Disrupt the Status Quo

Overcoming the Top 3 Challenges of the Storage Status Quo

In case you missed it, George Crump of Storage Switzerland sat down with our Director of Worldwide Systems Engineering, Brian Wink, last week to discuss how enterprises can overcome the top challenges associated with the storage status quo — economics, scalability, and durability.

Back in the 90s, IT leaders were mainly focused on backing up and protecting databases. They didn’t have today’s issue of managing the explosive growth of unstructured data. On-site NAS was designed to solve the problems of the 90s. That’s why it’s often referred to as “legacy storage” or “the storage status quo.” When a modern storage infrastructure is built around legacy storage, the result is not good.

On-site NAS storage has failed to make management of unstructured data economical, scalable, or durable for the following reasons:

  • Economics: Thanks to Moore’s Law, we know that storage becomes more dense as time goes on. But that doesn’t compensate for the amount of unstructured data growth occurring worldwide. Enterprises still using on-site NAS will be forced to buy more and more storage at a very high price.
  • Scalability: With on-site NAS, an IT professional needs to guess how much storage will be required and buy that storage in advance. That can result in over provisioning or under provisioning storage. Either case is costly. And then there is the cost and overhead of backing up the data.
  • Durability: Data stored on on-site NAS is vulnerable to disaster unless replicated across multiple sites. This approach is expensive because it requires more storage and a complex disaster recovery plan. To protect 100 TBs worth of data, an enterprise could end up paying for five times the storage.

While on-site NAS may not be good at providing economics, scalability, and durability, the cloud offers all three. That’s why business leaders are encouraging cloud-first initiatives. At the same time, IT is often hesitant because the cloud lacks performance, does not have intelligent file services, and can be disruptive for users and applications.

But there’s good news: an intelligent hybrid cloud storage platform can eliminate these concerns and manage unstructured data in the cloud. Let’s look at four of the concerns that were addressed in the webinar.

  1. “My apps use POSIX protocols, so they aren’t compatible with object storage.” Not so. When you use an intelligent hybrid cloud storage platform to begin working in and storing data in the cloud, the latest versions of SMB v3 and NFS v4 are supported so user workflows won’t change.
  2. “I could do that, but there would be latency problems.” Not to worry, an intelligent hybrid cloud storage platform makes it possible to move unstructured files to the cloud, keeping the hot 10% close to your employees so they won’t experience latency issues.
  3. “I need to have control over quotas, authentication, and versioning.” You don’t have to leave data services behind when you move to the cloud when you have the help of an intelligent hybrid cloud storage appliance.
  4. “I’m in the EU and I need to control which types of data leave my country.” An intelligent hybrid cloud storage appliance supports the legal implications of storing unstructured data. For example, you can implement policies to keep a certain file type from leaving its country of origin.

Key Takeaways

There is a cost to maintaining the storage status quo. Sticking with old processes may actually break other processes that ultimately harm your company’s ability to compete. And don’t forget: the inherent hardware cost will climb higher as unstructured data grows.

The cloud offers economics, durability, and scalability but needs to be complemented by an intelligent hybrid cloud storage platform. The cloud isn’t a magical utopia, it needs an intelligent solution to manage unstructured data properly.

Panzura Freedom, a hybrid cloud storage platform, makes it possible to manage unstructured data in the cloud without sacrificing the performance of on-site NAS. It also frees IT to use any cloud, manage storage infrastructure with a single pane of glass, and protect data in the cloud.

Click here to watch the webinar in full.

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