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The record-breaking weather on the East Coast in October left an estimated three million homes and businesses without power. Those businesses had to continue running and access to critical data from databases, mail and file servers and ongoing employee access to their online business files were critical. Due to power outages and hazardous travel conditions, when a lot of people couldn’t get to work, and the IT infrastructure, including primary and secondary data centers, was often down, access to mission-critical data was not an easy task for IT administrators.  Even if there were backup copies of data stored on tapes, external disks or USBs, it could be very difficult to obtain them, and almost impossible to restore the data when the data centers are down. A recent blog post talks about the importance of online data backup and recovery services, such as Zetta, a f... (more)

What to Look for When Selecting a Cloud Storage On-Ramp or Gateway Device

In a recent blog post, Joel Christner, chief scientist at StorSimple, is looking at various factors that customers should be considering in their search for a cloud gateway. When researching their cloud gateway options, Christner advises organizations to consider: Performance - when using cloud storage, you are effectively injecting Internet latency, bandwidth, and packet loss in between your server and its storage.  Gateway devices mitigate this, and an understanding of the architecture - and quantification of the system's performance - will help you understand whether or not ... (more)

Cloud Gateways: Tiering Versus Caching

StorSimple Chief Scientist Joel Christner explains one major difference that customers should be considering when looking at cloud gateways: tiering versus caching.  Christner says that customers may be misled to believe that all devices are the same.  "Truth be told, there are a number of fundamental differences in the architecture used by these devices that may not be evident upon first glance, but manifest themselves as either undesirable behavior or unwanted complexity in configuration or ongoing management," states Christner. One such difference is whether the device perform... (more)

AOL, Photobox,, and iOffer Find Way to Scale Their Databases

AOL, Photobox,, and iOffer have deployed MySQL-compatible, shared-nothing distributed database appliances to solve database scalability issues and they are all using the same vendor: Clustrix. Here's what they are saying about their experiences with Clustered Database Systems for web-scale applications. AOL Inc. is a leading global Web services company with an extensive suite of brands and offerings and a substantial worldwide audience. "Initially, AOL purchased the Clustrix solution in March of 2010, because of its unique combination of scalability, fault-tolerance and ... (more)

An Intro to Cloud Storage for Business

Jeff Bell, director of corporate marketing at Zetta, knows a thing or two about cloud storage. As a storage veteran, Bell understands the importance of cloud-based data protection, which is changing the way organizations are buying, managing and protecting storage. He shared with us the reasons why enterprise users should consider cloud storage: Instant, automatic "backup" With cloud storage, there's no need for CDs, external hard drives, or localized servers. Your data is quickly and automatically updated in the cloud and available for your retrieval whenever you need it. Conti... (more)