Increased cloud storage adoption has brought a proliferation of cloud storage
options for businesses. Beyond a wider variety of features and attributes,
new cloud storage consumption models have emerged to simplify integration
with existing IT. Given these advances, it may be a timely opportunity for
organizations to get a better understanding of the various attributes, cost
points and integration options cloud storage offers when considering their
next data storage purchase.
From the outset, the basic tenet of cloud storage has been creating a utility
model around data storage. This includes pay-as-you-go pricing, on-demand
access to unlimited capacity, multi-site reliability and
near-zero maintenance – all simplifying a relatively cumbersome and
administratively intensive IT function. As cloud storage has evolved,
different attributes and price points have emerg... (more)
PALO ALTO, Calif., and PETACH TIKVAH, Israel, Oct. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
CTERA Networks, the leader in cloud storage enablement, today announced that
Ricoh Canada Inc., the subsidiary of the global technology leader
specializing in office imaging equipment, document management and IT
services, has launched a new cloud storage service for its business customers
using CTERA's cloud storage platform. The Ricoh-branded service, RCloud
Services: Backup & Recovery, offers hybrid cloud/local backup, mobile access
to files, and secure file sync & share capabilities as a managed service,
based on cloud infrastructure hosted entirely in Canada.
Ricoh Canada Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ricoh Americas Corporation
with its head office located in Toronto, with over 2,100 employees
nation-wide. Earlier thi... (more)
Mezeo Software Corp., a software developer of a leading deployable platform
for cloud storage, today announced that Steve Lesem, President and CEO; and
the founder of cloudstoragestrategy.com has been invited to present at
Dealmaker Media’s Under the Radar (UTR) conference and at Cloud Slam ‘09.
The two conferences are scheduled later this month and are expected to bring
together thought leaders from throughout the cloud storage industry.
At Under the Radar: Clarity in the Cloud, Lesem will discuss what makes Mezeo
unique: the deployable Mezeo Cloud Storage Platform that was purpose built
for the IT service provider market. At Cloud Slam ’09, Lesem will discuss
the future of cloud storage and the critical importance of IT service
providers to mass adoption of this emerging technology trend.
“I am looking forward to sharing the Mezeo vision of how cloud storage will
A good friend and colleague of mine has put up a great tutorial that walks
you through the process of creating a new "classic" ASP.NET Azure web
application and converting it into a cloud-based MVC application.
In addition, he shows you how to point your membership, profile, and role
providers at Azure cloud storage instead of the default SQL Express. Great
read, check it out here:
More and more enterprises now rent space or servers on the cloud to store
data. However, the fact that such data remains outside the ambit of the
enterprise’s security system and invisible to the enterprise poses a
serious security headache.
Porticor Virtual Private Data, an Israeli based start-up now offers
technology that allows organizations to encrypt data held in the cloud.
The service, which includes a Virtual Appliance and an agent software, offers
standard AES 256 or Blowfish encryption that has a maximum key length of 2048
bits. A unique “split-key” method adds to the security. The customer
holds the master key, common to all data objects such as a disk or the file
in the application, and Porticor holds the other key, which is unique for
each data object. When the application accesses the data store, Porticor uses
both parts of the key to encrypt or decrypt ... (more)
Welcome to Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly, an online newsletter that
consists of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise
mobility in Asia. Asia is predicted to be the fastest area of growth for
enterprise mobility between now and 2016.
Cognizant is enhancing operations in the Asia Pacific region and has opened a
new development center in Singapore. Read Original Content
PayPal is hoping to move into China and has applied to Chinese authorities
for a domestic payment license. If the license is approved, PayPal may also
expand its PayPal Here mobile card payments service into China. Read Original
Demand for the Internet in China is high, with 505 million Internet users at
the end of November 2011 and 58 percent of those users access the internet
via cell phone. Read Original Content
ClickSoftware is an SAP mobility partner and the lead... (more)
According to a recent survey from CA, 55% percent of US businesses expect to
increase usage of the cloud to meet business continuity objectives. According
to the study, all of the 300 businesses surveyed experienced some type of
data loss event in the past year and the vast majority admit their data was
While backing up data regularly is a key part of mitigating data loss, many
organizations choose to replicate their data in real-time to a secondary
location to reduce the window for data loss beyond just daily backups. With
real-time data replication, organizations can achieving lower recovery point
objectives (RPOs) that with backup alone.
Until recently, maintaining a live, real-time copy of business data for
disaster recovery meant replicating to a secondary data storage system
off-site. Whether housed in a secondary company location or a... (more)
As mentioned in Part I of this series, cloud technology has introduced a
viable alternative to the practice of creating secondary sites for disaster
recovery (DR), promising to save IT organizations hundreds of thousands or
even millions of dollars in infrastructure and maintenance. While the cost
reduction associated with replacing dedicated DR infrastructure is intuitive,
the ability of cloud solutions to meet the recovery times (RTOs and RPOs)
dictated by businesses is often less well understood.
Part I suggested two key considerations in recovering IT operations from a
disaster are (1) regaining access to data and (2) regaining access to
applications. Today’s cloud integrated storage or cloud storage gateways
can push backups or live data sets to the cloud easily and securely, enabling
the first element of a cloud DR solution. With this in mind, let’s examine
Government laws and industry regulations in the United States and around the
world mandate protection of sensitive data. Data must be secure when at rest,
during transactions and when it transverses network connections. Each
industry has specific regulations, which are commonly used in data centers
and should be used in the cloud as well. Whether cloud encryption is
demanded by your government, your industry, your customers, or simply your
own good business sense – it is a best practice for any business that
operates in the cloud.
Encryption is more important in the cloud than in the physical data center.
This is, quite simply, because clouds do not have walls like data centers do.
Encryption is an excellent solution for creating a mathematical replacement
for physical walls – keeping data secure and private, and keeping the bad
The following types of d... (more)
In the cloud storage industry, we talk a lot about “price wars.” Every 6
months or so, one of the major cloud storage providers drops their prices,
and everyone else follows suit. Well guess what?
Perhaps you’ve heard Google dropped the cost to $0.026/GB per month for
standard storage (GCS) and $0.020/GB per month for DRA (Durable Reduced
Availability). Of course, there will still be more price drops here and
there, but fundamentally we’ve reached the point where cloud storage has
effectively been commoditized.
As a result, you may be wondering about the impact to the market and to cloud
Truth is the commoditization of cloud storage was as inevitable as the
commoditization of disk drives. I’ve always said the real value of cloud
storage is in software that controls it: the cloud-integrated storage
controller or cloud storage gateway. ... (more)
July 2014 Server and StorageIO Update newsletter
By Greg Schulz
Server and StorageIO Update newsletter - July 2014
Welcome to the July 2014 edition of the StorageIO Update (newsletter)
containing trends perspectives on cloud, virtualization and data
infrastructure topics. For some of you it is mid summer (e.g. in the northern
hemisphere) while for others it mid-winter (southern hemisphere). Here in the
Stillwater MN area it is mid-summer which means enjoying the warm outdoor
weather as well as getting ready for the busy late summer and early fall 2014
schedule of events including VMworld among others. Starting in this edition
there are a couple of new and expanded sections including Social Media Shout
Out, Server and StorageIO Recommended Reading list, Technology tips and tools
and the return of Just For Fun.
Greg Schulz @StorageIO Lets jump into this mid-summer, or ... (more)