Cloud Storage

IBM Enhances Data Economics and Storage Security for the Cloud and Cognitive Era

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IBM today announced new innovations to its IBM Spectrum Storage family of software-defined storage to help clients improve storage management, data security and reduce data costs as they deploy new technology to support cognitive and other data-driven applications across hybrid cloud environments. 

IBM Spectrum Storage is designed to help clients securely embrace the explosive growth of data and support both traditional and next generation applications. New features to improve security and cost-effective management of large amounts of data and storage, include:

PFD Food Services opens the door to Amazon S3 Cloud Storage through Commvault

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Commvault, a global leader in enterprise data protection and information management, has today announced that PFD Food Services, the largest privately-owned food distributor in Australia, is using Commvault to ensure the protection and high availability of its strategic data assets in its journey to the cloud.

To support business growth and respond to the changing demands of the industry, PFD sought to modernise its data management strategy and information infrastructure, ensuring speed and flexibility.

"Food distribution is a fast and often unforgiving business; there is a narrow window to match supply and demand for customers, while the market is fiercely competitive," said Richard Cohen, Chief Information Officer of PFD. "We have to do everything we can to give ourselves that competitive advantage, which means the free flow of strategic business information. Systems downtime is simply not an option."

 

The modernisation of the food distributor's data management strategy has coincided with the establishment of a second data centre, acting as a source for essential back-ups, decreasing the risk significantly. The data centre also operates as a corporate hot site, providing rapid up-to-the-minute failover if required.

Cloud Computing: Dropbox Unveils Team Feature To Make Collaboration Easier

Grazed from CIO-Today. Author: Shirley Siluk.

A new team feature for easier collaboration on Dropbox is rolling out to both Basic and Pro users over the coming week, the company said Monday. The feature, available today, is designed for the more than 60 percent of users who primarily employ Dropbox for work.
Among the new collaboration tools is a team folder option that creates a single, centralized location for members of a work group to "meet" and share documents online.

Each team member will have automatic access to any new files added to that team folder. Dropbox's new team feature also enables users to create groups within work teams, and to add new members to those groups at any time. Adding new members automatically gives them access to all the documents in that group's folders...

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Is the cloud replacing tape as a backup of choice?

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Cloud computing is being touted by many, especially vendors, as the path to take as businesses grow. Cloud advocates say that the elasticity that cloud provides is difficult to replicate in on-premises networks and sooner than later, businesses will be considering using services in the cloud.

Major vendors are developing data centers in many countries to alleviate concerns regarding the data leaving the country. However, the benefits of using services in the cloud usually out perform any concerns. In an interview with Networks Asia, Aravindan Anandan, Consulting Systems Engineer, Asia Pacific, Barracuda Networks (India) Pte Ltd. talks about the benefits of cloud computing and its role in storage management, such as disaster recovery and backup...

More than three quarters of firms concerned over consumer grade cloud storage

Grazed from CloudTech.  Author: James Bourne.

A new paper from Osterman Research in conjunction with CTERA Networks argues a clear need for organisations to adopt enterprise grade file sync and share (EFSS) software due to security and shadow IT fears.  Naturally, the conclusion of the report is less than surprising given CTERA’s continued push against consumer grade (CFSS) software.

Back in July the firm released research detailing how three quarters of firms are looking for an alternative to public file sync and share services. VP strategic marketing Rani Osnat told this publication how while the likes of Box and Dropbox have made a concerted effort at greater security, more still needed to be done...

Storage spending veers toward cloud

Grazed from CIO.  Author: Stephen Lawson.

The cloud is where the action is in enterprise storage.  Sales are way up for little-known manufacturers that sell directly to big cloud companies like Google and Facebook, while the market for traditional external storage systems is shrinking, according to research company IDC.

Internet giants and service providers typically don't use specialized storage platforms in their sprawling data centers. Instead, they buy vast amounts of capacity in the form of generic hardware that's controlled by software. As users flock to cloud-based services, that's a growing business...

Cloud Computing: Velostrata decouples storage and compute by streaming workloads

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Moving data and workloads to the cloud can be a hefty task for enterprises and some still prefer to keep everything on-premise, so a startup has come up with a solution that decouples storage from compute. “The common assumption was to provide adequate performance, you needed to couple storage and compute,” said Issy Ben-Shaul, founder and CEO of Velostrata.

“We decided to challenge that premise.” The company enables enterprises to stream production workloads from on-premise storage into the cloud computing. The decoupling is done without sacrificing performance, he said. Ben-Shaul said most customers are looking to make use of the cloud, but there are still some key barriers. Enterprises are less likely to move workloads into the cloud if they have particularly large data sets in the terabyte range, he said...

Google Now Lets Users Mail in Hard Drives for Cloud Storage

Grazed from TopTechNews. Author: Shirley Siluk.

Backing up large volumes of physically stored data Relevant Products/Services onto the cloud can take days, weeks or even months, depending on the speed of a user's Internet connection. Rather than asking clients to take on that task on their own, Google is offering its Cloud Storage customers the option of sending physical storage media to partners that will upload it for them.

Google's new Offline Media Import/Export service is similar to Amazon Web Services' Import/Export, which was first launched in 2009. Google is offering the service to North American customers in partnership with Iron Mountain, a Boston-based storage and information management company...

Why cloud storage needn't be a security headache

Grazed from ITProPortal. Author: Barclay Ballard.

Even in computing terms, the cloud is relatively new and as with any new phenomenon there are stumbling blocks and naysayers. For cloud computing, this has often centred on security issues and claims that it is less secure than local storage. While it is true that, when poorly implemented, the cloud can be at the root of some nasty security headaches, to state that on-premise solutions are always more secure is an oversimplification.

Improvements to cloud security, including the implementation of end-to-end encryption, has been one of the key reasons why more and more businesses are taking advantage of third-party suppliers. The flexibility provided by cloud computing is often used to explain productivity benefits, but it is also at the heart of recent security improvements...

Cloud Computing: AURO Announces SSD Block Storage

Grazed from CloudAwards. Author: Denise Sullivan.

AURO is now offering high performance SSD block storage. The new service works with the company’s cloud computing products and their Tier 1 service. The SSD block storage comes as part of AURO’s service upgrades. The Canada based cloud company wanted to offer users a better way to run their applications and databases. As with all of their services, the new feature is powered by OpenStack technology.

SSD Block Storage Makes Cloud Faster

Solid-state drive, or SSD, is a device that uses integrated circuit assemblies as memory to store data. Because these systems do not contain spinning disks and movable read/write heads, they are take less time to access information written to them and have lower latency. Additionally, these systems are more resistant to physical shock...