Data Storage

Cloud Computing: Is It "A Commodity Bare Metal Storage World?"

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Tom Coughlin.

Many folks, particularly in the open source community, have been pushing for some time to move to commodity hardware with more sophisticated software to control that hardware rather than proprietary systems. This is true of servers, networking and also digital storage systems. Organizations such as Facebook, Google, Amazon and other hyperscale data center companies take this approach to a huge scale. In many of these environments functions, such as virtualization, are often installed directly into a storage system rather than within a host operating system (referred to as a bare metal environment).

Companies such as Mirantis and SwiftStack, are open source software companies that recently raised $100 M and $16 M to increase their penetration in the cloud computing and cloud storage markets. Other companies, such as Storient offer low cost private cloud storage capabilities that they say can scale to Exabyte storage environments...

Cloud Computing: Dropbox Apologizes for Losing User Files

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: CJ Arlotta.

Some Dropbox users are missing files from their accounts. And in response to this problem, Dropbox is offering these users a little something for free. The San Francisco-based file synchronization and sharing company has confirmed that a bug in its desktop application might have accidentally deleted files from a "small number of users" who have used the Selective Sync option, a feature that enables users to sync folders to a computer.

The company said users who haven't applied Selective Sync settings to their accounts haven't been affected. To resolve the issue, Dropbox said it has patched its desktop client, retired affected versions of Dropbox and made sure all its users are using newer versions of its software. The company also took additional preventive measures:...

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Cloud Computing: SolidFire announces new funding, new storage nodes, but no plans for IPO

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

Flash storage provider SolidFire has beefed up its funding pool with a series D round of $82m, bringing its total up to $150m. The funding was led by Greenspring Associates, a new investor, along with current investors NEA, Novak Biddle, Samsung Ventures and Valhalla Partners. SolidFire says the new funds will be part of a global push and to advance its all-flash storage architecture.

“Series D financing for SolidFire is important,” Jay Prassl, SolidFire VP marketing, told CloudTech. “When you’re building an infrastructure company and a storage company like SolidFire, it’s a capital-intensive business. “This D round funding is very important because it puts SolidFire very much on a path to profitability,” he added...

Quorum named winner of 2014 Cloud Computing Backup and Disaster Recovery Award

Grazed from TMCNet. Author: Editorial Staff.

TMC, a global, integrated media company helping clients build communities in print, in person and online, today announced the recipients of the 2014 Cloud Computing Backup and Disaster Recovery Award. The Cloud Computing Backup and Disaster Recovery Award recognizes technologies and vendors that have built cloud solutions that allow businesses small or large to remain active and productive under even the most challenging conditions, minimizing lost business opportunities.

"Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Cloud Computing Backup and Disaster Recovery Award," said Rich Tehrani (News - Alert), CEO, TMC. "The winning solutions are enabling organizations to feel confident during regular business and in stressful situations. I look forward to seeing continued innovation from these award recipients."...

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Controlling the costs of rapid cloud-storage growth

Grazed from TechPageOne. Author: Drew Robb.

The explosive growth in data volume in today’s cloud-based environments is staggering — as is the cost of storing it. So how do IT departments stay in control of the budget? Clearly, it’s important to pay close attention to pricing and the fine print in any contracts. Just as clouds are nebulous, cloud pricing can be, too. Some vendors quote a ridiculously low cost per gigabyte (GB). But lurking behind that are additional costs for uploading and downloading data, and other hidden fees.

Greg Schulz, an analyst with storage research firm StorageIO Group, advised that anyone looking to the cloud should be wary of lowballing. According to Owen Rogers of 451 Research, cloud computing once promised simple, usage-based charging similar to other utilities such as electricity but the reality is far from this ideal...

Seagate Showcases Its Latest Enterprise Product Portfolio in 2014 Huawei Cloud Congress

Grazed from BusinessWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Seagate Technology, a worldwide leader in hard drives and storage solutions, today showcased its leading enterprise storage solutions at the 2014 Huawei Cloud Congress at the Shanghai Expo Center. During the conference, Seagate signed a supplier cooperation agreement with Huawei under which both parties agreed to expand cooperation to establish a joint laboratory and collaborate on new products, technology and marketing for cloud storage solutions. This includes more closely aligning their product and technology roadmaps.

The two-day 2014 Huawei Cloud Congress invites leaders in cloud computing technology, top managers from well-known enterprises and industry experts, to discuss the latest research results on cloud computing, mobile applications, data center management and enterprise applications, as well as sharing practical experience on cloud computing deployment, and exploring new ways of cloud computing...

Cloud Computing: Ericsson acquires Fabrix Systems for $95m

Grazed from Globes.  Author: Roy Goldenberg.

Swedish technology giant Ericsson (Nasdaq:ERIC) has announced that it is acquiring Israeli cloud storage company Fabrix Systems in order to consolidate its position in network delivery for video applications, media storage and TV.  Fabrix Systems was founded in 2006 and has 93 employees in Ra'anana and 10 more in the US.

Fabrix Systems has a cloud based scale out storage and computing platform focused on providing a simple, tightly integrated solution optimized for media storage, processing and delivery applications such as cloud DVR and video-on-demand (VOD) expansion. The approach takes advantage of the latest advances in clustered storage; grid computing; virtualization and video processing technologies enabling a wide range of applications...

AT&T Unveils Cloud Storage Solution for Federal Government Agencies

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Dan Kobialka.

AT&T has launched a cloud-based storage solution that is designed to meet the security requirements of federal government agencies. The new release, AT&T Synaptic Storage-as-a-Service (STaaS) for Government, enables federal government agencies to store information in the cloud.

"Federal agencies want the mobility, collaboration, information sharing and efficiency that the cloud offers, but they can't afford to adopt cloud solutions that sacrifice performance, reliability and above all, security," AT&T Government Solutions President Kay Kapoor said in a prepared statement. "Our new STaaS for Government [offering] delivers the key attributes federal buyers require and allows them to move to the cloud with ease and confidence."...

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CloudByte Introduces All Flash Cloud Age Unified Storage Appliances in India

Grazed from SysCon Media. Author: Editorial Staff.

CloudByte, the first provider of secure, multi-application storage for Enterprise applications, announced the worldwide release of CloudByte ElastiStor Appliance (ESA), a complete self-managed storage solution a couple of months back in three variants: A10, A50, and A100. ElastiStor Appliances enable any size organization to break away from vendor lock-in and high expense of legacy storage approaches. Subsequent to the global launch of ESA, CloudByte has tailored the current release to meet the strong demand for all-flash appliances in India.

While the SanDisk Optimus Eco SAS SSDs power the all-flash and hybrid storage pools, Netweb, the leading provider of server, storage and high-performance computing (HPC) solutions, facilitates distribution and hardware support. IndiQus Technologies is the implementation partner...

IBM patents method to control storage location of cloud data

Grazed from Pinnacle.  Author: Editorial Staff.

As more businesses adopt cloud computing and storage practices, data governance and security issues are becoming more apparent. A U.S. judge recently ordered Microsoft to give data stored in Ireland data centers to U.S. law enforcement agencies, despite European data protection laws that make Europe-based subsidiaries of foreign companies abide by European law.

IBM is taking strides to change the way public and private cloud data is stored. According to an IBM press release, its inventors recently patented a technique that helps clients automatically analyze and manage the location where information resides. This enables businesses to comply with regulations governing where data can be stored in different countries and continents...