Will Scalable Data Stores Make NoSQL a Non-Starter?

The discussion around NoSQL seems to have evolved from abolishing SQL databases to coexisting with SQL databases, and then to SQL is actually regaining momentum. Is SQL regaining favor, even among webscale types? Was it ever out of favor?

Can Open Converged Infrastructure Compete?

Conventional wisdom suggests buying into the convenience and performance of converged infrastructure means buying into the dreaded vendor lock-in problem. As it turns out, however, that doesn’t have to be the case — Dell and Egenera are two players leading the charge for open converged infrastructure.

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.

Why a DIY Big Data Stack Is a Better Option

While settling on a standard big data stack is deeply important to the big data industry as a whole, I’m nonetheless questioning the operational and competitive consequences for companies who choose to buy into this standard without first considering the value of building a proprietary solution.

M-Files: Traditional Applications Meet Cloud Storage

Motive Systems, is today releasing a cloud storage offering, M-Files Cloud Vault, that enables companies to organize and manage company documents and information on cloud servers. The market for this sort of product is massive and there is an opportunity for many vendors to be successful in their particular niche.

Qwest Jumps on the Real-Time Cloud Recovery Bandwagon

Qwest Communications today announced a new cloud based application recovery solution aimed for small and medium sized businesses. Qwest’s Real-Time Application Recovery offering aims to provide business continuity at a much lower price than conventional backup solutions and in doing so each the SMB market.

Nasuni and the Difficulty of Differentiating

Recently I questioned whether businesses would really be prepared to purchase cloud storage solutions from consumer-focused vendors. We take a look at how yet another entrant into the marketplace differentiates itself, and whether there is any chance of building a successful business in a saturated market.

Startups Aim to Chip Away at the Microsoft Office Empire

It was only a few years ago that Microsoft was dismissing SaaS and remaining silent about cloud computing in general. Disruption at the software layer is showing why Microsoft has concentrated heavily on the Azure infrastructure and platform plays. So what’s happening at a software level?

The Simple Reason Dell Bought 3PAR

Dell agreed to acquire 3PAR for $1.15 billion for one simple reason: 3PAR is the only smaller independent company that competes at the high end of EMC’s product lineup, letting Dell join EMC, IBM, and Hitachi Data Systems at the high end of the storage market.

Cloud Storage and Backup: Will Consumer Tools Work for Business?

In the cloud storage space, will formerly consumer-centric offerings be able to move into enterprise-level offerings, or will specifically business-focused startups be able to gain sufficient momentum to head them off? There’s a jockeying for position going on among all the vendors.