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Infrastructure provisioning made easier with hybrid cloud storage
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of March 2017, Vol. 16, No. 1
Better access to digital information has opened new revenue opportunities in nearly every industry. Whether it involves business intelligence and analytics, mobility or internet of things, it's clear the next level of business competiveness is being built upon a foundation of data availability. None of this is news, of course. And, if you're reading this column, you are likely already heavily involved in the ongoing battle to ensure that IT resources keep pace with the increasing demands placed on business applications and data. The good news is IT infrastructure innovation has accelerated as well. Hardware, for example, continues to become quicker and more affordable. As a result, storage systems perform faster, scale higher and hold more capacity than ever. In theory, you'd think the two, (1) growing demands served by (2) ever-more capable infrastructure, would cancel each other out. But that's not how it works in the real world. While there are a number of reasons for this inconsistency, one that doesn't get discussed enough ...
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