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This week's news about cloud storage provider (CSP) Nirvanix has lots of organizations thinking about and, in some cases scrambling to deal with, the repercussions of a cloud provider shutting down. While pundits may speculate about what happened to this particular CSP and ponder the v...
Reliable, scalable storage is a key component of cloud deployments. Those deploying an infrastructure cloud frequently opt for network-attached storage (NAS) over local storage, to make it simpler to implement enterprise-grade features. By combining OpenStack Compute, today’s industr...
TwinStrata on Monday unveiled the latest release of its CloudArray software, which gives customers the ability to access production snapshots of their data remotely. Coupled with new accelerated cache reload capabilities, the new release drastically simplifies disaster recovery and tes...
IDC has determined that Red Hat’s approach to scale-out storage can present a significant value. In a recently published IDC white paper, sponsored by Red Hat, on the Economics of Software-based Storage, IDC reports: “Procuring server hardware with internal disks and deploying a softw...
What are the performance differences between in-memory columnar databases like SAP HANA and GridGain's In-Memory Database (IMDB) utilizing distributed key-value storage? This questions comes up regularly in conversations with our customers and the answer is not very obvious. First off...
You've probably already heard that storage capacity needs are growing rapidly, with IDC projecting the digital universe will exceed 40,000 exabytes (40 billion terabytes) by 2020. According to Gartner, organizations are on average growing their capacity 40% to 60% year over year. On th...
Over the past ten years, enterprises have seen enormous gains in scalability, flexibility, and affordability as they migrated from proprietary, monolithic server architectures to architectures that are virtualized, open source, standardized, and commoditized. Unfortunately, storage has...
Big data. Little data. Offsite data. On-premises data. Primary data. Archive data. Data comes in all shapes and sizes. As a culture of pack rats, we all love data of all kinds. We even conducted a whole campaign last year where we told everyone to "Embrace Storage Hogs." And for good r...
TwinStrata onWednesday announced the results of its 2013 Cloud Storage Adoption Survey. Conducted during the first half of 2013, the survey – updated from June 2012 – focuses on the attitudes and experiences of a cloud-friendly sample group as determined by their attendance at a recent...
Legendary Intel co-founder Gordon Moore’s eponymous law holds that the number of transistors per square inch of chip will double every two years, a prediction that has held remarkably firm as incredibly tiny devices have been made increasingly powerful. In recent years, that assertion ...
“Cloud is not so much about a place, it’s about a way of delivering and handling these very dynamic, very large scale computing environments,” stated Kevin Brown, CEO of Coraid, in this interview with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan at our Times Square Studio in New York City...
WHIPTAIL has been chosen by Datalogix to improve the performance of applications running on its statistical analysis grid. Leveraging WHIPTAIL’s ACCELA flash storage array, Datalogix has reduced application response times and storage costs. “Being chosen by an industry leader like Dat...
SolidFire, the Colorado-based all-SSD purveyor, has gotten a $31 million C round led by strategic investor Samsung, which is supplying the 960GB flash drives in its latest storage system. The round brings SolidFire’s total outside investment to $68 million. The widgetry, called the...
QLogic on Friday announced that its FabricCache adapter has been dubbed by CRN as one of "The 10 Coolest Flash Storage Products Of 2013 (So Far)." FabricCache revolutionizes enterprise application performance by delivering server-based cache acceleration to virtualized and clustered ap...
Cloud computing environments with on-demand access to compute, network, and storage resources require an elastic infrastructure that can be rapidly scaled and dynamically reconfigured. Virtualization combined with x86 servers has transformed the way we scale out compute resources. The ...
EMC is buying ScaleIO and its scalable server-based Elastic Converged Storage (ECS) software. It said it’s paying cash but not how much although the chatty Israeli business press put the price at between $200 million and $300 million. The start-up is supposed to strength EMC’s Flas...
Coraid on Tuesday announced the general availability of its latest and fastest file storage appliance – the Coraid ZX4000. "Public cloud scalability, economics and resilience models are setting a new agenda for IT," said Coraid CEO Kevin Brown. The ZX4000 delivers flash-enhanced perfor...
IT has more opportunities than ever before with the growth in users, devices, data and secure cloud services. This creates not only a more enriching experience for users, but more opportunities for businesses. The key to capitalizing on these opportunities is to have the right tools in...
Panzura, the flash-based NAS start-up whose widgetry is used to store data off-premises in the cloud, has gotten a $25 million D round and the investors this time include SanDisk, the flash memory storage house, which kicked in enough to rate a board seat. Panzura’s other investors i...
Kaminario, a flash storage start-up backed by $75 million in VC funding, is guaranteeing that overall performance degradation will never exceed 25% should the user experience system failure. What that means in English is the widgetry will still be able to deliver data at 75% of its us...
