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Vol. 7 No. 2 April 2008

Cloudy future for storage? (Editorial)

Cloudy future for storage? Paul Maritz is a man with his head in the clouds these days, and that's a good thing. He recently joined EMC as president and general manager of the new Cloud Infrastructure and Services Division when EMC purchased his company, Pi Corp. While Maritz's title might suggest he's some kind of meteorologist, as Bob Dylan once sang, "You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows." And today, when it comes to new approaches to storage management, the wind is definitely blowing toward the cloud. The cloud is, of course, the Internet. The name derives from all of those PowerPoint presentation diagrams that depicted the Internet as a fluffy cloud. I don't know if that metaphor was popularized because the Internet hovers above us all, or because it's a big thing nobody truly understands. In any event, the cloud is "in" right now, and the phrase "cloud storage" is wafting its way into more marketing spiels. Cloud talk may be new, but the idea has been around for a while. Back in the salad days of ...

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Features in this issue

  • Is iSCSI good enough?

    by  Deni Connor

    Organizations of all sizes have adopted iSCSI because it's easy to install, inexpensive, behaves just like Ethernet and doesn't require specialized skill sets like Fibre Channel does. But do analyst claims that iSCSI performance falls short of that for Fiber Channel hold up?

  • Survey: Fibre Channel rules planned purchases

  • Automate application recovery

    by  Eric Burgener

    Today's application continuity computing (ACC) products are best suited for small- and medium-sized businesses, and are focused exclusively on Exchange, which most companies now consider a business-critical application. But the concentration on Exchange will likely change over the next few years, as several ACC vendors plan support for SQL Server and SharePoint in the future.

Columns in this issue

  • Best Practices: High hopes for thin provisioning

    Thin provisioning is a promising way to address allocation and performance. One of the biggest challenges when using the technology is knowing where your data lives, and whether it can be tracked or recovered if there's a catastrophic component failure.

  • Storage Bin 2.0: Winds of change push storage into a new era

    The transactional computing era is over. The Internet computing era is dragging data into the "cloud," and this new era will rain more files--and bigger files--down on you than you can ever imagine.