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Vol. 9 Num. 8 November/December 2010

Storage standards still hazy in the cloud

The standards being batted around that would make cloud storage more usable and attractive to enterprises could also have a profound effect on in-house storage systems. Many people are pinning their hopes on the promise of cloud storage. And with all the hype it's getting, you would think cloud storage is the remedy for everything that's not quite right in the storage shop. Limitless capacity, on-demand service and ubiquity—all without having to tap into capital budgets for things like hardware or software. But not so fast; cloud storage vendors first have to figure out how to actually make all those dreams come true. Plenty of them are working at it and have made a lot of progress, but few if any are "all there" yet. Turning storage into a utility is pretty complicated stuff on a number of fronts, and reheating older technologies like grids and clusters won't completely cut it. We may also need to redefine what we mean by "utility." Our most familiar utilities—electric, water, natural gas—are all one-way streets where we take ...

Features in this issue

  • Storage salaries edge up in lean times

    While storage salaries crept up this year and next year's paychecks might be a little fatter, on-the-job training and new technologies are reasons to love your job in tight times.

  • Management apps still get a chilly reception

    Data storage managers aren't very keen on adding storage management applications, even if they might help them better manage the whole mess.

  • Hot technologies for 2011

    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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