It’s no secret that doing nothing is often considered a safe bet. The
psychology behind inaction is well understood, particularly in the case of
IT — the path of least disruption is usually maintaining the status quo
rather than trying something new,
But once in a while, a decision of inaction can prove very costly. For
instance, would you ignore leaky plumbing in your home? Barring any flooding
or damage, there may not be much urgency to act — perhaps until the water
bill arrives, at which point you experience a change of heart. But what if
the leak preexisted before you moved in to the home and you never realized
you were overpaying for water to begin with?
Cloud storage presents a very interesting analogy to the above situation.
You may never realize how much unnecessary spending is a part of maintaining
traditional storage until you examine some of the cloud-bas... (more)
No doubt, the world of cloud storage has evolved over the past several months
in terms of broader interoperability, increased features and functionality as
well as lower overall costs. Whereas the questions posed about cloud storage
used to center on integration with (or in place of) existing storage
infrastructure, these questions have been answered by countless successful
deployments using cloud-integrated storage. In their place are far more
sophisticated inquiries, indicating a broader familiarity with both the
benefits and concerns of storing corporate data in the cloud.
In the cloud storage industry, we talk a lot about “price wars.” Every 6
months or so, one of the major cloud storage providers drops their prices,
and everyone else follows suit. Well guess what?
Perhaps you’ve heard Google dropped the cost to $0.026/GB per month for
standard storage (GCS) and $0.020/GB per month for DRA (Durable Reduced
Availability). Of course, there will still be more price drops here and
there, but fundamentally we’ve reached the point where cloud storage has
effectively been commoditized.
As a result, you may be wondering about the impact to the... (more)
All the buzz surrounding OpenStack over the past few months may beg the
question of whether Openstack can repeat for Cloud what Linux has done for
server operating systems over the past several years. With an enthusiastic
following and a compelling, if not industry-leading set of functionality, the
possibilities may be boundless. This week’s announcement of the HP Cloud
public beta, an OpenStack-based cloud that includes compute, object storage
and a content delivery network, provides even further momentum to this open
source effort. With well-known vendors such as HP, Rackspace ... (more)
It’s no secret that prices of cloud storage have been falling precipitously
over the past few months, spurring many organizations to reconsider the
economics of cloud-integrated storage. Although price drops are always
beneficial for IT, often some of the less tangible benefits cloud may bring
to storage management are just as important.
Think about some of the recurring IT hallway conversations and how cloud
storage solutions can change them for the better. More precisely, it’s less
about what is said and more about what no longer needs to be said, including:
It’s time to decom... (more)