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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)

Breaking the Storage Array Life Cycle with Cloud Storage: Part III

While Part I and Part II of this series spelled out some of the economic benefits and deployment models of cloud storage, today’s installment will take a more pragmatic look at how to deploy cloud storage in environments that already have traditional storage infrastructure. While replacing traditional storage with cloud storage will break the traditional storage array life cycle, a complete “forklift” replacement may seem a bit of a stretch. A more conservative approach might be to identify data suitable for cloud storage such as secondary copies, backups, off-site data and/or a... (more)

Cloud Storage: Where’s the ROI?

Return on investment (ROI) of using the cloud has recently become a popular topic of discussion, though not in a way you might expect. An interesting article by JP Morgenthal entitled There is no ROI in cloud computing presents the opinion that cloud services simply have no ROI. A second article by Joe Onisick entitled Private Cloud: It’s Not About ROI effectively repeats a similar message in the context of private clouds. While both pieces appear controversial on the surface, they accurately portray that cloud infrastructure is not an investment – rather, cloud offers a way to ... (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)

Cloud SANs: What the Data Storage Vendors Forgot

Storage area networks (SANs) have become the ubiquitous deployment model for block data storage systems, interconnecting formerly siloed storage arrays with a common high-speed network running standardized protocols such as Fibre Channel or iSCSI. It was over a decade ago that the ability to connect multi-vendor storage arrays into a common network proved revolutionary and changed the way storage arrays were configured and consumed by businesses. However, with continuing advancements in cloud storage solutions, IT administrators are now rethinking the traditional SAN. As with ma... (more)