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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Backup Solutions for OpenStack Cloud Storage

openstack-logoOpenStack Object Storage is cloud storage services created by open source software.

For service providers that need a cloud storage service built on commodity hardware and open source software, OpenStack could be an option.

One of cloud storage’s primary use case is backup. If you are deploying OpenStack, very likely your first batch of customers will be looking for backup solutions that can take customer’s local data and backup to OpenStack.

Gladinet has a suite of products for backing up to OpenStack cloud storage.

Before we introduces the suite of products, first review the different backup use cases.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Cloud Storage and The Trusted Service Providers

What is your #1 used application on a daily basis? It is probably email and the answer could be universal.

What is your #2 used application on a daily basis? It is likely to be Office related applications but the answer could be different based on your job functionality.

If you have moved your #1 app and #2 app to the cloud, what is next? Probably your file server and you are looking for cloud storage.

Sounds interesting? read on …

Monday, December 20, 2010

Cloud Storage for Your File Server

As I was explaining Gladinet CloudAFS to a group of IT people as a file server with cloud storage attached, one question I got was:

    How much bandwidth you need to run file server with cloud storage?

It is very obvious where the concern is coming from. If I had an on-premise file server, with cloud storage attached as tier 2 storage, will the slowness of the Internet (as compared to LAN) slow down the file server activities?

Rest assured, Gladinet CloudAFS takes care of this. Specifically, it takes care of two issues.

A. Slow Internet to the Cloud Storage – that is why it is tier2 storage.

B. There is a glitch, Internet is down.

The secret to both maintain local LAN performance and leverage Cloud Storage is to have a tier 1 storage locally on the hard drive (or NAS or SAN). When people read and write to the file server, it is writing to and reading from the tier 1 storage, thus gives you an impression of local storage because it is indeed local storage.

Gladinet CloudAFS will then schedule transfer to and from the tier 2 storage asynchronously.  You can schedule the transfer to be 12 hours later than the tier 1 storage hit so it can happen at night when nobody is working. If the Internet is down at a moment, the transfer will resume and retry later on.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Cloud Buzz in a Nut Shell

It is still early for the cloud-related market. However, cloud related topics are buzzing around and that make people wonder: what exactly is it so exciting?

For example, today there is a WSJ article titled “Google Goes to the Cloud for New Idea in PC System” that talks about Chrome OS on a laptop. Is this all cloud computing is about or is this just a small piece of it?

3 big use cases about cloud computing

To understand the current cloud computing movements, first we need to understand the 3 big categories:

1. Storage – online storage, storage from the web or just “Cloud Storage”.

More specifically, it refers to Amazon S3, Rackspace Cloud Files, Windows Azure, EMC Atmos, Mezeo, Scality, Nirvanix and a bunch of other companies providing infrastructures that allowing scalable storage to be delivered across the Internet.

2. Application – online applications or web applications

More specifically, it refers to applications such as GMail, Salesforce.com, Google Docs, Evernotes and many others that can run just from any web browser.

3. CPU – virtual machines from the Internet.

More specifically, it refers to Amazon EC2 kind of environment that you can start/stop virtual machines on demand and billed by usage.


Saturday, December 11, 2010

Google Docs Storage for Your File Server

Today we got calls from two different customers, all asking about the Google Docs for your file server use case. I thought it is interesting to  have different customers asking the same thing. It could be a popular use case to write about.

Both customers are small companies with 5-10 people. Neither wants to maintain an in house server and one even with mobile workers. Both are on Gmail as their email infrastructure. They wanted to use Google Docs to share documents but they don’t want the clumsy web interface to slow down the upload/download process. In another word, they like the ability to share with employees from Google Docs but need direct desktop access for file transfer.

As long as Google Docs can serve and share folders and files and integrated into Windows Explorer for drag and drop, it fulfills the file server role as they desire.

This is a very good use case for Gladinet Cloud Desktop.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Convenient SQL Server Backup to Amazon S3

Every SQL Server admin knows how to backup SQL Server. It is a very mature technology since SQL Server 2005 because it has built-in support for Volume Shadow Copy Service. It knows how to take a consistent snapshot of the database and produce the snapshot as files for backup applications to consume and store.

With Gladinet Cloud Backup, SQL Server Backup to Amazon S3 or any other supported Cloud Storage Services such as Windows Azure or Open Stack is as easy as set-it-and-forget-it, while restore is as simple as point and click. (check Gladinet’s homepage for supported cloud storage services)

Get Cloud Backup

You can have cloud backup in two different ways. The first one is a standalone installer package. The second one is an optional add-on for Gladinet Cloud Desktop. This tutorial will use Gladinet Cloud Desktop add-on for illustration purpose.

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