Providing and managing ROBO storage can be a challenge, but a hybrid approach using a combination of local and cloud-based storage may be the best solution.
One of the hardest challenges for an IT provider today is to guarantee a specific level of “response-time” performance to applications. Performance is absolutely mission-critical for many business applications, which has often led to expensively over-provisioned and dedicated infrastructures. Unfortunately broad technology evolutions like virtualization and cloud architectures that are driving great efficiency and agility gains across wide swaths of the data center can actually make it harder to deliver consistent performance to critical applications.
Object storage has long been pigeon-holed as a necessary overhead expense for long-term archive storage—a data purgatory one step before tape or deletion. We have seen many IT shops view object storage as something exotic they have to implement to meet government regulations rather than as a competitive strategic asset that can help their businesses make money.
Cloud storage comes with the promise of dramatically reducing the costs of deploying, operating and scaling storage for users and applications.
So you’ve decided to pursue public cloud storage for a particular data set and use case. If you’re a developer building a Web-enabled application, then you’ll likely be interested in a cloud object store such as Amazon S3 or OpenStack Object Storage.
Why should you consider using cloud storage for at least some of your data and applications? Well, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past six years, you probably have a good idea of the potential advantages that cloud-enabled storage can offer.