Microsoft’s DNA storage tech may fit in an enterprise

Microsoft has apparently firmed up its plans for a DNA-based storage device that it expects to be commercially available within about three years.

The software giant originally unveiled its research into DNA as an archival storage medium last year; it described the technology being able to store the amount of data in “a big data center compressed into a few sugar cubes. Or all the publicly accessible data on the Internet slipped into a shoebox.

“That is the promise of DNA storage — once scientists are able to scale the technology and overcome a series of technical hurdles,” the company said in a 2016 blog post.

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Microsoft’s Azure cloud storage had a rough night

On Wednesday night into the early morning hours of Thursday Microsoft reported that its Azure cloud customers had difficulty provisioning storage resources, including in its Eastern US region.

The service disruption had a domino effect that impacted many other services too, including its cloud-based SQL database platform. The issue was first reported at 21:50 UTC and was resolved by about 6:00 on Thursday.

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“Due to a incident in East US affecting Storage, customers and service dependent on Storage may have experienced difficulties provisioning new resources or accessing their existing resources in the region,” Microsoft reported on its Azure health status page. Other services impacted include: Azure Media Services, Application Insights, Azure Logic Apps, Azure Data Factory, Azure Site Recovery, Azure Cache, Azure Search, Azure Service Bus, Azure Event Hubs, Azure SQL Database, API Management and Azure Stream Analytics.

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Apple grabs icloud.net domain to solidify links to sync and storage service

Apple this week took administrative control of the icloud.net domain, the last notable web address it did not govern that users could have linked with its online sync and storage service.

According to WHOIS searches today, Apple acquired control of icloud.net on Tuesday.

Apple already ruled the primary top-level domains for iCloud, the cross-device, cross-OS service that stores files generated by iOS and macOS, and more importantly, synchronizes everything from Safari browser bookmarks to photographs between iPhones, iPads and Macs. Apple is on record as the owner of the domains icloud.com, icloud.org, icloud.us and icloud.eu, for example.

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Apple, Microsoft and Amazon offer fairer deal on cloud storage

Apple, Microsoft and Amazon have agreed to give cloud storage subscribers fairer contracts after intervention by the U.K.’s Competition and Markets Authority.

Such cloud storage services are typically used to store photos, videos, music or digital copies of important documents.

If the services shut down or vary their capacity or prices without notice, customers can lose their data, or be held hostage.

The CMA asked the storage service providers to give adequate notice before closing, suspending or changing services, and to allow customers to cancel their contracts and receive a pro-rata refund if they didn’t accept service changes.

The regulator last year obtained similar undertakings from Google, Dropbox and five other cloud storage providers.

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AWS is cutting and simplifying its storage prices

Amazon Web Services made a series of price cuts on Tuesday and simplified what customers pay for its storage products. The company’s popular Simple Storage Service (S3) has had its six pricing tiers cut down to three, along with a corresponding price cut of roughly 16 percent to 25 percent.

Glacier, AWS’s storage service for data that doesn’t need to be accessed frequently, now has a trio of retrieval options. Companies can have quicker access to their data if they pay more or get cheaper access if they’re willing to wait. Glacier users also get a 43 percent price cut.

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AWS is cutting and simplifying its storage prices

Amazon Web Services made a series of price cuts on Tuesday and simplified what customers pay for its storage products. The company’s popular Simple Storage Service (S3) has had its six pricing tiers cut down to three, along with a corresponding price cut of roughly 16 percent to 25 percent.

Glacier, AWS’s storage service for data that doesn’t need to be accessed frequently, now has a trio of retrieval options. Companies can have quicker access to their data if they pay more or get cheaper access if they’re willing to wait. Glacier users also get a 43 percent price cut.

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How to pick the right cloud storage service

Cloud storage is an indispensable tool in today’s hyper-connected world. But unlike the early days of cloud storage, when vendors regularly rolled out new capabilities and routinely bumped up storage limits, the market has matured in terms of capabilities and storage norms. Here are some key factors to consider before choosing a new cloud storage service.

Getting started with the cloud

One of the first things you should do when choosing between cloud services is compare storage options, features and costs. Free offerings might work if you need only the basics, but some of the most important or advanced capabilities are available only via paid plans. Some cloud services offer very limited storage space for free, and some offer none at all.

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Cisco pits modular storage servers against public clouds

Cisco Systems is finding its way into storage through its successful server business. On Tuesday, the company introduced modular systems that can be deployed with different combinations of computing and storage capacity.

Though it’s not Cisco’s first foray into storage, the UCS S3260 Storage Server offers a density and a freedom of configuration that stands out against other systems, even competing on cost with public cloud services, the company says.

The server was announced at the Cisco Partner Summit in San Francisco. It’s the first entry in Cisco’s S-Series, a line of systems designed to serve both enterprises and companies that provide cloud services to others.

