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Making Cloud Storage Work For Your Organization

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April 27, 2015 8:30 AM

Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas, NV

The ready availability and relatively low price of cloud storage means IT departments can improve the services they provide while also keeping costs in line. Because cloud storage is equally accessible from anywhere, it's a compelling option for providing access to data from multiple locations.

Cloud storage is also attractive for backup data. Even better, in a disaster IT can recover that data from a provider for rapid recovery. Add in how object storage services like Amazon's Glacier offer low-cost, long-term archiving and the cloud starts to look like a nice place to keep some of your data. The rub, of course, is that cloud storage is on the other side of the Internet from your applications, which adds significant latency and stresses your bandwidth. These latency and bandwidth challenges will require organizations to make process and organizational changes, and storage pros aren't big fans of change. This workshop will explore how you can bring the advantages of cloud storage to your organization without losing your mind.

We'll start by look at the various types of cloud storage services available, from basic object storage to backup services to collaboration/sync-and-share services. For each class of service we'll share use cases and discuss how to choose among the competing offerings. We'll discuss secure alternatives to consumer services such as Dropbox that give users the functionality they need while keeping your valuable data secure. We'll also look at the pros and cons of cloud storage gateways, which let you use cloud storage like infinitely large file server or SAN array.

Whether you use cloud storage as the digital equivalent of a grandma's attic (that place where you put stuff just because you think you might need it) or as the core of your organization's storage strategy, this workshop will show you how to make cloud storage work for your organization.

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