It’s a question we constantly see raised in the media: with the advent of the cloud, is traditional storage dead?
The answer lies in the fundamental approach to traditional data storage – which centers around managing storage infrastructure. Between buying capacity up front that your team may or may not use, reacting to growth as your business scales, planning expensive hardware refreshes in advance and protecting the security of your data, it’s no surprise that influencers seem to be wishing for the industry’s end – or at least, for its transformation.
However, although many enterprises have deployed a hybrid cloud strategy, the cloud isn’t perfect. Some companies use cloud backup and bill it as hybrid cloud; others use cloud-native apps like Office 365 and call it hybrid cloud. The reality remains that the perception of hybrid cloud is all over the map. Others find hybrid to be too much of a distraction from their core enterprise data center infrastructure management focus, so they end up keeping most data on premises and ignoring the hybrid transformation all together. It’s undeniable that the cloud’s economics and scalability can’t be beat, but the reliability, security and high performance of traditional, on-prem systems make a tough argument.
Recently, Marc Keating, ClearSky Data director of technology and alliance strategy, and Darren Miller, manager of engineering test and performance, discussed this paradox in the first installment of our new webinar series, “Is storage dead?” Drawing from conversations with CIOs and IT leaders, Marc and Darren shared why organizations prefer certain storage methods for different use cases, and how tomorrow’s advances in IT offer a chance to overcome today’s roadblocks.
So, is storage dead? The short answer: no way. The longer version: inconveniences with traditional storage have held organizations back for too long, and new architectures that make universal data access a reality are allowing the industry to move forward, faster and with more agility than ever.
Join our next webinar to share your questions and discuss the future of storage.