IT is great at some things, but out of its league in many cases. Business
continuity planning is an example of the latter: No matter how well we set up
our applications and systems, the human element is always a roadblock. Sure,
we can build a complex system to return our CRM system to operation in
Duluth, but will anyone be able to use it? Even the best disaster recovery
(DR) infrastructure is useless without a business continuity (BC) strategy
for everything else.
All IT can offer is to do its best to hold up its side of the deal. IT can
design systems with return-to-operations in mind, replicating data and
documenting configurations. IT can deploy remote systems and keep them warm
and ready should we need them. And IT can create operational plans to rapidly
get everything working when disaster strikes.
Although technology alone cannot solve the BC/DR conundrum, n... (more)
Although the capacity of storage systems keeps growing, data growth keeps
absorbing available capacity. In an effort to contain costs, IT organizations
turned to tiered storage but have encountered a "glass floor": Disk space is
a small component of costs, reducing the impact of hardware solutions. IT
organizations have long turned to outsourced services to enable cost savings
on non-core infrastructure and organizational elements, and manaed storage as
a service promises to deliver remarkable savings.
Why isn't storage getting cheaper? This series of articles attempts to answer ... (more)
Take a look at the various data storage offerings called "cloud" and your
head will start to ache. How can so many things all bear the "cloud storage"
name and yet be so totally different? The answer is obvious to long-time
industry observers: Each provider has tailored their offering to make it
distinct in the market, and each supports different use cases
Infrastructure versus Platform
Although I am not one to tilt at windmills, especially when it comes to
arguing the "rightness" of cloud-based marketing, I sometimes do hit upon a
set of terminology that makes sense to me. Wading... (more)
As we plummet down into Gartner's "trough of disillusionment", the cloud
skeptics are making their voices heard. Although my professional focus is at
the forefront of the cloud storage wave, I can not disagree with the content
of articles with sensational headlines like "Cloud Storage: It's Strictly For
Airheads" and "Why Cloud Storage Use Could Be Limited in Enterprises". The
authors are doing exactly what everyone should be doing: Questioning the
viability and suitability of cloud storage in the enterprise.
The truth is, although I'm not the "cloud police", not all managed stora... (more)
Much discussion in the cloud computing world has focused on a simple
question: Is a private cloud infrastructure worthy of the name? It's been
posed in many ways, with some going so far as claiming that there is no such
thing as a private cloud. Although discussions like these are all too common
in many areas, the question really amounts to little more than counting
angels dancing on pin heads. The key issue is whether private cloud-style
infrastructure can deliver real benefits like public clouds can.
First, let's set out some definitions:
The draft NIST definition, perhaps the ... (more)