Madison Cloud relocates from Baltimore to Pinellas County

Madison Cloud relocates from Baltimore to Pinellas County

Madison Cloud, a cloud and enterprise storage provider, has moved its headquarters from Baltimore to the Feather Sound area in Pinellas County.

July 31, 2020

Courtesy of https://stpetecatalyst.com/tech-company-madison-cloud-relocates-from-baltimore-to-pinellas-county/

Madison Cloud, a cloud and enterprise storage provider, has moved its headquarters from Baltimore to the Feather Sound area in Pinellas County.

The relocation brings several high-skill jobs to the area and will help grow the local technology community.

The new headquarters is a 2,000-square-foot office in Waterview at Feather Sound, a Class A office building just outside St. Petersburg and with a Clearwater mailing address.

It’s one of two new offices for Madison Cloud, which has between 15 and 20 employees, including contractors, said CEO Randall Van Allen.

The company recently opened an office near its data center in Northern Virginia for sales and engineering employees. The new headquarters will be home to most of the company’s other workers, including those in project management, human resources, marketing and accounting.

Renovations are underway at the new office and Van Allen expects to move into it in September.

Van Allen chose the Tampa-St. Petersburg area over Chicago and Charlotte. Chicago is cold, with lots of crime, and it’s expensive, he said. Charlotte and St. Petersburg are similar, but Charlotte doesn’t have the water that St. Petersburg does, he said. He also cited the lack of a state income tax in Florida as a key factor.

“We came from Baltimore, where I didn’t get what I needed at times from the local government,” Van Allen said.

It was a different story here.

Both the Greater St. Petersburg Area Economic Development Corp. and Pinellas County Economic Development worked with Van Allen on the move, helping with paperwork and making introductions. He said both J.P. DuBuque, president and CEO of the St. Pete EDC, and Scott Talcott, business development manager for Pinellas County Economic Development, went beyond recruiting and are serving as a permanent resource for the firm.

“Pinellas County is thrilled to welcome another technology company! Companies like Madison Cloud help grow and attract IT talent. Offering positions and higher paying jobs in cloud computing solutions, will continue to make Pinellas County stronger in technology talent. We are assisting by connecting the Madison Cloud team with resources like workforce development, training grants, technology organizations and the community. The company really likes the quality of life we all enjoy each day,” Talcott said.

Having Madison Cloud relocate its headquarters to the community is further proof that St. Pete/Pinellas County is not just a great place to live, but a great place to grow a successful company, DuBuque said.

“It seems that each day, corporate leaders like Randall are recognizing that you can find a place that combines a favorable business environment, a growing, high-quality talent pool and a second-to-none lifestyle. And St. Pete/Pinellas County is that place. We look forward to the Madison Cloud team joining our community and will continue to assist them as they grow.”

Getting the word out

The new headquarters holds up to 12 people, and Van Allen said he expects Madison Cloud to outgrow it quickly.

That’s because the company has just launched private multicloud storage, which centralizes, secures and simplifies cloud storage, to address the issues Van Allen first noticed several years ago.

Applications live in cloud companies like Amazon Web Services [AWS], Microsoft Azure, Google, IBM and Oracle. All the storage is also in those clouds, Van Allen said.

But storage functions and computing functions are independent of each other, and the average company currently uses four or five different clouds.

“Your data is all over. It’s very difficult to manage. Each cloud has a different management interface so you’ve got to learn how to manage that specific cloud. And a lot of the issues companies are having is privacy and security concerns. Amazon, Google and Microsoft are all public clouds. You have no idea where your data is. You’re sharing storage resources (physical hard drives and servers) with thousands of other companies,” Van Allen said. “It’s unsettling for a security officer, if you have all this confidential data in the cloud and you have no idea where it is and no idea who is sharing it.”

Madison Cloud’s new private multicloud storage offering addresses those issues.

“Every one of our customers has their own dedicated storage server, storage drives, isolated management network, a private storage cloud where all their data can sit. That’s in our cloud. We then connect that to whatever other clouds they use already. So they would still have their applications in the clouds they have already. It’s just that instead of that AWS compute application pointing at their storage cloud, it would point at our storage cloud,” he said. “You can have multiple compute clouds, dozens of clouds, all pointed to your Madison Cloud private multicloud storage simultaneously pulling data in and out of our cloud.”

Madison Cloud’s network is in a data center called Equinix DC2, in northern Virginia, which handles 95 percent of North America’s internet traffic, he said.

