When bailing out a boat, few would stop to consider the long-term merits of the bucket in hand. In a similar sense, it's hard to fault carriers, who for years have been facing an ever-rising tide of data to store, for valuing expediency over long-term strategy when it comes to storage.

This seems especially true considering that in recent years data storage needs - often the most expensive part of a data center's operations - have been growing rapidly while IT budgets have remained relatively flat. Thus carriers are facing a choice: Either take money from other projects, or learn to store data more efficiently.

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