Steve Lesem is President and CEO of Mezeo Software. Previously, He was Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of the managed hosting provider VeriCenter. He has also served in leadership positions at SafeNet, BMC Software and IBM. Steve holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas at Austin. He is the primary author of the Cloud Storage Strategy Blog, which frequently sees posts picked up by publications in the IT services and Web hosting spaces.
This paper identifies the key enterprise business drivers for cloud storage, and provides a model that helps organizations quantitatively evaluate if implementing a private storage cloud is the best option for them.
Hybrid computing clouds provide cloud computing that delivers the appropriate offerings with provisioning, pay-as-you-go pricing for relatively limitless capacity, improved security, and some would say at a lower cost than an internal cloud. In its most general case, the business value of the hybrid cloud lies in its ability to bridge the gap between baseline computing and peak computing.
There is a lot of coverage about cloud storage these days- and why it is or is not being adopted. One way to look at cloud storage adoption is to view it as an evolutionary process which changes over time, as both the organization matures and becomes adept at leveraging the new technology, and as the technology itself evolves to meet the real needs of the end-user. The common name for this sort of thinking is maturity model. Here is a maturity model for cloud storage, based on the actual cloud storage adoption process being witnessed in the industry.