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Posted Saturday, November 09, 2013 11:06 AM


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Posted Sunday, November 10, 2013 2:45 PM
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I have about 200 GB of photos I'd like to have backed up in the cloud. Right now doing so is either free (well except for the cost of having an ISP to reach them), or fairly expensive. Managing the mess is going to be me eventually creating a database to track it all. I haven't made too much headway on that.

A note on bandwidth. I have a 50 GB box account. When I was able to mount it on my windows laptop I got something like 3 KB of bandwdith. I quickly abandoned that particular service for now.
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Posted Monday, November 11, 2013 2:00 AM


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The problem with the utilities supplier analogy is that, certainly here in the UK, no matter whoever you get your electricity bill from you are still going to get the same electricity supply. They are basically companies that buy wholesale and sell to consumers, however, they have nothing to do with generation and little else to do with supply. Even when they do it is a different company within the same group.

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Posted Monday, November 11, 2013 3:02 AM
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I need my Azure BLOB or AWS S3, etc storage to appear just like any other remote drive

(My addition in italics)

IMHO this is one of the key items in opening up the cloud storage marketplace. Although it is possible to buy tools that provide a front-end to the various APIs in use, this just fudges the issue.

Cloud storage today is just like the early days of public electricity supply - the different voltages and cycles seemed good to the vendors as it locked customers into their equipment, but public electricity only took off when all the vendors in a region standardised on voltage and cycles. Although we still have two main markets of US region at 110v and most of the rest of the world at a nominal 240v, each market became large enough to boost demand far beyond what the original plethora of products could hope to achieve.

A common storage access API implemented at the cloud supplier level would transform cloud storage from single-vendor islands to being a utility. By becoming a utility, as simple to integrate into a networking infrastructure as the Synology drive mentioned in the original article, demand for cloud storage will increase far beyond what the current clutch of vendors will ever achieve.

The challenge for the cloud vendors is: Do you want to seriously expand your business? if so then standardise your storage API.


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Posted Monday, November 11, 2013 5:54 AM


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Eloquently put Mr Vassie. Spot on indeed.

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Posted Monday, November 11, 2013 7:03 AM


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Having a fairly decent grasp on how cloud services work, I struggled with a company I worked for in their approach to their cloud service. They did have a month to month pricing model, but they required their customers pay for a year in advance and know how many seats they wanted in advanced as well. Despite trying to tell them thats not how cloud providers generally work, and most customers likely wouldnt' agree to that, they had to move forward and learn that on their own with very low sales of their cloud product.

So its not just the providers that need to learn its those writing cloud based products as well.











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