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Rethinking Enterprise Storage: A Hybrid Cloud Model by Marc Farley

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Foreword

When I started my career in IT, storage was incredibly boring and something that most people tried to avoid. Enterprise data storage was the domain of strange people interested in tracks, cylinders, and data placements; they did not write code—they were the forgotten people.

Twenty-five years or so later, storage is neither boring nor straightforward. Data growth flows at exponential rates; structured data has been joined by unstructured data, the Facebook generation creates extensive social content in unprecedented quantities, and the enterprise is looking not only at how they store but also how they derive value from this content in the form of Big Data analytics. And somewhere along the line, I became a storage person—a StorageBod if ...

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