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Vol. 11 Num. 2 April 2012

Integrated cloud backup

One of the most expedient ways to realize the economic benefits of cloud storage is to integrate your current backup or DR operations with a cloud backup service. Cloud services adoption is growing, and last year’s tire-kickers are making real investments today. Research from Milford, Mass.-based Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) found that 74% of IT departments will increase 2012 spending on public cloud computing services to help contain costs, while 63% plan to increase spending on server virtualization software or begin to build out a private cloud on top of their existing virtualized infrastructure (ESG Research Report, 2012 IT Spending Intentions Survey, January 2012). For many, the on-ramp to the cloud is the integration of on-premises functions with cloud infrastructure. A relatively easy “entry point” to cloud storage services is to integrate on-premises backup operations with a cloud-based service. Cloud-based storage and computing provide off-site, long-term storage and/or a disaster recovery (DR) platform without ...

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  • Storage for big data

    by  Eric Slack

    Big data analytics will place new burdens on data storage systems. Here are some of the key features those systems will need to meet the challenges of big data.

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