EMC has reportedly paid $200 million to snap up two-year-old Israeli start-up and would-be competitor ScaleIO and its Elastic Converged Storage (ECS) software, which is supposed to let data centers cut storage costs by maybe 80% or more by converging storage into compute. The softwar...
In the course of IT history, many schemes have been devised and deployed to protect data against storage system failure, especially disk drive hardware. These protection mechanisms have nearly always been variants on two themes: duplication of files or objects (backup, archiving, synch...
Nicos Vekiarides, CEO and co-founder of TwinStrata, Inc., an innovator in cloud-integrated storage solutions, will present on the roles of traditional and cloud storage in the era of Big Data to attendees of Cloud Expo New York, June 10-13 at the Javits Center in New York City. TwinStr...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Panzura, a leading provider of global cloud storage solutions, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 12th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 10–13, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York. Panzura optimizes enterprise data sto...
It is estimated that with more and more companies switching to cloud computing methods for data storage that the impact will lead to a 31 percent reduction on the amount of energy consumption and emission of greenhouse gases by data storage facilities. This is extremely beneficial for ...
Nimble Storage, one of the darlings of the new storage breed – darling if for no other reason than it’s managed to collect $98 million from the VC crowd since it started in 2008 – that’s pretty darling – has been waving around the plans for a new Microsoft private cloud that’s pre-conf...
An IT services provider based in Asia is throwing up some big numbers when it comes to savings and cloud computing. DataOne Asia, an independent provider of IT services in the Philippines, said businesses can significantly reduce expenses by putting in place cloud computing solutions,...
Our prior post, A Roadmap to High-Value Cloud Infrastructure: Disaster Recovery and Data Protection, discussed both the benefits and limitations of a cloud-based disaster recovery (DR) strategy. As we highlighted last week, traditional disaster recovery options leave open a huge hole: ...
Storage and Archive offerings are now exploding on the market. From end-user mobile devices to company tactical level, the cloud has become a black hole for every kind of data. But what are the risks, and what are the real needs? In his session at the 12th International Cloud Expo, A...
Box, the cloud storage start-up getting close to going public, has acquired Crocodoc and its HTML5 document rendering and viewing solution. The widgetry works on PDF, Word and other files without Flash or plug-ins. The transformed files can’t be edited. Box said Crocodoc’s technolo...
Fusion-io’s two co-founders, CEO David Flynn and chief marketing officer Rick White, up and quit Wednesday sending the company’s stock into a nosedive, down better than 26% to $13.29 at noon, a record low. They are off to turn early-stage investors. Fusion board member, Shane Robin...
At the OpenStack Summit this week NetApp submitted a prototype and proposal for consideration by the OpenStack Foundation Technical Committee and the unity at-large for file share service capabilities. OpenStack doesn’t have native management support for file-based storage systems so...
Space Monkey's beta started Wednesday. It's taking pre-orders for its P2P device on Kickstarter, where it's looking to raise money for the project. A pledge of $99 will fetch the widget, 1TB of space and a year's subscription. A pledge of $199 buys 2TB for a year. The number of devi...
Riverbed CEO and co-founder Jerry Kennelly has joined the board of the up-and-coming Nimble Storage, which has designed a hybrid storage architecture that integrates Flash and high-capacity drives and promises as much as 10x faster application performance at a reduced TCO. Nimble CEO...
Intel has started talking up its prospective new second-generation 64-bit Atom, a low-power x86 SoC called Avoton that’s sampling now with OEMs, like HP apparently, and should be out and about in the second half. Intel’s been showing off the thing at the Intel Developers Forum in Bei...
Space Monkey, the Google-backed P2P start-up that intends to compete against Box and Dropbox not to mention the likes of Google Drive and SkyDrive, seems to be slowly pumping up publicity for its widget so maybe it’s getting close to its promised public beta if it can get the Kickstart...
Boston-based startup nCrypted Cloud recently launched software of the same name designed to address the security and privacy concerns that have emerged with the use of popular cloud-based storage services. Available in consumer basic, consumer pro, and enterprise editions, nCrypted ...
GreenBytes, a transcontinental virtual desktop start-up with feet planted in both England and the US, has raised a $7 million C round from existing investors Generation Investment Management LLP and Battery Ventures. That makes $31.5 million altogether. The company says it will use t...
The OpenStack movement is about to release Grizzly, the seventh and latest release of the open source infrastructure cloud platform for building public, private and hybrid clouds. Among other things it was on time. The widgetry is on an every six-month release schedule. The changes ...
Obviously Storage-as-a-Utility will never work unless people use it that way. Cloudian, a Goldman Sachs-backed cloud storage software start-up whose technological roots go back a decade or so, means to see that they do, especially the chi-chi telecom ones and the Fortune 5000, despit...