Major Amazon S3 Outage Hits Internet


S3 is used by many websites for storing data, images, and video. An outage at Amazon Web Services is causing major downtime across the cloud this morning, as sites which rely on the cloud storage service have been unable to reliably connect all morning. Such sites as the U.S. Securities And Exchange Commission , Slack , Quora , and many others, have been unavailable since Amazon reported "increased error rates" out of its US-EAST-1 zone.

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Storage Trends for 2018: Cloud Storage 2.0 Players Poised to Ascend


In March 2006, Amazon launched Simple Storage Service (S3). Although few people paid much attention at the time, the announcement of S3 marked the beginning of a great migration of data from on-premises storage to the cloud.

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Report: Ring's Gave Unfettered Access To Cameras To Employees


The Intercept reports that, among other things, Ring provided its employees with "virtually unfettered access" to a folder on Amazon's S3 cloud storage service that contained every video created by every Ring camera around the world, and that it allowed Ring executives and engineers to access unfiltered, round-the-clock access to customer cameras--regardless of if they needed that access to do their job or not.

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Zadara Storage Links With Tech Data For Channel Efforts


Zadara's storage-as-a-service offering lets users connect to both cloud, on-premise, or hybrid storage setups using such protocols as FC, iSCSI, iSER, NFS, CIFS, S3, Swift. Irvine-based storage-as-a-service provider Zadara Storage said on Monday that it has inked an agreement with technology distributor Tech Data Corporation. According to Zadara, Tech Data will offer up its services to its channel partners worldwide, through its Avnet Cloud Marketplace.

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Western Digital, CTERA Link On Object Storage Offering

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petabytes, and also links into cloud storage services like Amazon S3. Irvine-based storage giant Western Digital and data archiving software provider CTERA said today that they have teamed up on a new, object storage solution, which combines data archiving systems from WD's HGST unit, with CTERA's software. The companies said they are providing a joint solution aimed at the enterprise and service provider market. Financial details of the link were not anonunced.

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BlueCava Gets $13M For Ad Technology


According to the company, the second round of funding came from S3 Ventures, Performance Edge Partners and Zeitgeist Capital. The company also said it has appointed Phil Myers as Executive Chairman--Myers was previously CEO of StoredIQ (also backed by S3), and also served at Cyclone Commerce, SalesLogix, and other firms. Irvine-based BlueCava , a developer of a cross-screen advertising platform, said Thursday that it has raised $13M in a new funding round.

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LogicMonitor Ties Into Amazon Web Services


The company said the new monitoring capabilities include monitoring of SQS, DynamoDB, S3, and monitoring Amazon billing data. Santa Barbara-based LogicMonitor , which develops IT infrastructure monitoring software, said today that it has connected its tools to Amazon Web Services. The company said its platform now has the ability to monitor Amazon Web Services instances and services.

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BlueCava Gets $9.5M For Device ID Technology


The round was led by S3 Ventures, and also included Mark Cuban and Tim Headington. S3's Brian R. Irvine-based BlueCava , a developer of device identification technology used for both online advertising tracking, as well as fraud prevention, said Tuesday that it has raised $9.5M in a funding round. Smith joins the company's board along with the funding.

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Nirvanix Names Marketing VP


Nirvanix operates a cloud storage service, which allows developers to store their data on the Internet via an API; the company also serves the corporate market, and competes with Amazon's cloud storage service, S3.

BuQu Tech Adds Samsung Galaxy S4 Support


The company had previously supported the Samsun Galaxy S3, in addition to the iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5. Camarillo-based hardware and accessories maker BuQu Tech is extending its magnetic charging devices to support Samsung''s new Galaxy S4 smartphone, the company said Monday. According to BuQu Tech, it has added the charging capability for the S4 into its line of protective cases, which use magnets to charge phones directly while in their protective cases.

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Favor Plans Expansion Into San Diego, Gets $13M


Favor--which is based in Austin, Texas--said it raised $13M in a Series A funding, from S3 Ventures, Silverton Partners, Tim Draper, and other angels, specifically for the expansion move. Favor , a on-demand, mobile delivery app developer, said today that it will be expanding into San Diego in the coming months, thanks to a new, $13M funding round.

