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Cloud Is the Future and Mobile Is the Driver. Are You Ready? For all but the most curmudgeonly luddites among us, it's become totally clear: "The cloud" is here to stay. The power and ubiquity of distributed compute and storage is all around us - at home, at work, and in our social lives. Recent advances in virtualization have brought us compute efficiency, storage consolidation, and system redundancy that were nearly unimaginable just 10 years ago. As a former IT guy, those benefits were always the promise of virtualization, but they seemed like a futuristic fantasy. A decade ago, my corporate file store consisted of primary storage with three disk shelves of expensive, fast spinning disks to store backed-up data for 30 days. Then I had a filer to track what data was "fresh" and what was "stale." Stale data was moved to secondary storage, which consisted of many mor... (more)