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Beyond Dropbox: Shopping the cloud

Beyond Dropbox: Shopping the cloud

Is it time to drop Dropbox? My subscription is nearly up, so I'm re-evaluating four major alternatives -, Google Drive, Microsoft Skydrive, and SugarSync - for price and features. Which is the best, and which is the best for me?

October 21, 2013 by in Cloud

Apple launches digital textbooks

At an Apple press event in New York City, executives from the company announce a new initiative to reinvent textbooks. The new software will attempt to unify online databases and the printed word into a single tool for students.

January 19, 2012 in Storage

Larry Ellison announces Oracle Public Cloud

At Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison discusses the company's new cloud offering. Ellison says: “The key difference is that our cloud is based on industry standards and supports full operability with other clouds and data centers on-premise."

October 5, 2011 in Storage

eBay to build its own private cloud

At the RSA 2011 conference here in San Francisco, technology futurist Paul Saffo talks to eBay's chief security information officer about how the company's intent on building an eBay version in the cloud to handle its growth. The private cloud will have the ability to run in its own data center or with a third-party data center.

February 18, 2011 in Storage

Oracle's Mark Hurd announces upgrade to Exadata

At the Oracle OpenWorld conference in San Francisco, new company President Mark Hurd introduces Exadata X2-8, an upgrade to the current Exadata system. The new system offers better processor performance, more memory, and full database encryption.

September 20, 2010 in Storage

The Future Of... Clothes

Would you like to charge your mobile phone without ever having to plug into an electrical outlet? The University of California at Berkeley and Stanford University are both developing materials to enable the storage of energy inside clothing. ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das explores the schools' work on "smart" clothes.

June 15, 2010 in Storage

Oracle announces Exadata 2

At Oracle's OpenWorld conference in San Francisco, CEO Larry Ellison previews the company's Exadata Version 2 computer. He says the new database computer is designed for online transaction processing and data warehousing. He adds that Exadata 2 can do faster processing at a much lower cost than can its biggest competitor, IBM.

January 13, 2010 in Storage

CIOs: Virtualization ready for prime time

At a Churchill Club event in Santa Clara, Calif., Peter Solvik, managing director at Sigma Partners, asks a panel of CIOs whether virtualization is ready for primetime. The panel includes: Matt Carey, chief information officer of Home Depot; Karenann Terrell, CIO of Baxter; and Lars Rabbe, former CIO of Yahoo. The IT chiefs discuss server-level and desktop virtualization and how the technology is helping their businesses run more efficiently.

May 8, 2009 in Storage

Mobile virtualization

Mike Seashols, Chairman of VirtualLogix, talks about implementing virtualization technologies onto mobile platforms. He says there are many issues that mobile providers have to think about--like time to market, cost, and the ability to update devices.

December 12, 2008 in Storage

Zyxel NSA-220 NAS server

If you don't need remote access and can look past sluggish Raid 1 performance, the Zyxel NSA-220 NAS drive offers a useful set of basic features, solid performance and best-in-class web-based management

November 10, 2008 in Storage

Drobo B800i

Drobo B800i

It's hard to fault the Drobo B800i, which combines good looks, performance and functionality with ease of use. It's not cheap, but for the money it's one of the best small-business iSCSI appliances you can buy.

July 5, 2011 by in Storage

Synology RackStation RS2211+

Synology RackStation RS2211+

A very scalable NAS appliance, the RS2211+ benefits from the add-on extras found on other Synology storage devices, which should appeal to small businesses. However, it lacks some storage-specific features that enterprise customers may be looking for.

May 13, 2011 by in Storage

D-Link ShareCenter Pro 1200-05

D-Link ShareCenter Pro 1200-05

With advanced RAID capabilities, few superfluous add-ons and an easy-to-use interface, the D-Link ShareCenter Pro 1200-05 is a no-nonsense NAS enclosure with plenty to attract smaller businesses.

May 9, 2011 by in Storage

IBM Storwize V7000

IBM Storwize V7000

IBM's Storwize V7000 is a mid-range SAN disk array with some very high-end features. Its data migration and virtualisation capabilities are well suited to organisations with SAN disk arrays in need of consolidation or replacement.

April 1, 2011 by in Storage

Data Robotics Drobo Elite

Data Robotics Drobo Elite

Data Robotics has taken its self-managing storage technology and added dedicated iSCSI Gigabit interfaces to create a fast, reliable and extremely usable small-business SAN appliance.

June 17, 2010 by in Storage

HP StorageWorks X510 Data Vault

HP StorageWorks X510 Data Vault

Don't let its size or consumer heritage fool you: the StorageWorks X510 is a powerful backup, sharing and remote access solution that's ideal for smaller offices with limited IT support.

October 19, 2009 by in Storage

Data Robotics DroboPro

Data Robotics DroboPro

DroboPro is a business-class RAID storage array that accepts virtually any SATA disk on the market, supports iSCSI and pretty much looks after itself. What more could you want?

September 18, 2009 by in Storage

Data Robotics Drobo Pro

Data Robotics Drobo Pro

Drobo Pro is a business-class RAID storage array that accepts virtually any SATA disk on the market, supports iSCSI and pretty much looks after itself. What more could you want?

September 17, 2009 by in Storage

Netgear ReadyNAS NVX

Netgear ReadyNAS NVX

The ReadyNAS NVX is a highly capable network storage appliance that will work equally well in a small or medium-sized business or at home. It supports a wide range of protocols and is easy to manage.

July 2, 2009 by in Storage

D-Link DNS-343

D-Link DNS-343

For sharing media files and other documents on a home network, the DNS-343 would be fine. For business use, the awkward permissions system makes management more difficult than it needs to be.

June 29, 2009 by in Storage

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