Nasuni, the cloud storage vendor, has a new report, White Paper: The State of Cloud Storage in 2013, that says, amongst other things, Azure has passed Amazon S3 in price/performance value. Nasuni publishes the annual report to share the information that it gathers in order to properly evaluate CSPs for its own use. In much the same way that traditional enterprise storage vendors use commodity disk drives as components in their products, Nasuni uses public cloud storage from the major CSPs as a component in their Storage Infrastructure as a Service.
In last year’s report, tests demonstrated that Amazon S3 was the top performer due to its overall performance and consistent results. Although other offerings showed potential, they had not yet reached the level of performance that Amazon S3 demonstrated.
For the 2013 CSP Performance Test, Nasuni measured performance across three categories:
- Write/Read/Delete Speed: This test measures the raw ability of each CSP to handle thousands of writes, reads and deletes (W/R/D) with files of varying sizes and levels of concurrency.
- Availability: This test measures each CSP’s response time to a single W/R/D process at 60-second intervals over a 30-day period.
- Scalability: This test measures each CSP’s performance consistency (or lack thereof) as the number of objects under management increases into the hundreds of millions.
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When the cloud isn’t right for you
The Cloud is many things to many people. But when businesses talk about using the cloud, usually they are referring to Infrastructure as a Service. That’s where they are purchasing bare server, storage and network services from a Cloud Supplier such as Amazon, Rackspace or Memset. And cloud computing as an Infrastructure as a Service has brought massive benefits to start-up businesses and more established businesses alike.
A few years ago News International, publisher of The Times and The Sun amongst other titles and outlets, looked to meet its customer demand for digital content quickly and effectively in a competitive environment; a market place that is evolving quickly. Amazon Web Services enabled them to achieve this with a reduction in capital expenditure compared to traditional methods of purchasing the infrastructure in-house. Titles were rapidly deployed across all digital platforms allowing the business to focus on creation of digital content rather than the associated infrastructure deployment and management. As demand for their digital content fluctuates on a minute to minute basis the ability to upscale and downscale the number of server instances they have running is a massive commercial advantage.
Why Should Small Businesses Look at Cloud Computing Solutions?
The business world has seen several new advances in technology and has undergone many trends over the years. Whether it’s BYOD, social media explosion, or the Blackberry craze, there always seems to be something new in the world of business. Some of these trends last over time, and most are eventually phased out or replaced by something new. One innovation that seems to have taken over and is here to stay is Cloud Computing.
There are a few different reasons why it’s fairly safe to assume that cloud computing will continue to be an integral part of the business world. For one, the advantages (which we’ll take a look at) are too good to be ignored. Unless there is some radical new technology that is released in the next decade, cloud computing won’t be knocked off any time soon. Also, cloud computing is still a relatively new technology. Cloud technology first became being offered as a service for businesses and consumers in 1999 by companies like Salesforce and Google. But it really hasn’t been until the past 5-10 years that companies and individuals really started to grasp what cloud computing is all about. What this means is there is still plenty of room for growth and development in the cloud computing industry.
Small businesses and even aspiring entrepreneurs need to seriously consider cloud computing and start taking advantage of all it has to offer.
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