For IBM, Storage Is A Lighthouse For Its Data-Driven, Multi-Cloud World

| April 11, 2019

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The cloud computing world is a one filled with sudden pivots, swift turns, and sharp boomerangs. The early hopes that cloud computing, with its attractive cost/benefit equations and ease of management, would replace the enterprise data center were short-lived. As enterprises migrated workloads to the various cloud providers, lessons were learned, and a new reality set in. Workloads require data, and data has gravity. It’s not a simple matter to move an application to the cloud and hope that your existing storage architecture provides the right set of services to support it. You have to deploy storage architectures designed to bridge on-premises infrastructure with the cloud. Storage in a multi-cloud environment is not a place for the meek.

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