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Cloud storage controller market: One-stop guide

The cloud storage controller market has come a long way since gateways were introduced. Learn what these appliances can do for you and how vendors are competing with sophisticated features for the enterprise.

Cloud storage use continues to rise, and as IT departments of all shapes and sizes explore use cases for cloud storage that reach beyond backup and into file sharing and collaboration, archiving and some primary data, the role of the on-premises appliance has become crucial. The gateway market has grown up and into a sophisticated cloud storage controller market that serves as a key infrastructure tool. Check out this cloud storage controller guide to learn how the market has changed, what the newest products can do and what experts have to say about the role of the cloud controller in today's IT shop.


1. Cloud appliance market adapts to IT needs

For some perspective on where the cloud storage appliance market has been, and where it's going, check out our marketplace analysis and get expert opinions on how the role of the on-premises appliance is influencing the cloud storage landscape.

Shopping Tips

2. Making smart cloud storage controller choices

When evaluating the cloud storage controller market, there are several key areas for IT pros to focus on, starting with the most likely use cases. Beyond that, many technical considerations -- bandwidth, APIs and application response times -- are all on the table. Check out this collection of tips to take with you when shopping for an on-premises appliance.

  • Tips for buying a cloud storage appliance

    When buying a cloud storage appliance, there is a list of questions a data storage pro needs answered. What type of data will be accessed? Is streaming video a concern? Is your priority cost containment or data access? Get answers here.


  • Ways to evaluate a cloud controller

    Cloud analyst Arun Taneja names sensible starting points for deciding how to buy a cloud appliance, beginning with choosing your most optimal use case.


  • Cloud gateway use cases

    Backup, archiving, disaster recovery, collaboration -- depending on the use case you'll find cloud appliance vendors competing for your business with various approaches and offerings.


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3. Cloud controller vendor news

From the big power plays to the small niche market vendors, the cloud storage controller vendors continue to grab headlines and make news by adding new technology and enterprise-size customers to their credits. Check out how Amazon, Microsoft, Nasuni, Panzura, Riverbed and TwinStrata all upped their game.