Google’s plans for creating a hybrid cloud based on open standards — namely OpenStack — kicked up another notch this week.
The company announced in a blog post the release of a small but strategically important software component that allows instances of OpenStack’s new Mitaka edition to back up data to Google Cloud Storage.
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Google’s Cinder OpenStack block storage abstraction layer uses drivers to talk to different storage providers. It also includes provisions specifically for backup services, so storage providers can designate targets when backing up Cinder volumes; Google Cloud is simply one possible backend among many.