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Top tips for doing a cloud storage cost analysis

Cloud storage comes with the promise of dramatically reducing the costs of deploying, operating and scaling storage for users and applications.

  • Premiered: 01/24/13
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: TechTarget: SearchCloudStorage.com
Topic(s): TBA Cloud TBA Storage TBA Windows Azure TBA gateway TBA Public Cloud TBA Amazon
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Hybrid Cloud Storage from Microsoft: Leveraging Windows Azure and StorSimple

Cloud computing does some things very well. It delivers applications and upgrades. It runs analysis on cloud-based big data. It connects distributed groups sharing communications and files. It provides a great environment for developing web applications and running test/dev processes.

But public cloud storage is a different story. The cloud does deliver long-term, cost-effective storage for inactive backup and archives. Once the backup and archive data streams are scheduled and running they can use relatively low bandwidth as long as they are deduping on-site before transport. (And as long as they do not have to be rehydrated pre-upload, which is another story.) This alone helps to save on-premises storage capacity and can replace off-site tape vaulting.

But cloud storage users want more. They want to have the cost and agility advantages of the public cloud without incurring the huge expense of building one. They want to keep using the public cloud for cost-effective backup and archive, but they also want to use it for more active – i.e. primary – data. This is especially true for workloads with rapidly growing data sets that quickly age like collaboration and file shares. Some of this data needs to reside locally but the majority can be moved, or tiered, to public cloud storage.

What does the cloud need to work for this enterprise wish list? Above all it needs to make public cloud storage an integral part of the on-premises primary storage architecture. This requires intelligent and automated storage tiering, high performance for baseline uploads and continual snapshots, no geographical lock-in, and a central storage management console that integrates cloud and on-premises storage.

Hybrid cloud storage, or HCS, meets this challenge. HCS turns the public cloud into a true active storage tier for less active production data that is not ready to be put out to backup pasture. Hybrid cloud storage integrates on-premises storage with public cloud storage services: not as another backup target but as integrated storage infrastructure. The storage system uses both the on-premises array and scalable cloud storage resources for primary data, expanding that data and data protection to a cost-effective cloud storage tier.

Microsoft’s innovative and broad set of technology enables a true, integrated solution for hybrid cloud storage for business and government organizations – not just a heterogeneous combination of private cloud and public cloud storage offerings. Comprised of StorSimple cloud-integrated storage and the Windows Azure Storage service, HCS from Microsoft well serves the demanding enterprise storage environment, enabling customers to realize huge data management efficiencies in their Microsoft applications and Windows and VMware environments.

This paper will discuss how the Microsoft solution for hybrid cloud storage, consisting of Windows Azure and StorSimple, is different from traditional storage, best practices for leveraging it, and the real world results from multiple customer deployment examples.

Publish date: 08/31/13
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Public cloud storage options: Determining what data to move

How do you determine which workloads and use cases are suitable for public cloud storage? The cloud may look attractive from a cost and scalability standpoint, but certain types of workloads and storage use cases are much better served in the cloud than others.

  • Premiered: 04/10/14
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Cloud Storage
Topic(s): TBA Arun Taneja TBA Cloud TBA object storage TBA Storage TBA Commodity Storage TBA Amazon TBA Public Cloud TBA scalability TBA AWS TBA Amazon EBS TBA HP TBA Windows Azure TBA CDN TBA Amazon Glacier TBA StorSimple