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Is your storage infrastructure ready for the cloud?
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of Vol. 9 Num. 8 November/December 2010
The cloud will change the way we integrate and use storage services. Don't be distracted by big vendors building a big data center stack, it's not about that at all. By Jeff Boles Storage has long been ruled by bigger and faster. On the selling side, a lot of sales reps think the easiest way to sell a piece of hardware is to differentiate their product using a lot of firepower in the form of eyeball-grabbing specs like controller throughput, backplane bandwidth, IOPS, MBps, data deduplication ratios, terabytes per rack and other impressive metrics. All too often, that kind of bravado and one-upmanship will overshadow what some of the real storage innovators have to offer. Those are the vendors trying to avoid speed traps while pursuing elements that make storage "better" or "more efficient" -- the kinds of things that tend to have more impact on business capabilities and costs. That's not to say innovators haven't had some notable successes. The exceptions have indeed brought better and more efficient storage to market, often ...
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Features in this issue
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Data storage managers aren't very keen on adding storage management applications, even if they might help them better manage the whole mess.
In our annual feature, we list the six hottest storage technologies that are likely to show up in data centers in 2011.
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Columns in this issue
Despite recent acquisitions and rumors of more mega-mergers, the data storage landscape isn't likely to change all that much over the next few years.
Many people think the lack of standards is holding firms back from using cloud storage services. Standards are being worked on, but they could have an effect on in-house systems.
Don't be distracted by big vendors building out big data center stacks—the truly interesting stuff is coming from small, innovative storage companies.