Grid storage gets real


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Michael Thomas, storage architect at the Federal Reserve System, has been beta testing Hydrastor and hopes to move it into his production environment for secondary storage. "We have so much data distributed across multiple locations, backup is a significant undertaking ... we face tremendous pressure to complete backups within our backup window while confronting compounded rates of data growth. Yet we can't keep hiring more people to manage our increasingly complex environment," says Thomas. "A grid storage solution that is massively scalable, easy to manage and cost effective is just what we need."

Steve Duplessie, founder and senior analyst at Enterprise Storage Group, Milford, MA, agrees. "To ever think that the IT infrastructure can truly deliver on-demand, predictable services in any sort of reasonable real-time way, the physical storage limitations of the 'box' will have to cease to exist," says Duplessie. "Only when knob-twiddling specialists are no longer required, and scale in any dimension happens dynamically and autonomously, can we even start to talk about IT as a real business partner."

--Rich Friedman

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This was first published in June 2007

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