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Brexit will happen. The EU GDPR will happen. You can't avoid either

Article 50, the process for Britain’s formal withdrawal from the European Union, is looming. Upon the conclusion of Article 50, data centres resident in Britain will no longer be subject to EU data protection rules. Today, UK data centres are bound by the EU Data Protection Directive (95/46/C), which was in turn based on the …
Danny Bradbury, 16 Sep 2016
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Google teams with Iron Mountain for LTO-to-cloud migration

Google and Iron Mountain are trying to hasten the never-quite-imminent death of tape as a storage medium with an LTO-to-cloud migration collaboration. LTO – linear tape open for those among you not enamoured of rusty ribbons – is a standard tape format that counts IBM, HP and Quantum among its backers. A single seventh- …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Apr 2016
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Iron Mountain stars in total Recall: Watchdog probes rival biz gobble

Document and data storer Iron Mountain wants to buy Recall – and the UK monopoly regulator is alarmed. Iron Mountain put in a $2.6bn (£1.77bn, AU$3.4bn) bid to buy Recall Holdings Ltd in June 2015. Recall shareholders would get $0.50 plus 0.1722 Iron Mountain shares for each Recall share owned. Alternatively, Recall …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jan 2016
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How Seagate lost $171m before flogging off EVault

So Seagate has offloaded its EVault cloud backup service for a mere $14m, virtually giving away what it originally bought for $185m. How did this train wreck happen? Cloud backup outfit Carbonite says it is buying “a leading provider of business continuity and disaster recovery solutions” designed for SMBs and small …
Chris Mellor, 17 Dec 2015
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Spectralogic CTO talks up hybrid flash-tape cartridge. Welcome, tape robot overlords

Comment The idea of a hybrid flash tape cartridge was floated by SpectraLogic CTO Matt Starr in a conversation yesterday. He said LTFS was becoming more and more popular but LTFS information on a tape couldn’t be read until the LTO cartridge was in a drive. This takes time as, in a tape library, the robot has to transfer the …
Chris Mellor, 10 Dec 2015
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Seagate offers California Uni genome data storage K-drives

Seagate has given the University of California, Santa Cruz a petabyte of Kinetic drives to store and access genomic data. Kinetic disk drives have direct access over the Ethernet, and a key:value store structure with an object-style PUT and GET interface. Andy Hospodor, UCSC’s executive director of the Storage Systems …
Chris Mellor, 12 Nov 2015

Dangerous resurgent banking malware hits UK

The formidable Dyreza and Dridex banking malware are back in renewed and rejigged macro-based campaigns that includes a shift by the former to target industrial supply chain organisations and by the latter to smash the UK. Both malware instances are dangerous. Dyreza is a powerful man-in-the-browser bank trojan whose creators …
Darren Pauli, 02 Oct 2015
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EMC dives into Iron Mountain's cloudy backup lair

Backup, replication and DR services are being offered to EMC customers by backup bods Iron Mountain, thanks to it hosting Data Domain and Avamar replication targets in its data centres. Iron Mountain is a tape and paper archival storage service based in an old iron mine in Livingston, New York, used for growing mushrooms when …
Chris Mellor, 23 Apr 2015
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On-prem storage peeps. Come here. It's time for real talk. About Google

Comment Veritas, Symantec’s renamed and soon to be spun off storage biz, announced it’s supporting Google’s nearline cloud storage. Its Veritas NetBackup 7.7, now in beta with general availability planned for the summer, can back up data to Google Cloud Storage Nearline. Here’s Veritas supporting cloud disks as an archival target …
Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 2015

Google chips at Amazon's Glacier with Cloud Storage Nearline

Google wants to take a chunk out of Amazon's Glacier storage business with a cloud-based archive service that can start retrieving data in three seconds. The Google Cloud Storage Nearline service, now in beta, charges one cent per GB per month for data at rest. "Many of you operate a tiered data storage and archival process, in …
Iain Thomson, 11 Mar 2015
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Dig into Iron Mountain and you'll find Seagate and EVault

Cloud-based backup, recovery and disaster recovery (DR) services are being offered from an Iron Mountain data dungeon using Seagate kit and EVault software. Seagate is helping Iron Mountain move into the digital storage business again. Autonomy, in pre-HP days, bought the rusty heap's cloud archive storage business in 2011 after …
Chris Mellor, 03 Dec 2014
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Snowden's NSA leaks have galvanised the storage world

Anyone following the fortunes of the world’s biggest technology companies will have noticed a trend: every one of them has gone potty for privacy. This is not out of some sudden moral urge but because their futures depend on proving that they are good at protecting people’s personal data. The Edward Snowden leaks, in …
Tom Brewster, 18 Sep 2014
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EMC boss Tucci’s last battle: Stopping a forced VMware selloff

Analysis With Joe Tucci, EMC head honcho, set to retire on February next year, the very last thing he wanted was an attack by one of the biggest, baddest activist investors of all: Paul Singer’s Elliott Management. Elliott has communicated to EMC that it has a $1bn investment in its shares and would like VMware spun off so that EMC …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2014

Brocade flogs adapter biz to QLogic: Are they cutting losses or pleasing investors?

