Why the cloud may require you to learn multiple words for snow

Cloud is at the centre of a convergence trend that is impacting people across all of ICT. This convergence is breaking down the walls that separated the traditional silos of IT, networking, storage and security. But with this breaking down of the walls we also need to better understand the subtleties of each others domains in more details. A famous urban legend is that eskimos have many words for snow, as it makes sense to – if you spend your whole day in snow – to distinguish the subtle and not so subtle differences. Similar in IT, where others simply refer to IT as IT, the people living in IT tend to...

By Gregor Petri, 30 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Storage.

Boxee removes cloud DVR after Samsung acquisition

Boxee, the Israel-based media streaming provider, has been bought out by Samsung Electronics – and has immediately announced the removal of its cloud-based digital video recorder (DVR) software.

The bad news for Boxee customers is that the switch off for the cloud DVR comes on July 10, with all recordings being wiped after that date. Expect many Boxee viewers to be bleary-eyed for work in the coming days having ploughed through the recordings they still have.

“We believe that over the next few...

By James Bourne, 08 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Security, Storage.

Splunk’s “Hunk” makes dealing with Hadoop big data easy

Earlier this week we got to speak with Sanjay Mehta, VP of Product Marketing, and Clint Sharp, Senior Product Manager, Big Data; concerning the (beta) launch of a new product, “Hunk”, making exploring data stored in Hadoop easy.

In fact, one of the taglines randomly generated on the company’s website is “taking the ‘sh’ out of IT”, solutions which work for clients in the real-world is a clear priority.

Sanjay gives an interview of the company’s background:...

By Ryan Daws, 26 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, Enterprise, SaaS , Storage.

The case for block-level cloud storage

Before block storage in the cloud, when businesses needed to provision large amounts of storage – for server data, for example – they’d need to requisition and pay for huge server instances, even if the capacity and compute power far exceeded their needs. 

Organizations now buy storage in "blocks" to exactly fit their needs, regardless of the size of their cloud server. The old way, when after you bought a server you would need to upgrade...

By Rackspace, 04 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Storage.

Vendor-agnostic data centres: Fact or fantasy?

In some ways, everything about IT is about creating uniformity. Standard configurations. Synchronized patches. 1000 identical laptops shipped to all employees. We place a high premium on "everything being exactly the same."  And for good reason - if everything is the same, management and administration becomes far far easier. And while we enjoy the fantasy of racks and racks of identically-configured servers humming away in the icy cold data centre of the future, anyone who knows what a data centre smells like (mmm, silicon)...

By BMC Communities, 20 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise, Scalability, Storage.

Oracle puts applications in the Fast Data lane

Tony Baer, Principal Analyst, IT – Enterprise SolutionsWith the X3 generation of the Oracle Exadata and Exalogic engineered-systems platforms significantly upping the amount of Flash (SSD) and memory (DRAM), Oracle is now cranking up the speed on its applications portfolio. With Flash and DRAM prices plummeting, it is now cost-effective to persist, rather than temporarily cache, data. Oracle claims that much of its existing application portfolio can run up to 16x faster, unmodified, on the X3-2 Oracle Exadata and Exalogic...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 16 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CRM, Enterprise, Storage.

Cloud and data explosion among big trends for enterprise IT, says survey

The latest cloud computing survey, this time from NaviSite, has examined enterprise IT’s strategies, in particular for coping with an increasingly data-heavy ecosystem, and found that cloud is at the forefront of the data strategy for IT execs.

The report interviewed more than 500 IT professionals from companies with more than 200 employees, and found intriguing trends in the enterprise space.

Cloud computing is one of the biggest trends facing enterprise IT departments today, according to a quarter of...

By James Bourne, 02 May 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Big Data, Research, Storage, Trends.

The growth of cloud block storage: Building blocks in the cloud

The Growth of Cloud Block Storage: Building Blocks in the Cloud

By Sue Poremba

Sue Poremba is a freelance writer focusing primarily on security and technology issues and occasionally blogs for Rackspace Hosting.

