Cloud Storage

Mellanox Announces Multi-Host Technology, Enabling Next Generation Compute & Storage Rack Design for Scalable Clouds and Data

Grazed from Mellanox.  Author: PR Announcement.

Mellanox® Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of end-to-end interconnect solutions for servers and storage systems, today announced Mellanox Multi-Host™, an innovative technology that provides high flexibility and major savings in building next generation, scalable Cloud, Web 2.0 and high-performance data centers.

The new technology enables designing and building new scale-out heterogeneous compute and storage racks with direct connectivity between compute elements, storage elements and the network, better power and performance management, while achieving maximum data processing and data transfer at minimum capital and operational expenses. Mellanox Multi-Host technology is available today in the company’s line of ConnectX®-4 10/25/50/100 Gigabit Ethernet adapters, and in OCP-based boards as part of Facebook’s recently announced Yosemite platform...

Hero or Zero? Cloud Storage Costs in Free-Fall Mode

Grazed from MidsizeInsider. Author: Doug Bonderud.

It has been dubbed "the race to zero": Cloud storage providers are working to outpace one another with price cuts and increased storage volumes. But will cloud storage costs ever bottom out? If they do, what kind of market will be left for midsize companies? Will the companies that emerge from the rubble be dubbed cloud computing heroes or zeroes?

Prices in Free Fall

According to a recent article from Cloud Tweaks, storage prices are dropping as big-name providers fight it out in the public sector. While there is little chance that the price-per-gigabyte will ever reach zero, it is not outside the realm of possibility that only a few providers will emerge profitably, offering storage solutions for a pittance. It is worth noting for midsize companies that when the playing field is sufficiently narrow, prices will start to trend upward again — without the benefit of healthy competition...

The downside to mass data storage in the cloud

Grazed from NetworkWorld.  Author: Tom Henderson.

The cloud can be an enormously cost-effective way to increase storage and computing musculature, and also, sadly, a way to further add misery to those seeking privacy—or who just want to be left alone. It's rare to see organizations stand up and shout, "we'll not give your data to anyone!" or "the life of all stored data, except opt-in assets you want us to store, is always 90 days!" or "yes, we can determine in absolute certainty that your data has been erased to protect you and your identity."

The cloud, in some warrens, has become a storage ground for the various factories of "big data," whose ideals are generally to sell things to consumers and businesses. Correlating facts is huge. Ask Target, whose insight into discovering pregnancies helped them capture a nicely profitable market in the pregnancy and new mother world. Smart, you say. There is a downside to this...

Cloud Computing: Microsoft Is Offering 100GB Of Free OneDrive Storage To Dropbox Users

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Amit Chowdhry.

Microsoft has been giving away a lot of freebies through their cloud computing storage service OneDrive lately. Last week, Microsoft gave away 100GB of free storage for two years to create a Bing Rewards account. And now Microsoft OneDrive is offering 100GB of free storage for one year to Dropbox users.

The offer is limited to current Dropbox users and the first 10 million people to redeem it. The OneDrive bonus storage is not available to customers with OneDrive for Business either. You can receive 100GB of free OneDrive storage for a year by visiting the OneDrive bonus website and logging in with your Microsoft account...

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...