Cloud Storage

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 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.

Zimbra Executive Heads To Hot Storage Startup

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Om Malik.

Scott Dietzen, co-founder President and CTO of Zimbra, is headed to a hot stealth-mode startup, PURE Storage, a company started by John Colgrove, a veteran of storage industry and founding engineer at Veritas, a storage software company.

PURE Storage, according to industry sources, is said to be working on an SSD-drive-based network attached storage and has developed unique software to enhance the performance and dependability of these expensive storage systems.

Hitachi Data Systems Unveils Next Gen Storage

Grazed from Network Computing.  Author: Beth Bacheldor.

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) today introduced a new platform that Hitachi says provides organizations with more intelligent, scalable storage and also prepares them for the next-generation data centers leveraging virtualization and cloud computing. HDS unveiled a new upgrade to its management software that, among other things, can manage more volume of objects and capacity via one management server and offers visibility and correlation of applications, virtual machines and servers and logical storage devices for traditional and virtualized VMware and Microsoft Hyper V environments.

Interview with Dan Decasper, Cirtas CEO and Cofounder

Grazed from Cloud Storage Strategy.  Author: Steve Lesem.

Dan Decasper co-founded Cirtas with the vision of enabling the enterprise to utilize cloud storage as if it were a local array. asked him a few questions about "Cloud Storage Controllers" and what the technology means for the enterprise. 

What was the original idea behind Cirtas?
Cirtas' co-founders previously built a WAN optimization company that was acquired by Citrix.  Together, they saw the coming of the cloud and recognized that broad scale adoption of cloud storage would require a "catalyst" technology to make the experience seamless and high performing.  They had the expertise to develop such technology and founded Cirtas to address the market need...