Chris J Powell

Can You Have Your Own "Cloud"?

The days of needing to invest heavily in expensive Storage Hardware may be behind us but there is still a major problem with bandwidth that keeps many organizations beholden to the world of SAN and NAS Storage providers out there.  The transfer of just a single 1TB drive from Los Angeles, CA to London, UK would be faster if you put the drive on an air plane than it would be to transfer it via the internet so why is this world of the Cloud still so much in the news?

There is more than one way to skin a cat though and one quick win for companies is to adopt the “Hybrid Cloud”.  If we look to the NIST (National Institute of Science and Technology) definition of a Hybrid Cloud we see that it is the balance between the Public Cloud and the Private Cloud:

The cloud infrastructure is a composition of two or more distinct cloud infrastructures (private, community, or public) that remain unique entities, but are bound together by standardized or proprietary technology that enables data and application portability (e.g., cloud bursting for load balancing between clouds).

This morning I took to looking for some solutions to building a Hybrid Cloud and stumbled across an interesting new Service called Yottabyte.  They have created a very interesting model that allows the seamless creation of a Hybrid Cloud using a bridge that connects your existing Storage to a Cloud Provider or by just extending your Private Cloud directly to your users…this is a great thing.

I have played around with the concept for a while as I attempted to build out a solid way of connecting my growing storage needs at home so that I have always connected access to all of the information that I have accumulated.  With nearly 7 TB of content at my disposal, it is not really an option to put it out to a public cloud (the bandwidth charges would be astronomical).

With FREE Registration you can download the Community Edition of their Cloud Enabled OS and see what it can do for you.  I plan on running an evaluation of it today…and see if I can’t just plug in to it with my iPad and phone.



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