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Lenovo set to launch cloud-based services for mobile devices, data centers

By |May 18th, 2014|Categories: Cloud Computing, Data Storage, IT Industry, Mobile/Wireless Devices, Tech News|Tags: , |

IDG News Service – The ability to come up with cohesive cloud offering has eluded Lenovo for years, but the company is taking steps to offer more services that it can wrap around its mobile devices and enterprise products.

Lenovo subsidiary Stoneware is planning to offer hosted application services that will build on existing secure cloud and virtual desktop services. Lenovo opened its first public cloud service just a year ago, building it around technology acquired from Stoneware in September 2012.

Stoneware’s current WebNetwork virtual desktop offering is more like a cloud desktop, with a browser-like interface providing access to remote applications, storage services and other Web application services. The tiled user interface provides access to applications like Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop, which are hosted in data centers and don’t need to be downloaded and installed locally on mobile devices and PCs. The cloud desktop […]

Amazon improves performance and cuts cost of data warehouse service

By |January 24th, 2014|Categories: Data Storage|


By Mikael Ricknäs

January 24, 2014 08:00 AM ET

IDG News Service – Amazon Web Services has improved the performance of its Redshift data warehouse with new SSD-based nodes, which can also lower the cost of the service as long as storage capacity needs are also low.

Just like with many of its other hosted services, Amazon contends that Redshift lowers the bar for implementing and managing, in this case, a data warehouse. IT takes care of the work needed to set up and operate a data warehouse, including provisioning the infrastructure and automating tasks such as backups and patching.

Redshift data warehouses are made up of clusters of Dense Storage nodes or the new SSD-based Dense Compute nodes. The storage nodes allow enterprises to create very large data warehouses using hard disk drives for a low price per gigabyte, while the compute nodes allow enterprises to build high-performance data warehouses using faster CPUs, […]

Read this before you buy another hard drive

By |January 22nd, 2014|Categories: Data Storage|

News Analysis

January 22, 2014 03:52 PM ET

Computerworld – Data storage service provider Backblaze yesterday revealed failure rates among more than 27,000 consumer-class hard drives it uses in its data center.

The breadth and depth of Backblaze’s data has given consumers unprecedented access to specific hard drive failure rates across the three largest vendors of the technology: Seagate, Hitachi and Western Digital. It offers an unvarnished look at hard drives (models and serial numbers included), and even details which drives Backblaze will no longer use because they’re so unreliable.

While users should check out the actual data for more granular information, the big picture boils down to this: Over a three-year period, 3.1% of Hitachi’s drives failed; 5.2% of Western Digital’s drives died; and a sizable 26.5% of Seagate’s drives failed.

“Hitachi does really well,” Backblaze said in its blog. “There is an initial die-off of Western Digital drives, and then they […]

Backblaze lists most reliable hard drives based on its massive cloud study

By |January 21st, 2014|Categories: Data Storage|

January 21, 2014


Cloud service provider Backblaze has been busily releasing data over the past several months from a massive study of more than 27,000 hard drives it uses in its data centers.

Last November, the company released the first batch of data showing that 22% of more than 25,000 consumer-grade hard drives in its rack-mounted servers die in their first four years.

Today, the Backblaze released what is arguably the most important information yet: which vendor’s hard drive products last the longest. The result are based on a study that lasted three years.

At the end of 2013, the company had 27,134 consumer-grade drives spinning in Storage Pods. A storage pod is an array of RAIDed disks made up by either 2.5 or 3.5-in, hard drives used to storage customer data. Each Pod stores up to 180TB in a 4U rack-mounted configuration.

The company […]

Storage: The ugly truth about virtualization

By |January 20th, 2014|Categories: Data Storage|

Server virtualization has revolutionized the way we deploy systems in our data centers. It has sparked a gold rush along the way, creating outlandish wealth. It has also left a wake of destruction, and it very well may cause catastrophic failures in a lot of shops.

It certainly is going to raise blood pressure and cause hair loss among admins.

The Good Parts: Server virtualization lets you bring a virtual machine online in minutes, gets you enormous utilization gains on your hardware, and enables mobility unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.

The Bad Parts: Server virtualization has created an on-demand expectation from the business that hasn’t been fully vetted yet. Mobility, specifically the ability for a virtual machine workload to take on migratory attributes, creates massive performance problems, not only for that workload, but for all […]

New API will simplify Google Drive integration with Android apps, Google says

By |January 17th, 2014|Categories: Data Storage|

The Google Drive Android API lets apps combine local and cloud-based storage

January 17, 2014
(IDG News Service)

Google wants more developers to integrate their Android apps with its storage service Drive, and has released a new API that aims to make it easier.

While Drive integration on Android was possible in the past, the new API offers developers better performance and more features, Google developer advocate Magnus Hyttsten said in a blog post on Thursday.

The native, Java-based Drive Android API is still under development, but developers can now test a preview version that’s included in Play Services 4.1.

The API includes the ability to temporarily use storage on the device if it is not connected to a network. The upshot for developers is that they don’t have to worry about failed API calls when the phone is offline or experiencing network […]