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Storage standards still hazy in the cloud
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of Vol. 9 Num. 8 November/December 2010
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 ...
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