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The RSTOR Blog: Thoughts, opinions and insights from the cloud experts at RSTOR

A Bold New Look for RSTOR

A Bold New Look for RSTOR

Since our inception, RSTOR has been driven by a mission to disrupt the cloud industry with products that challenge preconceptions, delight customers and radically improve every part of the cloud stack.  Let me state unequivocally that RSTOR products, services and...

Accelerating Insights to Action – Part V

Accelerating Insights to Action – Part V

Here are 10 recommendations for developing strategies to reduce delays in data integration and management and increase business value through faster BI and analytics. Deliver more timely data and recommendations to users. Organizations need to modernize the paradigm...

Accelerating Insights to Action – Part IV

Accelerating Insights to Action – Part IV

In our business engagements we’ve often asked managers and IT personnel what would improve if their organizations increased investment in technologies that support delivery of true real-time data, including data streams. Most indicate that actionable information in...

Accelerating Insights to Action – Part III

Accelerating Insights to Action – Part III

In the previous two posts in this series I focused on the organizational and cultural items required to become a faster and more insightful data company. In the next two posts I will outline technology trends that we at RStor are seeing in companies actively...

How CPRA impacts California and US data privacy law

How CPRA impacts California and US data privacy law

If passed by voters in November 2020, CPRA will add additional provisions designed to strengthen the state’s data privacy program. The initiative will likely have broad-ranging commerce effects given California’s large consumer population and position as the largest...

Accelerating Insights to Action – Part II

Accelerating Insights to Action – Part II

In this second in a series I take a look at the organizational and cultural changes required to speed up data insights. Through AI-driven augmentation, BI and analytics solutions are evolving to offer recommendations about data sets users might explore, visualizations...

Upgrades to RSTOR Space

Upgrades to RSTOR Space

RSTOR Space now features a data superpositioning enhancement that serves as a cloud-based, intelligent edge caching technology. Anyone who understands the quantum physics concept of superpositioning (atoms can simultaneously be in more than 1 state at a time) or...

Accelerating Insights to Action – Part I

Accelerating Insights to Action – Part I

In prior blog posts I've mentioned the speed of data/information movement and the speed of information in decision making. While these are two entirely different things they are very often interrelated. You will also hear me mention that today every company is a data...

After The Cloud Wars Are Over Then What?

After The Cloud Wars Are Over Then What?

Part of my role in marketing is identifying trends and determining what happens when the trend plays out. As digital transformation progresses and accelerates, and as businesses continue their move to the cloud, what happens once everyone is in the cloud and digital...

The Sudden Shrinking of Big Data

The Sudden Shrinking of Big Data

It's hard to imagine that we went from normal business discussions in January, to discussing toilet paper shortages in March to discussing social unrest in June. Talk about living in interesting times. Being in the cloud services business we are seeing a data world...

Immutable cloud storage for regulated technology

Immutable cloud storage for regulated technology

In a prior blog post I pointed out that staying compliant involves not only accurate reporting, but also secure and immutable storage of data. Today we will explore the drivers within a regulated industry especially the financial sector. So what are some of the best...

Data Immutability in Cloud Storage

Data Immutability in Cloud Storage

Data is the currency in our digital society, and the loss of it can cause panic or serious consequences. We have all read articles about businesses, movie studios, hospitals and even police departments losing data due to human error or ransomware attacks. A major US...

Disrupting All Industries

Disrupting All Industries

Like many of you, I sometimes utilize milestones as an opportunity to measure progress or change. A few weeks ago I crossed my one year mark with RStor. Like many companies I was issued a company t-shirt when I joined and the message on the shirt is "RStor The...

Tips for remote team management

Tips for remote team management

For the second installment in our working remote series I am suggesting four key areas to keep in mind as remote working has become the normal part of our business. Build Team Trust  You cannot function properly if you’re not able to keep in regular contact with...

Tips for conducting successful video calls

Tips for conducting successful video calls

Still, there were many things that we have learned over the past months and as a company we are happy to share our experiences, tips, and tools with any interested party. In this first post in a series we will share a few simple and common tips related to video...

Common Uses of Cloud Data Services in the AGV Market

Common Uses of Cloud Data Services in the AGV Market

The next three years will see an explosive growth in connected cars; and this year, 2020, it is expected that 98% of all new cars being sold will be connected. The growth is fueled by ubiquitous mobile networks plus government-required connectivity. Autonomous...

Addressing the Elephant, or the Black Swan, in the room

Addressing the Elephant, or the Black Swan, in the room

There are many business responses to black swan events but two of the more common responses are 1) learn and adapt and 2) tough it out and return to business as usual. In light of recent events the second approach may not be a survivable option as Covid-19 will most...

The case for testing your Disaster Recovery System

The case for testing your Disaster Recovery System

Introduction Cloud-based DR has grown in popularity the last few years as companies have looked for lower-cost alternatives to running a conventional DR set up at a remote datacenter or colocation center housing replacement systems. Most organizations have a disaster...

Protect Your Data With End-to-End Security

Protect Your Data With End-to-End Security

All aspects of data storage, including architecture, implementation, and operation, must center on protecting your data in transit and at rest. This should be part of a multilayered security strategy that considers both current and new security threats. Your...

A Navy SEAL’s Guide To Leading Through Adversity

A Navy SEAL’s Guide To Leading Through Adversity

Over the last three months, an invisible enemy has reminded us of how fragile and deeply connected we are in this world.  Covid-19 has changed everything. We find ourselves in an increasingly ambiguous and highly-distributed environment. For me, the current...

Understanding FIPS

Understanding FIPS

A steady cadence of attacks has made security a priority for governments and companies wishing to work with the federal government must now comply with federally mandated security standards. At RStor we take security to heart and will examine data security related...

Understanding GDPR

Understanding GDPR

GDPR: The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) significantly changes how both EU-based companies and companies doing business in the EU handle their data. If you are preparing for GDPR compliance or any type of data privacy, there are a few data governance...

Egregious Cloud fees and a library solution

Egregious Cloud fees and a library solution

An enterprise with multiple cloud vendors is known as a multi-cloud environment. Multiple compute options encourage agility and data potential for the end-user. IBM is reinforcing a multi-cloud world by partnering with Silicon Valley startup, RStor. The natural...