Cloud Storage Strategy: Insights, Observations, and Next Practices

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In a recent interview, Sajai Krishnan, CEO of Parascale made some interesting observations about the needs of the cloud storage marketplace and how the offerings from Parascale met them. Krishnan gives us his perspective of the cloud storage market and current opportunities in that space, primarily helping service providers build their own cloud storage offering to retain customers who might otherwise look to Amazon S3. We welcome competition in this space. While we agree with his assessment of the market, there are four claims that deserve a fact check: CLAIM #1: “.. in terms of a cloud storage software solution, “pretty much” we are the only game in town” CLAIM #2: “…yes we do S3-type or REST protocols…” CLAIM #3: Krishnan claims his focus is on service providers CLAIM #4: Krishnan states that hosting providers will have to deploy cloud storage solutions to take on... (more)

Cloud Storage and Security Not a New Concept

Articles and blog posts associated with security and cloud computing are a daily occurrence, unless some well-publicized breach occurs in the cloud.  At that point the number of commentaries and discussions will increase exponentially, and then, over the following week, return to normal frequency.  I decided to focus on security as it relates to cloud storage, to see if something really new and different is occurring, and if overall changes need to be contemplated, as it comes to classic data security activities.  When I focused in this way, I quickly discovered that not much ha... (more)

An Introduction to Cloud Computing and Business Model Disruption

Gray Hall offers his insights about the critically important question we’re asking: how will cloud computing disrupt your business model? We start by defining a basic yet useful framework for understanding business models; this framework applies to businesses of all types and is adapted from Wikipedia . We’ll look at causes and types of disruption, keeping in mind that disruption can produce both positive and negative change. We’ll also tell you where the money is - i.e., the areas which offer the most promise in terms of business opportunity and profit. In his introductory post... (more)

Introducing: Free CloudLayer Storage Application for iPhone

The free CloudLayer iPhone application is now live at the iTunes App Store. You can click on this link to take you right to it in either iTunes or on the iPhone directly.  This will allow you to register. Read the rest of my blog post on the subject here. ... (more)

Microsoft: Losing Margins to the Cloud?

A recent SmartMoney article tells us that Microsoft's chief software architect is concerned  that cloud services could undermine the company's margins over the long term. He also said that there was probably room only for a few players in the cloud. We beg to differ. IT Service Providers already have the core competencies required to deliver on the promise of cloud computing.  And profit margins are present in cloud storage. In the recent meetings on Cloud Storage at the SNIA Cloud Storage Technical Work Group, one of the specific topics was cloud interoperability, a discussion t... (more)