The funds will be used to help the company expand globally, as well as make strategic investments in product development, sales and marketing.
A number of breakthroughs occurred in important IT sectors during 2013, including cloud computing, storage, networking, security and big data analytics. Look at any news section in eWEEK, and you'll see what we mean. IT also continues to see some recurring problems, such as larger and more frequent storage and archive deployments, shrinking IT budgets, exponential data growth, and longer data-retention periods due to new rules and regulations. There are no signs of any of this slowing down in 2014. In fact, the current climate is driving the need for more cost-effective, long-term storage systems than ever. The market has matured to a point where accessibility and performance are essential to long-term data storage and preservation. This will make 2014 the year active archives will become more of a mainstream best practice. This eWEEK slide show touches on several of these areas and includes trend-spotting from members of the Active Archive Alliance, including Crossroads, Fujifilm, QStar, SGI and Spectra Logic. It will also present some cogent observations from cloud storage provider Basho Technologies, which produces software designed for 24/7 availability, fault-tolerance and ease of operation at scale.
LSI has been a 33-year survivor in the hot-and-cold storage networking semiconductor industry.
VIDEO: Simon Anderson, CEO of Dreamhost, discusses how his company is building its OpenStack solutions for the new cloud era.
The main question for this eWEEKchat: How will Windows Azure Cloud continue to evolve in the face of powerful competitors such as Amazon and others?
Through all the change at Dell, EqualLogic has remained a rock of consistency and retains a loyal installed base.
Windows Azure Storage customers can preview Read-Access Geo Redundant Storage (RA-GRS), a new option that enhances cloud data availability.
Every December since 2004, Kroll Ontrack, a Minnesota-based provider of data recovery products and services, has compiled a list of its top 10 most unusual data disasters and subsequent recoveries. It's always a good read. Through its Ontrack Data Recovery products and services, Kroll Ontrack uses hundreds of proprietary tools and techniques to help businesses and consumers recover lost or corrupted data from all types of operating systems, devices and storage media. "Despite best efforts to prevent disasters, data loss still happens due to hardware failure, software corruption, computer viruses, natural disasters and, of course, human error," said Kroll Ontrack Vice President of Data Recovery Operations Todd Johnson. He supervises more than 200 engineers who develop IT and techniques that anticipate and address customer needs. For some noteworthy data protection and disaster recovery tips, visit this Kroll Ontrack page. To read about some of the more interesting and unique data-loss disasters, take a look at this eWEEK slide show.
Company officials also are creating the Dell Research Division to ramp R&D within its own walls.
Dell will offer Dropbox for Business to its customers as a service that helps employees access company information from wherever they are.
AUSTIN, Texas—Dell officials don't want the company to be known as simply a PC maker anymore. Since Michael Dell returned as CEO in 2007, the company has been aggressively growing out its enterprise IT capabilities through both in-house development and spending billions of dollars in acquisitions of vendors with expertise in storage, networking, software and services. And now that Dell is a private company, executives are expecting to accelerate that transformation from a PC maker into an end-to-end IT solutions provider, pushing its way into a market already occupied by the likes of Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Cisco Systems and Oracle. At the Dell World 2013 show here, officials are putting those capabilities on display, showing that not only does the company have the technology, but those products all work together to enable organizations to address the data center challenges of today, from cloud computing to big data. This eWEEK slide show takes a look at some of the products Dell is showing off, as well as some other areas of the show floor.
NEWS ANALYSIS: SugarSync's plan to charge for online storage is likely only the first in what may become a rush to end the "Freemium" model for providing cloud services.
At long last, Red Hat's flagship Linux platform now has a next-generation milestone, including new performance, storage and virtualization capabilities.
The rapid growth of data across the enterprise has resulted in increasing risk, liability and cost to organizations. At the same time, there is a significant opportunity to tap into this data to deliver increased productivity and greater strategic insight. In this slide show, with input from a Hewlett-Packard Autonomy study, eWEEK looks at the key reasons information governance is fast becoming a boardroom imperative. Information governance, or IG, is the set of multi-disciplinary structures, policies, procedures, processes and controls implemented to manage information at an enterprise level; IG supports an organization's regulatory, legal, risk, environmental and operational requirements. Information governance incorporates privacy attributes, electronic discovery requirements, storage optimization and metadata management. A wealth of software to handle the challenges facing records managers has emerged from vendors including Active Navigation, Collibra, EMC, Feith Systems, HP Autonomy, IBM, Nuix, Open Text Corp., RSD and Symantec. Data governance, as well as leveraging and monetizing corporate data, is increasingly becoming a top priority.
The drives can be used with another data storage device embedded on a notebook, either HDD or SSD, as long as the notebook has the mSATA socket.