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Nexsan Announces Industry's 2nd Gen Hyper-unified Storage Platform, Unity

Nexsan today announced the next generation of Unity - the first and only unified storage system providing both file (NAS) and block services with Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS), n-Way sync, and integrated secure active archiving. The new Unity systems offer a variety of benefits, including up to 40% performance improvement over similar previous models, more flexible configurations, and reduce costs by more than a third. New all-flash configurations are now available to meet the demands of customers’ high performance applications, as well as hybrid configurations for the more cost conscious.

“We were an early adopter of Nexsan Unity and are now one of Nexsan’s largest customers, using it for many critical city services including video systems for public safety and video surveillance at the airport, said Rick Barnds, Senior IT Manager, City of San Antonio. “Price, reliability, performance…..you get to pick two with most other storage providers. Nexsan Unity strikes a careful balance between price and performance along with reliability, a tremendous value.”
 

Blue Medora Announced its True Visibility Suite is Now Available Through VMware’s vCloud Air Network Program

Grazed from Blue Medora

Blue Medora today announced its True Visibility Suite is now one of the first third-party products available as part of the VMware vCloud Air Network Program. This program is a VMware Partner Network Program with a global ecosystem of more than 4,000 cloud providers offering validated services based on VMware technology in over 115 countries. 

The Blue Medora True Visibility Suite unifies VMware hybrid cloud environments by aggregating thousands of IT operations data points from across a heterogenous stack into VMware's cloud management platforms. Once inside the platform the data can be accessed by machine learning and predictive analytics engines that enable IT operations teams to troubleshoot performance and availability issues up to 50% faster. 

Microservices Architecture-Force Multiplier for Cloud Applications

Grazed from CIOReview. Author: Editorial Staff.

Instantly after Martin Fowler and James Lewis in March 2014 released an article on microservices, a wave of murmurs sluggishly highlighted the similarities between microservices and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). While advocates of microservices or microservices architecture (commonly abbreviated as MSA) outright reject its connection with SOA, others believe it is just a revamped version of SOA architecture, which had stirred the application development landscape for first few years of this century.

Although there are striking similarities between the MSA and SOA, both of these architectures vary distinctively. Typically, SOA focuses on imperative programming while MSA concentrates on a responsive actor programming style. SOA models tend to use outsized conventional database, whereas MSA, most often, optimizes NoSQL or micro-SQL databases...

The ultimate balancing act: Which of your on-prem systems should move to the cloud?

Grazed from ITBrief. Author: Sara Barker.

Cloud transformation strategies may never be finished projects but always a work in progress, and many of those will involve technologies from on-premise data centre investments. According to CenturyLink’s ANZ regional director Stuart Mills, price should not be the sole factor in choosing cloud services. It’s not a strong strategic move. Instead, organisations must consider how the cloud meets business needs and goals.

“Understanding the right steps for cloud deployment will help keep track of what enterprises require to create a technology plan that aligns with the organisation’s infrastructure both now and in the future,” he says. What else do organisations need to consider when assessing a cloud strategy? At the top of the list are the existing infrastructure investments, which include compute, network architecture, storage and application portfolios can all affect efficiency and cost...

Top Three Cloud Computing Stocks to Watch

Grazed from ProfitConfidential. Author: Stephen Karmazyn.

Investing in the tech industry has never been more interesting than today. Consider all the various technologies set to make huge breakthroughs in the coming years, promising to revolutionize everything from the way we do business to the way we live our day-to-day lives. These type of shifts in the past only come along once in a generation, but with our accelerated development and adaptation of new tech, we’re seeing these paradigm-altering events with more regularity.

And that’s what makes cloud computing stocks so intriguing. Alongside Big Data, the Internet of Things, augmented and virtual reality, the cloud computing industry could be one of the best investment opportunities for those looking to get a head start on future trends. After all, we’re already witnessing a mass migration of businesses into data-centric analytics and the online capabilities of cloud computing...

