Cutting through the Buzz of Virtual Containers and the OCI

Posted by Mary McCoy on Jul 30, 2015 6:00:00 AM

With all of the recent buzz around the Open Container Initiative (OCI), a program developed to create open industry standards for a container format and runtime software, the topic of virtual containers and how they're different from virtual machines (VMs) has been widely discussed. Recently, Google released a version of its Kubernetes software that manages virtual containers, leading many to consider whether this is the more efficient virtualization approach to take. Kubernetes has more than just a cool name. It lets you partition applications into several pieces and store them in virtual containers that are easier to move around and copy across multiple servers.

You know it means something when Google gives something its stamp of approval, and with the prevalence of press around the OCI, many believe this newer form of virtualization has staying power. Before we discuss potential advantages and disadvantages of this model, let's first learn more about these containers that everyone is talking about.

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Topics: Backups, virtual backup, backup strategy

5 Premium Backup Service Differentiators to Set Your Business Apart!

Posted by Mary McCoy on Jul 28, 2015 6:00:00 AM

If you're a hosting provider that's already recognized and seized the market need to offer clients back up services, you're halfway there. How are you truly ensuring that your solution is better than your competitors? Are your clients getting the maximum value from your business continuity platform?

Backup systems for hosting providers vary widely across the industry. With the variety or workloads, system designs, and Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs), it’s no wonder why we see so much variance in backup system design. So which one is right for you? Look for a platform with these five features!

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Topics: Backups, hosting industry, HostingCon, data recovery

This Week in Data (July 24, 2015)

Posted by Ben Austin on Jul 24, 2015 6:00:00 AM

 

"This Week in Data" is a weekly infographic that aims to serve as a quick and easy way for our readers to catch up on the latest news about the people and organizations that are shaking up the world of big data, cloud computing, and all things data storage.

This week we saw some big news in the world of containers, HP announced that it's moving to renewable energy in our home state, and Microsoft told us when to expect their newest cybersecurity solution to hit the data center market.

Check out our infographic for all the headlines, click the links below for more details on each story, and don't forget to let us know if there are any compelling stories that we missed out on this week.

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Topics: TWID, big data, data center, mobile

This Week in Data (July 17, 2015)

Posted by Ben Austin on Jul 17, 2015 2:53:11 PM

 

"This Week in Data" is a weekly infographic that aims to serve as a quick and easy way for our readers to catch up on the latest news about the people and organizations that are shaking up the world of big data, cloud computing, and all things data storage.

We've got a very cloud-centric collection of stories this week. In the last seven days, we saw Oracle close out its initial cloud offerings, Softlayer made super computing an achievable goal for the average business, and Intel had some bad news for Moore's Law.

Check out the rest of the headlines detailed in our infographic and scroll down to the bottom of the page to find links to the rest of the story.

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Topics: TWID

6 Agonizing Problems with Traditional Server Backups

Posted by Mary McCoy on Jul 15, 2015 6:00:00 AM

ARGHHHH! YOU'VE HAD IT. YOU'RE NOT PERFORMING A SINGLE BACKUP AGAIN! 

You've found yourself screaming this, right? For many hosting providers, backups are a beast to manage, but an essential part of protecting sensitive client data. If you're constantly hitting your head against the wall each time you perform a backup, you may be using an outdated BDR solution. To better understand issues you encounter regularly, we reached out to Spiceworks, asking members what problems they've encountered when backing up. Do any of these sound familiar?

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Topics: Server Performance, Continuous Data Protection, Bare-Metal Restore, server backup, block-level backup

This Week in Data (July 10, 2015)

Posted by Ben Austin on Jul 10, 2015 12:00:00 PM

 

"This Week in Data" is a weekly infographic that aims to serve as a quick and easy way for our readers to catch up on the latest news about the people and organizations that are shaking up the world of big data, cloud computing, and all things data storage.

This was a particularly busy, strange and remarkable week in the world of data. Wednesday saw an onslaught of technical failures that impacted Wall Street and jetsetters. We also saw the highly-anticipated depletion of IPv4 numbers from ARIN and some  troubling news for Greek companies that are relying on foreign cloud service providers.

Take a look at all five headlines for this week and check out the full stories by clicking on the links below the infographic.

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Topics: TWID

Is IPv4 Depletion Day Coming Sooner than We Think?

Posted by Mary McCoy on Jul 9, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Is the Internet about to run out of IP address numbers? Hosting providers have long since speculated the arrival of Depletion Day. In fact, we've been waiting for the sky to fall since the 1980's. Why then has the industry conversation turned back to this dreaded event? In this blog post, we'll explain the status of IPv4 numbers, the likelihood that their decimation is upon us, and the next steps all hosting providers can take to survive the fallout.

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Topics: HostingCon, Industry News

This Week in Data (July 3, 2015)

Posted by Ben Austin on Jul 3, 2015 6:30:00 AM

"This Week in Data" is a weekly infographic that aims to serve as a quick and easy way for our readers to catch up on the latest news about the people and organizations that are shaking up the world of big data, cloud computing, and all things data storage.

This week Cisco made a big move toward improving its cloud security strategy, Amazon open sources its own implementation of TLS, and Chicago extends a blanket tax on cloud and streaming services.

Check out the graphic below for all five stories, and scroll through the links at the bottom of the page if you want to get all the juicy details behind any of the headlines.

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Topics: TWID

Data Storage: The Difference between Backups and Archives

Posted by Mary McCoy on Jul 1, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Not all data storage was created equal. Data backup and data archiving may seem analogous because they both involve the storage of copied data, but the two were designed with very different purposes.

In this blog post, we'll match these two processes up, explaining the key distinction between the two and examining what each require to be effective for optimal data retention and retrieval.

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Topics: Backups, Bare-Metal Restore, archiving, block-level backup

This Week in Data (June 26, 2015)

Posted by Ben Austin on Jun 27, 2015 8:00:00 AM

"This Week in Data" is a weekly infographic that aims to serve as a quick and easy way for our readers to catch up on the latest news about the people and organizations that are shaking up the world of big data, cloud computing, and all things data storage.

This week we saw a system failure cause a serious bottleneck for the U.S. State Department, 5G networks are expected to officially arrive in the next five years, and IBM is taking artificial intelligence somewhere it's never been - the dinner table.

Check out the graphic below for all five stories, and scroll through the links at the bottom of the page if you want to get all the juicy details behind any of the headlines.

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Topics: TWID