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Vol. 10 Num. 2 April 2011

Some clarity for enterprise cloud storage

Cloud storage is moving beyond the hype and the cast of key players is beginning to take shape. For the last year or so, cloud storage has been on a roller coaster ride in terms of hype, buzz and, yes, plenty of skepticism. But it's not just a passing fad. Private clouds aren't just another way of talking about old IT stuff in a new way. And public clouds are real alternatives and becoming pervasive. Cloud storage is a next-generation IT infrastructure that's altering the data storage landscape. The changes will happen in obvious and not-so-obvious ways. The obvious ways include using cloud storage for backup, disaster recovery and archiving. The less obvious ways include new business models and applications being developed specifically for the cloud. EMC Atmos offers private and public cloud storage. And even though EMC has been at it for a while, I personally haven't run into any companies using that technology. I know they're out there, but the only Atmos user I've spoken to is using it as a Centera replacement. NetApp is ...

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Features in this issue

  • Thin provisioning in depth

    by  Stephen Foskett

    Thin provisioning can help you use your disk capacity much more efficiently, but you need to get under the hood to understand how the technology might work in your environment.

  • Exchange 2010 and storage systems

    by  Brien Posey

    With Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft made some significant changes to the email app's database structure, and those changes may also affect the storage it resides on.

  • Virtual disaster recovery

    by  Lauren Whitehouse

    Whether used singly or combined, server virtualization and storage virtualization are making an impact on IT's ability to deliver disaster recovery, and to do so cost effectively.

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