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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)

Cloud Storage SLAs versus Architectural Visibility

If you are using or thinking about using cloud storage, you are likely familiar with service level agreements (SLAs) from cloud providers that offer guarantees around the availability of your data and sometimes the durability of your data. The numbers associated with the guarantees are often expressed in 9’s. The table below illustrates how these availability numbers translate into expected yearly downtime. Note the considerable difference in downtime between 2, 3 and 4 9’s. Availability Annual Downtime 99% 3.65 days 99.9% 8.76 hours 99.99% 52.6 min 99.999% 5.26 min 99.9999% 31.... (more)

Combining Storage Virtualization with Unprecedented Cloud Storage Flexibility

The business case for storage virtualization software isn’t new. System administrators have always sought best of breed data storage from a choice of storage vendors and a centralized management framework. With a variety of data storage devices available today, ranging from high-performance SSD and Flash cards to low-cost SATA arrays, a seamless way to automatically tier data across the diversity of storage devices and purpose-built arrays can maximize utilization and cost-efficiency. Hardware interchangeability and auto-tiering empower consumers with greater cost controls and bu... (more)

Five Cloudy Resolutions for Your Data Storage

With 2012 already upon us, the time has come to make resolutions for the New Year. In the world of IT, this means resolving to abandon bad habits, unreliable processes and cumbersome tasks that often get in the way of business priorities. With the emergence of cloud storage as a viable means to address growing data storage needs, IT administrators can abandon storage headaches of years past in favor of better, faster and easier processes for managing data. Cloud storage, in combination with enterprise-class gateways like CloudArray, offers security, availability, and performanc... (more)

Has Cloud Finally "Crossed the Chasm" in IT?

Every year, our friends at ESG post results of their annual Spending Intentions Survey, indicating where many businesses are likely to spend their IT dollars over the coming year. Recently Steve Duplessie posted an article on his blog entitled Cloud – The Cost Containment Strategy that concludes cloud has finally “crossed the chasm” in IT. According to preliminary data, cloud represents the largest % projected spending increase for 2012 IT initiatives– a very exciting turn. Truth is, cloud storage addresses long-standing IT priorities, with three of these priorities topping the... (more)