BACKBLAZE B2 CLOUD STORAGE LAUNCHES S3 COMPATIBLE APIs, WITH PARTNERS IBM ASPERA, VEEAM, QUANTUM
San Mateo, CA (May 4, 2020) — Backblaze, the cloud provider beloved by storage professionals, announced it now supports the massive S3 ecosystem with the release of new, S3 Compatible APIs.
In practical terms, this means millions of software vendors, developers, and content creators—many stuck with legacy cloud providers before today—can now instantly plug into Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage by doing little more than pointing their data to a new destination. There’s no need to write new code, no change in workflow, and no downtime. Customers meanwhile get all the benefits of Backblaze B2: infinitely scalable, durable offsite storage at ¼ the price of other options.
More than a dozen software companies committed to support this Backblaze B2 launch, including:
● IBM Aspera, for fast data transfers and streaming across any distance
● Veeam, for backup, recovery, and management of virtual and physical infrastructures
● Quantum, for capturing, creating, and sharing digital content
The S3 Compatible APIs are new, yet the company is already a well known-innovator within the world of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)—Backblaze has a devoted following and more than an exabyte of customer data under management from organizations including American Public Television, Patagonia, and Verizon’s Complex Networks.
“For years, businesses have loved our astonishingly easy-to-use cloud storage for supporting them in achieving incredible outcomes,” said Gleb Budman, Co-Founder and CEO, Backblaze. “Today we’re excited to do all the more by enabling many more businesses to use our storage with their existing tools and workflows.”
Additional software companies committed to making Backblaze B2 a compelling new option for their users, starting with the S3 compatibility public beta, include: Cinnafilm, Igneous, LucidLink, Marquis, Masstech, Primestream, Scale Logic, Storage Made Easy, Studio Network Solutions, Venera, Vidispine, Xendata. These ISVs join a list of more than 100 others, plus hardware companies, already offering Backblaze B2 to support their customers’ cloud storage needs.
More information can be found here. Organizations that seek to get started immediately—for themselves for free, or for their software platform users—can contact Backblaze here.
Founded in 2007, Backblaze provides award-winning cloud storage to businesses and consumers. It has more than an exabyte of customer data under management. The company’s B2 Cloud Storage is purpose built to provide simple, reliable, and affordable object storage—meaning customers can escape the cloud oligarchy and enjoy quality storage priced so they don’t have to choose between what matters and what doesn’t when it comes to their backup & archive, data organization, workflow streamlining, and more. Headquartered in San Mateo, CA, Backblaze employs 150 people.
George Jon Selects Datadobi to Deliver Data Migration for its Leading eDiscovery Platform
Datadobi Outperformed Alternative Solutions for Performance, Simplicity, and Reporting Capabilities
LEUVEN, Belgium–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Datadobi, the global leader in unstructured data migration software, has been selected by eDiscovery platform, process, and product specialist George Jon, to power its data migration services for clients across the corporate, legal, and managed services sectors. George Jon builds and launches best-in-class, secure eDiscovery environments, from procurement and buildout, and requires a data migration solution that provides clients with fast and reliable file transfer capabilities. They’ve managed projects for all of the ‘Big Four’ accounting firms and members of the Am Law 100, among many others.
Local nonprofit eliminated complexity, lowered costs and freed up management time across 20 stores with Scale Computing HC3
INDIANAPOLIS (PRWEB) APRIL 14, 2020
Scale Computing, the market leader in edge computing, virtualization and hyperconverged solutions, today announced Goodwill Central Coast, a regional chapter of the wider Goodwill nonprofit retail organization, has implemented Scale Computing’s HC3 Edge platform for its IT infrastructure for in-store across its 20 locations. Scale Computing HC3 has provided Goodwill Central Coast with a simple, affordable, self-healing and easy to use hyperconverged virtual solution capable of remote management.
Spanning three counties in southern California, Goodwill Central Coast serves Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Luis Obispo. Goodwill Central Coast’s mission is to provide employment for individuals who face barriers to employment, such as homelessness, military service, single parenting, incarceration, addiction and job displacement. To fund its mission, Goodwill Central Coast is also a retail organization, which provides job training and funds programs to assist individuals in reclaiming their financial and personal independence.
