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Cloud Storage Comparison: Benchmarking From Afar 49

First time accepted submitter fasuin writes "Which is the most advanced cloud storage solution? Which is the impact of server locations? What are the benefits of advanced techniques to optimise data transfers? Researchers from Italy and The Netherlands have come out with a set of benchmarks that allowed them to compare Dropbox, CloudDrive, SkyDrive and Google Drive. Which is the best? You can check it by yourself by running the tests on your own if you like." What this kind of benchmarking can't well do, though, is predict which of these cloud storage companies are going to be around in five years, which might be at least as an important a factor.
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Cloud Storage Comparison: Benchmarking From Afar

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  • Wrong benchmark (Score:4, Insightful)

    by 0123456 ( 636235 ) on Saturday November 23, 2013 @02:28AM (#45499073)

    How about measuring how fast the NSA get a copy of all my stuff?

    • by gagol ( 583737 )
      Using dropbox or any cloud data storage provider to store sensible information is not a good idea.
      • Using dropbox or any cloud data storage provider to store sensible information is not a good idea.

        Do you mean sensitive?

        Because I think it's sensible to not use sensitive information, and it may not be legal in some cases.

        Most of what I have in dropbox is recipes and gutenburg ebooks.

      • Using dropbox or any cloud data storage provider to store sensible information is not a good idea.

        Most people put total nonsense in their cloud storage, so that's fine... (hint: foreign speaker alert! "Sensible" does not mean the same thing it means in French (at least, perhaps some other language in question. for Spanish speakers, try translating "No me molestes!" for fun...)

    • How about measuring how fast the NSA get a copy of all my stuff?

      That depends on how fast your upload speed is.

    • EncFS fits really nicely on dropbox. It avoids the whole every-change-causes-full-resync problem of using TrueCrypt.

      Of course, that may just alert the NSA to your presence faster when you have a big glob of data they can't get at. Somewhere, someone picks up a $5 wrench and starts driving in your direction...

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Fuck it. I've been reading Slashdot almost since it started. I'm fed up with this now. Bye.

    • Re:Cloud... (Score:4, Funny)

      by clj ( 153252 ) on Saturday November 23, 2013 @02:40AM (#45499117)

      Yay! No more lame Anonymous Coward posts!

    • by gelfling ( 6534 )

      Not with an 8 digit user number you haven't.

  • by purpleidea ( 956832 ) on Saturday November 23, 2013 @02:57AM (#45499173) Homepage

    It's pretty awesome, and pretty cheap on $/Gb/Performance.
    I'm biased because I'm the Puppet-Gluster dev. []

    You can run GlusterFS in "cloud" or on your own iron. Because it's not proprietary, the possibilities are endless, and it has a lot of very elegant features.


  • by wizden ( 965907 )
    can't well do?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 23, 2013 @05:33AM (#45499607)

    Wait a minute. I'm a manager, and I've been reading a lot of case studies and watching a lot of webcasts about The Cloud. Based on all of this glorious marketing literature, I, as a manager, have absolutely no reason to doubt the safety of any data put in The Cloud.

    The case studies all use words like "secure", "MD5", "RSS feeds" and "encryption" to describe the security of The Cloud. I don't know about you, but that sounds damn secure to me! Some Clouds even use SSL and HTTP. That's rock solid in my book.

    And don't forget that you have to use Web Services to access The Cloud. Nothing is more secure than SOA and Web Services, with the exception of perhaps SaaS. But I think that Cloud Services 2.0 will combine the tiers into an MVC-compliant stack that uses SaaS to increase the security and partitioning of the data.

    My main concern isn't with the security of The Cloud, but rather with getting my Indian team to learn all about it so we can deploy some first-generation The Cloud applications and Web Services to provide the ultimate platform upon which we can layer our business intelligence and reporting, because there are still a few verticals that we need to leverage before we can move to The Cloud 2.0.

  • I use Amazon Simple Storage Service [] and I really like it. The only wish I have for it is that it would be cheaper. As far as quality of the service itself, I think it's as good as it gets nowadays, but don't take my word for it.
    • by Bodero ( 136806 )
      Well, essentially that's the backend for Dropbox - they are a service built on top of S3.

      However, if you don't need your files often, but rather just want a place to archive them, you can take a look at Amazon Glacier [] - an archiving and backup solution. You can even implement lifecycle policies inside your S3 buckets to automatically move files older than X days from S3 to Glacier, which is much cheaper.

  • We knew that already of course most of it depends on your connection which can be truly awful as well.

  • I guess someone was told that they had to publish something this year or lose their faculty position, so this is it.
  • I tried Dropbox a few months back. It was quite slow because of the way they transferred the data in a blocking way. When trying to upload a 2GB file to their service, I would see my network activity jump to about 30mb/s in 1/2 a second, then drop down to 0, then 1/2sec later, start transferring the next block. My connection was effective used only 1/2 the time. Even worse, TCP didn't have enough time to ramp up, so it couldn't make full use of my connection.

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