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Hybrid clouds on the horizon
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of Vol. 10 Num. 6 August 2011
A few notable glitches have soured some users on cloud storage services, but a hybrid approach that integrates public and private storage may convince cloud skeptics. The first half of 2011 won’t be remembered as the best of times for the cloud. Despite optimistic predictions, it’s been a stormy few months for cloud storage services. An Amazon Web Services (AWS) networking glitch in April caused a multi-day interruption in service for some news-sharing and social networking sites. Earlier that month, Iron Mountain Digital announced it would be exiting the commodity-oriented, public cloud storage business over the next couple of years (although the company will continue to provide enterprise-class cloud storage services to business customers through an agreement with Autonomy). Finally, Cirtas Systems withdrew its cloud storage offering in April and laid off much of its engineering staff. That was the big news, but we’ve also noted that some small vendors are struggling to gain traction for their cloud storage and compute ...
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Features in this issue
Our survey finds more firms are relying on automated processes to back up their remote offices, and more backup data is making it back to the main data center than ever before.
In a relatively short time, data deduplication has revolutionized disk-based backup, but the technology is still evolving with new applications and more choices than ever.
Adoption of storage virtualization picks up as early obstacles to implementation are overcome. Mature products exist to deploy storage virtualization at the array or in the network
Storage technologies may sometimes seem a little stodgy and out of date, but there’s plenty of technical development going on at both the big storage vendors and smaller upstarts.
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An analysis of the some of the leading vendors in the TCP/IP offload market.
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A few notable glitches have soured some users on cloud storage services, but a hybrid approach that integrates public and private storage may ultimately convince cloud skeptics.
Satellite offices and workers are changing the look of companies of all sizes, and backup technology is changing to keep pace.