One of my favorite albums is REM’s “Fables of Reconstruction.” One track that jumps out as a favorite is titled “Can’t Get There From Here,” and although the wild lyrics have nothing to do with this blog, the title reminds me of recent conversations I’ve had with various chief information officers (CIOs) regarding challenges with their IT cloud strategy. They know that cloudification factors into their strategy but can’t attain it. They need help defining a transformative path out of today’s data center-centric architectures. One transformative, yet simple and cost-effective, step that CIOs should be considering early on is cloud storage.
Cloud storage offers enormous, tangible benefits – no local footprint, simplified centralized management, infinite scalability, and the simple OPEX consumption model – yet the majority of enterprises are struggling with migration for most all but “cloud-native” applications.
What are the barriers?
High latency and jitter: The public cloud is rarely local, so there is a speed-of-light issue between a customer data center and cloud locations. The problem is exacerbated by high jitter when communication between data center and cloud happens via shared Internet links. Enterprise applications are inherently intolerant and demand both low latency and low jitter for optimal operations – today’s public storage solutions just can’t cut it.
Security: Most enterprises have rolled out end-to-end security solutions that protect their applications, data and assets, but are unable or unwilling to incorporate a public cloud vendor’s security solution due to increased management complexity and risk.
Object storage: The majority of public cloud storage solutions offer HTTP-based object storage – perfect for native web-based applications, but traditional enterprise applications generally don’t understand HTTP. Enterprise applications require block or file storage protocols such as iSCSI/Fibre Channel or NFS/SMB.
Complex cost models: There’s a difference between the promise of a simple consumption-based cost model versus its reality. Many cloud storage offerings feature multiple dimensions to the cost model, which makes invoices an eye chart and accurate budget forecasting a nearly impossible task.
The impossible is now possible.
ClearSky Data’s global storage network harnesses all the advantages of public cloud storage including economics, elasticity and data durability while mitigating the barriers to adoption. We use the same public cloud storage solutions you use for your cloud-native applications and added on a massive enterprise value layer – greatly broadening its utility. This value layer delivers low-latency, high-performance, security and agility to all of your data. And, it’s delivered as a fully managed service.
ClearSky brings the benefits of cloud storage into your data center. Simply plug into our service for a high-performance, SLA-backed solution spanning, primary, backup and disaster recovery workloads. We support a myriad of business applications including OLTP, home directories and Splunk.
Learn how your organization can ‘get there from here’ with ClearSky’s global storage network.