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The Enterprise's Open Storage Quandary

Nov 23, 2010, 19:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Adhikari)

"The demand for enterprise storage continues to grow. Still, many organizations, even those on the bleeding edge when it comes to application use, are reluctant to consider open source storage options when it comes to their fundamental IT infrastructure. The reasons are complex. Even calculating savings due to using open storage isn't a simple matter.

"Enterprises' need for storage is increasing exponentially as businesses use more and more rich media such as audio and video both within their networks and on customer-facing websites.

"That demand is going to continue growing, driven both by customer demand and demand from new hires who grew up with the Internet and want the same ease of use and features they already have at home.

"However, storage is expensive, and a decent subsystem runs into the multiple tens of thousands of dollars. This is driven many corporations to consider cloud computing and cloud storage solutions, and the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) earlier this year put out a paper on managing private and hybrid clouds for data storage."

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