MSP Today, 2/10/16
Let’s say one of your clients wants to move forward with a hybrid cloud strategy. Everything goes smoothly as you choose a cloud provider, designate which parts of the company’s data belong in the cloud and put the appropriate management and security measures in place. Then, you hit a roadblock as old as hybrid cloud itself: data mobility.
The sheer amount of enterprise data is massive, and it’s growing all the time. Moving this data between locations is a headache. The same bottlenecks that existed when public clouds first became popular still pose a serious problem for the IT industry, even though other areas of networking and cloud have evolved significantly.
Few groups are more familiar with these issues than MSPs, and few are more aware that working around the problem is no longer an option. By avoiding the common mistakes noted below and addressing data mobility head-on, you can knock down the obstacles that once held you back and ensure a seamless cloud transition for your clients.
Don’t plan a visit to a data island.
Most of the data that enterprises need to access is confined to one location. It might be in transit, hosted in the cloud or stored on-premises. In any case, when data gets stuck because it’s too costly, time-consuming or otherwise difficult to move, that data’s owner can get locked into specific architectures and even vendors. Before you begin forging your path to improved data mobility, one of your top priorities has to be keeping data accessible in applications, and avoiding the time, effort and cost that frequently cause data sets to become stranded on their own private islands.