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Nearline Storage- An archiving service from Google Cloud

Nearline is like Amazon Glacier archiving and storage service.It is cheap,faster recovery and  on-demand I/O service with large amounts of data.

Google also launched Cloud Storage Transfer Service(earlier Online Cloud Import)offers 100 PB of free storage in Nearline for up to six months for customers

who switch from any other cloud provider or on-premises environments to Google Cloud Storage.

Both Nearline and Glacier charge same amount (penny/GB) for a month to store data, but recovery times in seconds compares hours in Glacier.

Read more about Nearline
https://cloud.google.com/storage/docs/nearline?hl=en
https://cloud.google.com/storage-nearline/

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Amazon Glacier

Amazon Glacier is an online file storage web service that provides storage for data archiving and backup.
It is low cost ,storage costs $0.01 per gigabyte per month.

Amazon Glacier supports data transfer over SSL and automatically encrypts your data at rest. You can also control access to your data using AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM).

Files and folders are stored in Amazon Glacier containers called “vaults.”(as many as 1,000 vaults per region) Amazon calls all the stuff in your Glacier vaults “archives.” These can be a single file or you can zip multiple files and folders into a single archive, which can be as large as 40TB.

How to use
1: Sign Up for Amazon Web Services
2: Create a Security Access Key for Your Amazon Glacier Account
3: Create a Vault in Glacier
4: Download and Install an Amazon Glacier Client
5: Connect Your Amazon Glacier Client to Your Account
6: Automate Your Backups

http://aws.amazon.com/glacier/
http://aws.amazon.com/glacier/pricing/
Glacier calculator http://blender.ca/aws-glacier-calculator/

Online backup services

Online backup services  provided you to install software on system that scans storage , encrypt for security, and up load to the Internet cloud.

IDrive (www.idrive.com)
Spideroak (http://spideroak.com)
Mozy (http://mozy.com/home/free)
Backblaze (https://www.backblaze.com/)
Comodo (https://backup.comodo.com/)

online storage and sharing
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Google Drive (http://www.google.com/drive/about.html)
Glacier (http://aws.amazon.com/glacier/)
OneDrive or SkyDrive (https://onedrive.live.com/about/en-us/)
Dropbox (www.dropbox.com)

Microsoft OneDrive

OneDrive is free online storage that comes with your Microsoft account.
OneDrive is built into Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1.Other versions can download from http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=248256.

using

1. On the Start screen, tap or click OneDrive to open the OneDrive app.
2. Tap or click folders to browse to the location on OneDrive where you want to add the files.
3. Swipe in from the top or bottom edge of the screen or right-click to open the app commands, and then tap or click Add files.
4. Browse to the files you want to upload, tap or click to select them, and then tap or click Copy to OneDrive.

To move files to OneDrive using File Explorer
Drag files from the file list in the right pane to OneDrive in the left pane.

To save files to OneDrive from a desktop app
When you’re using a desktop app like Microsoft Office Word or Paint, you can also save files directly to OneDrive. Click Save in the app you’re using, and then tap or click OneDrive in the left pane.

Google Drive

Google Drive is a cloud storage & synchronization service provided by Google.
Google Drive offers 15 GB of free storage space and various available paid plans for those who need a larger storage space(https://support.google.com/drive/answer/2375123?rd=1).
Business storage https://support.google.com/a/answer/177064

System requirements and browsers
Browsers

Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides work with the two most recent versions of the following browsers. Make sure cookies and JavaScript are turned on for the browser.
•Chrome
•Firefox
•Safari (not supported on Windows)
•Internet Explorer

Other browsers might work with the Google Docs editors, but you might not be able to use all of the features.

note :- Google Drive won’t work with Chrome 23, Firefox 23, IE9, Safari 6, or older browser versions. You’ll need to upgrade to a newer browser version to access all your files in Drive.

Operating systems
Windows
•Windows XP and above

Mac
•Lion (10.7) and above

To see which version your computer is using, choose an option below:
•Windows
•Mac

Linux

Google Drive isn’t currently available for the Linux operating system. Linux users can use Google Drive on the web at drive.google.com or through the Google Drive mobile app.

