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Vol. 10 Num. 9 November 2011

Getting real about the cloud

You’ll need to look past the “irrational exuberance” of the cloud storage market to get a real handle on how it might fit into your data storage environment. Cloud storage is limitless. Cloud storage is ubiquitous. Cloud storage is elastic. Cloud storage is economical. Cloud storage will bring world peace, cure cancer and balance the budget. Yes, I’ve bought into all the promises about cloud storage, but I’m not quite ready to drink the Kool-Aid, chant the cloud storage mantra and stagger into the ether like some zombie extra from Night of the Living Dead. I’d feel a little more comfortable if we could just squeeze the word “potentially” into those four “Cloud storage is . . .” sentences above. It’s not just the relentless vendor hype -- it’s turning into a story about expectation and maybe even just a dab or two of exaggeration. Gartner, IDC and just about any analyst firm with at least a toe in the data storage market waters have pitched predictions of runaway growth for the cloud computing market. The Computing Technology ...

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  • Getting real about the cloud

    by  Rich Castagna

    You’ll need to look past the “irrational exuberance” of the cloud storage market to get a real handle on how it might fit into your data storage environment.

  • Who really needs scale-out systems?

    by  Terri McClure

    Industries that once operated in traditional paper-based models are being overwhelmed by their digital data stores. Scale-out NAS can provide high-performance application support.

  • Time is right for SSDs

    by  Dave Raffo

    Solid-state was late to enterprise storage and had to be retrofitted into data centers. But a new generation of systems built specifically for solid-state are interesting users.

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