Data Storage

eFolder Awarded Coolest Cloud Storage Vendor and Coolest Cloud Computing Vendor by CRN

Grazed from PRWeb. Author: PR Announcement.

eFolder, a leading supplier of business continuity and cloud file sync services for the IT channel, today announced that it has earned recognition on The Channel Company’s CRN 20 Coolest Cloud Storage Vendors of 2015 and 100 Coolest Cloud Computing Vendors of 2015. These annual lists recognize some of the most innovative cloud companies supporting the IT channel today.

The 20 Coolest Cloud Storage Vendors and 100 Coolest Cloud Computing Vendors honors are presented to companies based on their approach to creating innovative products, services or partner programs that have helped channel partners transform into true solution providers, ultimately helping customers take advantage of the ease of use, flexibility, scalability and savings that cloud computing offers...

No, Canada! You can't keep cloud storage local

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

The Treasury Board of Canada is creating a government-wide policy on the use of cloud computing services. It has asked for input from the industry, but already this journey is taking some interesting directions. “Of particular interest are the privacy implications of using cloud computing services, particularly where the data is either hosted outside the country or by foreign-owned organizations,” writes Michael Geist, a law professor at the University of Ottawa.

Indeed, proposed contractual clauses address encryption and data storage, as well as rules about where the data can reside. Per the Treasury Board's industry request: The services provider (the contractor) must not store any nonpublic, personal, or sensitive data and information outside of Canada. This includes backup data and disaster recovery locations...

Cloud Computing: Citrix Acquires Sanbolic

Grazed from SysConMedia. Author: Liz Macmillan.

Citrix announced on Monday that is has completed its acquisition of Sanbolic, a provider of workload-oriented storage virtualization technologies. Sanbolic technology enables customers to software-define storage to optimize the delivery of application-specific workloads, from any media type – SSD, Flash and hard drives in NAS, SAN, server-side and cloud deployments – improving storage load balancing, application availability and delivering the highest-performance end-user experience.

The acquisition of this robust set of workload-oriented infrastructure technologies, combined with its XenDesktop, XenApp and XenMobile products, enables Citrix to develop a range of differentiated solutions. These solutions will improve the economics and reduce the complexity of Windows application delivery and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployments...

Hybrid cloud storage: What it is and how to deploy it

Grazed from ComputerWeekly. Author: Bryan Betts.

Despite all the hype around cloud storage, it still faces hurdles when it comes to commercial uptake. Those hurdles include concerns over access speed and latency, as well fears around security, compliance and data portability. So, storage and cloud suppliers have come up with a potential solution.

With hybrid cloud storage you do not have to use cloud-hosted storage for all – or indeed any – of your data. Instead, data can reside on-site, in a private cloud or in a public cloud – as appropriate for your performance needs, the economics involved, regulatory compliance and, of course, your risk assessment...

Cloud Computing Launches New Level of Data Tiering

Grazed from StorageAcceleration. Author: Bill Kleyman.

Storage is always an interesting topic when it comes to the idea of the cloud. How do we replicate the information? How do we ensure data integrity? How do we optimally utilize storage space within our cloud model? When we take a look at the modern datacenter we see that there are already many different kinds of storage efficiencies built in. Things like data deduplication, thin provisioning, and even data tiers can be applied to vast arrays and multiple controllers.

The challenge has been to take a lot of this technology and span into the cloud. With that in mind, I had a chat with a senior storage architect -- Jeff Arkin of MTM Technologies -- who argues that cloud computing helps introduce a whole new tier when it comes to data control. He points out, "Cloud introduces another storage tier which, for example, allows for moving data to an off-premises location for archival, backups, or the elimination of off-site infrastructure for disaster recovery...

Logentries Alters Cloud Storage Equation

Grazed from TalkinCloud.  Author: Mike Vizard.

Big data is supposed to generate massive amounts of demand for storage, but it's not at all clear how all that storage is going to actually be paid for. Conventional wisdom says IT organizations will pay for storage on a usage basis, but the folks at Logentries have a very different idea.

Logentries, a provider of a log analytics application delivered as a service, has unfurled a Logentries Unlimited, On Demand Log Management service that starts at $429 per month, which includes logging unlimited data from up to 40 hosts. To make that even more enticing the company is also making available a free 30-day trail offer...

Head in the cloud: who is responsible for our data in the cloud?

Grazed from LegalWeek. Author: Robert Bond.

Data privacy regulations are becoming more complex in today's changing IT landscape, and the consequences are huge. It's increasingly important for businesses to keep up to date on legal and regulatory issues of using public cloud while complying with the EU data protection framework.

In terms of the current issues, it goes without saying that data and information is at the heart of any business - whether you are dealing with commercial contracts, M&A, big data, the internet of things, outsourcing and of course public and private cloud. It's inevitable that almost all of these things will involve some movement or processing of personal data...

Backup as a Service: To BaaS or Not to BaaS

Grazed from Datamation. Author: Christine Taylor.

Backup as a Service (BaaS) provides backup and recovery operations from the cloud. The cloud-based BaaS provider maintains necessary backup equipment, applications, process and management in their data center. The customer will have some on-site installation – an appliance and backup agents are common – but there is no need to buy backup servers and software, run upgrades and patches, or purchase dedupe appliances.

Note that BaaS is not just a marketing term for online backup. Online backup is not a service: IT uses the cloud as a backup target, similar to disk or tape. In contrast, BaaS launches from the cloud service provider, who consults with the customer over needs and SLAs, and who manages the backup and recovery service...

Cloud Computing: Box CEO - Storage to become 'Free and Infinite'

Grazed from CloudWedge. Author: Sean Shado.

Since cloud computing has gained stream, there is an industry wide “Race to zero” in regards to price. Cloud services keep getting cheaper and many analysts wonder if some cloud services will be free by default. If you caught some of the sound bytes Box’s CEO Aaron Levie last week, Levie goes on to mention that he sees “A future where storage is free and infinite.”

It’s starting to seem as if Cloud’s Big 3's pricing competition has put pressure on other vendors to drop their prices and because of this, we are seeing what could be described as survival of the fittest within the cloud market. When public cloud first hit the scene in the mid 2000s, storage, compute and other IaaS services were heralded as being the darling of cloud computing...

Microsoft to marry Office with Dropbox for cloud productivity

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Juan Carlos Perez.

In the latest example of Microsoft partnering with a major competitor, the company has struck a deal with Dropbox to improve interoperability between Office and Dropbox's cloud storage and file sharing services for consumers and businesses. The partnership, announced Tuesday, creates a "coopetition" relationship, since Microsoft's OneDrive and OneDrive for Business compete against Dropbox's namesake consumer service and against Dropbox for Business.

The motivation is to make life easier for the company's vast number of shared customers, which currently store 35 billion Office files in Dropbox. While in a perfect Microsoft world, all Office users would rely on OneDrive and OneDrive for Business, Dropbox has amassed a user base of about 300 million people. Meanwhile, Office has 1.2 billion users...

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