Mobile device and tablet requirements
To use the Drive, Docs, Sheets, or Slides mobile apps, you’ll need to upgrade to the most recent versions of the Android and iOS operating systems on your mobile device.
•Android 4.0 or up
•iOS 7.0 or up

Note: If you use older versions of Android or iOS, you will be able to view, but not edit, your files.

How to use(web based)
sign in using your google account https://drive.google.com and use crete button.

Click on the emty folder you created and select file upload to uploading files.

How to use(PC based)
Download Google Drive on your Mac/PC to keep files on your desktop synced with your files stored on the web.
This means that anything you share, move, modify, or put in the trash will be reflected in Google Drive on the web the next time your computer syncs.

https://support.google.com/drive/answer/2375078?hl=en for PC
http://www.cnet.com/tags/macbooks/ for Mac

•Drag files into and out of the folder.
•Rename files.
•Move files and folders around.
•Edit and save files.
•Move files to trash.
•Access your files even when you’re not connected to the Internet.

Securing your cloud

Account credentials are a major cloud security issue because vulnerability scanners or penetration testing can’t determine if they’ve been compromised or if they’re being abused by attackers.
Compromised credentials become a problem when they are used. If  someone shared cloud authentication credentials(for an example an employee left the company and never used the credentials, the organization might never discover the exposure).

Another example like multiple attempts to log in simultaneously from geographical locations could also compromise the cloud security according to experts.

Below a study from Juniper networks

Top-10-Considerations-for-Securing-Private-Clouds

Azure VPS

A virtual private server (VPS) is a virtual machine service by an Internet hosting service.

It allows developers migrate applications and infrastructure without changing existing code and can run both Windows Server and Linux virtual machines. Announced in preview form at the Meet Windows Azure event in June 2012 the Windows Azure Virtual Machines comprise the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering from Microsoft for their public cloud. Customers can create Virtual Machines, of which they have complete control, to run in the Microsoft Data Centers. As of the preview the Virtual Machines supported Windows Server 2008 and 2012 operating systems and a few distributions of Linux. The General Availability version of Virtual Machine was released in May 2013.
azurevps

https://azurevps.com/

References
http://weblogs.asp.net/toddanglin/azure-cloud-pricing-falls-somewhere-between-vps-and-dedicated
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/msgulfcommunity/archive/2013/04/27/migrating-from-vps-to-windows-azure-virtual-machines.aspx

Launch EC2 instances

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC)

Amazon VPC is isolated section of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud where can launch AWS resources in a virtual network, including own IP address range, subnets, route tables and network gateways .Also can create a Hardware Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection between a corporate datacenter and VPC.

For example, a public-facing subnet for your web servers that have access to the Internet, and place your backend systems such as databases or application servers in a private-facing subnet with no Internet access. You can leverage multiple layers of security, including security groups and network access control lists, to help control access to Amazon EC2 instances in each subnet.

aws console

Fig1 –dash board

Create a key pair

keypair

Once it created, able to download.

Create instance

1.Choose AMI2. Choose Instance Type3. Configure Instance4. Add Storage5. Tag Instance6. Configure Security Group7. Review

Step 1: Choose an Amazon Machine Image (AMI)

From the dashboard

ec2-lanuch

select keypair

lanuchstatuz1

lanuchstatuz

When the instance running, click on connect button to download RDP file and credentials.

lanuch

connect

Decrypt the password and connect using public IP.

connect1

Region in the AWS Management Console

With Amazon EC2, you can place instances in multiple locations. Amazon EC2 locations are composed of regions that contain Availability Zones. Regions are dispersed and located in separate geographic areas (US, EU, etc.). Availability Zones are distinct locations within a region that are engineered to be isolated from failures in other Availability Zones and to provide inexpensive, low-latency network connectivity to other Availability Zones in the same region. By launching instances in separate regions, you can design your application to be closer to specific customers or to meet legal or other requirements. By launching instances in separate Availability Zones, you can protect your applications from localized regional failures. The AWS region name is always listed in the upper-right corner of the AWS Management Console, in the navigation bar.

aws-regions

VMDK Overview

Below document describe different type of disk file

VMDK Overview

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