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Can Cloud Storage Really Work?

Posted by riverbedtest on April 14, 2011

Today's guest blogger is Eric Thacker, Riverbed's Director of Storage Product Marketing for our Whitewater (Cloud Storage Accelerator) Appliance.

Earlier in the week, Iron Mountain announced it was “retiring” its public cloud storage service, following Thunder_cloud2 in the footsteps of Vaultscape and EMC Atmos Online.  This has created a lot of chatter about whether using the public cloud for storage will really get adopted.  If Iron Mountain, with its brand association with data protection and broad storage customer relationships from its tape vaulting business, can’t make a go of it, is there really hope for anyone else?  Is someone like Nirvanix next?

Well, the fat lady isn’t singing on public cloud storage yet.  In fact, she’s not RenderImage even in the opera house.  Each of these cases has its own unique conditions that led to the closure of the cloud storage business.  Nirvanix recently announced that it will throw a “lifeline” to IM customers with free data migration and cloud storage for 30 days.  In addition, as you saw in a earlier post here, Bright_sun_by_cloudRiverbed recently announced that we had integrated support for Nirvanix into our Whitewater cloud storage accelerator.  We chose Nirvanix based on customer demand and its unique product offering.   Differentiation and/or scale is key in this sector.  Storage professionals are attracted to the public cloud as long as it meets their needs.  The move to public cloud storage is only just beginning to take hold and looks to have a promising future.  We recently did a webcast with Nirvanix and Wikibon's David Vallante covering cloud storage.  Take a look at it and you’ll get an idea of why matching a solution’s benefits to customer needs is absolutely required to provide a successful cloud storage offering.


2 Responses to “Can Cloud Storage Really Work?”

  1. Cloud storage will work. It is a model based on scalability and data pooling and mining for even better access. But the main concern is entry point security.

  2. Yes, it will definitely work. I’m just also concern about the entry point security.

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