Object Storage: S3 API and Security

Good post by Chris M Evans (thank you)

In the first post in this series on the S3 API, we looked at some general background information describing Amazon’s Simple Storage Service and the wealth of features it offers.  In this post we dig deeper into the way in which security features are implemented in S3.  The security aspects covered will include controlling access to data in S3; we’ll discuss the security characteristics of data at rest and in flight in another post.

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Network change – who is in control?

Post by John Harrington (thank you)

Network Change

Nothing sparks engineering debate quite as much as ‘network change control’. It’s one of those topics we love to hate. We feel buried by useless bureaucracy. We ask, ‘Why can’t our managers just trust us, instead of weighing us down with meaningless process and red tape’?

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Amazon, Azure and Google in race to the bottom … of cloud storage pricing

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Good post by Chris Mellor (thank you) over at El Reg

Storage 2016 A period of quiet, rest and reflection is what the storage industry needs after a frankly hectic and very eventful 2015.

It won’t get it. The opposing forces of simplicity and complexity, access speed versus capacity, server versus array, on premises versus cloud, and tuned hardware and software versus software-defined are still in deep conflict. And don’t forget the containerisation issues in the background.

There is also a growing generalised attack on storage data access latency, just to add something else into the mix.

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What’s a PaaS?

Post from Ben Finkel and Garth Schulte (thank you)

With spending on Platform-as-a-Service expected to exceed $20 billion in this decade, Web developers need to get a firm understanding of the technology.

The recent explosion of public cloud services has made a dramatic impact across all fields in the IT industry. No one involved in this field can afford to ignore the trends and features that the cloud brings, all of which promise to continue to upend our industry for the foreseeable future.

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Platform9 brings Amazon Class Automation to Traditional Data Centers

Post be George Crump (thank you)

For many data centers the most appealing part of the public cloud is the automated provisioning. Users or application owners simply define the type and amount of compute and storage they need and the public cloud automatically provisions the exact resources. Platform9 promises to deliver a public-cloud type of provisioning onto in-house infrastructure for authorized users, while satisfying IT/Ops policies.

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SoftNAS seeks to simplify storage management for the rest of us

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Post by Maria Deutscher (thank you)

Moving to the public cloud is turning into a more attractive alternative to the complexity of running private infrastructure by the week, but the operational challenges higher up the stack become the same as those in on-premise environments. One such priority is managing the configuration and allocation of storage capacity. In a recent interview on theCUBE, SoftNAS LLC founding CEO Rick Braddy told SiliconANGLE his startup is shooting to make storage allocations as easy as provisioning the underlying hardware resources.

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A Fairy Tale of Two Storage Protocols

Post by Stephen Foskett (thank you)

Once upon a time, a happy little storage protocol was born. She was loved by her father, Microsoft, and he asked her to work throughout their small kingdom, delivering packages from the castle to clients all around. Sometimes she would be given other odd jobs, like authenticating a visitor, but mostly she delivered files in the kingdom of LAN.

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Heady Potential Eventually Means Catastrophe?

Post by Martin Glassborow (thank you)

Amongst the storage cognoscenti today on Twitter, there’s been quite a discussion about EMC and HP possibly merging. Most people seem to be either negative or at best disbelieving that something like this would bring value or even happen.

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Can Cloud Storage Costs Fall to Zero?

Post by Paul Rubens (thank you)

Cloud storage prices have plummeted over the last few years thanks to an ongoing price war between storage service providers.

And considerable barriers to cloud storage adoption by enterprises – security concerns, fears about letting data out of the organization, regulatory worries  – have largely been overcome.

As a result of these falling online storage prices and decrease in barriers to adoption – at least in part – 36% of all data is forecast to be stored in the cloud by 2016, compared to just 7% in 2013, according to Cirrus Files

So an important question to ask is this: how low can cloud storage prices go?

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