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With hypervisors a ubiquitous component of nearly every IT deployment, virtual appliances present a compelling alternative to traditional physical appliances by offering a simpler and faster software deployment model. In recent years, many data storage vendors have jumped on the “virtual bandwagon,” offering virtual storage appliances, often referred to as VSAs, and bucking the trend of an industry largely dominated by traditional hardware boxes. While virtual storage appliances may seem disruptive to the accepted model of an integrated storage array, their attractiveness is largely based on the separation of the high-value I/O software stack from the commodity hardware that underlies them. This software/hardware decoupling enables new levels of deployment flexibility for end-users. For those considering deploying new storage infrastructure, VSAs offer a number of ... (more)

TMCnet Interview with TwinStrata CEO at Cloud Expo

Rich Tehrani from TMCnet recently interviewed our CEO, Nicos Vekiarides, at Cloud Expo to discuss TwinStrata solutions and industry trends in cloud storage. Watch the entire interview below: Interested in learning how CloudArray can benefit your business? Click here to find out more. Bookmark to: Del.icio.us | digg | Twitter | MySpace | FaceBook | reddit | Stumble Upon | ... (more)

Cloud Storage for Multi-Site Consolidation – Part I

Imagine running a business where data storage is distributed across 20 geographically separated sites. How do you efficiently manage those sites? What happens when one site runs out of storage capacity? What if one site were hit with a disaster or flood? Surely there ought to be a centralized disaster site to protect against site outage or data loss, right? And who manages each site? Would there be an administrator at each site or traveling from site to site? If these questions give you the impression that multi-site storage management across sites can be a headache, you are ri... (more)

Cloud Storage for Multi-Site Consolidation, Part II

Part I of this series examined how multi-site consolidation of data storage using the cloud can benefit your business, emphasizing consolidated disaster recovery (DR) as one of the key benefits. In this installment, we dig a bit deeper into the benefits of DR with cloud storage. If your business already spans multiple sites, you may think about using one of your existing sites for DR. However, you may want to think again if you have to double your fixed storage capacity. Enter cloud storage and instead your secondary data copies can reside in the cloud on a pay-as-you-go basis. ... (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)