Madison Cloud uses software from StorONE, a company that Van Allen said “literally rewrote the code” that older cloud companies are built on in a way that makes hardware more efficient.

The company currently has several test accounts on its platform and now is getting the word out about its offerings.

“No one really knows about Madison Cloud, certainly not our private multicloud storage,” Van Allen said. “That is the goal here. We’ve got to get the word out. We’re investing a lot in marketing, sales, continuing to build out our platform. If people know about us, they’re going to come.”

Madison Cloud also offers on-premise storage with the same storage features of private multicloud storage, built on StorONE software-defined storage, to on-premise data centers and remote offices.

Madison Cloud was launched in 2014 providing IT and cloud solutions, primarily to the federal government. The company is self-funded, which allows it be more agile, Van Allen said.

Madison Cloud Launches Latest in Cloud Storage Innovation

Madison Cloud Launches Latest in Cloud Storage Innovation

Madison Cloud Launches Latest in Cloud Storage Innovation with Private MultiCloud Storage Solution.

July 19, 2020

http://markets.financialcontent.com/bostonherald/news/read/40188709

St. Petersburg, FL, Madison Cloud, a market changing data storage innovator, announces the launch of their latest solution, Private MultiCloud Storage (PMCS). Built on StorONE’s software defined storage platform, PMCS solves multicloud data problems with a centralized, secure, and simple way to manage cloud storage.

The average organization uses about 5 clouds and experiments with another 2 to 3 clouds. Managing data in this growing multicloud environment becomes incredibly complex and introduces an array of management and security issues. Data sprawl combined with the difficulty of moving data between clouds, also known as data gravity, prevents organizations from realizing the full flexible benefits of cloud. Meanwhile, hosting data across several public clouds introduces security risks.

Madison Cloud PMCS was designed from the ground up to help organizations get ahead of their changing storage requirements while hardening the security of their cloud data. PMCS is a centralized private storage cloud that allows users to continue running compute workloads in the cloud of their choice (e.g., AWS, Azure, GCP, etc.). It solves the multicloud data problem.

“The race to the cloud over the last decade has resulted in so many amazing innovations in terms of infinitely scalable, flexible and intelligent applications, but issues surrounding data management and security have been weighing heavily on the minds of IT administrators,” said Madison Cloud CEO, Randall Van Allen. “Similar to what centralized enterprise storage did for the on-premise datacenter, we developed Private MultiCloud Storage to bring the data storage side of the cloud equation up to speed, with the added security of private cloud.”

The flexibility of Madison Cloud Private MutliCloud Storage is also noteworthy as it gives organizations the control to manage their entire cloud data footprint (file, block, and object) in any number of clouds through a single management console; a management console that can be operated from a tablet or even phone. There is even the ability to integrate an organization’s entire on-premise data footprint within the same console. The end result is cloud-level flexibility and simplicity on the storage layer that is long overdue.

Madison Cloud built PMCS on StorONE’s S1 software-defined storage. StorONE’s innovative software delivers high performance, next generation data protection and flexibility, and unlimited storage scale out. Partnering with StorONE gives Madison Cloud the capability to provide the benefits and features of innovative enterprise storage in the Cloud which allow for truly unified on-premises, cloud, and hybrid deployments. This gives organizations the freedom to create a data strategy that achieves their goals without the typical limitations of cloud vendors or legacy on-premise storage providers.

“Madison Cloud’s use of StorONE’s Enterprise Storage Platform underscores our focus on creating the most efficient storage software that can deliver high performance with minimal hardware,” said Gal Naor, StorONE CEO. “Madison Cloud completes our storage consolidation goal by enabling customers to use the cloud of their choice yet consolidate data to a centralized storage cloud powered by StorONE. Madison Cloud is bridging the gap between on-premises storage and the cloud. We are proud that Madison Cloud chose our software to help customers realize the multi-cloud promise.”

About Madison Cloud

Madison Cloud is an innovative and fast-growing cloud and enterprise storage provider. Their Private MultiCloud Storage (PMCS) gives organizations the capability to centralize, simplify, and secure their cloud data or serve as a robust disaster recovery/backup solution. PMCS cloud deployments offer 100% private data storage with direct connect capabilities to all the main cloud services providers such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud allowing organizations to run workloads in multiple Clouds simultaneously from a single private storage enclave.

Madison Cloud’s on-premise storage provides the same game-changing enterprise storage features of Private MultiCloud Storage, built on StorONE software-defined storage, to on-premise datacenters and remote offices. The combination of PMCS and Madison Cloud On-Premise deployments allows for seamless integration, built-in replication, and the ability to manage an organization’s entire data footprint within a single management console. Learn more at madisoncloud.com.

