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Cloud storage at your service
As cloud computing matures, the field of cloud storage providers and technologies is widening. Enterprises can pick and choose how they want to use the cloud for storage, whether it’s for data protection, such as backup and disaster recovery, or for archiving. Cloud storage promises to solve some chronic storage issues by offering scalability and speedy access to huge amounts of data.
But IT teams have to look at costs, recovery times and other features when choosing cloud storage services. A cloud service like Google or Amazon, coupled with a storage appliance, can be a solid option and the first one that many enterprise IT teams may consider. However, private cloud storage is becoming a viable choice as well, especially for enterprise-class, demanding storage projects. These are cloud-style, in-house storage platforms built on object storage systems.
In this issue of the Modern Infrastructure e-zine, we also cover advances in chip technology, as these hardware processors become more tailored for specific servers and use cases.
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Features in this issue
C&S Companies cut costs and increased scalability by migrating storage to Amazon S3, but some cloud storage options could add to IT cost concerns.
Amazon Elastic Block Storage has shortcomings when it comes to demanding workloads, so IT pros are looking back in-house at private storage clouds.
Object storage may not look like block and file storage devices often used in enterprises, but one key feature has cloud providers in love.
The quest for improved integration, energy efficiency and performance is taking processor designs in new directions.
Will energy and processing efficiencies in RISC processors be enough to oust x86 chips from servers, or will RISC stay stuck in a niche?
VMware NSX has become a point of pride for the vendor. Before you jump on the network virtualization bandwagon, get all the facts.
Columns in this issue
The collapse of Nirvanix has IT experts worried about cloud failures, but IT pros should remember old school IT best practices to avoid trouble.
What's not to like about energy efficiency and simplified capacity planning? DCIM adoption continues to lag, but it's time for that to change.