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Falling flash prices are a boon to enterprise storage buyers

Falling flash prices are a boon to enterprise storage buyers | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Enterprises didn't spend any more money on storage systems in Q2, but they got more capacity, IDC says
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"Where enterprises last year were ordering SSDs (solid-state drives) with up to 3TB, now they can buy in bulk with units as big as 15TB."
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Cloud Optimization: How to Enhance the Efficiency of Your Cloud Usage

Cloud Optimization: How to Enhance the Efficiency of Your Cloud Usage | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud Optimization: How to Enhance the Efficiency of Your Cloud Usage
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"Some people think of it as just being a server someone else operates. This is the wrong way to look at cloud because cloud is much more than just a server or a processor."

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Startup takes on Dropbox, Box, using cloud and local storage

Startup takes on Dropbox, Box, using cloud and local storage | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
As an alternative to enterprise and small-business file sharing services, Infinit pools storage from cloud services and your own data center -- all available to clients as if they were on local disks
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The difference: It gangs together storage from multiple providers.

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How to make cloud backup a no-brainer

How to make cloud backup a no-brainer | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
It's time to move from a disk-to-tape to a disk-to-cloud backup strategy
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The idea of backing up with a cloud storage repository as one of those three copies is beneficial in theory, providing an offsite copy of your data should you need it.

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Paul Davies's curator insight, June 24, 2015 8:49 PM

Redundancy is the key when backing up , just ensure you have a backup for your backup 

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Hoisting big data to the cloud

Hoisting big data to the cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The general consensus about big data has been that it's too expensive to move. But what if you could use remote backup copies in the cloud for analytics, app dev, and other applications?
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............ So instead of data just sitting in the cloud waiting for disaster so it can restored on premises, why not use virtual copies of that data for big data analytics or dev and test in the cloud?

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2015 Healthcare Cloud Computing Forecast Growth Leads To Need For Storage

2015 Healthcare Cloud Computing Forecast Growth Leads To Need For Storage | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Research And Markets has announced its 2015 look at the global healthcare cloud computing market, Global Healthcare Cloud Computing Market...
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According to PR Newswire, the market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 21.95 percent between 2014 and 2019, mostly driven by industry-wide increased adoption of IT.

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What is Cloud Backup and why should you go for it

What is Cloud Backup and why should you go for it | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
As the term itself suggests, cloud backup is nothing but backing up your resources and saving it to cloud. Cloud backup improves efficiency and decreases
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........ cloud backup is really quite different from cloud storage.

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Cloud Storage vs. Cloud Computing

Cloud Storage vs. Cloud Computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud storage and cloud computing both use remote servers, but in different ways and with different advantages.
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Here’s what the two terms mean, and how they are used in the real world.

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Sydney Clutterbuck's curator insight, March 25, 2015 6:10 PM

In this article Tyler Lacoma examines the differences between Cloud Storage and Cloud Computing. The Author touches on the different points of Cloud Computing versus storage; describing what they mean, and how they’re used in the real world. 

Christian Miles's curator insight, March 27, 2015 10:46 AM

With cloud storage and computing becoming ever more popular, The next generation of computer could just have a screen and wifi with all the storage and processing power being done server side. This would allow for computers, phones, and so much more to be incredibly thin and small while having a near limitless amount of computing power and storage

Riordan Kelly's curator insight, March 29, 2015 5:31 AM

Cloud storage is familiar to anyone who has an Android or I-phone, you upload your data to the cloud and it's secure. Cloud Computing however is even more mysterious. IT offers some amazing functionality and cost savings for business but for the average consumer it will become more and more a part of their experience on a computer.

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Box partners with Microsoft to enable collaboration through Office

Box partners with Microsoft to enable collaboration through Office | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud storage provider Box has joined the Microsoft Cloud Storage Program, integrating with Microsoft Office to enable businesses to seamlessly access content across devices and platforms.
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The new collaboration includes enabling users to open, edit and save documents back to Box directly from Office for iOS, and is available today for free, with integration with Office Online arriving later this year.

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Just in case you didn't already get your free 100GB...

Just in case you didn't already get your free 100GB... | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
This has been doing the rounds through USA users of Microsoft services and now seems to be available more widely, but.... just in case you haven't already seen this offer from Microsoft for 100GB extra of OneDrive space for two years, try clicking this link. It seems to be linked to 'Bing' in some way - my guess is that it's just Microsoft's way of getting more people onboard with OneDrive in a big way - at the end of the day, it will all be about head count on each platform and upselling users
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Worked for me. It is for 2 years, but a lot can happen in 2 years

 

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How can we protect our information in the era of cloud computing?

How can we protect our information in the era of cloud computing? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Private information would be much more secure if individuals moved away from cloud-based storage towards peer-to-peer systems, where data is stored in a variety of ways and across a variety of sites, argues a University of Cambridge researcher.
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The strength of a peer-to-peer system is that its value grows as the number of users increases:

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How cloud providers can prevent data loss: A guide

How cloud providers can prevent data loss: A guide | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud service providers find themselves in a struggle balancing responsibility for maintaining data integrity with delivering cost effective solutions to their customers, all the while protecting their own data assets and bottom line.
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Due to the complexities around data centre and cloud security, this article will deal destruction and corruption of data only.

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A guide to help cloud data center operators determine the impact of data loss, and what to do to prepare against it.

