Amazon has just announced a new storage service called Glacier. The cloud giant describes its new offering as a secure, extremely low-cost storage technology for data archiving and backup. Like the name implies, the service is slow, cold and remote.
Just six-years-old, the Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) is experiencing tremendous growth.
Connecticut-based biotech firm Metrum Research Group moves entire IT infrastructure to Amazon cloud.
The Australian Academic Research Network (AARNet) has announced that its CloudStor storage as a service project has emerged from beta to aid member institutions.
Regardless of how the cost argument is defended, one area that emerges in discussions about cloud-based data protection is the recovery time objective or RTO. The root of this discovery is that traditional storage options, even the venerable tape media category, have fast transfer rates. The hard question is do we put a price on an RTO?
While cloud storage might live up to the hype in terms of cost models, some argue that storage vendors need to enhance their security measures to ensure wider adoption.