About StorONE


StorONE’s mission is to provide the industry with a solution that meets all the objectives of software-defined storage, plus data protection and resiliency that is 10X better than any other technology on the market along with system performance that is 10X better than the industry standard. Founded by proven disruptive serial entrepreneurs who have been awarded over 50 patents, and backed by top-tier industry luminaries and strategic investors, StorONE is completely changing the perception of storage from an IT cost center to a resource that provides organizations with a key competitive advantage. StorONE is headquartered in New York, with offices in Dallas, Tel Aviv and Singapore. Additional information about StorONE is available at: https://www.storone.com.

SuperComputing2019 in Denver, Colorado

SuperComputing2019 in Denver, Colorado

n response to major recent Cloud breaches, Neovera & Madison Cloud join forces to launch a new solution for strengthening enterprise data management and security in MultiCloud ecosystems

November 13, 2019

https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20191113005749/en/Supercomputing-2019-Kingston-Technology-Unveils-New-NVMe

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. & DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., a world leader in memory products and technology solutions, today announced demonstrations of its industry leading server DRAM and latest NVMe PCIe Flash solutions for high performance computing (HPC) at Supercomputing 2019 (SC19) (booth #319). Supercomputing is an international conference that brings together the high-performance computing community. Kingston will demonstrate the consistent data performance and reliability of its forthcoming DC1000M U.2 NVMe SSD, purpose-built for data-intensive enterprise workloads and HPC architectures at the forefront of new artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) applications.

“Today’s supercomputers are powering a multitude of applications that are at the forefront of progress, from oil and gas exploration to weather predictions, financial markets to developing new technologies,” said Keith Schimmenti, enterprise SSD business manager, Kingston. “These HPC applications require far greater consistency of performance and IO delivery. We are proud to share how Kingston’s solutions are an integral part of the stack behind the next breakthroughs in computing, providing the performance required in the world’s most extreme computing environments and applications.”

During SC19, Kingston and Madison Cloud will demonstrate Private MultiCloud Storage (PMCS) architecture, providing a unified storage fabric for Cloud and On-Premise installations. Designed to keep data close to the Cloud without actually putting it in the Cloud, PMCS deploys the same storage platform wherever you are, providing the products and support that system builders need to move at the speed of Cloud. The two companies will showcase how users can run real-time MultiCloud workloads from a PMCS server in a MultiCloud architecture, built with Kingston DRAM, SATA and NVMe SSDs, providing consistent performance and a wide range of enterprise class features compared to Cloud-native storage products.

Kingston will further demonstrate specific architectural advancements for Big Data and ML applications with the upcoming DC1000M U.2 NVMe SSD and recently launched DC500 SATA data center SSDs. The Big Data workflows validate possibilities for 10-bay NVMe server configurations while delivering 5.8 million IOPS at a sustained bandwidth of 23.8Gb/s. Kingston’s third demo presents ML application learning by naming thousands of satellite images per second as the DC1000M alleviates storage bottlenecks, accelerates large data sets and optimizes NVIDIA GPU performance for ML.

Supercomputing 2019 Exhibits takes place at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver from November 18-21. Kingston is located in booth #319.

Improving Data Security in a MultiCloud World

Improving Data Security in a MultiCloud World

In response to major recent Cloud breaches, Neovera & Madison Cloud join forces to launch a new solution for strengthening enterprise data management and security in MultiCloud ecosystems

August 26, 2019

https://www.prlog.org/12785801-improving-data-security-in-multicloud-world.html

RESTON, Va. Aug. 25, 2019 PRLog — A lone hacker recently exploited multiple Cloud vulnerabilities to steal sensitive data from dozens of enterprises. As news of the attacks continues to unfold, business leaders around the world are scrambling to validate their defenses against this emerging class of threats that can defy security best practices.

Ryan Child, President of Neovera said, “Organizations are struggling to balance the benefits of Cloud while protecting their data. One common concern is the practice of deploying sensitive data across decentralized Cloud storage services. Private MultiCloud Storage coupled with strong Identity Access Management is an alternative approach that can provide better flexibility and security”.

Randall Van Allen, CEO of Madison Cloud said, “Our PMCS solution places data on secure private storage directly next to Cloud provider data centers. This enables customers to have direct control over their data and eliminates Cloud storage lock-in”.

