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Vol. 9 Num. 7 October 2010

Integrate the cloud with your backup app

Getting the sophistication of a backup app and the simplicity and scalability of cloud storage is possible today. But there are still some kinks to work out. Are you still backing up to boring old tape, disk or even deduped disk? What about using a backup device that has unlimited capacity and doesn't need to be managed? That's what cloud backup promises -- but can it possibly be that easy? There are a lot of products and services being bandied about with the term cloud attached to them. Everybody wants to be on the cloud bandwagon, and it seems like everybody has an opinion about what the cloud is or isn't. In the absence of any clearly defined standards, we'll provide a definition for the purposes of our discussion. The cloud, specifically the public cloud, is storage (or backup) that you don't have to manage. It has unlimited on-demand capacity and infinite burst capabilities, all for a price at or below what it would cost to do it yourself. If you want to pay for 100 TB this month and then pay for only 5 TB for the next year...

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Features in this issue

  • 10 tips for managing storage for virtual servers and virtual desktops

    Server virtualization and virtual desktops can make configuring and managing storage systems a lot tougher. These 10 tips can help ease some of the stress caused by managing storage in a virtual environment.

  • Brighter outlook for storage budgets

    Budget concerns have eased slightly, and many storage managers are eyeing solid-state storage and cloud storage services. How does your shopping list compare to that of your peers?

  • Space and time are still backup bugaboos

    Our latest survey has readers saying too much capacity and too much stuff to back up is their biggest pain point when it comes to backup. Many of them are counting on data dedupe to ease their backup blues.

  • Integrate the cloud with your backup app

    Getting the sophistication of a backup app and the simplicity and scalability of cloud storage is possible today. But there are still some kinks to work out.

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