☁ EMC #Hybrid #Cloud Acquisitions

EMC Hybrid Cloud Solutions

During 2014 EMC announced a three-acquisition convoy to accelerate EMC Customer adoption for the hybrid cloud.

Unless you’ve been buried in datacenter SAN archives for the last few years, you know of the excitement surrounding the emergence of OpenStack, an open source project that enables users to build infrastructure clouds by virtualizing and controlling pools of compute, storage and network resources.


During 2014 EMC Purchased the San Francisco-based Cloudscaling, a leading provider of OpenStack-powered Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) for private and hybrid cloud solutions. In case you didn’t know, Cloudscaling CEO Randy Bias and team also happen to be founding members of the OpenStack Foundation.

Cloudscaling’s Open Cloud System (OCS) provides an operating system to manage compute, storage and networking in the cloud, and supports a new generation of cloud-based applications that provides the agility, performance and economic benefits of leading public cloud services, but it is deployed in customer data centers and, therefore, remains under the control of IT.

Maginatics, the Mountain View, California-based whose technology enables organizations to leverage public and private clouds as a backup “device.” The addition of Maginatics extends EMC’s cloud data protection strategy by enabling unified data protection and management across disparate private, public and hybrid clouds. Maginatics technology also enables efficient data mobility across multiple clouds with data deduplication, WAN optimization, handling of large objects and multi-threading.



The Third acquisition during 2014 was of Austin-based Spanning. Spanning provides subscription-based backup and recovery for born-in-the-cloud applications and data. Spanning solutions prevent business interruption due to data loss in Google Apps and Salesforce.com (with support for Microsoft Office 365 in the first half of 2015).

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☁ Amazon AWS #Cloud #Storage Gateway


AWS Storage Gateway

The AWS Storage Gateway is a service connecting an on-premises software appliance with cloud-based storage to provide seamless and secure integration between an organization’s on-premises IT environment and AWS’s storage infrastructure. The service allows you to securely store data in the AWS cloud for scalable and cost-effective storage. The AWS Storage Gateway supports industry-standard storage protocols that work with your existing applications. It provides low-latency performance by maintaining frequently accessed data on-premises while securely storing all of your data encrypted in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) or Amazon Glacier.

The AWS Storage Gateway supports three configurations:

Gateway-Cached Volumes: You can store your primary data in Amazon S3, and retain your frequently accessed data locally. Gateway-Cached volumes provide substantial cost savings on primary storage, minimize the need to scale your storage on-premises, and retain low-latency access to your frequently accessed data.

Gateway-Stored Volumes: In the event you need low-latency access to your entire data set, you can configure your on-premises data gateway to store your primary data locally, and asynchronously back up point-in-time snapshots of this data to Amazon S3. Gateway-Stored volumes provide durable and inexpensive off-site backups that you can recover locally or from Amazon EC2 if, for example, you need replacement capacity for disaster recovery.

Gateway-Virtual Tape Library (Gateway-VTL): With Gateway-VTL you can have a limitless collection of virtual tapes. Each virtual tape can be stored in a Virtual Tape Library backed by Amazon S3 or a Virtual Tape Shelf backed by Amazon Glacier. The Virtual Tape Library exposes an industry standard iSCSI interface which provides your backup application with on-line access to the virtual tapes. When you no longer require immediate or frequent access to data contained on a virtual tape, you can use your backup application to move it from its Virtual Tape Library to your Virtual Tape Shelf in order to further reduce your storage costs.

Common Use


The AWS Storage Gateway enables your existing on-premise to cloud backup applications to store primary backups on Amazon S3’s scalable, reliable, secure, and cost-effective storage service. You can create Gateway-Cached storage volumes and mount them as iSCSI devices to your on-premises backup application servers. All data is securely transferred to AWS over SSL and stored encrypted in Amazon S3 using AES 256-bit encryption. Using Gateway-Cached volumes provides an attractive alternative to the traditional choice of maintaining and scaling costly storage hardware on-premises.

Disaster Recovery and Resilience

The AWS Storage Gateway, together with EC2, can mirror your entire production environment for disaster recovery (DR). Planning for business continuity in the event of a power outage, fire, flood, or other disaster can be challenging. It requires investments in redundant infrastructure and staff across multiple datacenters and costly storage replication solutions.

Corporate File Sharing

Managing on-premises storage for departmental file shares and home directories typically results in high capital and maintenance costs, under-utilized hardware, and restrictive user quotas. The AWS Storage Gateway addresses these on-premises scaling and maintenance issues by enabling you to seamlessly store your corporate file shares on Amazon S3, while keeping a copy of your frequently accessed files on-premises.

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