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Thailand Hard Drive Shortage: Can Cloud Storage Help?

While cloud storage does not solve the supply shortage of HDDs, it can help IT administrators better cope with the impact

You may have read that Thailand recently experienced its worst flooding on record and, as the producer for about 70% of global demand for hard disk drives (HDDs), there is now a severe shortage of disk drives for data storage and server-related products. With analysts predicting a halt in Thailand’s disk drive production over the next 50+ days, the expected impact to the supply of IT infrastructure products with a dependency on HDDs will surely be significant. Translation?  IT administrators can expect a substantial increase in lead times for new data storage and server equipment.

While cloud storage does not solve the supply shortage of HDDs, it can help IT administrators better cope with the impact. By leveraging excess storage capacity already owned and deployed by cloud providers, it is very simple for organizations to address gaps in demand for storage capacity, without purchasing new storage hardware. Enterprise cloud storage gateways, such as CloudArray, provide access to Terabytes or Petabytes of storage in minutes and can help with both short term capacity demand and longer term peaks and valleys in demand. Those who have not yet adopted enterprise cloud storage shouldn’t lament that they are too late to the party, as software solutions such as CloudArray can be downloaded and deployed immediately, with no need for additional hardware infrastructure.

With a broad choice of cloud providers, local speed performance, encryption with local key management, advanced data reduction, and the look and feel of enterprise storage, there is no better time to consider augmenting an existing data storage strategy with cloud storage. Look for an enterprise gateway that provides all of these features and benefits in a software form factor as the ideal starting point.

One of the major advantages of using the cloud, beyond the frequently touted cost savings, is that it enables organizations to be extremely nimble. A recent article, Don’t Flatline Your Hosting Growth -You Can’t Blame it on Thailand by Tom Millitzer, emphasizes that organizations have to find creative ways to fill the gap left by this natural disaster. For organizations in need of additional storage capacity today, cloud storage is one of those ways.

Find out just how easy it is to expand your storage capacity today.

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More Stories By Nicos Vekiarides

Nicos Vekiarides is the Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of TwinStrata. He has spent over 20 years in enterprise data storage, both as a business manager and as an entrepreneur and founder in startup companies.

Prior to TwinStrata, he served as VP of Product Strategy and Technology at Incipient, Inc., where he helped deliver the industry's first storage virtualization solution embedded in a switch. Prior to Incipient, he was General Manager of the storage virtualization business at Hewlett-Packard. Vekiarides came to HP with the acquisition of StorageApps where he was the founding VP of Engineering. At StorageApps, he built a team that brought to market the industry's first storage virtualization appliance. Prior to StorageApps, he spent a number of years in the data storage industry working at Sun Microsystems and Encore Computer. At Encore, he architected and delivered Encore Computer's SP data replication products that were a key factor in the acquisition of Encore's storage division by Sun Microsystems.

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