Box financial results look good on the surface, but analysts unconvinced

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It has been a week of good and bad news for enterprise cloud storage provider Box with the announcement of first quarter financial results. The company announced record first quarter revenue of $90.2 million (£62m), an increase of 37% from this time last year – but because renewals were down, analysts came out of the quarter feeling somewhat unconvinced.

“We had a solid start to fiscal 2017,” said Box CEO Aaron Levie in the firm’s earnings call,

By James Bourne, 03 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Enterprise, Software, Storage.

UK government report advocates fairer terms for cloud storage users

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Around 30% of UK adults use cloud storage in a personal capacity, according to a report released today by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) – but the governing body notes concerns over some vendor practices which conflict with consumer law.

The report, which can be found in full here at a whopping 218 pages, shares concerns, such as companies being able to...

By James Bourne, 27 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Regulation, Research, SLA, Software, Storage.

How Santander embraced cloud storage for greater productivity and data security

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If you were to think of an industry that would be naturally reluctant to embrace technologies such as cloud and mobility for reasons of sensitive data privacy, which one would you think of first? The two most common answers are usually healthcare and banking – so it is therefore interesting to note how Santander has gone all in on enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) with cloud storage provider CTERA Networks.

According to the bank, the opportunity to move organisational...

By James Bourne, 17 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Enterprise, Security, Software, Storage.

EMC rolls out Virtustream global hyper-scale storage cloud

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Entering a large emerging market, EMC has rolled out a global, hyper-scale storage cloud known as Virtustream Storage Cloud as the company takes on the likes of IBM Softlayer, Oracle Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services among others. EMC, which will be known as Dell EMC in the near future, considers the offering to be its vanguard webscale storage, backup and archiving...

By Cloud Tech, 03 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Storage.

Why OpenStack success depends on simplicity

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Is it any wonder that OpenStack has become so popular? It accelerates an organisation’s ability to innovate and compete by deploying applications faster and increases IT teams’ operational efficiency, according to the latest OpenStack user survey.

OpenStack is an open-source cloud operating system that enables businesses to manage compute, storage and networking resources via a self-service portal and APIs at massive scale - significantly propelling cloud services forward....

By Martin Cooper, 25 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: OpenSource, Platform, Software, Storage, Virtualisation.

CTERA aims for converged infrastructure customers with updated cloud storage portfolio

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CTERA Networks has introduced a number of updates to its cloud storage gateway portfolio to improve flexibility, efficiency and storage capacity for remote office IT environments.

The new line-up can be deployed from KVM or VMware servers, which is suited for organisations investing in virtualised or converged infrastructure IT. It also includes a virtual application configuration for enterprises to use current their remote office/branch office (ROBO) hardware, while also getting the...

By Cloud Tech, 21 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Software, Storage, Virtualisation, VMware.

Research shows cloud spend going up in 2016 for two thirds of enterprises

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A report from analyst house Clutch has found two thirds of medium and large enterprises plan to increase their spend on cloud computing in 2016.

Of the 300 IT professionals surveyed, almost half (42%) said they would expect their cloud spend to go up by 11-30% with 14% opting for an increase between 31% and 50% and 7% anticipating even greater outlay. Comparatively, around a quarter (27%) said their cloud spending will remain mostly flat and only 6% said it would decrease in...

By James Bourne, 11 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure, Research, Software, Storage.

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.