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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)

Developing Countries in the Cloud

Developing countries may be in a great position to take advantage of virtualization and cloud computing. During a recent visit to Indonesia, it was clear the government is struggling with the problem of both building a national ICT plan (Information and Communications Technology), as well as consolidating a confusing array of servers, small data centers, and dearth of policies managing the storage and protection of data. When we consider the need for data protection, considering physical and information security, decentralization of data without adequate modeling for both end user performance, as well as data management is essential in giving the national tools needed to implement eGovernment projects, as well as fully understand implications ICT planning will have for the future economic and social growth of the country. Considering an E-Government Option Using Clo... (more)

Announcing Memopal Cloud Search

Memopal has announced the release of Memopal Cloud Search, a new tool that simplifies and speeds 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-onsuming. Memopal has applied the Grid Computing concepts used by leading search engines to online backup. This improves indexing and searching. Memopal states it can search a 2-million file archive in fewer than 50 milliseconds. Memopal also implemented efficient result-ranking techniques to display the user's most important files first. The Memopal algorithm is based on a few simple principles: it gives priority to the most important file extensions, calculated according to a monthly statistical index. It highlights the documents most frequently used and calculates the level of proximity of t... (more)

Memopal's Special Easter Offer

Don't miss out on Memopal's April promotion. From March 10th to the 25th you can purchase a 150 or 250 Gigabyte Personal licence at a discount of 15%. You can access this special offer online at www.memopal.com. Choose the Personal offer you prefer and fill in all the required fields, then enter EASTER09 in the "discount code" field and complete the purchase using your preferred metho" of payment. Memopal is software that synchronises your computer files with a remote archive. With Memopal you can: - Install the application on more than one computer (up to 10) with the same licence. -  Find the files you want on the internet and then download or delete them at any time by logging on to www.memopal.com using your username and password. - If a file is already on Memopal's servers, the software automatically assigns it to your account without making you wait (Turbo Uplo... (more)

Cloud Storage Flavors: Platform/Infrastructure and Service/Product

Take a look at the various data storage offerings called "cloud" and your head will start to ache. How can so many things all bear the "cloud storage" name and yet be so totally different? The answer is obvious to long-time industry observers: Each provider has tailored their offering to make it distinct in the market, and each supports different use cases Infrastructure versus Platform Although I am not one to tilt at windmills, especially when it comes to arguing the "rightness" of cloud-based marketing, I sometimes do hit upon a set of terminology that makes sense to me. Wading through the mess of "as-a-service" or "XaaS" names posted by my friend Greg Schulz the other day, it occurred to me that drawing a line between a platform and its underlying infrastructure is quite useful indeed. As Jeff Darcy points out, one can use this distinction to help make sense of t... (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)

HERMES SoftLab Announces New Data Management Technology for MS SharePoint

HERMES SoftLab has announced the availability of its MS SharePoint data management technology. The software building block, called the HERMES SoftLab SharePoint Filter, will help storage vendors provide advanced SharePoint data migration for storage applications, such as data protection and active archiving. MS SharePoint is one of the decade’s hottest business applications. It is hailed by many as the most valuable tool on the market for tackling the challenges posed by the explosive growth of digital information. In 2008, Microsoft announced that Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 had sold over 100 million licenses and it has undoubted grown considerably in the intervening time. The Filter Module intercepts the internal SharePoint calls and provides a clean, integrated application programming interface (API) for independent software vendors (ISVs) and in-ho... (more)

Enterprises Adopt Primary Storage in the Cloud with Zetta

Cloud Computing Journal Cloud Storage service provider Zetta, Inc announces the commercial availability of its enterprise-class on-demand NAS, opening up a new solution for enterprise IT storage buyers. Zetta Enterprise Cloud Storage enables businesses to quickly adopt storage-as-a-service without expensive or risky changes to their current IT environments. LiveOps provides cloud computing-based contact center platform and services to hundreds of companies in both direct response and enterprise markets that rely on the company's technology for delivering a superior customer service experience. “One of the value propositions of the cloud computing model is scalability, which is why we decided to work with fellow cloud computing company Zetta on this pilot project to address some of our current needs for on-demand video storage,” said Gary Slater, VP of Network Opera... (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)

Gladinet Releases Cloud Desktop v1.4.2 with Support for Windows Azure

Cloud Computing for SMBs Gladinet has announced the release of Cloud Desktop v1.4.2. This version adds the soon-to-be-released Microsoft Windows Azure platform to the list of cloud storage providers that the service platform supports. Cloud Desktop, which provides an Internet-based virtual disk drive for users, also supports AT&T Synaptic Storage, Amazon S3, Google Docs and EMC Atmos, among many others. "Gladinet's mission is to provide our customers with what they need at the moment they need it," stated Jerry Huang, co-owner of Gladinet. "That's why we are out in front and ready for the introduction of Windows Azure. Our newest version of Cloud Desktop enables users to mount Azure storage and many other cloud storage services as a virtual drive or folder on their computers." The platform upgrades Windows Explorer into a cloud storage portal, and users can map eac... (more)

The Cloud and the Fourth Amendment

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, part of the Bill of Rights, guards against unreasonable searches and seizures. Basically, it says that law enforcement needs a court-ordered warrant – provided there’s probably cause – to make a search. Today, one of the biggest questions for enterprises considering moving data to the cloud is, under the Fourth Amendment, what kind of data protection they’re entitled to when in the hands of a third party. Now, however, there’s a new legal opinion of the application of the Fourth to the cloud. cnet has taken a look and reports that it’s not only right on the mark but that the courts sorely need to adopt it in deciding cases arising from cloud data privacy issues. The paper is written by David A. Couillard, a student at the University of Minnesota Law School, and it is published in the June 2009 issue of the Minnesota L... (more)