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April 2014 Vol. 13 No. 2

How moving data to the cloud can replace all, or most, onsite storage

Moving data to the cloud is cheaper, can be expanded endlessly and needs little attention; but how much data can a company realistically park in cloud storage? It finally happened. The CIO just got back from his favorite analyst firm's annual cloud conference and golf tournament and promptly decreed the company was going to move all its data, not just the archives, to public cloud storage. Apparently, he was sold on an analyst's view that the cloud was the future of computing and anyone storing data in their own data centers in the years to come would be considered a Luddite. It's a popular belief that moving data to the cloud not only takes advantage of the low prices cloud storage vendors can achieve due to their economies of scale, but it can also free a company from the drudgery of buying, commissioning, provisioning and maintaining storage systems. In addition, if cloud storage is endlessly elastic, it can be used without the kind of careful capacity planning in-house storage requires. And if that's not convincing enough, ...

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