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EMC Creates New Cloud Category

We are starting to see the first time an enterprise ready attempt at a global cloud storage system

Reuven Cohen's "Elastic Vapor" Blog

With today's EMC announcement of their cloud optimized storage (COS) platform called Atmos, we are starting to see the first time an enterprise ready attempt at a global cloud storage system. For the most part, these types of global distributed file systems have been what Chuck Hollis at EMC described as home grown solutions built by academics or hobbyists.

Personally, what I found even more interesting then the actual product release was in how they described a new cloud optimized storage market segment.

EMC describes cloud optimized storage as "the ability to access applications and information from a third-party provider—like a large telecommunications company—that has built a global cloud infrastructure. That cloud infrastructure will make massive amounts of unstructured information available on the Web, and will require policy to efficiently disperse the information worldwide."

One of the biggest limitations to the adoption of Atmos is that it isn't open source. Cloud computing is about ubiquity. The more users of your platform the better. I think that ultimately EMC's activity in the cloud storage sector will help drive more interested and demand for cloud storage across the board. I believe that the rising tide floats all boats and my boat has already left the harbor.

To give you some background a while back I came up with a term I described as the "Content Delivery Cloud" I think the approach of EMC's cloud optimized storage fits into this concept very nice.

In partnership with PandoNetworks, we created a joint site promoting this concept at www.contentdeliverycloud.com

Here is an overview:

A Content Delivery Cloud is a system of computers networked together across the Internet that are orchestrated transparently to deliver content to end users, most often for the purposes of improving performance, scalability and cost efficiency. Extending the model of a traditional Content Delivery Network, a Content Delivery Cloud may utilize the resources of end-user computers ("the cloud") to assist in the delivery of content.

Attributes:

  1. Utilizes the unused collective bandwidth of the audience. Every content consumer becomes a server, offloading bandwidth demand from central CDN servers, thus cutting bandwidth costs and boosting media monetization margins.

  2. Improves delivery performance by providing data from a virtually unlimited number of servers in parallel.

  3. Scales with demand. The more consumers demand a particular piece of content, the larger, better performing and more cost efficient that content's delivery cloud becomes.

  4. Benefits all participants in content delivery value chain. To be successful, a Content Delivery Cloud must provide value for the content publisher, the Content Delivery Network, the Internet Service Provider, and the content consumer.

  5. Utilizes a wide range of delivery strategies. Maximize performance and economics by optimally utilizing all available, appropriate data sources, including origin servers, CDN servers, streaming servers, cache servers, and peers. Participants in the delivery cloud can include not only desktop computers but also set top boxes, file servers, mobile devices, and any other Internet enabled device that produces or consumes content.

 

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An instigator, part time provocateur, bootstrapper, amateur cloud lexicographer, and purveyor of random thoughts, 140 characters at a time.

Reuven is an early innovator in the cloud computing space as the founder of Enomaly in 2004 (Acquired by Virtustream in February 2012). Enomaly was among the first to develop a self service infrastructure as a service (IaaS) platform (ECP) circa 2005. As well as SpotCloud (2011) the first commodity style cloud computing Spot Market.

Reuven is also the co-creator of CloudCamp (100+ Cities around the Globe) CloudCamp is an unconference where early adopters of Cloud Computing technologies exchange ideas and is the largest of the ‘barcamp’ style of events.

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samj 11/12/08 04:54:59 AM EST

Actually the term ‘Content Delivery Cloud’ has been in use for years before you jumped on it last month, only it's never really managed to take hold (the recently created Wikipedia article for example was speedily deleted).

Here's an example from half a dozen years ago:

Infoworld “Computing on the edge” (May 31, 2002)
“Most CDN technologies essentially have a content delivery cloud, where you have all these servers that are moving this content between each other, and then client machines access this cloud and use HTTP to download the content from the cloud.”

Nice try though…

Sam

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