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Cloud Storage: An Emerging Market

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Abstract

Driven by the need to reduce costs and to provide dependable data delivery and protection, the cloud storage pay-as-you-go service model offers information technology a new way to avoid building out expensive and complex storage infrastructures. Although it is not applicable to every storage need, cloud storage offers a way to move the complexity and management burden to a center of competence -- either inside or outside an IT organization's data center. Multiple service models are available, from simple infrastructure to full-blown archiving systems.

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Burton Group (www.burtongroup.com) provides technically in-depth research and advisory services for colleges and universities, government agencies, and commercial enterprises. Burton Group's practical and unbiased research and advice helps technologists make smart IT infrastructure decisions in increasingly complex environments. Burton Group covers directories, identity management, application platforms, architecture, and network and telecom infrastructure topics. Like ECAR, Burton Group is an unbiased advocate for the user and more than 80% of Burton Group's clients are user organizations rather than suppliers. EDUCAUSE member institutions can become users of Burton Group research services through EDUCAUSE pricing. Burton Group is an ECAR partner and can be contacted by email at slesueur@burtongroup.com or by telephone (801-523-6023).

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