Cloud Computing: 10 Hot Trends in Cloud Data for 2012

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-12-23 Print this article Print
Existing Storage Continues to Be Used

Existing Storage Continues to Be Used

For most companies, the notion of moving all their data to the cloud is not feasible. However, continuously expanding data storage is fueling a need for more capacity. What better way to address this need than with cloud storage? The benefits are access to a secure, limitless pool of storage capacity that never requires upgrade/replacement and reduces capital expense.
When 2010 came to a close, the development of new private and hybrid cloud systems was on everybody's trending-up list. Now, as 2011 plays out, we can see that those predictions were generally correct; it was indeed a year of cloud adoption. Thousands of new clouds were architected, built and deployed during the last 12 months, and they came online in all size markets. So where is trending headed for the next 12 months? Most of the IT business prognosticators are in agreement on at least one thing: The curve for cloud-based IT purchasing is going to continue "up and to the right." There are too many cost, deployment and monitoring benefits involved for companies to ignore this. With this as a backdrop, eWEEK presents here a few predictions for 2012 in the cloud infrastructure space. Our resource is TwinStrata CEO and co-founder Nicos Vekiarides. TwinStrata provides the CloudArray storage-area network (SAN) that comes either as a cloud service or on a commodity server and can be plugged right into a data center. CloudArray finds data stores wherever they are and integrates them.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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