Joint webinar with Amazon Web Services

StorSimple and Amazon Web Services are holding a joint webinar this morning at 10:00 AM Pacific time for enterprise storage professionals who are looking for ways to leverage the cloud for storage and data management.

The combination of Amazon S3 storage and StorSimple Cloud-integrated enterprise storage helps customers solve some of their biggest storage problems such as data growth, backup management, expanding DR coverage, data archiving and successfully managing unstructured data.

Stelio D’Alo from AWS and Marc Farley from StorSimple will be presenting together, discussing their company’s respective solutions and how enterprise customers can rely on them to be:

  • Secure with strong encryption of data in flight and at rest
  • Highly availability, with engineered redundancy, replication and DR
  • Automated to free administrators from storage drudgery
  • Efficient, through deduplication and compression

Attendees will learn what cloud-integrated solutions exist and  have the opportunity to pose questions to Marc and Stelio.

(This post is also on the StorSimple corporate blog here )

Bikini-clad Occupy Amazon protesters target fair pricing

99% Sysadmins

Amazon’s S3 service, famous for it’s “Pay for only for what you use” business model is drawing the attention of SMB customers, calling themselves the “99% Sysadmins”, who are demanding to know why customers who consume more storage are paying far less for it than they are.  A trio of three bikini-clad protesters compared the situation to bikini-pricing – where customers typically pay a lot more to cover much less of their bodies.  Shouting slogans like: “We are not at the beach” and “What would I pay for being naked?” the protesters brought traffic to a standstill in the frozen Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa.

The situation erupted recently when Amazon announced a price reduction, which drew the attention of  millions of CFOs who wanted to force the issue with their storage admin employees who they consider to be overpaid and under-motivated. Speaking on the conditions of anonymity, one CFO from the Insurance industry asked “Why aren’t we saving money by doubling down on our cloud storage?”

In response to the mounting pressure, protesters organized and invented a plan to publicize their plight. The issue appears to be a pricing table on Amazon’s S3 web site that shows how customers using less than 1 TB of data will pay 12.5 cents per GB while others with over 5 PB will pay less than half as much for the same.  “Heck, if we could put that much up there we would, but we don’t even have that much data in our whole business” said Sysadmin Frank.   (Data copied from Amazon’s web site below)

First 1 TB / month $0.125 per GB
Next 49 TB / month $0.110 per GB
Next 450 TB / month $0.095 per GB
Next 500 TB / month $0.090 per GB
Next 4000 TB / month $0.080 per GB
Over 5000 TB / month $0.055 per GB