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.

How to reduce write amplification on NAND chips in a cloud storage system

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Solid-state disk (SSD) technology using integrated circuit assemblies is considered to be a readily available, drop-in replacement for discrete hard disks and is used to increase throughput in large cloud storage networks. But unfortunately, these devices introduce the problem of write amplification (WA) into a cloud storage system.

Reducing this occurrence is of paramount concern to most system administrators who use NAND chips in these situations because it reduces the lifespan of these chips and...

By Ariel Maislos, 09 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Software, Storage.

What will 2017 bring for the storage industry?

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In a field as competitive as the storage market is, knowing what’s going to happen before it actually happens can be extremely valuable. And right now, the storage market is going through some big transitions, some of which are upending the industry.

This is kind of to be expected when dealing with a business that incorporates the latest technological advances, but even with that in mind, the rapid evolution underway at the moment is impressive to watch. The storage market as we...

By Rick Delgado, 07 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Software, Storage, Trends.

Cloudian raises $41m for ‘rapid adoption’ of object storage platform

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Hybrid cloud object storage system provider Cloudian has announced the completion of a $41 million (£33.8m) financing round, with the funds helping the company expand sales and marketing as well as growing international operations.

The funding round includes existing investors including Intel Capital, INCJ, Eight Roads, and Goldman Sachs, as well as new investors Lenovo, City National Bank, Epsilon Venture Partners, and DVP Investment.

“Connected devices are already...

By James Bourne, 28 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Software, Storage.

Overcoming the Achilles heel of flash storage: Making flash last longer

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More corporations than ever are taking advantage of flash storage, and you use it every day – be it in your computer, phone, wearable device, or in the USB drive you back up your data on. It’s faster, more durable, and more reliable than a spinning disk, but it still does have one weakness: it deteriorates over time.

In theory, all of the flash’s advantages eventually go out the window as its lifespan wanes, and since it’s more expensive than a spinning disk,...

By Rick Delgado, 27 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Storage, Virtualisation.

Box and Skyhigh Networks come together for greater cloud security and governance

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Cloud security services provider Skyhigh Networks and enterprise cloud storage firm Box have announced a partnership designed to enable greater data governance for Box customers.

Users can identify sensitive data, automatically classify it, and enforce collaboration control policies through Skyhigh and Box Security Classification, all without requiring any change in customer behaviour.

To put the partnership into context, take a situation where an employee uploads a document with...

By James Bourne, 21 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Security, Software, Storage.

How cloud storage became a target for hackers – and what can be done about it

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With the recent revelations that Yahoo! experienced a hack in 2014 where the accounts of around 500 million users were compromised, it brings back into focus the importance of businesses ensuring their customers’ data is always protected.

More and more businesses are now using the cloud to store their data. As with all new technologies though, hackers will look to exploit any security vulnerabilities they can find. While it is not yet clear whether the attack on Yahoo! was on a...

By David Midgley, 20 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Security, Software, Storage.

Google announces low latency cold storage Coldline in “major refresh”

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Google has announced a ‘major refresh’ of its cloud storage options, including Coldline, a new storage class aimed at long-term archival and disaster recovery.

The revamped storage classes are multi-regional, for highest availability of frequently accessed data, such as video and business continuity, regional, for data accessed frequently within a region such as data analytics and general compute, Nearline, for infrequent access, and Coldline.

“Whether a business needs to...

By James Bourne, 20 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Google, Storage.

IBM launches object storage for hybrid clouds, updates on VMware partnership

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IBM has made a couple of major cloudy launches, announcing what is claimed as the industry’s first object storage service for hybrid clouds, as well as elaborating on the partnership with VMware announced earlier this year.

IBM Cloud Object Storage is based primarily around the technology of Cleversafe, which was acquired by the Armonk giant in November last year, but also around SecureSlice, which...

By James Bourne, 13 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Hybrid, Storage, VMware.

More apps are being stored in the cloud – but are we putting too much faith there?

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While two thirds of organisations polled by cloud storage and data protection provider CTERA Networks deploys more than a quarter of its applications in the cloud, protecting them is a different story altogether.

The findings appear in a report entitled ‘Game of Clouds’ – no prizes for guessing the theme – which makes the research concept clear.

“The emergence and tremendous growth of cloud computing in the enterprise is taking IT environments to uncharted...

By James Bourne, 12 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Migration, Security, Storage.

CTERA Networks secures $25m in funding to ‘power up’ sales execution

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Israel-based cloud storage and data protection company CTERA Networks has received $25 million (£18.9m) in an investment round led by US-based Bessemer Venture Partners, which brings the company’s total financing to nearly $70 million to date.

