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Decibel customers get 'burstable' hosting resource for optimum website performance Decibel Technology, a leading software specialist for web development and website management, has partnered with iomart Hosting to provide website owners with a secure and resilient hosting platform, with extra value 'pay what you use' services, all at the click of a button. Built on a highly scalable cloud infrastructure from iomart Hosting, one of the UK's leading providers of bespoke cloud and managed hosting services, Decibel Technology's new managed service gives businesses of all sizes simple 'point and click' provisioning of a hosting account and are billed only for what resource they have used and when. The managed hosting service also provides 'burstable' resource on demand for occasions when extra power is needed, for example at peak holiday booking times or the Christmas re... (more)

Moving to the Cloud: Key Considerations for Cloud Storage

This post is part of a series examining the issues involved when moving applications between internal data centers and public clouds. The true challenges in storage and data management in the cloud result from the diverse and often unfamiliar processes and infrastructures offered by the cloud providers, including: new provisioning methods, storage properties, data population and transfer, and systems for data management (snapshots, clones, replication, backup). The cloud providers define the relationship between servers and storage and often impose constraints on everything from allocation size limits to the ways in which storage is managed. These are just some of the things you’ll want to consider as you start to think about integrating cloud computing into your existing IT environments. I’d like to focus in detail on the complexity and variability of cloud provisi... (more)

Cloud Hosting is Safer Than Both Home PC’s and Small Business Sites

In an article published by Website Magazine on 5.21.13 titled, “Home PCs are Safer Than Small Business Sites” Michael Garrity, with the help of a nifty space invader themed infographic makes the case that home PC’s are actually safer than small business sites. He states: “comparing the percentage of home computers that have an anti-virus software installed (96 percent) with the number of small business websites that use an anti-virus software, which is just 65 percent, despite the fact that 6000 websites are blacklisted by search engines everyday for carrying viruses.” – Michael Garrity, Website Magazine Moreover the article goes on to state: “…75 percent of PC users use passwords to protect their data, but only 50 percent of small business sites do” “…only 45 percent of home PCs and 35 percent of small business websites are protected from phishing, although around 15... (more)

Ricoh Canada Launches RCloud Services™: Backup & Recovery, Powered by CTERA

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.   (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130326/AQ83157LOGO) 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)

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)

Nimbus Technology Launches New Cloud Storage Solution Powered by the Mezeo Cloud Storage Platform

Nimbus Technology (www.nimbustech.co.uk), a leading infrastructure hosting and cloud computing provider, today announced the launch of the Nimbus Cloud Storage Service powered by the Mezeo Cloud Storage Platform. Developed by Mezeo Software (www.mezeo.com), the Mezeo Cloud Storage Platform is a Web Services API-based cloud storage platform purpose-built for service providers. The Mezeo Service Provider Alliance Program offers service providers an accelerated time to market, providing complete support to deploy and monetize their cloud storage service, including branding support, training resources and marketing assistance. The announcement was released in conjunction with Parallels Summit 2010 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach in Florida. Mezeo is a Bronze Sponsor of the event, and is exhibiting in booth 9. The Nimbus Cloud Storage solution is hosted by the UK-base... (more)

Disaster Recovery Ascends to the Cloud | Part 2: Deployment Considerations

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 t... (more)

Google Cloud Platform – An Introduction

Google cloud platform has come up with great innovations in the field of web development and storage. It allows you to develop your websites, applications,  data storage on the Google’s infrastructure. With Google cloud platform you can build your websites or applications faster without worrying about the scaling and servers. Google Cloud platform is like a big umbrella that composes of innumerable resources which make the computing, database management, storage and application development processes quite easier. Also Google assures reliability and robustness. The computing workloads are increasing day by day by leaps and bounds and therefore Google has introduced various cloud based services that run on its own infrastructure. The major features that Google cloud platform offers are: Google App Engine Google app engine is a web and app development stack which uses ... (more)

Storage-as-a-Service, a Precursor to the Cloud Computing Opportunity, Presents Exploding Consumer Potential and Very Strong Commercial Demand, IDC Finds

Storage-as-a-service is more than just a viable alternative, according to two new IDC multi-client studies. An IDC survey of 812 firms reveals that demand for online storage services is very strong in small, mid-size, and large firms that are facing budgetary and IT staffing pressures. These companies are evaluating online services for backup/disaster recovery, long-term record retention, business continuity, and availability. On the consumer front, the storage-as-a-service opportunity is exploding as individuals need to store fast growing volumes of digital data. They are increasingly considering online services, as an alternative to a product purchase, for backing up, sharing, and preserving data long term. In both the commercial and consumer segments, the availability of storage-as-a-service is disrupting traditional storage software markets as it changes how ind... (more)

Zmanda CEO Talks About Backup and the Cloud

Chander Kant is Founder and CEO of Zmanda, a provider of Open Source backup solutions that exploit the capabilities of Cloud storage services (such as Amazon’s S3) to supplement the traditional on-premise backup practices of their business customers. I spoke with Chander recently to learn more about the company, and to understand the particular issues associated with moving backup data to the Cloud. Production of this podcast was supported by Talis, and show notes are available on their Nodalities blog. In addition to leveraging Cloud storage as part of a rounded backup strategy for on-premise data, we also discussed Zmanda’s approach to providing useful backups of data already stored in the Cloud. Related articles by Zemanta Is Your Future in ‘The Cloud’? (usnews.com) Amazon’s Cloud Grows in Europe (businessweek.com) ... (more)

An Introduction to Cloud Computing and Business Model Disruption

Gray Hall offers his insights about the critically important question we’re asking: how will cloud computing disrupt your business model? We start by defining a basic yet useful framework for understanding business models; this framework applies to businesses of all types and is adapted from Wikipedia . We’ll look at causes and types of disruption, keeping in mind that disruption can produce both positive and negative change. We’ll also tell you where the money is - i.e., the areas which offer the most promise in terms of business opportunity and profit. In his introductory post, Steve mentioned that when we were at VeriCenter we became aware of a new sort of challenge facing our industry - from outside entrants like Amazon.com who were beginning to grow their cloud storage and cloud computing businesses, leveraging internal web-based infrastructure. We knew then t... (more)