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10 things your boss may never hear if you are using cloud-integrated storage


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 cloud may bring to storage management are just as important.

Think about some of the recurring IT hallway conversations and how cloud storage solutions can change them for the better. More precisely, it’s less about what is said and more about what no longer needs to be said, including:

  1. It’s time to decommission and replace more storage arrays
  2. NAS backups are exceeding our backup window again
  3. I’m traveling to the disaster site for disaster recovery testing
  4. I’m too busy handling storage hardware failures
  5. I’m too busy upgrading firmware
  6. Our storage budget needs to increase
  7. We need another forklift
  8. Tape recovery failed again
  9. We have tons of excess storage capacity (we already paid for)
  10. We are out of storage capacity

Now keep in mind cloud-integrated storage is not a cure-all for all data storage woes. It is not a direct replacement for every primary storage use case including OLTP and very latency-sensitive applications, but it can do wonders for managing unstructured data and nearly 80% of data that may sit on traditional storage that is less frequently accessed. This includes the seldom-used, often-maligned offsite tiers of storage used for disaster recovery.

What conversations is the cloud eliminating for you?

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Nicos Vekiarides is the Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of TwinStrata. He has spent over 20 years in enterprise data storage, both as a business manager and as an entrepreneur and founder in startup companies.

Prior to TwinStrata, he served as VP of Product Strategy and Technology at Incipient, Inc., where he helped deliver the industry's first storage virtualization solution embedded in a switch. Prior to Incipient, he was General Manager of the storage virtualization business at Hewlett-Packard. Vekiarides came to HP with the acquisition of StorageApps where he was the founding VP of Engineering. At StorageApps, he built a team that brought to market the industry's first storage virtualization appliance. Prior to StorageApps, he spent a number of years in the data storage industry working at Sun Microsystems and Encore Computer. At Encore, he architected and delivered Encore Computer's SP data replication products that were a key factor in the acquisition of Encore's storage division by Sun Microsystems.