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Director, OpenShift Strategy at Red Hat. Founder of Rishidot Research, a research community focused on services world. His focus is on Platform Services, Infrastructure and the role of Open Source in the services era. Krish has been writing @ CloudAve from its inception and had also been part of GigaOm Pro Analyst Group. The opinions expressed here are his own and are neither representative of his employer, Red Hat, nor CloudAve, nor its sponsors.

2 responses to “Cloud Engines Raises $15 Million Round But Is It Really Cloud Storage?”

  1. Maluvia

    I’m actually quite excited by the PogoPlug model, and considering getting one too – although it appears you can accomplish the same thing with the Amahi Home Server if you happen to have a spare PC you can use as an always-on dedicated file server.

    PogoPlug’s main appeal to me is the added layer of security I will never have with true cloud:
    With online cloud storage I am locked into a subscription plan, however inexpensive and scalable it may be.
    What if my cloud provider goes bellyup or suffers a catastrophic failure? What if I my cloud provider initiates a huge hike in fees? What if I can’t, or no longer wish to, pay those fees?
    I could lose access to all my data!
    This is especially an issue if your storage model, like mine, is multi-cloud – since I am not willing to trust the data integrity to any single provider. That can get into some seriious $ if you are paying multiple subscriptions.

    PogoPlug, Amahi, and similar “Private Cloud” solutions can form a crucial part of your storage strategy.
    Use ‘Private’ for daily storage, set up regular backups from your local storage devices to multiple cloud providers to create online backups with high redundancy spread out over a wide geographic area, (SMEStorage makes this effortless), and periodically remove local backup drives from your system, so you have offline storage as well.

    With all the many online cloud providers offering free basic-level storage accounts, ranging anywhere from 2gb to 50 (Adrive), this doesn’t have to cost you a penny!
    Now that’s security I can afford, and also count on. đŸ™‚


  2. Aswath Rao

    Even though your interest here is Cloud Engines, Pogoplug is built on Marvell’s reference design for plug computers. I think plug computer holds more interest. CES 2010 Marvell introduced third generation reference design with built-in wifi and hard drive. Tonido also has a similar product, including some additional applications with the same magical price, even though Marvell predicts that this can come down to $50. Amahi has ported their software to this platform, so has PbxnSip. Given the small footprint and low power consumption, I see lots of opportunities. I am waiting for CES 2011 to see what new things are brought by this community.

    By the way, in case you missed Motorola’s Jha using the phrase “home mini-cloud” you can read it in