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Amazon Cloud Journal Amazon Web Services LLC, an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), today introduced Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), a new web service that makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale relational databases in the cloud. Amazon RDS provides cost-efficient and resizable capacity while automating time-consuming database administration tasks, freeing users to focus on their application and their business. As with all Amazon Web Services, there are no up-front investments required, and you pay only for the resources you use. Also announced today, AWS has lowered prices and introduced a new family of High-Memory instances for Amazon EC2. To get started using Amazon RDS, and other Amazon Web Services, visit http://aws.amazon.com. “For almost two years, many AWS customers have taken advantage of the simplicity, reliability, and seamless s... (more)

Simplifying Server Backups: Reducing Operator Intervention

by Gary Sevounts, VP Marketing at Zetta 72% of IT directors we surveyed recently think the biggest server backup challenge is complexity. Maintaining an effective backup process for critical data is a priority for many organizations, but despite rapid changes in technology in the last 10 years, the backup process has evolved little. What makes backup such a challenge? Backup Operator Intervention Finding the Right RPO and RTO Keeping Up With Data Growth Inability to Validate Backups This article is the first in a series that will offer some perspective on overcoming backup challenges. If you're interested in seeing specific best practices being applied, attend the Simplifying Backups Webinar on Thursday, March 8, at 9am PST. Backup Operator Intervention The first major problem with backups is that they require significant amounts of operator time. In many organization... (more)

Online Server Backup Essentials

by Nick Mueller, Zetta.net One of the first questions we get asked by folks interested in Zetta's online server backup solution is, "How long will it take to ‘seed' our initial backup?" The answer is that it depends on three things: 1. How much data do you want to protect? 2. How much bandwidth does your office have available? 3. Would you prefer to have Zetta ship you an encrypted drive to "side-load" your data into our data centers? The vast majority of new customers choose to seed their backup via the internet. Once you've configured the lightweight software client we call ZettaMirror with the paths to backup, it begins providing data protection by sending that data to Zetta's data centers and replicating your files there. Exactly how long it takes for the initial "seed" depends on how much bandwidth you're willing to let Zetta use, so the backup transfer doesn't ... (more)

3Par Has A Tough Objection To Overcome

3Par, a Fremont, Calif.-based maker of storage arrays for data centers, pre-announced lowered earnings for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2009 yesterday, blaming, among other things, the fact that customers don’t have access to the electricity needed to add 3Par gear to their data centers. via Constrained Power Grids Zap Sales at 3Par. I definitely feel bad for the 3PAR sales guys, that is a tough objection to sell around… ... (more)

Danger in the Clouds: Four Lessons from the Sidekick Disaster

Do you own a Sidekick mobile phone (AKA the Danger Hiptop)?  Then please accept my condolences while I describe the pain and suffering you’ve experienced over the past few days. The Sidekick is made by Danger, a company acquired by Microsoft in 2008.  As one of T-Mobile’s flagship mobile phones, the Sidekick was one of the first and most popular consumer smartphones.  Featuring a real keyboard, it offered an instant messaging application at a time when many phones were still figuring out SMS.  For IM and SMS addicts, the Sidekick was THE phone to own. One of the Sidekick’s key features was that it kept all of your important stuff “in the cloud.”  That meant it stored all of your contacts, messages, photos, and just about everything else on a server managed by Danger.  This made it easy to recover your data in case your phone lost power or failed.  What nobody anti... (more)

Enterprises Adopt Primary Storage in the Cloud with Zetta

Cloud Computing Journal Cloud Storage service provider Zetta, Inc announces the commercial availability of its enterprise-class on-demand NAS, opening up a new solution for enterprise IT storage buyers. Zetta Enterprise Cloud Storage enables businesses to quickly adopt storage-as-a-service without expensive or risky changes to their current IT environments. LiveOps provides cloud computing-based contact center platform and services to hundreds of companies in both direct response and enterprise markets that rely on the company's technology for delivering a superior customer service experience. “One of the value propositions of the cloud computing model is scalability, which is why we decided to work with fellow cloud computing company Zetta on this pilot project to address some of our current needs for on-demand video storage,” said Gary Slater, VP of Network Opera... (more)

