Data Storage

Cloud Computing: NetApp, Cisco Advance Converged Infrastructure Genre with FlexPod SF

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Chris Preimesberger.

Storage maker NetApp, once described as a "nice little server company" but is now among the world leaders in storage hardware marketshare, is celebrating its 25th year in business. It has been a true survivor in the cutthroat IT products and services business. In this regard, please note: Only about 15 percent of companies that go public on the Nasdaq index last 20 years.

NetApp has been on the index almost 22 years, since December 1995. Why has NetApp forged on when others have fallen? Well, if you ask co-founder Dave Hitz, it's probably because the company has been able to change lanes fairly quickly when it comes to seeing market trends as or before they happen and then adjust to them...

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Cloud Computing: Solving the Storage Problem

Grazed from CloudComputingExpo. Author: Stefan Bernbo.

Web-scale IT is a pattern of global-class computing that delivers the capabilities of large cloud service providers within an enterprise IT setting by reimagining positions across several dimensions. The unprecedented explosion of Big Data and cloud services is driving the development of new storage architectures to store the information produced by this web-scale trend.

It is becoming increasingly clear that even a linear growth trajectory for storage is insufficient to deliver the quantity of storage needed for data produced by the Internet of Things. Current architectures have bottlenecks that, while merely inconvenient for legacy data, are simply unacceptable for the scale of storage needed today...

Eight VFX Produces High-End Visual Effects for Commercials With Avere Systems and Google Cloud Platform

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Avere Systems, a leading provider of enterprise storage for the hybrid cloud, announced today that Eight VFX, a visual effects studio known for its outstanding work in commercials, feature films and music videos, uses Avere's Virtual FXT Edge filers to speed up production times, remove rendering limitations and enhance its storage infrastructure.

Eight VFX, known in the industry for delivering high-end visual effects on tight timelines, was experiencing challenges when delivering on-demand render power to customer projects for BMW, Chevrolet, HP, Mars, Nike, Puma and Samsung. The studio initially turned to rental nodes to manage its fast-changing production pipeline and dynamic digital assets, however this process proved to be time and equipment intensive. Due to these issues, the studio explored a number of cloud-based rendering solutions with burst-compute capability, and found that Avere Systems was the only solution that did not require complex scripting or data management.

Top 5 Things to Know about Storing Information in the Cloud

Grazed from BusinessWorld. Author: Editorial Staff.

Although the idea of storing information in the cloud is far from new, many people still wonder about the wisdom of storing corporate data on something so ethereal. Ironically, many business people have a strong opinion about the dangers of using the cloud that is not based on fact or personal experience. In truth, using the cloud can free up your business from many of the limitations associated with on-premise infrastructures. Here are five things you should know about storing information on the cloud to give you a balanced perspective on cloud computing.

1. Cloud security

While a provider might provide cloud security measures like anti-malware, intrusion prevention, a host firewall, integrity monitoring, and log inspection, you still have to do your part to ensure that your data is secure. Unfortunately, many Don’t know what to make of technology and are often unaware that security measures require user participation. It’s up to you to define the level of privacy you consider important and you do have to follow through on security measures like using the two-step verification method that involves sending an SMS code to your mobile phone...

Boxbee Pivots, Unveils Holistic Software for Storage Entrepreneurs

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Recognizing an opportunity to shake up the self-storage market, Boxbee today unveiled a proprietary software platform empowering entrepreneurs to create and manage their own storage service with on-demand pickup and delivery. The platform boasts an intuitive design allowing users to create a storage service in a matter of minutes with just a few clicks. The launch marks Boxbee's pivot from operating an on-demand consumer storage service to a logistics software platform that will unleash entrepreneurship and innovation into the $27 billion dollar self-storage industry.

Led by supply chain and logistics innovator Kristoph Matthews, Boxbee pioneered the on-demand storage space in 2012. Matthews sold the legacy on-demand storage business to Iron Mountain (IRM) earlier this year to focus on creating new opportunities for entrepreneurs looking to provide storage services with on-demand pickup and delivery to their community, but lack the capital or know-how to build software to manage the business as it scales.

