Cloud Technologies

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Cloud Storage Clients
Rich Ramos

Cloud Storage is a broad term being applied to many technologies, services, and products.    There are a dizzying array of technical terms used when discussing cloud storage (ex: CDMI, RESTful, APIs, NFS, CIFS, Objects, NOSQL, Key-Value Stores, Big Data).    There are numerous services for cloud storage each offering their own proprietary interfaces (Amazon S3, Google, Rackspace Files).    There will also be many Cloud Storage products/technologies deployed inside of Enterprises.    Complicating things further, as we become ever more mobile, we are moving to multiple devices all of which do not have traditional file systems (ex: smartphones, tablets).  Thus the way in which we store and interact with our data changes quite dramatically.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand what it means to be a "client" of Cloud Storage and how users will interact with their data in this new paradigm. 
  • Understand the current landscape of proprietary and standard's based Cloud Storage options.  (For both Public and Private Cloud Storage) 
  • Example demo of one or two cloud storage clients (time permitting)

Interoperable Cloud Storage with the CDMI Standard
Mark Carlson

The Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI) is an industry standard on it's way to ANSI and ISO ratification. There is now an open source reference implementation available from SNIA as well. Storage vendors and Cloud providers have started their implementations of the CDMI standard, demonstrating the reality of interoperable cloud storage. This talk will help you understand how to keep from getting locked into any given vendor by using the standard. Real world examples will help you understand how to apply this to your own situation.

Learning Objectives

  • Walk away with an understanding of the specific CDMI features, such as a standard cloud interchange format, that enable interoperable cloud storage. 
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the outstanding issues of cloud storageinteroperability and how the standard helps ease this pain. 
  • Now that the standard is being implemented,understand what to put in an RFP for cloud storage that prevents vendor lock-in.

The Role of WAN Optimization in Cloud Infrastructures
Josh Tseng

Cloud computing promises to deliver potential gains in efficiency and cost savings by consolidating IT assets into public and private data centers.  Virtualization technologies allow migration of virtual machines and data into and out of Cloud infrastructures.  However, cloud-hosted information assets must still be accessed by users over existing WAN infrastructures, where there are performance issues due to bandwidth and latency constraints.  Learn how WAN optimization is one of the key--and often overlooked--technology component necessary for the adoption of cloud computing.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the WAN-related performance problems and how they impact adoption of Cloud Computing technologies. 
  • Learn how WAN optimization can facilitate the deployment and operation of Public and Private Clouds. 
  • Discover how WAN optimization is key to continued adoption of Cloud infrastructures in the future.

Cloud Storage Security
Gordon Arnold

Introduction of computing and data services in a virtualized and service provider context exposes the customer's information to a new set of threats and vulnerabilities.  This session provides an introduction to those threats and what techniques are available to mitigate the threats.

Learning Objectives

  • What threats are there to the privacy and accuracy of my data in a cloud implementation? 
  • How should I approach using cloud services in the light of security concerns? 
  • What techniques are available to protect my information in the cloud, what is practical for using the cloud?

Cloud Storage Security with a Focus on CDMI
Eric Hibbard

Cloud storage is emerging as a cloud offering that has appeal to a potentially broad set of organizations. Like other forms of cloud computing, the security must be addressed as part of good governance, managing risks and common sense. The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) guidance on cloud computing security can be used as a starting point for what some believe is a make-or-break element of cloud storage.

Learning Objectives

  • General introduction to cloud security threats and risks 
  • Understand the security issues considered critical to cloud storage 
  • Basic knowledge of the SNIA CDMI security capabilities

The Business Case for Cloud
Marty Stogsdill and Dean Neumann

As IT professionals it is our job to leverage the latest and greatest technology to solve business problems.  This presentation will cover popular use cases for cloud including storage clouds (i.e.: backup/archive) and enterprise or application specific clouds including multi-tenancy, private, and hybrid clouds and explore why people are interested in each use case and options for building your business case for each use case.  SNIA’s Cloud Storage Imitative (CSI) has created a de jure standard of Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI) that can assist in cloud implementations and incorporation into your business case to prevent vendor lock-in or solution obsolescence. 

Learning Objectives

  • Understand your options for cloud  and how to create a cloud business case 
  • Gain an understanding of how popular cloud use cases are architected and implemented 
  • Understand what to put in a RFP/RFI depending on the cloud use case and the business case buildup

Deploying Public, Private and Hybrid Cloud Computing
Marty Stogsdill and Dean Neumann

Everyone has heard talk of cloud but do you know how to deploy one?  This session will be a technical dive into implementations of popular cloud use cases including storage clouds (i.e.: backup and archive) and application or enterprise public, private, and hybrid clouds and how cloud fits into your existing enterprise IT operations.  SNIA’s Cloud Storage Initiative (CSI) has created the Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI) as a de jure standard which can assist you in your cloud deployments utilizing both traditional file systems and new cloud file system formats.  This presentation will dive into the details of designing and deploying public, private, and hybrid clouds including how CDMI can assist with cloud federation, peering, differentiation, and how CDMI can interact with external systems for event management, configuration management, workflows, auditing, billing, and authorization.

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding how cloud computing and specifically CDMI interact with traditional file systems (CIFS, NFS, FC) and new cloud formats such as Amazon S3. 
  • Gain an understanding of how cloud can integrate into existing IT Service Management (ITSM) or ITIL best practices for event, configuration, incident, and problem management. 
  • Presenting in detail reference architectures for cloud and an overview of the reference deployments done to date and how it fits into standard tiered storage enterprise architectures