Application type should determine storage locationBy Sharon Linsenbach | Posted 2008-11-21 Email Print
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As customers re-evaluate their capital IT budgets, yet still need more storage capacity, cloud storage solutions are garnering more interest as users look to on demand storage. ParaScale, The Planet, Nirvanix and Amazon S3, among others, may all have something to offer an IT solution provider's customers.
Geoff Tudor, founder, CEO of cloud storage vendor Nirvanix, says that with more and more applications living in the cloud, more opportunities open up for storing all different data types using cloud storage. But there are still opportunities to develop solutions based on both traditional hardware-based storage, NAS and SAN technologies and the cloud.
Salesforce.com is a prime example, Tudor says. While traditional
storage can allow for really fast ways to serve up data, customers are
also going to need archiving capabilities and places to store less
critical user data generated by the application, he says.
Walters agrees that while any kind of data -- from mission-critical
tier one through archive and backup tier three data can be stored --
the cloud’s inherent latency makes it much more compatible and cost
effective to store archive data and system backups rather than business
"As users go about their workday creating data, as files are being placed on virtual servers, corporate videos are recorded along with training content – there’s just no easy way to store it," he says.