As a nonprofit with a small IT staff of three people and 20 locations to service, Goodwill Central Coast was in need of an affordable virtual hyperconverged infrastructure solution capable of managing the region’s file systems and databases out of a central database in Salinas, CA. Since implementation of Scale Computing, Goodwill Central Coast has upgraded its point of sale system, increased drive space, saved resources, and saved 15% on the initial IT budget.
“The cumbersome nature of managing our previous technology led me to look into other solutions, and I’m so glad I found Scale Computing,” said Kevin Waddy, IT Director, Goodwill Central Coast. “Migration from our previous system was so quick and easy! I migrated 24 file servers to the new Scale Computing solution during the day with little to no downtime, spending 20 minutes on some servers. The training and support during the migration was comprehensive and I’ve had zero issues with the system in the six months I’ve had it in place. Scale Computing HC3 is a single pane of glass that’s easy to manage, and it has saved us so much time on projects.”
Before turning to Scale Computing, Goodwill Central Coast was using an outdated legacy virtualization system that required physical reboots every other month. The nonprofit was looking to save management time by replacing their IT infrastructure with a virtual server system capable of simply and efficiently managing remote servers. Waddy was also interested in looking for a hyperconverged system for its ability to migrate from physical servers to virtual, ultimately turning to Scale Computing for its affordability and ability to maximize uptime.
“When an organization is providing a service to its community, the last thing they should worry about is stretching their resources,” said Jeff Ready, CEO and Co-Founder, Scale Computing. “For a nonprofit like Goodwill Central Coast, saving time and money is critical to the work they do. With Scale Computing HC3, Goodwill Central Coast now has a simple, reliable and affordable edge computing solution that is easy to manage with a fully integrated, highly available virtualization appliance architecture that can be managed locally and remotely.”
With Scale Computing HC3, virtualization, edge computing, servers, storage and backup/disaster recovery have been brought into a single, easy-to-use platform. All of the components are built in, including the hypervisor, without the need for any third-party components or licensing. HC3 includes rapid deployment, automated management capabilities, and a single-pane-of-management, helping to streamline and simplify daily tasks, saving time and money.
For more information on Scale Computing HC3, visit: https://www.scalecomputing.com/hc3-virtualization-platform
About Scale Computing
Scale Computing is a leader in edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions. Scale Computing HC3 software eliminates the need for traditional virtualization software, disaster recovery software, servers, and shared storage, replacing these with a fully integrated, highly available system for running applications. Using patented HyperCore™ technology, the HC3 self-healing platform automatically identifies, mitigates, and corrects infrastructure problems in real-time, enabling applications to achieve maximum uptime. When ease-of-use, high availability, and TCO matter, Scale Computing HC3 is the ideal infrastructure platform. Read what our customers have to say on Gartner Peer Insights, Spiceworks, TechValidate, and TrustRadius.
Scale Computing Offers Acronis Cloud Storage, Expands Storage Options for Enhanced Data Backup, Disaster Recovery, and Ransomware Mitigation
Scale Computing Offers Acronis Cloud Storage, Expands Storage Options for Enhanced Data Backup, Disaster Recovery, and Ransomware Mitigation
By offering Acronis Cloud Storage, Scale Computing customers can now easily and securely store their Acronis backups locally or in the cloud
INDIANAPOLIS, March 24, 2020 – Scale Computing, a market leader in edge computing, virtualization and hyperconverged solutions, today announced it is offering Acronis Cloud Storage, adding a further dimension to the existing OEM partnership with the global leader in cyber protection. The easy to use cloud subscription from Acronis gives Scale Computing HC3 customers a powerful, highly available, hybrid redundant backup storage solution delivering disaster recovery protection and cyberthreat mitigation.
By offering Acronis Cloud Storage, Scale Computing provides customers with a safe, secure and easy place to back up data. By integrating the Scale Computing HC3 platform with Acronis Cyber Backup, users can benefit from a wide range of advanced backup and protection features, including granular object-level recovery, variable-length deduplication for backups, and active ransomware protection.
The new end-to-end storage and cloud backup solution can protect entire virtual machines (VMs), providing bare-metal restore capabilities, and can restore to dissimilar hardware or platforms if required. Available to purchase in one- or three-year terms, Scale Computing will be offering Acronis Cloud Storage in increments ranging from 250GB to 5TB.
