Data Storage

HP Brings New Storage Capabilities to OpenStack Kilo for Cloud Computing

Grazed from FineChannel. Author: Editorial Staff.

HP on April 30 announced it has made multiple contributions to the OpenStack Kilo release, including new converged storage management automation and new flash storage technologies to support flexible, enterprise-class clouds. Drivers such as data growth, software-defined data center technologies, and the Internet of Things continue to fuel cloud adoption.

Enterprises are deploying OpenStack technology to overcome private and public cloud challenges, including costly vendor lock-in, lack of control or customizability, and inability to scale applications for the cloud, according to HP. As a testament to the company’s ongoing commitment to open source cloud technology, HP is a Platinum Founding member of the OpenStack Foundation and a key contributor to multiple OpenStack projects, including funding, code, reviews, testing, and training...

Zadara Storage expands European availability with TelecityGroup’s Cloud-IX

Grazed from Zadara Storage.

Zadara™ Storage, the provider of enterprise-class storage-as-a-service (STaaS), today announced that its award-winning Virtual Private Storage Array™ (VPSA™) platform is now available via TelecityGroup’s Cloud-IX ecosystem. Extending the service’s availability to TelecityGroup’s 39 data centre facilities across Europe through the Cloud-IX platform enables customers to introduce enterprise-grade cloud storage into public, privately hosted or hybrid IT environments.
Cloud-IX is TelecityGroup’s software-defined networking platform that enables customers to access multiple cloud services, toolsets and solutions through a single, dedicated, secure connection. The Cloud-IX platform removes the need for customers to perform any network connectivity integration directly, and through an intuitive self-service portal, they can simply order, set up and change their Cloud-IX service. Cloud-IX is available throughout TelecityGroup’s European estate of premium data centres, providing direct connectivity to Zadara Storage’s STaaS and leading cloud providers, including Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

Cloud Computing: IBM Eyes Object Storage on Tape

Grazed from EnterpriseTech. Author: George Leopold.

Despite a steady stream of storage technology advances, IBM scientists insist there is still plenty of life left in left in tape storage along with new cloud applications like object storage. IBM Research this week claimed a new storage density record of 123 billion bits of uncompressed data per square inch on inexpensive particulate magnetic tape. The areal recording density is said to be equivalent to a 220-terabyte tape cartridge, the researcher said.

The tape storage milestone is the latest in a series recorded by IBM Research and industrial partner FujiFilm Corp. of Japan. They demonstrated the record tape storage density as part of a project with Swiss-based ETH Zurich, which uses IBM tape storage technology for central data backup...

Cloud Computing: Microsoft Rolls Out New Azure Backup and Recovery Services

Grazed from TopTechNews. Author: Jennifer LeClaire.

Availability is not merely disaster recovery in the cloud Relevant Products/Services -- it’s the empowering connection between a data Relevant Products/Services center and the cloud for protection Relevant Products/Services and value creation. That’s what Microsoft Azure Product Marketing Group Manager Joel Ferman said when he announced new features for the Azure Backup service.

Microsoft now offers on-demand availability in Azure for both hybrid and heterogeneous environments. That lets organizations harness a nearly unlimited amount of compute and storage in the cloud for developing and testing cloud bursting, migration, reporting and analytics, recovery, backup and long-term data retention, Ferman said...

Hero or Zero? Cloud Storage Costs in Free-Fall Mode

Grazed from MidsizeInsider. Author: Doug Bonderud.

It has been dubbed "the race to zero": Cloud storage providers are working to outpace one another with price cuts and increased storage volumes. But will cloud storage costs ever bottom out? If they do, what kind of market will be left for midsize companies? Will the companies that emerge from the rubble be dubbed cloud computing heroes or zeroes?

Prices in Free Fall

According to a recent article from Cloud Tweaks, storage prices are dropping as big-name providers fight it out in the public sector. While there is little chance that the price-per-gigabyte will ever reach zero, it is not outside the realm of possibility that only a few providers will emerge profitably, offering storage solutions for a pittance. It is worth noting for midsize companies that when the playing field is sufficiently narrow, prices will start to trend upward again — without the benefit of healthy competition...

The downside to mass data storage in the cloud

Grazed from NetworkWorld.  Author: Tom Henderson.

The cloud can be an enormously cost-effective way to increase storage and computing musculature, and also, sadly, a way to further add misery to those seeking privacy—or who just want to be left alone. It's rare to see organizations stand up and shout, "we'll not give your data to anyone!" or "the life of all stored data, except opt-in assets you want us to store, is always 90 days!" or "yes, we can determine in absolute certainty that your data has been erased to protect you and your identity."

The cloud, in some warrens, has become a storage ground for the various factories of "big data," whose ideals are generally to sell things to consumers and businesses. Correlating facts is huge. Ask Target, whose insight into discovering pregnancies helped them capture a nicely profitable market in the pregnancy and new mother world. Smart, you say. There is a downside to this...

Simple, Secure Backup-as-a-Service Now Available Through SingleHop Private Cloud and Veeam Cloud Connect

Grazed from MarketWire.  Author: PR Announcement.

SingleHop, a leading provider of on-demand hosted private clouds and managed hosting, today introduced storage-agnostic backup-as-a-service (BaaS) capabilities through Veeam Cloud Connect©, enabling enterprises to efficiently backup data to the cloud. Veeam Availability Suite v8 users can immediately take advantage of SingleHop BaaS with no additional hardware, software, or upfront costs and without the cost and complexity of managing an offsite infrastructure. SingleHop is among a small handful of companies to offer Veeam-powered backup to extend customer data protection outside of the data center.

Cloud-based backup has emerged as the choice alternative or complementary method to tape, disk, on-premise, and 3rd party co-location scenarios because of the reduced risk, lower costs and improved business continuity the cloud model delivers...

Hard drive or cloud storage: What's best for backup?

Grazed from USA Today.  Author: Marc Saltzman.

If you're reading this article – perhaps on a smartphone, tablet or laptop -- chances are you've wrestled with how to best protect your digital information on those devices.  That is, with all the important files you likely have, you might be unsure whether to rely on one of the many "cloud" services available today or an external hard drive?

The answer? Both.  Consider an online and offline solution -- to protect all the documents, photos and other files on all your computing devices -- as they each have their distinct benefits and drawbacks...

Cloud Computing: Microsoft Is Offering 100GB Of Free OneDrive Storage To Dropbox Users

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Amit Chowdhry.

Microsoft has been giving away a lot of freebies through their cloud computing storage service OneDrive lately. Last week, Microsoft gave away 100GB of free storage for two years to create a Bing Rewards account. And now Microsoft OneDrive is offering 100GB of free storage for one year to Dropbox users.

The offer is limited to current Dropbox users and the first 10 million people to redeem it. The OneDrive bonus storage is not available to customers with OneDrive for Business either. You can receive 100GB of free OneDrive storage for a year by visiting the OneDrive bonus website and logging in with your Microsoft account...

Cloud Computing: Box launches new service for security-conscious enterprises

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Katherine Noyes.

Few would deny the appeal of the cloud for enterprise file storage and sharing, but for some organizations—particularly those in heavily regulated industries—security concerns can outweigh those potential benefits. Enter Box Enterprise Key Management (EKM), a new solution now in beta that aims to give businesses the ability to maintain exclusive control over their encryption keys.

Hard on the heels of its initial public offering late last month, Box on Tuesday unveiled Box EKM, a service that targets security-conscious organizations with technology delivered in partnership with Amazon Web Services and Gemalto. “In the old days, if you wanted to encrypt and protect data inside your organization, IT could set it up,” said Rand Wacker, Box’s vice president of enterprise products...