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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 list nearly every year: Improving backup and recovery: Tapes and offsite backup continue to be a struggle and do not offer the reliability or recovery times that many businesses demand. Moving off-site backups to the cloud improves the recoverability of backups without tape or dedicated infr... (more)

Measuring Cloud Storage Performance: Blocks vs. Files

What are some good reasons to adopt cloud storage? Cost, durability and flexibility. So let me talk about performance, instead. Look at this graph: As part of our daily testing, we do routine performance measurements across a broad swath of cloud storage providers. It gives us a check to ensure that the various CloudArray subsystems are performing as they should, and gives us the data to make optimization decisions. In this particular test, we measure transfer rates at various buffer sizes. We “fill the pipe” by queueing up multiple streams of data simultaneously, initiating on... (more)

Five Questions to Ask Before Moving Your Data into the Cloud

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) existing storage infrastructure, these questions have been answered by countless successful deployments using cloud-integrated storage. In their place are far more sophisticated inquiries, indicating a broader familiarity with both the benefits and concerns of storing corporate data in the cloud. So... (more)

TMCnet Interview with TwinStrata CEO at Cloud Expo

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)

Cloud Storage for Multi-Site Consolidation, Part II

Part I of this series examined how multi-site consolidation of data storage using the cloud can benefit your business, emphasizing consolidated disaster recovery (DR) as one of the key benefits. In this installment, we dig a bit deeper into the benefits of DR with cloud storage. If your business already spans multiple sites, you may think about using one of your existing sites for DR. However, you may want to think again if you have to double your fixed storage capacity. Enter cloud storage and instead your secondary data copies can reside in the cloud on a pay-as-you-go basis. ... (more)