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Weave your cloud with a data fabric


The advent of cloud brings great promise for IT organizations to meet increasingly demanding business and operational objectives. By Brad Nisbet, SNIA Ethernet Storage Forum member, NetApp.


A cloud-based IT delivery model can speed up application development and provide flexible environments to accommodate the dynamic and unpredictable needs of the organization and its customers. It’s easy to see why there is so much interest among companies to learn more about how they can benefit from cloud.


Despite the allure, however, many businesses are still reluctant to fully embrace a cloud model due to the perceived risks. As cloud services continue to evolve and become increasingly vital for success, it’s critical to properly understand the inhibitors that are leaving many unsure about how to jump into the cloud.


When thinking of cloud, the issue of security is often top-of-mind for many organizations, and rightfully so. As any organization needs to carefully consider the security of their environment, whether on or off-premises. However, there are other common inhibitors to enterprise cloud adoption that are just as significant and increasingly top-of-mind, including: managing complexity, creating or


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