Cloud Services Ready to Roll in 2009

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-01-13 Print this article Print

Cloud Services Poised for Growth

Since a lot of all this new data is going to reside on somebody else's server array, to be accessed by a subscription storage service in the cloud, efficiencies outside the enterprise's own data center are also becoming strategic.

Cloud, or utility, computing serves up computing power, data storage or applications from one data center location over a grid to thousands or millions of users on a subscription basis. Thus enterprises avoid capital costs for hardware, software and real estate.

"There is a lot of interest in cloud storage in all its forms, but when you step back, it's still the year of early adoption," Sajai Krishnan, founder and CEO of cloud storage provider ParaScale, now in beta with its first product.

"Mainstream America is saying they're just getting comfortable with what cloud storage means. They're not rushing to purchase just yet, but they will. People are questioning whether they really need to buy Tier 1 storage [in 2009] as opposed to buying cheaper SATA hardware or simply renting space in the cloud."

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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