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Deals: A Lifetime Of 2TB Cloud Storage For 90% Off – Gizmodo Australia

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Deals: A Lifetime Of 2TB Cloud Storage For 90% Off – Gizmodo Australia

Microsoft Azure: 8 Ways to Save on Cloud Storage – Enterprise Storage Forum

Data storage vendors are pairing up with cloud providers such as Microsoft Azure as a way to broaden their offerings and lower storage costs for their customers. After all, the economies of scale offered by the likes of Google, Microsoft and Amazon make it hard for others to compete on raw cloud storage. But these providers offer further services to add additional value. That can be a blessing or a curse depending on how smartly you deploy them.

Here are eight tips from the experts on how to maximize the value of the cloud storage services provided by Microsoft Azure.

Augie Gonzalez, director of product marketing, DataCore Software, advises others to take small steps before they throw all their storage eggs into an Azure basket. There are so many factors to take into account that a mere reading of the pricing sheet wont suffice. You have to experience how it all works and see how that translates into a monthly bill before you can really appreciate the nuances of cloud pricing.

Explore the variables that you can rapidly adjust to meet variations in the capacity and performance of the Azure cloud storage by starting with a modest pilot program, said Gonzalez.

Plenty of enterprises are evolving all-cloud strategies at a top management level. But its up to those on the ground floor of storage to inject some reality into the equation. Those at the top are attracted by the huge potential cost savings of the cloud. They have lived through years of on-prem IT and storage cost overruns and budgetary bickering. They are keen to simplify, cut costs and move storage over to more of a utility model.

But caution is advised. Its up to storage managers to figure out tactically how to make actual savings. And in most cases, that means the avoidance of an all-cloud now approach. That doesnt mean that its an undesirable long-term goal. But in the short term, the best way forward is to find the low-hanging fruit, learn the ropes and add more cloud from there.

Identify spot uses for Azure cloud storage where its flexibility and convenience bring immediate payoff, without having to deliberate on long-term strategic decisions that tend to bog down the initial taste, said Gonzalez.

Many in IT have experience in using colocation facilities. They are aware of the way colos work and how to factor in the different elements to determine what is worth collocating and what is not. So for those less familiar with Azure pricing, yet who are being urged by management to head for the cloud in a big way, Gonzalez advice is to think of the cloud in a similar way to colocation economics.

Look at Azure the way you might assess a colocation facility, but with someone else taking care of the day-to-day chores necessary to keep the servers and storage infrastructure running well, he said. Tap the services of experienced hybrid cloud solution providers to expedite the process.

The above points all add up to gaining an understanding of all the real-world costs of cloud storage. This goes far beyond storage capacity, and delves into bandwidth, compute fees, the cost of API calls, event monitoring, and the oft-forgotten inter-region, intra-region and intra-cloud communication charges, said Greg Schulz, an analyst at StorageIO Group.

Likewise, understand the difference between ephemeral local on the instance and persistent storage, as well as other cloud storage options, he said. Its not just about blobs, objects, containers and buckets.

Schulz added that flexibility is key, and that means finding the right balance. A blinkered look only at very low storage costs in the cloud may appear to save a bundle. But the corresponding compute charges or network and gateway as well as API fees may kill any real savings. Its best to view the various services and see which one works best for you. That may mean paying a little more for storage in order to get more compute and lower latency. That might either be cheaper or gain the organization greater productivity.

Look at all of your options, including where your applications are going to be located in order to maximize cloud efficiency, said Schulz. Also, understand how licensing works. There can be pricing advantages which are constantly changing, as are the resiliency, regions and location support.

An important consideration in any cloud strategy is latency. You dont want your users to have to go out to the cloud every time they need to access data. That could mean delay. After all, the request has to come from your own internal systems, be fed over the Web to the cloud, be processed there, and then make its way back.

There are ways around this, of course. Azure provides compute resources for a premium to greatly reduce latency. Similarly, storage providers add value by taking the latency out of the process via various strategies. Nasuni, for example, has a cache-from-cloud architecture.

Azure is used to store the authoritative gold copies of all files, but frequently accessed files are stored locally in edge appliances for fast access, said Warren Mead, vice president, alliances and business development, Nasuni.

To paraphrase Scottish poet Robert Burns, The best laid plans of mice and storage managers often go astray. This is particularly the case when security is not taken into account in an otherwise carefully thought out plan to slash storage costs when heading for the cloud. The plan may save millions, but if it violates security policies or leaves the organization less in control, it wont be approved.

