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Vol. 11 Num. 7 September 2012

Is CDMI ready for prime time?

What is the Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI), and what does it have to do with data storage? ESG senior analyst Terri McClure delves into the technology. The Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI) is the centerpiece of an effort the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) defines as “the functional interface that applications will use to create, retrieve, update, and delete data elements from the Cloud.” An interface such as this is the key to standardizing how we’ll create and manage cloud storage data objects. It also holds huge potential for cloud storage. Currently, most cloud storage service providers use a proprietary object storage interface. These proprietary interfaces are similar -- they’re all RESTful, with basic “put,” “get” and “delete” commands -- but they each use different semantics. It’s like the French spoken in Paris and the French you hear in Quebec. Many words and phrases are identical, but enough differences exist to make communication difficult, unreliable and sometimes even impossible. @pb ...

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Features in this issue

  • Update: Virtual server backup

    by  George Crump

    Virtual machine (VM) backup is more sophisticated now, but finding the perfect VM app for your environment means weighing the importance of many new capabilities.

  • IBM emerges at top of strong midrange array field

    by  Rich Castagna

    With nip-and-tuck battles in nearly every rating category, IBM prevails on the Storage magazine/ Quality Awards users’ service and reliability ratings.

  • Cloud storage for mobile devices

    by  Phil Goodwin, Contributor

    Workers are more mobile than ever and taking data along on a variety of devices that require new methods of delivering, protecting and backing up corporate data.

Columns in this issue

  • Oh yeah? Try doing that without storage

    by  Rich Castagna

    A lot of people think storage doesn’t figure into corporate strategies, but it’s the key to success for initiatives ranging from “big data” to desktop virtualization.

  • Tears of storage

    by  Jon Toigo

    It’s almost taken for granted that “new” storage tiering regimens require tier-zero SSDs, but does that add up to a better way to tier storage or a better way to sell more storage?

  • Is CDMI ready for prime time?

    by  Terri McClure

    What is the Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI), and what does it have to do with data storage? ESG senior analyst Terri McClure delves into the technology.

  • Surveying emerging SSD offerings

    by  Jeff Boles

    The fast developing solid-state storage market offers a variety of implementation choices. By carefully assessing your needs, you’ll be able to make the right product selection.