At WWDC this year, Apple announced iCloud Drive to compete with the cloud storage offerings of other companies. Apple has now announced the full pricing structure for iCloud Drive which is more competitive than before.
With the new prices, Apple is offering quite a bit of choice as far as storage tiers, and with a 20 GB option for only $0.99 per month, and Apple now offers tiers up to 1 TB which is in line with many competitors. These new prices are much better per gigabyte than previously offered, with the 200 GB tier exactly the same price per gigabyte as both OneDrive and Google Drive, however none of the other tiers really come close. It would seem Apple is hoping that users of its products will be willing to pay more for iCloud Drive to keep the experience all within the Apple ecosystem, and it might not be the wrong move. I'd like to see you make a real professional slide show with one of those or a spreadsheet that actually does work. If you're on an iDevice, or a Mac (the main drivers behind iCloud Drive), then why not use Keynote? At its annual Accelerating Innovation Summit (AIS), LSI Corporation extended the Nytro portfolio of PCIe flash cards to include the Nytro XP6200 series. The Nytro XP6200 series provides hyperscale cloud datacenters with accelerated performance for read-intensive applications, optimized power and thermals, and a lower cost per gigabyte PCIe flash solution. Hyperscale datacenters require cost-effective scaling to thousands of servers to meet the compute and storage demands of Web 2.0, cloud computing and big data analytics applications.
The Nytro XP6200 cards are purpose-built to meet the requirements of Open Compute and other hyperscale servers.
Hyve Solutions, a division of SYNNEX Corporation, is one Open Compute Project (OCP) solutions provider with years of experience building servers and racks for many leading Web 2.0, social media and hyperscale computing companies. Today’s IP video cameras are easy and inexpensive to deploy, thanks to transmission of data via Ethernet. Let’s take a look at all the capable hardware available now (or coming really soon) that could very well be the one productivity device a user needs.
We take a look at some of the most eye-rolling, nails-on-the-chalkboard-sounding words and phrases used in the channel.
There are so many ways to monitor your health and fitness with current and emerging consumer technology. Company executives at this week’s Automation Nation event shared frank thoughts with ChannelPro-SMB on ConnectWise itself, its competition, and trends in managed services.
In interviews with ChannelPro at last week’s Channel Link conference, Tech Data executives teased several forthcoming initiatives. With stunning resolution, vibrant images, and jaw-dropping screen size, the ViewSonic CDP9800 commercial display is your ideal tool for creating video walls that wow! New unlimited cloud and local storage plan removes storage limits and offers channel partners a fixed priced model for Intronis’ complete data protection platform.
Intronis Inc., a provider of backup and data protection solutions for the IT channel, has introduced the Intronis U2 Plan, a new, flat-fee unlimited cloud and unlimited local storage pricing plan. Available now, the Intronis U2 Plan enables MSPs and VARs to address their customers’ data storage and data protection needs with a single solution that is supported by a simplified pricing strategy. By fixing costs on the backend, Intronis channel partners have perfect cost predictability each month, and are able to deliver new customizable services on the newly launched Intronis ECHOplatform. The Seagate-owned company further says, "from the front of the product, drive status LEDs keep track of drive health and RAID build status, and drives can be conveniently accessed.
If you want to buy this sweet Thunderbolt 3 raid unit, I have some bad news -- it won't be available until the summer. Nowadays datacentres use solid-state drives to store frequently used data, but continue to rely on hard disk drives to store occasionally accessed files. Today the lion’s share of data in datacentres is stored on hard disk drives: they offer very low-cost per gigabyte, provide more or less decent performance for today’s needs and use existing infrastructure.
Thanks to emergence of storage-class memory (such as 3D XPoint) and ultra-high-performance solid-state drives, in many cases it will be possible to use them for workloads like in-memory databases or business analytics instead of more expensive dynamic random access memory, the chip giant revealed at the Intel Developer Forum earlier this month. Meanwhile, stacked three-dimensional (3D) NAND flash memory will help to dramatically decrease per-gigabyte costs of solid-state drives. Moreover, 3D NAND will help to create SSDs with storage capacities not even imaginable today.
Ultra-fast SSDs based on storage-class 3D XPoint memory, high-performance 3D NAND-based SSDs and extreme-capacity solid-state drives will all increase usage of non-volatile memory for storage purposes the coming years.
Intel is not alone in its optimistic predictions regarding quick expansion of SSD capacities in the coming years.
