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Cloud storage is a relatively new concept that is becoming a more recognizable term in industry vernacular. Originally delivered as a service, it gained early popularity with Web 2.0 startups looking to outsource storage administration. As the concept spread and offerings expanded, the industry has now embraced two flavors of cloud storage: public and private. This article reviews the choices a user faces when choosing a private versus public cloud storage offering. It describes data types and identifies scenarios where cloud storage is a good solution and where it is a poor fit. This article also covers usage patterns, security, performance and cost implications to educate the reader on differences between public and private cloud storage. Public Versus Private, What Is the Difference? The difference between private and public storage clouds is simple. Where is th... (more)

ParaScale's Cloud Storage Service Provider Claims

In a recent interview, Sajai Krishnan, CEO of Parascale made some interesting observations about the needs of the cloud storage marketplace and how the offerings from Parascale met them. Krishnan gives us his perspective of the cloud storage market and current opportunities in that space, primarily helping service providers build their own cloud storage offering to retain customers who might otherwise look to Amazon S3. We welcome competition in this space. While we agree with his assessment of the market, there are four claims that deserve a fact check: CLAIM #1: “.. in terms of a cloud storage software solution, “pretty much” we are the only game in town” CLAIM #2: “…yes we do S3-type or REST protocols…” CLAIM #3: Krishnan claims his focus is on service providers CLAIM #4: Krishnan states that hosting providers will have to deploy cloud storage solutions to take on... (more)

Cloud Computing Is Coming of Age

SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal seeks to boost your understanding of Cloud Computing concepts and to bring you the latest news, views, and developments - but we couldn't do so without our amazing high-energy pool of contributors, including many of the hard-working executives driving some of today's most successful Cloud strategies, technologies and techniques. To date the distinguished author roster includes, among others: David Abramowski - CEO of MorphLabs Getting Your Groovy On with Grails and Cloud Computing Ilya Baimetov - Director of Technology, Saas at Parallel Is Virtualization a Feature or a Platform? Craig Balding - Security Practitioner at a Fortune 500 company 12 Signs that Your Company is Already in the Cloud Steve Brodie - Chief product and marketing officer, Skytap Out of the Boardroom into the Cloud Sam Charrington - VP of Product Management & Marketing at A... (more)

ParaScale CEO Sees Storage Moving Increasingly to the Cloud

Cloud computing is grabbing headlines as more and more enterprises are turning to this emerging technology as a way to enable flexible computing power over the Internet. In 2008, many companies were wary of the risks and vulnerabilities of participating in the cloud computing model, and although the buzz was high, adoption was feathered. "This all changes in 2009," said Sajai Krishnan, CEO of cloud storage start-up ParaScale.  "The economic downturn and the addition of private cloud solutions to complement public offerings are creating an environment that enables incremental adoption of cloud storage on a very broad scale." In discussions with end users, ParaScale has found that the overwhelming majority indicate they are considering both public and private cloud storage. Storage Clouds are Attractive for Many Companies Krishnan identifies several considerations drivi... (more)

ParaScale Delivers Next Breakthrough in Cloud Storage Software

ParaScale, Inc., a startup company developing cloud storage solutions, announced today at SYS-CON Media's Cloud Computing Conference & Expo the immediate global availability of ParaScale Cloud Storage (PCS) software. As a software-only solution that can be downloaded from the web and applied to any standard Linux platform, PCS enables hundreds of commodity servers to be clustered together to act as a file repository with massive capacity and parallel throughput. PCS is being used by leading enterprise and service provider organizations including Blue Coat Systems, Carpathia Hosting, Sony Pictures Imageworks, and Stanford Genome Technology Center. Additionally, technology providers including Vembu Technologies and South River Technologies have embraced ParaScale’s Cloud Storage software to extend the value of their offerings Steve Kowalski, senior systems architect... (more)

Mezeo Software Executive to Be Panelist on Cloud Storage at Hosting Transformation Summit Europe

HOUSTON, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 06/01/09 -- Mezeo Software Corp. (www.mezeo.com) the leading provider of a deployable platform for cloud storage, today announced that Bill Pitts, senior vice president of Worldwide Sales, will participate in a panel discussion at the Hosting Transformation Summit Europe in London, England. The panel, "Storage Opportunities: Cloud vs. Conventional," will examine cloud storage, the fastest-growing segment of the cloud computing market. Organized by Tier 1 Research, the Hosting Transformation Summit Europe is the premier forum for executives in the hosting, datacenter and Internet infrastructure sectors. It focuses on the economics of the hosting market and how a hosting, datacenter or Internet application provider can position itself to succeed. "Traditional SAN- and NAS-based storage capacity continues to expand, but users want diffe... (more)

