At re:Invent 2013, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced Amazon WorkSpaces, a fully managed desktop computing service in the cloud that enables end-users to access the documents, applications, and resources they need with the devices of their choice, including laptops, iPads, Kindle Fires, and Android tablets. The potential success of Amazon WorkSpaces will hinge on the initial experiences customers have consuming a desktop from the cloud related to its performance, usability, security, and overall end-user experience. In order for this to be successful, AWS’s new offering has to quickly transition from proven technology to a solid execution path that engages tightly with its customers.
The daunting—and costly—challenges associated with data management and compliance can be ameliorated by the new, emerging management approach called data-defined storage. This sophisticated yet easy-to-deploy solution reduces user reliance on outmoded media-centric and reactive storage provisioning solutions through the use of multiple integrated tools to provide broad, proactive data optimization.
With unstructured data growing at an ever-accelerated rate, more IT organizations are struggling to find ways to efficiently store and manage it. With its Cloud NAS Edge Filers, Avere brings a new economic equation to the table, enabling IT organizations to extend the storage infrastructure to the cloud without sacrificing performance.
On October 29, at SpiceWorld, Pertino announced its cloud-based network services solution and network app store, AppScape. Focused primarily on small to medium business customers, Pertino’s solution is able to deliver people-centric, enterprise-class network control and visibility from anywhere, and on any device. As with all pioneering products, Pertino must focus on communicating its technology and value to educate prospective buyers on the power and usefulness of its product.
Accellion Inc., a company that started in distributed file storage management and backup, has been helping businesses maintain information control and visibility in today’s online, mobile world since 2005. Accellion understands the changing IT landscape and challenges posed by bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives and mobile workforces. Its Mobile File Sharing solution offers knowledge workers a secure alternative to popular consumer file sharing solutions and enables IT to get back in control with broad flexibility in deployment model choices and a robust admin console. While not every organization will need the deep level of customization this solution offers, Accellion Mobile File Sharing is a strong solution for customers who want to tailor the flexibility and security of online file sharing to their companies’ needs.
To achieve true agility, IT organizations need to be unshackled from the confines imposed upon them by their storage systems. They need to be able to make changes to the storage layer without impacting applications, data protection, or data access. Instead of managing storage, they need to manage information—dictate where and how it is stored, protected, and accessed, and not have to redo everything every time they buy a new storage system or change cloud service providers. That requires an information management layer, and that is just what Seven10 offers with StorFirst EAS.
APTs first came on the scene in 2010, creating a wave of fear, hype, and activity. Many organizations increased their spending on information security and believed they were making progress, but ESG research indicates that nearly half of enterprise organizations are still regularly compromised by modern malware. While there is no single solution to this problem, CISOs can improve the efficacy of their threat defenses and security operations by integrating security intelligence into their security technologies and infrastructures. Webroot, a security intelligence leader, is partnering with a number of security device vendors to offer a strong combination of modern malware defenses and integrated security intelligence.
Although it’s hard to imagine Oracle doing anything quietly, that’s exactly what has happened with its ZFS-based storage appliance. Developed and improved for nearly a decade, it has become a formidable unified and enterprise-grade storage offering without a lot of fanfare. The latest version—ZS3—has a trifecta of advantages: the prerequisite enhanced performance and scalability that is the wont of all new storage systems, a surprisingly inclusive set of functionalities (including class-leading analytics), and an extended group of “better together” elements that make this a particularly compelling offering for Oracle Database users. While the product has been speaking for itself by gaining market share, Oracle looks poised to increase its volume…in both senses of the word.
Gigamon announced the software release of GigaVUE H Series 3.1, designed to enable visibility-as-a-service (VaaS) into complex network environments across departmental silos. The goal of the software is to enable simplified workflows and greater agility through an easy-to-use, virtualized interface to Gigamon’s Flow Mapping technology. This announcement is important because data center IT pros (application, network, security) need to have complete visibility into rapidly scaling and complex network environments.
Over the years, many startups have entered the storage market. Some of them break out of the pack; others don’t. Nimble Storage is one among many in today’s crop of “new” storage vendors—one that has surpassed the 1,500-customer mark in less than three years of shipping product: a product that, although it incorporates flash and data protection software, still looks and feels pretty much like traditional block storage. So why is Nimble, among so many providers large and small, enjoying such impressive growth and making waves?