Cloud Storage

Cloud Computing and Storage Deals: The MSP Advantage

Grazed from MidsizeInsider. Author: Marissa Tejada.

Cloud computing and storage deals are set to rise in 2015, which should cause a jump in solutions well suited for more types of industries and businesses, including midsize firms. It's an opportunity for MSPs to expand their offerings and target the growing midsize market.

Mergers Matter

A new market forecast report by 451 Research featured in Enterprise Tech found that technology mergers and acquisitions trends that flooded the cloud, software and storage market in 2014 should continue through 2015. One segment, cloud computing, is set to add layers of new services to complement current offerings...

eFolder Awarded Coolest Cloud Storage Vendor and Coolest Cloud Computing Vendor by CRN

Grazed from PRWeb. Author: PR Announcement.

eFolder, a leading supplier of business continuity and cloud file sync services for the IT channel, today announced that it has earned recognition on The Channel Company’s CRN 20 Coolest Cloud Storage Vendors of 2015 and 100 Coolest Cloud Computing Vendors of 2015. These annual lists recognize some of the most innovative cloud companies supporting the IT channel today.

The 20 Coolest Cloud Storage Vendors and 100 Coolest Cloud Computing Vendors honors are presented to companies based on their approach to creating innovative products, services or partner programs that have helped channel partners transform into true solution providers, ultimately helping customers take advantage of the ease of use, flexibility, scalability and savings that cloud computing offers...

No, Canada! You can't keep cloud storage local

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

The Treasury Board of Canada is creating a government-wide policy on the use of cloud computing services. It has asked for input from the industry, but already this journey is taking some interesting directions. “Of particular interest are the privacy implications of using cloud computing services, particularly where the data is either hosted outside the country or by foreign-owned organizations,” writes Michael Geist, a law professor at the University of Ottawa.

Indeed, proposed contractual clauses address encryption and data storage, as well as rules about where the data can reside. Per the Treasury Board's industry request: The services provider (the contractor) must not store any nonpublic, personal, or sensitive data and information outside of Canada. This includes backup data and disaster recovery locations...

Cloud Computing: Box Becomes First Tech IPO of 2015 and Wows Investors

Grazed from CIOToday.  Author: Dan Heilman.

In its initial public offering, shares in online file storage company Box were trading at $24.24 on Friday afternoon, 73 percent higher than its IPO price of $14 a share. With that impressive opening morning, the start-up company caught up to the $2.4 billion valuation that it garnered in its most recent private financing round last summer, possibly allaying concerns among investors that the company had been overvalued.

In a video presentation to investors Friday, Box co-founder and CEO, Aaron Levie, said that his company was at the forefront of "a once-in-a-generation shift" in storage. Among the company’s clients are General Electric and the drug maker AstraZeneca...

Cloud Computing: Box Inc. Finally Files For IPO - Values itself at $1.6 billion

Grazed from EvergreenInvestor.  Author: Viki Mickel.

Box Inc. the cloud service provider is expected to go public this year and has filed for an initial public offering. It is imperative to state that the company had filed for an initial public offering for the first time last March. The company is seeking a valuation of $1.6 billion according to the documents filed by the company with the exchange and the regulatory authorities. The company had delayed the initial public offering the last time around because of the unfavourable market conditions for technology stocks last March. The company consequently raised $150 million through private funding last July.

Box Inc. valuation this time around is 33 percent less than what it had initially filed for last time around. The company plans to raise $163 million through the initial public offering by issuing 12.5 million shares in the price range of $11 – $13 per share according to the regulatory filing. The company currently has 32 million registered users and the largest competitors for the company are Microsoft, Dropbox and Citrix...

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...