Analyst Whitepaper from Stratecast (Frost & Sullivan)
If you’re like most businesses, you’re probably thinking about the cloud. And why not? Hosted—or cloud—storage gives you scalability, pay-per-use pricing, and on-demand deployment. It is budget friendly, tapping into the operating budget rather than the tightly restricted capital budget. And it offloads responsibility for some of the “grunt work”—hardware installation and upgrades, infrastructure maintenance—to the cloud service provider, freeing your staff to concentrate on the big picture (for example, making sure users can get to the data they need).
Yes, there are a lot of good reasons to incorporate the cloud into your storage strategy. Just don’t fall into the trap of transferring your data center inefficiencies into the new environment, or you may end up spending more for less benefit.
Think of your storage strategy like the steps involved in moving to a new house. You need to start with an inventory of possessions. Determine which pieces will fit in the new house, in which rooms; which lesser-used pieces will be stored in the new attic; and which should be discarded. If you don’t spend time to sort through all your possessions up front, you’ll end up paying the movers (by the pound) to move unnecessary or unused items to your new house. And you continue to waste time in finding what you need, because your old junk and your household necessities are all mixed together in the boxes stacked in the living room. Better to go through the house long before the movers arrive, reduce the volume to essential items, and make sure you’re only transporting what you want and need to the new environment.
It’s the same with your data. If you adopt cloud storage without thinking through your storage strategy, you may end up introducing the same old storage inefficiencies to a hosted cloud model. As a result, you may waste money by paying the cloud provider to store unnecessary data, and you may also impact storage performance, if your cloud environment is “cluttered” with unnecessary data and files or the data is not organized for maximum efficiency.
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