Cloud in a Box – The On-site Cloud

While many companies are still developing their cloud strategy, others have jumped in with both feet and have moved most of their unstructured data to the cloud. These are organizations in the media and entertainment, online application provider, scientific processing and energy markets. Despite some initial cloud success, as these companies scale their businesses and cloud storage requirements, they are re-thinking this all-in approach. The primary reason for the second look? The recurring cost of cloud storage. Many of these organizations are now looking for a way out, or a least a way to lower their cloud commitment. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Storage Switzerland Weekly...

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Solving the Inflexibility of All-Flash Arrays

All-Flash Array’s (AFA) are a performance sledgehammer for IT Planners looking to address performance issues in their environments. These systems allow data centers to respond faster to the needs of the business and they allow them to reduce service delivery costs by creating more scalable, dense environments. However, all-flash has some drawbacks that make long term use of the technology more of a challenge. Coho Data’s new All-Flash 2000f promises to address these challenges, so the data center can settle on a single storage platform for years to come. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Storage Switzerland Weekly...

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Leveraging Analytics For Smarter Storage Systems

Almost since their inception, storage systems have been keeping log files that track everything that is going on with that storage system. Over the years the type and granularity of data that is captured has increased, and today these systems are essentially a big data generator in their own right. The problem is that most of these storage systems don’t provide any meaningful analysis of the data being captured, and the analysis that is reported on is isolated to a single system. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Storage Switzerland Weekly...

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Business Outcome Driven Storage

The new mantra for IT is to focus the technology and services their data centers provide on business outcomes. That concept seems more easily applied to front-line and customer-facing applications, like customer relationship management, decision support and Web servers that interact with customers and prospects. But how do “business outcomes” relate to storage, which is essentially the plumbing of the data center? How can plumbing be realigned to help deliver positive business outcomes? To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Storage Switzerland Weekly...

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How Traditional Data Centers Should Use The Cloud

Cloud computing and cloud storage certainly get a lot of headlines but how many IT departments are actually using the cloud in any serious, strategic manner. While most surveys of actual cloud usage are quite high per organization, these surveys are often misleading. The survey question is generally phrased along the lines of “are you using the cloud for anything” not “are you using the cloud for everything” or “how much do you leverage the cloud in day to day operations?” or “are you using the cloud for anything important”. If the latter questions were asked, we think the results would reveal significantly less usage than other surveys report. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Storage Switzerland Weekly...

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