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Is Nirvanix closing down?

If the rumours are true, then Nirvanix Inc, one of the oldest cloud storage companies is about to go out of business.  Customer have less than two weeks to move their data elsewhere before services are closed down on 30th September.  How does this affect the market perception of cloud services in general and how should customers deal with it? ... 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 »

Amazon Delivers Cloud Archive Storage with Glacier

At the end of August 2012, Amazon Web Services released their latest service offering – a long-term archive service called Glacier.  As a complement to their existing active data access service S3, Glacier provides long term storage for “cold” data – information that has to be retained for a long time but doesn’t require frequent access. What Exactly is Glacier? ... Read More »

HP Cloud – Now Available In Beta

HP have joined the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) market and released their HP Cloud service in public beta.  Here’s the announcement press release.  The services on offer are: Available Now as Public Beta Compute – on-demand server instances. Cloud Object Storage – object-based storage using RESTful APIs. Content Delivery Network – local distribution of web content. Still in Private ... Read More »

More on Cloud Server Performance – Updated!

Following on from my previous post, I thought I would do a little more work on cloud server performance.  First, it’s worth looking at the underlying hardware serving virtual servers in the cloud.  As I’ve been using CentOS as the base O/S for my testing, it’s pretty simple to get a summary of the CPU stats from each virtual machine.  ... Read More »