Data Storage

Netflix exec: The master copy of our data is in the cloud

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Janko Roettgers.

If there’s one key lesson startups in the consumer web space can learn from the big guys, it’s this: Don’t invest in in-house servers. That was one of the key take-aways from the guru panel at GigaOM’s Structure conference in San Francisco, where Netflix’s director of architecture Adrian Cockcroft confided: “The master copy of our data is now stored in the cloud.”

Dropbox’s VP of engineering Aditya Agarwal agreed, and gave founders this bit of advice: “If you are a startup, you’d be crazy if you built your own infrastructure.” He added that using the cloud instead of homegrown infrastructure wasn’t just about costs, but also about giving your own engineers the flexibility they need. “If you build it in-house, it should be easier to use than AWS,” he said...

Atlantis Launches Groundbreaking New Storage Optimization Product for Storage-Intensive Virtualized Server and Cloud Apps

Grazed from MarketWatch. Author: PR Announcement.

Today Atlantis Computing(TM), a leading provider of storage optimization software for virtual servers and desktops, will unveil Atlantis ILIO FlexCloud 1.0 onstage at GigaOM Structure, one of the most influential cloud computing conferences. The new software product makes it possible for enterprises and service providers to fundamentally change the performance and economics of storage-intensive virtualized server and cloud applications like databases, big data and custom enterprise applications.

"With our success in the desktop virtualization market, we are constantly asked by customers to bring to market solutions for virtual servers that optimize storage utilization like we do for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)," said Bernard Harguindeguy, CEO of Atlantis Computing. "With the introduction of Atlantis ILIO FlexCloud 1.0, we are demonstrating how our technology has the flexibility to deliver similar performance, cost and scalability benefits to server virtualization and the cloud."...

Panzura nets $15M to push enterprise cloud storage

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Barb Darrow.

The enterprise cloud storage opportunity is big and Panzura plans to use $15 million in new venture funding to attack it in a bigger, more global way.

Panzura’s Series C round was led by Opus Capital, bringing total funding to $33 million. The new cash which will go towards building Panzura’s global sales force, CEO Randy Chou told me recently. Unlike many of the other cloud storage startups, four-year-old Panzura focuses exclusively on big enterprise accounts not on small and medium businesses, he said. Current enterprise customers include Relativity Media and Jazz Pharmaceuticals.

The company’s cloud storage gateway can front-end private or public clouds. Panzura lists Amazon, Nirvanix, Rackspace, Hewlett-Packard and Google as public cloud partners and works with EMC, OpenStack, Amplidata and Nirvanix on the private cloud side...

Scale out storage: Caringo says it’s all about the software

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Stacey Higginbotham.

Since the dawn of the digital age we’ve scattered more and more information about ourselves on the web, inside home computers and laptops and in online storage lockers. It’s the reason we love Facebook and use it as our personal scrapbooks. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime for marketers. And for Caringo it’s the reason it exists.

Caringo, an Austin Texas based company, was formed in 2005 with the idea of creating a new type of file system for storing data of storage software that uses a single namespace to scale to many petabytes of data. Its three founders had worked together at several startups including SequeLink and FileLink before forming Caringo. In 2006 before Amazon launched its Simple Storage Service Caringo released CAStor, software that created a scalable storage service. Amazon’s launch of cloud storage validated Caringo’s plans, and gave it something to sell against...

European data security and cloud computing

Grazed from Backup Technology. Author: Editorial Staff.

Does your off-site data centre have to be within commuting distance? Perhaps not. Should it at least be in the same country? According to Megan Richards, a European Commission director and acting deputy director general of Information Society and Media, “it shouldn’t matter where data is held as long as our [EC] rules apply”.

Since 1995 there has been a directive, rather than a piece of legislature, for EU countries regarding off-site data storage. Currently, individual states can implement the directive as and how they wish, making off-shore data storage very risky for any company with sensitive data...

Supermicro® Exhibits its Latest X9 Server and Storage Innovations at Computex, Taiwan

Grazed from MarketWatch.  Author: PR Announcement.

Super Micro Computer, Inc. SMCI +1.43% , a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology and green computing, displays its full range of computing solutions optimized for large scale IT deployments at Computex, Taiwan June 5-9. Exhibits will include a vast selection of X9 Server Solutions, Serverboards, SuperBlade®, SuperWorkstations and SuperStorage systems with the latest Intel® Xeon® E5-2600/4600/2400 and E3-1200 v2 series processors optimized for a wide range of applications across Data Center, Cloud Computing, HPC and Embedded environments. Rounding out their exhibit, Supermicro will demo complete integrated solutions in a SuperRack® with their 10GbE top-of-rack network switch and their Server Management Software optimizing the power and performance of the interconnected systems...