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VMware Release Zimbra as an Appliance

At the beginning of this year, VMware announced they were to acquire Zimbra, a provider of email and collaboration software, from Yahoo.  Although the move was widely reported, it wasn’t on the face of it the most strategic of VMware’s moves.  The acquisition does provide VMware with more access into the business of delivering applications as well as infrastructure to ... Read More »

Cloud Computing: Cloud /= Virtualisation

I finally managed to attend a London CloudCamp last Thursday, which conveniently co-incided with a #storagebeers evening.  For two hours of listening to the collective wisdom of the presenters and the “unpanel” we were offered free beer and food.  Now free beer is good, however I’m not sure it’s good enough to make me want to listen to yet another ... Read More »

Cloud Computing: Emulex Enterprise Elastic Storage (E3S)

Dave Graham posted an interesting article on his blog yesterday, relating to a new product from Emulex.  Called E3S or Emulex Enterprise Elastic Storage, the appliance (as it appears to be being positioned) allows block-level data to be migrated into the cloud for later access. Now there are a few interesting points here.  First, the discussion related to block-level data, ... Read More »

Review: Nirvanix CloudNAS

Nirvanix is one of the companies at the forefront of offering cloud computing services.  Their key products are based around the Nirvanix Storage Delivery Network (SDN);  data can be stored and retrieved using a number of client applications, one of which is the Nirvanix CloudNAS product.  I’ve been reviewing the latest Windows release to see how it works. Background Cloud ... Read More »

Cloud Computing: Misunderstanding Data Availability

As is widely reported (here by TechCrunch), Carbonite, an online backup service,  have lost customer data.  Another one of a long line-up of data losses, (whether partial or complete – which has taken some companies down) this demonstrates that relying on someone else to keep your data safe is not an infallible solution. Now, don’t forget I’m a fan of ... Read More »

Redundant Array of Inexpensive Clouds – Pt II

In my previous post I started the discussion on how cloud storage could actually be useful to organisations and not be simply for consumer use. Standards One of the big issues that will arise is the subject of standards. To my knowledge, there is no standard so far which determines how cloud storage should be accessed and how objects should ... Read More »