Acronis backups are stored on reliable Acronis Cyber Infrastructure (a secure software-defined compute and storage solution) with outstanding redundancy and error correction. The data center infrastructure is designed around high availability and redundancy to minimize associated risks and eliminate single points of failure. In addition, physical security is ensured through several protective measures such as security barriers, video surveillance, and highly monitored access. Data can also be encrypted at source with government-approved AES-256 strong encryption before sending it to a secure data center.
“We are seeing considerable demand from today’s businesses for data protection, backup and disaster recovery. Integrating the Scale Computing HC3 platform with Acronis will help customers meet these priorities in a simple and cost-effective way,” explained Jeff Ready, CEO and co-founder, Scale Computing. “Scale Computing customers can now easily and securely store their Acronis backups locally or in the cloud, with a scalable solution that is designed for agile businesses.”
“The ever-rising threat of ransomware and other cyberthreats along with changing IT requirements have organizations facing ongoing challenges associated with protecting their infrastructure. Due to this, more organizations are demanding cyber protection solutions that are easy, efficient and secure for backing up their data,” said Patrick Hurley, Vice President and General Manager, Americas at Acronis. “With Acronis Cloud Storage on Scale Computing HC3, organizations gain a high availability data protection cloud solution that also ensures safe, secure and scalable offsite backup for any data or any system — anytime, anywhere.”
Acronis Cloud from Scale Computing is available now, worldwide.For more information about Acronis Cloud Storage on Scale Computing HC3, visit: https://www.scalecomputing.com/acronis
About Scale Computing
Scale Computing is a leader in edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions. Scale Computing HC3 software eliminates the need for traditional virtualization software, disaster recovery software, servers, and shared storage, replacing these with a fully integrated, highly available system for running applications. Using patented HyperCore™ technology, the HC3 self-healing platform automatically identifies, mitigates, and corrects infrastructure problems in real-time, enabling applications to achieve maximum uptime. When ease-of-use, high availability, and TCO matter, Scale Computing HC3 is the ideal infrastructure platform. Read what our customers have to say on Gartner Peer Insights, Spiceworks, TechValidate and TrustRadius.
Acronis sets the standard for cyber protection through its innovative backup, anti-ransomware, disaster recovery, storage, and enterprise file sync and share solutions. Enhanced by its award-winning AI-based active protection technology, blockchain-based data authentication and unique hybrid-cloud architecture, Acronis protects all data in any environment – including physical, virtual, cloud, mobile workloads and applications – all at a low and predictable cost.
Founded in Singapore in 2003 and incorporated in Switzerland in 2008, Acronis now has more than 1,500 employees in 33 locations in 18 countries. Its solutions are trusted by more than 5.5 million consumers and 500,000 businesses, including 100% of the Fortune 1000 companies. Acronis’ products are available through 50,000 partners and service providers in over 150 countries in more than 30 languages.
IT Resilience Everywhere; Zerto 8.0 Expands Data Protection and Recovery Capabilities Across On-Premises and Cloud
Zerto Announces Partnership with Google Cloud and Deeper Integration with Azure, AWS and VMware
Boston, March 24, 2020 – Zerto, an industry leader for IT resilience, today announced the general availability of Zerto 8.0, expanding disaster recovery, data protection, and mobility for hybrid and multi-cloud environments with strategic partners. Zerto 8.0 introduces new integration with Google Cloud, deeper integrations with Azure, AWS public cloud platforms, and new innovations with VMware.
“With Zerto 8.0, our mission is to deliver IT resilience everywhere, by introducing a range of new and powerful features along with deeper integration with market-leading public cloud providers. We give customers the protection they want, wherever they need it,” explained Ziv Kedem, CEO of Zerto. “Zerto has been moving the dial on resilience for the past decade, and the ongoing development and wider integration of our platform shows the importance of technology leadership in an era where businesses can never stand still on data protection and recovery.”
Zerto 8.0 brings unrivalled data protection and mobility for hybrid, multi-cloud environments with a range of new, innovative features and capabilities:
New support for Google Cloud by bringing its leading Continuous Data Protection (CDP) technology to Google Cloud’s VMware-as-a-Service offering. Zerto 8.0 will support VMware on Google Cloud, enabling users to protect and migrate native VMware workloads in Google Cloud Platform (GCP) with Zerto’s leading RTOs, RPOs and workload mobility.
New cost savings, operational efficiencies and visibility with support for VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (vVols).
