Dropbox goes deeper with more powerful Pro tool set

Remember Dropbox? While its upstart little brother Box has been giving the tech press plenty to write about with its soap opera-styled ‘will they, won’t they’ IPO saga and proclamations of the end of the storage wars, Dropbox  has been going about its business a little more quietly.

And the company has today launched an update to its Dropbox Pro product, chief of which revolves around introducing a single plan of 1 terabyte of space at the same price of $9.99 a month.

The majority of the other...

By James Bourne, 27 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Storage.

Storage: The heart of the next generation data centre

By Jeramiah Dooley, Cloud Architect at SolidFire

Public cloud services have put huge pressures on enterprise IT to compete in a more agile way. When it can take days or even weeks for IT departments to procure and manually set-up necessary networking and storage hardware to support new applications, why wouldn’t employees turn to providers who can meet their needs within minutes?

To meet these demands, the hardware infrastructure needs to be more than fast; it needs to be...

By Jeremiah Dooley, 01 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Storage, Virtualisation.

TwinStrata gets snapped up by EMC as part of VMAX product shift

Cloud-integrated storage provider TwinStrata has been acquired by cloudy giant EMC as part of a shift of its VMAX product to more agile enterprise storage.

The full product name is VMAX³ Family, which claims to be a hugely powerful system compared to the previous iterations. VMAX³ offers up to three times faster performance and half the total cost of ownership when stood next to the previous generation product.

According to EMC, the new portfolio aims to offer greater simplicity and agility while...

By James Bourne, 08 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, M&A, Storage.

More than half of data stored is inactive, report finds

A survey of more than 250 IT professionals from cloud storage provider TwinStrata has found that more than half of organisations have at least half their data as inactive, taking up valuable storage space.

The report defines inactive or passive data as data which has been untouched for 60 days, and found that 56% of those polled had more than half their data inactive. A quarter (22%) of respondents added that three quarters of their stored data was inactive.

Digging down further into the survey data the...

By James Bourne, 27 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Research, Storage.

How niche cloud services can compete against the likes of Microsoft and Google

A recent study conducted by Osterman Research revealed the growing popularity of tools like Microsoft SharePoint. Between 2012 and 2014, the percentage of employees using SharePoint within an organization has risen from 39% to 75%.

A major reason for this terrific rise is due to the spurt in the use of intranet applications like document collaboration, file sharing and records management. Interestingly, file sharing on SharePoint (82% of respondents) appears...

By Anand Srinivasan, 11 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Storage.

Has Apple left it too late to be a leader in cloud storage?

At WWDC, among a litany of other announcements, Apple unleashed iCloud Drive, representing further entry from Cupertino into the cloud storage space. But is it too little, too late?

Sitting as part of iOS 8, Apple is offering up to 5 gigabytes of free storage, with users being charged a princely 59p a month for up to 20GB and £2.40 a month for 200GB. This certainly compares favourably with Microsoft’s OneDrive - £5 per month for 200GB – and niche players such as Box and Dropbox, with...

By James Bourne, 10 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Storage.

iomart posts more profits, vows to concentrate on bespoke private and hybrid cloud

UK-based cloud service provider iomart Group has announced pre-tax profits of £14.6m for the end of the financial year – and vows to continue towards bespoke private and hybrid cloud as opposed to mass public cloud.

Revenue stood at £55.6m compared to £43.1m in 2013, representing a 29% increase, whilst revenues from iomart’s hosting segment were up by 40% to £44.7m – higher than the company’s overall revenue last year.

This represents a solid year for iomart,...

By James Bourne, 28 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Europe, Storage.

Backup at work: Actions speak louder than words

Do people really back up their data – or are they just saying they do?

Even in today’s world of huge capacity drives and immediately accessible online backup, you’d be amazed at the number of users who simply don’t back up their data. While this may be regrettable at home, it’s unacceptable at work. Teams can’t function properly if team members lose information. And promises to do it ‘tomorrow’ (bad) or ‘as soon as possible’ (worse) just don’t...

By CloudWedge, 23 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Storage.

IBM’s tale of the tape sets new record for big data storage

Anyone who might have spotted a large order of champagne delivered to the Armonk area last night will now know why: IBM has just set a new record for the amount of big data stored on tape.

The Big Blue scientists have announced an eye-watering 85.9 billion bits of data per square inch on the latest tape, built from barium ferrite in conjunction with Fujitsu. This translates to 154 terabytes of uncompressed data on a standard LTO size cartridge – or, in non-tech terms, around 154 million books in one...

By James Bourne, 20 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Storage.

The cloud skills gap is getting wider, argues Interoute exec

“Anyone starting a company right now would have to be completely bonkers to build their own infrastructure,” roars Interoute chief technical officer Matthew Finnie.

Finnie is a man never short of an opinion or two, and with the number of born in the cloud companies increasing, this seems like a pretty safe bet. But here’s another view: the skills gap in the industry continues to get bigger.

“You’ve almost got two- or three-speed adoption to the cloud,” he tells CloudTech....

