Autodesk Labs Software Engineer, Frederic Loranger, filed this report.
When it comes to finding an alternative to traditional Enterprise Data Storage, Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) comes as a valuable option. The solution offered by Amazon is reliable, scalable, and inexpensive - it has no upfront costs and can shrink or grow on demand. This makes it perfect for building Cloud Services that have peak resource utilization where the worst case scenario would usually drive the cost of a system. There are plenty of vendors out there eager to sell you cloud storage services; make sure they have a good Service Level Agreement in place before signing up.
Autodesk Labs has been exploring some storage options for its own projects. Autodesk Labs being a very fast paced environment, the Cloud Storage paradigm comes in handy to super size our more traditional internal enterprise data storage on demand. We want it fast, and we want it now! Oh no, we don’t want it! Take it back! We have also explored the use of Cloud Storage to backup non-mission critical data. The main barrier for a wider and quicker adoption of Cloud Storage by the community has been around security.
Consumers don’t feel comfortable using technologies that haven’t passed the test of time. Future generations are more likely to be at ease with storing or backing up their sensitive personal information in the Cloud since they will have been raised with internet as being as great asset. They don’t fear Big Brother as much as older generations; or maybe they should?
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Evaluating hardware alternatives is alive in the lab.