Expanded VMware vCloud Director (vCD) connection with Zerto’s self-service recovery portal for Managed Service Providers (MSP).
Deeper integration with Microsoft Azure for increased simplicity and scalability of large deployments, which includes support for Microsoft Hyper-V Gen 2 VMs, users leveraging UEFI for VMs running in their on-premises environments can now use Microsoft Azure as a target for disaster recovery, without a need to convert the VMs to legacy formats.
AWS Storage Gateway to be used as a target site for inexpensive and efficient cloud archive and data protection.
New data protection capabilities, extending the value of Virtual Protection Groups (VPGs) to data protection, delivering application consistency from seconds to years.
A single pane of glass for data protection reporting with status performance and capacity reporting of protected workloads.
Zerto’s failback functionality as part of the cost-effective incremental snapshots of Azure managed disks is now available across ALL regions.
New unified alert management with prioritized views of critical alerts and customization for users to receive the alerts exactly when needed for critical operations.
New impact analysis capability to mitigate risk to an organization’s protected and unprotected environment for on-premises or cloud.
New resource planning view of Unprotected VM’s for better insight into an organizations’ unprotected VMs.
Additional features to automate and streamline the processes for failover and configuration in the public cloud with automated OS configuration, automatic failback configuration and more.
Additionally, Zerto 8.0 lays the foundation for the future of data protection, replacing traditional snapshot-based backup with low RPO journal-based “operational recovery,” enabling enterprises to perform day-to-day granular recovery quickly.
“We’re excited to partner with Zerto and to integrate its capabilities in disaster recovery and backup with Google Cloud,” said Manvinder Singh, Director, Partnerships at Google Cloud. “Zerto’s expertise in supporting and securing VMware workloads in the cloud will be a benefit to organizations that are increasingly running mission-critical workloads on Google Cloud.”
“Zerto support for VMware Virtual Volumes (vVols) helps our mutual customers protect their digital infrastructure,” said Lee Caswell, VP Marketing, HCI BU, VMware. “As an Advanced tier Technology Alliance Partner, Zerto is helping customers realize the unique VMware ability to offer consistent storage policy-based management across traditional storage and hyperconverged infrastructure.”
“At Coyote, the security and protection of our customers’ data is our top priority,” said Brian Work, Chief Technology Officer, Coyote. “We take every precaution to keep their information safe, and our work with Zerto is a perfect example of this. Our mutual focus on data protection allows us to offer our customers the innovative tech solutions they need with the security they require.”
Learn more about Zerto 8.0 here: https://www.zerto.com/zerto-8-0-general-availability/
Zerto helps customers accelerate IT transformation by reducing the risk and complexity of modernization and cloud adoption. By replacing multiple legacy solutions with a single IT Resilience Platform, Zerto is changing the way disaster recovery, data protection and cloud are managed. With enterprise scale, Zerto’s software platform delivers continuous availability for an always-on customer experience while simplifying workload mobility to protect, recover and move applications freely across hybrid and multi-clouds. Zerto is trusted globally by over 8,000 customers, works with more than 1,500 partners and is powering resiliency offerings for 450 managed services providers. Learn more at Zerto.com.
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Reposting Blog from BackBlaze CEO.
Blog Post Title: An Announcement With 18 Zeros
Author: Gleb Budman, CEO and Co-Founder
Since the beginning of Backblaze—back in 2007, when five of us were working out of Brian Wilson’s apartment in Palo Alto—watching the business grow has always been profoundly exciting for me. And I’m not talking about financial growth (that’s nice too, of course).
Our team has grown. From five way back in the Palo Alto days, to 145. Our customer base has grown. Today, we have customers in over 160 countries… it doesn’t seem that long ago when I was excited about having our 160th customer.
More than anything else, the data we manage for our customers has grown.
In 2008, not long after our launch, we had 750 customers and thought ten terabytes was a lot of data. But things progressed quickly, and just two years later we reached 10 petabytes of customer data stored (1000x more). (Good thing we designed for zettabyte-scale cloud architecture!)
By 2014, we were storing 100 petabytes – the equivalent of 11,415 years of HD video.
Years passed, our team grew, the number of customers grew, and—especially after we launched B2 Cloud Storage in 2015—the data grew. At some scale it got harder to contextualize what hundreds and hundreds of petabytes really meant. I like to remember that each byte is part of some individual’s beloved family photos or some organization’s critical data that they’ve entrusted us to protect.
