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Curious about cloud? Consider these simple, safe ways to get started
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of Vol. 10 Num. 7 September 2011
Cloud-enabled storage arrays are among the ways that cautious end users are testing the cloud without the worry. There seems to be a new category of data storage system on the horizon: a cloud-enabled storage array. The broad market isn’t using this terminology yet; but while some call it tiering, others a gateway or a hybrid cloud, they all have one thing in common: a low-risk opportunity for end users to stick their toe in the water and experiment with cloud storage infrastructures. Traditional storage vendors are using cloud as a storage tier within the storage array; perhaps the best known is EMC Corp. tiering to the cloud using Fully Automated Storage Tiering (FAST) with its Celerra product line. In that system, cloud is treated as a storage tier for long-term archiving of infrequently accessed data. We’re also seeing F5 Networks Inc. take a similar approach with its ARX product line in which it tiers file data to the cloud. Similarly, on the gateway front, we have Panzura Inc., StorSimple Inc. and TwinStrata Inc. offering ...
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Cloud-enabled storage arrays are among the ways that cautious end users are testing the cloud without the worry.
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