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Enterprise NAS Cloud Backup: Cost-Effective Reality With Igneous DataProtect

By Christian Smith on January 21, 2020

In a previous article, I talked about the critical capabilities for NAS backup to cloud archive tiers using AWS Glacier,  Azure Archive Blob Storage, or GCP GCS Coldline. With listed pricing from $12 to $14/TB/Yr, these archive tiers are now cheaper than comparable enterprise grade hardware. 

Topics: Backup and Archive Data Protection Cloud
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Archive Calculator: How to Save Money with Archive to the Cloud | Igneous

By Andy Ferris on December 6, 2019

Efficiently utilize cloud tiers to mitigate storage costs

Topics: archive Igneous Solutions Cloud
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Five Areas to Evaluate for NAS Backup to the Cloud | Igneous

By Christian Smith on November 26, 2019

Does your Enterprise NAS Backup software manage cloud costs? 

If you are reading this blog, it’s safe to assume you’ve likely heard about the recent cloud-tier pricing announcements from AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform.

Topics: cloud computing Backup and Archive Cloud
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The Economic Benefits of the Igneous Channel Program

By Jim Choumas on June 12, 2019

A Special Note from Igneous' new VP of Channel Sales

Topics: Igneous Solutions Cloud Data Management Channel
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Thinking About Archiving to Cloud? Read This First.

By Andy Ferris on April 19, 2019

Archiving data for long-term retention is a common use for cloud storage, with compelling benefits. However, as with many data protection strategies, cloud archive encounters problems when datasets are large—at the scale of hundreds of terabytes or petabytes.

Topics: Backup and Archive Cloud
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Announcing Enhanced Integrations with Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform

By Catherine Chiang on November 14, 2018

Igneous has launched enhanced integrations with all three major public cloud storage providers. These strengthened integrations grant data-centric organizations even more flexibility and control in using Igneous' policy-driven cloud tiering and replication workflows. All cloud data management operations are fully managed through Igneous' Unstructured Data Management as-a-Service solution, minimizing operational costs for customers.

Topics: Cloud
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Move Your Data to Microsoft Azure with Igneous

By Andy Ferris on September 24, 2018

One of the biggest hurdles of integrating public cloud storage, such as Microsoft Azure, into a modern data workflow is actually moving data to the cloud.

Topics: Cloud Microsoft Ignite 2018
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When and How Should You Use Cloud in Your Backup Workflow?

By Andy Ferris on September 11, 2018

While traditional tape workflows may make sense for some organizations, tape backup comes with a set of challenges that become especially difficult to manage at scale. At scale, the cost of tape storage no longer seems so cheap, and IT leaders start looking around for alternatives.

Topics: Backup and Archive Cloud
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Igneous Announces New Integration with Google Cloud Storage

By Andy Ferris on July 23, 2018

Igneous Systems is excited to announce a new integration with Google Cloud Platform. This integration was designed with both replication and long-term archive in mind. Through the Igneous interface, you can now move files and file systems directly into Google Cloud Storage via policy. You will retain your ability to search across storage tiers, restoring to Igneous or to your primary NAS when you need to recover your data.

Topics: Cloud Igneous Technology
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Thoughts from Gartner Data Center Conference 2017

By Steve Pao on December 18, 2017

It’s easy to assume that most enterprises are using cloud when you live in Seattle, home to two of the three giant cloud services providers. However, spending a week at the Gartner Data Center Conference in Las Vegas provided a more accurate assessment of the enterprise cloud adoption, and reconfirmed what we hear from our customers about the challenges they experience with cloud.

Topics: Backup and Archive Cloud GartnerIO 2017
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Three Benefits of Cloud-Native Architecture

By Jeff Hughes on November 28, 2017

When we started Igneous, we set out to solve the problems of legacy software architectures, which weren’t particularly scalable, resilient, or agile. That’s why Igneous is built with a cloud-native architecture, enabling enterprises to harness the power of cloud wherever their data lives.

