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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What is Hadoop and can Object Storage make it better?

Post by George Crump (thank you)

Hadoop, first used by large cloud providers like Yahoo, Facebook and Google, is designed to allow massive amounts of compute resources to process very large, unstructured datasets. The technology is now firmly entrenched in government agencies and is now working its way into more traditional enterprise IT. The goal of a Hadoop project is to improve decision making by providing rapid and accurate answers. The larger the data set the more accurate those answers. The more servers that can be applied to that task the faster those decisions can be made.

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Why ‘free’ storage isn’t free

Good post by Robin Harris (thank you)

Storage isn’t free – and neither is ‘free’ storage. The price: uncertainty. Wuala’s termination of ‘free’ storage is the tip of the iceberg coming your way.

Pioneering cloud storage company Wuala — now part of Seagate via LaCie — has announced the termination of all free storage. They won’t be the last.

Dropbox and Box were both expected to float initial public stock offerings this year. But their wretched financials spooked even loss-friendly tech investors.

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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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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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Cloud storage is way better than storage on your own device

Good Post by Leo Leung (thank you)

Bold statement? I was a bit surprised at the conclusion myself. But, let’s take a deeper look.

I’ve obviously made certain choices regarding storage, and have done my own comparisons at certain points in time, but was prompted to update my thoughts after a recent tweet by Chris Mims of the WSJ:

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Once more, with feeling: As Google Drive slashes prices, how low can storage prices go?

Post by Barb Darrow (thank you)

Google Drive is cheaper than ever — 100GB is now $1.99 per month, down from $4.99. The move comes a few weeks after Microsoft started giving away more space on OneDrive.

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Google reveals TAPE-TASTIC data centre in saucy vid

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

A new video from internet search giant Google shows off the tape libraries where all the “important stuff” is looked after in its new Lenoir data centre. And it looks like the tape it has chosen is the very same stuff it used to restore lost emails during The Great Gmail Out(r)age of 2011.

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