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November 2013, Volume 2, Number 10

Enterprises turn to private storage clouds in light of Amazon EBS weaknesses

Not all cloud storage services work for every application. While data protection applications that leverage cloud-based object storage have seen some success, legacy and high-performance workloads that require traditional block or file storage are still works in progress. Weary of these weaknesses, enterprises are building cloud-style storage in-house, in a private storage cloud based on emerging object storage platforms. Amazon's block storage service, Elastic Block Storage (EBS), for example, has some serious shortcomings for demanding applications, observers point out. Enterprise cloud storage costs Part 1: Enterprise cloud storage finds success, but cost concerns still live Part 2: Enterprises turn to private storage clouds in light of Amazon EBS weaknesses "EBS is a shared environment -- there's no dedication of resources to your application," said Ben Woo, managing director at Neuralytix Inc., a research firm in New York City. Further, EBS volumes are limited in size to 1 TB, which can quickly become a constraint, said ...

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  • Virtual desktop security guide

    To secure virtual desktops, consider antivirus, certificates and network vulnerabilities. Just remember, VDI doesn't always ...

  • Guide to low-cost desktop virtualization

    In this guide, learn to virtualize desktops without spending more than you would when deploying PCs, and what VDI vendors are ...

  • VDI pilot project guide

    A VDI pilot project should start with a VDI project plan. Know what pitfalls to avoid and test product options to achieve a ...