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This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of Vol. 10 Num. 5 July 2011
Private storage clouds might seem like a rehash of old technology and even older ideas, but there are significant potential benefits once you cut through the hype. Here's what you need to know to get started. Metaphors for cloud storage may be overused, but we can still relate to the notion that clouds obscure vision and can be either beneficial or turbulent. Both conditions can certainly apply to private cloud storage. Although a lot of the hype around private cloud storage promises all the benefits of a public cloud behind a firewall, private cloud storage really boils down to a new name for utility storage. Utility storage suffered from its association with selective outsourcing in the post dot-com bust period, even though it's just about simple, certain availability. The name "utility storage" also lacks cachet -- it sounds more like a place to stash your garden tools than a sleek, sexy storage array. "Utility" just doesn't sound as cool as "cloud." What public cloud tells us about private cloud The name change doesn't alter...
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