storage use continues to rise, and as IT departments of all shapes and sizes explore use
cases for cloud storage that reach beyond backup and into file
sharing and collaboration, archiving and some primary data, the role of the on-premises
appliance has become crucial. The gateway
market has grown up and into a sophisticated cloud storage controller market that serves as a
key infrastructure tool. Check out this cloud storage controller guide to learn how the market
has changed, what the newest products can do and what experts have to say about the role of the
controller in today's IT shop.
Cloud appliance market adapts to IT needs
For some perspective on where the cloud storage appliance market has been, and where it's going, check out our marketplace analysis and get expert opinions on how the role of the on-premises appliance is influencing the cloud storage landscape.
Whatever you do, don't call them gateways. The cloud appliance market is evolving into a competitive field filled with players who are targeting the enterprise and primary data. Continue Reading
The new breed of cloud storage appliances takes on the challenges of network outages and dropped connections, and addresses concerns about storing data securely in the cloud. Continue Reading
If some applications don't have a native interface to cloud storage, many SMBs lack the time or skill set to develop them. That's where cloud appliances come in. Continue Reading
When planning hybrid cloud storage projects, it's crucial to understand the capabilities of cloud storage appliances. Continue Reading
Making smart cloud storage controller choices
When evaluating the cloud storage controller market, there are several key areas for IT pros to focus on, starting with the most likely use cases. Beyond that, many technical considerations -- bandwidth, APIs and application response times -- are all on the table. Check out this collection of tips to take with you when shopping for an on-premises appliance.
When buying a cloud storage appliance, there is a list of questions a data storage pro needs answered. What type of data will be accessed? Is streaming video a concern? Is your priority cost containment or data access? Get answers here. Continue Reading
Cloud analyst Arun Taneja names sensible starting points for deciding how to buy a cloud appliance, beginning with choosing your most optimal use case. Continue Reading
Backup, archiving, disaster recovery, collaboration -- depending on the use case you'll find cloud appliance vendors competing for your business with various approaches and offerings. Continue Reading
Cloud controller vendor news
From the big power plays to the small niche market vendors, the cloud storage controller vendors continue to grab headlines and make news by adding new technology and enterprise-size customers to their credits. Check out how Amazon, Microsoft, Nasuni, Panzura, Riverbed and TwinStrata all upped their game.
Amazon entered the cloud storage gateway market with its AWS Storage Gateway, a move that placed the company in a healthy 'co-opetition' with the major appliance vendors whose customers rely on S3. Continue Reading
Nasuni bundles a gateway with a cloud provider for a model that makes Nasuni look a lot like a reseller -- and offers users an all-in-one console for unified views and streamlined storage management. Continue Reading
Panzura made a play for the file-sharing market when it upgraded its storage controller for improved collaboration processes. Continue Reading
Riverbed has added two large virtual appliances to its cloud backup platform and added provider support for Amazon Glacier for cold storage and Google Cloud Storage. Continue Reading
With native iSCSI support for block storage and the ability to offer hardware and software virtual appliance implementations, TwinStrata aims to set itself apart. Continue Reading