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The Enterprise Strategy Group forecasts that the enterprise NAS market will continue to grow like gangbusters over the next two years, reaching 62,000 petabytes in 2012! That number represents a huge sales opportunity for EMC, NetApp, Dell, HP, IBM, BlueArc, and the rest of the traditional NAS array market leaders. It also represents an opportunity for vendors like F5 with their file virtualization systems, as well as cloud storage service providers like Nirvanix with CloudNAS. Jump over to ESG Analyst, Terri McClure's blog to check out the numbers for yourself! What features are enterprise NAS buyers looking for? ESG's numbers show that this continued growth of the installed base of storage systems is a huge problem. So big that the top two priorities for enterprise NAS buyers are the efficiency of all these storage systems from a power, cooling, and space perspe... (more)

Can You Leverage Cloud Services For Disaster Recovery?

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-operation... (more)

How to Comply with Data Encryption Laws

In my last blog post, I pointed out the new laws in Massachusetts and Nevada that require all personal data in transit to be encrypted. That post generated lots of discussion, including thoughtful responses from Steve Duplessie and Joseph Martins, and I urge you to read those as well. Two key questions remain: What exactly do these laws demand and how will you actually comply with them? Sure, encryption technology is widely available, but actually implementing it has been a slow uphill climb for most IT organizations. Let's examine the implications! What the Law Requires In my ye... (more)

Why Isn't Storage Getting Cheaper? Part 2: Too Much to Manage

As discussed yesterday, the incredible growth of storage capacity led to an attitude that storage was too cheap to manage. Excess data capacity seemed always to absorb any new demand. But the unchecked growth of data led to the serious issues that storage managers face today: Difficulties in protecting massive data sets, concerns about compliance and litigation, and storage budgets that refuse to shrink. Why isn't storage getting cheaper? This series of articles attempts to answer this question: Too Cheap to Manage Too Much to Manage Tiered Storage The Glass Floor Storage as a ... (more)

Is a Private Cloud Worthwhile?

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)