May 31, 2017

Key Storage Requirements Of A Multi-Cloud Deployment [CIO STRATEGY]

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It’s 2017 and some people are still afraid of the cloud. However, cloud infrastructures are not going away. In fact, not only is cloud here to stay, but cloud is the future bread and butter of your IT infrastructure. 

According to a report by 451 Research Group, IT executives expect about 60% of workloads to be run in the cloud by 2018. Among the various types of cloud deployment models, enterprises are most likely to use on-premises private cloud and software as a service (SaaS). 

For those still hesitant about moving to the cloud, let’s explore why, and why you shouldn’t be. These are based on a few requirements of your data storage:

  • Migration
  • Performance
  • Features
  • Security

 While many of these pain points can be argued as most important, data security is critical to any IT infrastructure. A company’s data is the most critical asset there is, and therefore, needs to be protected as such. And as we’ve seen earlier this year, even some of the biggest names in the public cloud computing are still experiencing data outages.

How to Ensure Your Data Storage is Protected in the Cloud

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As with any IT infrastructure, It all starts with a strong data protection strategy. There are many DR/BC tools to choose from when it comes to protecting your data:

  • Snapshots
  • Cloning
  • Local and Remote Mirroring
  • Replication

 But none of that matters if you’re locked into a single vendor. So, why keep all your eggs in one basket? A multi-cloud strategy allows you to protect your data even if one cloud completely fails.

 Steps to a Multi-Cloud Deployment

 Let’s start by getting your data in the cloud. This doesn’t have to be a long and tedious process. With Zadara Cloud Hydration, you can do this in a few simple steps depending on the type of data you are migrating.  Here is a great Step-By-Step Guide to data migration planning that will help.

 Next, you’ll want to define and configure your data protection plan leveraging the traditional tools mentioned above, but also leveraging a multi-cloud strategy to prevent any single-point-of-failure. This is where Zadara Storage comes in. To avoid unexpected failures, you need an architecture that protects from that. Zadara Storage is able to connect concurrently to AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform and many other cloud service providers. You can choose which cloud to use as your primary and share the data between the clouds. That way, if one provider fails, your data can be easily accessed from another.

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Benefits of a Multi-Cloud Strategy

Disaster Recovery: Not only does a multi-cloud strategy prevent single-points-of-failure, but it provides you with the ultimately flexibility. You no longer have to be married to one single cloud provider.  Say you are connected to one cloud platform that fails, Zadara Storage customers have concurrent access to hundreds of clouds around the world where they can replicate their data. So when one cloud fails, your data is not lost and is still accessible.

Cost-effectiveness: By not locking into a single cloud provider, it allows the end user to access the most economical resources, depending on their needs. By being connected to multiple providers, the end user can take advantage of the best offerings that a certain provider offers based on timing, features and so forth.

Workload performance optimization: Not all cloud providers were built the same, and therefore, not all applications will run the same in the different clouds. Part of your multi-cloud strategy should be finding the best clouds for your specific applications and using that to your advantage.

Conclusion

In summary, a multi-cloud strategy gives end-users the best of all worlds. It allows them to build resilient architectures that prevent against outages and data loss, while also creating economic and performance competitive advantages. If you would like to learn more about the Headwaters Group Storage-as-a-Service,powered by Zadara Storage you can always schedule a call with one of our technical consultants. 

Guest Blog Author: @ZadaraStorage

Filed Under: Software-Defined Storage, Storage-as-a-Service, Azure, Multi-Cloud, AWZ, Google Cloud

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