Data Storage

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...

Online Backup Mag Re-launches as CloudWedge.com

Grazed from PRWeb. Author: PR Announcement.

Web publisher Online Backup Mag is proud to announce its re-branding and re-launch as CloudWedge.com. Originally founded as a news site covering the online backup industry, it has expanded its content focus to include everything related to cloud computing technologies.

Senior editor Natalie Lerner commented, “We are excited about this opportunity to branch out and expand our former repertoire to cover the whole of the cloud. The cloud computing industry has already started to shape the way we interact with the world, and will only grow from here; we want to cover every inch of this as it unfolds.”...

Cloud Computing: Autotask, StorageCraft announce new integration to streamline MSP business processes

Grazed from PRNewsWire.  Author: PR Announcement.

One of the world's leading hosted IT business management software providers and one of the most trusted names in data backup and disaster recovery announced today the availability of an integration module that gives managed service providers (MSPs) the power to simplify and streamline their business processes leveraging the StorageCraft Recover-Ability Solution and the Autotask IT Business Management Solution.

The integration module allows MSPs to easily automate their billing processes by mapping and synchronizing data from the StorageCraft MSP portal and StorageCraft Cloud Services with their Autotask IT Business Management Solution...

Cloud Computing: Google Drive Chops Prices

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Thomas Claburn.

Google, like other companies offering online storage, still faces doubts about the security of cloud computing following last summer's revelations about the reach of the National Security Agency. But it's doing its best to reassure customers and to attract new ones. Following a declaration this month by Eran Feigenbaum, director of security for Google Apps, that "the cloud can be as safe as -- or in many cases, safer than -- storing data on-premise," Google is making a financial case for the cloud.

The company lowered the cost of Google Drive storage substantially Thursday. "Today, thanks to a number of recent infrastructure improvements, we're able to make it more affordable for you to keep everything safe and easy to reach on any device, from anywhere," Google product management director Scott Johnston wrote in a blog post...

OwnCloud Raises $6.3M to Combine File Sharing and Privacy

Grazed from WSJ. Author: Deborah Gage.

Secure storage and sharing of data have become sensitive topics since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden last year leaked details of U.S. government snooping. But ownCloud Inc. co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Frank Karlitschek saw the danger before that.

Convinced in 2010 that new cloud computing services were a threat to security and privacy, he wrote what ultimately became ownCloud’s code, putting it into open source and gathering a community of developers around it. In 2011, ownCloud the company was formed, and it has now raised $6.3 million in Series A funding co-led by Devonshire Investors and current investor General Catalyst Partners, taking total funding to $10.1 million. Valuation is not disclosed...

7 truths about data in the cloud

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Derek Schoettle.

These are heady times for both cloud service providers and their customers. Never before has it been so easy to spin up large-scale applications and databases, fueling remarkably agile manuevers by companies of almost any size. In this week's New Tech Forum, Derek Schoettle, CEO of Cloudant -- bought by IBM just two weeks ago -- walks us through the rapidly evolving world of cloud data management and where the cloud transition will be taking IT over the next few years. --Paul Venezia

Big bets in cloud data management

I'm not going to bore you with terms like "big data" and the capabilities of various strains of NoSQL databases. What I'd rather discuss is something that is changing drastically: how we store and access our data. As the cloud evolves beyond cheap infrastructure, the real innovation in 2014 will come from how we manipulate data stored on that infrastructure...

The future of email storage is in the cloud

Grazed from Bizjournals. Author: Richard Pinson.

Although it has been around for some time, cloud computing has gained popularity over the past few years, and the business world is embracing it. One of the fastest areas of the shift to the cloud is with email. The demand for remote access from a variety of devices -- tablets, smartphones and laptops -- has contributed to this trend, as has widespread usage of cloud-based email solutions such as Gmail.

There are numerous benefits to moving to cloud-based email services. Maintaining in-house email servers require higher expertise and security knowledge that ultimately becomes prohibitively expensive. Moving away from an in-house solution allows IT staff more time to focus on other initiatives. The cloud service provider that handles email is responsible for the ongoing hardware and storage maintenance, administration and security requirements...

Rackspace Taps Brocade for Leaner, Greener Cloud SANs

Grazed from InfoStor. Author: Pedro Hernandez.

Cloud computing's runaway popularity is leaving providers in a bind. While it's generally a good problem to have, accelerating growth -- 200,000-plus customers and counting in Rackspace's case -- can lead to complexity in the data center, not to mention outsized power bills. Rackspace, the San Antonio, Texas-based provider of cloud computing services, turned to Brocade and its Gen 5 Fibre Channel SAN interconnection platform to help implement an upgrade storage architecture that can grow with the company while promoting energy efficiency.

Brocade's tech is also helping the company squeeze a little more precious rack space out of its data centers. Sean Wedige, CTO of Rackspace Enterprise Solutions at Rackspace, said in a statement that his company worked with Brocade and EMC to "to design a SAN fabric that was easy to grow and manage, while providing the flexibility to allow our data center technicians to connect any device to any switch in the fabric."...

Cloud Storage: How Do The IT Giants Stack Up?

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Andrei Maguleanu.

We’ve talked about how cloud computing is changing our everyday lives. How you use your phone, your game console, even your computer or email has changed for the better, and all thanks to cloud computing. If you don’t yet have a cloud storage account, here’s an overview comparing the three major solutions from the three major players in the IT world: Microsoft, Google and the mighty, Dropbox.

Google Drive

Google’s product is seamlessly integrated with everything with your other Google Services, making it a favorite among Android users. You get 15 GB for free to start you off, and if you should need more than that you can buy packages starting from 100GB for $4.99 a month. Photos stored in Google+ will not count towards your basic 15GB storage, and you can store as many as you want at 2048px. A versatile, easy to use service with a lot of integration options, and free for the most part. Definitely one of the top contenders...

NetApp In The Cloud Age: Q&A with CEO Tom Georgens

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Rob Preston.

The irony of the storage industry is that as data volumes continue to soar and storage budgets grab a larger share of overall IT budgets, the system vendors positioned to profit from those trends are under intense financial pressure. The aggregate growth rate of storage vendors is flat to negative, as cheaper technology alternatives emerge and as some cash-strapped customers delay their storage purchasing decisions, in part to evaluate alternative models such as cloud, virtualization, and even open source.

NetApp, one of the industry's leading vendors, is feeling that pressure. In its most recent quarter, the company's revenue was relatively flat -- down 1.2% from the year-earlier quarter to $1.61 billion -- though its gross profit was up 3.9% to a very healthy $1 billion. In a wide-ranging interview just prior to NetApp's third-quarter financial report, CEO Tom Georgens emphasized the company's strengths as a "data management" vendor and integrator, that it's not just a purveyor of commodity storage systems...