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The GoGrid newsletter went out today. Unfortunately, if you are not already a GoGrid customer, you didn’t receive it…until now! There are a lot of exciting items covered here (a few of which you already know if you subscribe to this blog’s RSS feed including the Edit, Delete and Restore function of MyGSIs). If you aren’t already a GoGrid user, I recommend that you sign up (and here is a quick hint, if you want a $100 GoGrid credit on new account, contact a GoGrid Sales Rep and they can consult with you on your best options for the Cloud). Below is the entire GoGrid Newsletter (October 2009): Hello Michael, In this edition of the GoGrid newsletter I cover recent feature releases, planned features for the next release, and the end-of-life (EoL) of Server Images with preinstalled applications.  Here are the specific topics: MyGSI Enhancements: Edit, Delete, and Restor... (more)

Announcing Memopal Cloud Search

Memopal ( announces the release of ‘Memopal Cloud Search’, the new tool that simplifies and speeds up online file search. Searching dozens and dozens of folders in your remote archive to find the document you need out of hundreds of thousands of other files may be difficult and time consuming. ‘Memopal Cloud Search’ makes searching in your remote archive easier and increases search speed, letting you enjoy all the advantages of how you usually organize files and folders on your computer. In fact, Memopal applied the Grid Computing concepts used by leading search engines to online backup. This improves indexing and searching is faster. Memopal states it can search a 2-million file archive in under 50 milliseconds. Memopal also implemented efficient result ranking techniques to display the user’s most important files first. The Memopal algorithm is ba... (more)

Clouds and Data Loss: Time for CDP (Commonsense Data Protection)?

Cloud Computing Journal SNIA released a press release pertaining to cloud storage timed to coincide with SNW where we can only presume vendors are talking about their cloud storage stories. Yet chatter on the coconut wire along with various news (here and here and here) and social media sites is how could cloud storage and information service provider T-Mobile/Microsoft/Side-Kick loose customers data? Data loss is a dangerous phrase, after all, your data may still be intact somewhere, however if you cannot get to it when needed, that may seem like data loss to you. There are many types of data loss including loss of accessibility or availability along with flat out loss. Let me clarify, loss of data availability or accessibility means that somewhere, your data is still intact, perhaps off-line on a removable disk, optical, tape or at another site on-line, near-li... (more)

Gladinet Access Solutions for AT&T Synaptic Storage

AT&T Synaptic Storage is a cloud storage service.  There are many use cases that apply to cloud storage. For example, off-site backup and restore, collaboration and sharing, anywhere access and mobile workers are all among the most popular use cases for cloud storage. Synaptic Storage is no exception, supporting all these use cases. This week, we will start a series of quick start videos covering the Gladinet products and how they enable different access scenarios to AT&T Synaptic Storage. Cloud Desktop – Desktop access and remote admin use case. CloudAFS – File server access for a group of users. Cloud Backup – Backup services for servers and workstations. Below is the quick start video for AT&T Synaptic storage. (click this link for HD format) ... (more)

Encrypting Data Held in the Cloud

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)

Accessing Your File Server from Cloud

Here is another use case keeps coming up from customers using Gladinet Cloud. As one potential customer asked: “We search for a solution for our team. We have a file server with Active Directory for our projects, with a team of users travelling around. We need the files and folders accessible for team members outside of office, while other people working on the same project can continue to access files and folders from within the office.” Above is the main use case requirement, then he follows with the second requirement: “We don’t want the work to be solely in Web Interface, nor do we want applications to provide sync after users come back into office.” The second requirement can be translated into: Please provide real time direct access for both users in the office and users outside office. This usually requires a VPN like solution so remote user can login to the ... (more)

Nirvanix and TwinStrata Introduce Cloud Storage Starter Kit

"This Nirvanix-TwinStrata pre-packed solution gives enterprises everything they need at a simple, flat annual rate, making cloud storage for businesses more convenient than ever," said Nicos Vekiarides, CEO of TwinStrata, as Nirvanix and TwinStrata today announced the availability of a pre-tested, fully integrated cloud storage starter kit that combines 50TB of Nirvanix cloud storage with TwinStrata's enterprise-class CloudArray to provide a complete solution for a single annual rate of $48K all-inclusive. "Our customers have been asking for enterprise-grade cloud storage solutions that they can implement easily, affordably and quickly. Nirvanix has proven repeatedly that it easily supports the robust, multi-petabyte cloud storage environments that our enterprise customers demand," Vekiarides added. The always-busy TwinStata booth at 10th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo New Yo... (more)

Amazon Delivers Cloud Archive Storage with Glacier

At the end of August 2012, Amazon Web Services released their latest service offering – a long-term archive service called Glacier.  As a complement to their existing active data access service S3, Glacier provides long term storage for “cold” data – information that has to be retained for a long time but doesn’t require frequent access. What Exactly is Glacier? Many organisations need to retain data in archive format for extended periods of time.  This is for regulatory or compliance purposes or may simply be part of their normal business process.  Good examples are medical, healthcare, financial or media (video and audio) data.  Typically for many IT departments, backup has provided a lazy way of archiving information.  Access to backups retained for up to 10 years provides a cheap and rudimentary archive service.  However backup isn’t archive (see my recent art... (more)

F5 and Versafe: Because Mobility Matters

Mobility is a significant driver of technology today. Whether it's mobility of applications between data center and cloud, web and mobile device platform or users from corporate to home to publicly available networks, mobility is a significant factor impacting all aspects of application delivery but in particular, security. Server virtualization, BYOD, SaaS, and remote work all create new security problems for data center managers. No longer can IT build a security wall around its data center; security must be provided throughout the data and application delivery process. This means that the network must play a key role in securing data center operations as it “touches” and “sees” all traffic coming in and out of the data center. -- Lee Doyle, GigaOM "Survey: SDN benefits unclear to enterprise network managers" 8/29/2013 It's a given that corporate data and access ... (more)

Spying and the Real Risks of Cloud Storage

Unless you‘ve been living under a rock the past few months, you probably have heard about the NSA's PRISM surveillance program and perhaps wondering whether that should affect your business's decisions to store data in a public cloud. Even if you are not worried about the NSA specifically, rumors that agencies can potentially access your data leads to the obvious concern of malicious third parties not being far behind. So what measures can you take to protect your data? For starters, keep in mind that much of the data stored in the cloud is not encrypted at all. If your data is stored with strong encryption at-rest, like AES-256, you are well ahead of the game. In spite of unconfirmed allegations that virtually any security can be cracked, the reality remains that it takes billions of years to unlock a single AES-256 encrypted cloud storage object using today's te... (more)

TechNet Radio: (Part 2) Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud - Planning a Hybrid Cloud Storage Architecture

My friend Dan Stolts and yours truly continue our series on “Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud” with an overview on how to plan for a hybrid cloud storage solution using Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure. Tune in for our lively discussion on the many storage options available to you as well as discussions around performance, reliability and security.     [1:18] Let’s start with a quick summary of existing storage capabilities using modern infrastructure on-premises as supported by Windows Server 2012 R2 [10:16] What is Azure Storage? [11:17]  Can you give us a quick overview of Azure Storage Architecture? [12:30]  In order to connect local systems to Azure Storage accounts, I have to think there is some kind of authentication required to make that happen securely. How is that done? [16:00]  What is Blob Storage? [17:30] ... (more)