Cloud Services Ready to Roll in 2009
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."