Cloud Storage

FalconStor Renames Flagship Product to FalconStor Data Mastery Platform and Announces Validation of Cloud Integration for AWS

FalconStor Software, Inc., which provides the world's only vendor-agnostic software platform for comprehensive on-premises and cloud storage and data management, has renamed its award-winning, flagship offering, FreeStor, to FalconStor Data Mastery Platform (FDMP). The company is changing the name to more accurately reflect the product's full value proposition for large, complex enterprises, which includes native cloud functionality, now newly validated for AWS and in the validation process for additional leading cloud computing services. 

"While competitors provide narrower proprietary or niche solutions, FalconStor thinks differently about data storage and management, resulting in a unique and powerful offering that's more relevant than ever in today's world of exponential data proliferation and expanding storage options, including the public cloud," said Todd Brooks, CEO, FalconStor. "We want the name of our flagship product to reflect and immediately convey that difference and the value we provide to customers."

 

SwiftStack Supports New Veeam Cloud Tier with Cloud-Native Storage for Long-term Data Retention

SwiftStack, the leader in multi-cloud data storage and management, today announced full support for the new Veeam Cloud Tier, unveiled today at Velocity 2019, Veeam's annual sales kickoff event. The day-one support is the result of Veeam and SwiftStack's partnership efforts to mitigate the hyper-growth of data enterprises must manage, store, recover, and utilize.

Growing backup loads and compliance requirements have created a need for longer-term data retention that is more cost-effective than what traditional storage infrastructure can deliver. Veeam Cloud Tier provides unlimited capacity for long-term data retention by using native, cost-effective object storage integrations, such as cloud or on-premises object storage.

Elastifile Cloud File System Now Available on AWS Marketplace

Elastifile, a pioneer of enterprise-grade, scalable file storage for the public cloud, today announced availability of Elastifile Cloud File System on AWS Marketplace, providing Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers with the ability to easily deploy enterprise-grade, scalable file storage in just a few clicks.

As organizations increasingly seek to leverage cloud infrastructure, effective data management has emerged as a critical enabler for seamless integration. However, the vast majority of enterprise applications were designed to interface with file systems and expect to leverage standard NAS protocols (e.g. NFS). As a result, when shifting or bursting on-premises workflows to cloud, organizations need cloud-based file storage to deliver native compatibility...thus eliminating the need for costly, time-consuming application refactoring.

Powered by a dynamically scalable, cloud-native architecture with intelligent object tiering, Elastifile Cloud File System (ECFS) makes cloud integration simpler than ever. ECFS provides POSIX-compliant, enterprise-grade file storage on AWS, unlocking a broad range of cloud storage use cases, including industry-specific workflows such as media rendering, semiconductor design, and traditional enterprise IT (e.g. ERP, CRM). ECFS also integrates seamlessly with Kubernetes, enabling data persistence and sharing across containerized environments. By deploying via AWS Marketplace, customers also benefit from simplified billing with Elastifile included on their existing AWS bill.

StarWind and Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage launch joint solution to ensure secure hybrid storage for backups and data recovery

StarWind, a leading provider of hyperconverged IT infrastructure for SMB and ROBO, and Wasabi, the hot cloud storage company, announce the launch of a joint solution for a secure hybrid storage and quick recovery of company's backups and archives.

StarWind Storage Gateway for Wasabi helps organizations to ensure regulatory compliance in regard to their important business data safety. The solution allows accelerating backup and recovery processes by integrating on-premises backup infrastructure into a cloud object storage. StarWind Storage Gateway for Wasabi combines StarWind Virtual Tape Library (VTL) installed on site and Wasabi hot cloud storage resulting in secure backups transition to the cloud. StarWind VTL is compatible with leading backup vendors including Veeam, IBM, Microsoft System Center, and uses industry-standard storage protocols, like iSCSI, for safe data transfer into Wasabi. Compared to traditional LTO, this solution is more cost-efficient, times more scalable and less labor intensive. Furthermore, data recovery becomes a matter of just a few clicks.

 

Zadara Announces Virtual Private Storage Array for VMware Cloud on AWS

Zadara, provider of the Zero-Risk Enterprise Data Cloud, today announced its enterprise-class storage solutions are available to customers of VMware Cloud on AWS. VMware Cloud on AWS brings together VMware's enterprise-class Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) software and elastic, bare-metal infrastructure from Amazon Web Services (AWS) to give organizations a consistent operating model and application mobility for private and public cloud. Zadara Virtual Private Storage Arrays deliver the advanced data storage and management features that customers of VMware Cloud on AWS need.

Zadara is a cloud-based Enterprise NAS and SAN service with NFS, CIFS/AD and iSCSI interfaces, dual HA controllers, dedicated high performance drives and enterprise-class storage features (snapshots, replication, thin provisioning, encryption, etc.). Data is stored on dedicated hardware for the ultimate privacy and quality of service, and protected with in-flight and at-rest encryption, with user-managed keys.

DC BLOX Launches Secure Enterprise Cloud Storage

DC BLOX, a multi-tenant data center company offering robust connectivity and storage solutions for distributed IT in the Southeastern U.S., today announces the immediate availability of the DC BLOX Cloud Storage service. The service enables customers to reduce the cost, complexity and risk of off-site data backups with simple, predictable pricing and scalable remote data storage.

