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Users report cloud storage security concerns in surveys; more news

According to recent surveys by Nasuni and Storage magazine, cloud storage security concerns rank high among IT pros; plus more cloud storage headlines.

Cloud storage security concerns rank high among survey respondents considering cloud storage adoption, according to cloud gateway vendor Nasuni Corp.

Nasuni’s survey of 451 IT decision makers in North America found that 81% have concerns about data security in the cloud, while 48% worry about data control concerns in the cloud. Forty-three percent of those surveyed plan to store data in the cloud in the next 12 months.

“Our recent survey makes painfully clear the quandary the cloud presents to IT leaders,” said Chris Glew, product evangelist at Nasuni, in a press release statement. “They clearly understand the promise of cloud storage for cost savings, off-site backup, unlimited scale, simpler IT management, and on-demand provisioning, but they are also rightfully concerned about the security of their data and whether they have control over it at all times.”

The Nasuni survey noted that 56% of respondents planning to store data in the cloud over the next 12 months were in the telecommunications and software industry. In that group, 41% have had to recover from a storage disaster in the past 12 months.

A September 2011 survey by Storage magazine found that nearly 25% of its 244 respondents use cloud backup. When survey takers were asked why their company doesn’t use a cloud backup service (multiple responses were permitted), 51% said they weren’t comfortable sending their data to a public cloud, while 46% said their current backup setup was adequate. Among other findings from that survey were worries about restoring large amounts of data (27%), the price of cloud backup (18%) and fears that a cloud backup service would go out of business (16%).

In the most recent Storage magazine/ Purchasing Intentions survey, taken by close to 700 respondents, 21% of those responding said they use cloud storage services, aside from backup. That’s up from 14% two years ago.

The Purchasing Intentions survey, conducted twice a year for the past nine years and including respondents from a broad spectrum of industries, found 11% of respondents use cloud storage for disaster recovery, up from 6% in the 18 months prior. Eight percent of respondents reported the use of cloud as a data center for primary data, and an additional 8% use the cloud for near-line data. Among companies that aren’t yet using any cloud storage services for primary or near-line applications, only 54% flatly rule out adding cloud services, although another 26% are uncertain if they’ll add cloud to their storage mix.

And in other cloud storage news:

SOS Online Backup debuts newest product suite

SOS 5, from SOS Online Backup, features new mobile apps to back up iPhone and iPad contacts and photos, and allows for sharing and accessing data remotely. Users of Android mobile devices can access, share and manage data instantly from their SOS-protected devices.

Available for individual consumers or businesses, the cloud backup system backs up mobile devices and data on desktop or laptop computers, including application data and system data. Five standalone computers can be backed up for a total cost of $80 a year.

C2C releases Version 6.2 of ArchiveOne

C2C released ArchiveOne 6.2, which features enhancements that automatically determine ownership of lost Exchange PST files, performs continuous system health checks and automates the cloud-based disaster recovery (DR) of email archives.

The CloudDR feature includes options to automatically copy repositories and indexes to the cloud, and ArchiveOne provides a full disaster recovery copy without needing to copy data to tape. In addition, the updated version uses three different algorithms to identify the owner for “uncoupled” or “unassociated” PST files. This allows for large numbers of PST files to be assessed from a central location, even if they're on a remote desktop or laptop computer.

SolidFire raises $25 million

SolidFire, which sells all-flash storage systems to cloud providers, has raised $25 million in its second funding round, bringing its total funding to $37 million. NEA, Valhalla Partners and Novak Biddle participated in the round; the company also received individual investments from former Data Domain executives Frank Slootman and David Schneider, and former Sun Microsystems chief technology officer Greg Papadopoulos.

Emulex OneCommand Vision 2.0 for I/O management

Emulex Corp. announced the availability of OneCommand Vision 2.0, an application that provides I/O management within data center and cloud environments. Designed for heterogeneous network environments and cloud infrastructures, OneCommand Vision allows for an “application view” of performance management. Other features include I/O service-level agreement (SLA) management, five feature models for I/O management, and an analytics and correlation engine.

CloudPassage launches Halo GhostPorts features

CloudPassage Inc. has released GhostPorts, a feature of the Halo Professional application used to control administrative services on cloud servers. GhostPorts uses time-based host firewall rules with single- or two-factor authentication to provide tight access control to network services. Instead of a certificate or password, GhostPorts uses a hardware device -- only the IP address the user authenticated from is allowed access, and that access is automatically shut down after a predetermined period of time.

Mezeo Software and Scality announce product integration agreement

Mezeo Software announced an agreement with Scality to make Mezeo software compatible and available for use with Scality’s RING Organic Storage technology, and vice versa. The agreement means Scality customers and partners can use Mezeo’s cloud storage management solutions and services, and Mezeo customers and partners can take advantage of Scality’s storage infrastructure software.

In addition, Scality said Italian webhosting provider has launched a geo-redundant public cloud storage offering powered by RING Organic Storage technology.

Cloud Technology Partners joins Rackspace Cloud: Private Edition ecosystem

Cloud Technology Partners Inc. has joined the Rackspace Cloud: Private Edition ecosystem, an industry-wide initiative intended to bring together cloud hardware, software and services providers to create end-to-end private cloud solutions. These private cloud solutions are based on the OpenStack open-source cloud platform and supported by Rackspace’s Cloud Builders team.

Scale Computing launches Mz scale-out storage nodes

Scale Computing has launched Mz, a line of scale-storage nodes that feature 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) network connectivity. Available in 1 TB, 2 TB and 4 TB of storage capacity, the company claims the new nodes offer 10 times the throughput for workloads that would be limited by 1 GbE transfer rates. Officials claim this translates to significant performance improvements, even if the clients on the public network aren't using the same 10 GbE connectivity.

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