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Published: 17 Oct 2012

If you dig a little deeper, you'll find cloud storage has been adopted in some sectors as a data archive tier, and has been delivering cost-saving benefits for quite some time. Every few years a technology comes along that gets hyped to the point that no one is truly sure what it means anymore. In the storage world, storage virtualization and information lifecycle management (ILM) are two of those technologies that received a lot of vendor buildup and held a lot of promise for reducing the cost and complexity of the storage infrastructure but never really played out. The latest and greatest technology to hit the peak of the hype cycle is cloud storage. Data storage vendors aren't doing themselves any favors with all the hype and cloudy (forgive the pun) long-term vision around cloud storage, but it doesn't appear to be headed down the same road as ILM and storage virtualization. Unlike with ILM and the original vision (2001-2002 timeframe) of storage virtualization, there are some real and immediate benefits that can be derived for adopting a cloud storage ... Access >>>

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