The traditional on-prem storage model is becoming less common every day, but there are still plenty of organizations that think keeping everything in house is the best approach. If your organization fits this description, you might cite reasons such as tighter control on costs or an increased level of data security. But there are plenty of hidden costs to an old-school storage approach that you may not be considering.
The traditional on-premises NAS-plus-SAN approach to storage is fine if all you want to do is store data in a single location. If you want to establish primary, secondary and additional tiers of data, back it up, set up a disaster recovery site, archive some of it and secure it, you’ll need to add plenty of additional equipment and software and management, which exponentially increases management complexity.
All these additional systems add to the cost, but so does the additional complexity, mainly in the form of extra personnel needed to manage and maintain all of the interconnected systems. This is the primary selling point for any kind of integrated storage product, whether it is based on converged infrastructure, HCI or reference architecture programs. Reduced complexity in the form of a fully-integrated storage system reduces expense.
Even if you have an integrated product, if it uses a standard backup and recovery process you are putting your data at unnecessary risk. Measuring RPOs (recovery point objectives) in multiple hours or even days is unacceptable for businesses that can’t afford to lose any data. Continuous data protection (CDP) technology is one way to solve the RPO problem, but RTOs (recovery time objectives) can be high, requiring a long time to recover, and these systems are by no means cheap to purchase, deploy and manage.
An alternative to CDP is to use SAN storage snapshot capabilities. Many SAN systems come with the ability to take storage snapshots regularly throughout the day, and recovery is fast. But unless one uses additional software to transform storage snapshots into a backup file (which introduces additional complexity), that snapshot depends on the SAN for recovery. If the SAN is destroyed, the snapshots are useless.
And then there’s the 3-2-1 rule: three copies of the data on two different media with at least one copy offsite. It’s a good rule for people running traditional storage. But it adds to the complexity and expense.
Today’s enterprises need to ensure all their data is protected and that it can be retrieved rapidly. You can accomplish this in a traditional storage environment, but the costs are high.
A traditional on-prem data storage approach may seem like the most secure scenario, but, in fact, most of the time, data is less secure when stored on-premises than it when it’s managed by a storage service. Most organizations today have multiple offices as well as cloud applications, both of which need access to data. Moving data across a WAN creates data intercept points, and even good old sneaker net – aside from being glacially slow – is subject to data loss from something as simple as lost storage devices.
The best way to secure data is to encrypt it, both in transit and at rest, but managing encrypted data is no joke. It introduces even more management headaches, which leads most organizations to forego full encryption of data and putting their data at risk.
Data doesn’t stay in one place these days. Applications and users need to access the data in many different locations from remote offices, public clouds and private clouds. Managing the movement of that data securely, quickly and cost-effectively is cumbersome, complicated and expensive. So much so, that organizations may not pursue potentially beneficial projects because they require extensive copying and movement of data. It’s a huge opportunity cost that many IT professionals overlook.
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