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    Object Storage 201 Q&A

    October 29th, 2014

    Now available on-demand, our recent live CSI Webcast, “Object Storage 201: Understanding Architectural Trade-Offs,” was a highly-rated event that almost 250 people have seen to date. We did not have time to address all of the questions, so here are answers to them. If you think of additional questions, please feel free to comment on this blog.

    Q. In terms of load balancers, would you recommend a software approach using HAProxy on Linux or a hardware approach with proprietary appliances like F5 and NetScaler?

    A. This really depends on your use case. If you need HA load … Read the rest

    Join SNIA-CSI at the OpenStack Summit

    October 21st, 2014

    Get the tips needed when implementing multiple cloud storage APIs. The SNIA Cloud Storage Initiative (CSI) is hosting a Birds of a Feather session – Tips to Implementing Multiple Cloud Storage APIs at the OpenStack Summit in Paris on November 5th at 9:00 a.m. Room 212/213.

    There are three main object storage APIs today; OpenStack’s Swift (open but not standardized), Amazon’s S3 (proprietary yet a defacto standard) and SNIA’s CDMI (an ISO standard). With three APIs to support, it might sound expensive or difficult to support all of them, yet not doing so could be costly when customers want … Read the rest

    New Webcast: Object Storage – Understanding Architectural Trade-Offs

    September 30th, 2014

    The Cloud Storage Initiative (CSI) is excited to announce a live Webcast as part of the upcoming BrightTalk Cloud Storage Summit on October 16thObject Storage 201: Understanding Architectural Trade-Offs. It’s a follow-up to the SNIA Ethernet Storage Forum’s Object Storage 101: Understanding the What, How and Why behind Object Storage Technologies.

    Object-based storage systems are fast becoming one of the key building blocks for a cloud storage infrastructure. They address some of the shortcomings and provide an alternative to more traditional file- and block-based storage for unstructured data.

    An object storage system must accommodate growth … Read the rest

    What the CSI is Up to at SDC

    September 9th, 2014

    What the Cloud Storage Initiative Is Doing At SDC

    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.

    SDC Conference session: Introducing CDMI v1.1 – Tuesday, September 16th, 1:00 p.m. by David Silk. This session introduces the new CDMI 1.1 and provides an overview of capabilities the Technical Work Group … Read the rest

    Getting Started with the CDMI Conformance Test Program

    May 21st, 2014

    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

    New Cloud Storage Meme – “Enterprise DropBox”

    April 14th, 2012

    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

    Validating CDMI Features – Metadata Search

    April 12th, 2012

    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 CDMI features – Object Expiration

    December 28th, 2011

    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

    Validating CDMI features – Server Side Encryption

    October 5th, 2011

    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.

    Standard Server

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    Plan to Attend Cloud Burst and SDC

    August 25th, 2011

    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