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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) e...
It’s no secret that prices of cloud storage have been falling precipitously over the past few months, spurring many organizations to reconsider the economics of cloud-integrated storage. Although price drops are always beneficial for IT, often some of the less tangible benefits c...
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,...
In the cloud storage industry, we talk a lot about “price wars.” Every 6 months or so, one of the major cloud storage providers drop their prices, and everyone else follows suit. Well guess what? Game over. Perhaps you’ve heard Google dropped the cost to $0.026/GB per month for sta...
Perhaps you may have read that Brazil recently abandoned their controversial proposal that would have forced global internet companies to store data on Brazilian users inside the country. While many of us can surmise a number of reasons the viability of such a measure might have been u...
Looking back to one of my predictions for 2014, I had posited that traditional storage solutions labeled cloud will no longer fly this year, and some of the big-iron vendors will be forced to offer their wares as pay-as-you-go services. Perhaps this was stating an obvious eventuality a...
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 da...
2013 was a breakthrough year for cloud storage. A recent survey showed that 60 percent of businesses decided to store their data in the cloud, and the benefits they've begun to realize range from cost and time savings to maintenance-free storage infrastructure. But the year also bro...
December 4, 2013 2013 was a breakthrough year for cloud storage. A recent survey showed that 60 percent of businesses decided to store their data in the cloud, and the benefits they’ve begun to realize range from cost and time sa...
The growing concern of third parties accessing your data November 12, 2013 Unless you‘ve been living under a rock the past few months, you probably have heard about the NS...
Unless you‘ve been living under a rock the past few months, you probably have heard about the NSA’s PRISM surveillance program and perhaps wondering whether that should affect your business’s decisions to store data in a public cloud. Even if you are not worried about the NSA specifica...
The caveats of securely moving your data between providers October 29, 2013 Data migrations have become a standard aspect of managing IT infrastructure. For organizations ...
Data migrations have become a standard aspect of managing IT infrastructure. For organizations used to purchasing storage arrays, the process of moving data from one array to another is not unusual. Instead, it is a necessary part of the storage lifecycle that mandates replacing storag...
This week’s news about cloud storage provider (CSP) Nirvanix has lots of organizations thinking about and, in some cases scrambling to deal with, the repercussions of a cloud provider shutting down. While pundits may speculate about what happened to this particular CSP and ponder...
In this business, we talk quite a lot about the importance of disaster recovery plans and strategies. Today’s organizations face a multitude of choices when it comes to building a disaster recovery (DR) plan to protect their data and provide business continuity in the case of out...
You’ve probably already heard that storage capacity needs are growing rapidly, with IDC projecting the digital universe will exceed 40,000 exabytes (40 billion terabytes) by 2020. According to Gartner, organizations are on average growing their capacity 40% to 60% year over year....
As you may have read in prior installments of this series, businesses whose IT infrastructure resides on-premise can ease the integration of cloud infrastructure into their existing environment by adopting a phased roadmap that provides numerous benefits along the way. The final insta...
As you may have read in prior installments of this series, businesses whose IT infrastructure resides on-premise can ease the integration of cloud infrastructure into their existing environment by adopting a phased roadmap that provides numerous benefits along the way. These benefits i...
In its first phase, the “Roadmap to High-Value Cloud Infrastructure” focused on Data Storage Expansion. In the second, when talking about disaster recovery and data protection, we discussed not only data recovery, but application recovery in the cloud as well. In the journey toward cl...
In its first phase, the “Roadmap to High-Value Cloud Infrastructure” focused on Data Storage Expansion. In the second, when talking about disaster recovery and data protection, we discussed not only data recovery, but application recovery in the cloud as well. In this insta...
May 21, 2013 Arguably, what disaster recovery should always have beenOur prior post, A Roadmap to High-Value Cloud Infrastructure: Disaster Recovery and Data Protection, discussed both the benefits and limitations of a cloud...
Our prior post, A Roadmap to High-Value Cloud Infrastructure: Disaster Recovery and Data Protection, discussed both the benefits and limitations of a cloud-based disaster recovery (DR) strategy. As we highlighted last week, traditional disaster recovery options leave open a huge hole: ...
Is on-demand disaster recovery the killer app?
May 16, 2013 Is on-demand disaster recovery the killer app?Our prior installment in this series discussed building a roadmap to using cloud infrastructure services starting with data storage expansion as Phase 1. In today's ...
Our prior installment in this series discussed building a roadmap to using cloud infrastructure services starting with data storage expansion as Phase 1. In today’s installment we get into Phase 2 of our proposed roadmap: using the cloud for disaster recovery (DR) and offsite dat...
As discussed in our prior installment, while there is no “one-size fits all” path to cloud infrastructure adoption, a roadmap can ease and simplify the transition to cloud while minimizing IT disruption. More importantly, a phased approach (as shown in the figure below) enables organiz...
April 30, 2013 A compelling foundation for organizations to start utilizing cloud servicesAs discussed in our prior installment, while there is no “one-size fits all” path to cloud infrastructure adoption, a roadmap can ease and ...
With the increasing prevalence and acceptance of the cloud as a viable alternative to on-premise IT, today’s IT organizations are faced with a wide range of options. In fact, had you just woken from a five-year slumber, you might find the available array of cloud service options quite ...
April 11, 2013 Invest in a plan to maximize the benefit of cloud infrastructureWith the increasing prevalence and acceptance of the cloud as a viable alternative to on-premise IT, today's IT organizations are faced with a wide ra...
Earlier this year, Gartner published their list of Top 10 Cloud Storage Providers, highlighting key features and differentiators of the top cloud storage providers in the world. More importantly, the report highlights the emergence of a maturing industry of cloud storage providers offe...
March 19, 2013 Unlocking higher value storage services in the cloud Earlier this year, Gartner published their list of Top 10 Cloud Storage Providers, highlighting key features and differentiators of the top cloud storage pr...
While IT vendors typically lead a product pitch with cost benefits, it should be no surprise that cost savings alone don’t always drive IT purchases. For many organizations, revenue growth may represent an even more compelling driver. Cloud compute and cloud storage have in many circl...
January 26, 2013 There's more to cloud than bottom line benefits. While IT vendors typically lead a product pitch with cost benefits, it should be no surprise that cost savings alone don't always drive IT purchases. For many...
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December 19, 2012 What does the future hold for cloud data storage? With the end of the year upon us, the time has come to boldly make ten cloud data predictions for 2013. As anyone who has attempted to forecast the future m...
With the end of the year upon us, the time has come to boldly make ten cloud data predictions for 2013. As anyone who has attempted to forecast the future may attest, predictions that are substantive and hold true are often hard to come by. To that end, I’ve tried to avoid enumerating...
It was nearly a year ago that I authored a post predicting ten hot trends in cloud data for 2012. While there’s a strong temptation to cast old predictions into ancient history and dive into ten predictions for 2013, I felt it more appropriate to first glance back and reflect on how th...
December 11, 2012 A look back at how our 2012 predictions fared. It was nearly a year ago that I authored a post predicting ten hot trends in cloud data for 2012. While there's a strong temptation to cast old predictions int...
While there is no denying that cloud storage has delivered the promise of unlimited “pay-as-you-go” storage capacity, simplified disaster recovery, and savings in costs and maintenance, these attributes alone aren’t driving the growing business adoption. Instead, it is the rise of clou...
November 7, 2012 Making cloud storage a viable choice for business While there is no denying that cloud storage has delivered the promise of unlimited "pay-as-you-go" storage capacity, simplified disaster recovery, and savings in...