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.

You can’t outsource the risk of cloud storage

Now that could computing has become a mainstream option for secure storage, the few who still publicly question its security are having a harder time finding an audience.

Corporate accountants and executives love any idea that saves money, and their aversion to risk dwindles each time another big company jumps on the cloud bandwagon.

And there are plenty of IT managers who are happy to pass on the responsibility of maintaining servers for data backups if the executive team is open to a different solution.

The...

By Damian Joeseph, 17 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, SLA, Storage.

How much cloud storage do you really need?

The unlimited ability to store data in the cloud is something of a dream come true for organizations that previously struggled to meet capacity requirements and keep up with fast-growing data stores, but lately, some new questions have arisen: How much cloud storage space do you really need? What data should you keep, and what should you throw away?

How can you evaluate your existing storage infrastructure to estimate your cloud storage needs? Answering 

By Rackspace, 11 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Storage.

Is there still a place for the virtual tape library?

Today, a great number of different storage mediums exist whose purpose is to retain information in some manner. One of the oldest data storage mediums, the tape, is a linear storage system that still has great application with today’s revisions to this long standing technology.

Implementing tape storage within virtual storage infrastructure can be a great asset to a backup and recovery solution for many industries.

The tape storage system sequentially stores data on drives that utilise a magnet tape as a...

By Deney Dentel, 04 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Best Practice, Storage.

Ponemon study: trends with transferring data to the cloud

A new report from Ponemon Institute has shown that 82% of companies have already transferred, or plan to transfer confidential data into the cloud.

The report, entitled ‘Encryption in the Cloud’ and sponsored by security experts Thales, aims to examine current trends and perceptions with storing sensitive information in the cloud.

Broken down, the survey of over 4000 IT professionals across five continents revealed that 49% of respondents had already overseen a transfer of data to the cloud; 33%...

By James Bourne, 08 August 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Migration, Storage.

Consumer cloud storage ever-present in the enterprise

The popularity of storage products such as Dropbox is infiltrating into enterprise as users go against company policy to utilise cloud-based storage.

According to a recent report from social business network Spiceworks, 33% of organisations said that their staff was using personal storage products.

The report, entitled ‘The Cloud Barometer’, aims to give insight into SMEs and their usage of cloud-based file sharing software. Spiceworks...

By James Bourne, 01 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Storage.

HP's Cloud Object SLA: 99.95% uptime or your money back

The cloud uptime debate rumbles on with Hewlett Packard promising their Cloud Object storage service will have at least 99.95% availability, with customers receiving service credits if it’s down.

The credits, as one would expect, increase the longer the cloud is down.

Customers who experience between 99.95% and 99.9% uptime get 5% of their bill credited; anything above 99.5% gets one tenth credited; while 99.0% gets one fifth of their bill back and if the Object Cloud is down more than 1% of the time,...

By James Bourne, 20 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: OpenSource, Public, SLA, Storage.

Pros and cons of consolidating data into one cloud

By Sue Poremba

The cloud business has grown and matured over the past years to levels that were unimaginable at its inception. Modern cloud providers have data centers spread across the world, or at least in key regions. This allows them to offer high-speed access to data in the cloud regardless of region and also helps them keep data duplicates on different continents.

This proliferation of the cloud has also meant the availability of free or inexpensive 

By Rackspace, 16 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Storage.

Which of these lesser known storage services is right for you?

There are so many cloud storage services vying for your business that it can be seriously tough to decide on which is best. DropBox is the poster child and flush with an infusion of $250m in venture capital. Good on flexibility and functionality but not so much on pricing. DropBox for Teams provides 1000 GB of storage, version history, admin tools and customer support starting at $795 per year for five users.

Small businesses with basic needs may get away with using Google or Microsoft. Google Drive offers...

By Victor Cruz, 16 July 2012, 2 comments. Categories: Storage, Vendors.

Megaupload founder offers to fly to US to face piracy charges

Kim Dotcom has offered to travel to the US of his own volition to face charges over alleged copyright infringements related to the Megaupload cloud storage service he founded.

Under house arrest in Christchurch, New Zealand since February, the German national, who has previously opposed extradition attempts made by US prosecutors, offered terms to the Department of Justice over Twitter.

"Hey DOJ (Department of Justice), we will go to the US. No need for...

By Matt Henkes, 11 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Regulation, Storage.

Wrong strategy: 5 ways not to compete with Amazon AWS

These days, it seems that the whole world is gunning for Amazon.

Who can argue with the success of their on-line retail ventures, Kindle franchise, and of course AWS? 

The secret to Amazon’s success is their ability to tune out the noise and focus on innovating, disrupting and creating new markets.  Here’s five reasons how not to compete with Amazon AWS:

1) Imitation is the sincerest form of...

By Zenoss, 04 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, OpenSource, Storage.

Megaupload case gathers steam as warrants deemed invalid

The US case against Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is looking shakier by the day, following news that warrants used to raid his New Zealand home were invalid.

On Thursday New Zealand High Court Judge Justice Helen Winkelmann ruled that the warrants used in January “did not adequately describe the offences to which they related”. Many of Dotcom’s substantial assets were frozen, and property seized including a 20 luxury vehicles, works of art and computers.

Moves by the FBI to copy data from...

By Matt Henkes, 28 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Regulation, Storage, Vendors.

Over a third of consumer content in cloud by 2016, says Gartner

There’s no such thing as too little cloud research from Gartner, and this is more interesting news for cloud users: Gartner forecasts that more than a third of consumers’ digital content will be stored in the cloud by 2016.

Gartner’s research is of course widely accepted as one of the most authoritative in the business, so this will come as another welcome trend, especially given that consumers only store seven percent of their content...

By James Bourne, 26 June 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Forecasts, Research, Storage.

Cloud-Oriented Architecture and the Internet of Things

Quick quiz for all you Cloud aficionados out there: what’s missing from the NIST definition of Cloud Computing? To make this challenge easy for you, here’s the definition: “Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management...

By ZapThink, 19 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Forecasts, Infrastructure, Scalability, Storage.

IT Chasms, Gaps, and A New World Order

I went to dinner last night with my pal, EMC big wig Rich Napolitano, and a startup he knows called Plexxi.  I’ve known Rich for many years since his startup Pirus (acquired by Sun for way too much money, god bless them).

Now Plexxi is still in stealth mode so I won’t unwrap them yet, but suffice to say they are entering the world that I love – an enormously disruptive ($$) market ripe for inevitable change (the networking space) because of powerful, long-term secular trends (that they...

By Steve Duplessie, 13 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Storage, Virtualisation, VMware.

Why choose Colocation over Managed Hosting?

Colocation is a web hosting solution often suited to businesses that want to maintain their own hardware but cut back on the costs associated with on-premise datacentres including utility bills and physical space. Colocation generally appeals to businesses that host their own customers and want to maintain their own preferred hardware specifications and platform.

With Colocation, you are able to place your server(s) in a datacentre, owned by a datacentre provider, to take advantage of their connectivity and...

By VI, 15 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Hardware, Storage.