Hard drive is a commodity. Whether it is IDE, EIDE or SATA, you buy the right
one and you can plug it directly into your computer.
A commodity is a good for which there is demand, but which is supplied
without qualitative differentiation across a market. Commodities are
substances that come out of the earth and maintain roughly a universal price
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Cloud Storage is becoming a commodity. The pricing is becoming similar with
the interface becoming similar too across cloud storage vendors.
There are three layers in the cloud storage stack:
cloud storage software facing the end user; service providers providing the
services the cloud storage vendor providing the solution to the service
On the user front, more and more cloud storage software are available
supporting more and more cloud storage vendors. For example, in 2008,
Gladinet supported SkyDri... (more)
Internap XIPCloud is the latest cloud storage offering that is open to the
public. It is a public cloud and you can sign up for the service pretty
easily at http://internap.com.
As usual, when a new cloud service came out, we will use Gladinet Cloud
Desktop to test its upload and download speed. There are many factors in the
speed test. For example, how far away is the cloud storage service data
center is one of the main factor.
Since Internap head quarter is in Atlanta, I would think that its data
centers may be closer for people in the US south east region.
This simple test wi... (more)
Amazon S3 has been on the market since 2006. It is an excellent cloud storage
service, mostly for developers and independent software vendors (ISV) to
integrate into their products and resell to end users. It was less known as a
consumer product but getting more popular as an online storage solution,
together with the ISV’s products.
Amazon Cloud Drive is brand new, about 3 weeks old, a new entry into the
market as a consumer product. It is an online storage and also an online
music streaming service. It is also built on top of Amazon S3 itself.
If you are an Amazon S3 customer a... (more)
Today we had an online meeting session with a law firm. The use case is very
common and typical. The owner has a desktop PC that has several folders on
the desktop that he wants to move to the cloud. He has several goals in mind.
Goal A: Share those folders with team members directly from desktop or from
Goal B: Easier access to those folders, such as web access, anytime access
and drive letter/local drive kind of access.
Goal C: off-site backup of those folders.
Goal D: Team members have easy access to those folders, preferably with web
This is a very common use ... (more)
Here is a pretty common use case. You have an existing file server like
windows 2003 or windows 2008 in the local office. Everyone in the local
office is using a network share from the file server. There are some users
from the branch office that may need to access the file server share from
outside through VPN as well.
There are multiple pain points that worry you at this moment.
First is you are concerned about the life of the file sever and if the server
stops functioning, you need to have a quick way to continue the work.
Second, the remote users are complaining about the spee... (more)