Expectations for software-defined storage: 2013 will be raucous!

The excitement around software-defined networking (SDN) this year has had a domino effect on the rest of IT infrastructure industry and spawned many discussions about the future of the industry, including the implications for companies like Cisco and EMC and VMware. A couple days ago, Christos Karamanolis from VMware published a blog post saying he thinks 2013…

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28% more is a small amount to pay for Geo Replication

On December 5th  Microsoft announced a pricing reduction for Windows Azure Storage. One of the more noticeable aspects of the announcement was the breakdown of storage costs between Geo Replicated Storage and Locally Redundant Storage. To summarize, Geo Replicated Storage costs approximately 28% more for the additional service of replicating your data to a remote…

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Cloud-integrated Storage: a Breakthrough Enterprise-level Storage Plug-in

The term “hybrid cloud” has been defined many different ways. At Microsoft hybrid cloud refers to data center functionality that spans on-premises and cloud service boundaries. At least that’s how I’m understanding it now after having been part of the company for a few weeks. To clarify my perspective, my appreciation of cloud is slotted narrowly…

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