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Be mindful when working with public cloud storage
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of November 2016, Vol. 15, No. 9
If there are any universal truths to managing enterprise data, they would be that data is always growing and all data is not created equal. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that we at ESG continue to find the challenge of data growth a top concern among IT professionals, regardless of whether a study investigates storage, data protection or overall IT priorities. Fortunately, the IT industry has seen a wealth of innovations to deal with the challenge of data growth and the complexity of efficiently supporting diverse data types. Flash storage emerged to address the requirements of high-performance workloads, for example, while the development of scale-out NAS and object storage tackled the needs of lower-performing, yet demanding, higher-capacity data sets. As a result, storage is bifurcated into separate tiers, which helps reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) of IT. ESG research shows that nearly half of enterprises surveyed that employ solid-state storage report a reduction in TCO, while the top reason for deploying ...
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