The Enterprise’s Open Storage Quandary
Enterprises’ need for storage is increasing exponentially as businesses use more and more rich media such as audio and video both within their networks and on customer-facing websites.
That demand is going to continue growing, driven both by customer demand and demand from new hires who grew up with the Internet and want the same ease of use and features they already have at home.
However, storage is expensive, and a decent subsystem runs into the multiple tens of thousands of dollars. This is driven many corporations to consider cloud computing and cloud storage solutions, and the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) earlier this year put out a paper on managing private and hybrid clouds for data storage.
Open storage systems are generally less expensive, but despite this, many enterprises elect to remain with their proprietary storage solutions.
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