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Every cloud has a green virtual lining
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of Vol. 10 Num. 3 May 2011
I’m about to have another Peter Finch moment -- specifically, when he played the slightly demented newscaster Howard Beale in the movie Network and exhorted the masses to proclaim, “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” OK, maybe I’m not quite that ticked off and, yes, I’ve used this Peter Finch reference once before in a column. I think I may have regressed to the “mad as hell” theme because the thing that set me off the first time -- vendors carelessly tossing around marketing mumbo jumbo -- hasn’t gone away. In fact, it somehow managed to rev itself up into an even higher gear, achieving new heights of nonsense and non sequitur. But . . . “Hey, vendors, we’re not dummies!” Now that I’ve gotten my “mad as hell” rant out of the way, let’s get down to specifics. I don’t know if storage vendors actually think we’re dummies or if they just kind of treat us that way because they don’t know any better. And it’s not that they’re cheating people or selling bad stuff or anything like that -- what they’re doing, ...
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Features in this issue
Data storage budgets are recovering from their recessionary pounding. But while storage managers might have more money to spend, they’ll need yet more capacity to meet new demands.
Cloud storage and computing services offer a number of alternatives for cloud-based DR depending on the recovery time and recovery point objectives a company requires.
In our most recent Snapshot survey, we asked respondents why they were archiving: 28% say they’re doing it for legal issues, while 26% use it for capacity management.
Automated storage tiering is an effective way to make efficient use of installed data storage resources, and to take advantage of the high performance of solid-state storage.
Columns in this issue
As file data growth surges, traditional backup just won’t cut it anymore; we need some new thinking and an updated approach to replication.
Buzzwords are taking over the data storage industry, so it’s probably asking way too much of storage vendors to just tell us what their products can -- and can’t -- do.
Unified storage adoption is starting to ramp up as data storage pros see the need for simplifying storage so it can be powered, cooled and managed in one pool.
Break down the cloud storage services market and you’ll find players both big and small jockeying for position in key segments.