Cloud block storage is a new way of thinking about how you store files and organise content. It allows you to abstract your infrastructure away from the implementation details specifying what hardware and operating system you need to manage to...

By Rackspace, 30 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Storage.

Open cloud: Creating new opportunities for enterprise storage

An open cloud must have freely accessible, open application programming interfaces (APIs), the freedom to move data between providers at will and no on-site hardware requirement, according to Alex Williams writing at TechCrunch. 

And an open cloud is federated, meaning that your organization can move data, images and files across multiple cloud environments at will.

These factors make the cloud a perfect platform for storage...

By Rackspace, 18 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, OpenSource, Storage.

Apple’s iCloud most widely used cloud storage platform, beats Dropbox

According to the latest report published by Strategy Analytics, Apple is moving ahead of competitors Dropbox, Google and Amazon in the battle for cloud storage supremacy.

Over a quarter (27%) of Americans polled said they had used iCloud, compared with 17% for Dropbox, with Amazon Cloud Drive (15%) and Google Drive (10%) trailing behind.

Interestingly, over half of respondents (55%) had never used a cloud storage service, but 33% had first used one within the past week.

The report noted the key battleground...

By James Bourne, 25 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Research, Storage.

For law firms: Online backup and disaster recovery made simple

Thanks to hybrid cloud solutions...

Hurricanes in Vermont. Earthquakes in Washington, D.C. Tornadoes in Missouri. Natural disasters seem to be all over the news lately. Would your firm be able to recover in a reasonable amount of time and resume operations?

Many risks exist – even for firms far away from earthquake fault lines, tornado alleys and hurricane zones. Consider the risk of water damage. Every law firm is at risk from broken pipes, too much rain or even a sink overflowing on the floor above you....

By nScaled, 21 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Storage.

Need terabytes of cloud storage? No problem...

By Sue Poremba

Sue Poremba is a freelance writer focusing primarily on security and technology issues and occasionally blogs for Rackspace Hosting.

The term “big data” may be a bit of a misnomer. For some companies, big data is actually huge data. Even small companies now find themselves immersed in massive amounts of data of all sorts, which leads to the problem of storing all of it.

Enter the big data cloud storage solutions, which...

By Rackspace, 14 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Storage.

Creating classrooms and learning in the cloud

Guest blog by Patrick Fogarty, Faculty Advisor of Technology and Teacher at Xaverian High School

When I tell my students they need to be learning the skills for jobs that don’t even exist yet, I’m speaking from personal experience. As Xaverian High School’s Faculty Advisor of Instructional Technology, I find myself frequently defining an ever-evolving job I more or less made up for myself. My responsibilities change with the needs of...

By CX, 28 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Storage.

Tape is still alive - or at least in conversations and discussions

StorageIO Industry trends and perspectives imageBy Greg SchulzDepending on whom you talk to or ask, you will get different views and opinions, some of them stronger than others on if magnetic tape is dead or alive as a data storage medium. However an aspect of tape that is alive are the discussions by those for, against or that simply see it as one of many data storage mediums and technologies whose role is changing.

By Greg Schulz, 31 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Storage.

Interoute claims CloudStore is “game changer” for cloud computing

Cloud service provider Interoute has announced the launch of CloudStore, an enterprise app store which doubles up as a compute and storage facility, hosting OS and databases, as well as business apps.

Interoute, known for its virtual data centre and owning Europe’s largest cloud platform, is further focusing its efforts on the enterprise – understandable, given that’s where most of its client base lies – but featuring a much more rounded...

By James Bourne, 30 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise, Storage.

Big data: What’s hot, what’s not according to the Twitter stream

By Tony Baer, Principal Analyst, Ovum IT Enterprise Solutions

Because (or in spite) of the hype, sentiment about Big Data vendors was generally bullish in 2012. The attention spilled over from IT to the business media. These were among the findings reported by DataSift, which conducted a retrospective analysis of vendor mentions on Twitter during 2012 for Ovum. To some extent, the results were surprising: while Hadoop garners much of the spotlight as a Big Data platform, the vendor 10gen, which develops MongoDB, came in...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 23 January 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Research, Storage, Virtualisation.