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Vol. 7 No. 7 September 2008

Coping with cloud storage: Editorial

Coping with cloud storage You're spinning the radio dial for a tune to take your mind off the bumper-to-bumper traffic. But before you can turn to another station, it happens: you hear Barry Manilow crooning "At the Copa, Copacabana. The hottest spot north of Havana." And now you're doomed to hear that song in your head for weeks to come. These days, I get the same feeling about cloud storage. It seems like every storage and online services company is singing the praises of shipping your data off to ... a cloud. Maybe it's the word "cloud" that's hanging me up. "Where are the contracts, customer lists and proposals?" you ask. "Ummm, we put that in the cloud." It just doesn't inspire confidence. I'm not opposed to the concept of cloud storage. I actually think it will play a big role some day. Back in my April editorial, I said there are "compelling reasons to consider these services." I still think that's true, but I also believe these storage services need to dig a little deeper to become serious alternatives. Even as the spate...

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  • Ask the Experts: RTOs and RPOs

    Is there a standard ratio between RTOs and RPOs, or are they independent of each other?

  • CDP in depth

    Continuous data protection (CDP) technology is now a viable alternative to traditional backup software and storage system-based replication software. But CDP products can vary significantly, especially in the context of different storage architectures. Depending on specific environments, companies may have to evaluate very different criteria before settling on a CDP product.

  • The lure of open-source backup programs

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