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Some clarity for enterprise cloud storage
This article is part of the Vol. 10 Num. 2 April 2011 issue of Storage magazine
Cloud storage is moving beyond the hype and the cast of key players is beginning to take shape. For the last year or so, cloud storage has been on a roller coaster ride in terms of hype, buzz and, yes, plenty of skepticism. But it's not just a passing fad. Private clouds aren't just another way of talking about old IT stuff in a new way. And public clouds are real alternatives and becoming pervasive. Cloud storage is a next-generation IT infrastructure that's altering the data storage landscape. The changes will happen in obvious and not-so-obvious ways. The obvious ways include using cloud storage for backup, disaster recovery and archiving. The less obvious ways include new business models and applications being developed specifically for the cloud. EMC Atmos offers private and public cloud storage. And even though EMC has been at it for a while, I personally haven't run into any companies using that technology. I know they're out there, but the only Atmos user I've spoken to is using it as a Centera replacement. NetApp is ...
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