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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 dedicated hardware was a bit wasteful. How would you proceed with the deployment? A secondary site with excess compute capacity might be an ideal solution if you could get a copy of your database there. If you are running a cloud storage hybrid appliance like CloudArray, you’re in luck. You ca... (more)

TwinStrata Talks to SYS-CON.TV at Cloud Expo New York

Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan recently interviewed our CEO, Nicos Vekiarides, at CloudExpo to discuss TwinStrata cloud storage solutions and the company’s progress since last year’s Cloud Expo show, where TwinStrata first launched in 2010. Watch the entire interview below: Bookmark to: Del.icio.us | digg | Twitter | MySpace | FaceBook | reddit | Stumble Upon | ... (more)

Is There a Need for a Cloud Storage Broker?

A recent topic of discussion in cloud computing has been the notion of the cloud broker as an emerging business in the evolving cloud ecosystem, a “middleman” of sorts in the same sense as a real estate broker or a mortgage broker. A Gigaom article by Stacey Higginbotham entitled “Future of cloud computing … more clouds. Seriously” cites a Forrester report on the topic and delves into what such such a service might look like. The article suggests capabilities that include Cloudbursting, or instantly moving applications and data from one cloud to another, and in an interesting twi... (more)

Dispelling Five Myths About Cloud Storage

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 confu... (more)

Is It Time to Look Beyond the Cloud?

For many businesses that haven’t yet formulated their cloud adoption plans, the notion of looking beyond the cloud may sound a bit peculiar. After all, isn’t cloud the final frontier that promises to transform traditional IT infrastructure into a control panel offering limitless resources on-demand? That is certainly the outcome that many businesses aspire to. The truth is, regardless of the outcome, much can be gleaned from examining how cloud infrastructure influences business IT efficiencies. Let’s take a look at public cloud storage and how it has inspired new ways of thinki... (more)