Cloud and Data Management

The choices available for deploying applications to the cloud continue to increase and span private, public and hybrid models. Careful analysis and smart planning for your storage architecture is required to ensure cost-efficient, reliable and secure availability of data, applications and services when deploying cloud solutions.


California State Agency Deploys Shared IT Services on 8 PB Private Cloud

The California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) manages natural, historical and cultural resources for the world’s eighth largest economy. However, several years ago its ability to fulfill that mission was in jeopardy. “We were in dire straits,” says CNRA CIO Tim Garza. “There was no funding to support information technology efforts that would enable our business areas to function effectively, let alone improve and innovate.” Continue Reading


Should You Adopt a Cloud First Strategy?

The concept of a “Cloud First” strategy began in the U.S. federal government and has since spread into the commercial sector. Is it a viable option for your organization? Continue Reading


OpenStack Is Open for Business

OpenStack has emerged as the leading open Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform for private and public clouds. With an OpenStack platform, developers can provision cloud environments on demand, without assistance from IT, thus removing any infrastructure barriers to innovation. Early adopters such as Despegar.com, the largest online travel firm in Latin America, have already deployed OpenStack to speed time to market for new features and services. Continue Reading


NVIDIA Speeds Product Development with NetApp Hybrid Flash Arrays

At NVIDIA, success is driven by relentless innovation and the ability to bring new products to market quickly. The company’s engineers design a range of processors, from chips that power smartphones and tablets to supercomputing processors packed with 7 billion transistors. Continue Reading


Three Examples Show How Microsoft Is Gaining Ground in the Cloud

A few years ago, a VMware software stack was the de facto standard for most IT organizations when it came to building private clouds. Today, however, cloud architects are reconsidering their options and many are moving to Microsoft with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center. Continue Reading


Cloud Storage Services Built on NetApp Lead to No. 1 Ranking in IDC Study

Based on a survey of more than 1,000 storage administrators worldwide, IDC’s recently published biannual Storage User Demand Study examines the data use cases for enterprise storage systems. The study also identifies end-user adoption of and plans for cloud storage services, including public, private and community cloud services. Continue Reading


Take Heed From the Nirvanix Failure: Diversify and Hedge Your Cloud Services

Cloud pioneers have developed a number of innovative technical strategies to reduce risks and improve the availability of their cloud architectures. Netflix is known for its Chaos Monkey software for testing cloud services. Salesforce.com touts its “storage over flaky technologies” approach for building cloud services using commodity components. Amazon enables deployments across separate geographic regions and availability zones within its massive hyperscale cloud environment to support the design of fault-tolerant services. Continue Reading


How a Global Telecom Built a Flexible Cloud With NetApp Storage

Orange Business Services, the business services arm of global telecommunications leader Orange, provides communications services to companies in France and to multinational companies around the world. We serve more than 2 million businesses, many of which were interested in moving some of their applications out of internal data centers and into the cloud. As the industry transition to cloud computing and IT as a Service began to move from concept to reality, we were faced with the task of reinventing our company as a cloud services provider. Continue Reading


Success Lies in the Cloud - But Which Cloud?

Mac® vs. PC. Windows® vs. Unix®. Oracle® vs. SQL Server®. And for (ahem) “seasoned” data storage mavens like me, ESDI vs. SCSI. In heated IT technology showdowns of the past and present, sometimes there’s a clear winner. Other times, a dominant choice fails to emerge. Continue Reading


Put Your Snapshot Copies to Work with SnapVault Backup Software

Every day, millions of backup jobs are kicked off and petabytes of data are copied to disk and tape—just in case some small portion of the data is needed in the future. For most companies, the backup infrastructure is an expensive insurance policy, one that every company hopes it will never need to cash in. Continue Reading


Enterprise Private Clouds and Scale-Out NAS Benefit From Clustered Storage

A new generation of clustered storage technology is now available, removing constraints and increasing efficiencies for IT organizations and the businesses they serve. Nondisruptive operations eliminate downtime; proven efficiencies free up budget dollars for new projects; and the ability to dynamically scale capacity, performance and operations enables companies to thrive in spite of rapid change. Continue Reading


Revlon Realizes Benefits of Private Cloud Storage

When it came time to build Revlon’s private cloud, CIO David Giambruno began by standardizing systems and technology on a global scale. Continue Reading


Tips for Test Driving a Cloud Service

Are you in the process of evaluating a cloud service? IDC forecasts that over half of all midsize firms in the United States will use cloud capabilities by the end of 2012... Continue Reading