Anyone who thinks there is a “cloud war” currently and AWS is seeing any type of real challenge is just fooling themselves. Nobody can compete currently with the size of AWS, they were the first in and will be the last out.
Google however will make it rain a bit, I’ve been using their cloud platform a little bit lately and I have to say. It’s hella impressive. „
Thing is, while OpenNebula has traditionally been seen as a European, more mature counterpart to the AWS-aping likes of OpenStack, CloudStack and Eucalyptus, these days it’s pitching itself more to enterprise users as an open-source alternative to vCloud that comes with lower costs and support for multiple hypervisors. Llorente said that, while most of the OpenNebula community is using KVM or Xen (drivers for which are also improved in the new version, incidentally), 70 percent of customers are using OpenNebula on VMware.
According to Llorente, this means the OpenNebula and OpenStack/CloudStack cloud models can happily coexist – and for evidence of this, he points to the fact that OpenStackers Dell and Cisco are happy OpenNebula users. Other users, by the way, range from CERN, Fermilab, the European Space Agency and NASA to BlackBerry, China Mobile, Telefonica and Akamai.„
Peter Thiel, expressing his dissatisfaction with technology’s progress, recently noted, ‘We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters.’ Do you agree with him?
I feel sorry for Peter Thiel. Did he really want flying cars? Flying cars are not a very efficient way to move things from one point to another. On the other hand, 20 years ago we had the idea that information could become available at your fingertips. We got that done. Now everyone takes it for granted that you can look up movie reviews, track locations, and order stuff online. I wish there was a way we could take it away from people for a day so they could remember what it was like without it.
Bill Gates in a recent Wired interview with Steven Levy
[via Gary Tan]
So – why doesn’t all storage hardware come in “pure software + bring your own hardware” flavors?
I think we will see this over time, but there is something in storage land which is a little unique. Persistence. The storage layer in IT is where the data lives. It’s why the worst days in IT land are when something goes wrong with this persistence layer. It’s also why “mature” storage stacks are so valued (it takes 5 non-compressible years to harden the persistence and data services layer of a block stack, and about 7 years to do the same for a filesystem stack). This is why you see so many ZFS startups – they are leveraging a mature filesystem stack to try to jumpstart.
BTW – the hardest persistence stacks to engineer are DISTRIBUTED persistence block and NAS stacks (which is why they are rare, and so valued).„
Open vStorage introduces The Cloud Storage Router, a Software Defined Storage layer that installs on any x86 hardware or can be used as a Virtual Storage Appliance with VMware or OpenStack. The Cloud Storage Router works with a very fast location based storage model close to the hypervisor (vStorage Accelerator) by making use of intelligent caching on Flash or SSD to deliver high performance storage characteristics.
The Cloud Storage Router includes the vStorage Initiator that creates vStorage Containers, delivering the data as optimized storage blocks to the vStorage Distributor that can distribute the data over different storage backends: an object can be stored distributed over different x86 hardware units that reside within the same datacenter, in a branch office or even remote over the WAN with Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage and many more. Like this, users will benefit from features like unlimited zero copy snapshots, cloning and easy replication. Customers can as well move machines in between clouds, even when underneath different hypervisors are used!
Just storing data and offering handy features is not enough. The vStorage Protector checks data integrity regularly, optimises data sequences and corrects errors automatically. This protects customers against issues like bit rot or corrupt data.
Optionally, the vStorage Distributor includes a built-in Compressor, Encryptor and Erasure Coder.
(via Open vStorage)