KitGuru Says: While Intel and Toshiba draw very favourable pictures for non-volatile memory in datacentres going forward, neither of the company’s reveal actual amount of NAND flash bits they plan to produce by 2020.
Thank you capitalism and Intel for bringing us faster, affordable and reliable storage media. Geographical Diversity: With a global audience and a global demand for your content, we can place data physically closer to consumers by storing it at facilities in their country or region. Performance: Storage solutions in the cloud are designed to scale dramatically upwards to support events that may see thousands or millions more consumers accessing content over a short period of time. Cost: As clouds get larger, the per unit costs of storage go down, primarily due to Economies of Scale. Flexibility: The pay as you use model takes away concerns for capacity planning and wastage of resources due to cyclical variations in usage. Backup: The cloud is perceived to be a viable replacement for traditional backup solutions, boasting greater redundancy and opportunities for cost savings.
In the consumer market, cloud backup services like Dropbox, Microsoft SkyDrive and Google Drive offer a service that takes part of your local hard drive and syncs them up with the cloud.
In the Enterprise Space, Gartner’s magic quadrant for enterprise backup solutions featured several pureplay Cloud backup providers including Asigra, Acronis and i365. Content Distribution: Cloud content distribution network (CDN) services are large networks of servers that are distributed across datacenters over the internet. Enterprise Content Management Companies are gradually turning to the cloud to manage Organizational compliance requirements such as eDiscovery and Search. Cloud Application Storage: The trend towards hosting applications in the cloud is driving innovations in how  we consume and utilize storage.
Performance Enhanced Storage: Performance enhanced storage emulates storage running on a SAN and products like Amazon Elastic Block Storage provide persistent, block-level network attached storage that can be attached to virtual machines running and in cases VMs can even boot directly from these hosts. Data Analytics Support: Innovative distributed file systems that support super-fast processing of data have been adapted to the cloud. Front End: This layer is exposed to end users and typically exposes APIs that allow access to the storage. REST APIs: REST or Representational State Transfer is a stateless Web Architecture model that is built upon communications between clients and servers.

File-based Protocols: Protocols such as NFS and CIFS are supported by vendors like Nirvanix, Cleversafe and Zetta*. Back End: The back end layer is where the actual physical hardware is implemented and we refer to read and write instructions in the Hardware Abstraction Layer. Management Layer: This may supporting scripting and reporting capabilities to enhance automation and provisioning of storage.
Backup Layer: The cloud back end layer can be exposed directly to API calls from Snapshot and Backup services. DR (Virtualization) Layer: DR service providers can attach storage to a Virtual hypervisor, enabling cloud storage data to be accessed by Virtual Hosts that are activated in a DR scenario. This brief post provided a simple snapshot of cloud storage, it’s various uses as well as a number of common applications for storage in the cloud. This is a notable change to installation sequence from Exchange 2010 Server, when Microsoft recommended an install sequence of CAS, HUB and then MAIL servers. Exchange 2013 is an Active Directory – aware application and a number of configuration steps are required in order to prepare Active Directory prior to installing Exchange 2013. An all-flash array, Kaminario aims to replace spinning disks with no-latency, high IOPS general-purpose scale-out all-flash arrays that will accelerate app performance while taking up less space than a traditional SAN. Founded in 2009, Pure Storage built its enterprise storage products from the ground up to take full advantage of flash memory, rather than take disk-based storage and adapt it to flash.
SolidFire – SolidFire designs and builds all-flash primary storage systems designed specifically for cloud service providers and next generation data centers. Nimbus Data Systems – Another all-flash vendor, the company uses MLC it claims can offer "quadruple-write performance" and "double-read performance," although it never said compared to what products. Just ten years ago, if you wanted fast access storage, your only real option was 15,000 RPM drives, which had very low capacity -- usually 72GB to 144GB -- and they ran very hot and failed much more often than a 7,200 RPM drive. Fast-forward a decade, and solid state storage has matured to the point that enterprise vendors and customers alike are willing to bet the business on memory-based storage.
There are numerous players in this field, but below is a mix of IT veterans with promising startups.
One key differentiator is that some vendors offer multi-level cell (MLC) flash while others offer single-level cell (SCL) flash. Previous to this, iCloud did not offer the file and folder sync capabilities of other cloud storage competitors, and Apple is hoping iCloud Drive will be the answer.
Just a few months ago, Apple only offered up to 50 GB in iCloud, and charged $100 USD per year for it.
