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While much of the collective discussion has focused on cloud computing and trying to define it, Cloud Storage has not so quietly gone from concept to tangible business with real revenue. Here’s my presentation from Cloud Slam ‘09. See my blog post on the subject here. ... (more)

Memopal Online Backup Ranked as the best Online Backup Service in Europe according to BackupReview.info

Memopal Online Backup Ranked as the best Online Backup Service in Europe according to BackupReview.info Selected from 25 Online Backup services throughout the world in the Consumer category. Rome, July 10, 2009. Memopal is the number 1 Online Backup provider in Europe according to BackupReview. Just in one year time, the European start-up has conquered BackupReview's “Top 25” ranking, which includes the 25 best Online Backup services throughout the world, awarding it first place in Europe and second place worldwide. “We are proud that a small European start-up is able to produce technology and win global recognition” said Marco Trombetti, Memopal's CEO. BackupReview is one of the most authoritative sources of Online Backup news. Every month, it publishes a ranking that classifies backup services by their target audience: Consumer, Small Medium Business and Enterprise,... (more)

Cloud Storage: To API Or Not To API

As discussed last week, cloud storage solutions differ in many ways. They can be defined by their pricing model (usage-based or capitalized), their location (on-site or off-site), the granularity of scalability (per-file, standard unit, or per-system), and whether or not they are multi-tenant. But one of the less-discussed but much more technically-challenging differentiators lies in the access method: Some cloud storage systems use a web protocol-based API for access, while others use conventional storage protocols like NFS or SMB. Today we will discuss the implications of which access protocol is used. API Access: The Heart of the Cloud One hallmark of cloud computing is its programmability: Developers can use standard Internet protocols like HTTP to both access and control resources programmatically. This incredibly powerful concept promises to revolutionize IT ... (more)

How to Build your First Azure-Powered MVC App

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: http://www.caffeinedi.com/2009/09/29/how-to-build-your-first-azure-powered-asp-net-mvc-app/ ... (more)

Everyone Should Be Skeptical About Cloud Service Providers

As we plummet down into Gartner's "trough of disillusionment", the cloud skeptics are making their voices heard. Although my professional focus is at the forefront of the cloud storage wave, I can not disagree with the content of articles with sensational headlines like "Cloud Storage: It's Strictly For Airheads" and "Why Cloud Storage Use Could Be Limited in Enterprises". The authors are doing exactly what everyone should be doing: Questioning the viability and suitability of cloud storage in the enterprise. The truth is, although I'm not the "cloud police", not all managed storage services are created equal. In fact, lots of them are, to put it bluntly, not worth much. Many cloud backup and archiving services use bare un-protected disk drives to store data, have no redundancy built into the system, and try to scrape up every cent by using home-brewed hardware. This... (more)

Hitachi's Agile Cloud Computing and Storage Management

Download FREE eBook Now! 6 Essential Strategies For Economizing Your Storage Difficult economic times require new strategies. Years of traditional IT procurement have left many organizations with underutilized and oversubscribed storage capacity. With today’s tightening budgets, many organizations are faced with demands to do more with less and tough decisions on where to invest available funds. The good news is, there are technologies and strategies proven to reduce storage infrastructure costs – simply put, they make storage cheaper to own. The technologies and strategies discussed in this eBook can transform your data center into an economically superior storage environment. In today’s information-intensive environment, you need a reliable flow of data with minimal downtime and interruptions. Hitachi Data Systems offers a wide variety of storage solutions, from ... (more)

Migrating Data from Amazon S3 to Azure

Windows Azure Session at Cloud Expo Windows Azure enables the hosting of web applications in Microsoft data centers on a scalable and highly available platform. To do so, Microsoft has provided a set of services aimed at making it easier for developers to build applications that scale and elastically utilize physical or logical resources in the cloud. They have also provided a lot of value to lure customers away from services like Amazon S3. Depending on usage patterns, storage is cheaper on Azure and is also free for the first 8 months; the C# API and dev studio integration are convenient and easy to use; Azure was built with security in mind and, last but not least, it’s really fast. But what if you’d like to enjoy the benefits of becoming an Azure blob storage user without writing any code? What if you’ve already stored terabytes of information with another provi... (more)

Is OpenStack a New Door to Cloud Adoption?

All the buzz surrounding OpenStack over the past few months may beg the question of whether Openstack can repeat for Cloud what Linux has done for server operating systems over the past several years. With an enthusiastic following and a compelling, if not industry-leading set of functionality, the possibilities may be boundless. This week’s announcement of the HP Cloud public beta, an OpenStack-based cloud that includes compute, object storage and a content delivery network, provides even further momentum to this open source effort. With well-known vendors such as HP, Rackspace and hundreds of others backing them, we can expect OpenStack adoption to increase. In one of the more storied instances of open source successes, the Linux operating system, first released in 1991, was an alternative to existing operating systems embraced primarily by developers. Today, Linu... (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)

Choosing the Right Cloud Storage Options for Businesses

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)

An Investment in Next-Generation Cloud: ProfitBricks Secures $19.5 Million

"We spent two years building a cloud offering that is unmatched in the market. This latest investment represents an investment not only in ProfitBricks but in the future of cloud," said Achim Weiss, co-founder and CEO of ProfitBricks, as it was announced that his IaaS company has received a $19.5 million investment from its founders and United Internet AG, a leading European internet services provider. "ProfitBricks delivers on the promise of cloud computing that until its launch wasn't realized," Weiss added. In 2012 the company established its U.S. headquarters in Cambridge, Mass. and launched its cloud 2.0 offering, including live vertical scaling and the industry's first Data Center Design tool. ProfitBricks used InfiniBand based network technology to bring high performance computing capabilities to the cloud and offer a better price-performance ratio than the m... (more)