Why it is time to accept that cybercrime is a real danger

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The world recently witnessed the WannaCry attack. This threat is a wake-up call to everyone that the danger of cybercrime is exponential.

While we need to be ready to see global attacks of this nature increase, the technology that is required to combat these hazards exists now. From vulnerability detection and anti-virus, device and network monitoring, to management tools and data backup, businesses...

By Mark Cattini, 30 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Security, Storage, Vulnerabilities.

Box and Microsoft expand partnership with look at machine learning

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Box and Microsoft have announced an expansion to their partnership – with machine learning as part of the potential benefits.

The two companies will align on sales efforts – co-selling Box with Azure, for instance – with the former using the latter as a ‘strategic public cloud platform’.

Yet it is the machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) aspect which leapt out most. The references in the press materials were all shrouded in modal verbs like...

By James Bourne, 28 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Microsoft, Software, Storage.

Analysing the growing global demand for hybrid flash array storage

The emergence of hyperscale cloud service providers transformed the enterprise computing environment. IT infrastructure vendors have learned to adapt to shifts in market demand and embrace the ongoing changes that have affected the data centre server and storage markets. Enterprise CIOs and CTOs have also modified their traditional budget allocations.

Total worldwide enterprise storage systems factory revenue was down 0.5 percent year-over-year, reaching $9.2 billion in the first quarter of 2017 (1Q17),...

By David H Deans, 12 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Software, Storage.

Amazon shuts down unlimited cloud storage plan

Amazon has told customers it will no longer offer an unlimited cloud storage plan – although Prime members will continue to benefit from the service.

In an updated FAQ page, the company confirmed new customers will have the choice of 100 GB for $11.99 and 1 TB for $59.99, with those wishing for more able to go up to 30 TB at an additional $59.99 per terabyte. Any customer who signs up for storage with Amazon will automatically get 5 GB for...

By James Bourne, 09 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Software, Storage.

Business use cases for software-defined storage going up – but with a caveat

The vast majority of respondents polled by DataCore say they plan to or have already moved to software-defined storage, with simplifying different models of storage the primary business driver.

The study, which polled 426 IT professionals currently using or evaluating various storage models, found that simplifying storage was the primary reason for implementing software-defined storage for 55% of respondents. Future-proofing infrastructure was cited by 53% of those polled, while avoiding hardware lock-in was...

By James Bourne, 24 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research, Software, Storage.

How the cloud wars are beginning to enter a new phase

Opinion Imagine a business where the product keeps getting better and better, like storage space and video quality, but the prices keep falling steadily as the product continues to improve. It’s happening in cloud computing – and this ‘race to zero’ has people in the industry deeply worried.

The current leader, Amazon Web Services (AWS), slashed their prices an astounding 44 times in the past six years. Amazon’s strategy, it seems, is more of a low cost, high volume model. This strategy...

By Rick Delgado, 26 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Microsoft, Software, Storage.

Microsoft looks to simplify IoT with SaaS for new release

Microsoft has announced the launch of Microsoft IoT Central, a software as a service (SaaS) offering which aims to reduce the complexity of Internet of Things solutions for customers.

The new launch goes hand in hand with Microsoft’s current platform as a service (PaaS), Azure IoT Suite, built on the Azure cloud, with the latter enabling deep customisation and control of implementations. IoT Central ‘has the potential to dramatically increase the speed at which manufacturers can innovate and bring...

By James Bourne, 24 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, SaaS , Software, Storage.

Cloud pricing war moves from VMs to object storage, 451 Research argues

The battlefield for cloud pricing will shift from virtual machines to object storage, with databases among others undergoing similar pressures in the next 18 months, according to the latest note from 451 Research.

The trend of vendors undercutting each other for VMs has long been apparent; take January last year as just one example, where Microsoft announced price reductions of up to 17% on its Azure D-series...

By James Bourne, 20 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Software, Storage, Vendors.

Get to know your cloud storage bill: How to choose the best options

When it comes to using a public cloud, there are incredible advantages – for a price. But what are you really paying for?

While the flat rate you see advertised may be appealing, there are several details that can raise or lower your cloud storage bill. Could you be paying for something you don’t need, and how can you lower your expenses by factoring in certain specifics before you choose a provider? Get a closer look at your cloud storage bill:

Itemising...

By Rick Delgado, 15 March 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Hybrid, Software, Storage.

Box goes cash flow positive for first time with ‘incredible’ Q417

Cloud storage provider Box has announced it is cash flow positive for the first time after posting what it calls an ‘incredible’ fourth quarter – yet shares fell in the immediate aftermath of the results.

The company described the 2017 fiscal year as a ‘milestone’, hitting a record $109.9 million (£x) in quarterly revenue which represented a 29% from this time last year, with $398.6m, an increase of 26%, being the whole year’s total.

“Q4 was an incredible quarter for Box,...

By James Bourne, 03 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Enterprise, Software, Storage.

