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Vol. 11 Num. 3 May 2012

Flash tech powers cloud storage and gives enterprises a boost

Flash technology can be attractive for cloud service providers -- and enterprises -- looking for a highly available, scalable and efficient data storage solution. For service providers operating in or moving to the cloud, data storage is a strategic component of their overall offering. Whether it’s a small regional managed service provider (MSP) or a global cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) provider, a great storage platform can provide that competitive edge to rapidly grow your business. On the flip side, a weak storage system can be the Achilles’ heel that costs a provider service-level agreement (SLA) penalties or, worse, new business opportunities. Traditional storage systems have been engineered for businesses that have the luxury of specialized skills and significant storage budgets. In contrast, service provider operations designed for scale with margin-optimizing efficiency require considerably more storage with considerably less complexity. Most attempts by traditional vendors to address these needs have forced ...

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Features in this issue

  • Cloud storage for archiving

    by  Phil Goodwin, Contributor

    Cloud archiving services can offer accessibility and data preservation at a fraction of the cost of building an on-site archive infrastructure.

  • DAS lives

    by  George Crump

    Direct-attached storage may seem passé, but it’s making a comeback and gaining widespread interest.

  • Recovery slows for storage shops

    by  Rich Castagna

    Storage budgets have been recovering, but progress might be slowing. Storage managers are looking for tools to get more out of the gear they have or plan to buy.

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