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In my last blog post, I pointed out the new laws in Massachusetts and Nevada that require all personal data in transit to be encrypted. That post generated lots of discussion, including thoughtful responses from Steve Duplessie and Joseph Martins, and I urge you to read those as well. Two key questions remain: What exactly do these laws demand and how will you actually comply with them? Sure, encryption technology is widely available, but actually implementing it has been a slow uphill climb for most IT organizations. Let's examine the implications! What the Law Requires In my years of IT consulting, and especially over the last two, where I focused on litigation readiness, I've come to see that laws are rarely as cut and dried and actionable as IT would like. As pointed out by Martins, the Nevada statute is particularly vague. But even the much more lengthy Massach... (more)

What Makes Cloud Storage Different from Traditional SAN and NAS?

Many in the IT industry seem to enjoy arguing exactly what does and does not constitute a cloud service. As I mentioned in my post on the controversy over private cloud services, I do not feel that these arguments are productive. We should focus on results and business value instead of arguing about semantics. However, the current crop of cloud storage solutions have many important differences from traditional SAN and NAS storage, something that seems to surprise many end users I meet. Cloud storage capacity is not your fathers blocks and files! Primary, Secondary, and Tiered St... (more)

Why Isn't Storage Getting Cheaper? Part 5: Storage as a Service

Although the capacity of storage systems keeps growing, data growth keeps absorbing available capacity. In an effort to contain costs, IT organizations turned to tiered storage but have encountered a "glass floor": Disk space is a small component of costs, reducing the impact of hardware solutions. IT organizations have long turned to outsourced services to enable cost savings on non-core infrastructure and organizational elements, and manaed storage as a service promises to deliver remarkable savings. Why isn't storage getting cheaper? This series of articles attempts to answer ... (more)

Zebras, Giraffes, and Horses

My youngest daughter used to have trouble with her animals. Whenever she saw a giraffe, she would say "zebra" and whenever she saw a zebra she would say "giraffe!" Although an adult would never make that mistake, one can understand why a child would: She was new to these names, and they were entirely arbitrary words. Besides, both are quadrupeds with bizarre coloration and patterns. But my daughter definitely knew a horse when she saw one! Private Clouds and SSPs: Horses and Zebras Today's cloud storage world can be equally confusing to the uninitiated. Long-time IT folks rememb... (more)

Is a Private Cloud Worthwhile?

Much discussion in the cloud computing world has focused on a simple question: Is a private cloud infrastructure worthy of the name? It's been posed in many ways, with some going so far as claiming that there is no such thing as a private cloud. Although discussions like these are all too common in many areas, the question really amounts to little more than counting angels dancing on pin heads. The key issue is whether private cloud-style infrastructure can deliver real benefits like public clouds can. First, let's set out some definitions: The draft NIST definition, perhaps the ... (more)