Building Enterprise Storage on OpenStack, for OpenStack, with Software-Defined Storage

Summary: As an Enterprise Storage as a Service vendor, we built our Virtual Private Storage Array technology from the ground up for the cloud, and OpenStack has been a key component of our architecture from day one. As we head to the OpenStack Summit 2014 in Atlanta (Zadara Storage will be exhibiting in Booth #E16) our CEO Nelson Nahum shares some of the reasons why we chose to base our architecture on OpenStack.

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Tackling Enterprise Cloud Compliance and Security with…Storage

Following my presentation at Cloud Expo: The Cloud Needs to Look More Like the Data Center, I contributed the following article ‘Storage: You Once Were the Weakest Link’ to Cloud Computing Journal, describing why storage challenges in the cloud had arisen from critical business concerns and kept enterprises from migrating their applications to the cloud.

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Advice for Companies Moving to the Cloud – Common Misconceptions and Tips

Our CEO and CTO, Nelson Nahum, was asked to contribute his advice to companies hesitant to make a move to the cloud, providing tips that address common misconceptions or allow a successful implementation, for the ClickSoftware blog. 

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Scaling Up: From Big Data to Big Storage – a Growing Need for Repository Storage

Many customers have contacted us following our announcement of 3TB SATA repository storage drives at AWS. For those who are not familiar with this type of storage, we wanted to expand on what Repository Storage is, what it requires, and share a customer use-case to better explain how repository storage differs from primary storage and archival storage.

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Software Defined Storage vs traditional SAN Storage from a storage vendor perspective.

There is a new trend of Software Defined “Everything” in IT, and the storage industry is going through the same transformation. While there is a lot of marketing buzz around the term Software Defined Storage, this article is intended to introduce clarity by describing—from a storage vendor perspective—the major differences between Software Defined Storage and traditional SAN or NAS arrays.

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Storage Performance in the Cloud

It is no secret that storage performance in the cloud is one of the main challenges for applications. The storage performance problem in the cloud has multiple facets. It is not just low vs. high performance; it's also the fact that performance varies over time, and one customer can impact the performance of others. There is also the issue of storage performance monitoring. How does one know if an application is running slowly because of storage performance, or because of other factors like networking, IO concurrency, latencies, etc.?

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The Case for Data Encryption in the Cloud

One of the main concerns people have when they need to store data and run applications in the cloud is the security. Despite the fact that cloud providers usually have very good security schemes, there are some questions one needs to ask when moving data that is in one's own data center to the cloud.

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