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Veritas, Symantec’s renamed and soon to be spun off storage biz, announced it’s supporting Google’s nearline cloud storage. Its Veritas NetBackup 7.7, now in beta with general availability planned for the summer, can back up data to Google Cloud Storage Nearline. Here’s Veritas supporting cloud disks as an archival target …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "Look, guys and gals,"

    I forgot to take my meds this morning... Ooo unicorns!! Such pretty unicorns..

    Seriously though, cloud is good for some long term archiving and specialist hosted apps. But they'll never get the bulk of our infrastructure until

    a) They can offer the same level of functionality and up-time I can get on my own kit

    b) I have direct access to an organ-grinder, not some monkey or automated call queue

    c) They can give it to me for less that we can it internally

    d) You can guarantee me < 1ms latency fileshares

    e) Data Centers are EU based and the US have no jurisdiction

    1. Bronek Kozicki Silver badge

      Re: "Look, guys and gals,"

      f) Hosting company is entirely EU based as well (not the same as data centre - look at US government requests directed at Microsoft data centre in Ireland)

  2. tempemeaty

    All your eggs in one cloudy basket.

    All my eggs are in this basket so please don't drop it Mr Cloud...

  3. Ashton Black


    It all depends on the business, of course, but I suspect most businesses will have some functions they'd rather keep on-prem.

    For example, the contract I'm on now receives vast quantities of raw data over time which then needs real time analysis, conversion and then passing to a production facility. The compute costs alone would make your eyes water if it had to be done on a public cloud. Not to mention the security and IP implications of chucking it off site.

    Archive, yes. Web front ends, probably but business critical 5x9s functions, I doubt very much.

  4. Dave@SolidFire

    Restore time is for the birds

    It's worth noting that the restore performance of Google Nearline is pretty weak - 4MB/s per TB. That's ~3 days to restore your data, regardless of how much you have stored (and assuming you have enough bandwidth to not be the limiting factor yourself).

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  6. ntevanza

    My bet

    Predictions are best made in hindsight.

    Keep your options open.

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