Datera Emerges From Stealth to Bring AWS-Like Elastic Block Storage to Enterprises and Service Providers

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Datera emerged from stealth today and immediately launched its first product -- Datera Elastic Data Fabric. Datera Elastic Data Fabric is the first storage solution for enterprise and service provider clouds that is designed with DevOps style operations in mind. Datera Elastic Data Fabric is scale-out storage software that turns standard, commodity hardware into a RESTful API-driven, policy-based storage fabric for large-scale clouds.

Datera Elastic Data Fabric makes Infrastructure as Code a reality for DevOps environments who have struggled for too long against the cumbersome operations requirements of legacy storage infrastructure. Now enterprise and service provider clouds can enjoy the operational efficiencies that have given the likes of AWS and Google their competitive edge.

Intel Announces First 3D NAND SSDs Optimized For Cloud and Enterprise

 Grazed from SSDReview.  Author: Scot Strong.

Intel Corporation is announcing their first dual-port PCI Express (PCIe) SSDs that utilize the Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) protocol.  The dual-port design of the new Intel SSD DC D3700 and D3600 series provides failover and redundancy, which are critical in safeguarding against data loss.  Systems utilizing the D3700 can realize up to a 6 X performance increase as compared to current dual-port SAS offerings.
 
Also being announced are the Intel SSD DC P3320 and P3520 series, which are the first Intel SSDs built on the industry’s highest-density 3D NAND.  The DC P3320 series are optimized for more cost-effective performance, and are geared toward read-intensive usage scenarios common to cloud and data analytics. The DC P3320 features a PCIe Gen 3×4 interface to provide low latency and fast data access, to the tune of up to 5 X faster performance and up to 3.2 X faster sequential reads as compared to mainstream SATA SSDs...

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Sphere 3D's Collaboration with Microsoft to Bring SnapCLOUD Adopters to Microsoft Azure Marketplace is an Immediate Success

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Sphere 3D Corp., a containerization, virtualization and data management solutions provider and parent company of Overland Storage and Tandberg Data, today announced encouraging initial results from its Microsoft Azure joint marketing campaign. In-market tactics launched in late November 2015 were directed to a control portion, subset of its dedicated customers that use its SnapServer and SnapScale on-premise storage solutions. The campaign entices them to augment their existing solutions with Sphere 3D's SnapCLOUD  - a cloud-based data storage product which is available from the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. The campaign has already resulted in over 100 SnapCLOUD customer deployments, meeting 40% of the target goal for the original 90-day period.    

 

Microsoft's OneDrive debacle shows its cloud commitment is weaker than promised

Grazed from DigitalTrends. Author: Gabe Carey.

When Microsoft announced earlier this week that it would no longer be handing out unlimited cloud storage to Office 365 subscribers via its OneDrive service, those affected were obviously not enthused. Users who were previously unbounded by the all-you-can-eat buffet that was endless cloud storage will soon be limited to a less satisfying 1TB.

Those latching on to the 100 and 200GB plans will see reduction to a dismal 50GB at the same monthly cost. Even free users will be affected, by a reduction from 15GB to a meager 5GB of complimentary storage. And that all goes without mentioning the 15GB camera roll feature, which is to be axed altogether...

Accelerating cloud storage and reducing the effects of latency

Grazed from CloudComputing. Author: Graham Jarvis.

Over a number of years there has been a long and hard fought battle to secure the ability to‘accelerate anywhere’any data type to, from and across a cloud area network (ClAN) to allow fast access to applications, or to secure data as a part of a back-up and archiving strategy. According to Claire Buchanan, chief commercial officer at self-configuring infrastructure optimise networks (SCION) vendor Bridgeworks, this battle is still ongoing. With the use of traditional WAN optimisation techniques the long drawn out battle has still to be won.

“It may not long be the case as with the advent of machine intelligence and technologies such as SCION, The problem has been that of small pipes and the inability to accelerate data. Therefore, the use of deduping and compression tools have been the only way to gain a perceived performance improvement”, she explains...