storage

  • Hands on with SanDisk’s iPhone storage-expanding flash drive

    Hands on with SanDisk’s iPhone storage-expanding flash drive

    The iXpand is an odd thing to behold, a strange Frankensteinian amalgam of adapters fused together and folded over for good measure. It’s another interesting concept out of SanDisk as the company attempts to stay nimble in a world of rapidly dropping storage costs and increasing reliance on cloud backups. The iXpand is a new, slimmer take on a product released in 2014, trading in a… Read More

  • New Box product will let you choose storage from IBM and AWS

    New Box product will let you choose storage from IBM and AWS

    For several years, Box CEO Aaron Levie has been trying to get people to understand his company is not in the storage business. To drive that point home Box announced Box Zones today, a product that lets customers choose a storage component from another vendor, enabling customers to store files in-country when their privacy laws require it. Box is actually announcing the product today… Read More

  • New Egnyte product puts customers in control of encryption keys

    New Egnyte product puts customers in control of encryption keys

    Egnyte announced a new product today that lets customers control their encryption keys with either a customer-managed offering or a cloud service that requires less heavy lifting and management. While Egnyte (and all reputable cloud vendors) offer end-to-end encryption, some customers require a greater degree of control of their content. Letting customers manage the encryption keys can give… Read More

  • MakeSpace Raises $17.5 Million For Hassle-Free Storage Units

    MakeSpace Raises $17.5 Million For Hassle-Free Storage Units

    New York-based MakeSpace has secured $17.5 million in funding to accelerate growth in their self-storage business. The startup markets itself as a convenient alternative to traditional storage, by making it easy to access your items without ever taking a trip to the facility. MakeSpace offers competitive pricing and guarantees that the rates will never increase. MakeSpace enables free pickups… Read More

  • Upthere’s Beta Users Have Uploaded More Than 3.5M Files

    Upthere’s Beta Users Have Uploaded More Than 3.5M Files

    Upthere launched their first apps into beta last week, and so far the beta period is off to a good start, the company tells me. No word on how many users have slipped through during the beta, but I’m told that invites are being slowly doled out. Over 3.5 million files have been uploaded to Upthere, which aims to be your personal computer in the cloud. Once your files are there… Read More

  • Upthere Launches Its Home And Camera Apps Into Beta

    Upthere Launches Its Home And Camera Apps Into Beta

    The company that built the “computer in the cloud” from scratch to take the heavy lifting away from our devices, Upthere, has launched their apps into beta, letting in those who signed up for an invite in slowly. Upthere Home and Upthere Camera for iOS, Android and Mac are now live, and I’ve been playing with them for a better part of the last week. The service is free during… Read More

  • ClearSky Data Lands $27 Million To Expand Hybrid Storage Solution

    ClearSky Data Lands $27 Million To Expand Hybrid Storage Solution

    ClearSky Data has come up with an interesting approach to solve the data storage cost and speed problem. Today it was rewarded with a $27 million Series B round to continue the mission. The company came out of stealth in August with a plan to offer customers a multi-tier, fully managed, hybrid data-management solution. In practice this involves an appliance that’s installed in your… Read More

  • Dell Needs To Decide What To Keep And What To Sell After EMC Deal

    Dell Needs To Decide What To Keep And What To Sell After EMC Deal

    In the brave new enterprise world, organizations will be awash in big data, and it’s against this backdrop that Dell bought EMC this week for the astonishing sum of $67 billion. All of this data needs to be stored somewhere and that’s where EMC comes in. Dell already has been selling storage of course. In fact, it bought EqualLogic in 2007 for $1.4 billion, which seemed like a… Read More

  • Pure Storage Prices IPO At $17

    Pure Storage Prices IPO At $17

    Enterprise storage company Pure Storage has raised $425 million after pricing its IPO on the NYSE at $17 per share, as originally reported by the Wall Street Journal. The company is trading under the ticker, “PSTG.” The Mountain View-based company competes with Dell, EMC, HP and others to provide flash storage products for businesses. Pure Storage warned in its filing that some… Read More

  • IBM Acquires Cleversafe To Accelerate Hybrid Cloud Storage Strategy

    IBM Acquires Cleversafe To Accelerate Hybrid Cloud Storage Strategy

    This morning IBM announced plans to acquire Cleversafe, a Chicago-based data storage vendor. The move appears to be a way to shore up IBM’s hybrid cloud storage chops. Terms of the deal were not available. Cleversafe was founded in 2004, and was well ahead of its time when it came to anticipating the big data revolution. According to its website, the company foresaw the coming data… Read More

