Change is coming: The impact of non-traditional hosters (Telco’s, cable companies, distis, VARs) entering the market Moderated by:  Jeff Kaplan, Founder and Managing Director, THINKstrategies Panelists: William McCarthy, SVP, Insight Managed and Cloud Services, Insight North America Steve Robinson, Director, SaaS & Application Services, CenturyLink Elliot Noss, President and CEO, Tucows Glen Swanson, SVP, Business Customer Group, Best Buy Jerome Lecat, CEO, Scality Sean Charnock, SVP, Business Development & Alliances, Softlayer Technologies Explore the impact and uncover the opportunities of non-traditional hosters entering the cloud services market. Come listen to some of the biggest names that are driving the change in.
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Pat Gelsinger, President and COO of EMC, just gave an interview to Charles Babcock of Information Week. It can be read here. Gelsinger’s point of view on public cloud storage not replacing private storage for enterprises is correct, but still biased. He dismisses the fact that enterprises do not need high-end, high-performance SANs for most of their data. Gartner estimates that 80% of the data living today in the world is unstructured and that it grows 50% year-over-year. This astronomical growth is not sustainable with SANs and NASes, and Public Cloud Storage providers like Amazon have paved a way that Enterprise.
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Storage alternatives

Mail is a gateway to SaaS

For many companies, outsourced messaging services constitute the first company sanctioned adoption of cloud solutions. Hosted messaging services are coming to be regarded as both safe and scalable for corporate environments, and yet much scrutiny and debate still rages around the potential risks and limitations of cloud storage infrastructure. What makes mail service infrastructure so different? According to a study of 200 companies in France, 67% of companies say they now have outsourced mail services. (study was undertaken by Pierre Audoin Consultants).
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Human DNA’s areal density 2TB. 2.000 Gigabytes. 3 or 4 times the average amount of storage available on a laptop today. Now, wrap your head around the fact that that is roughly the size of our genome once we decode it. Talk about Storage Areal Density.  A single cell is approximately 1.55 × 10-5 square inches, which makes the areal density of a cell 13 PB per sq.in. Now that’s effective. Nowadays, we’re up to 900 GB per sq.in in the macro world 1. We’ve got some things to learn from Evolution, it seems.
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The League of Clouds

There has been a large deal of discussions about Cloud Federation in the past year(s), led by a lot of prominent bloggers (amongst which @krishnan who has been pretty relentless, in a good way, about it). I truly believe it’s the only way Cloud is going to be able to grow up from teenhood. Only a few weeks ago, some pretty vivid and colorful conversations about Federation, Open Source, Standards and API Cloning happened at Gigaom’s Structure in San Francisco between Rackspace’s Openstack, Eucalyptus, Citrix’ CloudStack, AWS… The usual suspects.
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This is a post written by Scality’s CEO, Jerome Lecat, originally published on Venturebeat on December 5th, 2012 In the past year, we’ve seen technology companies offering software-defined networks, software-defined storage, software-defined servers, even software-defined hardware. It’s fast becoming a buzzword. But does it have real meaning?
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Software Defined Storage
San Francisco – November 9th, 2012 VentureBeat’s Christina Farr wrote and excellent article about the Myth called the “Dropbox Effect”, which is the assumption that a well-designed and easy to deploy product, once successful with consumers, and hence employees of enterprises, will prompt CIOs to fork out a large pile of money to integrate it officially as part of their internal IT.
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Dropbox Effect
San Francisco – November 8th, 2012 In the last few weeks, there has been multiple panels about Object Storage in different trade shows around the world, which is great. However, I disagree quite strongly on the content delivered by the panelists, in that they were limiting Object Storage to a very specific use case. I know for a fact that Object Storage is much more than merely a technology for Active Archive.
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Database storage
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San Francisco – October 26th, 2012 As Internet use continues to skyrocket, the volume of files being produced, shared and stored climbs at a tremendous pace. The traditional methods of storing this kind of ‘unstructured data’ show signs of failing under the strain of this completely unanticipated load. In reaction, system administrators work furiously to plug the fissures appearing in their infrastructure, and CIOs cast about urgently trying to assess and source potential solutions to these tectonic shifts.
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Petabyte Storage
Software Defined Storage
New York – October 12, 2012 I have written about this before (here and there), but it seems that there’s a massively important point that is being lost in the midst of all the discussions about Open Source Cloud Stacks being the only way to make the Cloud a true, hegemonical success. And that point is that it’s not.
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OpenStack Summit

Of Clouds, Storage and Openness

San Francisco, CA – Tuesday, September 18th As I have previously talked about on this blog, there has been a significant amount of discussions about the Openness of the Cloud this year. In the League of Clouds, I was saying that it is necessary for the industry to start working on a set of standards used by every cloud Service or Software provider to ensure interoperability, which will in turn limit lock-in, boost adoption and in the end benefit all.
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Petabyte Storage
Scality RING
Software Defined Storage
New York, NY – Tuesday, August 28th One of the most respected analyst in the Storage industry, Claus Egge, has unfortunately and very suddenly passed away late July. I didn’t know him that well personally, but I had met him at shows and talked to him over the phone a few times. He was a very smart person with an incredibly humbling knowledge about Storage and a kind soul. And from all the testimonies on the internet about his passing, he truly was ready to help you whether professionally or personally, always offering to show off his country and city.
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I spent most of last week at Cloud Computing Expo, attending, presenting but mostly exhibiting with our partner Panzura. I spend a lot of time on shows like this (From InterOp to HostingCon, to Storage Network World) and CCE always struck me as being the one where we needed to educate the attendees the most. I don’t know why, but that’s the experience I’ve had in the many CCE I’ve been to, either as attendee or exhibitor. However, last week was a different, it was the first time that I felt I did less educating and more pitching. And in a.
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