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Author: Joe Kovar
Moving storage to the cloud is really only adding another tier of storage, but it is one for which customers and channel partners need to prepare, said N. Robert Hammer, chairman, president, and CEO of CommVault.
Hammer, who talked to Channelweb.com after the company reported its third quarter 2010 financials, said cloud-based storage is not a major focus for the industry.
"But it's a necessary focus," Hammer said. "Four or five years ago, we said people will deploy lots of low-cost storage as a way to cut costs. If I were a CIO, I would want to give my customers access to that storage pool, but not decrease the security of my data. We came to the conclusion that we need a single platform to do it."
That platform needs to cover all customer requirements, Hammer said. And, in the case of storage, it might be a combination of traditional and cloud-based storage, all managed in a unified fashion via a single application like CommVault's Simpana data protection software, he said.