Neovera and Madison Cloud are available at VMworld 2019 in San Francisco Aug 26 to 28 to discuss emerging threats and considerations moving forward.

Contact sales[at]neovera.com to request a copy of our solution overview.

Neovera: Enterprises ranging from Fast 50 startups to the Fortune 500 rely on Neovera’s expertise to defend critical systems 24 x 365 against the world’s most challenging cyber threats. www.neovera.com

Madison Cloud: Organizations making the shift to MultiCloud can do so without sacrificing control of their data. PMCS accelerates Cloud adoption by solving performance and data privacy concerns. www.madisoncloud.com

Looking for a Better Hybrid Cloud Strategy?

Looking for a Better Hybrid Cloud Strategy?

dison Cloud Launches Latest in Cloud Storage Innovation with Private MultiCloud Storage Solution.

July 30, 2019

Courtesy of  https://storageswiss.com/2019/07/30/looking-for-a-better-hybrid-cloud-strategy/

When a company begins its cloud journey, they often assume they need to move everything to one of the big 3 (Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, or Google Compute). Many organizations want to maintain control of their data and leverage only the cloud computing resources from the big 3. Also, an organization may like the operational expenditure (OPEX) only business model of the cloud but prefer to keep its data on-premises.

Leveraging Public Cloud computing makes sense. CPUs are easily scaled up and down, and the major cloud providers can deliver an almost unlimited amount of computing capacity to meet the organization’s needs. However, the value in hosting data in the public cloud is not as clear cut. First, data has gravity, and the large cloud providers charge for that gravity in the form of storage and egress charges.

Second, data can’t quickly scale down; in most cases, organizations have a steady increase in capacity demands. Third, data has sovereignty. Many countries and regulating bodies have passed precise laws about where data can and can’t be stored. Finally, cloud storage is fundamentally different. Cloud storage does not always implement block and file storage protocols in the same way as on-premises storage.

There are options for IT professionals looking for a way to either leverage cloud compute, but maintain control of the data asset, or to take advantage of the cloud OPEX model. IT planners can work with providers that enable the hosting of storage resources in a directly connected data center so that the large cloud provider’s computing resources have direct access to the organization’s storage assets. Also, some cloud providers deliver an OPEX only storage solution that the organization can use on-premises but pay for it just as if it was in the cloud.

Introducing Madison Cloud

Madison Cloud is a full-service private cloud storage provider. They provide managed on-premises and cloud connected private storage solution delivered via a pure OPEX model, or they can host the organization’s private cloud storage in one of their data centers. Each of these data centers has high-speed access to multiple larger cloud providers like AWS, Azure, and Google Compute Platform and other cloud service providers.

Madison Cloud is building their private cloud storage offering around StorOne S1 software-defined storage solution. S1 enables Madison Cloud to leverage storage hardware resources more efficiently than even the major cloud providers. As a result, Madison Cloud can provide extremely cost-effective OPEX rates while still providing a level of customer support that is difficult to obtain from the larger providers.

Madison Cloud customers can have a cloud strategy that puts them in control of where they store data and how they implement security. The data is still accessible from public cloud computing resources but is never actually hosted in the public cloud; instead, it is safe and secure in the Madison Cloud private cloud.

A private cloud that has high-speed access to multiple cloud providers may also be the ultimate multi-cloud strategy. The typical multiple cloud strategy requires copying data from cloud to cloud or seeding multiple clouds simultaneously. The Madison Cloud approach means that data access does not have to migrate. Instead, the organization can point the various cloud providers’ compute stack at their private cloud storage whenever they need.

For organizations looking to keep both storage and compute on-premises but want to leverage the cloud’s OPEX model, Madison Cloud can deliver the same private cloud storage solution into the organization’s data center. The turnkey S1 solution can deliver a full range of storage services including extremely high-performance IOPS for databases and applications, cost-effective high performance for virtualized environments and even hybrid configuration to support archiving and data protection use cases.

StorageSwiss Take

A cloud strategy doesn’t always mean a “lift and shift” of data and applications to the cloud. Many organizations may want the ability to maintain control over their data assets. A private cloud solution like what Madison Cloud offers is ideal for those companies. The ability to leverage a OPEX model on-premises, yet still deliver the full range of storage services is ideal for companies looking to maintain a data center presence. For companies looking to downsize their data center presence, the capability to have private cloud storage that is accessible from multiple cloud vendors computing resources, brings maximum flexibility.