AWS says human error to blame for S3 outage which took down multitude of sites

Earlier this week, Amazon Web Services’ (AWS)’ S3 (simple storage service) suffered an extended period of service disruption knocking a multitude of sites and businesses offline – and the fault was all down to good old fashioned human error, according to the company.

According to a note published to customers, the fault occurred during a debugging session. “At 9:37AM PST, an authorised S3 team member using an established playbook executed a command which was intended to remove a small...

By James Bourne, 03 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Centres, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, Storage.

Amazon, Apple and Microsoft vow to improve cloud conditions after CMA review

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Amazon, Apple and Microsoft have vowed to improve their terms and conditions of cloud storage contracts after a review from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the body has announced.

The giants join BT, Dixons Carphone, Dropbox, Google, JustCloud, Livedrive and Mozy in moving forward with improved conditions. Common areas where Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft will make changes include giving ‘adequate notice’ to customers before significant changes are made to the...

By James Bourne, 20 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, SLA, Software, Storage.

Software-defined storage, hybrid clouds, and getting the performance right: A guide

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In today’s data-intensive, hyper-connected world, storage solutions built on the vertical scaling model have become impractical and expensive. Enterprises are driven by the need to remain competitive while storing and managing petabytes of data. In this vein, ESG senior analyst Mark Peters believes that there is at last a straight line between how storage is configured and business value – if organisations can...

By Stefan Bernbo, 16 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Software, Storage.

Threat from cloud providers keeps MSPs up at night – with Google the biggest challenger

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The majority of managed service providers (MSPs) believe their hottest competition is coming from cloud providers as opposed to fellow MSPs, with Google the vendor to fear most, according to a new piece of research from Sonian.

The study, released today and titled ‘A New World Order: How MSPs are Trying to Survive and Thrive in a Cloud-First World’, featured responses from more than 300 managed service vendors, and found in general a rather nervous...

By James Bourne, 07 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Google, Storage, Vendors.

Dropbox makes Paper generally available and hits billion-dollar revenue milestone

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Cloud storage firm Dropbox has announced two new products focusing on cross-platform storage and collaboration, as well as revealing it has become the fastest software as a service (SaaS) vendor to hit the $1 billion revenue run rate threshold.

According to various reports, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston announced the financial milestone at an event in San Francisco earlier this week. Fastest of course does not mean first; the company has a way to go before it catches up with the likes...

By James Bourne, 02 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, SaaS , Software, Storage.

Bitcasa posts cryptic farewell message on website

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Bitcasa, the developer-friendly cloud storage platform based in Mountain View, is ‘no more’ according to a statement from former CEO Brian Taptich.

The statement, which appears on the Bitcasa homepage and is redirected to from other pages on the site, is cryptic in tone, only noting that the company has “become a part of something much, much bigger.” A VentureBeat article...

By James Bourne, 06 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Storage.

Why analytics and data storage will lead cloud adoption in 2017

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  • U.S.-based organisations are budgeting $1.77M for cloud spending in 2017 compared to $1.30M for non-U.S. based organisations.
  • 10% of enterprises with over 1,000 employees are projecting they will spend $10M or more on cloud computing apps and platforms throughout this year.
  • Organisations are using multiple cloud models to meet their business’s needs, including private (62%), public (60%), and hybrid (26%).
  • By 2018 the typical IT department will have the minority of their apps and platforms (40%) residing in on-premise...

By Louis Columbus, 05 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Research, Software, Storage.

Latest survey data warns SMBs are not using automation for cloud backups

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Almost 70% of small businesses in a survey from B2B analyst and reviews firm Clutch say they rely on their cloud storage provider for backups, with only 15% opting for automated services and 12% not bothering at all.

The findings appear as the second of two reports on SMBs and cloud strategy, with the first in November advising that many small firms are risking their...

By James Bourne, 02 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Security, Software, Storage.

Box on track for positive free cash flow target after solid Q317 results

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Cloud storage provider Box has announced its Q317 financial results, with revenue hitting a record $102.8 million (£81.3m), an increase of 31% on the same time last year.

Billings in the third quarter was $112.4m, up 26% from this time last year, while GAAP operating loss was at $37.8m, lower than expected. The company says it is on track to achieve positive free cash flow by the end of Q4, while its guidance has been raised to $397-$398m, up from $394-$396m.

“Our results this...

By James Bourne, 01 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Software, Storage.

Clutch survey warns about security of small businesses using free cloud storage

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Small businesses continue to put security as their main priority when selecting a cloud storage provider, yet many continue to risk their security by choosing free solutions, according to a new survey from analyst firm Clutch.

According to the survey, which polled almost 300 small and medium businesses who use at least one cloud storage platform, 25% of respondents admit they use a free cloud storage product, compared to 71% who said their organisations pay for cloud storage.

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By James Bourne, 16 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Research, Security, Software, Storage.