Connor Fee

Amazon Glacier – Archive in the Clouds

By on August 27, 2012

Anytime Amazon makes a big announcement relating to their cloud offering you can bet it will create a buzz in the storage industry. Last week Amazon introduced Glacier – and there was quite a bit of buzz! They describe it as: “Amazon Glacier is an extremely low-cost storage service that provides secure and durable storage… Continue Reading »

Rob Mason

World Backup Day

By on March 29, 2012

According to Wikipedia, the term “Hallmark holiday” is used predominantly in the United States to describe a holiday that is perceived to exist primarily for commercial purposes, rather than to commemorate a traditionally significant event. One of my pet peeves are the made up “special occasions” that greeting card companies and others make up to… Continue Reading »

Rob Mason

Top 5 Reasons for Disaster Recovery

By on February 23, 2012

With our guaranteed 15 minute disaster recovery and several years under our belt with our product, we’ve gotten an understanding of the top reasons for performing a disaster recovery and the list may surprise you: Changing storage platforms Failed ESXi data store Failed server Human error Moving data around the world What? A true disaster… Continue Reading »

Louis Abate

5 Storage Predictions for 2012

By on January 11, 2012

2011 was quite a year for the storage industry. From the billion dollar acquisitions to the disruptive flooding in Thailand, it was a year to remember. As we look forward, here are 5 storage predictions for the new year. 1. Users continue to generate piles of unstructured dataBack in 2009, Gartner estimated that data growth… Continue Reading »

Louis Abate

Archive vs. “Archive-ish” Data

By on December 1, 2011

Ask anyone in IT to define “archive data” and chances are it would go something like this: “Data that is no longer active, but still needs to be kept around for future reference or regulatory compliance.” You may also get an expletive or two thrown in for good measure. In many organizations, archive data is… Continue Reading »

Andres Rodriguez

The Best Backup is No Backup.

By on April 14, 2011

Rethinking backup in the era of the cloudIn the scale of miserable IT jobs, backup ranks up there with building a full rack of razor sharp 1Us. Backup is cumbersome, under-appreciated and you always end up bloody. (See my recent blog post on how RAIN architectures fall short for backups.) In addition to being complex… Continue Reading »

Andres Rodriguez

Too Big to Backup

By on April 12, 2011

Data Protection in the CloudAmazon S3 is the largest public storage system in the world. In 2008, Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon, estimated that S3 was storing 14 billion objects. By March 2010, that number had grown to 102 billion and some of our sources at Amazon tell us that the number will end up… Continue Reading »

Andres Rodriguez

Designing a File System for the Cloud

By on April 7, 2011

Brewers’s CAP Theorem meets Eventual ConsistencyIn a technological world where everything seems possible, there are still those immutable laws that designers attempt to violate at their own peril. In July of 2000, Eric Brewer gave the keynote speech at the ACM Symposium on the Principles of Distributed Computing. To those of us working on distributed… Continue Reading »

Louis Abate

How Traditional Backups with Their Limitations Can be Avoided

By on April 1, 2011

In the 15 years that I have spent in IT infrastructure-related positions, I have seen dozens of different techniques and solutions for data backup and protection. I have experienced first-hand the difficulties associated with the most common backup systems in a (Windows) file server environment and their limitations. I now have the opportunity to experience… Continue Reading »

Louis Abate

Law Office Utilizes Cloud Storage to Mitigate Growth

By on March 24, 2011

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Stirling Thomas, Director of IT at Gesmer Updegrove, LLP. Gesmer Updegrove is a Boston-based legal firm specializing in early-stage technology companies. Stirling explained to us that like many modern businesses, they have been experiencing substantial file growth over the last few years. With their growing team… Continue Reading »

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