In response to a polling question in our recent webinar, “Why Data Migration Hurts And How To Stop the Pain,” 27 percent of the respondents indicated their biggest challenge was integrating on-premises storage with the cloud. While general data migration held the top spot, which is not a surprise given the title of the webinar, the fact that cloud integration scored so high was a surprise.
Interestingly, most organizations look at the cloud as something they should migrate to instead of integrate with. How can organizations integrate cloud storage into their existing storage strategy?
Data Should Flow to the Cloud
The problem for most data centers is they look at cloud storage as a dumping ground – similar to how they used to view tape. It is a place to park data when users do not need it or will never access it again. When IT views a storage repository as a dumping ground, migration is a more acceptable practice. It still is a pain to perform migration, but since it is, in theory, a one-time event, the perception is one of tolerance.
The problem with the perception that the cloud is a giant storage dumping ground is that it undersells the capabilities of cloud storage. Cloud storage offers so much more than tape; it is searchable, available for rapid recall, and even actionable in-place. All of which tape could never do.
Instead of being placed at the end of the chain, cloud storage should be integrated into the data center’s storage architecture. But integration requires data flows to and from the cloud instead of just migrating to it.
Making Data Flow Work
Creating a storage infrastructure where data flows seamlessly between various types of on-premises storage and cloud storage is the focus of our webinar, “Why Data Migration Hurts And How To Stop the Pain.” The key is flow control, something that will help IT consolidate their various storage resources, allow them to create policies on how data will move between those resources and present seamless access to data no matter where it is.