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 for data archiving and backup."
Anyone who has been following Nasuni knows we are primary storage
- not backup, and especially not archiving. Nonetheless, Glacier is 10x cheaper than…
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 drive sales of more $5 greeting cards. I’m all for celebrating mothers, letting my wife know I love her dearly, and otherwise acknowledging the important people in…
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 isn’t on the list? There’s no hurricane, earthquake, etc. on there. That’s right folks, DR is rarely performed for a true natural disaster. Let’s walk through the list and talk…
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 data
Back in 2009, Gartner estimated that data growth would happen at a rate of 650% over the next 5 years with 80%
of this growth coming from unstructured data
. We can get lost in the weeds with facts and figures but most IT managers I’ve spoken…
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“archive data” and chances are it would go something like this: “Data that is no longer active, but still needs to be kept around for future reference or regulatory compliance.”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 just that, inactive data – though archive data could include recently active data and data that is 5 years old. When it comes of age, this data is generally moved off to tape or to a slower, out of the network storage…
Today, the cloud stirs up all manner of possibilities for handling data protection, but the cloud also brings many challenges: security, bandwidth, connection availability and data recovery.
Perhaps in response to these issues, innovators in this space are blending the capabilities of traditional onsite backup systems with cloud storage, so that the best of both worlds is available to users—an onsite component captures and restores data at high speed, while older data is moved to the cloud. Hybrid cloud backup, or disk-to-disk-to-cloud (D2D2C), is turning the cloud into an accessible and useful component of the data protection infrastructure today.
Rethinking backup in the era of the cloud
In 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 and costly, backup puts a tremendous load on your servers and network as the data gets syphoned through the backup server. Backup serves two critical purposes: making a copy of data…