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Rethinking cloud storage
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of Vol. 8 Num. 2 April 2009
Cloud storage vendors might find a silver lining to the current economic cloud as companies try to cut costs. But enterprise storage shops are still wary. It was approximately a year ago that I wrote about cloud storage in fairly glowing terms; if I wasn't entirely on the bandwagon back then, I was pretty close to hopping on board. Six months later I was less enthusiastic about how realistic cloud storage was for enterprises. Now I'm convinced that if cloud storage ever does play a significant role in larger companies, it won't happen anytime soon. Make no mistake, there are a lot of reasons to be optimistic about cloud storage even after it stumbled in its first incarnation some years back (see "Is cloud storage the return of the service provider?"). The services are clearly better than ever, more secure, easier to use and less expensive. So what's not to like? For businesses with limited resources for dealing with the massive onslaught of data and the challenge of providing enough capacity to house it, cloud storage can seem ...
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