Sam Newberry: CTO of Managed Services

As CTO of Managed Services it is my privilege at Lightbound to have the opportunity to leverage shared storage and virtual server technologies for our customers.  This will empower Lightbound and its customers to create highly efficient and cost-effective solutions in the areas of storage and server consolidation, data disaster recovery and business continuity, small business server hosting, and off-site data backup services, to name a few.I have been administering and managing network...

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Storage Area Network Solutions & Cloud Services: A cost analysis, Part 1

Cloud services providers offer hosted virtual servers and they can also offer Storage as a Service. At LightBound we offer both.  A customer can opt only for storage as a service, and to this can add server virtualization services.  There are two technologies we leverage to maximize cost savings, which we in turn pass on to the customer - thin provisioning and tiered storage.Definition: A LUN (Logical Unit Number) is a single storage unit on a SAN (Storage Area Network), mapped to a server which...

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Why do we need this Cloud? Part 3

One of the most important aspects of Cloud Services that will greatly contribute to its market adoption and growth is the removal of the complexities.  Companies of all shapes and sizes, most not offering a technical product or service, are simply not interested in Storage Area Network Solutions, Hosted Virtual Servers, or Virtual Storage.  What they're interested in is bringing their products and services to market in the simplest most seamless means possible.  Enterprises have always cringed...

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Virtual Network Services Part 3

Historically, ergo back in the days of physical servers, I often commented that Disaster Recovery in preparation of Business Continuity is much like a dog chasing its tail.  Server Collocation was often employed to have backup servers at a remote location.  Well, congratulations - you've just doubled your workload, not to mention increases your costs, possibly more than two-fold.  So here's where I say welcome virtualization services and cloud services!  Storage Area Network Solutions (SAN's)...

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Why do we need this Cloud? Part 2

Another reason Cloud Services is so attractive is that it leverages Server Virtualization Services and Virtual Network Services.  The concept is simple: In physical legacy infrastructures the hardware is available only to or what I like to call "married to" the software.  In a virtual environment utilizing shared storage, servers (or hosts) are pooled together and the software is virtually mapped to the pool of virtual storage and server hosts.  If a host is lost, no problem, the virtualization...

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Cloud Services Differentiators, Part 2

In my previous blog, I wrote of the fact that Cloud Services will go commodity, and so LightBound is striving to set itself apart with added value beyond the base infrastructure offering.  This is a two factor approach, one is the human element and the other is technical.  In this blog I'll write of the human element and in a subsequent blog I'll write of the technical.  And don't write off these human factors.  We all know the pain attributed to hours of hold music followed by a conversation...

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Why do we need this Cloud?

The answer to why we need and want Cloud Services and Storage Area Network Solutions is simple - money.  Ok, there are a few more reasons, but I'll start with cost savings.  Businesses don't generate their own electricity to produce their products and services (except the electric companies). Why? Because due to economies of scale it's much more cost effective to buy the electricity we need from the electric company.  This same economies of scale applies to shared storage and server...

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Cloud Services Differentiators, Part 1

Infrastructure as a Service is definitely going to become a commodity offering and with economies of scale, virtual network services will be a high volume, low margin product.  Cloud Services providers are already offering Hosted Virtual Server, Storage Area Network Solutions, Off Site Data Backup Services, and even Storage as a Service combined with Server Collocation for pennies on the dollar compared to legacy physical network and server infrastructures.  That being said, the...

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Where did this "Cloud" come from?

Cloud Services is not a new idea.  In fact, it's been around for more than thirty years.  Remember mainframe? Mainframe was effectively a virtualization service, using the old "green screen" as the user interface.  With the advent of Windows and other pioneering operating systems and applications, users wanted a more feature rich and aesthetically pleasing operating environment. And this amongst other reasons, caused a shift in the late eighties/early nineties to decentralize the mainframe,...

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Privacy in the Cloud

Cloud Computing and Cloud Services represent one of the most significant shifts in information technology likely for many of us to see in our lifetimes. Embracing virtualization services, your enterprise's computing requirements being provided as a utility has great potential, promising innovations we cannot yet imagine.  With this great potential, however comes great responsibility. (Thanks Aunt May)  For starters, let’s talk about privacy.  Here are some tips for considering cloud computing...

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Uncovering the Mysteries of Cloud Services, Part 6

Listed below are the answers to the questions I posed in Part 5 as applicable to LightBound's Shared Storage Server (s) and Hosted Virtual Server. 1. Where is the data?All shared storage server (s) are managed within LightBound's secure datacenters in central Indiana.2. Who owns the data?The customer owns the data.  LightBound has no rights to in any way modify, share, disseminate, or otherwise manipulate the data without the express permission of the customer.3. Is the data backed up?All...

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