Cloud Storage

DataCore's Market Survey Reveals that Storage Availability and Avoiding Vendor Lock-in Remain Top Concerns for IT Professionals

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DataCore Software today announced the results of its seventh consecutive market survey, "The State of Software-Defined, Hyperconverged and Cloud Storage," which explored the experiences of 400 IT professionals who are currently using or evaluating software-defined storagehyperconverged and cloud storage to solve critical data storage challenges. The results yield surprising insights from a cross-section of industries over a range of workloads, including the fact that storage availability and avoiding vendor lock-in remain top concerns for IT professionals, and illustrate the status of the industry on its journey to a software-defined future.

The report reveals what respondents view as the primary business drivers for implementing software-defined, hyperconverged, public cloud and hybrid cloud storage. For example, the top results for software-defined storage include: automate frequent or complex storage operations; simplify management of different types of storage; and extend the life of existing storage assets. This portrays the market's recognition of the economic advantages of software-defined storage and its power to maximize IT infrastructure performance, availability, and utilization.

The report also highlights the capabilities that users would like from their storage infrastructure. The top capabilities identified were business continuity/high availability (which can be achieved via metro clustering, synchronous data mirroring, and other architectures) at 74%; disaster recovery (from remote site or public cloud) at 73%; and enabling storage capacity expansion without disruption at 72%.

Is Cloud Storage Right for Your Photography Business?

Photography has come on in leaps and bounds since the early days of black and white photos that were recorded on plate. Celluloid film came next, followed by color film and today we have digital files. A number of new tools and gadgets are now being introduced, such as drones, and the developments in photography software mean you can tweak your images for that perfect shot. Cloud storage is another development worth considering. Traditional forms of storage can be unreliable in the long term. They can become damaged, get scratched and become unusable. Before looking at the benefits, perhaps it's pertinent to explain what it is.  

What is Cloud Storage?

Cloud storage is a service where data is remotely maintained, managed and backed up. Users of the service are able to store files online. These files can then be accessed from anywhere in the world as long as there is an internet connection.  

Here are some ways you can take advantage of what cloud storage has to offer.

Elastifile Introduces ClearTier and Sets New Standard for Cloud File Storage Cost Efficiency

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Elastifile, the pioneer of enterprise-grade, scalable file storage for the public cloud, today announced groundbreaking new enhancements to its cutting-edge data management platform. With the introduction of ClearTier, a key feature of the company's latest product release, Elastifile is empowering customers to reap the performance benefits of software-defined, cloud-native primary storage, while reducing cloud infrastructure costs to unprecedented levels. 

Elastifile's "born in cloud" elastic storage solution enables frictionless shifting and bursting of enterprise NAS workflows into public cloud environments, with no application refactoring and no reliance on proprietary underlying hardware. Version 3.0 of the company's software includes ClearTier functionality, which efficiently integrates the best aspects of file storage and object storage to drive in-cloud NAS costs as low as $0.03/GB/month.

With ClearTier, file data can be placed in inexpensive object storage while remaining transparently visible for access through the Elastifile Cloud File System, thereby economically expanding the amount of data natively available for processing by applications. Data placement is automated via policy-based controls, with no manual user intervention required. Leveraging this new feature, organizations can enjoy the workflow acceleration benefits of a high-performance scale-out NAS, while also securing the dramatic cost savings delivered by object storage.

Zadara Adds All-Flash Arrays, Advanced Features to Its Service Offering

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Zadara, provider of zero-risk enterprise cloud storage, today announced the latest enhancements to its service offering, focusing on eliminating the technical, operational, and financial risks associated with enterprise data storage and management. The expanded service is the result of over 1.5 years intense R&D effort and represents Zadara's most significant development to its storage-as-a-service value proposition, especially in the flash storage market. Zadara's offering now includes an all-flash array that features data reduction techniques such as compression and deduplication. This lowers customers' TCO as Zadara's usage-based pricing model means that they only pay for the storage they consume.

Further enhancements include:

Use Cloud Services To Make Your Smartphone An E-Wallet



Article Written by Sally Perkins

These days, carrying a physical wallet seems almost a thing of the past. As credit card processing systems have improved and the availability of smartphones has broadened, more consumers have done away with physical wallets. Fewer people than ever before choose to carry cash and not very many people use checkbooks.

Most people pay with credit or debit cards for the average transaction. With a few extra steps, you don't even need to carry the card with you, thanks to the availability of digital storage on the cloud. Setting up an e-wallet can let you pay quickly and conveniently with your mobile device.