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CloudMounter review: Less than perfect cloud storage on your desktop

Remember Bitcasa, the ill-fated “infinite” cloud storage outfit who wound up throwing in the towel after only three years? For all their faults (and there were a few!), they did get one thing right: Infinite Drive, which put that vast quantity of cloud storage alongside normal hard drives on the Mac desktop.

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CloudMounter volumes are easy to identify in the Finder, with bright, colorful drive icons customized for each service.

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Box Shuttle makes it easier to ditch on-prem file storage

Businesses that want to get their files out of on-premises data centers and into the cloud now have a new option from Box.

On Wednesday, the company launched Box Shuttle, an offering that includes tools and consulting services to help businesses move potentially terabytes of data from legacy applications into the Box cloud.

Box will work with customers to develop migration plans for getting their data out of private data centers into its cloud service. It will help figure out what content customers should keep, archive and delete.

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Dropbox wants to stretch desktop file storage to infinity

Dropbox has a futuristic vision for how its users will be able to share massive files and have quick access to them on their computers, without their hard drives overflowing.

The cloud storage company announced a new initiative at its Open conference in London on Tuesday called Project Infinite. It’s a push to create a new Dropbox interface that allows users to see all of the files they’ve stored in the cloud in their computer’s file explorer without requiring them to keep local copies of each document, image, spreadsheet or other file. 

With Project Infinite, users will be able to manage their files in the cloud by moving them around inside the Mac OS X Finder or Windows File Explorer, just like they would any local files that are taking up space on their hard drives.

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Microsoft will let you keep your free 15GB of OneDrive storage, if you claim it

Microsoft has grudgingly agreed to let current OneDrive users keep their 15GB of free cloud storage and 15GB of free Camera Roll “bonus” storage, rather than dropping you to 5GB as previously stated, but only if you’re aware of the offer and don’t mind a bit of spam.

To take advantage of the offer, visit this Microsoft page. Microsoft representatives said the company does not have a supplementary explanatory blog post or statement to add at the present, but they did supply the webpage address, whose URL lists it as a  “preview” at the moment. 

You’ve already navigated the first hurdle: since users have to manually opt in to the offer, OneDrive users who are unaware of the deal won’t be able to take advantage of it. And there’s a small catch: by selecting the offer, you agree “to receive promotional emails from OneDrive,” although Microsoft immediately says that you can unsubscribe as well—how to do that, however, isn’t exactly clear.

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Get ready to meet Kudu, a new, open-source storage engine from Cloudera

An open-source storage engine called Kudu could soon be on the way from Cloudera, offering a new alternative for companies with big data stores to manage.

Kudu will be offered as an alternative to the popular Hadoop Distributed File System and the Hadoop-oriented HBase NoSQL database, according to a VentureBeat report, which cited a slide deck on Kudu’s design goals.

A small Cloudera team has reportedly been working on Kudu for the past two years. The company has already been pitching it to customers and plans to release it as Apache-licensed open-source software at the end of this month, VentureBeat said, citing a source familiar with the matter.

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Amazon rolls out cold cloud storage option

Amazon Web Services launched a new, less-expensive flavor of its cloud-based object storage service meant for data that is infrequently accessed (IA).

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Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3) IA is an alternative to the company’s standard S3 offering and its Glacier service. Amazon’s three storage offerings now include: S3 for fast access to data; S3 IA, which is less expensive than S3 with a slight tradeoff in availability; and Glacier, which offers even less expensive prices, with high availability but the tradeoff of long latency for retrievals.

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Amazon rolls out cold cloud storage option

Amazon Web Services today launched a new, less-expensive flavor of its cloud-based object storage service meant for data that is infrequently accessed (IA).

+ MORE AT NETWORK WORLD: All aboard the SS Dreamforce +

Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3) IA is an alternative to the company’s standard S3 offering and its Glacier service. Amazon’s three storage offerings now include: S3 for fast access to data; S3 IA, which is less expensive than S3 with a slight tradeoff in availability; and Glacier, which offers even less expensive prices, with high availability but the tradeoff of long latency for retrievals.

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Storage spending heads into the cloud

The cloud is where the action is in enterprise storage.

Sales are way up for little-known manufacturers that sell directly to big cloud companies like Google and Facebook, while the market for traditional external storage systems is shrinking, according to research company IDC. 

Internet giants and service providers typically don’t use specialized storage platforms in their sprawling data centers. Instead, they buy vast amounts of capacity in the form of generic hardware that’s controlled by software. As users flock to cloud-based services, that’s a growing business. 

Revenue for original design manufacturers that sell directly to hyperscale data-center operators grew by 25.8 percent to more than US$ 1 billion in the second quarter, according to the latest global IDC report on enterprise storage systems. Overall industry revenue rose just 2.1 percent from last year’s second quarter, reaching $ 8.8 billion.

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IBM extends Spectrum storage line into the cloud

IBM is beefing up its offerings in software-defined storage, which promises to let IT departments better deal with large amounts of storage by uncoupling the management software from its underlying hardware.

