Real-World Cloud Computing
Cloud Storage Case Study
Cloud storage is a good fit for real estate companies
By: Jerry Huang
Jan. 14, 2011 12:52 AM
What is typical about a real estate company when it comes to storage needs?
(1) Many mobile users.
This is a typical use case for cloud storage – anywhere access.
(2) Sharing and Collaboration
This is a typical use case for cloud storage too – sharing and collaboration
(3) Outsourced IT department
This fits the cloud computing paradigm shift.
(4) Multimedia Rich Data
This fits the local + cloud hybrid use case.
As you can see from these four requirements, cloud storage is a good fit for real estate companies.
In this reference implementation, the back-end storage is Amazon S3, with a data set size from 50G – 300G.
The mobile users that needs to go out to survey the property and take picture of the property, they will have Gladinet Cloud Desktop installed on their laptops. This enables them to drag and drop to Amazon S3 from the mapped network drive to S3. The mobile workers will have easy connections to S3.
The office workers will access the Amazon S3 through a locally installed CloudAFS file server. For this server, we recommend Dell - Inspiron Desktop (Intel Core i3 Processor / 3GB Memory / 750GB Hard Drive ~ $500) with Windows 7 and CloudAFS installed. Server OS will work too. Any other desktop PC will do too (as long as the hard drive is bigger than the S3 dataset size). The office workers will enjoy local performance with a hybrid local/cloud solution.
The CloudAFS cache setting will be set to contain all of the dataset so the CloudAFS is capable of mirroring what S3 has. It is OK if the CloudAFS cache size is smaller than the S3 dataset, in this case, there will be cache management overhead.
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