Rethinking Enterprise Storage: A Hybrid Cloud Model (Introducing)

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Use a Hybrid Cloud solution - combining cloud storage with on-premise storage - and help dramatically decrease costs while increasing scalability and agility. This book offers focused, concise insights on technical considerations, benefits, and tradeoffs, so you can begin planning for implementation.

  • Explains, in both practical and strategic terms, how a new enterprise storage model can solve multiple challenges
  • Delivers focused insights on architecture, access, backups, snapshots, data redundancy as a service, dedupes, capacity, data lifecycles, storage tiering, archiving, externalized blobs, storage consolidation, compression, bandwidth, and privacy and security planning
  • The author is an expert for cloud storage technologies and is well known in the networking technologies community

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Q&A with Marc Farley, author of "Rethinking Enterprise Storage: A Hybrid Cloud Model"

Q. Why is “Rethinking Enterprise Storage” an important book for people to read now?

A. Cloud services are the next big thing in computing. Everybody wants to figure out how to use the cloud or participate in the transformation that cloud computing provides. My book, “Rethinking Enterprise Storage: A Hybrid Cloud Model,” discusses how businesses can use the cloud to simplify and manage one of their most important infrastructure elements: data storage. Storage might not be the first thing that pops into a person’s head when they think about cloud, but the changes being brought to storage from the cloud are just as profound as the changes being brought to any other aspect of information technology.

Q. What will readers walk away with after reading your book?

A. I think readers will walk away with another example of how profoundly transformative cloud computing is. There will be a lot of “I wish I had thought of that” with readers of this book. But more than that I think readers will get a glimpse of how the new Microsoft devices and services strategy can deliver a lot of value to customers. The hybrid cloud storage model is all about on-premises storage devices integrating with Windows Azure Storage services. People who may be skeptical of this vision need to see what we are doing with hybrid cloud storage.

Q. What’s so exciting and important about hybrid cloud storage?

A. The biggest thing-- the most important and exciting thing about hybrid cloud storage is that it solves problems that traditional storage can’t, like data growth. We live in a world where data growth is projected to be doubling every two years. This is literally breaking the operations of companies all over the world. There is all this data to do things with, but companies can’t get ahead of how to store and manage it all affordably. Hybrid cloud storage is the only technology designed to deal with that.

Q. What are some of the other problems that hybrid storage solves that are described in the book?

A. One of the biggest is the near impossibility that companies have testing disaster recovery for many of their applications. DR is too disruptive to practice, so IT teams tend to skip it, hoping they won’t ever need to do it. I describe a process called deterministic, thin recoveries in the book that allow IT teams to test recoveries without turning their operations inside out. Another big problem is automating off-site data protection for lots of data that companies can’t afford to protect with replication, but need that sort of protection just the same. The book explains how cloud snapshots effectively overhaul data protection for a lot of applications-- removing the long hours, drudgery and errors that are associated with backup.

About the Author:

Marc Farley, a senior product marketing manager at Microsoft, is a networking storage expert and an evangelist for cloud storage technologies. He has 20+ years of experience in the network storage industry and is well known in the community for his blogs and books.

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