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November 2016, Vol. 15, No. 9

Be mindful when working with public cloud storage

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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