  • Apple’s New iPhones Still Start At Just 16GB Storage

    Apple’s New iPhones Still Start At Just 16GB Storage

    Despite hardware upgrades to the cameras of its new iPhones, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, announced today — including larger sensors that yield higher megapixel shots and support for 4K recording — the entry-level versions of each model still offer what is an increasingly parsimonious 16GB of storage. That compares unfavorably across the board with rival high end Android… Read More

  • ClearSky Data Exits Stealth With Novel Approach To Cloud Storage

    ClearSky Data Exits Stealth With Novel Approach To Cloud Storage

    ClearSky Data emerged from stealth today, offering an unusual approach to storage and data lifecycle management. It wants to combine the speed of on-premises storage with the cost and elasticity of a cloud service. While it’s a fully managed service, it involves several layers of storage with an on-premises piece, a local cloud data facility, and longer term public cloud storage. Read More

  • DataGravity Focuses On Security In Latest Release

    DataGravity Focuses On Security In Latest Release

    DataGravity announced version 2.0 of its storage appliance today, which focuses on data security, particularly knowing what files you have and who’s been accessing them. When DataGravity emerged last summer with a new concept of data aware storage, it announced a number of key features, but it found that “customers were gravitating most around security at the point of… Read More

  • Storage Vendor Tintri Lands $125M Round With Eye Toward IPO

    Storage Vendor Tintri Lands $125M Round With Eye Toward IPO

    Tintri, a company that develops storage solutions for virtual applications, announced a $125 million round today. The company also indicated the next logical step is probably going to be an IPO in the first half of 2016 if market conditions are right. The round was led by Silver Lake Kraftwerk. Existing investors Insight Venture Partners, Lightspeed Ventures, Menlo Ventures and NEA also… Read More

  • Minio Lands $3.3M Seed Round To Build Out Open Source Storage Project

    Minio Lands $3.3M Seed Round To Build Out Open Source Storage Project

    When venture capitalists open their wallets and hand out $3.3 million for a seed round, you have to figure the new company has some industry veterans with startup experience, and such is the case with Minio, an open source cloud storage product being built by veterans from Gluster. Gluster was purchased by Red Hat in 2011 for $136 million. The round is being led by Nexus Venture Partners… Read More

  • Backed By $4 Million, Bevy Debuts A Photo And Video Storage Solution The Whole Family Can Share

    Backed By $4 Million, Bevy Debuts A Photo And Video Storage Solution The Whole Family Can Share

    Families today often have more photo-taking devices than family members, which has led to the problem of people having massive numbers of photos and videos, none of which are properly organized and shared. A Boston-based startup called Lineage Labs, launching today and backed by $4 million in seed funding, is working on a solution. It’s introducing a product called “Bevy,”… Read More

  • Egnyte Adds File Auditing, Intelligent Distribution To Hybrid Storage Solution

    Egnyte Adds File Auditing, Intelligent Distribution To Hybrid Storage Solution

    Egnyte announced a couple of upgrades to their hybrid storage solution today including intelligent file distribution, which can determine the best place to put a file based on usage and IT policies They also announced a new file auditing feature that lets IT track a file wherever it goes, a feature that puts it on par with many of its competitors. Egnyte is part of the popular enterprise… Read More

  • Citrix Scoops Up Virtual Storage Vendor Sanbolic

    Citrix Scoops Up Virtual Storage Vendor Sanbolic

    Citrix purchased Sanbolic today, a company that provides virtual storage optimization services, filling in a missing piece in its virtualization product portfolio with the acquisition. It’s worth noting that Sanbolic plays nicely with Citrix desktop virtualization technology and considered Citrix a strong partner before the agreement, so the deal makes sense in that context. The… Read More

  • Salesforce Will Integrate With External File Storage Providers, With Microsoft Up First

    Salesforce Will Integrate With External File Storage Providers, With Microsoft Up First

    Salesforce, a SaaS CRM provider, announced a new product this morning that will connect external file storage solutions to its cloud-based products. In English, that means that if you store your digital goods on other services, but use them inside of Salesforce’s various tools, you’ll soon have a far simpler way to do so. The product, called ‘Files Connect,’ is… Read More

  • Druva Wants To Make Backup Tape History By Moving Server Backup To Cloud

    Druva Wants To Make Backup Tape History By Moving Server Backup To Cloud

    Druva, which to this point has been known for data protection and backup in the cloud for PCs, laptops and mobile devices, announced a new server backup product today called Phoenix aimed at bringing this part of the backup and archival system out of the age of tapes and trucks and into the cloud. In spite of the growing popularity of the cloud for device backup, much of the data center… Read More

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