Amazon Web Services (AWS)


The focus was S3 - storage service, EC2 - their compute cloud, their queuing system, and their flexible payment system. The S3 system is not a transactional object system, it's for larger objects, larger updates. You need to push out anything truly persistent to another machine and/or storage, e.g., S3. I went to an event by Amazon on their Amazon Web Services in Santa Monica today.

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FreedomPop Adds LTE Phones


Los Angeles-based free wireless phone and broadband service provider FreedomPop said Thursday that it has added support for LTE, and now supports the Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, and Samsung Victory. FreedomPop said its new, LTE phones will offer up the same, free service it had been offering via WiMax, with 500MB of free data, 200 voice calls, and 500 text free each month. FreedomPop also said it would offer up unlimited talk, text ,and data for $20 per month on the new LTE phones.

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Epics3 Takes On Photo Sharing


Epics3 also allows users to serve up photos using their own domain names, and can link photos stored in the service with Amazon S3. Carlsbad-based Epics3 , a new startup focused on photo sharing through Twitter, Facebook, and other web sites, said today that it has launched its services. The new company, headed by Joe Moreno, said it will allow users to post photos to the web, and that it will share advertising revenue with users when people view their photos.

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Nirvanix Scrambles To Transfer Cloud Data Before Shutdown


Nirvanix said it is providing "the resources we can" to assist its customers to return their data, or move their data to such services as IBM SoftLayer, Amazon S3, Google Storage or Microsoft Azure. San Diego-based cloud storage company Nirvanix has officially shut down its service, saying in a posting on its website that it is actively winding down its business, and is scrambling to transfer data on the cloud storage service to other providers.

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Nirvanix Shuts Down, Gives Mere Two Weeks To Customers


Nirvanix had started life as a competitor to Amazon S3, but in recent years had shifted its focus to supplying cloud storage to enterprises. San Diego-based cloud storage firm Nirvanix is shutting down, and has given its customers only two weeks to move their data elsewhere, in a stunning flameout for the venture backed startup.

Nirvanix Powers Ooyala


The firm charges by bandwidth and amount of storage, and competes against Amazon's S3 service. San Diego-based Nirvanix, a provider of storage-as-a-service, said Tuesday that the firm's technology is being used by video delivery firm Ooyala.

BuQu Tech Plans Line Of Charging Accessories


The firm has rolled out a protective case for the Apple iPhone 4/4S, which also works with a charging stand which the firm says charges that phone using magnetic technology; the company is now planning similar products for the Samsung Galaxy S3, iPhone 5, iPad, and various charging stands and stations for home, in the car, and in various form factors.

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Nirvanix Steals Away Zynga CIO


The company originally started as a provider of API-based cloud storage (ala Amazon S3) but in recent years has been focused on the enterprise area. San Diego-based Nirvanix , the cloud storage service operator, has snagged the current CIO of Zynga as its new CEO, according to the company Monday. Debra Chrapaty, who formerly was CIO of Zynga, also served at Cisco as SVP of its Collaboration Software Group, in addition to working at Microsoft and E*TRADE Technologies.

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IDrive: We're The Biggest Cloud Service In LA You've Never Heard Of


IDrive runs its own data center and maintains its own hardware--which, according to CEO Raghu Kulkarni, allows the company to offer much better performance and pricing than the tide of cloud backup companies who have been riding off the cloud storage services from such services as Amazon S3.

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DreamHost Readies Wider OpenStack Rollout


DreamHost also has been promoting its DreamObjects service, a cloud-based storage offering that is similar to Amazon''s S3 storage services, and which is powered by DreamHost spinout Ceph''s cloud storage platform. Los Angeles-based web and cloud hosting provider DreamHost looks to be readying its OpenStack cloud offering, DreamCompute, for wider consumption, after showing off the service at the OpenStack Summit in Portland last week.

