By Randy Bias
We spend a lot of time in this blog talking about the architecture of elastic infrastructure clouds (EIC) like AWS and our own Open Cloud System. We contrast this against the architecture of enterprise virtualization clouds (EVC) like VCE’s Vblock. Nowhere are these differences more obvious than when you look at how storage systems are designed and built for these two types of clouds.
In May, I attended the OpenStorage Summit EMEA 2012 in Amsterdam. The Nexenta team asked me to explain how open storage fits into the cloud landscape, and why open storage is particularly well suited to the needs of elastic infrastructure clouds.
I focused my remarks on the role of open storage in the evolution of cloud architectures. We looked at the fundamental differences between how open storage systems are built, compared to storage architectures found in the typical enterprise data center. Those differences are major, and it’s critical that cloud architects understand them if they’re going to design systems that perform — financially and operationally — as intended.
Key points from the preso (video embedded below) include:
The bottom line is that you have to build the right cloud for your application. That means building the right storage architecture for your cloud.
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