Cloud Storage

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

Grazed from ITWorldCanada. Author: Gary Hilson.

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...

InnoDisk, Supermicro and Toshiba team up for SSD cloud storage

Grazed from DigiTimes.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Taiwan-based InnoDisk, which develops and manufactures industrial-class storage products, has disclosed the company is partnering with NAND flash chip vendor Toshiba and Super Micro Computer (Supermicro), a specialist in application-optimized servers, workstations, blades, storage and GPU systems, to provide SSD solutions for data centers and cloud computing.

A joint venture between the companies, named AccelStor, has been formed to provide SSD solutions targeted at customers in the financial sector and telecom carriers, according to InnoDisk...

The Dangers Of Trusting Cloud Computing Over Personal Storage

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Ewan Spence.

As cloud computing and online storage approaches the ‘free’ price point, and as the utility of having ‘everything’ available online becomes more pervasive and more integrated with operating systems on the desktop and on smartphones, I find myself pushing back and relying more and more on my own backup and storage options at home.

In a world where online storage is everywhere, it is becoming more important to take responsibility and store my own data at home, free of outside influences. I’ve looked at the options in the cloud, and none of them quite matches what I’m looking for. One of the driving forces behind the race to zero for cloud storage and services (as summarized by Julie Bort on Business Insider this weekend) is the rapidly dropping cost of physical storage medium...

MEGA Vs Dropbox Vs OneDrive Vs Google Drive

Grazed from PCTechMag. Author: Ephraim Batambuze III.

Cloud storage is one of best innovations in the tech space. It brings the convenience to everything. Instead of copying crucial documents to flash drives or burning them to disc, you stick them in the cloud where they can easily be accessed any time. Cloud-based storage knows when you’ve updated a file and updates its copy accordingly.

Cloud computing is getting stronger by day and this is being facilitated by price wars and continuous upgrading of various cloud storage services. Below is a comparison of Mega, Dropbox, Google drive and One drive...

Read more from the source @ http://pctechmag.com/2015/05/mega-vs-dropbox-vs-onedrive-vs-google-drive/

Cloud Computing: SuperMicro Releases Ultra Dense 6U MicroBlade Solutions

Grazed from StorageReview. Author: Adam Armstrong.

Super Micro Computer Inc. released a new extreme-density sever platform, MicroBlade. These new solutions are aimed at hyper-scale data center, cloud, web hosting environments and video streaming, VDI, high performance video/graphics applications. SuperMicro’s MicroBlade also enables VLP DDR4 16/32GB RDIMM, at the cost of regular DIMM, to increase energy efficiency and cooling. SuperMicro claims that the MicroBlade is a converged computing platform that combines the density, ease of use, manageability, high availability, serviceability, efficiency of blade servers with the cost advantage of rack-mount servers.

Super Micro Computer Inc. released a new extreme-density sever platform, MicroBlade. These new solutions are aimed at hyper-scale data center, cloud, web hosting environments and video streaming, VDI, high performance video/graphics applications. SuperMicro’s MicroBlade also enables VLP DDR4 16/32GB RDIMM, at the cost of regular DIMM, to increase energy efficiency and cooling...