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Papailiopoulos D.S.,University of Southern California | Luo J.,Data Domain | Dimakis A.G.,University of Southern California | Huang C.,Microsoft | Li J.,Microsoft
Proceedings - IEEE INFOCOM | Year: 2012

Network codes designed specifically for distributed storage systems have the potential to provide dramatically higher storage efficiency for the same availability. One main challenge in the design of such codes is the exact repair problem: if a node storing encoded information fails, in order to maintain the same level of reliability we need to create encoded information at a new node. One of the main open problems in this emerging area has been the design of simple coding schemes that allow exact and low cost repair of failed nodes and have high data rates. In particular, all prior known explicit constructions have data rates bounded by 1/2. In this paper we introduce the first family of distributed storage codes that have simple look-up repair and can achieve rates up to 2/3. Our constructions are very simple to implement and perform exact repair by simple XORing of packets. We experimentally evaluate the proposed codes in a realistic cloud storage simulator and show significant benefits in both performance and reliability compared to replication and standard Reed-Solomon codes. © 2012 IEEE.

Iafrate F.,Data Domain
Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing | Year: 2014

Nowadays Decision is a matter of information (related to the data), knowledge (related to people & processes) and timing (capacity to decide, act and react in the right timing). The huge increase of the data volume, velocity but also format (unstructured data like: blogs, logs, video…) generated by the “digitalization” of our world modifies radically our relationship to the space (in motion) and time (all the time) dimension and by capillarity, the enterprise vision of the performances monitoring and optimization. This paper introduces via three use cases, how the closed loop between Big Data & Smart Data embedded into the business processes can help the enterprises facing this new challenge. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014.

News Article | July 23, 2015
Site: www.zdnet.com

NEW YORK---Rock band U2 were dozens of USB flash drives and a stolen backpack away from being screwed in 2011. Now, U2 is packing a flash storage array designed for small businesses, and a decent amount of abuse. U2 is winding up its first leg of its North America iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour 2015 with eight shows at Madison Square Garden. The shows are creating multiple terabytes of video and archive material that used to be delivered on USB drives. Now U2 has traded up to EMC's VNXe3200, an all flash array that will run about $25,000 and is typically designed for smaller enterprises. The VNXe3200 can store up to 450TB of data. For U2's increasingly video-heavy tour---the band has a massive screen that has current footage, archive material, animations and a walkway for band members to walk through, play in, and create special effects---there's a need to store and call up data on the fly. U2 has deployed 2 PRG Nocturne V-Thru LED Screens, each measuring 29m by 7m for the tour. EMC has coupled the VNXe3200 with its Data Domain backup technology. Christopher Ratcliffe, senior vice president of EMC's core technologies unit, said U2 called him while he was grocery shopping for tour help. Ratcliffe has worked on a few special events and knows Stefaan "Smasher" Desmedt, who runs video for U2 and other acts, through a partnership with LiveNation. The storage requirements for U2 roughly went like this: EMC's flash array is connected to Macs and PCs, and content is rendered on network attached storage. Most of the content is large and uncompressed. The kinks in the system were worked out in a 6 week tech run through, where an arena in an undisclosed location was rented for stage setup. From there, the band played for about four weeks to prep set lists. U2's business case for collecting data and archiving it is simple. The band makes little money on selling albums. In fact, U2 is likely to collect more from T-shirts than songs. Today, musicians make their money via tours and collecting video and other data that may be monetized at some point. "If there's a blue screen behind Bono someone is losing his job," quipped Ratcliffe. One notable point from U2's storage strategy is that there isn't a cloud plan yet. U2 needs on-premise storage due to latency. Information needs to be called up on the fly given the band may call an audible quickly. As U2 starts its European leg of its tour, Ratcliffe said EMC will likely add capacity to the storage system. Traditional disk will likely be added to keep costs down and hold data that doesn't need to be accessed quickly. There is also talk of a cloud option at some point for archiving.

