Today's Atmos Cloud storage announcement from EMC is more interesting then it appears on the surface. It seems that EMC has taken the Amazon AWS playbook and implemented a similar approach to distributed storage.
Besides proving my earlier statements suggesting that internal Clouds will become reality, it also shows that the AWS model of using APIs is the right way to go.
So, just what is the new Atmos software?
EMC Atmos combines massive storage capacity and scalability with policy-based information management software to automatically distribute information to anywhere, at anytime. Other features include:
* Powerful object metadata and policy-based information management capabilities combine to intelligently drive information placement and information services.
* Advanced information management services including replication, versioning, compression, de-duplication and disk drive spin-down.
* Web service APIs including REST and SOAP, as well as file-based access provide convenient integration to virtually any application.
The management features sound a lot like what vendors have built on top of AWS.
* Advanced features such as auto-managing and auto-healing capabilities, unified namespace and browser-based administrator tools for increased efficiency at global scale. Combined, these features greatly reduce administration time and can be easily managed from any location.
* Multi-tenant support enabling multiple applications to be served from the same infrastructure. Each application is securely partitioned and data is neither co-mingled nor accessible by other tenants. This feature is ideal for large enterprises providing cloud services for multiple customers or departments within large enterprises.
It's pretty surprising that EMC is the first big vendor to stake a claim in this space. I would have expected Sun to announce something similar already.