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Using cloud storage services for primary storage

Is it possible to use a cloud storage service for primary storage?

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This really depends on what the requirements are for primary storage. Using a cloud storage service for primary storage is possible, but there could be great variability in performance, such that the responsiveness may be unacceptable.

In general, most cloud storage services have been used for data backup and storage of data that is not performance-critical, or does not have a high probability of access. Using a cloud storage service for primary storage would typically not meet the expectations for responsiveness.

This was first published in October 2010

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