Late last week data networking gear firm Brocade announced it was selling its Ethernet and Fibre Channel adapter business to QLogic for an undisclosed sum. The storage networking host bus adapter (HBA) market was entered by Brocade in May 2007 with both iSCSI adapters and HBA products. The HBAs were marketed with messages …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2014
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Got it taped: The business of tape-based disaster recovery

Feature For many SMEs, tape disappeared from their landscape as a data storage choice ten or more years ago. Domestically, it exists, if at all, as a legacy item with perhaps a car stereo chewing its way through a selection of fondly regarded C-90s. Still, this lack of public visibility by no means indicates that tape has come to the …
Bob Dormon, 18 Sep 2013
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Back up all you like - but can you resuscitate your data after a flood?

When it comes to backups two sayings are worth keeping in mind: "if your data doesn't exist in at least two places, it doesn't exist" and "a backup whose restore process has not been tested is no backup at all”. There is nothing like a natural disaster affecting one of your live locations to test your procedures. I have just …
Trevor Pott, 25 Jul 2013
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BEELLIONAIRE Paul Singer slings $2.3bn into Compuware

Updated New York-based hedge fund Elliott Management has been on the hunt for undervalued software companies in which to invest. A few years back, it tried to buy Novell and failed in the attempt. But last month Elliott started amassing shares in Compuware, a systems and application management software maker, and now it wants the whole …
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This is Frankfurt calling: Scattered outbreaks of hot crunchiness

SNW Europe This is the second installment of El Reg's coverage of StorageNetworkWorld Europe, aka Powering The Cloud, bringing you another smorgasbord of storage goodness from the biggest storage show in the old coutries. Some of it's hot, and some is even crunchy... so dip in. BridgeSTOR and DDFS BridgeSTOR CEO John Matze told us more …
Chris Mellor, 09 Nov 2012

NetApp StorageGRID now on cloud nine: Would you put 100PBs in it?

Analysis NetApp continues its slow development of its object storage capability by adding a cloud interface to it. Version 9.0 of StorageGRID, the storage software gained by NetApp when it bought Bycast in mid-2010, sounds like a major release but the only feature NetApp emphasises is the new Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI). …
Chris Mellor, 13 Aug 2012
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EMC climbs software storage cash mountain, taunts rivals below

IDC reports that storage software sales boomed in Q4 2011, reaching an all-time record of almost $3.8bn. Full-year revenue hit a record high of $14.16bn. EMC was the top vendor with a 25.7 per cent revenue share, followed by Symantec with 15.4 per cent, and IBM at 14.2 per cent. IDC's press release quoted the wrong figures for …
Chris Mellor, 14 Mar 2012
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Reding's 'right to be forgotten' bill polarises Euro biz world

EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding will imminently table a draft bill that will – if passed in Parliament – require internet firms to be upfront about the user data they hold. The proposal has already been slammed by many businesses in the UK, where opposition to the draft regulation has been particularly fierce. Reding's …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Jan 2012
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Symantec gobbles email warehouse LiveOffice

Symantec has gone and bought itself a cloud archiver, LiveOffice, for $115m, and is now integrating its archival storage and eDiscovering offerings more closely. Symantec is basing a better information governance pitch on this acquisition. Privately held and venture-funded LiveOffice was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jan 2012
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ICO smacks Welsh council with record £130k fine

Data privacy watchdogs have fined Powys County Council £130,000, the highest fine the ICO has ever levied, for failing to protect the personal data of vulnerable young people. The Information Commissioner’s Office got out the big stick to punish the Welsh council after it sent details of a child protection case to the wrong …
John Leyden, 07 Dec 2011

Technology v support: Amazon's premium challenge

In order to compete in the public cloud with the Amazon juggernaut, rivals like Rackspace and Alcatel-Lucent are turning to value-added services to try to turn commoditised cloud computing into premium offerings. It's unclear whether this will work. Once customers get habituated to "low cost and more than good enough", it's hard …
Matt Asay, 01 Dec 2011
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NetApp team tags Iron Mountain for cloudy medical archiving