ParaScale VP to Speak on Private Cloud Storage at CloudFutures, Software Vendors SaaS Migration Conference

CUPERTINO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/02/09 -- ParaScale, Inc., a leader in developing cloud storage software solutions, announced today that the company's VP of Marketing Jack Norris will speak to attendees of CloudFutures, Software Vendors SaaS Migration Conference about private cloud storage, on Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in San Jose, CA. Tweet this: #ParaScale CEO to speak on #private clouds at CloudFutures Conference http://bit.ly/5XAr3q Mr. Norris's session titled "Software or Service: Your Own Private Cloud" will review how to set up a private cloud to ensure the decisions made are based on the long-term strategy of the enterprise, and not on the software product. Attendees will learn why placing software on a third party server will yield advantages such as cost reduction and platform management; how to assess the investment needed t... (more)

NetApp(R) StoreVault Serves up Efficient Storage Environment for Breckenridge Group, Inc.

NetApp (NASDAQ:NTAP) announced today that the Breckenridge Group, Inc. (BGI) created a more efficient and effective storage environment with the recent implementation of the StoreVault™ S500 storage solution. BGI is a management firm specializing in the development, operations, and ongoing support of various restaurant and hotel locations throughout the western United States. BGI’s IT environment consisted of 150 workstations and 250 PC-based point of sales (POS) terminals in the field along with 80 workstations, 14 physical servers, and 16 virtual servers that were located in the company’s main office. With more than 4TB of direct-attached storage (DAS), the tasks of archiving, accessing, and backing up data were cumbersome. Furthermore, before installation of StoreVault, BGI utilized tape-based backup that was time consuming and difficult for new ... (more)

South River Technologies and ParaScale Announce Cloud Storage Technology Partnership

ANNAPOLIS, MD -- (Marketwire) -- 04/21/09 -- South River Technologies, Inc. (SRT), an innovator in secure file transfer and collaboration software, announced today a technology partnership with ParaScale, a cloud storage software company. The partnership provides a complete standards-based solution for accessing data in the cloud. SRT's WebDrive, a Universal File Access client, facilitates access to files on remote servers. ParaScale's Cloud Storage (PCS) software enables companies and service providers to build large storage clouds that can be accessed remotely, offering customers cost and security benefits. WebDrive creates an intuitive access point to files stored in ParaScale's storage cloud. Both companies have standardized on the WebDAV protocol to facilitate access and collaboration on important business data, while adhering to common internet standards. "A... (more)

ParaScale CEO to Speak at AGC's 6th Annual West Coast Emerging Growth Conference

CUPERTINO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/25/10 -- WHO: ParaScale CEO Sajai Krishnan. Mr. Krishnan drives overall strategy and business execution for ParaScale. WHAT: Mr. Krishnan will be speaking about ParaScale's mission, market focus, technology, customer use cases, and cloud storage opportunities for enterprises and service providers. WHEN: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 9:45 am WHERE: 6th Annual America's Growth Capital West Coast Emerging Growth Conference Westin San Francisco Market Street 50 Third Street, San Francisco, CA For more information about the event, click here: http://www.americasgc.com/news-events/index.asp?id=30 WHY: ParaScale's software transforms user-selected, commodity hardware into enterprise cloud storage. With ParaScale, performance and capacity can scale independently, and applications can run directly on ParaScale's platform, transforming physical ... (more)

ParaScale Founder and CTO to Speak on Storage Virtualization at 2010 NAB Show, Military Government Summit

CUPERTINO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 04/07/10 -- ParaScale, Inc., a leader in developing cloud storage software solutions, today announced Founder and CTO Cameron Bahar will speak to attendees of the 2010 NAB Show, Military Government Summit about storage and server virtualization on Tuesday, April 13 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. ParaScale will also demonstrate the ParaScale Cloud storage 2.0 platform in booth N6423. Tweet this: #ParaScale Founder to Speak at NAB Show, Military Government Summit http://bit.ly/bpmvQO Titled, "Optimizing Server & Storage Architectures through Virtualization," the session will be moderated by Gerry Kaufhold, a principal analyst with In-State, a division of Reed Business Information, at 11:00 am in Room S220. The Industry is trending toward virtualization at a rapid pace and this panel will discuss architectural changes necessary for... (more)