Aderas Teams with Madison Cloud & StorONE

Aderas Teams with Madison Cloud & StorONE

deras Teams with Madison Cloud & StorONE to Present Data Agility with Private MultiCloud Storage at the Defense Health IT Symposium

July 29, 2019 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

https://www.fedhealthit.com/2019/07/press-release-aderas-teams-with-madison-cloud-storone-to-present-data-agility-with-private-multicloud-storage-at-the-defense-health-it-symposium/

BALTIMORE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aderas, Inc., a leading IT systems integrator for Government & Commercial customers, has teamed with Madison Cloud to develop an innovative IT Platform as a Service for Government and Commercial customers. The platform leverages Private MultiCloud Storage from Madison Cloud powered by StorONE SDS and direct connections to Cloud providers at Equinix data centers. The solution will be demonstrated live in the Aderas booth #401 at the Defense Health IT Symposium from July 30th through August 1st. DHITS is located in the Caribe Royale All Suite Hotel and Convention Center at 8101 World Center Dr., Orlando, Florida.

VMs and containers provide application agility, yet data agility and storage are challenging elements in most IT Production & DevOps environments. Sub setting a database may save space but could also introduce more problems such as version control and performance issues. Sev 1 problems can disrupt the DevOps timeline, and there may not be sufficient funding or system capacity to start more instances. Aderas PaaS with PMCS delivers data agility coupled with Cloud or on-premise compute services.

The Madison Cloud PMCS platform is located at Equinix data centers which provide direct high-speed low latency connections to almost all Cloud service providers and telecommunication carrier networks. This system design allows PMCS to be fully private with end to end security. StorONE SDS capabilities enable DevOps teams to take instant snapshots of Production and rapidly create thin clones that can be mounted to a wide range of Cloud provider IT services.

When a snapshot on PMCS is restored, multiple volumes can be created from the same snapshot without consuming additional storage capacity. The snapshot only saves metadata which points to where data resides on disk, requiring very little drive space. Multiple thin clone volume restore points can be created from the same snapshot. This capability allows separate instances of the same file share to be presented to multiple separate compute resources. Multiple DevOps sprints can now proceed, all with different timelines and only changes to the Gold volume consume additional storage space.

It’s now time to do a Day Zero Oracle database backup. A snapshot of Production is taken in minutes and a Gold thin clone volume is created. RMAN is pointed to the cloned Gold volume and runs offline without impacting Production performance. PMCS also enables Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) to run on AWS, Azure and Google Cloud. The data set is stored on a PMCS NFS volume and database instances mount to it natively. Apps and middleware can access the data set in the NFS volume simultaneously from almost any Cloud provider or compute resource. Architects and DevOps teams can now use compute instances from multiple Cloud Providers, on premise servers or any other device on the WAN/LAN to connect to the same data set. The fully managed Aderas PaaS with PMCS can also support workloads with primary block, file and object at on premise data centers.

The days of data agility limitations & Cloud lock-in are becoming a thing of the past.

Jimmy Nguyen, CEO of Aderas, said: “The Aderas IT Delivery PaaS accelerates DevOps, Cloud Migration and other IT workflows. Madison Cloud and StorONE provide us with data agility that opens up new possibilities on premise and in the MultiCloud world.”

Randall Van Allen, CEO of Madison Cloud, said: “It’s exciting to see the innovative ways that Aderas is using our PMCS platform to solve a range of IT challenges. We look forward to working with Aderas to find new ways to support their customers.”

To schedule a private meeting with Madison Cloud at DHITS please contact Tom Bendien, Director of Cloud Services, at tbendien@creative813.website.

Madison Cloud, Baltimore, MD

Madison Cloud provides innovative managed Cloud services to the Public and Private sector. Our Cloud platforms, system integration and COTS procurement capabilities help organizations transform & accelerate their IT environments. See www.madisoncloud.com.

Aderas, Reston, VA

Aderas offers a range of IT implementation and engineering services to Federal Civilian, Health, and DoD customers in the Washington DC metropolitan area. Leveraging a breadth and depth of experience across industries and business capabilities, Aderas helps both our customers drive transformation and productivity through the innovative use of technology. See www.aderas.com.

StorONE, New York, Tel Aviv and Singapore

StorONE’s TRU SDS is the highest performing and most efficient software defined storage solution on the market. It simultaneously delivers block, file and object storage services from the same drive pool from a single storage server instance. There is no lock-in to specific drive types or capacities. Erasure coding data protection at the volume level eliminates RAID management and performance challenges. These innovative features dramatically reduce the complexity of enterprise storage management and accelerates adoption of drive hardware innovation. See www.storone.com.