Many companies would like to use the cloud as a new approach to storage management, but it isn't without problems. High latency, unpredictable performance of internet transport and fear of data breaches may make the public cloud services unsuitable for many production applications.
We spoke to Ellen Rubin, CEO and founder of enterprise storage startup ClearSky Data to find out how enterprises can address these issues and get their cloud storage projects moving.
ER: There is a chronic, incredibly expensive problem in the enterprise data center. It stems in part from the longevity of data. Enterprises have data buried in files, databases, emails and other places where it sits -- basically -- forever. That data is used in varying degrees depending on its timeliness and value to the enterprise, but no one ever wants to throw anything away, so the data center footprint keeps growing.