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Storage Radio: Cloud file-sharing behind the firewall

In our latest Storage Radio podcast, editors discuss how cloud storage vendors now add cloud file-sharing options that are compatible with mobile devices.

In our latest Storage Radio podcast, executive editor Ellen O’Brien and senior news director Dave Raffo discuss an industry trend of enterprises turning to the cloud to store and share files using mobile devices, as cloud storage vendors are adding file-sharing options that are compatible with those mobile devices.

Among those vendors offering cloud file-sharing as a feature, Nasuni and Scality are giving mobile devices access to cloud-based storage that sits behind the firewall, which lets IT managers control access to that data. Nasuni added mobile device access to its cloud-based network attached storage, while Scality Sync-n-Share builds a secure local file storage area on the user’s hard drive, where files on users’ mobile devices are synchronized with their cloud storage account and can be shared with others.

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Afterward, follow along as associate editor John Hilliard then highlights some of the week's best stories from our sites, including:

Integrated appliances: Unitrends announced the launch of its Recovery-943 appliance, its largest integrated appliance for backup, as it focuses its sights on the small enterprise market. The Recovery-943 appliance is a 4U box that can handle up to 50 TB of backups.

Unitrends faces stiff competition from industry heavyweights Symantec (which sells NetBackup and Backup Exec), EMC (with its own Avamar and Data Domain products), CommVault's Simpana, plus Veeam Software and Dell, all of whom offer appliances and dedicated software products.

PCIe compatibility: Sanbolic launched the Latency Targeted Allocator solid-state resource module for its Melio data management platform, which the company said adds support for server-side PCI Express (PCIe) flash cards and solid-state drives (SSDs). Sanbolic claims that the module lets customers cluster server-side solid-state storage for high availability and volume management.

Virtualization: Attendees at last week's Storage Decisions show tackled virtualization and its role in storage, as virtual desktop analyst Brian Madden focused on running virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) storage.

Madden said a VDI environment lets users access their desktops from any device and results in higher availability, but noted it will not work offline. Plus performance and access are affected by locations with limited bandwidth. Another presenter, analyst Howard Marks of, discussed the newest storage features in VMware's vSphere 5.

Saving money with SSD: Price can be an obstacle to deploying solid-state storage, but some companies have discovered that flash systems can save money for specific applications. In this story, learn about how IT managers at two organizations -- a college and an aerospace company -- were able to improve performance and save money.

Hybrid flash deal: GridIron Systems and NetApp signed an OEM deal this week that brings together GridIron's TurboCharger all-flash SAN accelerator appliance and NetApp's E5400 disk storage in a new hybrid flash array (HFA). The new array is an 8U HFA that holds 180 TB of raw disk capacity with 60 3 TB hard drives and includes 24 TB of MLC flash, 200 GB of memory and 16 8 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC) ports.

GridIron uses NetApp's replication and synchronization features for high availability, while relying on its own Set Ranking technology to accelerate application performance.

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