When it comes to moving massive files between storage clouds, performance depends — quite a bit — on which clouds you use, according to new research. For its  report Bulk Data Migration in the CloudNasuni repeatedly transferred 12 TB of data between its top-rated clouds–Amazon’s (s amzn) S3, Microsoft Windows Azure (s msft) and Rackspace (s rax).

This was not an academic exercise for Nasuni because it manages customers’ encrypted data on these clouds and often transfers the data from cloud to cloud for optimum performance or redundancy. But the findings are broadly applicable to the many companies that are considering cloud storage options. Once they put their data in a given cloud, they want assurances that they’ll be able to move it as needs dictate.  Surprisingly, Nasuni found the time it takes to transfer data varies considerably depending on which cloud is on the receiving end of…

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About Dana Gardner

Dana Gardner is president and principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions, an enterprise IT analysis, market research, and consulting firm. Gardner, a leading identifier of software and cloud productivity trends and new IT business growth opportunities, honed his skills and refined his insights as an industry analyst, pundit, and news editor covering the emerging software development and enterprise infrastructure arenas for the last 18 years. Gardner tracks and analyzes a critical set of enterprise software technologies and business development issues: Cloud computing, SOA, business process management, business intelligence, next-generation data centers, and application lifecycle optimization. His specific interests include Enterprise 2.0 and social media, cloud standards and security, as well as integrated marketing technologies and techniques. Gardner is a former senior analyst at Yankee Group and Aberdeen Group, and a former editor-at-large and founding online news editor at InfoWorld. He is a former news editor at IDG News Service, Digital News & Review, and Design News.
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