Monthly Archives: January 2017

  • Solving Tomorrow’s Storage Puzzle
    Solving Tomorrow’s Storage Puzzle

    SAN FRANCISCO —For as long as media and entertainment companies have been creating content, they’ve been struggling to answer the question of “where am I going to put it all?” There are ubiquitous choices, from the cloud to near-line archiving to LTO. But simply stashing it is one thing; then there’s the question of cost, capacity, long-term viability, compatibility and (perhaps most importantly to all of us operating in an omnichannel environment), how to find it all afterward. Today’s massive…

  • The Looming Storage Crisis
    The Looming Storage Crisis

    The “perfect storm” of events that led to the current shortage. The new year sees us smack in the middle of a storage crisis. This has been building for some time, and several things have conspired to create a perfect storm for storage. Naturally, this will affect everything else in the datacenter. First up, flash has been doing a great job for almost a decade now. Piece by piece it’s been whittling away high end hard drive sales. This has…

  • Making distributed storage highly consistent
    Making distributed storage highly consistent

    In recent years, the massive generation of data coupled with frequent storage failures has increased the popularity of distributed storage systems such as Dropbox, Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive, which allow data to be replicated in different, geographically dispersed, storage devices. A significant advancement in this field has been achieved through the recently concluded Marie-Curie Intra European Fellow (MC-IEF) project ATOMICDFS, conducted in the premises of IMDEA Networks Institute. The project has been led by Dr. Antonio Fernández Anta, Research…

  • Virtual Instruments to add cloud storage monitoring by end of 2017
    Virtual Instruments to add cloud storage monitoring by end of 2017

    Virtual Instruments plans to add cloud storage monitoring and analysis to its core products by the end of 2017 following its purchase of Xangati in November 2016. Virtual Instruments will incorporate some Xangati functionality into its Virtual Wisdom SAN / NAS monitoring and testing product in the first half of 2017 and will extend Virtual Wisdom to the cloud by the end of the year. The move will allow Virtual Instruments customers to monitor block, file and cloud storage traffic…

  • AWS unveils Cloud Directory for storage of hierarchical data
    AWS unveils Cloud Directory for storage of hierarchical data

    (Image: AWS) AWS has made its Cloud Directory product generally available for its US East, US West, Ireland, Singapore, and Australian datacentres, with the cloud computing giant stating that it is the back end used in its Cognito and Organizations products. Besides the usual cloud-based management and scale advantages touted by Amazon Web Services, the company says Cloud Directory is able to handle multiple dimensions and data extension safely. “Cognito User Pools use Cloud Directory to offer application-specific user directories…

  • StorageCraft Acquires Exablox to Provide New-Gen Storage
    StorageCraft Acquires Exablox to Provide New-Gen Storage

    With the acquisition, StorageCraft now becomes a first-tier provider of both primary and secondary storage to its channel partners. A couple of old friends who worked at SonicWall together several years ago who had gone on to start up their own storage companies have decided to bring their companies together in order to produce more complete solutions for all of their customers. Data protection software developer StorageCraft Technology of Draper, Utah announced Jan. 19 that it has acquired storage hardware/software…

  • ‘Where Does Cloud Storage Really Reside? And Is It Secure?’
    ‘Where Does Cloud Storage Really Reside? And Is It Secure?’

    Ask The Times, a Times Insider feature, draws on New York Times expertise to answer questions about current events, science, sports, culture and whatever else is making headlines. A reader asks: “Where does cloud storage really reside? And is it secure?” Quentin Hardy , The Times’s deputy technology editor, considers the question. _____ “Cloud” data is stored on hard drives (much the way data is usually stored). And yes, it’s probably more secure than conventionally stored data. What makes cloud…

  • Cost Saving Opportunities for the Global Document Management and Storage Services 2017-2021: Technavio
    Cost Saving Opportunities for the Global Document Management and Storage Services 2017-2021: Technavio

    Technavio has published a new report on the global document management and storage services market from 2017-2021. (Graphic: Business Wire) LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)– According to the latest procurement market intelligence report from Technavio , the global market for document management and storage services is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.2% over the next five years due to an increase in data governance regulations and the growing need to cut storage costs. This Smart News Release features multimedia. View the…

  • Investors Back Flash Storage Startups
    Investors Back Flash Storage Startups

    (Joe Techapanupreeda/Shutterstock) The storage sector continues to attract investment as more vendors emerge to help enterprises cope with the demands of storage and quickly accessing more data. Earlier this month, a pair of storage startups announced significant late-round funding: all-flash storage vendor Kaminario said it raised $75 million while hybrid cloud storage specialist Panzura announced a $32 million funding round. Panzura, Campbell, Calif., said it would use the funds to expand its hybrid cloud strategy that focuses on leading the…

  • Did somebody say object storage? 9 ways to tell if there’s a point
    Did somebody say object storage? 9 ways to tell if there's a point

    Tick ’em off, impress the boardroom Comment Object storage is a relatively new market segment that has continued to grow steadily and is starting to find more reasons for adoption. For the uninitiated, object stores are used to hold large volumes of unstructured data, where each “object” is essentially a file with no specific format (also called a binary file). Object stores can hold any type of data, from small objects that can be human-readable files to media (audio and…

  • How Hyperconverged Systems Change Storage Provisioning for VMs
    How Hyperconverged Systems Change Storage Provisioning for VMs

    The arguments for hyperconvergence are compelling: Ease of deployment, reduced effort to operate and lower acquisition costs are commonly espoused benefits . Under the hood, hypconverged infrastructure (HCI) implements conceptually similar technologies as the traditional combination of virtualization and storage, but adds a software layer on top to provide easy management, administration and monitoring functions. That results in a few design trade-offs when deploying HCI that admins should consider as they’re planning. What Is a Hyperconverged System? Hyperconverged systems typically…

  • Hybrid cloud 101: Using the cloud as a storage tier
    Hybrid cloud 101: Using the cloud as a storage tier

    Public cloud computing enables users and IT departments to deploy applications without having to make capital investments in computer hardware. And with storage forming an increasing part of on-premise budgets, public cloud storage provides a way to convert storage costs to an operational expense, rather than a capital expense. This provides the opportunity to create a hybrid cloud storage architecture where data is stored in multiple locations, on and off-site, at the most cost-effective price. Public cloud providers offer a…

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