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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)

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)

Mezeo Software CEO Steve Lesem to Present on Cloud Storage

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 ... (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)

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)

PayPal Hoping to Move into China

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 Content 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)

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)

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)

What Types of Data Require Cloud Encryption?

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 guys out. The following types of d... (more)

The Dawn of Cloud Storage Commoditization

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? Game over. 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 storage customers. 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

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)