Many cloud storage services either do not use encryption, or hold the encryption keys themselves, said Mead. You also need to consider what authentication and access procedures will be used for cloud storage.

Again, storage providers are coming up with ways to address security concerns and give enterprises greater control. Nasuni, for instance, lets customers hold their own encryption keys, which means neither Microsoft nor Nasuni can access sensitive data. Similarly, it integrates with on-premises Active Directory (AD) implementations and uses standard CIFS/SMB protocols to present access to file shares on the edge appliances the same as traditional NAS. Access to the cached local data is governed by standard AD authentication, and the usual drive letters still apply. As a result, user drives dont have to be re-mapped, and automation scripts and workflows dont need to be changed.

Yes, caution is advisable, and Azure storage and services sometimes cost more than expected. But for everyone who has gotten an unfortunate surprise at the end of the billing period, there are many more who have reaped the benefits of cloud storage financially and otherwise.

Thats why Schulz recommends doing a proof-of-concept for functionality, management, day-to-day operations, troubleshooting and how to refine process and procedures, as well as testing performance before you leap. Also, know what tools you have in your toolbox for moving, migrating, optimizing and managing cloud services and cloud storage.

But dont be afraid of using cloud services, just be prepared and informed, said Schulz.

In other words, be bold. Fortune favors the bold, after all.

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There’s a lot more to the Cloud than storage these days and competition is getting crowded – Financial Post

Cloud storage was once primarily thought of as a place to keep data online securely or to host a website, but tech giants increasingly want their customers to think about what can be done with the data once its put there and, of course, to pay for services that manipulate it.

Large corporations have traditionally used servers to store big quantities of data that can then be analyzed for trends or to predict results. Now the cloud is also hosting analytic programs that smaller organizations can use to get much-needed results.

For example, a car insurance company could do instant on-site assessments: agents upload photos of an accidents damage through an app to the cloud where machine learning and artificial intelligence analyze them and quickly send back a quote. That eliminates the need to return to the office where it could take hours or days to do an assessment.

Or perhaps a small medical office in a remote community wants to do a screening for diabetic retinopathy by uploading a photo of the patients eye to a cloud-based machine-learning platform. The doctor would get instant results instead of sending a patient away to a larger city for a proper diagnosis.

The demand for such applications and others that save time and bring in more revenue is growing and the tech giants want a piece of the action.

Cloud is the great equalizer. It allows very small organizations to compete with very big organizations, said Jim Lambe, Google Clouds country manager for Canada. Historically, the big organizations beat up on the small ones, but now it is the quicker organizations that are going to beat up on the slower ones.

The worldwide public cloud services market is expected to grow by 18 per cent in 2017 to US$246.8 billion, according to a report earlier this year by research company Gartner. By 2020, cloud adoption strategies are expected to influence more than 50 per cent of IT outsourcing deals.

Google has long harnessed the cloud for its own web-based services such as Gmail, YouTube and Google Docs, but the tech giant decided to double down on the space after seeing the number of other companies that want their own cloud platforms to quickly grow.

Google said it considers itself one of the few which can properly lead the space given the high upfront cost for new entrants to develop the infrastructure, such as large data centres, needed to provide cloud storage.

If you are not already an incumbent with the DNA to do this, you cant really enter this market because you have lost the last 15 years, said Brian Stevens, chief technical officer of Google Cloud, in an interview during a recent visit to the companys Toronto office.

The size of the opportunity is well understood to be massive and Google believes this is going to be one of the biggest businesses, if not the biggest business, inside of Google sometime in the future. We feel like we are really set up for it.

Its not just Google that offers the cloud for both storage and data analysis. Other major players have existed in the space for just as long, if not longer. So far they have more market share, too. Inc. helped pioneer cloud-based storage platforms by creating Amazon Web Services back in 2006. Microsoft Corp.s Azure debuted in 2010 and Google Cloud Platform came along in 2011 to round out the heavyweights, but others such as IBM and speciality companies like Box Inc. have been offering cloud storage solutions as well.

Amazon, Microsoft and Google in particular emphasize their computational and large-scale advantages rather than just their ability to securely host files.

Amazon is still the juggernaut with 40-per-cent market share as of February 2017, according to Synergy Research Group, but Microsoft is growing at twice the pace.

Google is also ramping up its efforts, opening data centres in new international markets such as Canada, something Amazon and Microsoft were already doing (the latter still leads the way with a presence in 42 announced regions).

