Tape vs Cloud for Archive and Cold Data

Post by Joseph Ortiz (thank you)

As my colleague, George Crump, discussed in a previous article, “What is Better than Cloud Storage for Cold Data”, cloud storage is great for processing active data but becomes increasingly expensive for storing cold data that is seldom accessed. While we have previously examined a few weaknesses of cloud storage such as latency and bandwidth issues, we have not really examined the actual costs of cloud storage in any detail to see the potential costs of storing large quantities of cold data and archive data long term in the cloud, or retrieving any of that archived data until now. There is a reason that many organizations are now starting to question their decision to store large quantities of cold and archive data in the cloud long term.

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Under the Covers of EMC’s Enterprise Hybrid Cloud

Post by Muhammad Anwar (thank you)

A few years ago when Cloud terminology emerged, the technology behind it was in its infancy and there was a lot of debate on private cloud vs. public cloud. Private Cloud offered a dedicated, secure, fixed cost, and unmetered bandwidth model which enabled IT to quickly respond to the business needs. Public Clouds, on the other hand were quite the opposite with shared, open, pay-per-use model. This means that the cost of Public Clouds is variable and it is directly linked to usage. High traffic on CPU, storage, and bandwidth resulted in a higher cost to the enterprise. Last year, enterprises were struggling between making a decision to go with “Private Cloud OR Public Cloud,” but if you are looking for best-in-class of the two models, the decision is simple, “Private Cloud AND Public Cloud,” which is now known as HYBRID Cloud. Before I make this assertion, let’s look at the numbers.

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Perfecting The Flash SSD Evaluation Process

Post by Colm Keegan (thank you)

Making storage decisions today is harder than ever. Between traditional storage suppliers and new vendors, there are a seemingly endless range of storage offerings on the market. From conventional SAN and NAS systems to all flash and hybrid arrays, to converged storage platforms and server-side caching solutions.

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