Cisco and Israeli investment management firm Vintage Investment Partners also participated alongside Bessemer in the investment round.

The funds will be used to boost the company sales and marketing initiatives as well as to push...

By Cloud Tech, 14 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Storage.

The Forbes cloud 100: Slack, Dropbox, and DocuSign rated top three private cloud firms

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Slack has been ranked as the number one private company leading cloud computing in 2016, according to research conducted by Forbes.

The messaging app provider, which was noted by Netskope in recent research to be among the top 20 cloud apps used by businesses for the first time, finished ahead of cloud storage firm Dropbox (#2) and electronic signature provider DocuSign (#3)....

By James Bourne, 08 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Software, Storage.

Box cites importance of IBM partnership in latest financial results

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Enterprise cloud storage firm Box has reported record quarterly revenue of $95.7 million (£72.1m) for Q217, as well as billings of $106.5 million.

The figures show a business which is edging closer to profitability. Free cash flow in the second quarter was negative $8m compared with negative $39.8m this time last year, while GAAP operating loss totalled 40% of revenue at $37.9m, compared to $49.8m and 68% of revenue in Q216.

Among the customer wins for Box in the quarter were Electronic Arts,...

By James Bourne, 01 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, M&A, Software, Storage.

Dropbox says password reset measures have worked following leak revelations

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Cloud storage provider Dropbox has said the password reset measures the company put in place has prevented any hacking of user data, following revelations made in stories which argued that millions of account details had been accessed.

Certain Dropbox users received an email from the cloud storage provider earlier this week advising that if their account password was the same as before mid-2012, they will be prompted to change it the next time they sign in.

A blog post at the time from Patrick...

By James Bourne, 31 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Security, Software, Storage, Vulnerabilities.

Adidas Group launches on Dropbox Enterprise for “seamless collaboration”

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Cloud storage firm Dropbox has announced a new customer win in the form of sports brand The Adidas Group.

The announcement, which appeared on the firm’s official blog this morning, explains how Adidas is utilising Dropbox Enterprise, which was launched in November last year, to have ‘fast, reliable access to…data’ and ‘seamless collaboration’ for its employees.

“At...

By James Bourne, 08 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Collaboration, Enterprise, Software, Storage.

Two in five execs grumble flash technology is too expensive, research finds

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Two in five senior executives believe flash storage technology is too expensive to invest in, according to new research figures released by data management and cloud storage provider NetApp.

The study, which polled more than 1000 UK IT decision makers, also argued that one in four financial purse holders within enterprises do not understand Flash enough to make an investment. Yet the overwhelming majority of respondents (90%) believe there is a need for flash in their business....

By James Bourne, 29 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Research, Software, Storage, Virtualisation.

Dropbox and Egnyte move to leaders section in Gartner EFSS Magic Quadrant

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Box, Citrix, Dropbox, and Egnyte represent the leaders’ section in the latest Gartner enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) Magic Quadrant.

The 2016 rankings show an interesting correlation year on year; Dropbox and Egnyte move from the challenger and visionary sections respectively, while the overall number of vendors, 13, represents a step down from 16...

By James Bourne, 22 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Research, Software, Storage.

The four key storage drivers for SaaS success

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Software as a service (SaaS) and cloud delivery models are disrupting the world of traditional enterprise software.  As IT organisations embrace agile infrastructure strategies to keep pace with the rapid change of the businesses they support, SaaS delivered applications have a clear advantage over traditional on-premises enterprise apps.  As the forces of digital transformation reshape enterprise IT for the on-demand world, SaaS applications will be a driving force in...

By Josh Epstein, 22 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: SaaS , Software, Storage.

How cloud accelerates machine learning – and is redefining the enterprise in 2016

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Machine learning is providing the needed algorithms, applications, and frameworks to bring greater predictive accuracy and value to enterprises’ data, leading to diverse company-wide strategies succeeding faster and more profitably than before.

Industries where machine learning is making an impact  

The good news for businesses is that all the data they have been saving for years can now be turned into a competitive advantage and lead to strategic goals being accomplished....

By Louis Columbus, 13 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Enterprise, Software, Storage, Trends.

Egnyte focuses on data governance and reshapes EFSS strategy with Protect release

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Enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) firm Egnyte has announced the launch of Egnyte Protect, a product which aims to give IT and line of business greater control and visibility of their content both in the cloud and on-premise.

The move positions Egynte away from the traditional EFSS buckets and moves the firm towards data and information governance, a space Egnyte claims to be worth eight times more than their current opportunity. Isabelle Guis, chief marketing and strategy...

By James Bourne, 07 June 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Enterprise, Software, Storage.