Cloud is really driving the data centre expansion strategy for Google, Stevens said. Typically, there is a longer cycle for bringing up a new data centre, but now with cloud and, for example, places like Montreal, we are bringing up new data centres in under a year, which is pretty fast paced.

In addition to opening data centres within Canada which allows companies to keep sensitive information from leaving the country, important for regulated sectors such as banking and health care Googles myriad cloud initiatives have Canadian ties.

The tech giants Waterloo, Ont., office of about 500 has long been responsible for helping with web-based services such as Gmail, so the company has been looking north of the border for expertise as it focuses more on its Google Cloud offerings.

We have teams working here on a number of different efforts within cloud that contribute to the way that the Google Cloud platform will be successful for all of the different services around the world, said Derek Phillips, an engineering director at Googles Waterloo office and an 11-year employee with the company.

The Waterloo office is a big contributor to the success of cloud and this is a really good place for us to be as we have really been looking for other ways to make a big contribution to Google, Canada and the world.

Googles Montreal office also has engineers who work on cloud-related products (and others), but Waterloos advantage is its proximity to the University of Waterloo, one of the tech giants top schools for recruitment.

Canada is well positioned as a big contributor in this space. People have heard a lot about the cloud and they dont really know exactly what it means, Phillips said. There is a lot of ways Canada can contribute here and one way is on the engineering side and being involved in what is developed, how these things come together and how it serves customers all around the world.

The battle in the cloud is still in its early stages, but it is already fierce. Companies such as Google and Microsoft are playing catch-up with Amazon, but say their platforms have more appeal because they are companies known for their machine learning, artificial intelligence and algorithms. Amazon, though the market-share leader, isnt necessarily the first company that comes to mind for big data analysis.

Google also releases the source code to some of its cloud platforms for others to see, use and build upon, hoping to create a better end product and be recognized as a company that cares about the space, even if that means people take the code to a competitors service.

The company said it is important to be welcomed in the open-source community first and then business will follow.

We could have just said we have the best machine learning technology and you can only use it on Google Cloud. Instead we said no, we are going to open it up, Stevens said, adding that the response has been positive.

That gets you to a place where it has long-term sustainable impact for the end user and for us.

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Cloud storage provider Box’s revenue rises as growth slows – Reuters

(Reuters) – Box Inc shares fell more than 3 percent in after-hours trading Wednesday after the company reported slower quarterly growth in revenue compared with a year prior.

The cloud content company turned in revenue of $122.9 million and a loss of 11 cents per share. Analysts on average had expected a loss of 13 cents and revenue of $121.7 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Despite beating expectations, Box saw its revenue growth slow. Revenue was up 28 percent, billings were up 31 percent and deferred revenue was up 32 percent year-to-year, but those figures were lower than the growth the company reported this time last year.

“Theres no question we can be driving pretty significant growth, and thats the opportunity that lays ahead of us,” Chief Executive Officer Aaron Levie told Reuters on Wednesday.

Levie emphasized the companys July hire of new Chief Operating Officer Stephanie Carullo, who he said will be tasked with helping the company accelerate growth.

One of the core reasons we brought her in is to help Box go to $1 billion and beyond in revenue as quickly as possible, Levie said.

Despite slower revenue, Levie highlighted Boxs top deals in the quarter, saying the company closed eight deals over $500,000 and four over $1 million. By comparison, Box closed just five deals worth more than $500,000 and one over $1 million in the same period last year. These included deals with Inc and Delta Global Services, he said.

“We’re seeing a significant migration from large enterprises,” Levie said. “They’re starting to move to the cloud.”

Box’s success with large customers is a good sign for the company going forward, said analyst Richard Davis of Canaccord Genuity.

That’s the most important thing,” Davis said. “That’s what will help them become a big business.”

Reporting by Salvador Rodriguez in San Francisco; Additional reporting by Laharee Chatterjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Grant McCool and Lisa Shumaker

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Whatchu doin’ Upthere? Western Digital moves on cloud storage space – The Register

Western Digital Corporation has bought Upthere, a consumer data storage startup with its own public cloud.

Upthere was founded in 2011 by director Bertrand Sarlet, VP for business development Alex Kushnir, and Roger Bodamer. CEO Chris Bourdon joined Upthere as VP products in August 2012 after being Apple’s senior product line manager in the Mac OS X area. He was promoted to CEO in December 2015 when Bodamer left.

Sarlet worked at Apple from 1997 to 2011, and was previously at Steve Job’s NeXT.

