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.
One of the questions we hear most frequently is “how do I get my data into
the cloud?” For many organizations, the benefits of expanding on-premise
data storage to include hybrid cloud storage have begun to resonate, but they
struggle to get started as they determine how to get move data into the
cloud. The decision on how to onboard initial data to the cloud, or what we
call the initial ingest, is one that cannot be overlooked.
While there is more than one way to perform the initial ingest, it
shouldn’t be a surprise that the best solution can vary on an individual
case basis.... (more)
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)
Take a moment to consider the things we put up with on a daily basis because
they have been understood and accepted as the status quo. Perhaps the old
adage, “better the devil you know than the devil you don’t,” rings no
truer than for traditional on-premise data storage systems. Sure, there have
been numerous improvements in data storage over the years. Sure, the slower,
capacity-limited storage systems of yesterday continue to be replaced by
bigger, faster storage systems all the time — but has there really been
much improvement to address the most common idiosyncrasies that ha... (more)