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Throwing caution to the clouds
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of Vol. 8 Num. 7 October 2009
Cloud storage is coming and it will undoubtedly bring benefits, but there may be residual effects to consider. Before anyone accuses me of being a Luddite or some sort of cave dweller, let me say that I'm a great fan of innovation and I love technology. But at the same time, I tend not to jump on a new tech bandwagon until it takes a few spins around the block. To put that in storage terms, while I believe cloud storage will play a part in the future of a lot of storage shops, I also think we should put the brakes on that bandwagon a bit and consider all of the ramifications of the new storage world order it promises. The main concern I hear from storage managers is that they're reluctant to ship their data off to a cloud provider's site. That's worrisome, for sure, but I think that hurdle can actually be overcome relatively soon. Plenty of shops have been shipping data offsite for years by using third-party disaster recovery services. But using a third-party facility to store a third or fourth copy of your data for emergency ...
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There's a lot to like about cloud storage, and its benefits in terms of cost savings and convenience are attractive. But there are some residual effects you should consider.