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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Cloud Storage Global Expansion

Two years ago, all the cloud storage companies we knew were all US companies. For example, Amazon S3 has 4 regions, US-East, US-West and EU. Rackspace was US only. Windows Azure was US only. These are all US companies.

Now we are seeing these companies expanded globally. For example Amazon S3 has Japan and Singapore region now. Rackspace has Rackspace UK. In addition, we are seeing more US companies started to offer Cloud Storage Services, such as Internap XIPCloud, AT&T Synaptic Storage, Peer1 CloudOne and etc.

More importantly we started to see non-US companies offering cloud storage services now. For example,

  • this week Tiscali from Italy announced it will start offering pay-per-use storage service. 
  • Last month, Ninefold from Australia started public beta of its local cloud-based storage.
  • In February, OpenStack was busy in Korea with Korea Telecom.
  • Last year, Dunkel launched Germany’s first Amazon S3 compatible cloud storage.

It looks like the European cloud storage providers showed up about 3-4 years later than we first saw Amazon S3 in US in late 2006. If this is a trend, in a year or two, we shall see more Asia based cloud storage providers and more South America based cloud storage providers.

So far, it looks like the Cloud Storage abroad are all based on 4 different technologies.

  1. EMC Atmos
  2. Mezeo
  3. Scality
  4. OpenStack

These 4 technologies each allows a service provider to quickly enter the local cloud storage market by providing cloud storage infrastructures for those service providers.

Gladinet partners with all 4 companies by providing a complete cloud storage access solutions on top of EMC Atmos, Mezeo, Scality and OpenStack. This way, cloud storage becomes a plug-and-play solution all the way from user’s desktop to the cloud storage infrastructure in the data centers.

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