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September 2013 Vol. 12 No. 7

Cloud-integrated storage appliances link on-premises storage to cloud

Cloud-integrated storage appliances allow hybrid storage configurations that seamlessly link data center storage with cost-effective, scalable cloud storage. The word "hybrid" has a variety of definitions when it's used to refer to cloud storage or computing. For our purposes, we'll define hybrid cloud storage as storage that transparently and effectively integrates on-premises storage and in-the-cloud storage to create a greater overall value. That means hybrid cloud storage must deliver increased value in one or more of these dimensions: cost reduction, scalability, manageability, performance, data protection, business continuity, degree of automation and security. And it must do so by integrating transparently with -- and without altering -- the existing storage on-premises infrastructure. Lastly, it must not require any changes to the applications. While the benefits of cloud storage are well understood and appealing, adoption has been somewhat slower than expected because cloud storage stores and accesses data based on the ...

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