Climbing the Cloud Wall of Worry

The recent Nirvanix shutdown has prompted many organizations to reassess their public cloud deployment strategy.If a well funded cloud service provider (CSP) with major OEM relationships wasn’t able to survive, what does that portend for other players in the industry? More importantly, what proactive measures can be taken from either a pre or post cloud deployment standpoint to mitigate the risk of data loss stemming from a CSP closure?

If organizations can attain the following three objectives when adopting public cloud storage, there is a much greater chance for a long-term successful cloud initiative:

  • Retaining control of data, regardless of where it lives
  • Retaining control of data security
  • Ensuring high performance of critical applications

Perhaps one of the biggest obstacles towards adopting public cloud storage is the fear that once data is moved into the cloud, getting it back out may be extremely challenging. In the case of a CSP closure, trying to rapidly retrieve copious amounts of data over limited bandwidth connections in a short period of time could prove to be a fool’s errand. And even if data is successfully extracted out of a public cloud, what assurances are there that the data has been scrubbed clean from the providers storage infrastructure?

Another key concern when archiving data to public clouds is how to maintain the right storage performance footprint in the local data center. Many organizations are struggling to maintain adequate performance on existing storage assets but don’t have the capital to upgrade to more powerful platforms. Can public cloud storage actually compliment existing storage to extend its useful life?

The Storage Switzerland’s Webinar, “Cloud Failure – Lessons Learned From The Nirvanix Shutdown”, we cover how organizations can mitigate risk when adopting public cloud storage while enhancing performance and lowering costs. By registering for the Webinar you will receive a copy of the white paper “Cloud – Failure Survival Guide”.


As a 22 year IT veteran, Colm has worked in a variety of capacities ranging from technical support of critical OLTP environments to consultative sales and marketing for system integrators and manufacturers. His focus in the enterprise storage, backup and disaster recovery solutions space extends from mainframe and distributed computing environments across a wide range of industries.

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  1. […] the lessons learned from the Nirvanix shutdown in an independent white paper as well as in a companion webinar. While this may have been unsettling for those businesses currently using public cloud services or […]

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