Cloud Storage

New TwinStrata and Scality partnership delivers turnkey private cloud storage solutions

Grazed from PRNews Wire.  Author:  PR Announcement.

TwinStrata, Inc., the leading innovator in data protection and iSCSI cloud storage solutions, has integrated Scality's RING storage platform into its family of CloudArray virtual and physical appliances. With the addition of Scality integration, CloudArray customers can now easily choose and deploy either a private cloud environment or connect with internationally available public cloud providers powered by Scality RING and receive off-site data protection and disaster recovery capabilities on a "plug-and-play" basis.

TwinStrata's CloudArray's "like local" performance, control, and policy-driven automation enables Scality customers to leverage the on-demand elasticity and adaptability of Scality's RING cloud storage through innovative asynchronous replication, in-cloud snapshots, dynamic caching, in-flight and at-rest encryption, compression, iSCSI, and continuous access to and control of data in the cloud. In the event of a disruption or an outage, data can be rapidly restored on-site, off-site, or in the cloud, providing secure, anywhere, anytime application and data accessibility...

IBM & Friends Tackle Future Of Cloud Storage

Grazed from Network Computing.  Author: Steve Wexler.

IBM has announced plans to develop a smart cloud storage architecture over the next three years. The EU-funded joint research initiative, estimated at $21.5M, involves 15 European partners. Called VISION Cloud -- Virtualized Storage Services for the Future Internet - the group plans to develop a new approach, where data is represented by smart objects that include rich information describing the content of the data and how the object should be handled, replicated, or backed up.

IBM and European Partners to Pioneer New Storage Cloud Architecture

Grazed from Network Computing.  Author: Mike Fratto.

Hundreds of Millions of Reasons to Believe in Cloud Storage

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Windows 8 may get cloud storage

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Jon Brodkin.

Microsoft seems to be planning robust integrations between its online services and Windows 8, possibly including a cloud-based backup service, according to Microsoft job postings.

One job posting for a Windows Server position -- which is no longer available but was quoted by the unofficial Windows8beta blog -- states: "We are currently working on a Windows Azure-based service and integrating with certain Microsoft online services and Windows 8 client backup."

Cloud Storage: Two Days, Three Startups, $30 Million

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Dell to make cloud computing acquisition

Grazed from The Register.  Author: Chris Mellor.

Dell is also going to build up a tablet computer product line, spreading out from the 7-inch and 5-inch Streaks launched in September. Michael Dell was speaking at an event in Hong Kong.

Dell lost out to HP in a bidding battle for 3PAR, which HP bought for $2.4bn in September. The InServ storage array from 3PAR had proved to be attractive to cloud computing providers because of its ability to scale, as well as its storage efficiency and highly automated management that integrated well with VMware.

HDS Puts More Skin In Cloud Storage Game

Grazed from Network Computing.  Author: Steve Wexler.

Hitachi Data Systems Corporation is extending its cloud reach with enhancements to its object storage solution -- Hitachi Content Platform -- and the introduction of an on-premises intelligent storage cache for distributed sites -- Hitachi Data Ingestor. HCP v4 adds  simplified and automated replication, more granular multitenancy and chargeback capabilities, while HDI is being called the new "on ramp" to HCP, a way to simplify cloud adoption by providing standard file serving access - NFS or CIFS - to stored content.

The Next Big Battle in the Cloud

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael Vizard.

The price of raw storage in terms of the cost per terabyte keeps dropping. So it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise to see application service providers such as Box.net announcing upgraded offerings that give an individual user access to up to 5GB of free storage, while giving  business customers plans that start with a basic level of 500 GB of storage per user.

Rethinking Storage for the Private Cloud

Grazed from E-Commerce Times.  Author: Jim Damoulakis.

Recent events have added further credence (if more was needed) to the growing body of evidence that -- despite the boundless hype -- cloud computing is a game-changing phenomenon that is having an impact on how people think about enterprise storage.