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Updated 3/7/2017 Cloud, Bulk, Object Storage Trends News Welcome to the Cloud, Big Data, Software Defined, Bulk and Object Storage trends news page, part of the objectstoragecenter.com micro site collection of resources. Software defined, Bulk, Cloud and Object Storage exist to support expanding and diverse application data demands. There are various types of cloud, bulk and object storage including public services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) Simple Storage Service (S3), Google, Microsoft Azure, IBM Softlayer, Rackspace among many others. There are also solutions for hybrid and private deployment from Cisco, DDN, Dell EMC, Fujitsu, HDS, HPE, IBM, NetApp, Noobaa, OpenStack, Quantum, Rackspace, Scality, Seagate, Spectra, Storpool, Suse, Swift and WD among others. Cloud products and services among others, along with associated data infrastructures including objec... (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)

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)

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)

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)

New IBM Offerings Help Midsize Companies Work Smarter

IBM has introduced new services, software and systems for midsize companies that can help them gain actionable insight, increase productivity, and improve collaboration. IBM is introducing Cognos Express business intelligence software, an analytics solution designed for companies with 100 to 1,000 employees. Also being introduced is a new offering from IBM Global Technology Services, the IBM Storage Optimization and Integration Services - transformation strategy - rapid. In addition, two existing products IBM Mashup Center, and Lotus Live Engage, have been certified by IBM as "Midmarket Ready." Recently, IBM also introduced a new storage system, the IBM System Storage DS5020 Express, and updated the SurePOS 500 Express point-of-sale solution. Cognos Express is designed to deliver essential business intelligence and planning capabilities purpose built for midsize comp... (more)

How to Install CloudBerry Backup for Windows Home Server

CloudBerry at Cloud Expo In this post we will explain how to install or re-install CloudBerry Backup add-on for Windows Home Server. Originally it is from here. Open WHS server shared folder: \\YOUR WHS\Shared Folders\Software\Add-Ins Copy the add-in (it is likely to be called WHS_CloudBerryOnlineBackupSetup_v1.3.1.371o.msi) to the Add-Ins folder. Launch the Windows Home Server Console. Click the Settings button on the Windows Home Server Console to open the Settings screen. Click Add-ins in the left pane. Click the Available tab. You should now see CloudBerry Online Backup add-in listed. Please note you should uninstall previous versions of CloudBerry Online Backup if you ever had it before. CloudBerry S3 Backup for Windows Home Server is WHS add-on that automates data backup and restore to online storage powered by Amazon S3 cloud storage. It comes with onetime ... (more)

CloudBerry Backup for Windows Home Server Supports Drive Extender

CloudBerry Demo at Cloud Expo Cloud Computing Expo - With the release of CloudBerry Backup for Windows Home Server 1.3.3 we introduce a support for Drive Extender. What is Drive Extender? According to Wikipedia Windows Home Server Drive Extender is a file-based replication system that provides three key capabilities: * Multi-disk redundancy so that if any given disk fails, data is not lost * Arbitrary storage expansion by supporting any type of hard disk drive * A single folder namespace (no drive letters) If you translate it to less technical terms it means that you can add disks to your home server and it will automatically spread your data across them. What’s more you don’t have to deal with drive letters directly but with file shares managed by Drive Extender. What about CloudBerry Backup Previous version of CloudBerry Backup allowed you to refer to disks on the H... (more)

Deliver Cloud Storage to Your Desktop

Cloud Hosting Journal on Ulitzer Cloud Storage Services were relatively unknown until Amazon mass produced the now well-known S3 (Simple Storage Service). S3 may not be the first cloud storage service but it is among the first for the public with billions of objects stored. Now we are seeing other cloud storage vendors coming out, such as Nirvanix, Windows Azure, EMC Atmos Online/AT&T, Parascale, Box.net and etc. Google has long been in the cloud services business with the GMail service, the Google Apps Engine, the Picasa photo service and etc, with Google storage backing them up. Desktop Access to the Cloud A common theme of cloud storage services is that they all provide some API (Application Programming Interface) over HTTP. If the Cloud Storage were to be as popular today as the FTP for the past decade, it needs to have a desktop client that delivers the remote ... (more)

Cloud Integration Mixes CommVault Simpana Management With Cloud Storage

Since cloud storage is not backup in and of itself, anyone wanting to use cloud for backup needs additional software smarts. One of the smartest data protection and archiving suites out there is CommVault's Simpana. Mixing their intelligent software with the benefits of cloud storage for data protection makes a killer combination! This is precisely what CommVault announced this morning. CommVault's cloud integration brings seamless access in Simpana 8 to public cloud storage from the leading providers as well as local tape and disk. CommVault's traditional strengths in archiving and data management are magnified by the addition of cloud storage. For example, customers can use Simpana to identify and move certain data types to off-site cloud storage for enhanced protection and availability and to take advantage of the lower cost and higher flexibility and scalabilit... (more)

Easyspace Hosting Services Offers Free Online Storage

Easyspace, one of the UKs leading providers of domain name and web hosting services, has announced the launch of a partnership with Humyo, Europe's largest independent online storage and desktop backup provider. As part of this new venture, Easyspace customers will be given 30 days free access to a Premium Level Humyo account, with a 10% discount on the full price if they decide to upgrade their trial. Humyo is a multi-award winning mass market online storage service which enables users to backup and sync their data over multiple devices, access it from anywhere and share it with friends and co-workers. Using intuitive Desktop software, Humyo can continuously backup your selected files and folders by instantly replicating any change on your local machine to the Humyo online storage platform. This technology, in turn, provides a variety of additional benefits for use... (more)