Data Storage

Cloud Computing: Storj Vs. Dropbox - Why Decentralized Storage Is The Future

Grazed from BitCoinMagazine.  Author: Cameron Gray.

The future of cloud storage is decentralization. Imagine being able to rent out your extra hard drive space through an autonomous network and getting paid for it in a cryptocurrency. This is being made possible thanks to Satoshi Nakamoto and platforms such as Storj, Maidsafe, Ethereum and others.  Now that we have the ability to tie P2P currency to resources such as storage space, bandwidth usage, and CPU power, services like Dropbox and Google Drive will be getting a run for their money.

Unlike other 2.0 platforms, Storj has decided to take a “baby steps” approach for developing their software. They want to build their system out in small, modular pieces first so that they can be used as working prototypes. The first of these pieces is a drag-and-drop file hosting web app called Metadisk, which recently had its whitepaper and video tutorial released...

The road to 44 trillion gigabytes: Software-defined datacenters and seeding the cloud

Grazed from TechSpot.  Author: Kent Smith.

When looking at the near future of data center technology, there are two very important trends to consider. First—the adoption of public and private cloud computing continues to become much more pervasive. Enterprises, software developers, and home users are all making the transition to cloud-based models for services and storage.

Second—devices, data, and network demand are all projected to grow at explosive rates over the next few years. By 2020, the digital universe – the data we create and copy annually – will reach 44 zettabytes, or 44 trillion gigabytes. There will be an estimated 24 billion IP-connected devices online (up from 13 billion in 2013). Network expansion is expected to more than triple in that same timeframe, from 63 million new server ports to 206 million...

Cloud Computing: SanDisk & Super Micro Computer Announce Design Win for ULLtraDIMM(TM), Industry's First Ultra-Low Latency SSD

Grazed from BusinessWire. Author: PR Announcement.

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, and Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI), today announced that the SanDisk ULLtraDIMM(TM) solid state drive (SSD), the industry's first enterprise-class, ultra-low latency, memory-channel connected storage solution, will begin shipping in Supermicro's Green SuperServer(R) and SuperStorage platforms. Adding flash storage on the memory bus provides Supermicro(R) with a powerful solution to help customers address growing data center application performance requirements without a significant infrastructure investment.

"The ULLtraDIMM SSD was designed to expand the reach of flash storage throughout the data center and scale to meet the requirements of any enterprise application - no matter how bandwidth or capacity intensive," said John Scaramuzzo, senior vice president and general manager, Enterprise Storage Solutions at SanDisk. "We are very excited to partner with Supermicro in offering this innovative, ultra-low latency storage solution to help their customers accelerate the performance of their cloud, virtualization, HPC and other applications and experience the benefits of a flash-transformed data center."...

Cloud analytics apps need solid data architecture

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Hannah Pullen-Blasnik.

In a presentation at the 2014 TDWI Executive Summit in Boston, consultant and author David Linthicum discussed the impact of cloud computing on business intelligence and data analytics -- and the opportunities it presents to organizations. Describing big data analytics in particular as "the killer app for cloud computing," Linthicum offered tips and advice on designing tiered data architecture for cloud analytics uses.

According to Linthicum, who is a senior vice president at Boston-based consultancy Cloud Technology Partners Inc., a solid architecture is the key to unlocking the potential benefits of cloud platforms. Linthicum said many cloud-based BI and analytics systems lack a well-grounded architecture, which he argued isn't the fault of IT architects, but rather a result of the corporate focus on short-term -- and often shortsighted -- plans...

Cloud Computing: Storage is the heart of the next generation data centre

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: Jeramiah Dooley.

Public cloud services have put huge pressures on enterprise IT to compete in a more agile way. When it can take days or even weeks for IT departments to procure and manually set-up necessary networking and storage hardware to support new applications, why wouldn’t employees turn to providers who can meet their needs within minutes?

To meet these demands, the hardware infrastructure needs to be more than fast; it needs to be flexible and scalable with rapid automation to meet the needs of its users. Storage has a key role to play here, with a sophisticated management layer that can separate performance and capacity - independently controlling access speeds and available drive space on an app-by-app basis - it has now become possible to virtualise performance independent of capacity...

Box uncaps cloud storage limits for business users

Grazed from CNet. Author: Charles Cooper.

Box on Tuesday became the latest company to remove limitations on the amount of cloud storage it offers business customers. The change affects users who previously paid $15 a month for 1 terabyte of storage. Box already offered unlimited storage to customers choosing a different plan that cost $35 a month.

At the same time, the company announced that it would more closely integrate its products to work with Microsoft's Office 365 and Outlook starting this fall. The announcement further underscores an industry in transition. With cloud storage costs plummeting, Box and other providers can't afford to get caught in a breakneck race to the bottom and are keen to play up the ancillary products they offer beyond simply housing files on servers...

Amazon flies farther into the cloud: New storage service will take on Microsoft

Grazed from BizJournals. Author: Rachel Lerman.

Amazon announced last week that it plans to roll out a new sharing service for businesses through Amazon Web Services, its cloud computing division. Amazon Zocalo, which the company describes as a “secure enterprise storage and sharing service,” will compete directly with Microsoft’s SharePoint Online, Dropbox and Box.

Already reaching into every corner of the web, Amazon Web Services has been making a big push into enterprise cloud services. Amazon's latest service helps the Puget Sound region, or “Cloud City” as we could call it, brand itself as the place where the world’s most innovative cloud companies are located...

With Google Offer, Cloud Storage Gets Closer to Free

Grazed from WSJ. Author: Alistair Blair.

Google Wednesday fired another shot in the price wars for cloud-computing services, offering businesses more free storage in an effort to compete with industry leader Amazon Web Services. Google Cloud Platform offered two terabytes of free storage for a year, through one of its partners, a startup called Panzura.

The move highlights the battle among Google, Amazon and Microsoft MSFT -0.26% to provide companies with remote storage, computing power and other technology services, which reduce companies’ need to buy and run their own equipment. Some industry insiders predict storage will soon be free...

Cloud storage viewed as a commodity, price war ignites

Grazed from TechTimes.  Author: Robert Lawson.

Cloud storage is now viewed as a commodity and the result is a bidding war between the major consumer and enterprise solutions offered by tech companies such as Google Drive, IBM SoftLayer, Dropbox, Box, Apple iCloud and Amazon Cloud Drive and Web Services (AWS/S3). 

The mantra of the day is, "it's in the cloud," a phrase that, several short years ago, would have held a completely different meaning to consumers. But because of the exponential shift in the worldwide information economy, the "consumerization of IT" has taken hold and placed a premium on value in terms of flexibility, scalability, reliability, cost and mobility...

Cloud Computing: Dropbox for Business folders can now be shared in read-only mode

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Juan Carlos Perez.

Users of Dropbox for Business will now be able to share folders with colleagues without necessarily giving them rights to edit their content. Giving users read-only access to folders hasn't been possible until now: Dropbox for Business users by default granted edit rights to the people they shared the folders with.

Dropbox makes this move as it faces heightening pressure both in the consumer and enterprise cloud storage and file share markets from rivals like Microsoft and Google. Dropbox hasn't rolled out the new feature to all of its business customers, but admins can turn it on for their users. The company plans to gather feedback from early adopters and make it broadly available later on...