The company has expanded two products in its Spectrum line, Spectrum Protect and Spectrum Accelerate, to allow customers to build hybrid storage systems by combining in-house Spectrum deployments with IBM Cloud storage services.

“We have clients using Spectrum today who are looking for a way to leverage the cloud to hold long-term retention items, or because they are running low on capacity,” said Sam Werner, IBM director of storage and software defined environments. “We can extend the capabilities they have today, and allow them to have a new cloud storage tier.”

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IBM extends Spectrum storage line into the cloud

IBM is beefing up its offerings in software-defined storage, which promises to let IT departments better deal with large amounts of storage by uncoupling the management software from its underlying hardware.

The company has expanded two products in its Spectrum line, Spectrum Protect and Spectrum Accelerate, to allow customers to build hybrid storage systems by combining in-house Spectrum deployments with IBM Cloud storage services.

“We have clients using Spectrum today who are looking for a way to leverage the cloud to hold long-term retention items, or because they are running low on capacity,” said Sam Werner, IBM director of storage and software defined environments. “We can extend the capabilities they have today, and allow them to have a new cloud storage tier.”

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Virtualized Storage and High Availability Made Easy

Virtualized Storage and High Availability Made Easy
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Web Host Hosting.com Acquires NeoSpire
Customers will have access to the entire suite of enterprise-class Hosting.com services, including the recently launched Cloud Replication solution that uses VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5, and its private cloud service which was launched in
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VMware Unveils Management Portfolio for the Cloud Era
By MyHostNews.com Web Host News – PALO ALTO, CA — VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, today unveiled three product suites designed to simplify and automate IT management. With significant
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Cloud Storage Company IceWEB Selected by Cloud Computing Service Company



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Cloud Storage Company IceWEB Selected by Cloud Computing Service Company
IceWEB (News – Alert), a provider of Unified Data Storage and building blocks for cloud storage networks, announced that a cloud computing service company has given an order for an IceWEB Model 5000-HC Unified Storage Data Storage Platform.
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Cloud Storage Rivals Innovate to Meet iCloud Challenge
More important for many customers, Box.net is platform agnostic with tools for accessing and syncing data from Android tablets and smartphones, BlackBerry smartphones, the BlackBerry PlayBook, and the HP TouchPad tablets, in addition to iOS, Mac OS X,
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Cloud Storage Platform Box.net Raises $50 Million From Salesforce And Others



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Cloud Storage Platform Box.net Raises Million From Salesforce And Others
Learn More Cloud storage platform Box.net has raised a whopping $ 50 million in new funding with participation from CRM giant Salesforce.com. Past investors also participated in the round, as well as new 'strategic partners', who will be revealed soon.
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SADA Systems partners with Rise to ppower complete Cloud Infrastructure offering
SADA Cloud Infrastructure gives businesses the opportunity to secure data and applications in a flexible cloud platform with a 99.99% uptime SLA. “We selected Rise as our partner due to the technology's flexibility and ease of integration with our
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ChannelCloud President Kent Erickson Featured on Cover of SPC (Service
Erickson will be featured in an article titled “What do you get when you pair the cloud with a channel?” In the article Erickson discusses the challenges of providing a cloud platform solution in an emerging market with undefined technology.
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Google's New Business Cloud Storage Takes on Amazon S3

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Google's New Business Cloud Storage Takes on Amazon S3
By Angela West, PCWorld Google Cloud Storage, announced Tuesday, allows you to store your company's business data online for a minimal cost. You can access your data from anywhere, you don't have to engage in costly server hardware management,
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Further Details about Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Revealed by Microsoft
Microsoft at their BUILD conference last month, unveiled its Windows Server 8. Also some additional details about the latest in server family were revealed and this trend is still continuing. A couple of days ago on Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform
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A workplace of progress
"In addition to this, with hosting and upgrades handled externally, small businesses don't have the expense and maintenance of running their own server." It's not just the costs, though; business processes can change as well once cloud technology has
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Niscayah offers cloud hosting for video storage based on EMC technology

Niscayah offers cloud hosting for video storage based on EMC technology
Launched earlier this year, the Nimbus 24/7 offering is built around video technology from leading CCTV solutions manufacturer Axis Communications, including its AXIS Video Hosting System (AVHS) server software and surveillance cameras.
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EnterpriseDB Adding New Cloud Option for PostgreSQL Database
By Chris Kanaracus, IDG News Companies looking to move database operations to public and private clouds will soon have another option in the form of Postgres Plus Cloud Server, EnterpriseDB announced Thursday. EnterpriseDB's Postgres Plus Standard
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Microsoft Server and Tools to Provide Enterprises Hybrid Cloud Technologies
By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email) Microsoft Server and Tools President Satya Nadella said his department's focus is for enterprises to adopt multiple Microsoft technologies that will provide a hybrid public/private cloud solution.
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