The company, based in Redwood City, CA, stores users’ data photos, videos, documents and music in its own data centre and says this about its core technology:

We believe that the time has come for the world to live off of the cloud on a day-to-day basis, not merely treat it as a secondary backup or sync location. This means, however, that writing to and reading from the cloud needs to be robust and fast enough to replace local storage. Rather than juggling multiple copies of a file between devices, our direct write technology keeps everything in the cloud, freeing the device to do what it does best creating and consuming content. In order to overcome the technical challenges of this new model of computing, we knew we needed to own, optimize, and deeply integrate each component in our system this is the primary reason we built our full technology stack.

Consumers run a local Upthere app on their iOS, Android, macOS and Windows devices.

On beta test exit the app was described as “a smarter way to keep, find, and share all of your files. Instead of storing your files on your devices which takes up lots of space, we safely and privately store your files directly in the cloud. Upthere breaks through the capacity limits of your devices providing one unified place for all your files that you can access from any device.”

Upthere has had a single and large funding round of $77m in July last year, probably sparked by the successful beta. There were six investors: Elevation Partners, Floodgate, GV, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, NTT DOCOMO Ventures, and Western Digital Capital.

The acquisition price has not been revealed. We think it is well beyond $100m and gives WDC the ability to develop and operate its own cloud storage data centres around the world, using its own storage media drives to do so. This will put it into competition with all other consumer data storage and sharing businesses, such as Amazon, Box, and Dropbox.

The Upthere business will be folded into Western Digital’s Client Solutions business unit, run by SVP and GM Jim Welsh. Chris Bourdon is joining WD’s Client Solutions business as a strategic leader and the Upthere team is joining WD as well. Barbara Nelson, who recently joined WD from IronKey, where she ran the Imation-owned business, will run the Clouds Services business inside WD’s Cloud Solutions unit.

Upthere pricing is $1.99/month and includes the Home app and 100GB of storage. There is a free three-month trial. Download the app here.

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Nearly 300 years worth of porn was recorded to test Amazon’s … – Neowin

In the present, just as in 1724, the human race found itself in an adventurous spirit, a spirit that asked big questions, a spirit that demanded to know what the boundaries were and to push the envelope. Beaston02 wanted to know if the unlimited cloud storage offered by Amazon was really unlimited, so he recorded live webcam porn to see if he could break the boundaries of “unlimited” cloud storage. And if you started watching his recorded porn back in 1724 you would only just have finished it.

Amazon suspended its unlimited storage option in June – many speculate that it was due to beaton02’s giant porn stash – but he himself claims that decision has nothing to do with him. The Redditor claims that he has more of a problem with hoarding data than he does with porn, as the whole thing started out as a part of a bigger project to learn new code and to test himself to see how much data he could capture.

So he set off and after 5 to 6 months he had captured nearly 2 petabytes (1.8) of pornography by setting up a number of programs to record a number of free Livestream webcam shows. Which if you break it down equates to the following: 23.4 years worth of HD porn, 102 years worth of porn at 720p, or a whopping 3 centuries worth (293 years) at 480p.

Beaston02 has stopped his recording adventures but has released how he did it, and the torch has been passed on to another group of diligent porn archivists – if we are going to let that become a title – who have collectively embarked on the Petabyte Porn Project, which has the similar goal of recording and storing recorded porn on Amazon and Google Drive. The Petabyte Porn Project allegedly stockpiles 12 terabytes a day.

Earlier this month the plans for the largest data storage centre that will be built in the Arctic Circle in Norway was reported on, back then some naysayers questioned what could possibly demand such a huge secure facility, it seems that question has been answered.

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pCloud First Cloud Storage Provider to Offer Lifetime Plan | 08/29/17 … – Markets Insider

BAAR, Switzerland, Aug. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —

What is pCloud?

pCloud is a personal cloud space where files and folders can be stored. It has a user-friendly interface that clearly shows where everything is located and what it does. The software is available for almost any devices and platforms iOS and Android devices, Mac, Windows, and Linux. By installing pCloud on the computer (through its desktop application pCloud Drive), the app creates a secure virtual drive which expands local storage space. Every change made in a pCloud account can be seen immediately on all other devices – computer, phone or tablet. All devices are instantly synchronized and have direct file access to any update. And if that’s not enough, pCloud offers a new, industry-first LIFETIME PLAN so everyone will have unlimited, secure storage space forever.

How is pCloud unique from other cloud storage services?

The main difference is that pCloud does not take space on the computer. pCloud Drive acts as a virtual hard disk drive, which allows users to access and work with content in the cloud, without using any local space.

What is significant about the lifetime plan?