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Box Rolls Out Cloud Security Service

Box Rolls Out Cloud Security Service | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Online file-sharing service Box recently announced Box Trust, a service to help its customers successfully embrace a modern security Relevant Products/Services framework as they move information and collaboration to the cloud Relevant Products/Services.

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The companies in Box Trust will include Symantec, Palo Alto Networks, Splunk Relevant Products/Services, MobileIron, Airwatch by VMware Relevant Products/Services and others.

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Violin, still pushing flash speeds, looks to the cloud

Violin, still pushing flash speeds, looks to the cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
In flash storage these days, it takes more than speed to win over many enterprises. Flash pioneer Violin is introducing its fastest arrays yet but also bringing its Concerto OS to the cloud.
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The flash storage pioneer is introducing its fastest enterprise arrays yet
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Apple to Sell Personal Cloud Storage Device Starting Next Month

Apple to Sell Personal Cloud Storage Device Starting Next Month | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Starting on June 7, Apple will be the exclusive retailer for the Apollo personal cloud storage device, a consumer play from Promise Technology.
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"According to Promise Technology, unlike other cloud services, there are no recurring fees with Apollo. According to a review by Mac Rumors, the Apollo is priced at $299."
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Replace your NAS with cloud storage: 8 key requirements

Replace your NAS with cloud storage: 8 key requirements | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
For cloud storage to be useful for unstructured data, it needs to provide equivalent flexibility, performance, and productivity as enterprise storage systems
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Hyperscale cloud storage providers like AWS, Google and Azure dropped prices by up to 65 percent last year and promised a Moore's Law pricing model going forward.

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Dropbox unleashes 'universal app' for Windows phones and tablets

Dropbox unleashes 'universal app' for Windows phones and tablets | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud storage service offers new features for designers while promising better image handling
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The update automatically adapts to the user's screen size and delivers a number of new features, including the ability for Windows Phone users to upload videos directly from their devices.

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5 Tips for Securing Your Cloud Computing System

5 Tips for Securing Your Cloud Computing System | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

As much as cloud computing has helped with the storage of data, it has created the need for increased security. Without testing, backups and proper access permissions, data can be easily hacked or stolen.

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Here are five tips for ensuring your data is protected. Read More

 

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Tape vs. Cloud: No Contest

Tape vs. Cloud: No Contest | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
It’s not King Kong vs. Godzilla. And it’s certainly not an epic encounter, as the upcoming Mayweather vs. Pacquiao bout promises to be. In fact, tape vs. the cloud is more like UFC fighters Ronda Rousey against Cat Zingano--it’s no contest.
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The mechanics of tape make it susceptible to a host of potential failure points.

 

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Google Cloud Storage Nearline wants to be your cloud data vault

Google Cloud Storage Nearline wants to be your cloud data vault | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Data stored in Google's inexpensive alternative to offline cold storage can be accessed in under 3 seconds
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The Cloud Storage Nearline service, billed in Google's blog post as "a simple, low-cost, fast-response storage service with quick data backup, retrieval and access," ...........

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Sydney Clutterbuck's curator insight, March 25, 2015 6:14 PM

 In this article Serdar Yegulap describes Google’s inexpensive alternative to offline cold storage using the cloud storage Nearline. Quoted as “a simple, lost cost, fast-response storage service with quick data backup, retrieval and access”. This service being cheaper gigabyte for gigabyte compared to the more expensive LTO Tapes, also being to access that data within 3 seconds. This will not just be applied to Google’s Cloud Platform users, but, hopefully to a plethora of other brand-name data storage solutions

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Cloud Backup vs. In-House: 3 Points to Consider

Cloud Backup vs. In-House: 3 Points to Consider | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
A recent report by Leviathan Security offers significant insights on the security and cost concerns surrounding online and in-house (i.e. physical) backups.
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While the report is focused on data storage in general, its findings offer significant insights on the security and cost concerns surrounding online and in-house (i.e. physical) backup.

 

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IBM puts software and cloud at the center of storage

IBM puts software and cloud at the center of storage | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The IBM Spectrum Storage strategy embraces multiple vendors and clouds
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The future of storage may not be in storage itself, but in the intelligence to manage it.

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Box is launching encryption keys that only you will hold

Box is launching encryption keys that only you will hold | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

If you put data on a cloud server, you're usually sharing it with more people than you realize. Cloud data is encrypted, but as long as the company manages the encryption keys, there are plenty of ways for third parties to gain access, whether it's a gag-ordered subpoena or something more sinister like PRISM. ...........

Peter Azzopardi's insight:

The idea is not new and I have rallied in favour of such a policy for a while now. There is no reason why encryption keys should be held by the storage provider. Of course all would be futile if Box's EKM is not sophisticated enough to withstand an attack. Box feels it is, good!.

 

Past rumours that Mega's (another storage company that passes over the encryption keys) encryption methods had been compromised did not help this camp. Nonetheless, the idea is sound and post PRISM development should be focused in this area.

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Understanding cloud storage models

Understanding cloud storage models | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The roles of instance, volume, and object storage in the modern, virtualized data center
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At the root of all storage is some set of physical storage protocols, so I’ll begin with a quick recap of physical storage.

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What is RaaS in Cloud Computing?

What is RaaS in Cloud Computing? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
RaaS is one of the cloud computing services and it stands for Recovery as a Service. It is sometimes also referred to as DRaaS, short for Disaster Recovery
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How does RaaS work?

 

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