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How to Deliver Software Defined Data Reduction in the Cloud

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Recently, industry-analyst George Crump over at Storage Switzerland put together his thoughts on how data reduction fits into a Cloud storage strategy.  You can take a look at his piece here but his conclusion is really this, “The time is now for providers to apply the same data efficiency techniques to their cloud offerings that made backup to disk and all-flash arrays economically viable, most notably deduplication and compression.” –…

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The Big Picture – IT Trends That Matter -The Cloud

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  This post is the fourth in a four – part series on IT Trends That Matter  In my previous posts on IT Trends That Matter  I reviewed four IT trends that Gartner presented during a local Gartner session. In this post I’ll delve into Cloud trends that are reshaping the IT environment. “The Cloud” seems like an amorphous entity that we all refer to but few can accurately define.…

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The Big Picture – IT Trends That Matter

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Last week I attended a Gartner event focusing on the top 10 IT trends for the year.  As always, Gartner is informative and forward looking.  I came away from the event with some interesting perspectives and something to think about. So from a time investment a few hours well spent! Today there are four IT trends converging that are changing the IT paradigm. Each on their own have significant impact.…

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Data Optimization and Cloud Storage a Great Combination!

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The promise of cloud storage is that it delivers users seamless “just in time” storage scalability to handle growth and enables them to quickly respond to peak loads delivering business agility. With data growth consistently in the 50% per year range enterprises are seriously evaluating the use of cloud storage and are taking the cloud storage step with increasing frequency.  The business impact of cloud storage is a compelling financial…

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Moving to the Cloud Seems Like a Good Idea, Taking Everything You Have Does Not

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Moving to the cloud is cool. Cloud storage is a hot technology for good reason – it can save you money! It seems fairly simple, consume and pay for only what you need. Cloud storage saves you the cost of pre-purchasing storage in anticipation of your needs and the associated operating costs for space, staffing and operating that storage. Most organizations are trying to reduce total storage costs while facing…

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Virtual environments – the storage hogs!

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One of the key findings from a Gartner report from late last year, (Virtual Machines and Market Share Through 2012) stated that ‘by year-end 2010, enterprises with 100 to 999 employees will have a higher penetration of virtual machines deployed than the Global 500. Concurrently, there will be a growing percentage of small businesses that leverage virtual machines provided by cloud-computing service providers; this will become a major trend in…

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