Iaas Series: Amazon S3 Version Objects Lifecycle Management

S3, or Simple Storage Service is Amazon’s high capacity, high resiliency object store.  The company recently announced a new feature, which allows versioned objects (those objects where multiple versions are retained for historical archive purposes) in S3 to be managed with lifecycle rules that either move data to AWS Glacier or assign a time period for the deletion of historical ... Read More »

Funding and Acquisitions: Maxta, Inktank and Greenbytes

Over the last couple of weeks we’ve seen news on funding and acquisitions. Maxta Inc At the beginning of May Maxta Inc announced a “B” round of funding totalling $25 million from Tenaya Capital, Intel Capital and Andreessen Horowitz.  I’ve talked about this company before, but as a bit of background, Maxta’s MxSP (Maxta Storage Platform) is a distributed scale-out storage ... Read More »

SDDC Symposium 2014

In conjunction with Storage Field Day 5, the Tech Field Day folks are holding another Storage Defined Data Centre event on Tuesday 22nd April 2014 at the Santa Clara Convention Centre.  This is a busy week for storage events, as SNIA is holding it’s Data Storage Innovation Conference at the same location; Tech Field Day is a co-located partner. I ... Read More »

Storage Field Day 5: New Vendor Added – Scale Computing

This week brings me to San Jose and the next Storage Field Day (number 5) from Stephen and folks on the Tech Field Day team.  I previously posted some background information on the presenting companies and since then the team have announced that Scale Computing has been added to the list. Scale Computing is one of the hyper-converged infrastructure vendors, ... Read More »

IaaS Series: Cloud Storage Pricing – How Low Can They Go?

With recent “price wars” between Google, Amazon and Microsoft, the cost of storage in the cloud has never been cheaper.  The question is, how long can these vendors keep reducing their prices and are we any closer to the bottom as far as Infrastructure as a Service is concerned? The latest price drops from the big IaaS players puts the ... Read More »

Happy 50th Birthday Mainframe!

It’s a word that gets used frequently in Hollywood blockbuster films to describe some kind of all seeing centralised computer resource.  The “mainframe”, or at least IBMs most popular incarnation of it, is 50 years old today. For me, the underlying architecture of the IBM mainframe, System/360, and the subsequent iterations (System/370, System/390, z/OS etc) is something I look back ... Read More »