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DreamHost Debuts Public Cloud Storage Service Into GA


The company said it is offering up a 100GB and 100GB bandwidth, 30-day trial for the service, which is also compatible with Amazon S3's APIs. DreamHost , the Los Angeles-based web hosting and cloud services provider, said Tuesday that it has debuted its DreamObjects public cloud storage service into general availability, aiming the service at application storage, Web site backup, content storage, disaster recovery, as well as personal backups.

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RightScale Rolls Out Grid Computing Product


The new software connects into Amazon AWS, and its EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud), SQS (Simple Queue Service), and S3 (Simple Storage Service) to coordinate grid processing. Santa Barbara-based RightScale , the venture-backed developer of cloud computing management software backed by Benchmark Capital and Index Ventures, said yesterday that it has launched a new product specifically focused on grid processing.

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Nirvanix Raises $10M, Names New CEO


The firm's services both compete in the general cloud storage service market against such giants as Amazon S3, and also have been applied to the enterprise market, providing cloud-based storage for tiered storage and backup.

DreamHost Tackles Cloud Storage


The new cloud storage service is aimed at Amazon's S3 storage service and Rackspace Cloud Files. Los Angeles-based web hosting provider DreamHost is tapping into Ceph, the open source, scalable storage system project spun out of its own operations, to launch its own object storage service.

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Nirvanix Taps Storage Veteran For Sales


The venture-backed firm competes against Amazon's S3 storage services. San Diego-based Nirvanix has hired on a storage veteran as VP of Sales, saying today that Joseph Lyons has joined the firm.

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Nirvanix Shuffles CEOs


San Diego-based Nirvanix, which operates an online, storage-as-a-service which competes against Amazon's S3 storage service, has shuffled its CEOs, the firm said today, replacing CEO Patrick Harr with Jim Zierick.

Data is the Next Major Layer of the Cloud & A Major Victory for Startups

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Our chief architect, Ryan Lissack, wanted to store our data in Amazon’s new (at the time) storage product called S3 that enabled us to store all our data in their facility and we’d pay by the MBs uploaded / downloaded.

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Understanding Changes in the Software & Venture Capital Industries

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They started by offering cloud storage (S3) on a super cheap, pay-as-you consume basis.

ElephantDrive Scores Win At Netgear


ElephantDrive is a developer of software used for online backup and restore; the firm uses a combination of its own storage and Amazon S3's storage service for its back end data storage. Los Angeles-based ElephantDrive is powering a new cloud storage service which was rolled out this week by Netgear, a manufacturer of data storage hardware.

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ElephantDrive Targets Xdrive Users


ElephantDrive is venture backed by Intel, and uses Amazon's S3 storage service as its back end data store. Los Angeles-based ElephantDrive is targeting users of AOL's Xdrive service, the online data storage service that AOL said it is closing in January. According to ElephantDrive CEO Michael Fisher, the company will provide free file transfer from Xdrive to ElephantDrive for users, as well as a 30-day free trial account.

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This Week in VC with Farb Nivi, Founder of Grockit

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Current round: $8.1mm in Series C by S3 Ventures (lead), Adams Capital Mgmt, Triangle Peak Partners. This was really a fun week at TWiVC because we decided to have an entrepreneur come and talk about raising capital rather than having a VC come on.

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Choosing Internet Platforms


Especially when there are things like: Amazon S3 / EC2 / AWS outage this morning. Compared cost there vs. second company that raised $500K and used S3 and other platforms. In second venture - compared vs. S3 - as platform. I'm blogging from the CalTech Enterprise Forum. The topic is: Betting Your Company On An Internet Platform? A very interesting topic, especially for those of us involved in developing for start-ups.

Social Networking (the Shorter Version) Past, Present, Future

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At the bottom end of the stack is storage (S3) and processing (EC2). This blog post originally appeared in serialized form here on TechCrunch. This version is the shorter, ADHD version.

The Business of Gaming | REACH Games Event Recap

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The gaming industry has changed since the days of Atari and Odyssey. Mobile and new generation consoles are being adopted at an astounding rate, and all the while gaming has become an increasing social outlet.