The introduction of the Lifetime plan is something that no other company in the cloud storage market has done before. It gives users the chance to invest in a secure storage solution and eliminate the risk of losing their files to external drives, which have an average lifespan of around 5 years.

External hard-drives are in imperfect solution as they cost hundreds of dollars and have a 20% chance of breaking down in the first year, not to mention the risk of being stolen. The cost of recovering information on an external hard drive is extremely high, and can often exceed $1,000.

Over a long period, the cost of other cloud storage services is exorbitant and prohibitive.

How much does pCloud lifetime storage cost?

With pCloud, there are no monthly or yearly payments. For one payment users get storage for a lifetime.

About pCloud

pCloud was launched just over 3 years ago and has grown into a community of more than 7 million users from around the world. Today, the service is among the top five players in the global cloud storage market. In 2015 the company received a round A series of investments amounting to $3 million for the expansion of the service in the international scene. pCloud has over 1.4 billion uploaded files and over eight PetaBytes of maintained information.

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Western Digital (WDC) Acquires Cloud-Storage Startup Upthere – Nasdaq

Western Digital Corporation WDC recently announced that it has completed the acquisition of the assets of Upthere, an app-based cloud-storage startup. The company will integrate Upthere into its Client Solutions business unit. However, financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Upthere’s Storage Approach: It’s Different

Redwood City, CA-based Upthere offers cloud storage services which is almost similar to other well-known providers like Dropbox, Apple AAPL iCloud, Box BOX and Google Drive. The app is available on most platforms including iPhone, iPad and Android devices, as well as Mac operating system (OS) and Windows PCs.

Upthere’s “streaming” approach is different as compared to its cloud-storage peers. Per TechCrunch , the service bypasses (almost) local storage and directly “writes”/”reads” into the cloud, which updates documents, files and music on a real-time basis. This feature also makes the app significantly faster during uploading/downloading files.

However, Upthere doesn’t sync with a users local file system. So, a user cannot see through Finder or Windows explorer.

The acquisition will definitely boost Western Digital’s footprint in the cloud-storage market, which is projected to grow from $23.76 billion in 2016 to $74.94 billion by 2021. However, we believe that the consumer cloud-storage market is already quite oversaturated. Hence, room for further growth may not be significant in our view.

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Over the years, Western Digital has focused on acquisitions to expand total addressable market (TAM) and solidify footprint in growth markets. The acquisition of SanDisk has opened new avenues of growth for the company, particularly in the NAND and SSD markets.

The acquisitions of Amplidata, sTec, Velobit, Inc., Arkeia Software Solutions and Virident Systems have not only strengthened Western Digital’s small-to-medium sized business solutions but also expanded its SSD product portfolio.

Reportedly, Western Digital is on the verge of acquiring Toshiba’s TOSYY chip unit, which will significantly improve its competitive position in the NAND flash market.

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There used to be a time when CDs and flash drives were a godsend, allowing us to digitally store anything we felt like for later perusal. Sure, theyre used to some extent, but cloud storage has largely overtaken those forms in our day to day usage. We remotely save and access data everyday from our computers and smartphones.

While a lot of these cloud storage providers offer a subscription based unlimited plan, one user set out to find just how unlimited they actually are. More specifically, how much would Amazons unlimited data plan let you hoard.

Reddit user beaston02 seemed determined to discover the upper limits of Amazons cloud storage, of which the unlimited plan was killed off earlier in June. In fact, others on Reddit speculate he may be a major reason the plan was killed off. Thats because beaston02 was hoarding a massive cache of porn in his cloud storage account. Specifically, one petabyte (1 million GB) worth of it.

To achieve the feat, beaston02 compiled a code that would record public shows from a number of adult webcam sites, including CamSoda, Chaturbate, and MyFreeCams. It is nearly entirely porn, he posted on Reddit. Ever since I got into computers, I found myself learning more, and faster when it was something more interesting. Call me crazy, but women interest me more than most other things on the internet and there is a huge amount of data being created daily, so it was a good fit for the project.

Beaston02 eventually ditched the project when his interest waned a couple of months ago, stopping just shy of the 1.8 petabyte mark, and making his collection available on GitHub. Other Redditors have now joined forces on what theyre calling the Petabyte Porn Project, continuing to archive these public cam shows on both Amazon and Googles cloud storage

So just how much porn does 1 petabyte add up to? Well, an average 720p video would work out to about 2GB per hour. However, most cam websites offer a significantly lower quality, making it best to average them at about 480p. That means, at about 0.7GB per hour, beaston02 archived approximately 293 year’s worth of porn.