This is a belief that we’ve included in every Backblaze team member’s job description, to remind us of why we do what we do:
“Our customers use our services so they can pursue dreams like curing cancer (genome mapping is data-intensive), archive the work of some of the greatest artists on the planet (learn more about how Austin City Limits uses B2), or simply sleep well at night (anyone that’s spilled a cup of coffee on a laptop knows the relief that comes with complete, secure backups).”
It’s critically important for us that we achieved this growth by staying the same in the most important ways: being open & transparent, building a sustainable business, and caring about being good to our customers, partners, community, and team. Which is why I’m excited to announce a huge milestone today. Our biggest growth number yet.
We’ve reached 1.
Or, by another measurement, we’ve reached 1,000,000,000,000,000,000.
Yes, today, we’re announcing that we are storing 1 exabyte of customer data.
What does it all mean? Well. If you ask our engineers, not much. They’ve already rocketed past this number mentally and are considering how long it will take to get to a zettabyte (1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes).
But, while it’s great to keep our eyes on the future, it’s also important to celebrate what milestones mean. Yes, crossing an exabyte of data is another validation of our technology and our sustainably independent business model. But I think it really means that we’re providing value and earning the trust of our customers.
Thank you for putting your trust in us by keeping some of your bytes with us. We have a couple more announcements in the next few weeks that I’m looking forward to sharing with you. But for today, here’s to our biggest 1 yet. And many more to come.
StorCentric’s Nexsan Announces Major Performance & Connectivity Improvements for BEAST Platform with New BEAST Elite Models
BEAST Elite & Elite F with QLC Flash Deliver Industry-Leading BEAST Reliability with Enhanced Performance
Nexsan, a StorCentric company and a global leader in unified storage solutions, has announced significant enhancements for its high-density BEAST storage platform, including major improvements in performance and connectivity. The new BEAST Elite increases throughput and IOPs by 25% while maintaining the architecture’s price/performance leadership. Connectivity has been tripled, providing 12 high-speed Fibre Channel (FC) or iSCSI host ports, reducing the need for network switches.
BEAST Elite: Industry-Leading Reliability, Enhanced Performance and Scale
The BEAST Elite has been architected for the most diverse and demanding storage environments, including media and entertainment, surveillance, government, health care, financial and backup. It offers ultra-reliable, high performance storage that seamlessly fits into existing storage environments. In addition to a 25% increase in IOPs and throughput, BEAST Elite provides an all-in enterprise storage software feature set with encryption, snapshots, robust connectivity with FC and iSCSI, and support for asynchronous replication.
Designed for easy setup and streamlined management processes for administrators, BEAST Elite is highly reliable and was built to withstand demanding storage environments, including ships, subway stations and storage closets that have less than ideal temperatures and vibration. The platform now supports 14TB and 16TB HDDs with density of up to 2.88PB in a 12U system.
BEAST Elite F: QLC Flash Delivers Unrivalled Price/Performance Metrics
The BEAST Elite F storage solution supports QLC NAND technology designed to accelerate access to extremely large datasets at unrivalled price/performance metrics for high-capacity, performance-sensitive workloads. It is ideally suited to environments where performance is critical, but the cost of SSDs has historically been too high.
The BEAST Elite and Elite F both support the new E-Flex Architecture, which allows users to select up to two of any of the three expansion systems available. This gives organizations the flexibility to size the systems exactly as required within their rack space requirements.
“The new BEAST Elite storage platform with QLC flash provides a significant performance improvement over HDDs with industry-leading price/performance. This storage platform is ideal for customers who want extremely dense, highly resilient block storage data lakes, analytics and ML/AI workloads,” said Surya Varanasi, CTO of StorCentric, parent company of Nexsan.
“With a reputation for reliability stretching back over two decades, our BEAST platform has become a trusted solution for a huge range of organizations and use cases,” commented Mihir Shah, CEO of StorCentric, parent company of Nexsan. “BEAST Elite and Elite F retain those levels of superior-build quality and robust design while adding significantly to performance, scale and connectivity capabilities. We will continue to enhance and introduce new products as a testament to our unrelenting commitment to customer centricity.”
For further information, please visit https://www.nexsan.com/beast-elite/.