn’t catch up soon enough. We saw open source project like OpenStack still in alpha/beta stage. It is still early for the cloud storage market maturity. Many companies are in the Proof of Concept phase too.


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