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September 20, 2012

What You Need to Know About Implementing Storage Area Networks in the Cloud

Storage area networks also known as SANs are rapidly becoming the standard for data storage systems due to reasons including being able to improve disk utilization, the ability to have an efficient disaster recovery in place to manage various applications, driving availability, and significantly reducing the time it takes to back up large amounts of data.

According to findings from a recent survey, approximately five out of six respondents revealed at this time they are either already using or planning to use cloud storage in the near future.  Hence, it is now the time for IT administrators to think outside of the box in order to develop a better way to take outdated SANs and completely revamp them in order to support the increasing popularity of innovative solutions being hosted in the cloud.

When business implement a traditional SAN, they will be forced to overcome multiple obstacles such as only having a few inexpensive servers, needing to replicate data for disaster recovery but not having the resources available to purchase fast WAN connections, an administratively intensive economic model, a large risk to the business overall, and not enough flexibility.

“Although cloud storage benefits may be easy to understand, visualization of a cloud-enabled storage infrastructure has been difficult. Companies should expand their view of conventional SANs to include private cloud and public cloud storage along with existing on-site storage. The enabling technology for Cloud SANs are storage gateways like TwinStrata CloudArray, which provides seamless migration between a variety of on-premise and cloud-based storage,” revealed James E. Bagley, founder and senior analyst of Storage Strategies NOW, in a recent blog post.

If your company is now facing these challenges and desires a sure fire way to break through them once and for all, then be sure to take place in a not-to-miss event taking place on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. EDT/9:00 a.m. PDT titled, “Extending SANs to the Cloud: What the Data Storage Vendors Forgot.” Sponsored by TwinStrata (News - Alert) in conjunction with TMCnet, this informative webinar will highlight the ways in which business that need cloud storage can leverage a pay-as-you-go cost model that boasts unlimited capacity, multi-site scalability and even cloud-based disaster recovery without using any additional resources.

Nicos Vekiarides (News - Alert), CEO of TwinStrata, will be the presenter during this session and has over 20 years of expertise in the data storage field that ranges from business manager to a founder in startup companies. Before coming to TwinStrata, Vekiarides held the position of vice president of Product Strategy and Technology at Incipient, Inc., where he was responsible for creating the industry's first storage virtualization solution that was contained within a Cisco (News - Alert) switch fabric.

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Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli
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