Data Storage Companies

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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Who's Leading the Storage Startup Landscape?

Article Written by David Marshall

Tape Storage

Just last week, Red Herring announced the winners of its 2016 Top 100 North America award, which recognizes the leading private companies in the region, celebrating startups' innovations and technologies across their respective industries.

It's interesting to see that many of the winners fall in the IT space, and three in particular fall specifically in the storage category: SwiftStackZadara and Igneous. Virtualization, public cloud and other relatively recent changes in the datacenter have turned the storage world upside down, creating a market for fresh, new, innovative solutions that save time, money and resources. Many new companies have formed over the past several years, jumping on the opportunity presented by the need for better, more modern storage. But what is it about certain solutions and vendors that make them stand out amongst the others?

Hitachi Content Platform Anywhere Receives 2015 Cloud Computing Storage Excellence Award

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Hitachi Data Systems announced today that TMC, a global, integrated media company, has named Hitachi Content Platform Anywhere as a 2015 Cloud Computing Storage Excellence Award winner, presented by TMC's Cloud Computing Magazine. The Cloud Storage Excellence Award recognizes companies that have introduced or improved cloud storage solutions. The award honors vendors who provide unsurpassed cloud storage, as well as storage efficiency for their customer base.

"Congratulations to Hitachi Data Systems for its ability to show maturity and expansion of the cloud storage market through innovation and product quality," said Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. "We are pleased to present HCP Anywhere with a Cloud Storage Excellence Award for its commitment to advancing cloud storage solutions."...

Cloud Computing: Box Restarts IPO Process

Grazed from WSJ. Author: Douglas MacMillan.

After months of delays, the initial public offering for online storage company Box Inc. is finally a go. Box said Friday that it plans to register as many as 14.4 million shares, expected to price between $11 and $13 a share, and sees raising as much as $186.9 million. It began its road show pitching the stock to investors, putting it on track to have its shares trading by the end of January.

The company plans to list on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “BOX.” The IPO would value Box at more than $1.5 billion. The company said in its filing that it expects to receive about $134.3 million in net proceeds that it plans to use for general purposes...

Cloud Computing: Zadara Turns Storage into a Service

Grazed from ITBusinessEdge. Author: Michael Vizard.

Data storage used to be relatively simple, in the sense that it was generally all in one location. But with the advent of cloud computing, data is now stored both inside and out of the enterprise. Looking to help IT organizations get a better handle on all the storage, Zadara Storage has created a storage-as-a-service offering based on the open source OpenStack cloud management platform that makes it easier to manage storage systems deployed both on premise and in the cloud.

Noam Shender, vice president of business development for Zadara Storage, says the Virtual Private Storage Array (VPSA) can be deployed on premise, in a managed hosting environment and in the cloud. Regardless of where the VPSA is deployed, Shender says a unified console allows IT organizations to manage petabytes of flash and magnetic storage systems as a single service via RESTful application programming interfaces (APIs) that Zadara exposes...

Cloud Computing: Dropbox's new features to make work and life easier

Grazed from SiliconRepublic. Author: Editorial Staff.

A raft of new features Dropbox unveiled last night herald a new dawn for cloud computing; a more useful dawn in fact. The cloud storage company revealed a new Dropbox for Business that keeps work Dropboxes in one place, a gallery feature called Carousel, and an ambitious quest to tame inboxes.

The new Dropbox for Business is a rebuild of the original business product, but made more versatile to access personal and work Dropboxes from any device. “We did this to give admins more visibility and control over their company’s data,” said Dropbox’s Ilya Fushman. “Remote wipe helps protect confidential information, account transfer helps you maintain business continuity, and sharing audit logs let you track how your Dropbox for Business information is being accessed.”...

SoftNAS Launches SoftNAS 2.1 Upgrade for SoftNAS Cloud

Grazed from PRWeb. Author: PR Announcement.

SoftNAS, the #1 NAS in the Cloud, today launched the SoftNAS 2.1 upgrade for SoftNAS Cloud™ for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). The upgrade delivers several unique features, including the only cross-zone high availability (HA) with the first patent-pending Elastic HA™ technology on AWS Marketplace of Amazon Web Services (AWS).

AWS Cross-Zone HA provides failover across Amazon EC2 availability zones for NFS and CIFS to provide non-stop storage operation for mission-critical applications. Elastic HA utilizes an enhanced elastic IP address to deliver up to 99.999 percent reliability and seamless automatic failover within approximately 20 seconds...

Best Cloud Storage Options For Cash-Strapped Startups

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Andrei Maguleanu.

Startups have a ton of things on their plate, and IT services should be working for them, instead of wasting time, money and other precious resources. If you want a safe, inexpensive and useful cloud storage solution for your startup, there are solutions out there. Here are the three major players in the cloud storage game and here’s what each has to offer:

Google Drive: If your company has Android phones, it’s a no-brainer – Google integrates so smoothly into the mobile OS that it just blows competition out of the water. They offer 15 GB free storage right off the bat, but you can store an unlimited number of photos in your drive if you compress them to 2048 px – which is definitely more than enough for most uses. If you want more storage space, Google has larger plans that come with a monthly rate:...

Cloud Computing: Box gets more international with Equinix deal

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Barb Darrow.

Box will use six Equinix IBX data centers worldwide to serve the business users of its file-sharing and storage solution. Up till now, Box had no data center capacity outside the US although more than half of its customers were international. Box, which offers a cloud storage and file sharing to business customers, is getting more global, inking a deal to with Equinix to run on six of that company’s IBX data centers around the world.

Up until now, more than half of Box’s claimed 14 million customers were outside the U.S. but all of its data center capacity were there. Now, Box will also run in Equinix IBX data centers in Chicago, Ashburn, Virg., Amsterdam, Sydney, Hong Kong and Tokyo, the company said. Using Equinix, Box said it can boost performance for those customers by 60 percent...

Logicalis Announces Checklist to Help CIOs Examine Cloud Storage Market

Grazed from PRWeb. Author: PR Announcement.

Storage requirements are growing exponentially and, as a result, companies are looking for alternatives to traditional tape-based solutions. The cloud can provide a cost-effective storage alternative, but it may not be the right solution for every case. Today, Logicalis, an international IT solutions and managed services provider, released a list of the top pros and cons to a cloud-based storage solution to help CIOs and other IT professionals determine if this cost-effective alternative to tape will work for their specific requirements.

“Most organizations can take advantage of cloud storage,” says Victor Dermott, solution architect, cloud computing, for Logicalis. Large organizations, Dermott notes, frequently have very large volumes of online storage and may have legal requirements to retain data for years, including unstructured data like pictures, films and radiology studies, resulting in petabytes of storage which can run into prohibitive costs for media and physical storage. Small and medium-sized organizations may benefit from the cloud’s affordable monthly terms and the ability to easily increase their storage service levels. “Any organization that has large volumes of archive data, or unstructured data, and a requirement to control and access that data on a policy basis can benefit from cloud-based storage systems,” Dermott says, noting that, frequently, the best data to store in the cloud are those types that have traditionally been stored on tape. To help IT pros determine if their companies can benefit from cloud storage, Dermott suggests a careful examination of the pros and cons...