They have shown in the past that their customers are willing to spend more for the Apple products than competitors can accomplish, and Apple has traditionally not competed much on price so this may work out well for them, but it must be said, all of the consumer cloud offerings do support the Mac already, and several are available and popular on iOS as well, so it may be difficult to come to the game this late with a higher price than the competition. I know some people hate the new versions because they changed the UI to make it look cleaner, but 99% of the functionality is still there if you look for it.
Hyperscale infrastructures are often built using lower-cost, efficient servers, assembled from off-the-shelf, standard components, and generally require higher-density architectures and more efficient power and cooling. They combine LSI SandForce flash controllers, delivering endurance and reliability using low-cost flash, with a new design optimized for low power and thermal characteristics. With Hyve Solutions, the companies are demonstrating an OCP Open Rack compute and storage system with Winterfell web server nodes accelerated by Nytro XP6200 series cards.
The products are available from select LSI OEMs and through the LSI worldwide network of distributors, integrators and VARs. With a fixed monthly cost for access to the entire Intronis ECHOplatform, states Intronis, channel partners are freed from the limitations of the industry’s legacy cost-per-gigabyte pricing and associated storage limits. At up to 96TB, the LaCie 12big boasts a 50 percent higher capacity than any other desktop direct attached storage solution on the market -- with a footprint smaller than a tablet. Ensuring long-term component health, the aluminum enclosure dissipates heat efficiently and four thermoregulated fans pull heat away from the drives. Even if you do not have a Thunderbolt 3 machine yet, you can buy it for your existing USB 3.0 machine now, and be confident that it is very future-proof. Going forward, datacentres will have to deal with increased requirements for performance due to new workloads. Once per-gigabyte costs of SSDs and high-performance hard disk drives get similar, the latter become irrelevant, especially keeping in mind that high-end SSDs usually provide larger capacities than 10K and 15K hard disk drives.
Intel believes that leading-edge solid-state drives will feature over 100TB capacity sometimes in 2019.
Nevertheless, hard disk drives will remain in datacentres, they will continue to be important as they will still have to store massive amounts of data. Demands for storage are rising fast and it is unclear whether it will be possible to fulfil that demand using NAND memory. In this post, we will look into some of the most common usages of storage in the cloud and peel back the layers to discover exactly what makes them tick. Both companies are less than 5 years old, offer services predominantly centered around cloud storage and file sharing and have been able to  attract significant amounts of capital from investors. Your data is stored in multiple copies on multiple hard drives on multiple servers in multiple data centers in multiple locations (you get the picture). This dramatically reduces round trip latency, a common complaint for dull Internet performance. The trend for these pay for use services are on the rise, with Dropbox hosting data for in excess of 100 million users within four years of launching their service.
Even leading providers such as CommVault and IBM have launched cloud-based backup solutions.
On the other end of the spectrum, full-blown collaboration suites such as Microsoft’s Office 365 and Google Apps feature real-time document editing and annotation services.
At one point or another, we’ve used CDNs such as Akamai to enhance our Web browsing experience.
Vendors such as HP Autonomy and EMC provide services that feature secure encryption and de-duplication of data assets as well as data lifecycle management. Leading the fray are large cloud services providers such as Amazon and Microsoft who have developed cloud storage services to meet specific applications needs.
For example, the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) manages and replicates large blocks of data across a network of computing nodes, to facilitate the parallel processing of Big Data. If we were to peek under the hood, we would see a basic architecture that is pretty similar to the diagram above. A number of protocols are constantly being introduced to increase the supportability of cloud systems and include Web Service Front-ends using REST principles, file-based front ends and even iSCSI support.
For example Amazon’s Elastic Block Store (EBS) service supports a incremental snapshot feature. For example the i365 cloud storage service automates the process of converting backups of server snapshots into a virtual DR environment in minutes.

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Unlike its competitors, which use board-level drives, NetApp uses a traditional 2U storage array filled with 2.5-inch SAS SSD drives. Its key feature is the Dynamic Data Placement, which provides auto-tiering between flash and hard disks.
Pillar's Axiom storage array line offers application-aware unified SAN and NAS functionality, and supports NAS, Fibre Channel, and iSCSI modules. Pure claims it has reduced the cost of storage per gigabyte on flash to that of a hard disk. Unlike most array vendors that work with other vendors' products, Whiptail will be integrated into UCS to improve the performance of Cisco's fabric-computing domain. SolidFire focuses on special power efficiency technologies to reduce power, cooling, and capacity consumption, offering thousands of servers in a single storage system. Its software offers dedupe, compression and provisioning to cut the price per gigabyte to $0.78, which it says is cheaper than hybrid storage arrays.
