Cloud Storage

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...

Dell rolls out storage, servers and cloud brokerage

Grazed from The Australian. Author: Stuart Kennedy.

An upbeat Mr Dell took Dell private a year ago and was touting the ability of his firm to bring products to market quicker than as a public company. He described the new DCS XA90 storage unit as being capable of holding 90 3.5-inch drives in one 4U chassis and able to store 720 terabytes.

“This thing is cloud scale storage to the max,” said Mr Dell at the firm’s annual Dell World user and partner event in Austin, Texas. Dell also announced a number of fresh servers and an all flash memory storage array that sells for about US$25,000. Mr Dell described it as the cheapest all flash array from any major vendor...

Cloud Computing: Is It "A Commodity Bare Metal Storage World?"

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Tom Coughlin.

Many folks, particularly in the open source community, have been pushing for some time to move to commodity hardware with more sophisticated software to control that hardware rather than proprietary systems. This is true of servers, networking and also digital storage systems. Organizations such as Facebook, Google, Amazon and other hyperscale data center companies take this approach to a huge scale. In many of these environments functions, such as virtualization, are often installed directly into a storage system rather than within a host operating system (referred to as a bare metal environment).

Companies such as Mirantis and SwiftStack, are open source software companies that recently raised $100 M and $16 M to increase their penetration in the cloud computing and cloud storage markets. Other companies, such as Storient offer low cost private cloud storage capabilities that they say can scale to Exabyte storage environments...

CTERA Receives 2014 Cloud Computing Storage Excellence Award

Grazed from PRNewsWire.  Author: PR Announcement.

CTERA Networks announced today that TMC, a global, integrated media company, has named CTERA's Cloud Storage Services Platform a 2014 Cloud Computing Storage Excellence Award winner presented by TMC's Cloud Computing Magazine. The Cloud Storage Excellence Award recognizes companies that have introduced or improved cloud storage solutions.

"With the CTERA platform seeing increasing worldwide demand from enterprise IT and cloud service providers, the TMC Cloud Storage Excellence Award offers further industry validation that versatile and scalable cloud storage services platforms are thriving in the modern IT department," said Jeff Denworth, CTERA SVP of Marketing. "CTERA enables organizations to securely and simply share, serve, and protect employee data in the world's largest and most demanding cloud environments, while allowing IT to continue to deliver the best cloud storage experience to its users."...

Cloud Computing: Dropbox Apologizes for Losing User Files

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: CJ Arlotta.

Some Dropbox users are missing files from their accounts. And in response to this problem, Dropbox is offering these users a little something for free. The San Francisco-based file synchronization and sharing company has confirmed that a bug in its desktop application might have accidentally deleted files from a "small number of users" who have used the Selective Sync option, a feature that enables users to sync folders to a computer.

The company said users who haven't applied Selective Sync settings to their accounts haven't been affected. To resolve the issue, Dropbox said it has patched its desktop client, retired affected versions of Dropbox and made sure all its users are using newer versions of its software. The company also took additional preventive measures:...

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Nexenta Receives 2014 Cloud Computing Storage Excellence Award for Software-Defined Object Storage

Grazed from BusinessWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Nexenta (@Nexenta), the global leader of Software-Defined Storage (SDS) (#softwaredefinedstorage) solutions, today announced that TMC’s Cloud Computing Magazine has named NexentaEdge as a 2014 Cloud Computing Storage Excellence Award winner. NexentaEdge is the industry’s first software-only scale out block and object storage solution.

The Cloud Storage Excellence Award recognizes companies that have introduced or improved cloud storage solutions. NexentaEdge was announced at VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, where attendees had an opportunity to view the product first hand. NexentaEdge is designed to deliver high performance global inline deduplication on petabyte scale clusters...

iCloud vs OneDrive vs Google Drive - which is the better cloud service?

Grazed from TheREM. Author: Editorial Staff.

The future of the entire computing technology lies in the cloud technology. This statement has been repeated over and over again by various leaders of technology, and cloud computing has become a mainstream thing after all the major players have begun to venture into it. Microsoft’s Satya Nadella has time and again stressed over the importance of cloud computing, and Microsoft’s “policy of One” has been reflecting in all their products. Google’s Google Drive has also been one of the leading cloud systems with the boom in android sales they are constantly expanding. The iCloud is comparatively new, yet a very impactful service. Let us take a look at them.


Considering their storage, Google Drive gives you 15GB of free storage. The OneDrive recently increased its capacity to 15GB, and it also offers an additional 3GB if you enable automatic upload of camera pics on the drive, and another 5GB for referring 10 friends. The iCloud, on the other hand offers the least amount of storage at merely 5GB. More storage is available for all three of them on payment of additional money...

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