Data Storage

Cloud Computing: Microsoft boosts anti-snooping protection in Outlook.com, OneDrive

Grazed from PCWorld. Author: Juan Carlos Perez.

Microsoft has added encryption safeguards to the Outlook.com webmail service and to the OneDrive cloud storage service, in part to better protect these consumer products from government snoops. “Our goal is to provide even greater protection for data across all the great Microsoft services you use and depend on every day. This effort also helps us reinforce that governments use appropriate legal processes, not technical brute force, if they want access to that data,” Matt Thomlinson, vice president, Trustworthy Computing Security, at Microsoft wrote in a blog post.

The move follows similar ones from other cloud computing providers. For example, Google announced end-to-end encryption for Gmail in April, including protection for email messages while they travel among Google data centers. It recently announced similar encryption for its Google Drive cloud storage service...

Maginatics Wins Cloud Computing Excellence Award

Grazed from MarketWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Maginatics Inc., an emerging leader in distributed enterprise storage solutions, today announced that TMC, a global, integrated media company, has named the Maginatics Cloud Storage Platform as a 2014 Cloud Computing Excellence Award winner. The Cloud Computing Excellence Award, presented by Cloud Computing magazine, recognizes companies that have most effectively leveraged cloud computing in their efforts to bring new, differentiated offerings to market.

"Recognizing leaders in the advancement of cloud computing, TMC is proud to announce Maginatics Cloud Storage Platform as a recipient of the Fourth Annual Cloud Computing Excellence Award," said Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. "Maginatics is being honored for their achievement in bringing innovation and excellence to the market, while leveraging the latest technology trends."...

The New Wave On The Cloud: Object Based Storage

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Syed Raza.

Is your data exponentially growing? Are you using orthodox storage systems like Storage Area Network (SAN) and Network Attached Storage (NAS)? Cloud computing with its numerous benefits and innovative capabilities now offers a novel way of working with data through ‘Object based storage model’. Due to the ever increasing pressure exerted by the industry on the interface to storage, the storage technology has progressed to the point that a change in the device interface is needed. Well, the answer perhaps lies with object based storage, an emerging standard aimed to address this problem. Let’s further elaborate about object based storage.

Objects can be categorized as either:

  • history
  • Files
  • Blocks...

FusionStorm Boosts Its Cloud Computing Offering With Peak's Enterprise Cloud and NetApp Storage Platform

Grazed from MarketWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Peak(R) (formerly PeakColo), an enterprise-class Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Cloud provider for channel partners, announces that FusionStorm, a global IT solution provider, is boosting its cloud computing service by integrating Peak's secure cloud infrastructure and NetApp storage platform. FusionStorm is leveraging Peak's cloud nodes located in Chicago, Ill., and Santa Clara, Calif.

With clients in more than 30 countries, FusionStorm has a long history of solving business issues for clients by providing expertise in core data center technologies, networking, communication and collaboration. FusionStorm offers logistical capabilities and customs knowledge to enable the delivery of multivendor technology solutions around the world. Its global engineering team provides a full suite of professional services, coordinating the efforts of local engineering resources for onsite implementation and 24x7 support...

The Cloud Storage Industry and 3 Solutions for Your Business [Infographic]

 

Grazed from Business2Community. Author: Zach Taji.

As cloud computing has become a more reliable, affordable and secure technology over the past few years, more businesses have started to use it as an additional or even primary method of storing and backing up their data. A variety of industries are already using the technology – from tech startups to government (more than half of the US government has already moved to the cloud).

The cloud storage industry is expected to generate over $4.04 billion in revenue by 2016, and it’s only going to increase as more than 70% of businesses have already started using cloud storage solutions or plan to soon, and 3 out of 4 IT professionals have stated that cloud storage is the #1 reason for migrating to the cloud...

ownCloud 7 Unveils New Open Source Cloud File Sharing Features

Grazed from TheVarGuy. Author: Christopher Tozzi.

ownCloud, the open source file sharing and syncing platform, is aiming to provide a "Dropbox-like" experience, in its own words—as well as to blur the line demarcating private from public clouds by letting users share file between ownCloud instances. That's all part of ownCloud 7 Community Edition, the latest version of the platform, which has been released in beta form.

The "Dropbox-like" enhancements in the newest edition of ownCloud come in the form of a completely new web interface for managing cloud data, as well as support for mobile browsers and performance improvements, ownCloud developers said. That the ownCloud community is officially boasting of ownCloud's ability to look and feel like Dropbox is a clear sign that ownCloud's backers feel they are ready to compete in primetime with the world's best known cloud-based file syncing service—albeit one that, in contrast to ownCloud, is not open source...

Microsoft Capacity of Free One Drive Cloud Storage Boosted to 15 GB

Grazed from CloudComputingPath. Author: Pravin Anchan.

Microsoft is rather aggressive in its policy to woo customers and as part of its cloud offerings, it has made changes to price structure of One Drive cloud storage service. In addition, the free storage capacity of One Drive is boosted from 7 GB to 15 GB with a corresponding price reduction for paid models and for Office 365 users. The proposed changes will come into effect in July. Important changes worth noting are:

  • Free users will be automatically upgraded to 15 GB from 7 GB currently in place.
  • Office 365 subscribers will see their storage space increased from 20 GB to 1 TB
  • Office 365 personal users will pay about $ 10.8 per month; Office 365 home users will pay $ 13.58 per month and University users are expected to pay $102 for 4 years...

Microsoft Digs At Cloud Competitors With New OneDrive Discounts

Grazed from ReadWrite. Author: Jodi Mardesich.

The great cloud computing war of 2014 is in full pitch. Cloud storage providers continue to jockey for the chance to store all your digital data, they’re giving away more for free and dropping the prices for their paid add-ons. Microsoft wants to remind everybody that it has significant stake in the game. Today, Microsoft announced that it is now offering 15 GB (up from 7 GB) of storage on its personal cloud storage service OneDrive for free.\

If you use Office365, Microsoft ups the ante to one terabyte. Microsoft also decreased paid storage options by up to 80%. “If you use Office, you don’t need to buy storage from anyone else,” said Angus Logan, director of marketing for OneDrive at Microsoft. “We give you more than enough to do what you need to do.”...

Google and Amazon slug it out with SSD storage offerings for cloud servers

Grazed from V3.co.uk. Author: Daniel Robinson.

Cloud computing giants Google and Amazon have both unveiled new solid-state drive (SSD) block storage options for users of their respective virtual machine services, as the highly competitive cloud price war continues to heat up. Both Amazon and Google have announced new SSD-backed persistent storage options for their respective cloud server offerings, while Google has also added an HTTP Load Balancing feature.

Google said that the new SSD persistent disk product for its Compute Engine service sets a new bar for scalability and performance in Block Storage. It is charging users a flat fee of $0.325 per GB per month and supports up to 30 input/output operations per second (IOPS) per GB. Google also claimed on its Cloud Platform Blog that "while other providers count each and every IOPS and charge extra for them, SSD persistent disk includes IOPS in the base price with no extra charges or fees, making cost completely predictable and easy to model."...

Box buys cloud storage startup for streaming technology

Grazed from InfoWorld.  Author: Juan Carlos Perez.

Box has acquired Streem, a cloud storage and file-sharing startup that specializes in large media files and that has developed innovative technology for streaming that type of content.

"The entire team at Streem will be joining Box to help work on the future of content management and collaboration in the enterprise," wrote Box CEO Aaron Levie in a blog post Monday...