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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)

Breaking the Storage Array Life Cycle with Cloud Storage: Part II

Part I of this series examined the typical storage array life cycle and its associated capital and administrative costs. It concluded by introducing cloud storage as a compelling alternative. This second installment elaborates on how cloud storage can break the storage array life cycle from an economic and deployment perspective, freeing organizations from the cumbersome administration and high costs of traditional storage. As mentioned in Part I, traditional data storage deployments typically require new storage array purchases every 3 to 5 years and also require the decommissi... (more)

How to Simplify Off-Site Backup for Virtual Environments

If you happen to be managing a virtual server environment, such as VMware or Hyper-V, you are probably aware of the importance of backup software to protect your valuable applications and data in case of disaster. You may also be keenly conscious of the unique needs that virtual server environments pose, such as virtual machine sprawl, contention for server resources and spiraling data growth (often duplicate data), in which case there is probably no need to spend a lot of time touting the benefits of Veeam Backup & Replication. Over the past few years, Veeam has become the lead... (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)

Embrace Storage Hogs with Cloud Storage

Do you know who your storage hogs are? Every organization has them, whether it’s folks who save everything or applications that just need more capacity every year. And let’s face it: The need for increased storage capacity isn’t just a result of your company pack rats – it’s often a necessity due to growing data sets, data retention policies and regulatory compliance requirements. On average, organizations expand their need for storage by 20-60% on an annual basis, outgrowing capacity of existing storage regularly. Can cloud storage help contain the costs of this spiraling growt... (more)