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Managing cloud storage: Tools to control your deployment
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of March 2014 Vol. 13 No. 1
Companies managing cloud storage deployments -- whether public, hybrid or private storage cloud -- need tools to monitor and keep track of their stored data. Those of us in IT must have a thing about stovepipes. How else can you explain our propensity to create them? That might be a bit tongue-in-cheek, but we do spend an inordinate amount of time deploying technology and then figuring out how to integrate it with everything else we have in the data center. Cloud computing is the most recent example. We deploy applications in third-party data centers to gain the benefits of rapid deployment and lower unit cost only to learn that its management is opaque and full of hidden "gotchas." When it comes to storage, Storage as a Service, Infrastructure as a Service and Platform as a Service providers may offer some level of insight regarding such things as capacity usage (especially to bill for it), uptime service-level agreements (SLAs) and often not much else. Even with more advanced reporting capabilities, the provider's environment ...
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