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Published: 17 Oct 2012

As we expand our use of storage area networks (SANs), we collide with the expense and slow deployment of SAN technology. What if we could simply purchase storage space, as opposed to the storage itself? With ongoing improvements in long-distance SANs, the notion of remote storage facilities for rent becomes more attractive. So, why have IT managers been slow to adopt this approach? One way to understand is through this analogy. Imagine Public Storage Inc., a real estate investment trust that rents storage space to the public for a small fee. When you rent this kind of space, you expect certain things: secure storage, isolation from other renters' belongings and a staff that gives you good service. Data storage renters would want similar things. Until you feel assured that your data is safe, secure and readily available, you're unlikely to consider such a utility service. Yet doing it all on your own isn't exactly a bed of roses, either. Have you ever had a neighbor whose garage was completely full except for a path to his house's entrance (the primary ... Access >>>

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