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FOSTER CITY, Calif., April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cloudian, the leading hybrid cloud storage company, today announced that storage industry veterans Charles Eischen and Simone Morellato have joined the company in the key positions of senior director of marketing and director of technical solutions respectively. Each will help lead the pioneering cloud storage company into its next phase of international growth in the emerging open hybrid IT space. With a long track record of helping storage companies build and effectively communicate their brands, Eischen comes to Cloudian via high performance scale-out NAS trailblazer, Panasas, Inc. where he helped establish the company as a leader in the high performance scale-out NAS space. Prior to that he worked at SGI, Rackable Systems, 3ware, LSI Logic, and IBM in a variety of global corporate and product marketing management... (more)

Cloud Conversations: AWS Government Cloud (GovCloud)

Following earlier cloud conversations posts, cloud computing means many things from products to services, functionality and positioned for different layers of service delivery or capabilities (e.g. SaaS, AaaS, PaaS, IaaS and XaaS). Consequently it is no surprise when I hear from different people their opinion, belief or perception of what is or is not a cloud, confidence or concerns, or how to use and abuse clouds among other related themes. A common theme I hear talking with IT professionals on a global basis centers around conversations about confidence in clouds including reliability, security, privacy, compliance and confidentiality for where data is protected and preserved. This includes data being stored in different geography locations ranging from states or regions to countries and continents. What I also often hear are discussion around concerns over data f... (more)

EMC VMAX 10K, Looks Like High-End Storage Systems Are Still Alive | Part 2

This is the second in a multi-part series of posts (read first post here) looking at if large enterprise and legacy storage systems are dead, along with what todays EMC VMAX 10K updates mean. Thus on January 14 2013 it is time for a new EMC Virtual Matrix (VMAX) model 10,000 (10K) storage system. EMC has been promoting their January 14 live virtual event for a while now. January significance is that is when (along with May or June) is when many new systems, solutions or upgrades are made on a staggered basis. Historically speaking, January and February, along with May and June is when you have seen many of the larger announcements from EMC being made. Case in point, back in February of 2012 VFCache was released, then May (2012) in Las Vegas at EMCworld there were 42 announcements made and others later in the year. Click here to see images of the car stuffing or cli... (more)

CloudBerry Backup Leverages Amazon S3

Note: this post applies to CloudBerry Backup beta 3 and later. CloudBerry S3 Backup is a powerful Windows backup and restore that automate backup and restore processes to Amazon S3 cloud storage. With beta 3 release we added some more exciting features that will make the product even better. Among new features are Backup exclusively locked files using Volume Shadow Copy Technology. You can now for example backup Outlook PST files and you don’t have to shut down Outlook for backup process to run. Command Line interface. This feature will help to integrate backup with your other routines and will open a door for SMBs and OEM partners. Implemented our own scheduler, more robust than Windows Task Scheduler. Multithreaded data transfer dramatically improves backup/ restore task speed. User interface improvements Number of issues fixed We are going to make a number of add... (more)

XAJAX Perfect Choice for Cloud Computing Environments

XAJAX at Cloud Expo An interesting thing happens when you combine toolkits like XAJAX and SAJAX and the ability to perform content-based routing: you can actually achieve function-level load balancing in both cloud-based and traditional architectures.  As you might have discovered from previous posts mentioning it, I still do web application development to support hobby interests in my (very little) spare time. I’m currently in love with the XAJAX library, which has made development of what is supposed to be a very interactive application nearly effortless. I’m also very much enamored of load balancing/application delivery and cloud computing, specifically how to get the most out of the latter using the former. XAJAX is a perfect example of how the choice of development environment can impact – positively – the ability of an intelligent intermediary to drill-down... (more)

Can Spot Pricing Work For Cloud Storage?

