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For those looking for tighter integration between appliance and cloud service, CTERA offers several storage products sized for small and branch offices that work with its proprietary service portal. As Rani Osnat, CTERA's VP of marketing, puts it, the portal software, which is typically deployed by software-as-a-service providers or ISPs, acts as middleware between data locally stored on a CTERA appliance, which otherwise looks like a standard NAS box, and cloud services. Files are automatically and securely (using AES for the data and SSL for transport) backed up to the cloud, and the product offers automatic data compression and deduplication, features not always found on entry-level products, to increase usable cloud capacity and reduce transport time. Another nice touch is the ability to do bare-metal system restores to Windows, Mac, and Linux hosts.
Venrock partner Ray Rothrock interviewed on issues of data security:
"Collaboration in the cloud is happening as we speak, we have another company, CTERA, which is all about coordinating that data across the cloud and across physical sites within a corporation. So managing that data, encypting it and controlling it is very important."
A 100% increase in the proportion of buyers looking at cloud replication has the cloud firmly planting its feet into the future of backup, according to Info-Tech Research Group's Cloud Backup Gateways Vendor Landscape 2012. The report ranked CTERA Networks Ltd. as the Champion in a market that's predicted to grow significantly.
Hybrid cloud storage product comparison
Ctera Networks' Cloud Attached Storage appliances provide up to 24 TB of local cache storage using 3 TB SATA drives. Each appliance has two GbE NICs for local and cloud network connectivity. The Ctera devices support NAS and iSCSI protocols for file- and block-based storage.
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The Cloud Connector technology is based on an open architecture, which enables cloud providers to host their own platforms on the ISR G2, according to Praveen Akkiraju, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco's services routing technology group. "Cloud storage provider CTERA developed a connector that runs on the ISR G2 that interacts with their storage services in the cloud to understand what's happening in the network, so that we can optimize the network backup that it initiates," he said.
"Over the past few months, we've been seeing a lot of demand for what's been coined an 'enterprise Dropbox' application from enterprise customers," says Rani Osnat, VP of marketing at CTERA Networks. "File sharing is nothing new … what people realize, though, is there is an easier way to do so, and Dropbox has showed them the way and now they want this."
CTERA Networks offers an enterprise cloud storage enablement product that allows organizations to access mobile devices for storage, backup, and file sharing. "We built these capabilities based on specific customer demands and requirements, and not on hope that they will come," says Osnat.
As the consumerization of IT converges with the cloud storage services market, many channel partners are seeking new ways to help customers protect business data — both on premises and in the cloud. This week I had the opportunity to speak with Rani Osnat (pictured), VP of marketing at CTERA, about those risks and challenges. CTERA has addressed secure mobile access in its offerings
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There’s no question that backup led the cloud storage charge, but non-backup uses having been gaining ground steadily if not dramatically over the past couple of years. More than a quarter of our survey respondents say their companies use the cloud for non-backup purposes. Approximately 12% use the cloud to store primary data and 11% use it for nearline data. Those are still smallish numbers, but they’ve nearly tripled in only two years.
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Finally, it's worth noting that hybrid cloud solutions are also attractive to some companies for the purposes of data retention, local backup and speed. For example, companies such as CTERA ... specialize in offering hybrid-cloud solutions for enterprise and small business customers, wherein on-site storage is synced with an external cloud. The local cloud allows speedy LAN access to shared files, while the external cloud allows these same files to be accessed remotely.
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The gateway is paired up with a management portal that is the real icing on the cake, especially for a service provider who decided to distribute this offering using its cloud storage backend!
Cloud storage provider CTERA Networks this week unveiled mobile Apple (NSDQ:AAPL) iOS and Android apps targeting business users looking for secure access to files and data backups. The new apps, available to CTERA users free of charge, give customers the ability to securely access data stored in the cloud via the CTERA cloud storage appliance, said Rani Osnat, vice president of marketing for the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company.
The channel-friendly company sells its products to private and public cloud service providers (CSP). Public CSPs can brand the mobile apps themselves and sell them on as an own-label mobile cloud access app to consumers and business users. SwissCom IT services is currently doing just that.
CTERA Launches Mobile App for Secure File Access
Cloud storage enablement firm CTERA Networks has launched its CTERA Mobile app, which allows clients to access files and backups from any device.
Cisco Helps Back Cloud Storage Start-up CTERA
Four-year-old CTERA Networks, which sells a hybrid cloud storage enablement suite to SMBs and enterprise branches, has gotten a third funding round, this one led by the ever chi-chi Venrock with a strategic investment from Cisco and participation by existing backer Benchmark Capital.
CTERA Networks, a company that provides managed cloud-based storage and data protection for SMBs, has raised an undisclosed round of funding led by Venrock, with a strategic investment from Cisco Systems and participation of existing investor Benchmark Capital. Venrock partner Ray Rothrock will join CTERA’s board of directors.
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Object-based storage is considered a leading emerging technology, and many of its features are deemed ideal for cloud storage. However, drawbacks such as lack of standardization and performance limitations often relegate object storage to archiving and backup, and even then it can only be used with cloud gateways.
Swisscom is using the company’s Cloud Attached Storage solution because of its unified management platform. The IT services provider can deliver different services to multiple business customers through a single console. That includes delivering storage services to mobile device users within enterprise business networks, remote offices and virtualized hosted servers. The Cloud Attached Storage solution also integrated easily into Swisscom’s existing object storage datacenter infrastructure.
Cloud computing offers many benefits to small businesses, but one of the most compelling is flexibility, says Rani Osnat, vice president of marketing at CTERA Networks, which specializes in data storage and protection.
CTERA’s Director of Channel Sales for North America, Donald Fuller, and I had a wide ranging conversation about CTERA’s “Cloud Attached Storage” devices, what resellers had to do to be prepared to deliver their products as cloud services, and what it takes for a start up to take its place on the industry radar screen.
Using Cloud Attached Storage For Backups
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Storage Switzerland continues its test drive of the CTERA Cloud Attached Storage appliance. We have had the unit in our labs for almost 4 months now and have found no significant issues with it. Now seems like the ideal time to test more of the system’s extensive feature set, this month focusing on agent backup.
Rani Osnat, vice president of marketing for CTERA Networks, adds that SMEs also need to accommodate for rapid growth. An SME’s key goals are security, accessibility, and implicity when it comes to NAS solutions. As the SME grows, so does the NAS that supports the organization, and managing that growth and making sure the data is always available to the organization is critical for success.
As well as cloud and remote management, the CTERA appliance contains storage, making it a hybrid approach that sends remote data into the cloud for storage while at the same time keeping the most recent data in the appliance to provide the fastest possible recoveries. "Enterprise IT managers are likely to go for this in a big way because it allows them to provide the same level of protection to remote sites as they do to the data they keep the data center."
The solution CTERA proposes for business is a hardware-based appliance that mitigates the communications bottlenecks between the cloud portal at the data center, and the data pool at each branch level. "The user interacts with the appliance, and then the appliance interacts with the cloud," Osnat describes, "creating a transparent buffer between the user and the cloud, giving the user the feeling that he's working with a local device and not something that's 'out there.'"
CTERA has a clear goal to support hybrid cloud environments. So when a telco with more than a million subscribers like Bezeq adopts the CTERA portal, the message is very clear: The company’s strategy is working.