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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 upgrading a storage array may not appear all that daunting, the process includes a number of cumbersome aspects: The migration process from old to new storage arrays could last months, creating an overlap when both the old and a new storage array must be maintained. In some enterprise environm... (more)

Combining Storage Virtualization with Unprecedented Cloud Storage Flexibility

The business case for storage virtualization software isn’t new. System administrators have always sought best of breed data storage from a choice of storage vendors and a centralized management framework. With a variety of data storage devices available today, ranging from high-performance SSD and Flash cards to low-cost SATA arrays, a seamless way to automatically tier data across the diversity of storage devices and purpose-built arrays can maximize utilization and cost-efficiency. Hardware interchangeability and auto-tiering empower consumers with greater cost controls and bu... (more)

User at 35,000 Feet Gives New Meaning to “Cloud Storage”

This week, a CloudArray user sent us this email, and he gave me permission to share it. CloudArray has been installed in lots of countries, but I think this is the first airborne installation! We love getting product feedback (good and bad) to help us improve the CloudArray user experience. Thanks to Phil Flores and Magnus IT Solutions for sharing. Good morning Ann and Phil, How are you doing? I am groovy. I thought I would send over a couple of data points you can share with your team and/or prospective customers that might be useful. On Friday night, I boarded a 5 hour flight th... (more)

Is OpenStack a New Door to Cloud Adoption?

All the buzz surrounding OpenStack over the past few months may beg the question of whether Openstack can repeat for Cloud what Linux has done for server operating systems over the past several years. With an enthusiastic following and a compelling, if not industry-leading set of functionality, the possibilities may be boundless. This week’s announcement of the HP Cloud public beta, an OpenStack-based cloud that includes compute, object storage and a content delivery network, provides even further momentum to this open source effort. With well-known vendors such as HP, Rackspace ... (more)

Five Benefits of a Storage Gateway in the Cloud

Admittedly, I’ve spent a great deal of time extolling the virtues of cloud storage and the reasons why a cloud storage gateway is the easiest way to add cloud storage into existing on-premise storage environments. But if you thought cloud storage gateways were only for on-premise environments, perhaps you may not realize that there are reasons to use gateways in the cloud as well. The benefits of using cloud storage gateways to add cloud storage on-premise are numerous, including: Plug-and-play access to cloud storage for existing applications. With supported connectivity such... (more)