Cloud Technologies


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Digital Data Archive and Preservation in the Cloud - What to Do and What not to Do
Chad Thibodeau
Sebastian Zangaro


This session will appeal to Storage Vendors, Datacenter Managers, Developers, and those seeking a basic understanding of how best to implement a Cloud Storage Digital Archive and Cloud Storage Digital Preservation ser vice.  In addition, we will discuss how these approaches result in a “greener” implementation versus traditional in-house implementations. This session will examine current challenges within the Public Cloud Storage Industry, delve into some specific services profiles, and address some best practices for utilizing cloud storage for archive and preservation needs.

Learning Objectives

  • Attendees will learn about the challenges that companies currently face regarding how to leverage public cloud storage for digital data archiving and longer term preservation 
  • Attendees will learn how to overcome the challenges of storing data in public clouds and how best to leverage the cloud 
  • Attendees will learn how to define a cloud storage archive and preservation service so that they can use this to then evaluate different service providers

The Business Case for the Cloud
Alex McDonald

The fast emerging cloud services business arena is creating numerous new opportunities for both IT users and IT players beyond the traditional Enterprise IT ecosystem. In response, SNIA's Cloud Storage Initiative (CSI) has created the Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI). Designed to enable interoperable cloud storage and data management, the CDMI specification is addressing a total cloud storage solution helping users avoid the chaos of proprietary advances and partial solution APIs that would erode the integrity of the cloud model.   This presentation will cover popular use cases for cloud including storage clouds and enterprise or application specific clouds. Multi-tenancy, private, and hybrid clouds are of interest to IT professionals, and this tutorial explores various cloud options and scenarios, along with options and recommendations for building your business case.

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 essential elements to include, based on the cloud use case and the business case

Deploying Public, Private, and Hybrid Storage Clouds
Marty Stogsdill

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 public, private, and hybrid storage cloud use cases and best practices examples of how they can fit into your existing 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 storage 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

  • 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. 
  • Understanding how cloud computing and specifically CDMI interact with traditional file systems (CIFS, NFS, FC) and new cloud formats such as Amazon S3. 
  • 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