Topics: Igneous Solutions Cloud Igneous Technology Cloud-Native Architecture
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Leverage Cloud Benefits in a Hybrid World with Zero-Touch Infrastructure™

By Catherine Chiang on November 21, 2017

The Igneous team is heading for AWS re:Invent next week, where we’re excited to catch the latest innovations in the cloud computing community. AWS has revolutionized the computing infrastructure market, delivering ease of management, scalability, and economics as-a-Service to enterprise data in cloud.

But what about your data on-premises?

Topics: Igneous Solutions Cloud AWS Re:Invent Zero-Touch Infrastructure
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Growing Pains: Constraining Your Datacenter Footprint

By Catherine Chiang on October 2, 2017

As data continues to grow, enterprises struggle to find solutions for constraining their datacenter footprints and keeping costs down. While many enterprises are turning to colocation and cloud to offset their data storage demand, these options pose significant challenges.

Topics: Colocation Igneous Solutions Cloud
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Colo or Cloud: Choosing the Right Backup and Archive Solution

By Catherine Chiang on September 19, 2017

It’s critical for enterprises to build in offsite redundancy as part of their disaster recovery plans, as data loss can cost businesses hundreds of thousandseven millionsof dollars. Enterprises have three main avenues for achieving offsite redundancy: using a datacenter in another location, public cloud, and colocation (colo). For enterprises looking to reduce their own offsite datacenter footprint, public cloud and colo both pose viable options.

Topics: Backup and Archive Colocation Igneous Solutions Cloud
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3 Questions to Ask to Decide What to Tier to Microsoft Azure

By Tammy Batey on September 12, 2017

Microsoft Ignite, which will offer more than 700 sessions and deep dives into Microsoft products, is designed to educate new customers about the Microsoft platform, including Azure, and provide technical content to existing customers.

Topics: Partner Solutions Igneous News Igneous Solutions Cloud
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Video: Public Cloud Tiering through Igneous Hybrid Storage Cloud

By Lily Bowdler on September 6, 2017

In this demo video, I walk through how to use Igneous Hybrid Storage Cloud to manage backup and restore of data to and from your NAS, and how to search for files across Igneous on-premises storage and public cloud.

Topics: Watch Igneous Solutions Cloud Igneous Technology Video
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Evolution of Data Backup

By Tammy Batey on July 26, 2017

“Technology has come a long way.” That’s what I wrote in an Igneous blog post celebrating World Backup Day on March 31. But how’s that apply to data backup in particular?

Topics: Backup and Archive Igneous Solutions Cloud
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3 Questions to Ask to Decide What to Tier to Cloud

By Tammy Batey on July 18, 2017

Amazon Web Services (AWS) launched in 2006, and the outlook has been “cloudy” and profitable ever since, with numerous household names realizing the financial and agility benefits of moving data to cloud.

Topics: Partner Solutions Igneous Solutions Cloud
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#LocalData: Six Months Later

By Lily Bowdler on June 27, 2017

Happy summer! It’s hard to believe that six months have passed since our first CrowdChat on #LocalData. Since we’re just as passionate about hybrid cloud as ever, we revisited old questions and asked new ones for last week’s CrowdChat.

Topics: Industry Trends Cloud CrowdChat
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Data Storage and Public Cloud

By Tammy Batey on June 20, 2017

Public cloud adoption is growing, as is the number of enterprises with a hybrid cloud strategy, with the percentage of enterprises adopting one increasing from 55 percent in 2016 to 58 percent in 2017, according to RightScale’s 2017 “State of the Cloud Report.”

Topics: Industry Trends Cloud
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Themes from GeekWire’s Cloud Tech Summit

By Lily Bowdler on June 10, 2017

GeekWire’s inaugural Cloud Tech Summit was June 7. With headliners including Scott Guthrie of Microsoft Azure and Joe Beda of Heptio, the summit drew more than 600 attendees to Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Washington.

The summit showcased cloud trends and ideas, including the latest developments in containers, serverless computing, machine learning, microservices and DevOps.  We encourage you to head on over to GeekWire for full coverage of the day, including transcripts.

Steve Pao and I were lucky enough to spend the day absorbing information. I spent the afternoon at the Business track.  Here are a few recurring themes from the day.

Topics: Industry Trends Geekwire Cloud Tech Summit Cloud
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Where are You on Your Journey to Cloud?

