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Review: AWS Storage Gateway

Cloud Storage Gateways provide the ability to write data directly into a cloud service/storage provider, either via a physical or virtual onsite appliance.  There are many vendors in the marketplace today and some are making serious money, (as reported by Chris Mellor today in The Register).  Amazon Web Services, seen as a leader in Infrastructure as a Service cloud solutions has ... Read More »

Storage QoS In The Cloud

Last year I did some research and wrote up a couple of posts on Cloud Compute performance.  One feature that seems to get left out somewhat is storage I/O performance; the cloud offerings talk about capacity, but rarely reference performance. Recently, I reviewed the options available from the major providers and found two new storage performance offerings. AWS (Amazon Web ... Read More »

Vendor Lock-in with Cloud Storage – Good or Bad?

There have been two interesting and contrasting announcements covering cloud storage in the last couple of weeks.  The first was NetApp, who have announced “NetApp Private Storage for AWS”.  which seems to a proprietary way of replicating data into the AWS cloud.  The second comes from Nirvanix and Violin Memory; Violin have deployed their all-SSD storage appliances into Nirvanix’ public ... Read More »

Is The Performance Of All Cloud Servers The Same?

One of the benefits of delivering Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) through the cloud is an abstraction from the underlying hardware delivering the service.  There’s no requirement to understand what technology is being used to deliver, for example, cloud servers.  The specification of a cloud-based server is based on a few simple metrics, CPU, memory and disk space. CPU or ... Read More »

Is Amazon Silk Too Good To Be True?

There’s lots of news over the last 24 hours about the release of the latest Kindle device (the Kindle Fire) and yet another browser coming to the marketplace.  The Fire will have it’s own browser, named Silk, using the analogy of silk cloth of being made up of many individual threads.  Amazon Inc are claiming the Silk architecture will improve ... Read More »

So Your AWS-based Application is Down? Don’t Blame Amazon

After a busy day in London I returned home to read the news of issues in one of Amazon’s US data centre locations causing problems with EC2 and database (RDS) instances.  It seems the services of many Internet companies were affected including Reddit, Quora, Hootsuite and FourSquare,  Is it fair that Amazon should shoulder the blame for the loss of ... Read More »