nScaled predictions for 2011

1. Organizations will stop throwing big money at big storage
The cost per GB of cloud storage will fuel the growing realization that the days of making million $ investments into privately managed, top tier SAN storage are coming to an end.

2. Tiered storage, and smarter use of storage tiers will become a standard
Organizations will take a harder look at the data residing on their expensive primary storage, and put solutions in place to manage its migration to appropriate media and locations. Factors for consideration will include access speeds, retrieval times and redundancy. Older, less accessed data will be moved to more cost effective storage tiers automatically. Primary, expensive storage will be viewed more as a ‘data cache’ – used only for current data. This will slow the needs for continued growth of primary, high performance SAN facilities.

Video Short – Local File Recovery from Snapshot

The following short video short shows the quick and simple process of recovering a file locally if you have protected it using some of the on-premise integrated tools that are part of nScaled’s Total Data Protection Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity solution.

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1.0.13 beta update of nScaled Cloud Console

On August 18th, 2010, we released the 1.0.13 update for the nScaled Cloud Console.

Here’s what’s new in version 1.0.13, since previous release:

The nScaled Cloud Computing Console – Part 2

In today’s installment to review with you the nScaled console I present a recent update we made that begins to surface important data about what you have purchased and are using, the “data growth” widget and how much data you are sending and receiving to and from your business continuity site over time with the “Data Center Connectivity” widget.

On the left in the screenshot above you can clearly see how much capacity you have pre-purchased from nScaled for the purposes of storing your business continuity data.  Recall that with nScaled business continuity data in the cloud is essentially the ability to recovery any file, folder, disk, or entire server at any point in time according to your defined retention schedule.

Shared Article: Overcoming Fear Of The Cloud

In my perusing of various blogs and articles this morning I ran across this one, “Overcoming Fear Of The Cloud

A paragraphs in the article says:

“The fears range from the personal (Will I lose my job?) to the operational (How can we make sure we are backed up?) to the strategic (Will we be locked in to one cloud?). Some of the fears expose long-standing weaknesses in traditional IT practices, while others are new to the cloud. While most of us don’t like to admit we are constrained by fear, it is worth taking an inventory of these fears to see if we are missing out on important opportunities.”

The nScaled Cloud Computing Console – Part 1

Over the next few days and weeks I will be introducing and detailing individual features and functionality of the nScaled Cloud Computing console via this blog series.  It’s my goal to provide more information, thoughts, options and demonstrations of how nScaled, Inc. provides business continuity to our clients.  This first post will be a general introduction to the nScaled Cloud Computing Console and a small screencast of what happens when a server starts in the nScaled cloud.

Our cloud computing console is the SaaS front end to our cloud computing platform. The console is command and control for our cloud computing platform.  It is the main interface to the nScaled cloud computing platform and infrastructure services.

Cloud computing, becomes ‘computing’.

Lately I have been noticing an accelerating trend (albeit completely anecdotal) of web services starting to imitate one another. The followers start to look like the leaders, or they adopt the best practices proven by the leaders as their own, and these pretty soon become industry standards.

Total costs vs. marginal costs

An important part of most discussions about clouds is an analysis of costs. People are strongly driven to try to reduce the costs of their burdensome infrastructure, particularly when a large part of it is almost never used (the DR provisions), yet is as costly as the primary in some cases. Most technical people we talk to are impressed with nScaled solutions, but that appreciation is viewed differently when they have to present it to their management team and justify the investment, and so the talk inevitably turns to costs.

nScaled Community

Lately some of our customers have been asking us to provide more interactive feedback features. Of course we think this is a great idea. In fact we have under development (and scheduled for release in late July) a comprehensive support area within the Cloud Console.

In researching other options we have decided that in addition to this effort, to speed things along will also be launching our nScaled Community site directly available from our website and free for all to participate in. We chose GetSatisfaction for this tool as its easy to establish and integrates into our CRM tool. I hope people like it. If so, or not we would love to hear about it.

The nScaled team will be participating to, so this should be a great way to close the circle on feature requests, bugs or anything else that comes up. You can access the community at forum.nscaled.com

The importance of testing

One of the things I consistently hear as I talk with clients about Disaster Recovery, is that it’s complicated. This whether the client has invested heavily in DR or not. In many cases people might have made substantial investments in technology and duplicate infrastructure and have some highly skilled people on the team – yet they still have questionable levels of confidence in their systems – and this causes them to loose sleep at night.

At the end of the day the IT folks know that its their jobs that are on the line in a disaster and that when systems go down, they will be working 24 hours a day trying to rebuild things. This also leads to the comment I hear from time to time along the lines of “My DR plan is to keep my resume polished.” or one I heard recently “I might look like I am in there rebuilding systems, but in reality I will be applying for new jobs.”