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?
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, 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.