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High Performance Storage in the Cloud

Written by  ERIC THACKER

Volumes have been written about the significant shortcomings of tape as a medium for data backup and archiving.Until recently, the only alternative has been to buy a bank of disks and use those as your storage target. Unfortunately, even with deduplication, this can be an expensive proposition, both from a purchasing standpoint (with capital expenditures budgets squeezed) and operationally (extensive infrastructure management including power, cooling, and space consumption). An alternative for backup and archiving, as well as for the hosting of applications that has gained considerable traction with IT management, is leveraging the public cloud. While the market for cloud storage is still maturing, it’s rapidly getting to the point where many IT managers may routinely consider it an option for any new or retooled application or data protection.How could they not, considering the economic advantages? Vendors typically charge on the order of 15 cents per gigabyte per month, where