The basic ideology of Cloud Optimized Storage Solutions, as noted in the
three previous installments, is to ingest significant amounts of both
structured and unstructured content and, operating within the confines of
SLAs and tiering, provide this data back to users with acceptable
In the previous three Cloud Optimized Storage Solution (COSS) articles in
this series, I’ve discussed the content being stored, the method of
storage, as well as principles derived from data tiering. Today, I want to
jump ahead a bit and discuss how neural networks and heuristics can impact
the processing of object and file data for the cloud.
One of the more recent advancements within computing has been the application
of heuristics and neural networking. Heuristics is defined as being “…an
educational method in which learning takes place through discoveries that
result fr... (more)
As many of you may know, I work for EMC’s Cloud Infrastructure Group as
part of the Atmos solution team. In this role, I’ve been blessed with
getting a closer look at where the future of cloud storage is going as well
as some of the drivers that will get it there. In this post, I’d like to
talk a bit about policy and how this will shape the future of storage. I’m
going to keep this as abstracted from product as possible, but where
appropriate, I’ll try to show you how products are implementing this
What is Policy?
By definition, policy is “[an] action or proce... (more)
Storage Sessions at Cloud Expo
I love receiving suprise packages. Way back in January, I got a briefing on
a VERY cool server offering from Dell that was going to be part of their DCS
(Dell Cloud Services) offering.
I, of course, requested one understanding it to be an almost perfect density
compute node for my EMC Atmos Virtual Edition testing and design work.
Well, what do you think decided to show up on my doorstep today?
Say hello to the Dell C6100. It’s a dual power supply, 4 compute node, 24
x 2.5″ SAS drive, 2U MONSTER of a platform.
Yes, Supermicro and Tyan have done thi... (more)
Dave Graham's Blog
In part one of this series, we discussed the nature of content within the
cloud. After determining the nature of the content being stored, it is
important to understand how this unstructured and structured content will be
stored. The mechanism for storage has significant impact on a provider’s
Service Level Agreement (SLA) to the end user and can also promote the
concept of tiered storage within the cloud as well.
To evaluate this storage mechanism, you need to pull apart the storage path
to determine what influences it has on the content being stored.
Dave Graham's Blog
In Part One of this Cloud Optimized Storage Solutions (COSS) series, we took
a look at the content being stored on COSS and in Part Two at how it is
Storage within the cloud is meaningless without a measurable level of
performance that it can be compared against. Since there are no established
benchmarks that determine performance of storage within a cloud
infrastructure, it is reasonable to apply tiering metrics to storage based on
content valuation and service level agreements (SLAs) and utilize this as an
overarching methodology to judge COSS storage... (more)