The proliferation and rising importance of Big Data has vastly increased our dependence upon storage, both on site and in the cloud.
And the development of new virtualized network technologies makes the location of storage tiers and targets more flexible.
You now can have direct attached or facility based NAS or SAN storage for your high availability needs while connecting less active storage to the cloud.
Obviously there are performance and security issues with the ways you architect and deploy your storage arrays,
Thanks to Howard Marks and Information Week