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Vision Scavenger Hunt Day Two

Created: 03 May 2011 • Updated: 19 May 2014
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Ah, the clouds at Caesar's -- the best part of the outdoors, indoors.  Only in Las Vegas.  Little fluffy clouds.  Almost like the ones in Arizona in The Orb's song, appropriately called Little Fluffy Clouds.
Alas, the clouds at Caesar's are far from the "cloud" that we think of when we hear the term in an IT context, though whether you're throwing your data up into the cloud or painting them on the ceiling, you need to follow best practices or else you're setting yourself up for failure.  You'd probably need to consult with Daren Lewis' post, "Six Tips for Moving to the Cloud," or find the ghost of Bob Ross, depending on your cloud needs.
The cloud, or more appropriately, the clouds, contain varying sizes of information.  Mozy's cloud storage only accounts for 15 petabytes.  Carbonite's cloud is slightly smaller at 10 petabytes.  Symantec's cloud, however, swallows both online backup service's clouds at 40 petabytes large, according to Symantec's data from 2009.
Reliability is key, though.  Just recently there was mention of Amazon's cloud service having issues, and IT administrators have an even greater fear of what can happen with their data, especially when they're not directly managing the infrastructure.  Symantec announced yesterday of the release of Veritas Operations Manager 4.0 which introduces the ability to provide increased visibility and controls across not only physical and virtual environments, but also cloud environments.  By employing applications like this, administrators can help minimize these challenges.