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When people talk about a hybrid cloud storage solution, it typically means they want to keep using the existing file server. At the same time, they also want to replicate the file server data into cloud storage and make it available to remote users. Basically, the local employees will keep using the local file server. The remote users will be using the cloud storage. The local file server and cloud storage will be in sync. If the file is changed locally, it is uploaded also to the cloud storage so remote user can use. If remote user changes the file, the change will also propagate back to the local file server. It serves many purposes. First the local file server and cloud storage are like a backup system, backing up each other. Second, it is a VPN-replacement system, enabling remote users to access files without VPN. Third, it is an access system, it enables mobile... (more)

Amazon Web Services Database in the Cloud

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)

Cloud Replication Is Not Backup, But Backup Is!

Early Bird Registration at Cloud Expo Go read that headline again: W. Curtis "Mr. Backup" Preston points out on his blog that replication is not backup, and we can't disagree. Keeping alternative copies of data in multiple locations is a great idea, reducing the risk of data loss and potentially enabling enhanced access, but it's not a historical data protection (aka, backup) strategy. Backup requires management of multiple historic copies of a data set. Clearly, cloud storage in itself isn't backup. Backup vs. Storage SNIA defines "backup" thus: [Data Recovery] A collection of data stored on (usually removable) non-volatile storage media for purposes of recovery in case the original copy of data is lost or becomes inaccessible; also called a backup copy. To be useful for recovery, a backup must be made by copying the source data image when it is in a consistent stat... (more)

Queplix Announces Download of Virtual Data Viewer

Queplix Corp., a provider of data virtualization, today announced that its new Virtual Data Viewer™ is now available for free download and use. The new product streamlines important preliminary steps to implementing any type of data migration, management, integration or similar data initiative. By unlocking any database schema and exposing the organizational structure of database applications, Virtual Data Viewer lets users review and audit all metadata within just a few minutes. Once they understand their data, users can upgrade Virtual Data Viewer to the full power of the recently introduced Virtual Data Manager™which integrates on-premise, cloud, and SaaS software applications quickly, easily and securely. "Whether you're implementing data migration, integrating cloud and on-premise systems, or leaving an old proprietary system, you need to have visibility of you... (more)

Amazon Web Services Announces Amazon Glacier

"Amazon Glacier changes the game for companies requiring archiving and backup solutions because you pay nothing upfront, pay a very low price for storage, are able to scale up and down whenever needed, and AWS handles all of the operational heavy lifting required to do data retention well," said Alyssa Henry, Vice President of AWS Storage Services, as Amazon Web Services today announced Amazon Glacier. “Today, most businesses rely on expensive, brittle, and inflexible tape for their archiving solution. This approach requires expensive upfront payments, is difficult to operate and maintain, and leads to wasted capacity and money." Henry added. According to AWS, Amazon Glacier is designed "for data that is infrequently accessed, yet still important to retain for future reference." Examples include digital media archives, financial and healthcare records, raw genomic ... (more)

Zetta.net Redefines Hybrid Cloud Backup With Smart Cloud and New Lean Local Copy to Deliver Instant, Appliance-Free Data Backup and Recovery

SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 10/22/12 -- Zetta.net today announced it is redefining traditional hybrid cloud backup with its unique, appliance-free approach featuring Smart Cloud and new Lean Local Copy technology. Zetta.net's Smart Cloud, which integrates the functionality of backup, snapshot and replication technology, abolishes the need for a local appliance. Smart Cloud, together with the new Lean Local Copy feature, advances the hybrid cloud model to deliver fast, reliable data backup and recovery at a fraction of the cost of backup alone. Zetta.net delivers enterprise-grade 3-in-1 backup, disaster recovery and archiving. Because the SaaS-based solution eliminates the cost and management complexities associated with appliance hardware, it is particularly attractive to small/medium businesses, enterprises with distributed office locations, and managed servi... (more)

Concerns Over Complex Backup Mitigated with Disk-Based Solution

Nexsan, a leading provider of energy-efficient, long-term disk storage, today announced that Franklin Synergy Bank is ensuring simple, reliable and cost-efficient data recovery using Nexsan SATABoy™ storage systems as the hardware foundation for its disk-based backup and recovery environment. Using Nexsan AutoMAID™-enabled SATABoy disk storage, the successful independent bank ensures fast data recovery while reducing storage system energy requirements. Opened in November of 2007, Franklin Synergy Bank located in Franklin, TN is a unique establishment bringing a combination of traditional community banking, such as trust, competence and expediency, with innovative, technologically-advanced delivery systems. This combination creates synergy, a process in which the sum of tailored banking products, advanced technology and dedicated bankers define a superior banking ex... (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)

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)

How to Backup Securely to EMC Atmos

EMC Session at Cloud Expo There are certainly many benefits to backing up your data to EMC Atmos, but how can users be sure that noone can 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 EMC Atmos, Gladinet is tackling that concern head-on: The system encrypts users’ files on the storage client before saving them on the servers in their encrypted form. Cloud Desktop 2.0 allows EMC Atmos to be mapped as a network drive. To backup securely to EMC Atmos, we have to first select a folder for encryption in the Virtual Directory Manager of the Gladinet Management Console: Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! After clicking on the icon to add a new encrypted folder, select the EMC Atmos folder that will be your... (more)