Is your data storage vision cloudy?

Emerging trends in business digitalization are blurring the lines between the cyber-physical worlds. Today data has become the new fuel for business growth and success. With advancement in computing technology and increase in the size of data, data storage has become a significant concern for businesses. With the growing data, charting a data storage strategy is a must to thrive in the increasingly digital world.

Talk to any data center manager today – from any industry, in any region – and you are likely to hear all of the above conversations on data growth. In a landscape where organizations see data stores multiplying annually by terabytes and petabytes, traditional block and file storage options can’t keep up with the digitalization pace and require planning and investment for flexibility and scalability.

The data growth is exponential as the Internet of Things (IoT) devices are adding data every minute, decision making using business intelligence (BI) and analytics applications that require large data sets are creating acute capacity challenges. To top it up regulations and compliance mandates prolonged data retention.

The traditional on-premise storage solutions are not equipped to address this point in time need. It lacks the agility to keep up with the pace of the business. Different storage tiers are required for different types of workloads. Example tapes and low-end disk-based storage were used for backup and archival versus high performing storage systems for production deployment.

The data stored on the tape is seldom retrieved for verification without a need, becoming a probable risk for the organization as tapes have limited life and require significant human intervention to manage it.

Cloud storage provides multiple options for Durability, Availability, and Security of the data along with numerous storage types like Object Storage, File Storage and Block Storage with the ability to grow or shrink as per the demand. There are multiple storage tiers to choose from to meet the performance benchmarks. Policy-based data movement across storage tiers assists in maintaining the regulations and compliance mandates for data retention.

It can be enabled seamlessly for every application hosted on-premise. Hybrid solutions depending on the type of application and organization’s need can also be architected.

Since no vendor is locking the traditional on-premise solution, switching to a cloud vendor is like porting your mobile phone to another service provider. For data migration and movement, multiple solutions are available to make it seamless with zero business impact.

This scalability and provisioning challenges along with upfront investment in on-premise data storage systems are leading many organizations to evaluate Cloud Storage as a preferred choice.

Cloud Storage is an option to store data on the internet instead of on-premise storage arrays. It is a service delivered on demand and charged based on the consumed capacity. It eliminates owing and managing the storage infrastructure. It increases agility, provides global scale and delivery of data “anywhere, anytime.”

As the war for cloud heats up, need for a right cloud storage provider to build, operate and manage infrastructure (that manages capacity, security, and durability) to make data accessible to applications all around the world would rise. Technological advancement has made cloud storage capabilities accessible to applications at push of a button via traditional storage protocols or an API.

With the above capabilities, cloud storage opens up a new avenue for organizations to streamline the IT offerings and operations – making it SLA driven. Every aspect of Go-To market linked with IT department becomes predictable.

Economies of scale have compelled cloud storage providers to provide attractive pricing. The organization’s data volume and usage duration can attract special pricing from the vendors.

By opting to use cloud storage, organizations initiate the first step towards Business Continuity (BC) and Disaster Recovery (DR). Even MSME (Micro Small Medium Enterprises) can aspire to have a BC-DR plan and achieve it within budgetary constraints.

Adopting cloud storage requires a paradigm shift in thinking towards, how you plan, consume and enforce data governance. Utilization and spend analysis is readily available to perform course corrections in strategy and maintain the budgetary constraints.