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Is cloud storage the return of the service provider?
This article is part of the Vol. 8 Num. 2 April 2009 issue of Storage magazine
Cloud storage is a service, just like what storage service providers attempted to do years ago. But the technology has significantly evolved in the last decade and this time, cloud storage is real. The term cloud storage has been thrown around by so many vendors and industry pundits that it has just about lost any meaning. One vendor says cloud storage and means a service, another says it and means software infrastructure, while yet another vendor means hardware infrastructure. When asked who the cloud storage vendors are, we could name just about anyone in storage because just about every vendor has a cloud strategy and is providing at least one piece of a solution. At the end of the day, however, cloud storage is a service, just like what storage service providers (SSPs) in the earlier part of the decade attempted to do. While the SSP model didn't work in 2002, the technology has significantly evolved; this time, cloud storage is real. There are many market drivers for cloud storage, and they are pretty much the same ones that...
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