Week in review podcast: EMC goes cloud building; and more

In our latest podcast, Senior News Director Dave Raffo and Executive Editor Ellen O’Brien talk EMC's cloud-building plans and about what to look out for in transaction fees.

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In our latest podcast, SearchStorage.com senior news director Dave Raffo and executive editor Ellen O’Brien talk about EMC's cloud-building plans and what to look out for in cloud storage transaction fees.  Follow the links below, or download the podcast for your storage news listening pleasure.

Head in the clouds:  This week, EMC Corp., officially launched a series of cloud-building services around infrastructure, cloud applications and end-user computing.

But while EMC announced its cloud-building services this week, they’ve actually been offering them for years through a series of acquisitions and expansions of their consulting practices. Some of these services -- particularly around end-user computing -- are outside of EMC’s usual enterprise focus and appear a better fit for VMware, which EMC owns a majority stake in.

If every cloud has a silver lining, does it have fine print, too? If it seems like cloud storage prices are getting cheaper every day, it’s because they are. Amazon, Google and Microsoft recently dropped the pricing of their cloud storage by an average of 1 cent to 2 cents per GB, which means a savings of about 15 % for their customers.

But despite these price cuts, cloud storage customers need to keep an eye on the cost of individual transactions, which can cost many times more than base storage fees.

Quantum of (virtual) Solace: And earlier this week, Quantum Corp., unveiled its new DXi V1000 virtual backup appliance, which the vendor said can substantially reduce the size of data sets moved to the cloud.

The virtual appliance platform is a key part of Quantum’s cloud strategy. Quantum’s first partner for the cloud service is the Xerox-owned Affiliated Computer Services, which is already using the Quantum platform for backup and DR services.

Sharing is caring: And over at our UK Data Storage Buzz blog, we report on a recent Gartner study showing the market share of some of the storage industry’s heavyweights that put EMC at the top with 32 percent market share.

But SearchStorage.co.UK’s most recent internal Purchasing Intentions survey found that in Europe, the results are somewhat different. Their study based on a poll of 302 European storage professionals about their storage purchasing habits, including who they got their disk systems from. That study puts HP at the top spot, and drops HDS in favor of Dell.

I've got file sharing on a cloudy day: And earlier this week, Egnyte Inc., launched Egnyte HybridCloud File Sharing for the Enterprise, which the vendor said allows customers to scale up to 1 billion files per account, and up to 10,000 concurrent users without affecting network performance.

Vineet Jain, Egnyte's CEO and co-founder, said he's looking to push online file sharing deeper into Fortune 10,000 companies. Egnyte’s aim is to get customers to eliminate their file servers and the need for virtual private networks (VPNs) so employees can access and collaborate on files stored in the cloud.

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