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A Practical Guide to Understanding and Deploying Cloud for the Enterprise
by Hitachi Data Systems

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Published on: January 28, 2011
Type of content: WHITE PAPER
Format: Unknown
Length: 21 pages
Price: FREE


When faced with the moment-by-moment business and IT pressures swirling around any large data center, a boiling cauldron may come to mind. Today's enterprise organizations are keenly seeking ways to securely and cost-effectively address rampant multifaceted data growth with flat or shrinking budgets. An unprecedented upsurge in new unstructured data types, such as rich media, picture archiving and communication systems (PACS), and e-discovery documents, as well as their storage requirements are also buckling the data center's ability to maintain control. According to many industry experts, keeping up with data growth is the top challenge of IT managers.

So, where do manageable costs and unparalleled data growth become simpatico? Answers may lie in cloud computing. Representing a paradigm shift in the way organizations can reduce capital and operational costs (CAPEX and OPEX), cloud computing transitions conventional storage methods to a utility-type service model. Similar to an electric company that charges customers based on consumption, cloud offers a way for IT organizations to subscribe to on-demand capacity and usage services, and it can be metered either internally or through an external provider. Savings are amplified as subscribers shift their storage burdens to this pay-as-you-use model. In some instances, the organization's need for upfront capital investment goes down; and in other cloud offerings, operational expenses such as power, cooling and storage management tasks move to the cloud provider. Cloud fosters a more agile IT environment.

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