Store all of your payment options digitally on the cloud

 

Cohesity Achieves Amazon Web Services Storage Competency Status for Integrated Storage Solutions

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Cohesity, a leader of hyperconverged secondary storage, today announced that it has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Storage Competency status for its cloud storage solutions. This recognition certifies that Cohesity has not only met strict technical proficiency requirements identified by AWS, but is also delivering integrated storage solutions with remarkable customer success.

Cohesity DataPlatform supports AWS, empowering enterprises to take advantage of the agility, scalability, and cost effectiveness of AWS while benefitting from a hyperconverged solution that consolidates secondary apps and data - including backup, long-term archival, test/dev, and disaster recovery. This allows organizations to eliminate a vast array of data silos that are highly inefficient and costly to manage, and instead bring everything together in a single interface that is simple to use, highly efficient, and can unlock new opportunities to extract valuable insights from untapped data.

Portworx Expands Container Data Management Options for Amazon Web Services Customers

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Portworx, the cloud native storage company modern enterprises trust to manage data in containers, today announced that Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) has integrated with its flagship product PX-Enterprise, enabling mission critical stateful workloads to run in Docker containers with dynamic provisioning, cross-Availability Zone high availability, application consistent snapshots, auto-scaling and encryption functionality. Following Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS) integration with PX-Enterprise earlier this year, Amazon customers have unparalleled choice when it comes radically simplified operations of containerized stateful services running anywhere on the Amazon Web Services platform.

Containers have redefined how today's leading enterprises build and deploy applications, automate operations and cut costs through improved resource utilization. As container adoption accelerates, however, to include mission critical stateful services like databases, enterprises have discovered a need for a cloud native storage solution that provides HA, backups, snapshots, encryption, auto-scaling and monitoring integration to successfully manage stateful containerized applications. The combination Amazon ECS scaleable container platform and Portworx persistent storage provides enterprises with an easy-to-manage container environment no matter what their scale.

 

Kaminario Expands Open Hardware Strategy for NVMe-based K2.N Storage Architecture

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Kaminario, a leading cloud storage software company, is expanding its certified hardware stack for the NVMe-based K2.N storage platform.  K2.N is powered by Kaminario's unique composable storage platform and leverages a fully-converged NVMe / NVMeF hardware stack comprised of industry-leading hardware solutions. Kaminario and its hardware partners are delivering the next generation of cloud-scale storage solutions that provide the highest levels of performance, flexibility, and cost-efficiency. 

"Kaminario's software-focused composable storage platform is designed to leverage best-in class hardware solutions, while giving customers the flexibility to align datacenter infrastructures to their own hardware strategies," said Eyal David, CTO, Kaminario. "Our certified hardware strategy delivers flexibility while ensuring the enterprise-class capability world-class datacenter operators need."

 

FileShadow Partners with Wasabi to Provide Multi-Cloud Services for Its Cloud File Assurance Service

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FileShadow today ushers in multi-cloud storage options for its customers with a partnership with Wasabi, a hot cloud storage company. By adding Wasabi to FileShadow's cloud file assurance service, individuals and small businesses with document intensive needs, such as photographers, creatives, insurance agents or agencies, financial services and municipalities, will have the option of choosing both the file processing and cloud storage system that best fits their performance and pricing needs.

FileShadow connects users' cloud storage accounts and onsite network attached storage (NAS) into a single vault, making their files instantly searchable regardless of source and "available for a lifetime." The service supports both online and onsite systems, including Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, Adobe Creative Cloud and Drobo NAS appliances. With the addition of Wasabi, FileShadow customers can choose the file storage services from either Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage, Google Cloud Storage or IBM Cloud Object Storage.

Marvell Co-Founder Embarks On Hybrid Cloud Storage Endeavor

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Dr. Pantas Sutardja, co-founder of storage and semiconductor innovator Marvell, today announced the launch of Latticework, Inc., a developer of cloud-edge solutions that tackles storage and bandwidth issues related to skyrocketing data and video usage. The company has invested in and built its own cloud service infrastructure called LatticeNest, to power its debut product, Amber. Watch this video to learn more about Amber.

"Our mission is to provide consumers with the ultimate platform for privacy, control and security," said Dr. Pantas Sutardja, founder & CEO, Latticework, Inc. "By pairing Amber with LatticeNest, we can offer our customers the convenience of the cloud with unparalleled peace of mind through our hybrid platform that existing public cloud services cannot offer."