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Caringo Reinvents Storage for Cloud

File-based storage has been the norm since there were files and there was storage. I tried to find the exact history but came up short. Better historians can fill in the details for us at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

In any event, when it comes to the cloud, that era may be coming to a close, at least if Caringo has anything to do with it. This cloud storage company thinks an object-based system is the way to go, and that file-based storage is simply not elastic and flexible enough for the cloud.

Caringo builds what it calls software appliances, which should mean they are easy to use and hopefully easy to install. But remember: This is storage. And remember these appliances are built to handle up to petabytes, which is huge.

When you are talking about this kind of volume, and changing the very way you store data, please, whatever you do, don't take my word for it, and don't take this kind of move lightly. Such a switch takes careful research and, if you take the plunge, a good backup plan.

Posted by Doug Barney on 08/21/2012 at 12:47 PM


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