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Vol. 8 Num. 2 April 2009

Is cloud storage the return of the service provider?

Cloud storage is a service, just like what storage service providers attempted to do years ago. But the technology has significantly evolved in the last decade and this time, cloud storage is real. The term cloud storage has been thrown around by so many vendors and industry pundits that it has just about lost any meaning. One vendor says cloud storage and means a service, another says it and means software infrastructure, while yet another vendor means hardware infrastructure. When asked who the cloud storage vendors are, we could name just about anyone in storage because just about every vendor has a cloud strategy and is providing at least one piece of a solution. At the end of the day, however, cloud storage is a service, just like what storage service providers (SSPs) in the earlier part of the decade attempted to do. While the SSP model didn't work in 2002, the technology has significantly evolved; this time, cloud storage is real. There are many market drivers for cloud storage, and they are pretty much the same ones that...

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Features in this issue

  • Power-smart disk systems

    Disk drive systems use more power than just about any other data center gear, but storage vendors are addressing this problem with a variety of technologies.

  • Value-based data protection

    There's no skimping when it comes to data protection, but tight budgets mean that storage managers will be looking for solid value in their backup products.

  • The buzz about dedupe

    Approximately one-third of respondents to Storage magazine's latest survey use a dedupe product, but how easy will it be to convert stragglers?

  • Replication alternatives

    Data replication is great for protecting critical data and ensuring quick recoveries. Find out where you should deploy replication: in your array, network or servers.

  • Virtual jobs

    Virtualizing servers, storage and even networks will change the face of IT and significantly impact the roles of storage professionals.

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