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.

What are the roadblocks to a worldwide cloud security standard?

The cloud storage phenomenon has resulted in a widely used platform used by both companies and individuals as an easy means to store their data. However, as is typical with new technology, the security has fallen behind and left many users vulnerable to intrusions on their privacy that could result in data loss and theft. This problem is due in large part to the factors that make cloud security difficult. (At Virtual Internet an intense effort has been made to use the latest technology and standards (including ISO 9001 and 27001 certification) to safeguard and...

By VI, 03 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Security, Storage.

Will Audiogalaxy buyout move Dropbox into a cloud music service?

There have been intriguing developments in terms of utilising the cloud as an entertainment vehicle during the past 24 hours, with Dropbox acquiring personal music streaming service Audiogalaxy and Amazon’s Cloud Player arriving on Samsung Smart TVs.

The acquisition of Audiogalaxy by cloud storage expert Dropbox may be a sign of things to come. Dropbox already allows limited music streaming as part of its cloud storage solution, and with Audiogalaxy’s expertise in that area, it seems like a match...

By James Bourne, 13 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Storage.

Garbage data in, garbage information out: Big data or big garbage?

Do you know the computer technology saying, garbage data in results in garbage information out?

In other words even with the best algorithms and hardware, bad, junk or garbage data put in results in garbage information delivered. Of course, you might have data analysis and cleaning software to look for, find and remove bad or garbage data, however that's for a different post on another day.

If garbage data in equals garbage information out, does garbage big data in result in big...

By Greg Schulz, 26 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Storage.

5 issues to consider before taking on cloud storage

By Brad Robertson CEO, CX

While ‘cloud storage’ is one of the hottest tech buzz terms floating around now, there are still many questions people have about the benefits of having their own online storage accounts.

The more educated you are on your cloud storage provider, the more you’ll feel at ease with storing your files with them.

Here are five things to consider before taking on cloud storage to ensure your service is the most beneficial for you.

  • Make sure your data is secure There are two primary areas of security to inquire and demand are...
  • By Brad Robertson, 16 November 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Best Practice, Infrastructure, Storage.

    The cloud pushes Microsoft into data centre hardware

    By Tim Stammers, Senior Analyst, IT Infrastructure

    Microsoft has announced its intention to buy StorSimple, a startup seller of enterprise storage systems, for an undisclosed price.

    The move reflects Microsoft’s determination to be a cloud leader, and shows that its promise to become a “devices and services company” extends well beyond its forthcoming Surface tablet, and into data centre hardware.

    StorSimple sells sophisticated midrange storage systems, which store data in public clouds,...

    By Ovum StraightTalk, 19 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Hardware, M&A, Storage.

    Cloudy data sovereignty in Europe (part two)

    Part one can be found here. Part two examines the 'safe harbour' approach to cloud data, and answers the question: who's ultimately responsible for data in the cloud?

    In 2000, the US Department of Commerce created the Safe Harbour framework to ensure organisations put appropriate controls in place for the protection of data when handling European and UK companies’ data that may be stored in the USA (for example an American company who may have regional offices in the UK,...

    By Ian Moyse, 28 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Europe, Public, Storage.

    Cloudy data sovereignty in Europe (part one)

    When considering cloud, the inevitable security questions arise: where are your data centres? What happens to my data? How can I ensure the decision I am making does not expose us to risk?

    Blatantly ignoring cloud in today’s competitive environment is not a viable option and nor should it be. 

    There are a multitude of security areas that encroach on cloud solutions, varying based on whether you adopt a public, private or hybrid cloud approach and whether you use SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS...

    By Ian Moyse, 27 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Europe, Public, Storage.