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


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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Microsoft Sheds Light on Azure’s Storage Growing Pains

Post by David Davis (thank you)

Microsoft, like other cloud providers before it, has faced some growing pains on its Azure platform.  On November 19, Azure customers began experiencing performance and availability issues on the platform.  Virtual machines, websites, and Visual Studio Online were among the impacted services.

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SoftNAS seeks to simplify storage management for the rest of us


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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Stop Selling Storage

Post by Martin Glassborow (thank you)

In the shower today, I thought back over a number of meetings with storage vendors I’ve had over the past couple of weeks. Almost without exception, they mentioned AWS and the other large cloud vendors as a major threat and compared their costs to them.

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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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EMC acquires TwinStrata – innovation through acquisition

Post by Colm Keegan (thank you)

During EMC World this past May, EMC CEO Joe Tucci stated that EMC’s dual innovation strategy will consist of dedicating 10% of their annual revenues towards R&D and acquisitions. True to his word, EMC announced today that they have acquired TwinStrata. TwinStrata’s CloudArray software technology enables businesses to seamlessly attach their on-premise applications with cloud storage from providers like Amazon, Microsoft, Google and RackSpace. The idea is that organizations can use solutions like the CloudArray software product to create a low cost tier of storage in the cloud to decrease costs, improve data resiliency and to federate access to information on a global scale.

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Google cloud offers SSD storage

Post by Ray Lucchesi (thank you)

Read an article the other day on Google Cloud tests out fast, high I/O SSD drives. I suppose it was only a matter of time before cloud services included SSDs in their I/O mix.

Yet, it doesn’t seem to me to be as simple as adding SSDs to the storage catalog. Enterprise storage vendors have had SSDs arguably since January of 2008 (see my EMC introduced SSDs to DMX dispatch). And although there are certainly a class of applications that can take advantage of SSD low latency/high IOPs, the vast majority of applications don’t seem to require these services.

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EMC World 2014 – “Redefine”

Post by Colm Keegan (thank you)

During his keynote presentation at EMC World, Joe Tucci discussed how Google disrupted the main revenue source of the newspaper industry through its “AdWords” service. Similar to this example, Amazon has leveraged the ubiquity of the online e-commerce market space to wrest away a huge chunk of market share from traditional retail organizations. By no small coincidence, both of these organizations also present a very real threat to the long-term hegemony of EMC’s core business – data storage technology. Consequently, this year’s theme at the EMC World show at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas was “Redefine”. Redefine your business and your IT organization to in effect, not be left behind by the sweeping technological changes taking place across every conceivable industry.

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