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Cloud storage infrastructure explained
Sponsored by IBM
This chapter is included in the Cloud storage challenges and choices E-Book.
There are key differences in cloud storage infrastructure and the local storage you might be more familiar with -- and it goes beyond the physical location of the storage. Indeed, if the architecture were the same, then cloud storage would be simpler. For starters, it's likely your current storage isn't object based, so bridging the gap to object storage -- or figuring out how to add object storage to your environment -- will be a chief priority on your way to the cloud. Then you need to consider connectivity, and the application programming interfaces and protocols that you will likely wind up talking to a cloud gateway or controller provider about, along with their read-write cache capabilities.
In this chapter, Brien Posey, a leading technical expert specializing in storage architectures, answers key questions about what to look for in a cloud storage offering, which data is a good fit for the cloud, and how to break a cloud storage project into manageable chunks.