Cloud Storage

SoftNAS Breaks Through Cloud Storage Price/Performance Barriers

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SoftNAS, the #1 best-selling software-defined cloud NAS, today announced the newest release of SoftNAS Cloud® NAS with up to 400 percent faster cloud object storage performance. Now customers can replace expensive, aging hardware-based storage and on-premises NAS, SAN and file servers with limitless, highly durable and highly available cloud object storage. Common use cases now possible in the cloud with the best Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) include:
 
  • Migration of business applications without re-engineering
    • Applications and workloads can continue to use existing data access protocols when moved to the cloud, eliminating the need to modify applications for cloud native storage, reducing costs by up to 10x and saving time.
  • Cloud backup repository with fast retrieval
    • Leverage low-cost, cloud object storage with ObjectBackerTM storage acceleration for cloud backup, including Veeam® backup copies and replicas.
  • Move Disaster Recovery datacenters into the cloud cost effectively
    • Easily and cost-effectively move disaster recovery datacenters to the cloud, instead of existing DR datacenters where data tends to sit idle for months or years, occupying expensive real estate and incurring high costs for hardware, software, power and cooling.
  • Global file server consolidation, replacing traditional on-premises storage hardware
    • Centralize on-premises NAS, SAN or file servers in the public cloud, while simplifying management, increasing flexibility, and reducing costs for file storage.

WekaIO Eliminates the Need for Legacy External Storage with Cloud-Scale Storage Software

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WekaIO, a venture backed high-performance cloud storage software company, today emerged from stealth to introduce the industry's first cloud-native scalable file system that delivers unprecedented performance to applications, scaling to Exabytes of data in a single namespace. Headquartered in San Jose, CA, WekaIO has developed the first software platform that harnesses flash technology to create a high-performance parallel scale out file storage solution for both on-premises servers and public clouds.

WekaIO is the world's fastest distributed file system, processing four times the workload compared to IBM Spectrum Scale measured on Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. (SPEC) SFS 2014, an independent industry benchmark. Utilizing only 120 cloud compute instances with locally attached storage, WekaIO completed 1,000 simultaneous software builds compared to 240 on IBM's high-end FlashSystem 900. The WekaIO software utilized only 5% of the AWS compute instance resources, leaving 95% available to run customer applications.

Panzura Extends Leadership in Hybrid Cloud Storage With Eight New Patents

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Panzura, the leader in hybrid cloud storage, today announced that within the past 60 days, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has awarded the company eight new patents.

These patents cover key enabling technology for the Panzura distributed cloud file system, which provides true storage consolidation in the cloud without sacrificing performance at the edge. As a result, customers can move to hybrid cloud storage rapidly to manage exponential unstructured data growth and reduce total storage costs by up to 70 percent. Panzura has won 26 patents to date, with 19 more pending.

Specifically, the new patents cover:

Cloudfire switches from CentreStack to Storage Made Easy for their Collaboration offering deployed on OpenStack and Red Hat Ceph

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Storage Made Easy (SME), supplier of the leading Enterprise File Fabric, announced that it has signed a partnership agreement with Cloudfire, an Italian cloud provider based in Reggio Emilia with a focus on cloud for business. Integrating the SME Enterprise File Fabric with existing cloud storage based on Ceph will enrich the offerings Cloudfire can provide to customers.

Cloudfire is a cloud service provider offering Backup, Disaster Recovery,Private Cloud (IaaS), Archiving, Monitoring, Web Services and Unified Communications (Mail, File Sharing, Cloud PBX).

Cloudfire replaced CentreStack from Gladinet with SME because they needed a secure, stable, and richer featured user-friendly platform. Customers can now manage corporate collaboration and file sharing with unified control of enterprise assets, satisfying security requirements.

The war on cloud pricing: Object storage moves into the mainstream

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The latest analysis on cloud pricing by 451 Research highlights that the cloud price battle field has shifted from virtual machines (VMs) to object storage. And the firm predicts that other services, particularly databases, will undergo the same pricing pressures over the next 18 months. 451 Research says that virtual machines have been the traditional battleground for price cuts as providers seek to gain attention and differentiation.

But now, the tide has turned as object storage pricing declines, including a drop of 14% over the past 12 months. For comparison, the cloud mainstay of virtual machines has dropped a relatively small 5% over the same period. The analysts believe that the move of price cuts beyond compute is due to market maturity. Other factors include increasing cloud-native development and faith in the cloud model, as well as a competitive scrum to capture data migrating out of on-premises infrastructure...