Read more from the source @ http://www.profitconfidential.com/stocks/three-cloud-computing-stocks-watch/

Cloud Computing: Google May Need an Acquisition to Catch Amazon, Microsoft

Grazed from Barron's. Author: Tiernan Ray.

Goldman Sachs analysts Heather Bellini and Heath Terry, and colleagues today issued an interesting report that summarizes points from a discussion about cloud computing that has implications for Alphabet (GOOGL). The authors spoke with RightScale, a firm that helps enterprises make the transition to cloud computing.

RightScale CEO Michael Crandall told them about the trends his customers, and their views on Google, on Microsoft’s (MSFT) Azure cloud service, and on Amazon (AMZN). One takeaway the authors had was that Google’s cloud service is still “far behind Amazon and Azure.” That’s based on the fact that RightScale only 15% of customers report having used Google...

Storage Features for Modern Data Protection and Disaster Recovery Practices



Article Contributed by StoneFly, Inc.

Means of disaster recovery and data protection (DR / DP) for the enterprise are constantly changing in response to increasing data-volumes, rising business demands and faster recovery needs. IT teams have to make smart choices to ensure they can keep their businesses online all the time and take advantage of the latest technologies.

Contrary to the old more or less passive role, today's Storage Systems are becoming key players in DR / DP practices. If you're in the market for new storage, paying attention to a few key factors will help you address your DR / DP challenges.

Any storage solution you choose must include snapshot, cloning and replication. Inline deduplication and Compression are also essential in helping you conserve both storage capacity and network bandwidth. These technologies must operate at the right granularity to control DR / DP costs and improve efficiency.

In Oracle’s cloud pitch to enterprises, an echo of a bygone tech era

Grazed from SiliconAngle. Author: Robert Hof.

Oracle Corp. sought to position itself once again today as the one best place for companies moving to cloud computing to get everything they need. Speaking at a media day Thursday at its Redwood Shores, California, headquarters, executives at the database and business software giant distanced Oracle from public cloud leaders such as Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure that provide computing, storage and other services to corporations looking to reduce or eliminate their data centers.

“Our cloud is more comprehensive than any other cloud in the market today, a full end-to-end cloud,” said David Donatelli, Oracle’s executive vice president of converged infrastructure. “We design from the chip all the way up to the application, fully vertically integrated.” What’s interesting about that messaging, which Oracle has been refining since at least its OpenWorld conference last September, is not simply the competitive positioning...

Making sense of all the cloud-as-a-service models

Grazed from InformationManagement. Author: Christian Riley.

In case you haven’t heard, the cloud is like pizza. You can have pizza four different ways - at home, via take and bake, delivery, or dining out at a restaurant. Similarly, there are three different services models when it comes to cloud computing - IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS – and three different cloud types – public cloud, private cloud, and hybrid cloud.

With each different kind of pizza experience, the diner handles a certain fraction of the process, and a third party handles a certain fraction of the process. Going along with this comparison, the same can be said for the various combinations of service models and cloud types listed above. (Below is an image that makes a bit more sense of this)...

Read more from the source @ https://www.information-management.com/opinion/making-sense-of-all-the-cloud-as-a-service-models

Virtustream and BCX Partner to Revolutionise the Cloud Market in South Africa

Grazed from Virtustream and BCX

Virtustream, the enterprise-class cloud company and a Dell Technologies Business, today announced its first customer and partner in Africa. BCX, Africa's premier end-to-end digital solutions partner, providing advanced information and communications technology, will implement Virtustream xStream and Virtustream Viewtrust software to further orchestrate, automate and secure BCX's cloud capabilities.

Virtustream xStream is an integrated cloud management platform that enables service providers such as BCX to deliver enterprise-class, IT-as-a-Service to their customers. BCX's cloud capabilities are strengthened by the addition of Virtustream Viewtrust enterprise risk management and continuous compliance monitoring solution.