Surrounded By Clouds


This article will discuss a recent tour to a Silicon Valley data center, updates on space-based data centers and services and some new cloud product announcements. On November 8 this year I visited a large data center complex in South San Jose run by Equinix, near the junction of Highways 85 and 101. I visited three buildings. One focused on cloud applications, another was a major CoLo center with tie ins to all the major communication networks and the third was set up to support major hyperscale companies. As a testament to the growth of Internet applications a major new data center, a new building site was ready for construction.

Equinox Data Center in South San JosePhoto by Tom Coughlin

The location was mostly powered by sustainable energy technologies, including photoelectricity as well as large Bloom fuel cells. The security system was quite elaborate and effective with multiple layer authentication and multiple secure doors. The company provides a number of amenities for employees from their customers, including free play game machines. The cools system and emergency power were very impressive. CoLo facilities included several sized bays that could hold a variety of equipment. There was a lot of digital storage technology to be seen, including a great many 3PAR hard disk drive storage systems.

Iridium, the satellite communications company, and AWS are partnering to develop a satellite-based network called CloudConnect for Internet of Things (IoT) applications, to provide connectivity where cellular technologies aren’t available. The service is expected to launch in 2019.

I also had a call with Cloud Constellation, which plans to put data centers in space, including digital storage. They have partnerships set up with IBM and Wasabi through their SpaceBelt partner program. They say that the Iridium network is a low speed network compared to what they will offer. The company latest projection is that its services will be available in 2021.

Trilio, a provider of data protection and recovery solutions for OpenStack, is announcing its support and compatibility with Red Hat’s new virtual central office solution. With this solution, telecommunications companies can deploy, backup, and manage complete workloads using Trilio’s OpenStack-native backup and recovery solution, TrilioVault.

The Red Hat virtual central office solution was developed as a way to help create services that can better support the delivery of residential, business, and mobile services for telecommunications companies. With this solution, Telcos now have a common platform to deploy services at the network edge.

Pure Storage announced its Cloud Data Services, a suite of new cloud offerings that run on Amazon Web Services (AWS). With these new products, customers can invest in a single storage architecture that unifies application deployments on-premises and on the cloud to flexibly turn data into value virtually anywhere.

Pure Storage CloudSnap for AWSPhoto from Pure Storage Announcement

Pure Storage Cloud Data Services are a new set of capabilities designed to run Pure Storage software on AWS. They include: Cloud Block Store for AWS. Cloud Block Store enables hybrid mobility and adds new storage services to webscale applications. CloudSnap for AWS. Cloud-based data protection, built right into Pure FlashArray. CloudSnap allows FlashArray snapshots to be easily sent to Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), which enables cost-effective protection in the cloud along with flexible recovery both on-premises or in the cloud. StorReduce. Cloud-native deduplication technology is designed to enable fast, simple, cost-effective cloud backup to AWS S3 storage, in conjunction with on-premises flash for fast recovery.

Druva announced significant updates to Druva CloudRanger, Druva’s data protection solution for AWS workloads, including the industry’s first advanced automated disaster recovery, legal-hold, and file level search. Part of the Druve Cloud Platform, these enhancements enable businesses utilizing AWS cloud environments to protect against unplanned events, better manage the lifecycle of their data and respond rapidly to compliance and legal data inquiries. The new announcement includes automated disaster recovery, file search across 100’s of TB of data and data governance capabilities.

FileShadow announced its FileShadow Desktop App. The app aggregates files stored in Apple iCloud with other cloud storage systems, along with local and direct attached storage (DAS), including Drobo direct attached appliances, including ther newly announced Drobo 8D. With the FileShadow Desktop App, files and photos placed in iCloud from a Mac, a browser, an iPhone, or any Apple device can become part of the FileShadow archive.

Whether on the ground or in outer space, data centers supporting the flow and analysis of data is increasing and the storage offering to support the Cloud provide a range of services.

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