By Steve Pao on May 8, 2017


Today, the most prevalent IT journey is to cloud and Infrastructure as-a-Service (IaaS). And within IaaS, data protection accounts for the most common use case, according to Enterprise Strategy Group.  

In this blog post, I'll share how to chart your progress on your cloud journey with respect to data protection and how to overcome potential roadblocks.

Topics: Igneous Solutions Cloud
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The End of Cloud Computing

By Christian Smith on January 11, 2017


"The end of cloud computing is right around the corner."   What? We were just getting started.  

Topics: Industry Trends Cloud Christian Smith

Our second Crowdchat #LocalData - Hybrid Clouds

By Steve Pao on December 14, 2016

Following up on our first Crowdchat #LocalData, we decided to hold another one, this time on Hybrid Clouds.


Topics: Industry Trends Steve Pao Cloud CrowdChat
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Thoughts from AWS Re:Invent 2016

By Steve Pao on December 5, 2016

Perspectives on hybrid cloud for large, unstuctured data that we share with Amazon, plus some differences in opinion informed by our customers.

Topics: Industry Trends Steve Pao Cloud AWS Re:Invent
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GitLab brings Storage In-House

By Steve Pao on November 15, 2016

GitLab's decision to move from the public cloud was covered well in their blog post "How We Knew It Was Time to Leave the Cloud."  We understand, and much of their actual experience was consistent with what we predicted when we started our company.

Topics: Industry Trends Steve Pao Cloud
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Our first Crowdchat #LocalData

By Steve Pao on November 14, 2016


In the spirit of reaching out beyond our own posts, we held a Crowdchat featuring industry veterans from leading analyst firms, service providers, and practioners as they talked through what's behind #LocalData that can't or won't move to the public cloud.
Topics: Industry Trends Cloud CrowdChat Christian Smith
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Cloud-Native Services—The Good, The Bad, The Best

By Christian Smith on November 8, 2016

In the early days of the company, one of our biggest debates was whether the core of our architecture should be a POSIX-compliant data tier or a modern key-value store. Back then (and for that matter, even today!) a vast majority of workflows depended on a legacy POSIX interface to storage.  

Topics: Industry Trends Cloud Igneous Technology Christian Smith
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Thoughts from Gartner Symposium 2016

By Steve Pao on October 27, 2016


#GartnerSYMI attended Gartner Symposium the week after our company emerged from stealth. We spent three years focused on R&D and servicing our pre-launch customers, so we wanted to ensure that our focused mission was still resonating with broader discussions happening at the CIO and senior IT executive levels. The good news is that we believe our timing is even better now than it was three years ago when we started!

Topics: Industry Trends Igneous News Cloud Gartner Symposium
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True Cloud for Local Data—Yes, You Can Have It All

By Kiran Bhageshpur on October 10, 2016

Over the past couple of years, customer after customer told us what they really liked about the public cloud infrastructure and how much they desire its characteristics within their datacenters

Topics: Industry Trends Kiran Bhageshpur Igneous Solutions Cloud

Dropbox exits the Amazon Cloud

By Christian Smith on March 23, 2016

Few companies have the capabilities or talent to build their own at-scale cloud infrastructure.  Dropbox talks about their journey from the public cloud to their own infrastructure and how ridiculously difficult it was. 

Topics: Industry Trends Cloud Christian Smith
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The Datacenter is Dead, Long Live the Datacenter

By Kiran Bhageshpur on November 11, 2015

Google ‘The Data Center is Dead’ and you’ll find no shortage of pundits predicting just that. This guy, for example, first started predicting the death of enterprise data centers back in 2011. But is that really true? Are data centers going the way of the buggy whip?

Topics: Datacenter Kiran Bhageshpur Cloud
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Storage Pricing is Insane

By Marc Tanguay on June 9, 2015


What is the number one issue customers have with storage pricing?  Here’s a hint: It is not the overall cost.

Topics: Industry Trends Cloud

Cloud Resistance

By Kevin Kotecki on June 4, 2015


The Cloud is facing resistance or failing in many organizations. John Mathon dissects the problems and suggests 5 steps to start using the Cloud today.

Topics: Kevin Kotecki Cloud

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