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Vol. 9 Num. 8 November/December 2010

Is your storage infrastructure ready for the cloud?

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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