Early Bird Savings at Cloud Expo This week, Amazon took a step with EC2 that many had long anticipated: They announced spot pricing for cloud compute instances. EC2 customers can now name their own price, and Amazon will bring compute instances up at variable discount prices according to these "bids". This complements their March 2009 move at the other end of the spectrum, extra-cost reserved instances. This evolution of the cloud compute market was predicted by many, but Amazon deserves credit for making it happen. The obvious next question is whether spot pricing can work for cloud storage. Although there are cases where spot pricing might make sense, the nature of data storage trends against this sort of pricing model. Let's explore the question further. Cloud Compute Cloud compute is obviously different from cloud storage: The former deals with running applicat... (more)

The Storage Future Is Cloudy, and It's About Time

One of the things I have talked about quite a bit in the last couple of months is the disjoint between the needs of enterprise IT and the offerings of a wide swath of the cloud marketplace. Some times it seems like many cloud vendors are telling customers “here’s what we choose to offer you, deal with it”. Problem is, oftentimes what they’re offering is not what the enterprise needs. There are of course some great examples of how to do cloud for the enterprise, Rackspace (among others) has done a smashing job of offering users a server with added services to install a database or web server on those servers. There are still some security concerns that the enterprise needs to address, but at least it’s a solid start toward giving IT the option of using the cloud in the same manner that they use VMs. Microsoft has done a good job of setting up databases that follow a... (more)

Backup to INTERNAP Accelerated IP - XIP

This is part 3 of the 3-piece tutorial introducing the Gladinet Cloud Access Solutions to the Internap XIPCloud storage. Accelerated IP, or XIP, is Internap’s solution to the weaknesses of Transport Control Protocol (TCP). Through XIP, enterprise web services and applications that rely on the TCP layer can improve their performance by up to 400%.  - Quote Internap.com XIPCloud means Internap’s cloud storage combined with accelerated IP. The first thing you see from the Internap cloud storage marketing materials is high performance, in addition to availability, security and open source. This tutorial covers how to backup files, folders and SQL Servers to Internap XIPCloud. Gladinet Cloud Backup First you will need to have a copy of Gladinet Cloud Backup. The Cloud Backup is also integrated into Gladinet Cloud Desktop and Gladinet CloudAFS. As long as you have a Cloud... (more)

Using the Cloud to Prevent Data Loss

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 inadequately protected. 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)

Introducing Glacier Support for CloudBerry Backup

CloudBerry S3 Backup is a powerful Windows program that automate backup and restore processes to Amazon S3 cloud storage. Now with Amazon Glacier support Amazon Glacier, a secure, reliable and low cost storage service designed for data archiving and backup. In order to keep costs low, Amazon Glacier is optimized for data that is infrequently accessed and for which retrieval times of several hours are suitable. With Amazon Glacier, you can reliably store large or small amounts of data for as little as $0.01 per gigabyte per month. The latest release of CloudBerry Backup  comes with full support for Amazon Glacier. Using the product you can move your files to Glacier vaults taking advantage of the extremely low cost storage . Register Glacier account Choose Glacier storage type in the Backup Wizard Note. Current version of CloudBerry Backup doesn't  allow you: 1. Restore ... (more)

Cloud Conversation, Thanks Gartner for Saying What Has Been Said

Thank you Gartner for your statements concurring and endorsing the notion of clouds can be viable, however do your homework, welcome to the club. Why am I thanking Gartner? Simple, I appreciate Gartner now saying what has been said for a couple of years hoping it will help to amplify the theme to the Gartner followers and faithful. Gartner: Cloud storage viable option, but proceed carefully Images licensed for use by StorageIO via Atomazul / Shutterstock.com Sounds like Gartner has come to the same conclusion on what has been said for several years now in posts, articles, keynotes, presentations, webinars and other venues which is when it comes to IT clouds, do not be scared. However do your homework, be prepared, do your due diligence, proof of concepts. Here are some related materials to prepare and plan for IT clouds (public and private): Amazon Web Services (AWS... (more)