Most companies — 67 percent, according to this survey — are using hybrid-cloud computing infrastructure or plan to in the near future. They know their mix of legacy and modern software applications won’t all fit snugly in the same spot. What they don’t know is where they will all eventually settle; choices keep multiplying, mutating, advancing or going out of use. Companies may be anxious for hot-off-the-grill tech, but loath redoing all the plumbing. Also, long-distance relationships between apps and storage can mean data latency. Hybrid storage as a service can help; it follows transient apps around the exploding information technology universe.
ClearSky Data Inc. is a storage as a service startup working with medium and large enterprises in a range of industries. Most possess a mix of hybrid infrastructure, with some lagging miles behind the state-of-the-art.
“Honestly, we’ve seen everything,” said Ellen Rubin (pictured, left), co-founder and chief executive officer of ClearSky. “I won’t embarrass anyone specifically, but there are still some kind of scary, old data centers out there. There are silver closets that are acting like data centers; people still have things in their buildings.”