SOURCE: Bruce Boyers Marketing Services

February 24, 2011 07:43 ET

In Looking Forward, Look to the Cloud

BURBANK, CA--(Marketwire - February 24, 2011) - The computing scenario in the business of the near future may very well look like this: every employee has a desktop computer and can send email, access the company database, pull up the CRM interface, generate invoices and letters, and do everything they always have. The only difference is, when you go looking for the data center that powers all this computing activity, you won't find it. The space of that might have been IT has been given other productive uses. And the considerable funds that the company might have spent on extra IT staff have other uses as well.

In this setting, all the actual computing is being done in the cloud via high speed web connections. Someplace else, highly efficient servers are being used by a multiple number of organizations on an "as needed" basis. Every high-tech innovation possible -- SAN, NAS, virtualization and others as they come along -- is being utilized to deliver the fastest service possible to clients. 

Today's news abounds with indicators that the cloud is the ultimate destination for enterprise computing. Both Microsoft and Cisco, just to name two, are following robust cloud initiatives. The federal government is taking steps to move at least some of its operations to the cloud. A new study from Pike Research has found that the adoption of cloud services will lead to a 38 percent reduction in global data energy expenditures by 2020. Yet another study, from the Centre of Economics and Business Research, has found that cloud computing will add billions of dollars in productivity to the top economies in the next five years.

But like the stone launched by David at Goliath, one simple factor can impact these leaps in productivity: file fragmentation. Despite the enormous innovations in technology, all data is stored the way it always has been -- on hard drives. A natural effect of this storage is fragmentation, which impacts each and every technological advance and serves to weaken it.

To support such an ambitious undertaking as the cloud, it takes an equally advanced fragmentation solution. With the demand on computers within the cloud, there is no time or resources for the utilization of scheduled or manual defragmentation. Any effort must be completely automatic, and operate in the background to consistently address fragmentation. There is even technology available now which prevents a majority of fragmentation before it occurs.

Make sure the cloud -- along with the future -- is kept aloft with the right solution to fragmentation.

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