Cloud Storage

Hybrid cloud storage: What it is and how to deploy it

Grazed from ComputerWeekly. Author: Bryan Betts.

Despite all the hype around cloud storage, it still faces hurdles when it comes to commercial uptake. Those hurdles include concerns over access speed and latency, as well fears around security, compliance and data portability. So, storage and cloud suppliers have come up with a potential solution.

With hybrid cloud storage you do not have to use cloud-hosted storage for all – or indeed any – of your data. Instead, data can reside on-site, in a private cloud or in a public cloud – as appropriate for your performance needs, the economics involved, regulatory compliance and, of course, your risk assessment...

Logentries Alters Cloud Storage Equation

Grazed from TalkinCloud.  Author: Mike Vizard.

Big data is supposed to generate massive amounts of demand for storage, but it's not at all clear how all that storage is going to actually be paid for. Conventional wisdom says IT organizations will pay for storage on a usage basis, but the folks at Logentries have a very different idea.

Logentries, a provider of a log analytics application delivered as a service, has unfurled a Logentries Unlimited, On Demand Log Management service that starts at $429 per month, which includes logging unlimited data from up to 40 hosts. To make that even more enticing the company is also making available a free 30-day trail offer...

Cloud Storage: 8 Ways You're Wasting Money

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Kevin Casey.

There's a litany of platforms and applications out there under the great "cloud" umbrella. Storage, one part of the broad category, epitomizes this trait of cloud computing as a whole: an almost overwhelming array of choices. The crowded storage field ranges from consumer champions like Dropbox, which have recently pushed to appeal to business customers, to tech titans such as Microsoft, which have long held sway with IT but are now trying to be all things to all people.

Microsoft alone offers a menu of backup and storage options across its OneDrive and Azure platforms. Choice isn't the only hallmark of cloud storage. The category also typifies the twin prongs of many sales pitches for cloud as a whole: It's cheap and it's easy -- especially relative to so-called legacy alternatives that require on-premises hardware, software licenses, and the manpower and expertise to manage it all...

Cloud Computing: ConnectWise, StorageCraft Release Integration Module for MSPs

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: CJ Arlotta.

Managed services providers (MSPs) leveraging technology from both ConnectWise and StorageCraft Technology Corp. now have an integration module available to them. According to a press release sent out by StorageCraft — a Draper, Utah-based disaster recovery and business continuity solutions provider — MSPs can now automate billing processes by mapping and synchronizing data from the StorageCraft MSP portal and StorageCraft Cloud Services with their Connectwise business management platform.

ConnectWise MSP partners can take advantage of this integration directly from within the StorageCraft MSP portal, where they can gain access to account and data mapping capabilities. The professional services automation (PSA) company's customers can also manage licenses for components of the StorageCraft Recover-Ability Solution...

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How Cloud Can Resolve Storage Problems Associated With the Internet of Things

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Lori MacVittie.

The Internet of things (IoT) is over-hyped, but considered to promise real business value according to a recent CompTIA survey, "Sizing Up the Internet of Things" which revealed 51 percent of IT executives believe IoT opportunities justify the hype with 48 percent believing there's more hype than substance right now.

Both are correct, of course. We're in the midst of a ramp up of IoT hype and while there have been significant business opportunity already scooped up by those in a position to do so, the hype is also high. It's the beginning of a technology trend, after all. Rising hype is to be expected...

How ShapeBlue aims to bring next-generation storage benefits to cloud environments

Grazed from TechWeekEurope.  Author: Duncan Macrae.

ShapeBlue, an independent global CloudStack integrator, has forged a new strategic partnership with solid-state array SolidFire to deliver next-generation storage solutions to organisations running IaaS cloud environments.  ShapeBlue historically has been storage vendor agnostic, citing a lack of clear differentiation in block storage solutions for implementing public and private cloud environments.

New partnership

With the new partnership, ShapeBlue now intends to leverage SolidFire’s full enterprise feature set including guaranteed quality of service (QoS), complete system automation and scale-out storage design to bring its customers radical increases in functionality and efficiency in delivering cloud-based services...

From storage to processing - the cloud's next step?

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Gareth Cartman.

When speculating about where the cloud is heading next, we often think about extra security layers and how hybrid models might grow in prevalence. However, collaboration on the cloud is becoming more of a consideration as files grow. Could the cloud’s next big step be from mostly storage to mostly processing?

Cloud computing or PaaS?

As always with commonly misunderstood areas such as the cloud, there are a host of phrases being bandied around which often mean the same thing to some people, and different things to others. When people talk of cloud computing, they could either be talking about ‘the cloud’ in general, or they could be talking about cloud processing – the act of actually collaborating on a file online, for example, through Google Docs (at its most simple). However, PaaS, a variation of SaaS, is closer to this definition...

Storage Wars: Can Dropbox, Box Survive A Price War With Microsoft, Yahoo And Google?

Grazed from IBTimes. Author: Salvador Rodriquez.

Microsoft last month announced it would give Office 365 paid subscribers unlimited storage in the cloud -- a bargain at just $6.99 per month for a service that also includes the Office productivity suite. It was the latest example of a tech giant using free storage to lure customers into paying for other products.

Yahoo last year began giving Flickr users 1 terabyte of free storage in an attempt to drive traffic back to the forgotten photo-sharing service. More recently, Apple gave its users more incentive to store their files within its ecosystem by dropping the price of iCloud storage, offering 20 gigabytes of space for $0.99 per month -- down from $40 per year, or about $3.34 per month. And in March Google slashed its 1 terabyte plan from a monthly charge of $49.99 to just $9.99...

Backup as a Service: To BaaS or Not to BaaS

Grazed from Datamation. Author: Christine Taylor.

Backup as a Service (BaaS) provides backup and recovery operations from the cloud. The cloud-based BaaS provider maintains necessary backup equipment, applications, process and management in their data center. The customer will have some on-site installation – an appliance and backup agents are common – but there is no need to buy backup servers and software, run upgrades and patches, or purchase dedupe appliances.

Note that BaaS is not just a marketing term for online backup. Online backup is not a service: IT uses the cloud as a backup target, similar to disk or tape. In contrast, BaaS launches from the cloud service provider, who consults with the customer over needs and SLAs, and who manages the backup and recovery service...

Cloud Computing: Box CEO - Storage to become 'Free and Infinite'

Grazed from CloudWedge. Author: Sean Shado.

Since cloud computing has gained stream, there is an industry wide “Race to zero” in regards to price. Cloud services keep getting cheaper and many analysts wonder if some cloud services will be free by default. If you caught some of the sound bytes Box’s CEO Aaron Levie last week, Levie goes on to mention that he sees “A future where storage is free and infinite.”

It’s starting to seem as if Cloud’s Big 3's pricing competition has put pressure on other vendors to drop their prices and because of this, we are seeing what could be described as survival of the fittest within the cloud market. When public cloud first hit the scene in the mid 2000s, storage, compute and other IaaS services were heralded as being the darling of cloud computing...