Storage-as-a-service for secondary (warm/cold) data
Cloud computing paved the way for the emergence of storage-as-a-service. But to be clear, storage-as-a-service wasn’t a new concept even back then, over a decade or so ago. However, it was then that storage-as-a-service began gaining market acceptance among enterprise IT organizations seeking convenient and cost-effective storage solutions for their secondary and less frequently accessed data. So, rather than making significant capital investments in storage hardware and software, and hiring additional personnel to manage these data centers, many businesses recognized the value of storage consumption as-a-service as an alternative for their secondary data storage infrastructure.
Fast-forward to today, storage-as-a-service still remains an option for a great many enterprise IT organizations that have become familiar with the idea of using a third-party service to satisfy business continuity requirements, including HIPAA, with offsite data protection and archive.
The challenges of storage-as-a-service for primary (hot) data
When it comes to primary mission-critical applications with large data sets, such as high-performing databases and digital media collaboration tools, the cloud represents a no-go strategy. These types of production environments generate multiple terabytes of work-in-process data daily, and certainly have unique requirements that cloud native instances cannot handle, such as high-availability and high-performance.
Undoubtedly, the cloud has many benefits, but for large volume production environments, the issues of latency, performance and ingress/egress costs are hurdles preventing the adoption of cloud and storage-as-a-service for primary large working data sets.
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CIOs in enterprise IT know that the cloud represents an opportunity to reinvent their organizations, but cloud adoption will not happen at the expense of productivity, poor performance, or lack of high availability.
Like never before, it pays to have an open mind.
That’s because enterprise storage needs to change in fundamental ways—and ClearSky Data makes it happen. ClearSky delivers agile, on-demand access to data wherever it is needed while dramatically shrinking data center footprints and reducing costs. It provides a global storage network that manages the entire data lifecycle, combining the performance and availability of local enterprise storage with the scalability and economics of the cloud.
Most importantly, ClearSky Data believes that high-performing databases and applications handling unusual large data sets should also unlock the agility, scale and economics of the cloud without compromising the security, availability and performance of local access to the hot, working data. In other words, ClearSky helps enterprise IT to store, protect, manage and retrieve large production data sets, without affecting productivity, even after a natural disaster or ransomware cyber-attack.
Ultimately, what Clearsky Data represents is the shifting of the primary data layer to the cloud via its unique edge-cache technology that includes built-in offsite real-time backup and DR – as a single service.
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Here is what Justin Warren, Forbes, said about ClearSky Data: “founded on the US East Coast, ClearSky expanded westward as customer demand required, but the sudden leap in demand from edge computing workloads has accelerated its expansion plans. ClearSky had already partnered with datacenter provider Equinix, tapping into its well-respected network of locations and high-quality networking services required for serving storage traffic, making expansion much simpler than for those constructing their own facilities.”
If you want a different story for your career and much better results and performance for your storage infrastructure, then, do take the time to learn about ClearSky’s innovative solution. Its plug-in solution enables you to forget about costly infrastructure, alleviate IT from its insane refresh/upgrade cycle, and focus your team on more strategic projects.
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