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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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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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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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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Computerworld Cloud Computing

Google overhauls its cloud storage offerings

There are big changes afoot for Google Cloud Platform’s storage offerings. On Thursday, the company announced a complete overhaul of the storage options available to customers, complete with new storage tiers and reduced pricing.

Customers that need high availability storage can use Google’s new fully managed Multi-Regional Cloud Storage service, which will replicate data across multiple Google Cloud data centers in different areas for high-uptime access. The company also launched a new Coldline storage service that’s designed for data accessed less than once a year, such as backups.

The storage changes are part of Google’s overall pitch to capture businesses in a highly competitive cloud market. Managed, multi-region storage will be helpful for customers that don’t want to worry about reliability, and the new Coldline storage will help GCP compete with other cold storage offerings, like Amazon Glacier.

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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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Top 5 storage vendors shows massive shift to the cloud

There’s a changing of the guard afoot in the storage industry, and it’s getting cloudy.

Each quarter 451 Research Group surveys it members in its Voice of the Enterprise series. Late last year, the company’s research revealed a dramatic reshaping of the storage market both in terms of which vendors enterprises consider strategic storage partners and where their future storage will be housed.

+ MORE AT NETWORK WORLD: Gartner says cloud will be the “default” application deployment option by 2020 | Deutsche Bank says one-third of finance apps will be in the cloud within 3 years +

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IDG Contributor Network: CoreOS takes on container storage with Torus project

CoreOS, makers of the open-source lightweight operating system by the same name, has launched an open source project called Torus that aims to deal with some of the storage challenges of containers.

Torus is a fully open source distributed storage system that  provides storage primitives to containers and cluster orchestration platforms such as Kubernetes.

It’s not that there aren’t any legacy storage solutions that can be used with container infrastructure; there are. But they kind of create a mismatch between legacy technology and modern infrastructure. Existing storage solutions are intended for large machines, which in most cases are custom and proprietary hardware. Those solutions are expensive and not really designed for the clusters of small, inexpensive, commodity hardware that the modern cloud is built on.

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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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InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Cisco enters storage, hyperconvergence market with data center splash

SAN DIEGO – Cisco this week is throwing its hat into the hyperconvergence and software-defined storage ring with a system co-developed with software company SpringPath.

Cisco is also rolling out at its Cisco Partner Summit here a new generation of Nexus 9000 data center switches featuring 25G/50G Ethernet based on custom ASICs. The new products dovetail with Cisco’s acquisition today of CliQr, a maker of “application-defined” hybrid cloud orchestration software for deploying and managing applications across bare metal, virtualized and container environments.

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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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Backblaze takes on Google, Amazon with storage at half a penny a gigabyte

Online backup service provider Backblaze has announced a new service offering: as much storage as you want for half a cent per gigabyte per month.

Backblaze’s new B2 Cloud Storage, is a raw cloud storage service, meaning data is not encrypted or manipulated in any way. Users can encrypt their own files prior to storing them on the service for added security.

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Apple drops iCloud prices, matches rival storage services from Google and Microsoft

For the second year in a row, Apple reduced prices for its expanded iCloud storage plans, putting costs in line with rivals like Google, Microsoft and Dropbox.

Apple announced changes to iCloud extra storage pricing earlier this month at the event where it unveiled new iPhones, the larger iPad Pro and a revamped Apple TV.

Although the Cupertino, Calif., company did not boost the amount of free storage space — as Computerworld speculated it might — and instead continued to provide just 5GB of iCloud space gratis, it bumped up the $ 0.99 per month plan from 20GB to 50GB, lowered the price of the 200GB plan by 25 percent to $ 2.99 monthly, and halved the 1TB plan’s price to $ 9.99.

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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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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).

+ 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 veers toward 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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Star Storage to Take Forward Enterprise Information Archiving Domain with a New Version of SEAL





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SEAL is an Enterprise Information Archiving software that leverages Hitachi Content Platform as an intelligent distributed object storage system to deliver the best functionalities for managing your electronic archive. Top companies across the Globe are using SEAL to store unstructured contend and related metadata in a single, consolidated repository and to unify their valuable documents records from paper, computer-generated outputs or legacy systems.

