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Vol. 9 Num. 5 July/August 2010

Cloud storage ecosystems mature

A number of vendors have emerged that provide a bridge to cloud storage services, as well as extended security, availability and portability to cloud storage service provider offerings. Every new technology follows a predictable path from drawing boards and beta tests to product hypes and launches. Along the way, users often follow their own inevitable route: becoming enchanted, then unsure and, finally, cynical. After that, the necessary ecosystems emerge to fill in the technology gaps and ensure that real user requirements are satisfied. Value propositions that solve real-world user pain points emerge, and we slowly start to see adoption. Roughly two years after cloud storage was first floated, that's where we find ourselves. Most cloud storage service provider solutions on the market today offer basic storage capacity and data protection, such as RAID or remote mirroring, as well as RESTful APIs for porting applications. This is all good. But challenges arise because most applications in today's IT shops do not speak REST (...

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  • Align data protection with business importance

    There's a big difference between backup and business continuity. Any-point-in-time technologies can extend data protection so that application use is protected as well.

  • The new primary storage

    A technology borrowed from backup may end up the biggest thing to happen to storage in a long time.

  • Cloud storage ecosystems mature

    by  Terri McClure

    Vendors have emerged that provide a bridge to cloud storage services, as well as extended security, availability and portability to cloud storage service provider offerings.

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