The First Web-Scale Problem – Too Many Parts

While originally intended for online application and storage providers, web-scale architectures have plenty of capabilities that catch the attention of enterprise IT. A web-scale architecture’s ability to scale both performance and capacity in a cost effective manner is at the top of every enterprise’s wish list. But web-scale architectures also have a few big problems that can get enterprises as disinterested as quickly as they got...

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Amazon Zocalo: What to Do When You Have More Disk Than God

Cloud behemoth Amazon has found a new outlet for its NSA-scale disk farms in its new enterprise file sync and store service, Zocalo. After years of offering dumb cloud object storage with its Amazon S3 simple storage service, Amazon is climbing up the storage value stack with an enterprise cloud file store that will put pressure on Box, SugarSync, and the like. Amazon proclaims Zocalo to be “a fully managed, secure enterprise storage...

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Avere Systems Offers Up a Cloud NAS World

Network-attached storage (NAS) has a prominent position in the IT world in managing semi-structured and unstructured file data, but many current implementations face significant challenges. Due to explosive data growth, how to successfully scale both performance and capacity while keeping costs under control has become ever more difficult. Traditional architectures are often hard-pressed to keep up with performance demands. The need...

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BYOA: Bring Your Own Authentication

Most people who use IT or Internet applications would agree that the current username/password mode of authentication is cumbersome, ineffective, and obsolete. According to ESG research, 55% of information security professionals working at enterprise organizations (i.e., more than 1,000 employees) believe that username/password authentication should be completely eliminated or relegated to non-business critical applications only....

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In (The Software-Defined) Cloud, Now They Can Hear You Meow!
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In (The Software-Defined) Cloud, Now They Can Hear You Meow!

At some as-yet-to-be-determined time in the future, Catbird has promised to release the OpenStack-version of its security policy automation and enforcement solution (Catbird 6.0). The company said it is the firstto deliver security policy automation for private and hybrid cloud environments, enabling security policy to move across on-and-off-premise infrastructure on all three leading cloud platforms, which is not a bad claim for a...

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Overcoming the Recovery-In-Place Challenge

The advanced capabilities of virtualization-specific backup applications, such as Veeam, have brought new flexibility to the protection and recovery of virtual servers. In fact, these improvements, plus better availability, may be justification enough to virtualize a workload. Two of the most sought-after VM backup features are recovery-in-place and Changed Block Tracking, but these features may dramatically change the selection...

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