Read more from the source @ https://itbrief.com.au/story/war-cloud-pricing-object-storage-moves-mainstream/

Zadara Expands Enterprise Storage-as-a-Service Coverage in AWS Beijing Region with Futong

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Zadara Storage, the provider of enterprise-class storage-as-a-service (STaaS), and Futong today announced the availability of Zadara's award-winning VPSA Storage Array at the Beijing Sinnet Technology Co., Ltd data center, supporting the AWS Beijing region. Zadara has previously announced regional support following AWS expansion into Dublin, Sydney, Tokyo, Frankfurt and South Korea.

The rapidly growing China market is creating a need for massive amounts of high-performance, enterprise-class storage. IT professionals are quickly realizing that traditional Capital Expense-based (CapEx) storage does not meet their scalability and cost targets. Zadara Storage, with its Operating Expense-based (OpEx) solution provides a cost-effective, infinitely scalable, block (SAN), file (NAS) and Object Storage-as-a-Service solution. The Zadara Storage Cloud enables companies doing business in China the ability to leverage the flexibility and economic benefits of public and private cloud architectures as they grow their infrastructures.

SwiftStack 5 Enhances Data Management to Accelerate Adoption of Hybrid Cloud Workflows

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SwiftStack, a company that powers hybrid cloud storage for enterprises, today announced availability of its latest software release, SwiftStack 5, which will be demonstrated at the Google Cloud Next Conference 2017, March 8 through March 10 in San Francisco, at booth #A4. One notable enhancement to its Cloud Sync feature is the ability to replicate data bidirectionally between the four Google Cloud Storage offerings, as well as other cloud provider's solutions. Two-way synchronization of data stored between on-premises and the public cloud is managed as a policy controlled by IT, so data is automatically delivered to where it can best be computed on or utilized, within private data centers or in the public cloud.

"We believe that enterprises now and  for the foreseeable future will live in a hybrid cloud world, where business value should determine where data lives, when it moves and how it behaves," said Steve Duplessie, founder and senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. "IT creates and controls the policies for corporate data that places data on-premises and/or in the public cloud, based on the criteria that keeps their customers happy: cost, performance, security, access and availability." More about Duplessie's view on multi-cloud data management can be found in this short video:http://learn.swiftstack.com/2017-esg-multi-cloud-data-management.html.

 

Scality Guarantees 100 Percent Uptime for Private Cloud Storage Environments

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Scality today announced its new Scality HALO Cloud Monitor, a turnkey 24/7 monitoring solution for the Scality RING object storage platform and S3-focused products. Scality HALO provides customers continuous uptime for their managed private cloud storage environments and delivers transformative analytics to help streamline business operations.

"Our Scality RING system is designed to be 100 percent available and now with Scality HALO we have the cloud monitoring assurance for customers to guarantee 100 percent uptime for their Scality RING and S3 environments," said Daniel Binsfeld, VP of DevOps and Global Support at Scality. "Our customers, both Service Providers and Enterprise companies, must deliver on strong Service Level Agreements to their users. With Scality HALO we provide peace of mind and confidence that downtime can become a thing of the past for everyone."

Warehouse TERRADA Announces "minikura" Cloud Storage Service

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Warehouse TERRADA (Shinagawa, Tokyo / CEO: Yoshihisa Nakano) announces that we will begin offering its “minikura” cloud storage system, where any user can have his/her own warehouse, one box at a time, to users outside of Japan. Since the foundation in 1950, Warehouse TERRADA has been cultivating better storage techniques and making proactive action on the capital investment in order to store and preserve items under the best environment.

Expanding our business beyond the traditional warehousing, we are currently pursuing the preservation and restoration techniques to raise the value of items that require high expertise such as wines, artworks and media and pass it on to the next generations. Also we are developing a business to output the new culture by making a full use of our knowledge as a professional in space creation...

Cloud Computing: Apple, Microsoft and Amazon offer fairer deal on cloud storage

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Apple, Microsoft and Amazon have agreed to give cloud storage subscribers fairer contracts after intervention by the U.K.'s Competition and Markets Authority. Such cloud storage services are typically used to store photos, videos, music or digital copies of important documents. If the services shut down or vary their capacity or prices without notice, customers can lose their data, or be held hostage.

The CMA asked the storage service providers to give adequate notice before closing, suspending or changing services, and to allow customers to cancel their contracts and receive a pro-rata refund if they didn't accept service changes. The regulator last year obtained similar undertakings from Google, Dropbox and five other cloud storage providers...