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A recent GigaOm article proclaimed “There’s no need to be a one-cloud company.” The article proceeded to highlight reasons why organizations ought to consider distributing their cloud-based applications and risk across multiple cloud providers. While such a tactic may seem unnecessary given the redundancy and SLAs that many cloud providers offer, historical events suggest there is indeed wisdom in relying on more than one cloud. Nearly one year has elapsed since the Amazon EC2 outage of 2011 that took down a number of online businesses including Reddit, HootSuite, Foursquare and Quora, but the impact has not been forgotten. One of the key takeaways from that outage was that organizations using cloud-based IT are responsible for building and following best practices for protecting their infrastructure against outages of all types –not just service interruptions, but a... (more)

Cloud Storage for Multi-Site Consolidation, Part III

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 de... (more)

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

While Part I and Part II of this series spelled out some of the economic benefits and deployment models of cloud storage, today’s installment will take a more pragmatic look at how to deploy cloud storage in environments that already have traditional storage infrastructure. While replacing traditional storage with cloud storage will break the traditional storage array life cycle, a complete “forklift” replacement may seem a bit of a stretch. A more conservative approach might be to identify data suitable for cloud storage such as secondary copies, backups, off-site data and/or a... (more)

Thailand Hard Drive Shortage: Can Cloud Storage Help?

You may have read that Thailand recently experienced its worst flooding on record and, as the producer for about 70% of global demand for hard disk drives (HDDs), there is now a severe shortage of disk drives for data storage and server-related products. With analysts predicting a halt in Thailand’s disk drive production over the next 50+ days, the expected impact to the supply of IT infrastructure products with a dependency on HDDs will surely be significant. Translation?  IT administrators can expect a substantial increase in lead times for new data storage and server equipment... (more)

Is BYOC the Next Cloud Initiative?

While the notion of Bring Your Own Cloud (BYOC) may seem a bit far-fetched, Shadow IT, where users essentially bring unauthorized cloud services into business environments, has become an increasing corporate concern as highlighted in a recent CFO.com article. The risk of Shadow IT is that it compromises IT’s ability to maintain a standardized infrastructure across employees and business units, opening the door to potential security and reliability issues. In spite of this, there is a benefit in analyzing Shadow IT to understand why users adopt non-standard processes and what bene... (more)