Iron Mountain is rebuilding its remnant cloud medical records archiving business with a dose of NetApp's StorageGRID.. Iron Mountain sold the bulk of its cloud business, meaning eDiscovery, archiving and online backup, to Autonomy in May this year for $380m. Autonomy was bought by HP later this year. Iron Mountain's cloud …
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2011

Hedge fund agitator grapples for helm at Brocade

Brocade has reported its quarterly results with a disappointing outlook and found itself the target of an activist hedge fund investor, Elliot Management, scenting under-valued assets it can profit from. For its third fiscal 2011 quarter, ending 30 July, Brocade's revenues were $503m, down from the preceding quarter's $548m, …
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2011
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Kazaa founder Bermeister returns, with key cloud patents

Brilliant Digital Entertainment subsidiary Kinetech has its eyes on the digital music industry, announcing that it has been granted three US patents covering content discovery and rights enforcement. Back in 2009, Kevin Bermeister of Kazaa fame switched focus to legal music alongside former pirate-buster Michael Speck, and BDE …
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Symantec buys Clearwell tech that makes lawyers poorer

Days after Iron Mountain sells its way out of the eDIscovery market Symantec is buying its way in, with a $390 million purchase of Clearwell. Symantec, which sells backup, archiving, security, file and volume management software and is in a hardware-selling joint venture with Huawei, thinks the addition of eDIscovery products …
Chris Mellor, 20 May 2011
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Autonomy engulfs 5-petabyte Iron Mountain cloud

Autonomy is paying $380m for Iron Mountain's archiving and online backup business. The Cambridge-based company said the purchase showed the truth of its prediction of the merging of regulatory archiving and search functions for businesses. The deal adds five petabytes of company data and 6,000 customers to Autonomy's cloud …
John Oates, 16 May 2011
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Nirvanix storage cloud spills executive blood

Comment Nirvanix lost a few executives when its incoming CEO stripped out unwanted VPs and SVPs, and brought in his own team. What appears to have happened is that Scott Genereux became Nirvanix' CEO in November of last year, coming in from QLogic. Some $10m of C-round funding came in at the same time – which, with a B-round in 2009, …
Chris Mellor, 03 May 2011
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Cirtas dumps staff and retreats

In January, we asked if cloud storage start-up Cirtas would be a rainmaker. Now its very survival is in doubt as funding is withdrawn and 21 staff are dismissed. The news came from a senior engineer at Cirtas, Dave Graham, through his Twitter feed. "Well, the waiting is over. as of 3pm TODAY, i, along with 20 others are no …
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2011
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Iron Mountain caves in to investors

Iron Mountain's returning CEO has moved quickly to reach an accommodation with activist investor Elliot Management, being willing to sell-off the digital business, close unprofitable international operations, return cash to shareholders, and evaluate becoming a REIT. Scenting that stockholder opinion was in line with that of …
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2011
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Infosmack tackles VMware's Cloud Foundry

Episode 95 Without further ado, it's time for another Infosmack, the world's best podcast about enterprise tech. Special guest this week is Christian Reilly, principal technology architect at a large multinational and "ex-president of the public cloud", but more recently the self anointed "president of the platform cloud", as well as a …
Drew Cullen, 20 Apr 2011
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Iron Mountain dislodges CEO

Iron Mountain, the successful supplier of physical record vaulting and unsuccessful supplier of digital vaulting services, has dumped its CEO, Bob Brennan, and made board chairman Richard Reese CEO in his stead. It appears Brennan has taken the hit for Iron Mountain's disastrous foray into its recently closed public cloud …
Chris Mellor, 14 Apr 2011
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Bruised Iron Mountain gives up on storage cloud

It's weird: Gartner is now Iron Mountain's news outlet and tells us that bruised Iron Mountain is giving up on its public cloud storage and closing the business down. The beleaguered company has also set up a poison pill defence against any takeover attempts. The background here is that Iron Mountain screwed up and had to write …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2011
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Iron Mountain hit by hedge fund attack

Data-vaulting company Iron Mountain has been hit by a hedge fund shareholder attack that accuses management of disastrous forays into digital data storage and international expansion. It should become a real estate-focused company delivering cash to shareholders instead of wasting it on fruitless growth ambitions, says the fund …
Chris Mellor, 11 Mar 2011
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Iron Mountain's eDiscovery made 2010 a rusty mess

Iron Mountain's 2010 business was badly affected by mismanagement of its eDiscovery business, which lead to a $284m impairment charge. Iron Mountain's revenues for the fourth quarter of its 2010 financial year were flat at $789m, just 1.2 per cent up on the year-ago quarter's $779m. Net income was $33m, down almost a half on the …
Chris Mellor, 28 Feb 2011
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Nasuni grabs cloud development cash

