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  We are all getting ready for Earth Day in one way or another. I taught my three-year old what goes in the recycle bin, and he is quite obsessed with recycling these days - in a good way, that is.  He is certainly doing his part, and I am also doing mine by sharing with you a new book with a very green cover and content to match any IT manager’s “green IT dreams.” I am talking about a must-read for those trying to create an eco-friendly data center while taking advantage of the latest virtualization technologies, but also conserving existing resources, “The Green and Virtual Data Center” book by StorageIO founder Greg Schulz. I own the book, I read the book, and I think this less-than-green IT world needs it. Here’s why.   If you live in the storage and server world, you probably know Greg. He is the friendly analyst ready to give you his straightforward opinion... (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)

High Availability of Web Apps for eCommerce | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Downtime Happens - A Close Look at High Availability of Web Apps for eCommerce Downtime! Most major providers and organizations will face it one way or another. In a recent blog post titled "High Availability of Web Apps for eCommerce Starts with Real-Time Flow Analysis." Atchison Frazer, the VP of marketing at Xangati and a tech exec with years of networking experience, talks about the importance of high availability of e-commerce web applications. For some of the e-commerce retailers such as Target and Amazon mentioned by Frazer in his post, outages/downtime can cost more tha... (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)

Construction Company Makes Zetta Data Protect Its Home in the Clouds

Robert Bogucki, IT manager at Skender Construction, researched multiple solutions when he started the disaster recovery project at Skender. Then he found Zetta. Zetta has a much more reasonable cost model with no charge for the ZettaMirror agent software, no matter how many copies are installed. Skender Construction's almost four terabytes of data are now backed up in the cloud with Zetta Data ProtectTM. "Cost was an important factor, and paying $1.40 to $1.60 per gigabyte just didn't make sense after finding Zetta," said Bogucki. He installed the lightweight ZettaMirrorTM agent... (more)