Category Archives: Storage Technologies

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/

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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.

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.

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/

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.

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
—————————
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)

Better approch to organize disk partitions

Separate your operating system from your data by creating two disk partitions.

Leave Windows and your programs on the C: partition.This will get filled with latest update each month when patching the servers and also temporary files are in the systems partition,so it will rapidly change size, potentially making a file system full.

Applications,need to be installed on different drives.

If the server is using for DataBase,put data files on another drive. Also for using high end applications such as DataBases configure page file(pagefile.sys) on different drive(do remember your system will not boot ,if the drive has delete).

Theoretically a, page file should be 1.5 times the RAM available on server however,
practically it’s not always feasible to set huge amount of page file on server as it
requires very large disk space configured with more RAM. For the server’s with heavy amount of RAM, you might want to limit the Page File size equal some GB at least.
Benefit for this approches

If you keep Windows and your programs in one partition and your data files in another,
you’ll be able to make restorations faster and more easily.

I/O read /write speed will be faster than from a single drive.

Increased Security – There is increased data security, since your data is now on another
partition. Malware that affects or scan files on only one single drive will not scan your
data partition.

Improved Performance – you can defragment your OS drive for max performance, and not worry
about it being fragmented so fast, since data (where it changes the most), resides on
another partition.

Disadvantages
System partitions rapidly filled and get drive warnings all the times.
Performance issues.
Chances to server crashes.
References
http://www.pcworld.com/article/255224/how_to_partition_your_hard_drive_to_optimize_performan
ce.html
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/dn133149.aspx
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd758814%28v=sql.100%29.aspx
http://azure.microsoft.com/blog/2014/05/08/virtual-machines-best-practices-single-vms-
temporary-storage-and-uploaded-disks/
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd722835%28v=bts.10%29.aspx
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disk_partitioning
http://superuser.com/questions/36378/advantages-disadvantages-of-partitioning-a-drive
http://www.princeton.edu/~achaney/tmve/wiki100k/docs/Disk_partitioning.html
http://gparted.org/why-partition.php
http://m.metamorphosite.com/hard-drive-partitioning-prevents-data-recovery
http://askleo.com/should_i_partition_my_hard_disk/
http://partition.radified.com/partitioning_2.htm
http://www.inteligentcomp.com/2012/07/hard.disk.partition.html
http://smallvoid.com/article/windows-page-file.html
https://education.emc.com/academicalliance/documents/EAA_Content/Exercises/Disk%20Subsystem
%20Performance.pdf
http://www.snia.org/education/storage_networking_primer/stor_devices/optimizing

extending and spanning disks

Below is a document to show how extend or spanning the disk.

extending and spanning disks

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