Probably the last storage venture capital cash raising exercise of 2010 is following the dash to the cloud by pumping $15m into cloud filer startup Nasuni. Nasuni received $8m in a previous funding round in March 2009, so it has now received a total of $23m for the development of its business and software appliance: a lot of …
Chris Mellor, 20 Dec 2010
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StorSimple wheels out head-in-Cloud, feet-on-premises solution

Startup StorSimple is SAShaying to the cloud with a small and medium business on-premises appliance for active data storage – and bulk data banished to the cloud. The cloud is not enough. It needs to be married to local storage in a seamless way. The idea is to have a 3-tier storage scheme with hot data stored locally and bulk …
Chris Mellor, 07 Dec 2010
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Government will shred ID card data

The IPS plans to order Thales and 3M SPSL to shred the hard disks and back-up tapes holding the personal information on the National Identity Register (NIR), according to a document released through Parliament's library. The document, CWIC-NIR destruction and equipment decommissioning, says that IPS will order shredding, …
Kable, 08 Nov 2010
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NetApp backs StorageGRID system

NetApp is bringing its acquired Bycast product to market, and it's keeping the StorageGRID name. Bycast was bought by NetApp last month and the StorageGRID product is being sold as a complementary offering, bringing an object storage capability that NetApp's mainstream file and block storage FAS arrays do not have. NetApp is …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jun 2010
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Data Protection Manager flies cloudwards

Iron Mountain has enhanced its CloudRecovery product with support for Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2010 so that users can send DPM-gathered data to its cloud storage vault. The company says the latest release of CloudRecovery offers multi-terabyte scalability and retains support for DPM 2007 with SP 1. It can retain data for …
Chris Mellor, 20 Apr 2010
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Verizon and IBM join forces for private cloud backup

Verizon and IBM are partnering to offer a private networked (cloud) backup service to enterprise customers. The duo's offering is called Managed Data Vault. Customers backup data from an active site and send it across Verizon network links to a remote IBM data centre equipped with "backup infrastructure and management …
Chris Mellor, 01 Apr 2010
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Dell OEMs Data Domain and Celerra

Dell is broadening its storage product range by OEMing EMC's Celerra and Data Domain products, and developing its own object storage product. The background to this is the continuing and dramatic rise in the amount of semi- and unstructured information. This leads to a sheer storage capacity problem and to infrastructure …
Chris Mellor, 25 Mar 2010
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NetApp models uplifting BRaaS

NetApp has produced a set of design guides for service providers, including a Backup and Recovery as a Service (BRaaS) offering with Asigra, and is looking for a sales uplift in this area. The idea is to make it easier for cloud service providers to use NetApp kit when offering data protection services. The foundation is NetApp' …
Chris Mellor, 04 Mar 2010
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Iron Mountain downs its Mimosa

Our sources were right. Iron Mountain has gone ahead and bought Mimosa Systems and its NearPoint email, file, and SharePoint archiving software. The price is a cool $112m, the high-end of our suggested range, giving Mimosa's venture cap funders a tidy profit on their roughly $66m investment and indicating that this was no …
Chris Mellor, 22 Feb 2010
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Iron Mountain thinking about a long, cool drink of Mimosa

Comment The Iron Mountain repository could be getting an email and file archiving software wrapper with strong rumours that Iron Mountain plans to buy Mimosa. Iron Mountain is a paper and tape records repository company, famously started to store mushrooms in an old iron-ore mine. Then it branched out into what became its core business …
Chris Mellor, 22 Feb 2010
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Founding investor still believes InPhase can fly

Comment A founding investor in defunct holographic storage developer InPhase is still hopeful of restarting the firm, even as 'For lease' signs go up on its building in Longmont, Colorado. Bart Stuck is the managing director of Signal Lake Ventures which led the initial $27.9m A-round of funding for InPhase in January 2001. This …
Chris Mellor, 18 Feb 2010
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Nasuni provides cloud-based filer

Startup Nasuni says it has cracked the problem of storing files directly in the cloud with a software virtual NAS appliance. The Nasuni filer is software that provides a CIFS and NFS gateway interface to files stored in the cloud and looks like a regular network-attached storage (NAS) filer to applications and servers. It comes …
Chris Mellor, 09 Feb 2010
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Simpana joins the cloud crowd

CommVault has added a cloud connector to its Simpana archiving package so customers can archive data to disk or to various vaults in the sky. Simpana is a data protection and management software suite that can store deduplicated data on tape, in drive arrays and now in the cloud, what Simpana calls "far line" storage. It's …
Chris Mellor, 02 Feb 2010