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Part I of this series covered the benefits of Multi-site Storage Consolidation using the cloud, while Part II focused specifically on disaster recovery benefits. This installment explores the ability to access your data virtually anywhere, one of the unique benefits enabled by cloud storage. Let’s say you run a database on server and storage hardware at your main datacenter and you want to run analytics on that data to better understand your business trends. Let’s also say the results of those analytics were only needed once or twice a month and you felt purchasing additional dedicated hardware was a bit wasteful. How would you proceed with the deployment? A secondary site with excess compute capacity might be an ideal solution if you could get a copy of your database there. If you are running a cloud storage hybrid appliance like CloudArray, you’re in luck. You ca... (more)

Using the Cloud to Prevent Data Loss

According to a recent survey from CA, 55% percent of US businesses expect to increase usage of the cloud to meet business continuity objectives. According to the study, all of the 300 businesses surveyed experienced some type of data loss event in the past year and the vast majority admit their data was inadequately protected. While backing up data regularly is a key part of mitigating data loss, many organizations choose to replicate their data in real-time to a secondary location to reduce the window for data loss beyond just daily backups. With real-time data replication, org... (more)

2012 Cloud Data Trends – Year in Review

It was nearly a year ago that I authored a post predicting ten hot trends in cloud data for 2012. While there’s a strong temptation to cast old predictions into ancient history and dive into ten predictions for 2013, I felt it more appropriate to first glance back and reflect on how those past predictions fared. After all, much can transpire over the course of 12 months — hot technologies cool off, fads pass, buzzwords vanish — and, of course, some technologies really stick. So let’s take this opportunity to revel in our success or eat our humble pie. Without much ado, here are ... (more)

The Importance of Disaster Recovery Testing

In this business, we talk quite a lot about the importance of disaster recovery plans and strategies. Today's organizations face a multitude of choices when it comes to building a disaster recovery (DR) plan to protect their data and provide business continuity in the case of outages and other disasters. Available options include building out a second data center/disaster site, populating a colocation facility with redundant hardware, outsourcing recovery to a hosting provider or utilizing cloud compute and storage for an on-demand recovery strategy. And yet, despite all those ... (more)

Breaking the Storage Array Lifecycle

Anyone who purchases storage arrays is familiar with the many advantages of modular storage systems and storage area networks. However, they may also be familiar with one of the less desirable attributes of storage arrays: the typical three- to five-year lifecycle that forces decommissions and mandates upgrades on a regular basis. With many organizations expanding their need for storage by 20-60% on an annual basis [1], outgrowing capacity of existing storage arrays is a regular occurrence, effectively rendering upgrade cycles to be a fact of life. Although decommissioning and u... (more)