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Cloud Storage

Cloud Storage: Cloud storage is a model of networked online storage where data is stored on virtualized pools of storage which are generally hosted by third parties. Hosting companies operate large data centers; and people who require their data to be hosted buy or lease storage capacity from them and use it for their storage needs. The data center operators, in the background, virtualize the resources according to the requirements of the customer and expose them as storage pools, which the customers can themselves use to store files or data objects. Physically, the resource may span across multiple servers. (Source: Wikipedia)

The possibilities of Hadoop for Big Data

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What's Holding Businesses Back From the Cloud?

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The typical internal IT infrastructure is mired in complexity; costly and cumbersome to manage; and the opposite of dynamic and agile. Any on-premise server that is not fully utilised represents a costly waste of resources. Extrapolate that across the entire company, and the inefficiencies are likely to assume staggering proportions. It is in this context that an organisation’s interest in cloud-based systems and services will typically originate. An overwhelm ...   read more

BT Kills Off Traffic Management

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BT has announced that it is to make all but its cheapest products truly unlimited with no restrictions on speeds to be made even at peak times. The move is intended to allow customers better streaming, gaming and using "other bandwidth-eating applications” without going over their download limits or receiving an inferior service. Whilst BT currently offer unlimited packages already, these are often restricted at busy times of the day so that people have trouble using s ...   read more

Cloud and Storage - The way ahead

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Today people are slowly becoming aware that the term Cloud does not describe a single offering but is rather used to conveniently refer to a broad range of solutions. In addition the term is now being used in both the context of solutions residing inside the data centre or outside the business entirely. This research explores the considerations an organisation should take as they look at external cloud and storage and also questions what is the reality behind Cloud and ...   read more

Cloud Computing to create 9.62 million Jobs in APac

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A study funded by Microsoft has found that cloud computing will create 9.62 million jobs in Asia Pacific alone by 2015. The research also estimates that the technology will create 14 million new jobs internationally by the same year, which is good news for the global economy. The study was carried out by global analysts IDC, who say that revenues from cloud innovation could reach $1.1 trillion by 2015. The res ...   read more

Cloud security 'may result in vendor lock-in'

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Cloud security has undoubtedly become a pressing issue as more businesses adopt the new technology but, according to PerspecSys, the clamour for adequate security can result in vendor lock-in and reduced flexibility. The firm's chief executive officer David Canellos noted that businesses often focus on the cost savings and rapid time-to-market advantages that cloud computing solutions offer - but they often forget to properly assess a number of wider issues. Placeholder0Mr Canello ...   read more

Cloud Storage Controllers Answer to Security Concerns?

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Despite the growing adoption of many cloud services, especially IaaS in the past 12 months, many companies remain sceptical about storage services, according to Ranajit Nevatia, vice president of marketing at Panzura. This is due to concerns surrounding "performance, availability and security”, despite many companies reporting that cloud services are often more secure than on site storage solutions. Add to this that cloud storage offers a cheaper and viable alternative to typica ...   read more

Cyber security breaches could cost firms 5% of turnover

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New legislation could ensure businesses take cloud security more seriously as European ministers plan to fine firms five per cent of their turnover for data breaches, according to new documents published by the Financial Times.The European Commission is intent on tackling the data security problems that have plagued businesses of late, however, the rules about how much to fine firms an ...   read more

Do IT professionals still have their heads in the clouds?

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According to a survey of IT professionals, yes, they do. At this point in the evolution of the increasingly pervasive dotcloud boom, the discussion has changed from whether to move to the cloud, to how to implement the cloud. Among those CTOs surveyed, scalability, elasticity, and the need to accommodate fluct ...   read more

European businesses urged to keep data in Europe

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European businesses adopting cloud computing infrastructure solutions - like cloud-based storage - have been urged to make sure their data is kept on the continent and not overseas. According to legal expert Theo Bosboom, of Dirkzager Lawyers, shipping data overseas during IT infrastructure overhauls can cause problems further down the line.Speaking to Tech World, Mr Bosboom sai ...   read more

Free Cloud Storage Services Leaking Sensitive Data

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It’s come to light that file sharing and cloud storage services such as Dropbox and Box allow users to "inadvertently” leak their own files due to the way that public sharing links are generated. According to competitor Intralinks, it was able to find and access links which allowed it to access sensitive files. According to top security researcher Graham Cluley, the problem isn’t so much a bug as "an unexpected consequence of user behaviour.” However, he went on to say ...   read more

Gartner Predict Public Cloud to Grow 18.5% this Year

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A new study from Gartner has predicted that the public cloud industry will continue to grow this year at a rate of 18.5%, reaching a total of $131bn globally. Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) will continue to show the strongest growth and it’s expected that these should reach growth of 47.3% in 2013 reaching a total of $9bn. IaaS includes services such as cloud compute, storage and print solutions. Cloud advertising remains the biggest cloud sector, accounting for 48 ...   read more

HP vies to cut energy consumption and cost of servers

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Hewlett-Packard (HP) is vying to reduce the carbon footprint, complexity and cost of its enterprise server technology by encouraging firms to adopt converged infrastructure - which allows for the effective sharing of resources. Dubbed Project Moonshot, the new drive to make IT infrastructure more environmentally friendly will encompass storage, networking, read more

IBM Ban Employee use of Dropbox & iCloud

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IBM has banned the use of Dropbox and iCloud by its employees after it found that the BYOD scheme isn't saving the company any cash due to employee use of insecure apps. This has led to "new challenges” faced by IBM's 5000 strong IT department, as they have no control over the software that workers install on their own devices, according to chief information officer Jeanette Horan. IBM currently provides 40,000 of its employees with Blackberry devices and around 80,000 of their ...   read more

Server Chips Could Bring down Cost of Cloud

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New research has found that cloud computing bills could be cut as much as 30%, depending on what kind of chip is used in data centre servers. Researchers in Germany and Finland found that some server clusters are 40% faster than others depending on what kind of processor the servers run on. The analysis was carried out on Amazon’s EC2 cloud service and carried out by computer scientists. This is good news for cloud, especially since the cost benefits for cloud computin ...   read more

Total Telecom Report SMBs Essential for Mobile Growth

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A report from Total Telecom says that the lucrative SMB market is essential for mobile growth, which has seen a global decline in voice calls and SMS messages. According to Sigma Systems, which provisions converged network solutions, "mobile operators must adjust their stance towards the increasing number of over the top (OTT) services an ...   read more

Unified storage 'to grow alongside cloud computing'

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The use of unified storage solutions will increase as cloud computing infrastructure becomes the norm - allowing for converged, dynamic and virtualised data hosting. Greg Schulz, founder of, claimed that cloud computing is a major factor affecting the data storage market at th ...   read more

Virtualization helps companies boost infrastructure utilisation

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Virtualization technologies are helping firms to use their infrastructure more effectively, according to Gartner research director Jon Hardcastle. The IT infrastructure expert believes that virtualization is allowing businesses to achieve their aims while limiting overall system growth. Placeholder0He claimed that this is partly down to the fact that data centres - and in particular cloud storage technologies - are getting much more efficient. "Higher system deployment den ...   read more