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Nexsan, an independent provider of disk-based storage systems, has announced that Nexsan E-Series storage systems are now the first enterprise-class storage systems shipping with 3TB SATA drives, delivering industry-leading capacity of 180TBs in just 4U of rack space. The E60X expansion chassis can be added to the E60 to house up to 60 more 3TB drives for a total of 360TBs in just 8U of rack space - representing 4 to 5 times the storage density of leading competitors. And with AutoMAID level 4, Nexsan's industry-leading power management technology, applications automatically benefit from up to 85% power savings, with no special coding required.  Additional enhancements include higher throughput, scaling and interoperability. "Product ‘specs' are intrinsically interesting, but only gain real value when they are relevant to the intended users; that's why Nexsan has cho... (more)

Accelerating #DigitalTransformation | @CloudExpo @FormationDS #DataCenter

Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Accelerating Transformation Projects with Dynamic, Software-Defined Storage Organizations planning enterprise data center consolidation and modernization projects are faced with a challenging, costly reality. Requirements to deploy modern, cloud-native applications simultaneously with traditional client/server applications are almost impossible to achieve with hardware-centric enterprise infrastructure. Compute and network infrastructure are fast moving down a software-defined path, but storage has been a laggard. Until now. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Mark Lewis, Chairman and CEO of Formation Data Systems, detailed how to deploy dynamic, software-defined storage infrastructure to transform storage from monolithic silos to an elastic pool of petabyte-scale storage resource... (more)

HGST's #ObjectStorage | @CloudExpo @HGSTStorage #AI #SDS #DataCenter

"This week we're really focusing on scalability, asset preservation and how do you back up to the cloud and in the cloud with object storage, which is really a new way of attacking dealing with your file, your blocked data, where you put it and how you access it," stated Jeff Greenwald, Senior Director of Market Development at HGST, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. DXWorldEXPO LLC, the producer of the world's most influential technology conferences and trade shows has announced the conference tracks for CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO 2018 New York. DXWordEXPO New York 2018, colocated with CloudEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City. DXWorldEXPO LLC, the producer of the world's most influential technology conferences and trade shows has announced the conference t... (more)

The Essential Cloud Considerations

Cloud Computing Expo on Ulitzer Thinking about jumping on the cloud? True, I’ve had no qualms in showing my skepticism towards the marketing of ‘cloud computing’ and it being the mere repackaging of solutions which have existed for years, but the fact is it still addresses a concept and reality that exists and one which holds numerous benefits. Indeed abandoning an existing on-site IT infrastructure for a cloud provider that most often or not can’t offer the same level of security, control or performance is not an easy decision but one which CIOs and IT executives are seriously considering when weighing up the economic benefits. As with any change though, a move towards the cloud necessitates a sound and comprehensive assessment to avoid the trap of a short term benefit turning into a long term nightmare. Integration Considerations Firstly your company should assess... (more)

Virtual #Storage From @FormationDS | @CloudExpo #SDS #SDN #DataCenter

"We formed Formation several years ago to really address the need for bring complete modernization and software-defined storage to the more classic private cloud marketplace," stated Mark Lewis, Chairman and CEO of Formation Data Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. 21st International Cloud Expo, taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Download Show Prospectus ▸ Here Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud str... (more)

Cloud Storage for Your File Server

As I was explaining Gladinet CloudAFS to a group of IT people as a file server with cloud storage attached, one question I got was: How much bandwidth you need to run file server with cloud storage? It is very obvious where the concern is coming from. If I had an on-premise file server, with cloud storage attached as tier 2 storage, will the slowness of the Internet (as compared to LAN) slow down the file server activities? Rest assured, Gladinet CloudAFS takes care of this. Specifically, it takes care of two issues. A. Slow Internet to the Cloud Storage – that is why it is tier2 storage. B. There is a glitch, Internet is down. The secret to both maintain local LAN performance and leverage Cloud Storage is to have a tier 1 storage locally on the hard drive (or NAS or SAN). When people read and write to the file server, it is writing to and reading from the tier 1 stor... (more)

An Open Source-Based Cloud Data Storage and Processing Solution

Applications are increasingly being made available over the Internet. Several applications have a large user base that produces a huge volume of data, for example, content in a community portal, emails in a web-based email system, and call log files generated at call centers. Due to a large amount of data being added every minute and the need to keep historical data for various requirements such as legal, reference, data warehousing, and analytics, the systems' data size keeps growing exponentially. This requires a huge storage and processing infrastructure, incurring a high cost of procuring and maintaining it for companies. Other typical challenges with such large data sets are how to store the data reliably and economically. How do you process the data efficiently? How do you provide search? Traditionally storage solutions, as shown in Figure 1, use n-tiered arc... (more)

MokaFive Gets New CEO

Dale Fuller, described by Wikipedia as "one of Silicon Valley's first-generation software executives, entrepreneurs and developers," has stepped down as president and CEO of MokaFive, the desktop virtualization provider. He is being replaced by Dave Robbins, the former chairman and CEO of endpoint-management software house BigFix, which IBM bought in 2010. Robbins is supposed to focus on growing the company's presence in the US and abroad. He reckons MokaFive's "client-side approach to device management represents the next wave in the management of distributed end points," and thinks the company has "a tremendous opportunity to help companies effectively deal with today's biggest enterprise challenge: how to maximize employee productivity, while keeping corporate data and applications secure on an increasing range of devices." Robbins is supposed to have a success... (more)

HP Muddies Water Around Violin IPO

HP may have thrown what the English call a spanner and the Americans call a money wrench into Violin Memory's anticipated IPO. Whatever you call it, it can be bruising. See, as soon as Bloomberg reported that the SSD array start-up had quietly filed to go public under the newfangled JOBS Act - which lets companies with less than a billion dollars in revenues put in their IPO papers without disclosing their plans or financials - HP let slip - also to Bloomberg - that it's going to end its deal to resell Violin arrays with its servers. An HP flak told Bloomberg that "HP 3PAR is our strategic platform for solid-state storage." This may have come as news to Violin, which told the news service that nothing had changed in its 15-month-old relationship with HP. What it said exactly was: "The current HP Violin relationship remains unchanged. The VMA product family (the Vi... (more)

Storage Wars Move to Cloud Computing

An overall shift towards cloud computing has ramped up the demand for offsite data storage centers. The growing demand for data storage has predictably brought lots of competition as well. Larger storage companies have simply found acquisitions to be a more viable way to deal with the uptick in competition. According to the Bedford Report, earnings season was not kind to key players in the Data Storage industry following a string of disappointing quarterly reports. Seagate said last month that its net income fell to $150 million, or 31 cents per share, in its fiscal second quarter. The results missed analyst estimates looking for earnings of 33 cents a share and were down sharply from $533 million, or $1.03 per share, in the same period a year earlier. As a result, companies are increasingly looking to cloud computing environments in order to accelerate value in b... (more)

A Painless Introduction to Java’s ThreadLocal Storage

In my last blog, we explored WeakHashMap which is based by WeakReference in Java. Now let's look at some best practices for using another powerful class: ThreadLocal from java.lang, which is also implemented using WeakReference. What is ThreadLocal? A simple example As its name suggests, a single instance of ThreadLocal can store different values for each thread independently. Therefore, the value stored in a ThreadLocal instance is specific (local) to the current running Thread, any other code logic running on the same thread will see the same value, but not the values set on the same instance by other threads. (There are exceptions, like InhertiableThreadLocal, which inherits parent thread's values by default.) Let's consider this example: We have a TransactionManager class that provide static methods to: Start a transaction with a generated ID Store that ID as a st... (more)