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If you are considering cloud storage for storing business data, you may have questions regarding control and security. The truth is that not all cloud storage solutions are created equal, but when you choose an enterprise-class gateway solution to enable on-premise access to cloud storage, you not only stay in control of your data — you benefit from a level of security that rivals local storage. With today’s cloud storage solutions ranging from consumer-grade to enterprise-class, offering huge variations in security, availability and performance, it’s really no wonder why confusion persists. In the interest of clearing the confusion, I think it’s time to debunk a number of common myths and misconceptions about cloud storage deployments for businesses. To do that, I’ve listed five familiar objections and myths about cloud storage that are addressed by enterprise-cl... (more)

Will 2012 Be the Year of the Private Cloud?

As business adoption of cloud computing and cloud storage takes hold, new benefits of cloud IT versus traditional IT continue to emerge on a regular basis. One recent example is the Carbon Disclosure Project Study 2011: Cloud Computing – The IT Solution for the 21st Century produced by analyst firm Verdantix.  In the report, not only are the cost advantages of cloud computing discussed but also the resulting reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Specifically, the study looks at a food and beverage company that is moving an HR application from local IT to the cloud. The model pre... (more)

Disaster Recovery on Demand

Our prior post, A Roadmap to High-Value Cloud Infrastructure: Disaster Recovery and Data Protection, discussed both the benefits and limitations of a cloud-based disaster recovery (DR) strategy. As we highlighted last week, traditional disaster recovery options leave open a huge hole: At one extreme are high-cost, quick recovery time options using hosted or colocation sites and at the other extreme are low-cost, long recovery time options such as tape or disk backup. As a result, organizations who cannot afford a cold or hot standby site have been left to either cobble together ... (more)

Four Strategies to Simplify Cloud-to-Cloud Migration

In the storage industry, we hear the term "migration" all the time - almost every day. One of the first visuals that comes to my mind whenever I hear that word is a neatly formed "V"-formation of geese or ducks flying south for the winter. The "V" formation is a very efficient way to fly long distances. One bird's wing-flapping causing a vortex, giving the bird directly behind effortless lift. The group works together in this way to migrate vast distances in a short amount of time while expending as little effort as possible. Just as bird migration is inevitable, so to is data m... (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)