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In a recent blog post, Joel Christner, chief scientist at StorSimple, is looking at various factors that customers should be considering in their search for a cloud gateway. When researching their cloud gateway options, Christner advises organizations to consider: Performance - when using cloud storage, you are effectively injecting Internet latency, bandwidth, and packet loss in between your server and its storage.  Gateway devices mitigate this, and an understanding of the architecture - and quantification of the system's performance - will help you understand whether or not the solution is applicable in your particular application environment. Caching vs Tiering - many devices provide a "caching" architecture, where the cloud storage service is effectively your primary storage.  StorSimple provides a "tiering" architecture, where the on-premises appliance is yo... (more)

Cloud Gateways: Tiering Versus Caching

StorSimple Chief Scientist Joel Christner explains one major difference that customers should be considering when looking at cloud gateways: tiering versus caching.  Christner says that customers may be misled to believe that all devices are the same.  "Truth be told, there are a number of fundamental differences in the architecture used by these devices that may not be evident upon first glance, but manifest themselves as either undesirable behavior or unwanted complexity in configuration or ongoing management," states Christner. One such difference is whether the device perform... (more)

Welcome Spring to a Green, More Efficient Data Center

  We are all getting ready for Earth Day in one way or another. I taught my three-year old what goes in the recycle bin, and he is quite obsessed with recycling these days - in a good way, that is.  He is certainly doing his part, and I am also doing mine by sharing with you a new book with a very green cover and content to match any IT manager’s “green IT dreams.” I am talking about a must-read for those trying to create an eco-friendly data center while taking advantage of the latest virtualization technologies, but also conserving existing resources, “The Green and Virtual ... (more)

Dispelling the Myth that Flash Is Expensive

Dave Wright, founder and CEO of SolidFire, addresses the SSD cost question that seems to be on many users' minds these days, creating confusion and delaying purchase decisions that could actually save money for the respective organizations. In a recent blog post, he states that the myth that flash is expensive is propagated by enterprise storage vendors selling flash modules for $25-$50/GB or more. Today, not everybody can afford that, and some users are currently limiting the use of flash to only the most critical applications in need of the highest-performance storage. Wright... (more)

An Intro to Cloud Storage for Business

Jeff Bell, director of corporate marketing at Zetta, knows a thing or two about cloud storage. As a storage veteran, Bell understands the importance of cloud-based data protection, which is changing the way organizations are buying, managing and protecting storage. He shared with us the reasons why enterprise users should consider cloud storage: Instant, automatic "backup" With cloud storage, there's no need for CDs, external hard drives, or localized servers. Your data is quickly and automatically updated in the cloud and available for your retrieval whenever you need it. Conti... (more)