News Article | July 28, 2015
Site: www.xconomy.com

After Fred Luddy founded ServiceNow in 2003, he was still a little shell-shocked from his experience as the CTO of San Diego’s Peregrine Systems. Luddy had spent 13 years developing Peregrine’s asset management product before the high-flying enterprise software giant collapsed in a corporate accounting scandal in 2002. When a new management team finally calculated the extent of the fraud as part of Peregrine’s bankruptcy reorganization, Luddy said his Peregrine fortune was “zero.” He estimated that his stake in the company had amounted to $35 million just a few years earlier, when he was 40. Now Luddy is 60, and he has a pretty good comeback story—which he told last week in a special presentation to the San Diego Venture Group. It was a relatively rare public appearance for Luddy, and was billed as “a fireside chat” with Paul Barber, the San Diego-based managing general partner of JMI Equity, the investment firm (and related entitites) that provided the initial $9.3 million in startup funding to ServiceNow. In the 13 years since Luddy started ServiceNow, the company has grown into a software industry juggernaut, with roughly 3,400 employees and a current market valuation of nearly $12 billion. At the time of ServiceNow’s initial public offering in 2012, Luddy owned a 9 percent stake in the company (about 13.4 million shares), and Forbes estimated his net worth at $400 million. ServiceNow’s software, like Peregrine’s, helps big companies and organizations manage their help desk and IT services. But where Peregrine installed its enterprise software on its customers’ internal networks, ServiceNow was among the software companies pioneering cloud-based, software-as-a-service. The company has expanded over time into more of a platform-as-a-service, and now provides Web-based software used by big organizations to manage their human resources, legal, and financial services. The company also enables customers to easily develop their own forms-based workflow applications. Much of that growth has occurred since 2011, when ServiceNow named ex-Data Domain CEO Frank Slootman to succeed Luddy as CEO—and Luddy shifted into a more familiar role as chief product officer. But Luddy said that making the transition was one of the most stressful periods of his life. Before Slootman joined the company, Luddy said he was initially unsure whether he should continue as CEO, or shift to a more familiar role in software development. He recalled that Sequoia Capital partner and ServiceNow board member Doug Leone took him on a tour of several Silicon Valley software companies, so he could meet CEOs and talk with them about their jobs. The process helped him realize that he didn’t have the kind of CEO skills that ServiceNow needed, “and I had no interest in acquiring them.” It may sound funny, Luddy told the audience, but “I wake up every morning, and all I want to do is write code.” Nevertheless, it was still hard to hand over control of the company to Slootman. “When Frank came in, we had some famous fights,” Luddy said. Yet he conceded that the corporate culture at ServiceNow “had to become Frank’s culture. Our culture was very collegial, but it wasn’t really a culture of excellence and execution.” Making that transition was a fractious and … Next Page » Bruce V. Bigelow is the editor of Xconomy San Diego. You can e-mail him at bbigelow@xconomy.com or call (619) 669-8788 Follow @bvbigelow

News Article | April 22, 2015
Site: www.businesswire.com

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Enterprise businesses are challenged with managing the trade-offs between exploding data growth, stringent availability and security requirements and tighter IT budgets. Iron Mountain® Incorporated (NYSE: IRM) and EMC (NYSE: EMC) announced a strategic relationship today to deliver cloud backup and replication services which will help customers optimize their on-premise and off-premise data protection strategy. This is a natural alliance for both businesses. EMC is the industry leader for purpose built backup appliances and Iron Mountain is an industry leader in offsite data vaulting - services customers usually buy together. Iron Mountain is also one of the only providers to offer Data Domain replication to the cloud with ‘tape out’ capabilities and a service to help customers migrate from tape management. “Our collaboration with EMC means companies can protect their data offsite, improve their disaster recovery processes and benefit from the scalability and efficiency that the cloud provides,” said Eileen Sweeney, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Data Management, Iron Mountain. “We look forward to continuing to meet the needs of our customers as they look for new and innovative means to manage their data.” “We’re excited to have Iron Mountain as a Cloud Service Provider in our Business Partner Program,” said Jim Clancy, Senior Vice President of Data Protection Solutions, EMC Corporation. “When you consider Iron Mountain’s security, compliance and off-site data protection expertise combined with EMC’s market-leading technology, the result is a solution ideal for our shared customers.” The Iron Mountain® Cloud Data Replication hosts fully managed Data Domain and Avamar replication targets in highly secure and compliant Iron Mountain data center facilities. Iron Mountain provides secure, high-speed, reliable network connectivity to make replication efficient over the wide area network (WAN). The solution securely replicates your critical data offsite. As a result, customers can: EMC and Iron Mountain will discuss the benefits of this solution during a webinar, “Cloud, Disk or Tape? What You Absolutely Need to Know to Optimize Data Protection.” Moderated by MTM Technologies’ Bill Kleyman, and presented by Iron Mountain’s Sam Gopal and EMC’s J.P. Corriveau, the webinar will cover market trends and industry perspectives, customer benchmarks for solution maturity and discuss best practices on optimizing backup and off-site data protection. The webinar is scheduled to take place at 1 pm EDT on Wednesday, April 29. To register for this event, please visit http://bit.ly/1FTFwA8. From May 4-7, Iron Mountain will be exhibiting (Booth #175) at 2015 EMC World at The Venetian, Las Vegas, Nevada. Iron Mountain’s Gopal will speak in a session, “Inside Look at Data Domain Software,” scheduled for 12 pm PDT on Monday, May 4. This session provides an in-depth look at the intelligence behind the box – Data Domain Operating System and Data Domain software options - that power EMC’s industry leading protection storage. Learn how the Data Domain Operating System delivers scalable, high-speed protection storage. In addition, discover ways to optimize your Data Domain system with six software options that will help boost your backup performance and efficiency and reduce overall data protection storage costs. EMC Corporation is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. Fundamental to this transformation is cloud computing. Through innovative products and services, EMC accelerates the journey to cloud computing, helping IT departments to store, manage, protect and analyze their most valuable asset — information — in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way. Additional information about EMC can be found at www.EMC.com. Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM) is a leading provider of storage and information management services. The company’s real estate network of over 64 million square feet across more than 1,000 facilities in 36 countries allows it to serve customers with speed and accuracy. And its solutions for records management, data backup and recovery, document management, and secure shredding help organizations to lower storage costs, comply with regulations, recover from disaster, and better use their information for business advantage. Founded in 1951, Iron Mountain stores and protects billions of information assets, including business documents, backup tapes, electronic files and medical data. Visit www.ironmountain.com for more information. EMC is a registered trademark or trademark of EMC Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. The use of the word “partner” does not imply a legal partnership relationship between EMC and any other organization.

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