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cloud storage resized 600Cloud computing has been on everyone’s lips for a few years now. With the sudden popularity of cloud computing at the consumer level in the form of storage vendors such as Dropbox, there’s renewed energy and interest among many organizations.

Private cloud storage can offer a company the best of both world. It gives you the kind of flexibility and scalability that’s offered by the cloud, but it also lets you keep management in-house. This is particularly useful while public cloud storage services are still getting up to speed in terms of compliance issues.

Here are five key principles you need to keep in mind when creating your private cloud storage plan:

  1. Storage should be integrated with servers when you need performance. When your cloud storage is integrated with application servers, you see a massive performance boost. Your performance isn’t limited by the rate of a single drive, but by the number of spindles. Direct-attached storage isn’t limited by having to go through a gatekeeper, such as a SAN switch.
  2. When you need greater flexibility and agility, direct storage isn’t usually the best solution. When you have integrated storage and computing solutions, it’s harder to adapt your storage needs to changing workloads. 
  3. Neither model necessarily costs less than the other. Direct storage might seem, on the surface, to be cheaper than distributed storage. That said, the fact of the matter is that when you factor in redundant drives you may actually be looking at similar costs.
  4. The most important thing is to match the storage architecture to the actual application needs. This is a bit problematic; after all, the point of cloud solutions is, in part, to be able to put applications where they will contribute to the greatest utilization. You need to find ways to group like applications in terms of their storage needs.
  5. Storage architecture in the private cloud is still in flux. If at all possible, you should consider holding off on any new sweeping storage architecture policies; it’s likely that, within four or five years, we’ll all have a better handle about how best to manage storage in private clouds.

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