Hybrid Cloud Storage vs. The Enterprise

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One of the key data points coming out of EMC World 2014 last week was that the adoption of the “cloud”, especially from a primary storage perspective, will likely be hybrid in nature. Meaning that part of an organization’s data will remain on premise and part will be in the public cloud. But creating a hybrid cloud solution can be more difficult than creating either an entirely private storage cloud or entirely public storage cloud. How can the overworked IT team possibly assemble a hybrid cloud solution that meets the capacity, performance and security concerns of the organization?

The Three Horsemen – Capacity, Performance and Security

The three primary concerns of any cloud storage solution is its ability to scale at an affordable price, its performance capabilities and data security. Cloud providers like Amazon and Google provide the basic capabilities needed to meet these concerns, but it often requires extensive custom programming to take advantage of them.

The problem is that many enterprise environments often don’t have the time, the expertise nor the access to the code itself to make the changes required so that the demands of the three horsemen can be met.

Are Gateways The Answer?

Cloud gateways are offered up as the bridge to get data centers to the cloud, but most of these gateways are not targeted at the enterprise. They don’t offer the performance and reliability that are required by enterprise data center environments. As a result, gateways are often used to move secondary data sets to the cloud, while primary data sets are left untouched.

CloudNAS To The Rescue

The enterprise needs a storage device that is focused on the enterprise needs, essentially network attached storage (NAS) with cloud integration, i.e. a CloudNAS. This type of solution would allow the enterprise to actually improve on-premise storage performance, leverage on-premise NAS as a capacity tier AND provide the customer the ability to automate cloud data movement but control what data is moved to public cloud storage and when that data is moved.


The enterprise needs the hybrid cloud, but it needs an easy way to incorporate enterprise class attributes like scalability, high performance and air tight security. In our webinar Storage Switzerland founder, George Crump and Avere Systems CEO Ron Bianchini, participate in a panel discussion that provides enterprise data centers with insight on how to get to the cloud.

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Avere Systems is a client of Storage Switzerland

Twelve years ago George Crump founded Storage Switzerland with one simple goal; to educate IT professionals about all aspects of data center storage. He is the primary contributor to Storage Switzerland and is a heavily sought after public speaker. With over 25 years of experience designing storage solutions for data centers across the US, he has seen the birth of such technologies as RAID, NAS and SAN, Virtualization, Cloud and Enterprise Flash. Prior to founding Storage Switzerland he was CTO at one of the nation's largest storage integrators where he was in charge of technology testing, integration and product selection.

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