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Cloud Storage: Benefits, Risks and Cost Considerations

Published: 01 April 2009

ID: G00162366

Analyst(s): Stanley Zaffos, Adam W. Couture


Cloud storage is a style of deploying and managing storage assets. Cloud storage infrastructures can include storage area network, network-attached storage or custom-built storage cells networked into a grid. Compared with in-house solutions, cloud storage promises more extensibility, more rapid provisioning and lower cost.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Definition
  • Financial Considerations
  • Cloud Versus Other Storage Utility Delivery Models
  • Performance/Throughput Considerations
  • Availability Considerations
  • Public Versus End-User Clouds
  • Lock-Ins
  • 2009: The Year of Cloud Storage

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