Widespread industry digitization is creating unprecedented growth in data, bringing numerous advantages but also significant costs for businesses. Related challenges commonly faced by businesses include the complexity of adding to storage infrastructure, and managing multiple copies of data for processing, analysis, backup, long-term archive and more. Businesses experiencing this rapid growth can now leverage DC BLOX's reliable and local cloud storage to avoid capital outlay and proactively protect their critical data at a lower cost than comparable public cloud storage providers like Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure storage options.

Portworx Releases PX-Enterprise 2.0 to Solve Data Portability with Kubernetes for Hybrid and Multi-cloud Enterprises

Portworx, the cloud-native storage company modern enterprises trust to manage data in containers, today announced the availability of PX-Enterprise 2.0, the most significant new release to-date of its comprehensive cloud native storage and data management solution for running stateful containers in production. The two most significant updates are PX-Motion and PX-Central. PX-Motion allows Kubernetes users to migrate application data and Kubernetes pod configurations between clusters enabling cloud migration, backup & recovery, blue-green deployments and more. PX-Central enables enterprises to manage their Kubernetes application data with embedded monitoring and metrics directly from the Portworx dashboard. Together these updates empower enterprises to overcome the biggest barriers to hybrid- and multi-cloud adoption, as well as manage and protect containerized applications, including their mission critical data, from a single platform.

According to findings from Portworx's 2018 Annual Container Adoption Survey, also published today, one-third of respondents report running containers in more than one cloud, with 23 percent running in two clouds and 13 percent running in three clouds. However, data management and multi-cloud operations are leading barriers to enterprise container adoption with 39 percent of respondents citing data management as one of their top 3 barriers to container adoption, and 34 percent citing multi-cloud and cross-data center management as a top barrier. As enterprises increasingly adopt hybrid- and multi-cloud strategies, they must be able to move their application data across clouds safely and securely without negatively affecting operations. Portworx integrates with more container platforms than any other solution, including Kubernetes services running on AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, and Pivotal as well as Red Hat OpenShift, Mesosphere DC/OS, Heptio and Rancher. PX-Enterprise 2.0 fulfills the promise of containers and multi-cloud adoption by solving data portability across all major enterprise container platforms and arming enterprises with tools that allow them to visualize the state of their Kubernetes applications' data.

HubStor Announces New Continuous Backup and Version Control to its Software-based Cloud Storage Platform

HubStor announced new cloud backup capabilities designed to give enterprise's better control and protection of their information. First, HubStor unveiled continuous data protection capabilities, empowering organizations to capture file changes as they happen on network-based file systems and within virtual machines. HubStor also added version-control policies to its cloud data management platform, enabling organizations to reduce demand for cloud capacity by condensing the number of file versions held in storage as data ages.

Continuous Data Protection

HubStor's continuous data protection supports monitoring of certain file system directories in order to detect new files and dynamically capture them into HubStor, either as a backup with a very short recovery point objective (RPO) or as a WORM archive for compliance.

There are various methods to monitor for changes on a file system. HubStor's current approach is agentless. HubStor may add support for other methods based on demand.

Starting with the agentless approach is the simplest because it avoids adding new software. When configuring a file system target in HubStor, enabling CDP is a simple checkbox option. By default, HubStor detects and captures any changes within 30 seconds. This change detection time can be adjusted as needed.

The flexibility of HubStor supports some file connectors having CDP enabled while perhaps others do not, allowing various workloads to be handled differently.

DataCore's Market Survey Reveals that Storage Availability and Avoiding Vendor Lock-in Remain Top Concerns for IT Professionals

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DataCore Software today announced the results of its seventh consecutive market survey, "The State of Software-Defined, Hyperconverged and Cloud Storage," which explored the experiences of 400 IT professionals who are currently using or evaluating software-defined storagehyperconverged and cloud storage to solve critical data storage challenges. The results yield surprising insights from a cross-section of industries over a range of workloads, including the fact that storage availability and avoiding vendor lock-in remain top concerns for IT professionals, and illustrate the status of the industry on its journey to a software-defined future.

The report reveals what respondents view as the primary business drivers for implementing software-defined, hyperconverged, public cloud and hybrid cloud storage. For example, the top results for software-defined storage include: automate frequent or complex storage operations; simplify management of different types of storage; and extend the life of existing storage assets. This portrays the market's recognition of the economic advantages of software-defined storage and its power to maximize IT infrastructure performance, availability, and utilization.

The report also highlights the capabilities that users would like from their storage infrastructure. The top capabilities identified were business continuity/high availability (which can be achieved via metro clustering, synchronous data mirroring, and other architectures) at 74%; disaster recovery (from remote site or public cloud) at 73%; and enabling storage capacity expansion without disruption at 72%.

Is Cloud Storage Right for Your Photography Business?

Photography has come on in leaps and bounds since the early days of black and white photos that were recorded on plate. Celluloid film came next, followed by color film and today we have digital files. A number of new tools and gadgets are now being introduced, such as drones, and the developments in photography software mean you can tweak your images for that perfect shot. Cloud storage is another development worth considering. Traditional forms of storage can be unreliable in the long term. They can become damaged, get scratched and become unusable. Before looking at the benefits, perhaps it's pertinent to explain what it is.  

What is Cloud Storage?

Cloud storage is a service where data is remotely maintained, managed and backed up. Users of the service are able to store files online. These files can then be accessed from anywhere in the world as long as there is an internet connection.  

Here are some ways you can take advantage of what cloud storage has to offer.