The Role of Data Management in Your Cloud Transformation

Migrating to the hybrid cloud stands to allow businesses to balance agility, cost, performance, and security requirements. However, the complexity of implementing a global management structure that accounts for all data and that gets that data where it needs to be, when it needs to be there, in an efficient manner, means that the majority of organizations have far from completed this transformation. Not to mention, it is vital that this data remain protected no matter which storage resource it is on.

The potential to tier data to a lower-cost storage resource for archive and retention is one key opportunity presented by the hybrid cloud. The problem, however, is that many enterprises are relying on traditional backup software as their data management platform. As storage managers are expected to support a larger number and greater diversity of applications, the role of backup software should primarily focus on ensuring high availability, including replication and instant recovery, of the business’s most critical applications and data.

Facilitating a true hybrid cloud environment requires a data management solution that can complement backup software with a broader purview across the storage environment and with additional value-add data services. For example, storage managers should look not only for policy-based tiering capabilities to automatically migrate cold data to a low-cost archive storage resource – but also for robust content indexing, searching and sharing capabilities. Content indexing is important when it comes to quickly facilitating access to data across a dispersed hybrid cloud environment. Meanwhile, the scalability of cloud compute resources creates the opportunity for indexing to become more agile and less complex and expensive, but only as long as the enterprise is only paying for necessary compute cycles. As a result, the ability to set policies that determine which archive data is indexed is important.

Another key value of data management is the ability to obtain intelligence that is useful in ensuring data privacy and compliance. For instance, a data management platform may provide centralized visibility across the secondary storage environment into administrator and user activities and access rights, as well as the ability to model policies to understand how they will impact the storage environment.

Join Storage Switzerland, HubStor and Osterman Research for our on demand webinar, “Complete Your Cloud Transformation – Store Your Data in The Cloud (and live to tell about it)”, for more discussion on how to approach data management and protection in the cloud.

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Senior Analyst, Krista Macomber produces analyst commentary and contributes to a range of client deliverables including white papers, webinars and videos for Storage Switzerland. She has a decade of experience covering all things storage, data center and cloud infrastructure, including: technology and vendor portfolio developments; customer buying behavior trends; and vendor ecosystems, go-to-market positioning, and business models. Her previous experience includes leading the IT infrastructure practice of analyst firm Technology Business Research, and leading market intelligence initiatives for media company TechTarget.

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