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Clustrix today emerged from stealth mode and announced the Clustrix CLX 4010, a highly scalable database solution that addresses the infrastructure scalability challenges facing Internet companies, enterprises, and cloud service providers. The new appliance brings to database administrators the best of both worlds: the high-performance, high-scalability of NoSQL key value stores and the relational, ACID-compliant and robust functionality of SQL while providing drop-in interoperability with the MySQL protocol. The cost savings of utilizing the Clustrix solution are also significant – particularly when compared to the time and expense of application sharding (partitioning). The Clustrix Clustered Database System consists of three or more identical CLX 4010 appliances, each running the Sierra Clustered Database Engine. “We were an early Isilon investor and watched Paul ... (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)

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)

Dispelling the Myth that Flash Is Expensive

Dave Wright, founder and CEO of SolidFire, addresses the SSD cost question that seems to be on many users' minds these days, creating confusion and delaying purchase decisions that could actually save money for the respective organizations. In a recent blog post, he states that the myth that flash is expensive is propagated by enterprise storage vendors selling flash modules for $25-$50/GB or more. Today, not everybody can afford that, and some users are currently limiting the use of flash to only the most critical applications in need of the highest-performance storage. Wright... (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)