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Is Hybrid Cloud Storage Right for You? Here’s What to Consider

By Matt Francis | Posted on June 9, 2020 | Posted in Enterprise Infrastructure, Multi-Cloud Operations

Hybrid cloud storage provides your organization with options. Specifically, it provides you with the capacity and scalability you need without sacrificing the tools, some of the applications, and the familiarity with workflows that you depend on.

In other words, hybrid cloud gives your organization freedom—the freedom to work how you want to work and to do so at a much larger and more efficient scale.

For example, say your data set includes petabytes of photographs and you want to identify certain objects within those photographs.

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You could sit someone down in front of a monitor and have them label those objects in each photo, but that would be slow at best, a colossal waste of time and resources.


With hybrid cloud storage, you could leverage cloud-native services for processing and identification. Once that’s been completed, you can take the findings, move all that data back on-premises, and kill that workload from the cloud.

Your only cost during this workload was the identification done in the cloud.

Things to consider before adopting hybrid cloud storage

Your ability to adopt the hybrid cloud depends on your overall readiness as an organization.

If you’re strictly VMware, for instance, you’re likely not doing your own application development or modernization. So your first step would be to experiment and get comfortable with containers and Kubernetes.

Those organizations that have already dipped their toes in containers and Kubernetes, on the other hand—whether it’s strictly on-premises or in the cloud—are good candidates for tools that play well in both environments.

Tools like Google Anthos, OpenShift, or Rancher are tailored for both cloud and on-premises environments.

You also need to consider just what you’re trying to achieve with hybrid cloud storage and whether your organization has the expertise, need, and capabilities to adopt it. That’s where a step like a technical maturity assessment can be critical. 

In short ...

While every organization could benefit from hybrid cloud storage now or eventually, actually realizing those benefits depends upon your needs. It also requires knowing how to answer those needs.

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