Not Only Is Tape Dead, Backup Is Too

I just finished reading a piece of marketing nonsense hoo-hah from Iron Mountain that argues that tape isn’t dead. Methinks Iron Mountain doth protest to much. Let’s see, what’s Iron Mountain’s digital business? Oh, that’s right – tape vaulting. The death of tape, and Iron Mountain’s sudden exit from cloud-based storage and backup, must be cause for alarm in Boston.

Now, before I go any further, let me be clear that yes, I know that tape is being used today, and not technically dead… yet. When nScaled and others...

By nScaled, 27 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, Disaster Recovery, Industry, SaaS .

How Analytics and Business Intelligence Are Accelerating Cloud Adoption

During the last few weeks of completing a research project on buyer personas, a key finding of of just how quickly enterprises are switching out legacy reporting apps for SaaS-based analytics and Business Intelligence (BI) is emerging.

I’ve been interviewing sales VPs, sales operations...

By Louis Columbus, 26 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Forecasts, Industry, SaaS , Security.

UK users now spend 300 billion hours online. Are you ready?

It's official: The UK is spending most of their time online, over 3 billion hours, with social media taking up the bulk of their attention. Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin, (all driven by cloud computing platforms) are sucking up 800 million hours of your time.

If you are left-brainer who exhibits a natural skepticism towards statistics such as those quoted above, you may be interested to know that Hitwise compiled these stats from anonymous ISP data logs, not user surveys.

About 9% of user time...

By VI, 24 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Best Practice, Big Data, Consumer, Economy, Forecasts, Industry, Infographic, Virtualisation.

Cloud becomes a serious contender for email services

The cloud is becoming increasingly used in place of traditional email platforms, an expert has said.A new report published by Gartner has revealed that Google Gmail service is the new rival to Microsoft mail platforms and SaaS and cloud applications are fast becoming the email route of choice in companies with more than 5,000 seats.In particular, the report revealed that Google's Gmail service now hosts nearly half the market for enterprise cloud email services. Matthew Cain, research vice president at Gartner pointed out that this...

By Verity Gough, 20 September 2011, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Developers, SaaS , Storage.

VMware publishes vCenter Orchestrator Plug-ins Documentation Center

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VMware has released nine plug-ins for vCenter Orchestrator this year (and there is more than a quarter left !) and decided that it would be best for customers to have all of the docs gathered in one place in a more user friendly and searchable format.

vCenter Orchestrator Plug-ins Documentation Center allows from one single page to browse the different plug-ins documentation.

By vCO Team, 17 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Vendors, VMware.

Get practical: Email optimisation and archiving strategies

Email is a popular tool for messaging, calendaring, and managing contacts along with attachments in most organizations.

Given the popularity of email and diverse ways that it is used for managing various forms of unstructured data attachments including photos, video, audio, spreadsheets, presentations and other document objects, there are corresponding back end challenges. Those back end challenges including managing the data storage repositories (e.g. file systems and storage systems) that are used for...

By Greg Schulz, 17 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, Storage.

How long should you keep cloud data for?

One of the most frustrating issues for IT staff (an issue that continues to drive sales of storage [disk or tape]), is how long data has to be kept around. Anyone who has ever moved has been faced with closets, attics and basements full of stuff that they have paid to be moved or stored, that they have not looked at or used in years! No one is making us keep this stuff, and yet we do.

We also do not have to keep most of those backups and emails either. The only reason we do is for the same reason that we keep the stuff...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 15 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Scalability, Storage.

Microsoft cloud outage hits millions of Hotmail users

Millions of Hotmail users were unable to access their accounts for at least two hours this morning after Microsoft’s Cloud suffered an outage, according to reports.

Problems began at around 4am this morning however, it was reported in a company blog that Microsoft had sorted the problem by 5.45am, although repairs went on for some time after this. Commenting in its 365 Twitter feed, Microsoft suggested the problems were down to an issue with the Domain Name System.

In addition to Hotmail, the outage...

By Verity Gough, 09 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Consumer, Security.

Preparing for Your Cloud Migration

So let's say you've read our blog about the wonders of cloud computing and you've taken our advice - you're moving to Office 365. What do you do to prepare?
The good news is that you'll probably have an expert, or a Microsoft partner like us at Shaping Cloud, guiding you through the migration. Your IT consultant will handle most of the complicated bits and pieces, but there are still some key things that you can do to prepare for the move.

By Shaping Cloud, 09 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Big Data, SaaS .