Citrix Makes Virtual Desktops Enterprise Ready

Citrix Systems today launched the new Citrix Ready Open Desktop Virtualization program to further accelerate large-scale enterprise virtual desktop deployments with Citrix® XenDesktop™. The Citrix Ready Open Desktop Virtualization program includes more than 10,000 products from over 200 vendors that have been validated as ready to deploy in production environments with the recently launched XenDesktop 4. The Open Desktop Virtualization program helps make virtual desktops a safe choice for enterprise-wide deployment by eliminating the guess work and ensuring customers that XenDesktop 4 has been tested to work with the software, hardware and services they already uses in their IT environments today. Products that have been verified to work with XenDesktop 4 include thousands of applications, servers, storage systems, backup solutions, client devices, printers, deskt... (more)

Behind the Scenes, SANta Claus Global Cloud Story

Cloud Expo New York There is a ton of discussion, stories, articles, videos, conferences and blogs about the benefits and value proposition of cloud computing. Not to mention, discussion or debates about what is or what is not a cloud or cloud product, service or architecture including some perspectives and polls from me. [Santa Photo Via ABC news] Now SANta does not really care about these and other similar debates I have learned. However he is concerned with who has been naughty and nice as well watching out for impersonators or members of his crew who misbehave. In the spirit of the holidays, how about a quick look at how SANta leverages cloud technologies to support his global operations. Many in IT think that SANta bases his operations out of the North Pole as it is convenient for him to cool all of his servers, storage, networks and telecom equipment (which ... (more)

StorageIO in the News Update V2010.1

StorageIO is regularly quoted and interviewed in various industry and vertical market venues and publications both on-line and in print on a global basis. The following are some coverage, perspectives and commentary by StorageIO on IT industry trends including servers, storage, I/O networking, hardware, software, services, virtualization, cloud, cluster, grid, SSD, data protection, Green IT and more since the last update.   Realizing that some prefer blogs to webs to twitter to other venues, here are some recent links among others to media coverage and comments by me on a different topics that are among others found at www.storageio.com/news.html: SearchSMBStorage: Comments on EMC Iomega v.Clone for PC data syncronization - Jan 2010 Computerworld: Comments on leveraging cloud or online backup - Jan 2010 ChannelProSMB: Comments on NAS vs SAN Storage for SMBs - Dec 20... (more)

Secure Backup to AT&T Synaptic Storage

Gladinet recognizes that one of the major concerns of cloud storage users is security. There are certainly many benefits to backing up your data to Synaptic Storage, but how can users be sure that hackers, service provider employees or anyone else can’t look at their files after they’re backed up online? Until now, that was a nagging question with no good answer. With the introduction of AES 128-bit encryption for files backed up to Synaptic Storage, Gladinet Cloud Desktop 2.0 is tackling that concern head-on: The system simply encrypts users’ files on the storage client before saving them on the servers in their encrypted form. Cloud Desktop 2.0 allows Synaptic Storage to be mapped as a network drive. To backup securely to Synaptic Storage, we have to first select a folder for encryption in the Virtual Directory Manager of the Gladinet Management Console: After c... (more)

Secure Backup to Google Docs Storage

Google Session at Cloud Expo Earlier this year, Google Docs rolled out support for any file type support. Since then you can upload and store any files in the cloud with Google Docs. With Gladinet, you could easily upload files to Google Docs from your Windows Explorer directly. Perhaps you have considered backing up your data to Google Docs, but wondered what assurance you have that your data will be secure when backed up online? With the introduction of AES 128-bit encryption for files backed up to Google Docs, Gladinet has an answer for you: The system encrypts your files before saving them on the Google Docs servers in their encrypted form. By default, Google Docs has the capability of converting .doc, .xls and .ppt kind of files to Google Docs format. The benefit of converting is that you could later share and collaborate on the converted documents with your team... (more)