No matter the situation, no one can ever be that bored.

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Faction Partners with CoreSite to Launch Multi-Cloud Storage and … – Business Wire (press release)

DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CoreSite Realty Corporation (NYSE: COR), a premier provider of secure, reliable, high-performance data center and interconnection solutions across the U.S., today announced that Faction, a leading enterprise-class private cloud and backup infrastructure provider, has partnered with CoreSite in both the Northern Virginia and Silicon Valley markets to deliver expanded multi-cloud service offerings to its customers.

Faction chose to partner with CoreSite based on its scalable data center platform, strategic locations and high-performance interconnection solutions that allow Faction to optimize the delivery of its multi-cloud service offering by providing low-latency connectivity to leading cloud and network service providers. Faction will leverage connectivity to the CoreSite Open Cloud Exchange to deliver high-performance and cost-effective VMware based clouds with Administrator-level access to VMware vCenter that offers unprecedented control, flexibility, and integration capabilities for hybrid & multi-cloud deployments.

Along with Factions leading enterprise-class private cloud and Veeam backup solutions, Faction is launching a multi-cloud NetApp storage solution and Managed VMware on AWS offering that is enabled by leveraging the low-latency cloud on-ramps within the CoreSite portfolio.

CoreSite provides the facilities, high-performance interconnection solutions and close proximity to the major public cloud providers, which are key to enabling our multi-cloud solutions and go-to-market strategy, said Luke Norris, Chief Executive Officer at Faction. We are committed to providing our customers with maximum control in an unmatched multi-cloud environment, and CoreSite enables us to deliver a differentiated customer experience.

The CoreSite Silicon Valley market is comprised of seven operational data centers, providing colocation solutions to one of the largest concentrations of Internet and technology companies in the world. More than 185 international and national carriers, social media companies, cloud computing providers, media and entertainment firms, and enterprise customers connect to do business in CoreSites Silicon Valley data center market.

The CoreSite Northern Virginia data center market currently includes three highly scalable facilitiesone in Washington, D.C. and two on its Reston, VA campus (VA1 and VA2). CoreSite recently announced the expansion of both its Reston and Washington, D.C. campuses, all of which will now total over 1,097,000 square feet of colocation data center space upon full build out. CoreSites customer community includes a diverse mix of government, financial services and cloud service providers, as well as domestic and international networks providing a direct connection to U.S. and European markets. With the growing importance of Northern Virginia as a communications and enterprise hub, CoreSites Reston campus provides flexible colocation and hybrid-cloud deployment solutions for customers located in Washington, D.C. and the greater Northern Virginia area.

We are pleased that Faction has partnered with CoreSite to expand the reach of their VMware-based private cloud and Veeam backup solutions. Additionally, their multi-cloud service offering is a valuable addition to the ecosystem, and through the CoreSite Open Cloud Exchange, Faction is able to deliver a true hybrid-cloud experience without compromising security or performance, said Steve Smith, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing at CoreSite. Faction provides enterprises with unique and customized cloud solutions built on a powerful and well-adopted VMware environment, and we look forward to supporting their future growth.

Faction is a member of theCoreSite Marketplace, which provides a dynamic web-enabled interface, where CoreSite customers can learn of other service providers, how they can benefit from one another, and engage easily to support their IT strategy. These services include network providers, cloud on-ramps, managed service providers, and software providers. To learn more about Faction, visit

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Colorado-based Faction is an enterprise-class IaaS cloud provider delivering maximum control, flexibility, and integration capabilities for customers in hybrid & multi-cloud environments. Faction has Type II SSAE 16 and SOC 1 & 2, HIPAA compliant and PCI capable cloud nodes in 8 geographies in North America. Faction is a Platinum-level NetApp Service Provider and is VMware Hybrid Cloud and IaaS Powered. For more information on Faction and to learn how to leverage hybrid cloud and multi-cloud strategies, please visit Follow us on Twitter (@FactionInc) and LinkedIn.

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CoreSite Realty Corporation (NYSE:COR) delivers secure, reliable, high-performance data center and interconnection solutions to a growing customer ecosystem across eight key North American markets. More than 1,200 of the worlds leading enterprises, network operators, cloud providers, and supporting service providers choose CoreSite to connect, protect and optimize their performance-sensitive data, applications and computing workloads. Our scalable, flexible solutions and 430+ dedicated employees consistently deliver unmatched data center options all of which leads to a best-in-class customer experience and lasting relationships. For more information, visit

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