I attended Gartner’s Infrastructure, Operations Management, and Data Center Operations Conference last month where Julia Palmer shared these statistics from a survey of attendees:
- 72% pursuing a hybrid cloud computing strategy in 2018
- 70% of organizations top storage concerns is managing data growth
- 40% of organizations responded that cloud was a top investment
It is clear that hybrid is no longer a marketing term, and cloud is no longer a future strategy.
2018: The Year of Edge Computing
2016 was the year in which the focus was on cloud storage gateways — a bridge for moving data to the cloud. 2017 was the year in which the focus turned to hybrid — a realization that simply moving data to the cloud wasn’t the end game. 2018 is the year that edge computing will gain prominence — because real-time decisions and access to data at the edge is equally as important as gaining the economics and agility of the cloud.
In a world where data growth has pushed resources as far as they can go, enterprises have to have another answer. Hybrid cloud storage appears to be the logical one. It promises to enable enterprises to gain the scalability, durability, and economics of the cloud without sacrificing data center performance. But, as with everything else in life, not all hybrid cloud storage solutions are created equal. If edge computing is important to you, you need to be sure the solution you choose can stand up to demanding data center workloads.
Hybrid Cloud Storage Designed for the Enterprise
Enterprises need an enterprise cloud file system that will meet the most demanding requirements — not one that was initially designed for small business or one that is a re-invention or bolt-on approach to the cloud.
How do you know if you have an enterprise cloud file system that was purpose-built for the cloud? Ask your prospective vendor how they stack up in these six areas:
- Enterprise scale, performance, and resource utilization
- Enterprise global collaboration
- Enterprise file services for data center workloads and mobile clients
- Enterprise deployment and buying flexibility
- Enterprise automation and centralized management
- Enterprise cloud data protection and availability
This is the first of a six-part series looking at each of these six design tenets of Panzura CloudFS™. Panzura CloudFS is the first enterprise file system purpose-built for the cloud. It underpins the Panzura Freedom Family of hybrid cloud storage solutions, and performs like a distributed scale-out NAS, modernized for the cloud. Programmatically accessible through REST APIs, CloudFS utilizes high performance flash in the data center, and integrates the cloud for economics, scalability, and durability. Unlike NAS, it scales globally across multiple sites and multiple data clouds.