The SNIA Storage Developer Conference (SDC) is less than a week away. We’re looking forward to the conference and in particular want to make note of some exciting news and events that pertain to work the CSI is doing to promote standards that will increase the adoption, interoperability and portability of data stored in the cloud.
Together with our partner, TATA Consultancy Services, we recently had a great live Webcast to launch the Conformance Test Program (CTP) for the SNIA Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI). CDMI is an ISO/IEC standard that offers end users simplicity and data storage interoperability across a wide range of cloud solutions. Interoperability and portability of data stored in the cloud has become a top IT priority. The CTP tests for conformance against the specification, and provides purchasers of certified cloud storage solutions the assurance that these solutions meet CDMI interoperability standards. Our Webcast is now available on demand. It … Read the rest
In a number of recent presentations on cloud storage recently, I have started by asking the audience “how many of you use DropBox?” I have seen rooms where more than half of the hands go up. Of course, the next question I ask is “does your corporate IT department know about this?” – sheepish grins abound.
DropBox has been responsible for for a significant fraction of the growth in the number of Amazon S3 objects – that’s where the files end up when you drop them into that icon on your laptop, smartphone or tablet. However, if that file is … Read the rest
Here we go again with an announcement of a cloud offering that again validates an existing standardized feature of CDMI. The new Amazon CloudSearch offering lets you store structured metadata in the cloud and perform queries on the metadata. They missed an opportunity, however, to integrate this with their existing cloud object storage offering. After all, if you already have object storage, why not put the metadata with the data object instead of separating it out in a separate cloud?
CDMI lets you put the user metadata directly into the storage object, where it is protected, backed up, archived and … Read the rest
Validating yet another feature of the CDMI standard (see previous post for an earlier one), Amazon announced their Object Expiration feature for S3. While not a new concept for storage interfaces, it is the first cloud implementation of this capability that I know of. The idea is simply to have the server side of the cloud do object deletion on your behalf automatically, once the lifecycle of that data has completed.
As part of overall Data Lifecycle Management, object deletion is the most common terminal state for data. CDMI has standardized the interface for this capability in cloud storage with … Read the rest
One of the features of many storage systems and even disk drives is the ability to encrypt the data at rest. This protects against a specific threat – the disk drive going out the back door for replacement or repair. So it was only a matter of time before we would see this important feature start to be offered for Cloud Storage as well. Well, today Amazon announced their Server Side Encryption capability for their S3 cloud offering. This feature was anticipated by the CDMI standard interface when it was finalized as a standard back in April 2010.
Cloud Storage Developers will be Converging on Santa Clara in September for the Storage Developer Conference and the Cloud Burst Event
Cloud Burst Event
There are a multitude of events dedicated to cloud computing, but where can you go to find out specifically about cloud storage? The 2011 SNIA Cloud Burst Summit educates and offers insight into this fast-growing market segment. Come hear from industry luminaries, see live demonstrations, and talk to technology vendors about how to get started with cloud storage.
The audience for the SNIA Cloud Burst Summit is IT storage professionals and related colleagues who are looking … Read the rest
A limited number of these activities are open to all, or Join SNIA and the CSI to participate in any of these activities
July Cloud Plugfest
The purpose of the Cloud Plugfest is for vendors to bring their implementations of CDMI and OCCI to test, identify, and fix bugs in a collaborative setting with the goal of providing a forum in which companies can
Building your own standards-based private storage cloud.
Tuesday May24th, 1-5pm
Omni Interlocken Hotel,
This year at Gluecon SNIA will be conducting a Hands on Lab workshop for Developers,
This session will take you deeper into cloud storage than you likely have ever been. First we will explore the standard cloud storage interface called CDMI (Cloud Data Management Interface), including some of the rationale and design tradeoffs in its creation.
Learn about how to use the RESTful interface to move data into and out of a storage cloud using a common interface. Learn how CDMI enables data portability between … Read the rest
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