Google offers extra 2GB storage, while StreamNation and CudaDrive head into the sunset

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Contrasting fortunes in cloud storage this week: Google has tempted its user base with an extra 2 gigabytes of cloud storage if they have their security settings correctly configured, while the StreamNation and CudaDrive services are to shut down in the coming months.

StreamNation was launched in November 2013 with the aim of being the “first personal library in the cloud”, but the company says it hit a roadblock, and is now moving towards Project Noah, originally a side...

By James Bourne, 09 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Software, Storage.

Dropbox, Box, Egnyte beef up Microsoft Office partnerships

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Cloud storage providers Dropbox, Box, Egnyte, and Citrix ShareFile have announced updates which allow the ability to co-author documents in real time on Microsoft Office products.

The update comes as further validation of Microsoft’s policy for collaboration on Office as opposed to competition, having initially launched the Cloud Storage Partner Program in February 2015. The Redmond giant courted controversy after

By James Bourne, 27 January 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Collaboration, Software, Storage.

Enterprise storage migration: Reliability key – but UK lagging behind

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The latest research from Western Digital Corporation has revealed that reliability continues to be more important than cost for enterprises looking to move their data to the cloud.

The survey, which polled 700 senior technology decision makers across three continents including in the energy, finance and healthcare industries, saw cloud budgets remain the leading growth area in IT, with more than four in five (84%) either planning, are completing or have completed cloud migrations.

Yet...

By James Bourne, 20 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Software, Storage.

NetApp confirms $870m SolidFire acquisition – but don’t think this is all about flash

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Cloud storage and data management firm NetApp has announced the acquisition of all-flash storage system provider SolidFire for $870 million (£586m) in cash.

The all-flash offering across three key market segments – traditional enterprise infrastructure buyers, application owners and next-generation infrastructure buyers – is a key reason for the purchase, NetApp argues.

“This acquisition will benefit current and future customers looking to gain the benefits of...

By James Bourne, 22 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: M&A, Software, Storage.

Amazon offering unlimited cloud storage for $5 a year in Black Friday tie-in

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Amazon is offering customers an unlimited one year cloud storage deal for $5 to tie in with its Black Friday promotions.

The deal, which would normally cost users $59.99, may be of most interest to Microsoft customers, after the company recently shuttered its unlimited OneDrive plans. In that instance, a few spoiled it for the many; a company blog post...

By James Bourne, 27 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Software, Storage.

The small business fear of the cloud - debunked

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Nearly half of small businesses in the US do not use cloud storage. So why do so many small businesses refuse to use the cloud?

Cloud thought leaders posit that this fear arises from concerns about security lapses, privacy, and proper compliance implementation. Other explanations include lack of awareness about how to use the cloud, a dearth of knowledge about how to leverage cloud storage...

By Sarah Patrick, 25 November 2015, 3 comments. Categories: Adoption, Software, Storage.

Why small business adoption of cloud storage still has some way to go

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Research from B2B research firm Clutch has revealed just over half (52%) of small businesses are using a cloud storage solution, with Dropbox the most popular and Apple the highest rated service.

According to the report, which polled 438 small business across the US and 744 full time employees, Dropbox was used by 53% of respondents, ahead of Google Drive (45%), Apple iCloud (34%) and Microsoft OneDrive (30%). Box, in comparison, was used by only 6% of respondents, indicating a...

By James Bourne, 20 November 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise, Software, Storage.

Bitcasa CEO Brian Taptich: Competing with Microsoft, Amazon, Google a “suicide mission”

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Brian Taptich, the CEO of developer-centric cloud storage provider Bitcasa, has told this publication that Microsoft shuttering its unlimited OneDrive storage policy is “definitely not a failure” and other players in the space are risking a “suicide mission” by competing against the hypervendors on their own terms.

Earlier this...

By James Bourne, 06 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Microsoft, Software, Storage.

Dropbox bolsters enterprise play, engages in competitor bashing

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Cloud storage provider Dropbox has launched a new enterprise product, as well as making other announcements at an event in San Francisco.

For those asking the inevitable question of ‘doesn’t Dropbox already have an enterprise product?’, then the answer is yes – Dropbox for Business, which has more than 100,000 users – but this product enhances those features to include new account management tools for greater security.

Among these are a suspended user...

By James Bourne, 05 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Software, Storage.

Microsoft turns off unlimited OneDrive for Office 365, blames greedy users

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It turns out unlimited does not mean unlimited after all: Microsoft has reneged on its plans to give Office 365 subscribers unlimited OneDrive cloud storage, capping each account at 1 TB.

This is perhaps being a little harsh, and isn’t a particularly egregious rewriting of the English language. Microsoft’s reason for cutting back on OneDrive and its unlimited access, available for just over a year, is that some people are just too greedy for their own good.

“Since we started to...

By James Bourne, 03 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise, Software, Storage.

Cisco argues worldwide cloud traffic will reach 8.6 zettabytes by 2019

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Global cloud traffic will more than quadruple between now and the end of 2019 from 2.1 to 8.6 zettabytes (ZB), according to research from Cisco.

