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Scale Out Storage Architecture: Reaching for the Cloud
Organizations concerned about IT budgets, and those of storage in particular, need to be prepared to discuss cloud storage in the near future. It is still relatively new as the term goes, but there are vendors and providers that have been around for years that are now offering this type of service. Until recently, "Cloud Storage" was more commonly referred to as "Storage as a Service" or "Scale Out Architecture," or incorporated as a facet of "Cloud Computing". The reality is that there are already enterprises using cloud storage effectively. Is it the answer for your organization? It might be-- and the intent of this paper is to provide definitions, considerations and insights.