By James Bourne, 19 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Industry, Interview, Storage.

Box strikes deal with General Electric, enterprise investments pay off

Around 300,000 General Electric employees are going to be using Box as a standard for content sharing and collaboration, the cloud storage provider has announced.

Following the rumours that Box was to delay its much-vaunted IPO, this client win comes as timely news for Aaron Levie and company.

Levie wrote in a blog post that he was “incredibly excited” to be partnering with “one of the most tech-centric companies of the Fortune...

By James Bourne, 09 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Storage.

These numbers show that Box CEO Aaron Levie is a genius

When Box filed its long-awaited paperwork to become a public company, it set off discussions about the financial health of the company, and the long-term viability of its business model.

At issue was how much money Box spends- particularly on sales and marketing - compared to its revenue. People began to wonder whether the founder and CEO, Aaron Levie, was a quack or a modern-day genius.

Let me be clear: he’s a genius, and he’s not the only...

By Tien Tzuo, 08 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Storage.

Can CenturyLink take on cloud’s big three?

The much publicised race to the bottom in cloud pricing started with Google, Microsoft and Amazon all slashing their prices for virtual machines, storage and bandwidth. In some instances, these prices reductions saved consumers between 40% and 60% on their cloud bills.

Cloud provider CenturyLink looks to become competitive with these cloud services by following suit by instituting big pricing cuts all across the board on their cloud services. CenturyLink announced their cloud pricing cuts on their blog which notes that a virtual server at CenturyLink will cost nearly 60% less than it previously did.

CenturyLink has several strategic advantages for public cloud hosting versus...

By CloudWedge, 07 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Storage.

Six of the best: Business, backups and the BBC

The latest edition of Six of the Best, featuring the CloudTech editorial team’s favourite links from around the web, has either a slightly hotchpotch feel to it, or covers an extremely wide range of cloud computing stories over the past couple of weeks. We’ll leave it up to you to decide.  

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By Cloud Tech, 01 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Editorial, Migration, Storage.

Egnyte launches in Europe: Why the CEO believes the time is right

Enterprise file-sharing platform provider Egnyte has today announced significant expansion in Europe, hiring a general manager and opening up a London branch.

The company has moved Mark Rattley to the top EMEA job, with the former EMC vice president of sales coming on board as vice president and general manager for the new Egnyte Europe.

Egynte isn’t just looking to London for expansion however, with a data centre previously opened in the Netherlands, as well as a 25-strong design and engineering team...

By James Bourne, 10 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Europe, Storage.

OneBigDrive chief: Microsoft OneDrive naming “could lead to confusion”

Exclusive Nikola Pizurica, president of the company which provides the OneBigDrive cloud storage app, has told CloudTech that while Microsoft renaming its storage biz OneDrive “could lead to some confusion” for consumers, the company is focused on its own goals.

“We are going our way,” he affirms, although adding he was ‘surprised’ at the time that Microsoft chose to rename to OneDrive.

Redmond had courted angry companies

By James Bourne, 09 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Interview, Microsoft, Storage.

FlintHosts to offer charities free shared and discounted cloud hosting

UK-based hosting provider FlintHosts has announced the launch of Flint|Charity, a service which offers free shared hosting and discounted cloud hosting to charities.

The free shared package allows for up to 1GB of storage, one hour of free technical support and a name check from the company, while the cloud package offers the requisite name check, hosting on Flint’s enterprise level platform at a 50% discount with fully managed service.

Paul Hopkinson, FlintHosts managing director, believes having...

By James Bourne, 04 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, PublicSector, Storage.

Adopting the cloud: The network strikes back

With every passing day, more and more IT managers are taking the plunge and opting for the world of cloud. This comes as no surprise when you consider the benefits it brings: adopting cloud gives employees the freedom to work where they want, whilst still cutting costs for businesses.

But with any new technology as soon as the honeymoon period is over, the real work begins. Cloud traffic is growing at an alarming rate, but this the pressure is on the network operators carrying the cloud, not the enterprises...

By Geoff Bennett, 03 April 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Storage.

After Google and Amazon slash their cloud prices, Microsoft follows suit

Microsoft has announced price cuts on its compute facility by up to 35% and its storage by up to 65%, days after Google and Amazon Web Services did likewise.

Perhaps this is the least surprising news of the year – Amazon’s price cuts being the second least surprising. That said, everyone suspected Redmond’s cloud announcement wasn’t going to be just renaming Windows Azure to Microsoft Azure.

By James Bourne, 02 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Storage, Vendors.

Why organisations should consider cloud-based backup and recovery

Amrita Choudhury, Analyst, Software – Infrastructure Solutions

The last decade has seen massive growth in data volumes and there has been a corresponding seismic shift in the way in which organizations deal with data. While storage technology has become relatively affordable and improved, it has struggled to keep pace with the data growth.

Storage infrastructure expansion can be costly and is a continual process. Freeing up storage capacity is never an easy decision, with business requirements and...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 01 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Storage.