What started out as a hard drive alternative for laptops is now powering high-performance enterprise storage systems, often acting as a fast cache to larger storage arrays. Some of those start-ups may end up being acquired by the big players, because that's how many big players got into the storage array business.
It is a very competitive market right now though, with some pretty major price cuts by the major players this year including Dropbox, Microsoft, and Google. Google Drive at the time offered 100 GB for only $24 USD per year, so clearly some price adjustments needed to be done. The higher tiers get even more out of sync, with Apple asking $240 for 1 TB of storage, but Microsoft offers 1 TB of storage and a full version of Office for $70 per year, or 5 x 1 TB and 5 installs of Office for $100 per year.
Nytro cards integrated into the Hyve Solutions OCP platform can help customers in hyperscale environments achieve improvements in database transaction processing, reduced access latency and transparent application acceleration. Solid state drives carry a higher cost per gigabyte, meaning these faster SSDs are usually lower-capacity for cost-savings. But what if you need a lot of storage -- more than the typical single, double, triple, or even quadruple bay solution?
It features Seagate’s enterprise-class drives with a five-year limited warranty for extraordinary reliability and data availability to safely store and edit massive amounts of ultra hi-res footage", says LaCie. As a result, operators of hyperscale datacentres and cloud services will have to expand utilization of solid-state storage technologies.
Toshiba and SanDisk are very cautious in terms of capacity expansion (which is understandable since they own the world’s largest NAND production facility). In fact, Dropbox raised $250 million at a $4 billion dollar valuation from investors with  Box Inc raising another $125 million in mid 2012. Cloud providers such as the Microsoft Windows Azure Content Distribution Network (CDN) and the Amazon CDN offer affordable CDN services for serving static files and images to even streaming media to global audience.
The Cloud is uniquely positioned to serve this process, with the ability to provision thousands of nodes, perform compute processes on each node and then tear down the nodes rapidly, thus saving huge amounts of resources. All storage architectures comprise of a number of layers that work together to provide users with a seamless storage service.
So for example, a user can use an App running on their desktop to perform basic functions such as  creating folders,  uploading and modifying files, as well as defining permissions and share data with other users.
It automatically moves hot blocks of data up into the flash layer, and moves cold blocks of data down to the hard disk layer. Because of this, it mixes flash with spinning disks and allows for consolidate of all storage needs onto a single system. MLC has improved its speed, reliability and wear levels to the point where MLC is now acceptable for enterprise applications.
Google comes in at 1 TB for $120 per year, and DropBox just lowered their pricing with 1 TB per year for $100. If you need some serious documentation you can still pull Word out, but you get all the crashes and hassles that come with it. Both are necessary to make an excellent presentation.Google spreadsheet is grossly inadequate.
For universal compatibility, users can connect to USB-C laptops -- and even USB 3.0 computers via the included USB-C to USB-A cable". The chip giant forecasts that increasing capacities and decreasing costs of solid-state drives as well as emergence of storage-class memory will help to expand usage of non-volatile memory. It looks like Silicon Valley sees Cloud Storage services as a key piece in the future of cloud.
Its all-new '12big' raid unit has a mind-boggling 12 bays, and can accommodate up to 96 terabytes.
As a result, even if usage of SSDs in datacentres skyrockets in the coming years, it does not look like Intel will be the maker of those drives. It even utilizes the super-fast Thunderbolt 3 interface, making it perfect for professional use too. Although now an IBM company, its Opera line was tuned specifically to accelerate Oracle databases. Hell, they're the only option if you want 128GB on your mobile phone or tablet (Surface, more of a laptop IMHO aside).
Four pounds of incredible display, power and speed, IO & craftsmanship, and longevity to boot. The newly updated, this summer model, essentially last fall's release with an updated Haswell CPU. Intel 5000 graphics, the 1700 dollar option on Surface 3 & probably mandatory to keep up with the pixels. You get excellent, free software that if you decide you can or don't have to download and use.
Yeah, maybe a bit high with AC now, it's ease of setup and functionality there are plenty of choices that are a hundred bucks more. Just responding to a silly comment comment and watching sports center getting ready for some football!

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