Organizations using SEAL achieve immediate bennefits from increased flexibility and permanent and secured access to electronic archived information. Using and advanced system to enforce compliance rules and regulations companies can reduce exposure to outside environments and mitigate risks. All of these benefits come at a fraction of what enterprise content management platforms cost.

“With a scalable architecture based on a state-of-the-art storage platform, HCP (Hitachi Content Platform), SEAL is a business value solution matching DMS (Document Management System) based document archiving needs like storing and retrieving, classification, flexible metadata, navigation and security and the requirements of a ERMS (Electronic Records Management System) such as retention management, file plan, controlled disposal/updates and advanced audit,” said Catalin Paunescu, CEO, Star Storage. “With SEAL you can archive anything, anytime without losing governance control over the content”.

Star Storage specialists are continuously take into consideration and act on customer feedback, permanently adding new features that enable companies to build and manage their electronic archives. Among the features included in this release there are:

Improved user experience

    The new version of the product comes with a new graphical interface, with a flat design that aims to improve the user experience, offering a simpler, clearer and more effective interface.
    The interface design allows easy application of different themes so that the product can quickly adapt to any corporate identity.
    SEAL now includes a number of predefined data model templates, focused on various business areas and activities, so no additional configurations are needed once the electronic archive was defined.
    This release was also focused on the help section, so any user who wish to learn more about certain SEAL features can access a user guide and a series of video tutorials that will initiate the knowledge worker in the use of electronic archive, directly from the product interface.

Advanced sharing features

    SEAL includes important new features that allows information sharing within an organization, even easier than its previous versions. Users can now group documents related to a particular issue in a document collection that you can be shared with other members of the organization.
    Sharing can be accomplished for a limited period or permanently and it can always be cancelled.
    Accessing shared information is done in a new dedicated section, so that the content can be viewed in a quick and efficient manner.
    All sharing operations are governed by security permissions and continuously monitored using audit reports.

Security

    New possibility to configure individual permission levels for archived document creators. This mechanism offers organizations greater flexibility in terms of access rights configuration.

Integration

    An improved version of the REST API interface is included within this release, allowing other software applications to communicate with SEAL, besides the CMIS (Content Management Interoperability System) interface which is the standard based alternative in terms of integration with other systems.

With SEAL, every company can now access a complete solution for enterprise information archiving. Below a quick overview of SEAL unique functionalities and usage scenarios.

SEAL unique functionalities:

    Revolutionary flexibility: archive anything, anytime without losing governance control over the content.
    Hybrid record management, by exposing consolidated information related to digital content and its physical support, within the same interface.
    Retention rules, holds, file plan management and controlled disposition for advanced compliance.
    Quick deployment: start to archive documents immediately after deploying the cloud service or in 1 day for an on-premises solution.
    Flexible security definition, using a rules engine and confidentiality levels.
    Built-in Web viewer for PDF, PDF/A, images and other common files (e.g.: Microsoft® Word).
    Integration with systems such as BPM/ERP/CRM/Portal using CMIS open standard.
    Ingest emails from PST files and make them available securely for audit, research or other business activities.

SEAL usage scenarios:

    Scanning and archiving documents. Using the included StarCapture application, users can create an archive directly from paper documents. Scan and index either in a single location or in a distributed work environment, while providing secured access to authorized personnel.
    Archiving electronic documents. Archive documents generated in electronic format (by systems such as Enterprise Resource Planning, Customer Relationship Management or mail messages) in order to maintain a clear evidence of records and support future retrievals.
    Mergers and acquisitions integration. Easily adopt and use data and documents from recently acquired companies.
    Decommissioning old systems. Move passive content from old Document Management Systems / Enterprise Content Management systems or from unused databases and transform it into usable content, eliminating the legacy maintenance costs.

More information and other interesting news are available on the SEAL product website: http://www.seal-online.com

About Star Storage

Star Storage is an IT company focused on information protection and management and serving its customers in the private and public sectors with its complete portfolio of ready-made, innovative software products, solutions and services. The company plays a key role in the transformation process of organizations’ IT infrastructure into cloud-based architectures with improved control over the content. With more than 14 years of experience, the Company has expanded its global presence through strategic alliances with reputable international players and relationships with enterprise customers worldwide. For more information, contact us by email at products(at)star-storage(dot)ro or visit our web page at http://www.star-storage.eu.






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