The findings, which appear in the firm’s latest Global Cloud Index study, put a variety of reasons for this explosion in growth, from the continued popularity of public cloud services in the business domain, the increased degree of virtualisation in private clouds, and growth of M2M connections.

A zettabyte is 10 to the power of 21...

By James Bourne, 29 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Storage.

Compliance key to keeping data on-premise – but also reliability at scale

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The majority of organisations surveyed by IDG and Globalscape argue compliance, reliability at scale and tracking file movement were key reasons to keep data on-premise.

82% of firms cite confidence in meeting compliance mandates as a benefit of using an on-premises enterprise file transfer solution, with 37% viewing it as critical. Reliability at scale was also seen as critical by 35% of respondents, alongside the ability to track file movement (29%) and the ability to integrate...

By James Bourne, 15 October 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Compliance, Data & Analytics, Hybrid, Software, Storage.

Adobe and Dropbox team up for easier PDF handling on the go

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Digital giant Adobe and cloud storage provider Dropbox have announced a partnership for more seamless document handling and editing in a variety of locations.

According to Dropbox, there are more than 18 billion PDF files in the storage provider’s repository, being one of the most common business file types in Dropbox. The new partnership enables easier collaboration facilities with Adobe files, including viewing additional actions on PDF files stored in Dropbox Basic, Pro,...

By James Bourne, 14 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Software, Storage.

Employee cloud storage trends uncovered in latest research

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Research released by WinMagic reveals two thirds of employees do not know their company policy on cloud storage – and its usage is putting business data at risk.

The survey, which quizzed 1,000 office workers at companies with 50 or more employees, found a marked difference in employees’ usage of cloud storage; 41% of respondents said they used cloud services at least once a week, while 42% never touch them.

5% of those who said they use cloud storage once a week do so at...

By James Bourne, 30 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Software, Storage.

How a hybrid cloud architecture stops the data loss and shadow IT threat

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Cloud computing continues to evolve at a fast pace, while having a large impact on modern businesses.  Many organisations are considering or trialling cloud adoption, with Gartner predicting cloud computing as one of the 10 strategic technology trends for 2015, once again, showing its continuing momentum.

Cloud provides organisations with many benefits, such as the potential to reduce costs while increasing value by allowing the more...

By Ian Finlay, 16 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Software, Storage.

Box announces Q2 financial figures, hits 50,000 customers

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Enterprise cloud storage provider Box has announced its second quarter financial results, with revenue at $73.5 million (£47.6m) and a customer base of over 50,000.

For the second quarter of fiscal 2016, ending July 31, Box announced revenue figures at an increase of 43% year over year. Billings were at $79.6m, an increase of 45% from the same period last year, while non-GAAP operating loss was at 45% of revenue, down from 57% in fiscal year 2015.

The SaaS provider noted among its 50,000...

By James Bourne, 11 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, SaaS , Software, Storage.

More than three quarters of firms concerned over consumer grade cloud storage

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A new paper from Osterman Research in conjunction with CTERA Networks argues a clear need for organisations to adopt enterprise grade file sync and share (EFSS) software due to security and shadow IT fears.

Naturally, the conclusion of the report is less than surprising given CTERA’s continued push against consumer grade (CFSS) software. Back in July the firm released research detailing how three quarters of firms are looking for an alternative to public file sync and share services....

By James Bourne, 07 September 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise, Software, Storage.

Wuala cloud storage to shut down, offers Tresorit as potential new home

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Wuala, the Switzerland-based cloud storage service owned by data storage provider Seagate, is to terminate in November, according to a company blog post.

The post, from Wuala head of sales and marketing Markus Speth, details the three stages of closure. The company – as of yesterday – will not accept any new storage purchases or renewals, the service will transition to read-only on September 30, and on November 15 the...

By James Bourne, 19 August 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Software, Storage.

The race to zero: On the path to no-cost cloud computing

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It seems that everyone is in a race, and the pace of business in the modern world is no less evident than in cloud computing. While prices for just about anything are going up, cloud storage prices are nosediving. The competition between leaders such as Google, Amazon, and Box is driving prices down and providers across the industry are being pressured to be part of the “race to zero”.

This race has been accelerating. Microsoft began providing...

By Rick Delgado, 14 August 2015, 2 comments. Categories: SaaS , Software, Storage.

Gartner’s enterprise file sync and share Magic Quadrant offers surprises and opportunities

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Once again, the tea leaves and crystal balls are out at Gartner headquarters as the analyst house looks to predict the shape of the enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) industry. Accellion, Box, Citrix and Syncplicity occupy the top right leaders section in this iteration, while Microsoft, Google and – perhaps surprisingly – Dropbox again sits in the challengers square.

EFSS, as Gartner defines it, is “a range of on-premises or cloud-based capabilities that...

By James Bourne, 27 July 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data Management, Enterprise, Research, SaaS , Software, Storage.