Cloud Storage

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...

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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...

HP Brings New Storage Capabilities to OpenStack Kilo for Cloud Computing

Grazed from FineChannel. Author: Editorial Staff.

HP on April 30 announced it has made multiple contributions to the OpenStack Kilo release, including new converged storage management automation and new flash storage technologies to support flexible, enterprise-class clouds. Drivers such as data growth, software-defined data center technologies, and the Internet of Things continue to fuel cloud adoption.

Enterprises are deploying OpenStack technology to overcome private and public cloud challenges, including costly vendor lock-in, lack of control or customizability, and inability to scale applications for the cloud, according to HP. As a testament to the company’s ongoing commitment to open source cloud technology, HP is a Platinum Founding member of the OpenStack Foundation and a key contributor to multiple OpenStack projects, including funding, code, reviews, testing, and training...

Cloud Computing: Box Faces Make-or-Break Moment

Grazed from NYTimes. Author: Quentin Hardy.

About 10 years ago, Aaron Levie dropped out of college to start a Silicon Valley company called Box. Before long, he was one of those young technology wizards of whom great things were expected. Mr. Levie faced hurdles and some fitful progress but ultimately reached the point many entrepreneurs only dream of: Box conducted an initial public offering in January, but had already raised more than $500 million privately.

It employs 1,200 people and is considered on the cutting edge of a new generation of companies that provide services to big business customers over cloud-computing systems. Now comes the hard part — survival. Box today is worth $2.1 billion, but losses are continuing to add up while revenue is not growing enough to suit Wall Street’s tastes...