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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 decommission of old storage arrays at the same time. The area chart below graphically illustrates some of the economic inefficiencies of this deployment model. While most organizations consume storage at a near linear rate over time, the required initial pre-purchase of capacity results in a relativel... (more)

Breaking the Storage Array Lifecycle

Anyone who purchases storage arrays is familiar with the many advantages of modular storage systems and storage area networks. However, they may also be familiar with one of the less desirable attributes of storage arrays: the typical three- to five-year lifecycle that forces decommissions and mandates upgrades on a regular basis. With many organizations expanding their need for storage by 20-60% on an annual basis [1], outgrowing capacity of existing storage arrays is a regular occurrence, effectively rendering upgrade cycles to be a fact of life. Although decommissioning and u... (more)

Disaster Recovery on Demand

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: At one extreme are high-cost, quick recovery time options using hosted or colocation sites and at the other extreme are low-cost, long recovery time options such as tape or disk backup. As a result, organizations who cannot afford a cold or hot standby site have been left to either cobble together ... (more)

Four Strategies to Simplify Cloud-to-Cloud Migration

In the storage industry, we hear the term "migration" all the time - almost every day. One of the first visuals that comes to my mind whenever I hear that word is a neatly formed "V"-formation of geese or ducks flying south for the winter. The "V" formation is a very efficient way to fly long distances. One bird's wing-flapping causing a vortex, giving the bird directly behind effortless lift. The group works together in this way to migrate vast distances in a short amount of time while expending as little effort as possible. Just as bird migration is inevitable, so to is data m... (more)

The Dawn of Cloud Storage Commoditization

In the cloud storage industry, we talk a lot about “price wars.” Every 6 months or so, one of the major cloud storage providers drops 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 standard storage (GCS) and $0.020/GB per month for DRA (Durable Reduced Availability). Of course, there will still be more price drops here and there, but fundamentally we’ve reached the point where cloud storage has effectively been commoditized. As a result, you may be wondering about the impact to the... (more)