Why object storage is getting exciting?

Anurag Bhatia
Last year had many interesting developments and one of that has been object storage. For those unaware, object storage is de-facto cloud storage which stores data as objects instead of file system architecture. This gives the option of simple plug-and-play horizontal scalability. It became popular when Amazon Web Services (AWS) launched S3. The idea was straightforward - pay-as-go storage with a few cents/GB/month charge to store data and a few cents/GB to egress data.

Updates from life, blog and more

Anurag Bhatia
Some updates from personal life… I have joined Fremont based IP backbone & colocation provider - Hurricane Electric and would be working on some cool things at AS6939. :) Updates on blog… I have changed theme and entire look of blog and re-designed it with new plugins, more tweaking etc. As of now blog has more cleaner while theme which gives more space for posting, improved security with some ACLs, forced HTTPS to avoid telcos from injecting iframe in readers on 3G networks (which is very bad and worrying).

Dumb script for Picasaweb backup on Linux server & Amazon S3

Anurag Bhatia
Just wrote a quick script to pull dump of Picasaweb albums backup on my server & further to Amazon S3. Overall I have good trust on Google for data but it’s always a poor idea to leave all eggs in single bucket. OK here’s the script (poorly written code. Literally spent 10mins on this, thus suggestions to improve my coding are more then welcome!) #!/bin/bash Destination=<PUT YOUR DESTINATION HERE!> google picasa list-albums | cut -d"," -f1 » $Destination/tmp/album_list.