Still a place for on-site storageBy Sharon Linsenbach | Print
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
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.
For these large files that are edited infrequently but may be read often, the cloud provides an ideal, cost effective home, Krishnan says. But change-intensive, mission critical stuff is probably better suited to tier-one storage, such as hardware arrays from an EMC or NetApp, he says.
So don’t count out the continuing importance of traditional onsite
hardware-based storage technologies just yet. Tudor says that as the
storage industry shifts, there will be pressure on storage vendors to
shift their infrastructure and products to better align with the
overall market. Walters adds that while traditional vendors will have
to rethink how they do business, the need for their products isn’t
going away anytime soon.