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Cloud-Integrated Storage Broadens Its Appeal

Making cloud storage a viable choice for business

While there is no denying that cloud storage has delivered the promise of unlimited “pay-as-you-go” storage capacity, simplified disaster recovery, and savings in costs and maintenance, these attributes alone aren’t driving the growing business adoption. Instead, it is the rise of cloud-integrated storage appliances, which have augmented cloud storage to provide the levels of security, availability, connectivity and performance found in traditional storage systems, that has made cloud storage a viable choice for business.

With this week’s announcement of TwinStrata CloudArray 4.0, the flexibility, availability and performance of cloud-integrated storage has improved further, narrowing the functionality gap between cloud-integrated storage and traditional data storage systems, while leveraging all of the benefits of cloud. Some of the highlights include:

  • Choice of server connectivity: With iSCSI and NAS connectivity options, the broadest range of applications now seamlessly interoperate with cloud storage, regardless of whether the requirement is file or block-based access
  • High-performance: New appliances offering hybrid SSD configurations enable demanding applications to use cloud storage without the expected performance tradeoff of cloud storage
  • “Future-proof” platform flexibility: New in-cloud platforms, in addition to virtual and physical platforms, protect investment in cloud-integrated storage that can continue to be leveraged even if your environment migrates from physical to virtual or entirely into the cloud
  • Broadest choice of providers: Over 20 different cloud providers to choose from means there is never any worry of vendor lock and always the choice of best-of-breed cloud storage
  • Higher availability: Fully redundant appliances with no single point of failure allow data to either be stored directly to cloud or local copies replicated to the cloud, minimizing risk of downtime and offering a built-in disaster strategy without offsite infrastructure

If you haven’t yet considered augmenting your IT environment with cloud-integrated storage, now is the time to examine all of the benefits cloud storage can offer. We’ll be hosting a webinar next Wednesday  to talk about our new enterprise-class capabilities and how our customers are using cloud-integrated storage to streamline their storage environments. If you’d like to join us, feel free to register at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/586633720

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More Stories By Nicos Vekiarides

Nicos Vekiarides is the Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of TwinStrata. He has spent over 20 years in enterprise data storage, both as a business manager and as an entrepreneur and founder in startup companies.

Prior to TwinStrata, he served as VP of Product Strategy and Technology at Incipient, Inc., where he helped deliver the industry's first storage virtualization solution embedded in a switch. Prior to Incipient, he was General Manager of the storage virtualization business at Hewlett-Packard. Vekiarides came to HP with the acquisition of StorageApps where he was the founding VP of Engineering. At StorageApps, he built a team that brought to market the industry's first storage virtualization appliance. Prior to StorageApps, he spent a number of years in the data storage industry working at Sun Microsystems and Encore Computer. At Encore, he architected and delivered Encore Computer's SP data replication products that were a key factor in the acquisition of Encore's storage division by Sun Microsystems.

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