Cloud Storage

Dropbox drops the ball

Dropbox crashed and burned Thursday afternoon as users reported they were unable to access or synchronize their files. Dropbox acknowledged the problem but assured users that their data remains safe.

Box beefs up security and search for enterprise storage

With more software vendors fielding their own cloud storage capabilities, Box continues to beef up enterprise security and perks for its offering. New features include two-step authentication, company-wide search for admins, and content scanning, the company said.

Don’t look now but Microsoft Azure is a kick-butt cloud

Microsoft’s ambitious Windows Azure cloud is many things — it’s a full-fledged PaaS for developers. But beneath that, it is also a huge pool of foundational storage infrastructure for rent. And in that arena, it could be the only real competitor to Amazon.

Cloud investments zoom; account for 1/4 of web deals

Last year, venture capital investment in “true” cloud computing companies constituted more than a quarter of overall Internet deal volume and more than a third of Internet investment dollars, according to new research from CB Insights.

DataDirect fine tunes WOS for service providers

DataDirect says its new WOS 2.0 (web object scaler) release adds charge-back mechanisms, multitenancy and support for Amazon and CDMI cloud storage interfaces that better suit it for use by big, third-party service providers.

iCloud arrives Oct. 12, includes Find My Friends

The arrival of Apple’s iCloud service has now been dated along with iOS 5. We’ll get our hands on iCloud for Mac and iOS beginning Oct. 12, and it should make everyone’s mobile lives a lot simpler. Here’s a quick look at exactly what it offers.

From 1984 to the virtual data center

While the computing side of history is well known, the storage side remains hidden from common view. Ed Lee, of Tintri, Inc., takes a look at the state of storage today and compares it with the radically different environment that existed back in 1984.

HTC partners with Dropbox to offer 3 GB of free storage

New HTC users will get a taste of expanded Dropbox cloud storage as part of a partnership between the two companies. The handset maker confirmed Thursday to Pocket-lint that it is partnering with Dropbox to offer 3 GB of free storage to users of Sense 3.5.

Meet Valhalla Partners’ new storage whiz kid

In a Silicon Valley technology landscape where young hotshots tend to make their marks with innovative new startups, Farah Giga is different. After nine years in various mangement positions at Hitachi Data Systems and HP, Giga, now 27, has joined Valhalla Partners as a principal.

CX funding shows cloud storage startups are still hot

It’s been clear for years now that cloud storage technology is hot — even Amazon, Google and Apple have made big moves into the area. But judging by the latest funding news out of storage startup CX, heavyweight investors are still bullish about newcomers to the space.

Cirtas Systems Implodes, VC Pulls Out; What’s Next?

Cirtas Systems, a maker of storage appliances, has hit hard times. The company, which raised $32.5 million, is now cutting a large percentage of its workforce and going back to the drawing board after a contentious board meeting that left it minus at least one investor.

What Went Wrong with Iron Mountain’s Cloud Storage

Last week Iron Mountain shut down its cloud-based Virtual File Store service. Iron Mountain’s hard luck in cloud storage is surprising, but it might just be another instance of an old-school company trying its hand in a new market where it couldn’t compete.

MeghaWare Looks to Marry Consumers and Cloud Storage

MeghaWare, when it officially launches in the spring, will give users a single portal to view and manage the entirety of their web identities — from Google Apps to Netflix to, interestingly, Amazon S3. It’s a strange combination of services, until you consider the business model.

Moving Regulated Industries to the Cloud

Regulated industries like health care and financial services deal with large quantities of sensitive data many deem unsuitable for cloud storage. But for those prepared to invest in understanding and meeting the requirements of such heavily regulated environments, there are many opportunities to offer premium services.

Look Out Dropbox, Here Comes Verizon’s Mobile Cloud

Verizon’s V CAST Media Manager, a subscription service to offload media and documents from smartphones to the cloud, is available for Android and BlackBerry. Verizon’s brand and marketing dollars could push the service to consumers unaware of competing products. Should Dropbox, Zumodrive and others be worried?

StorSimple Raises $13M in Series B Funding

StorSimple, a Santa Clara, Calif.-based company that combines enterprise and cloud storage has raised $13 million in new funding in a round led by Mayfield Fund. Ignition Partners is also a new investor in the company, and joins previous investors, Index Ventures and Redpoint Ventures.